Picture Perfect Project V9: August 2016

For almost two years now, I’ve been taking one photo a week of my girls!

Okay, so the exact count is 1 year and 8 months, but still. Having that many photos of my girls together is just awesome. They aren’t always the best quality photos and I can really see how some weeks I don’t do the best job playing photographer. I didn’t edit the entire first year of photos (something I REALLY regret). Sometimes the girls are in bad moods, some times they are mad that the grass is wet and they are wearing flip-flops, plus getting Emily to look and smile at the camera can STILL be a challenge. But 20 months later and we are still going strong.

Why?

Because the photos may not always be framers but the memories are forever. I love seeing Marissa with her goggle tan lines last summer and having shots of favorite outfits, missing teeth and new haircuts. The out takes don’t get deleted either. Sometimes those turn into my real favorites. 

As a mama of two girls that are growing painfully quickly I want to capture every moment possible through the lens of my camera.

Here is a look at weeks 32-35

August 2016

Week 32

I feel fairly certain by the wet hair that we were running pretty late to church this week. Although I kind of love that you can see Marissa’s hair isn’t board straight. She definitely has some waves in there. 

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Week 33

It seems like pink and black was the unplanned color scheme for this week. Emily is wearing one of her favorite Minnie Mouse dresses that Marissa and I picked out for her on her 4th birthday. I am glad we bought it a little big and she can still wear it. 

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Week 34

Marissa looks like a bit of a hippy with her braids and floor length maxi skirt. Goodness I love that skirt. Emily’s hair was seriously on point this week too. I think I plopped it. Have you ever heard of plopping? When a straight-haired mom has a curly-haired kid you just learn SO much about how to take care of curly hair. I never had a clue it was so complicated. She does have the best curls ever though. I tell her that all the time knowing that some day, she’ll hate it.

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Week 35

You would never know it by looking at this photo but it was actually pouring rain while the sun was shining. On our drive to church we saw a huge rainbow too. It was the perfect start to our Sunday. 

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35 weeks done, 17 left to go!

Just for fun let’s take a look back to one of my favorite photos ever that was taken in August of 2015.

So much changes in just one short year. 

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project V8: July 2016

19 months ago I started taking one photo a week of our girls and documenting them on the blog once a month. It is a way to track growth, remember hairstyles, outfits, bruises and bad moods. But mostly it is one of my favorite ways to watch them grow. Even if it sometimes breaks my heart. 

This years challenge has gone so much better than my first year. I have been editing my photos and keeping them neatly organized. I am feeling pretty confident the extra work will really pay off at the end of the year. At least I hope so.

Here is a look at weeks 27-31

July 2016

Week 27

The day before the Fourth of July and it was spitting rain. I somehow convinced them to stand on the porch and pose for a quick photo. After all they did look so cute in their patriotic best :). I’d also like to mention they spent all weekend going back and forth over whose turn it was to wear the patriotic earrings. Clearly we need another pair #andsoitbegins.

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Week 28

Everything was wet from all of the rain. I mean it is mid July here and look at our grass! Our lawn has never looked so good and in return we have to mow it like every 3 days. I love the print on Marissa’s dress but I think this will be the last time it is a dress. That poor kid outgrows all of her dresses length wise WAY too fast. 

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Week 29

This was the week I was on mom-cation with Anna. I knew I needed to make-up our photo when I got back home, so I challenged the girls to pick out an outfit they love. Emily insisted that in the spirit of her shirt we leave her hair in its natural, crazy state. 

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Week 30

Another week and two more pretty dresses on two pretty little girls. I was just talking to a friend (hi Stephanie) about how I always wanted a little boy. I never in a million years would have imagined myself a girl mom. But it is so good friends. God knew just what I needed. 

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Week 31

The clothes were flying this week because Marissa couldn’t find anything that she wanted to wear. Ten minutes later she proudly exclaimed how much she loved the outfit she chose. Drama, drama! I also trimmed about an inch of Em’s hair since she has been BEGGING me for a hair cut. You can’t really tell in these photos though. 

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Year number two of weekly photos is more than half way done! 

Just for fun let’s take a look back at July of 2016.

I think two things. On the shallow side I think “Man I really should have edited my photos”. But on the serious side I think “Goodness gracious little girls, slow down”.

But they just keep growing up. 

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Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project V7: June 2016

It’s time again for my ‘Picture Perfect Project’ post.
That was a lot of p’s! Go ahead and try to say that five times fast.

I love these posts! I love seeing how the girls have grown and changed. I love seeing all the cute clothes they wear. I love that it documents them, together, side by side. I started taking weekly photos 1.5 years ago and my only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner. Mama’s of littles, taking the time to snap one photo a week is a choice you will never regret.

This month my plan derailed. Up until this month I had taken all of my 2016 photos in the same spot (except the one week we were out-of-town). I just couldn’t do it any more friends. I think finding the best possible lighting inside is a great idea for the winter months. But with perfect picture taking weather outside, I was done. So I scrapped the idea of one location.

Here is a look at weeks 23-26

June 2016

Week 23
VBS week! We came home from church on Sunday and I intended to snap a photo, but didn’t remember until that evening. Ooooppps! Knowing VBS week was here, I decided to put it off. I thought it would be a fun way to mark a summer highlight. 

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Week 24
The week we moved the photos back outside. I have always been a fan of Marissa’s “Cinderella” dress and I love that she chose to wear a flowered headband with it. She is so much cooler than I am. I also love that Emily actually looked and smiled at me, for once. 

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Week 25
We played hookie from church this week and caught up on some much needed rest. So here they are in their normal summer attire. After a comment on last months post, I wondered if people think we are always dressed up or if they realize I take most of these photos on Sunday mornings before church? Trust me when I say we are far from everyday fancy around here. 

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Week 26
Such a fun and summery photo with bright and colorful sundresses. Plus those sandals, so cute. Have I ever mentioned how much fun it is to dress a little girl? It’s pretty stinking awesome. 

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Four more weeks done, just 6 more months left in year number two!

I usually review the year as a whole but I thought it would be fun to do something different.
Let’s take a look ALL the way back to the beginning with the first weekly photo I took. 

Week 1
Oh how quickly they grow.

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project V6: May 2016

It’s picture time again! About a year and a half ago I challenged myself to start taking one photo of the girls a week and from that challenge morphed the Picture Perfect Project. Goodness was this past month rough. A VERY busy May meant my photos were VERY inconsistent. I also did zero chalkboards after Mothers day, so that fun element was gone too. I think I need to take the time to design a really fun chalkboard and then just leave it up until school starts.

So even though they were inconsistent and one week is possibly a record for my worst photo so far, I still have 5 photos for 5 weeks to share. 

Let’s take a look at weeks 18-22

May 2016

Week 18
Week 18 was blurry grainy photos and playing hookie from church. We had a very late night hosting a party for a blog campaign and decided to stay home after we failed to wake up with enough time to get there. The girls played and played outside this day.

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Week 19
Happy Mothers Day to me. The weather was less than ideal, but at least it wasn’t cold. Marissa was finally able to wear her Easter dress without a jacket.

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Week 20
Stripes & more stripes. I have never been a fan of twinning the girls but I do love a coordinated look. 

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Week 21

I love finding things that I bought on clearance stuck away in Marissa’s closet. I picked this skirt up for her for .97 at the end of summer a year or so ago. I knew it would likely be to short for her since her legs go on forever but leggings are a tall girls best friend. 

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Week 22
We were out-of-town for the NSRA show and I just happened to remember to take a quick photo. I definitely failed to take quality photos here, but I did the best I could in the bright sun.

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Let’s review!
2016 so far…

JanuaryCollage February collage
March Collage APRIL COLLAGE
5 months down, 7 to go!

Sharing our weekly May photos today for this months #PicturePerfectProject #linkup. Click To Tweet

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy


Picture Perfect Project V5: April 2016

Another month is gone and four more photos of the girls have been taken. I love that this challenge is less of a challenge and more of a habit now, a good one too. I also love knowing that I will have these photos to look back on some day. The girls will say things like “I wore THAT?!” Any of you who were children of the 80’s are nodding your head in agreement with that statement… but we were so cool! Man, I really need to dig up some old photos. 

My new method of keeping tabs on my 2016 photo project has turned into a routine and I can already see that it is saving me LOADS of time. Things are much more organized and easier to find now. Confession: I LOVE organization but my photo files on the laptop can be a bit of a hot mess at times. 

Here is peek at April and weeks 14-17!

April 2016

Week 14

The week of no chalkboard art. Other than Minnie Mouse, this might just be the most perfect shirt for Emily ever!

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Week 15

Looking at these photos I think how much Marissa’s dress looks like a sack on her. Maybe I should take it in a bit. Emily chose last years Easter dress and a super big cheesy smile :). 

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Week 16

This was the first week I almost didn’t take photos, the day Emily eye became stuck. No she’s not looking away, her eye is crossed. I probably ugly cried after snapping these photos. It is so hard seeing her like this. The bottom photo looks a bit better. I was trying everything I could to make it look not so crossed. 

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Week 17

Another week and her eye was still stuck. I love Marissa’s dress that I grabbed on clearance at the end of last year and Emily’s hair was extra fluffy that week. 

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I hate ending things for the month here because a couple of days later Emily got glasses and things are going MUCH better. She still has some esotropia (eye turning) happening, but it isn’t nearly as severe as it had been. We just keep working on things at home and praying.

Let’s review!
2016 so far…

January
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February
February collage

March
March Collage
Are you staying on track with your photography goals for 2016?

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Picture Perfect Project V4: March 2016

I am officially 1/4 of the way finished with my 2016 Picture Perfect Project. The brilliant idea to take one photo a week came to me in December 2014 and I some how took photos all year, but ended up with a bit of a mess at the end. This year I told myself I would try to be more consistent and organized.

How am I doing?

Much better! I am keeping my photos neatly arranged, water-marked, labeled and taken in the same location…. which has kind of been the issue. On a nice sunny day the photos turn out well. But if it is cloudy and rainy at all the lighting completely changes and things don’t look so great (see week 13). I’m not sure what to do about that other than invest in a bunch of equipment. Anyone have any pointers on this one?

We left off on week 9, so let’s take a look at weeks 10-13!

March

Week 10

Apparently this was the week for stripes. Emily work sandles even though it was a little to cold too. She is oh so anxious for warmer weather. Me too sister, me too.

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Week 11

Oh look a Minnie shirt, you never see that around here #sarcasm. Marissa’s leggings are my favorite. I secretly wish I had some in my size.

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Week 12

Emily and her squinty smiles. She has two smiles, squinty and creepy. I MUCH prefer the squinty. Those girls LOVE their cowboy boots too. I guess I’ll plan now to buy some more next fall. 

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Week 13

The one week I wanted really good photos, Easter, it was gloomy and rainy and one of my better photos is blurry. BUMMER!

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So we have 13 photos down and 39 more to go!

2016 so far…

January
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February
February collage
Now it’s your turn to link-up!

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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