FOCUS. Remember that word? It’s my word of the year. One of the things I want to focus on is my family. Sounds like a “duh”, huh? Well, obviously, as a homeschool mom I do focus on my family, right? Well, kind of. I focus on what needs to be done. I don’t always focus on my family as a unit. What’s that mean? It means I get the chores done, errands run, and food cooked. I get school work done and kids to classes/practices. But, sometimes I get so focused on those parts of “family” life that I forget to FOCUS on us.
In an effort to focus more on “us”, I have set a goal to create a “365 Album” this year. My goal is to photograph my family – events, moments, and everyday stuff – every day this year. I found this awesome scrapbook/photo album to help me organize all these photos. If you knew me years ago, you know how “into” scrapping I was. That, however, was before Emma was born, and I learned to sew. Then, I found a new passion. I didn’t lose my desire to photograph everything, I just lost my desire to scrap those pics. So, where are they? On CD’s!!! I don’t print them, because I don’t scrap them.
That’s about to change, though. My goal is (as soon as my album arrives) to edit and print my photos once a week. Then, I’ll sit down one evening each week and journal the photos from the previous week and put them in my album. As I edit my photos, I’ll also upload them to my blog in a “week in review” post so my friends and family can keep up-to-date with our family fun. I’m excited to see this come to fruition over the course of the year. I’m excited to FOCUS on my everyday, ordinary, “just mine” family!!
**And, because I
am always one step ahead of myself like to plan ahead … I’m already thinking about other ways I could use this album. Of course, I would have to order more, but that’s OK. I’m thinking I want one to put all of our Disney pictures in one. This way, I can tell all of my stories, but I don’t have to embellish or cut any paper! I’m also thinking about doing one for Emma’s dance years. I’m thinking about a 2-page spread for each recital (so far she’s been in three) and a 2-page spread for each competitive dance season (this is our first). As I said, I am getting way ahead of myself here just thinking aloud…**