In these photos, I’m wearing: Hudson Jeans (part of the Shopbop sale!) / Tuckernuck Tank / Jack Rogers / Vineyard Vines Shep Shirt (Newer here, here and here)

Did you check out Mitch’s blog post on the Shopbop sale?! It’s open to the public today, and he’s sharing my favorites! (So funny.) Use code EOTS17 to take up to 25 percent off your order and get free shipping!

I recently started organizing our family photos. It’s a huge task, even though I’m only sorting through about 14 months of snaps… because as you’ve probably noticed, I take a lot of pictures. So there are thousands. But I’m incredibly grateful for that.

I’d like to pause for a second to thank you. :)

If it weren’t for you, I would have far fewer photos of my family’s life together, and of my little girl. You’ve given me the greatest gift: the gift of time with Emma, the gift of doing what I love for a job, and the gift of memory. I know that if this blog didn’t exist, so many days and hours and minutes and moments would go forgotten. And I don’t want to forget. I want to remember as much of it as I can, whether through memory alone or through memories triggered by photographs. So thank you.

I know that some people view cameras as clunky technology that detracts from actually living one’s life. And I suppose I understand that, when a camera is used incorrectly. If my family is having the cutest tickling session on the living room floor, for example, and I suddenly disappear from the fun to grab the tripod and set it up, then yes. My camera is a total negative. But I do my best to not live life like that.

I obviously set aside time to take photos for this blog. And if Mitch and Emma are having a moment, I might stand back to capture it… but this action helps me appreciate the moment and it etches it in my memory. If I’m in the moment, though?

No way.

I’ve learned that it’s important to know when to put the camera down. Sometimes, my creative juices are gone–perhaps used up by a project, or gobbled by sleep deprivation. ;) Then, my beloved camera is set to the side, often for days at a time. Just like with anything a person loves, it’s nice to take breaks and do other things. It’s how we recharge and discover new passions.

Either way, I love these photos from the day we spent in Disneyland last spring. I didn’t set out to document the experience; I honestly only wanted one photo of our family, right in front of the Magic Kingdom, and we did that almost immediately upon arriving. But Mitch and I both found ourselves reaching for the camera again and again, and it was one of those snap-happy days during which everyone was muggin’ and lovin’ it. (I’m sure you can relate! Do you remember a day during which you were having so much fun that you couldn’t stop taking photos?!)

Anyway, these snaps bring me back, even though they were never meant for blog publication. ;) Things I want to remember: how Emma lit up during the “It’s a Small World” ride and sang her little heart out; eating Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets; how excited we were to take Emma to the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, and how much she hated it; watching the parade and seeing Emma point at all the characters; hearing Mitch talk about how clean Disneyland was and how great its garbage-removal system was… for HOURS; getting Emma her Minnie Mouse hat, which she almost immediately threw into a crowd of people; how she pooped in the middle of the Haunted Mansion “ride” and how embarrassed Mitch and I were; how impressed Mitch was with the organization of the parking deck (LOVED IT); how Emma fell asleep on us during the Pirates of the Caribbean ride; wandering the New Orleans neighborhood together; and letting Emma pick out a treat. She chose her very own Eyore stuffed animal.

While I don’t have very many photos of that stuff to share, I do have a few other photos of moments that are equally as meaningful. (Mostly taken while waiting in line or killing time between shows, haha.)

But I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

❤️

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In these photos, I’m wearing: Hudson Jeans (part of the Shopbop sale!) / Tuckernuck Tank / Jack Rogers / Vineyard Vines Shep Shirt (Newer here, here and here)

Did you check out Mitch’s blog post on the Shopbop sale?! It’s open to the public today, and he’s sharing my favorites! (So funny.) Use code EOTS17 to take up to 25 percent off your order and get free shipping!