As you can see, I am now on a mission to catch up on my Project Life posts before the year end, so that I can start afresh for 2013! I figure that combining three weeks in one post should do the trick. So I apologise in advance for the bombardment of Project Life goodness! (You can click on each image for a larger view.)
Now that we live just a short drive away from Chatswood in Sydney, we go there almost once a week for dinner with the boys. On this particular occasion, I’d taken my parents there with Pete and Jamie, and dad – being the photography enthusiast that he is – made the most of the opportunity to snap photos of the boys on his Canon EOS. That’s him in the top right, looking all hip and groovy in his beanie. Actually, if you do live near Chatswood, you should note that there is a secret rooftop garden at the Chatswood Concourse which is usually quite empty and just perfect for letting the kids roam free for awhile. (Oh, and that’s Angus doing a double balancing act on his head with both a cup and a toy boat. We’re a talented family, that’s what we are.)
Every time I see this page, I feel all happy and sunny inside. It was actually a winter’s day but the sun was out and the sky was pure blue. Nothing like stopping by the beach for a bit of sand and fun. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t line up the horizon on those bottom two photos, but as an ultimate test of my character, I am not going to fix it. Because like I’ve said before, Project Life is not about perfection.
I didn’t really take that many photos in Week 35, but I did have some photos that I’d taken for my blog, so I simply included them in the album to fill up the left hand page. I ended up really liking the spread for this week: it offers a bit of calm breathing space amongst all the other busy pages.
The sense of serenity continues on the right hand page. One particular thing that strikes me about this layout is that the top right photo of the lake at Akuna Bay seems to mirror the photo I took of our bedroom curtains right underneath it in terms of lighting, colour and composition. I also love the photo of Rick and the boys in the bottom right – with Jamie doing his own thing as always. For someone who’s only one and a half, he’s as independent as they come.
Just random shots of every day life on this left hand page for Week 36. It’s almost impossible for me to get face shots of Pete nowadays, so photos of him from above as he climbs around on the couch just have to do…
We discovered the amazing lookout from North Head Sanctuary (near Manly) on our day off that week. I remember it being a cold and blustery day, so we stayed inside the car for most of it as we drank in the view. I also remember craving hot soup (ah, first trimester…) so when I saw a small cafe tucked away amongst the bushes, I raced over and waited for almost twenty minutes while the chef seemingly made minestrone soup from scratch (sadly, it wasn’t as good as the ones from a can, in my opinion). As for that pork chop and pasta dish which Rick made that week – it was just divine. I love my husband and I love his cooking!
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I’ve been noticing for a while now that my Project Life approach is becoming increasingly simplistic. Most weeks, the layout consists of just photos and hardly any text at all. Initially, I worried about this and fretted that perhaps I should be journalling more. But as I flip through the album, this is what I’ve concluded: photos really do speak a thousand words. When I lay my eyes on any photo in the album, I am able to recall the entire scene, the mood, the circumstances, the emotions and all the other details from that singular moment in time – without a single written word. So let me encourage you today – don’t underestimate the power of the photos that you take.
You can read my other Project Life posts here.
Materials used: Becky Higgins Design A page protector;Kodak 170gsm glossy photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MP630 Pixma.
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