24 Frames. A Filming Project: December

Wow, I cannot believe a whole year has already passed since starting this project!

I honestly had no idea what to expect when this thought crossed my mind 12 months ago... What I did know is that I wanted to learn more about filming, push myself to practice more, and capture priceless memories in motion of my family. What I didn't know was how time consuming it would all be how much I'd stress over it because of the pressure I put on myself to hold up this "promise", to both myself and our group. But regardless...I pushed on. I missed a couple months, we all did, life happens... but. we. pushed. on. And in the end, I have about 9 short films and a whole lot of beautiful memories to hold on to.

So, was it hard? Yup.

Was it worth it?

Hell. Yes.

Am I going to do it again this year?

Absolutely.

So thank you for watching. And a HUGE thank you to the amazing ladies in my 24 Frames group who stuck with me and encouraged myself and everyone else along the way. I am SO excited to continue on with this group project for another year, and so excited to welcome some new faces as well :D

So anyway, here's December's film. "The Morning after Christmas"

I waited until the last minute to get footage for this month. The entire family was hit with the stomach flu the first two weeks of December, so by the time we were all on the mend again the craziness of Christmas hit. I took this just after Christmas. I wanted to capture the kids playing with their new toys from Santa. So much joy, excitement and wonder in them - I always say, Christmas was fun as a child, but I think even more so as a parent getting to see it through the eyes of your children.

So, probably pretty ordinary to an outsider, but these are the things I see as a mom...

Haddie's little voice and words - she speaks well beyond her young age.

Her "mommy"-ing her babies. She literally picks up absolutely everything she sees and hears - cleaning, picking up after herself, repeating phrases (appropriately), follows directions...takes care of her babies and her real family.

Gannon's "blue jammies" he will not let me take off - ever. Don't you dare try to get him dressed! ;)

Drew's robe he's lived in and obsessed over for months (looks like a little Hugh Hef) ;)

Grady and his basketball and football trading cards - the ultimate gift & his most prized positions.

The day we finally got snow but it was too cold to play outside.

The sight of Haddie's neck two weeks after surgery #2... but how amazing she is doing despite everything.

Gannon's love for Legos. So many legos...

And lastly, Drew trying to get Alexa to play sponge-bob squarepants all day... if you saw my Facebook post awhile back you'd understand the tears, frustration, and ultimate triumph and joy that came from this... His words and speech has come SO far. I am so proud of him daily.

Again, someone who doesn't know us may not see these things... but this short 1.5 minutes of a morning means the absolute world to me.

Because all of this I could never capture in a photo.

And that's my why.

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Bring on 2018!

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