Pretty much since Rhys started full time school we’ve had the same routine when I go and pick him up in the afternoons.
As long as it’s not pouring with rain we go straight to the school yard for him to run around and burn off a bit more energy.
Most of the time a few of his friends pop in for a play too. They run off to the dell to explore, or play on the lovely wooden play equipment together.
Some days we’ll be the only ones in there, and Rhys and Nerys will just play together.
We only have about 20 minutes or so in there, before the teacher comes along to lock the gate, but it’s a really lovely little routine.
It’s great for Rhys and Nerys to have a chance to run around for a bit after a day at school, and I love having a few minutes to chat with my parent friends.
The thing is, when you do something like this pretty much every day, it becomes so normal and everyday that you don’t always think to record it. But these are exactly the kinds of things I think I should be recording. These are the things that the children will remember when they’re older, and I think they’ll love to see photos from these times.
One thing I’ve noticed though is that it can be so easy to fall into the trap of wanting our photos to look perfect. To try and get the perfect pose and expression from our children. To edit so many things out of the background that at the time we think are distractions.
Those distractions though, are so often the things we love to see the most when we look back at old photos.
I know when I look at photos from my childhood I absolutely love seeing those little details. The duvet cover on my bunkbed. The toys scattered around.
Those details are the things that make us feel nostalgic, that bring make the memories of what that time in your life ‘felt’ like. You know?
I’m trying to be much more mindful of the things that I include in the photos that I take of my children. I hope that seeing photos of themselves like these, standing next to the brightly coloured fence in the school yard will bring back memories of all the time we spent playing there in the afternoons.
I hope all these photos bring back memories of the fun they had together.