We did it, we made it through the first week back at school in one piece.
Rhys was a bit nervous about moving up to year 2, but seems to have settled in ok after the first few days. And Nerys has been brilliant about going in to nursery class in the mornings, after doing afternoons for a few months last year.
So with this past week being pretty much all about the return to school, it seems only fitting that our Living Arrows photos should follow that theme.
I have to admit, I hesitated a bit before picking these photos to share. They feel more snapshot-y than I would like, with slightly awkwardly posed children and backgrounds that are either cluttered or a little clichéd.
But it just felt strange to not share them this week. When I look back at all my Living Arrows photos from this year, I know I’ll be happy I put these ones in, to mark this little milestone in our year. And you know, in years to come those cluttered, clichéd backgrounds will take on new meaning.
Years down the line, when we’ve long moved from this house, I think we’ll be glad of these kinds of photos. With the front door that we walked through a million times in the background. Or the kitchen that was one of the main reasons I fell in love with the house. Or the extra deep windowsill in the lounge, covered in toys that will have long since been packed away or passed on.
I love beautiful, instagram-worthy photos with clean, uncluttered backgrounds, but I also love the photos where the little details of our lives creep in too. So many of our memories are in those details.
So this week I’m embracing the snapshot, and celebrating the moments they capture.