Living Arrows 2017 – 37/52

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.


Living Arrows


  1. Vicki @ tippytupps 11/09/2017 / 8:11 am

    Oh definately – with school aged children I wouldn’t expect anything else. And don’t worry about the backgrounds. I didn’t notice until you mentioned it. #LivingArrows

  2. Angela Webster 11/09/2017 / 9:01 am

    I love real life photo’s like these, Instagram worthy shots might be pretty but they can’t match the memories of a real life snapshot. They both look very smart and happy to be going back to school. #LivingArrows

  3. Katy Stevens 11/09/2017 / 11:28 am

    I think your photos are great and show off real life too. Hope the week goes well for you. #LivingArrows

  4. Emma T 11/09/2017 / 10:21 pm

    I think school photo pictures have to be those quick snaps! They’re great because they’re memories. N’s gone into year 2 as well, Similarly seems to be going ok. #livingarrows

  5. Donna 13/09/2017 / 1:54 pm

    These are the photos you will look back on and remember and I am so glad you shared them. They both look so grown up and it sounds like they are doing so well x

  6. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 13/09/2017 / 8:54 pm

    I’m exactly the same – I hesitate to include photos that I don’t feel are particularly technically good. But so often they’re the ones I love to look back on – the ones that show our lives as they really were, the toys they loved, how our house looked at the time. It captures the moment perfectly.

  7. Sherry 17/09/2017 / 7:32 am

    These are the best photos to look back on, not every moment of our lives is Instagram perfect is it? Mine started school the other week so for me it was only fitting that there was a uniform photo #livingArrows

  8. mudpie fridays 17/09/2017 / 8:11 pm

    I totally know what you mean about uncluttered backgrounds as I also tend to try to aim for Instagram worthy photos all the time. But yet miss the little things that keep those memories… like the mess on our kitchen table! Glad school and nursery are going well. #LivingArrows

  9. Sarah 17/09/2017 / 11:07 pm

    They’re lovely photos – I wasn’t really happy with Toby’s first day of school picture either but I couldn’t not share it 🙂 #LivingArrows

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