I nearly forgot to start my February 10 on 10 project. We had already started our day, and I was sitting in the parking lot at drop-off for my older daughter's school morning when I saw a reminder on my phone. I had a moment of doubt: "Do I waste precious errands-running time in order to drive home to get my camera or do I hold myself accountable to this photography project I've started?" Running home meant losing an entire hour of my morning since home is so far out of the way from where we were headed that day.
It's pretty clear what decision I made. If January's project was about learning about light in my home, February's project was all about learning to overcome my fear of shooting with my "big fancy camera" in very public places. I'm still crazy shy about whipping out my DSLR in the middle of a store (Are they going to get mad I'm taking pictures here?) or in the middle of a coffeshop (Are the other customers going to think I'm crazy?)
There is absolutely nothing discreet about my Canon. When I'm shooting with that baby, everyone around me knows it. Since I wasn't about to change our agenda for the day, this month's project documents a "Day in the Life" of my youngest daughter as she gets dragged around town while the older one is in school.
9:00 a.m.: (photo above) The little one in her carseat for the day. I love that even with her legs extended, she barely reaches the seat in front. That's going to be different this time next year.
10:00 a.m.: Sitting at the mall waiting for a store to open, none too happy about the fact that her pants are drenched from spilling her sippy cup:
11:00 a.m.: Browsing at Barnes & Noble. As I snapped this I had the strange thought: Will this be an odd sight to my girls once they're grown? Will paper book stores even exist anymore? This was the moment I decided I was thrilled to have my camera with me for the day.
12:00 p.m.: Cruising the Valentine's Lane at our Beloved Target. My daughters have both spent way more than their fair share of time sitting in those infamous red carts:
1:00 p.m.: Home at last and inhaling some homemade macaroni and cheese before naptime. I love the crayon scribbles, baby fork, and attempt at her feeding herself:
2:00 p.m.: This is a shot of where my oldest daughter "should" be at this time. Today is the very first day she's spent a whole day at school. Her preschool usually only goes until 11:30 but we decided to let her take advantage of a full-day with her friends. Weird seeing her room empty when it is her quiet time.
3:00 p.m.: Heading back to school for pick-up. We've hardly had any snow this winter but today it is starting to really come down. This is one of my favorite spots on the drive to school. I have a shot of this scene during fall with all the leaves turning colors, I'm grateful to have this winter version.
4:00 p.m.: Peek-a-boo with the little one who is obsessed with our front door:
5:00 p.m.: After such an unusually busy day, the little one is now exhausted. I had to wake her up early from her nap to go back to school so we're paying for that decision now. She's on my lap and cuddled but my phone alarm beeps for photo-time. I don't have the heart to move her, so I pull back as far as I can to get the shot. I love that she's wearing her favorite Tinkerbell dress over her clothes here:
6:00 p.m.: Grandpa arrives for a special visit with the girls. It's dinnertime and the oldest some how loses a few years whenever her grandparents are around. Suddenly, she's incapable of feeding herself and Grandpa steps up to the plate to help:
This month feels a little scatterbrained to me but it truly did capture how crazy our days can be and just how much time we seem to spend in the car!
Did you do a 10 on 10 this month? Leave a link in the comments to your project, I'd love to check it out!