Monday, November 3, 2014

Time Well Spent

These days our lives revolve around one thing--or should I say person. The teenager. It has been a tough couple of months adjusting to high school and all the things that comes with it. Our perfect little angel grew her big girl wings and she's been testing them out in a big way. She likes the freedom of fluttering around her social groups depending on me to get her there. It's been a big lesson and still remains a big lesson in letting go. Or maybe trust is the better word.

Since the first day of high school, we've be introduced to upperclassmen friends, boys in the social groups, makeup, wardrobe issues, among other cringe worthy things. It's not that any of these things are particularly bad but when they hit you all at's a lot to process. I will spend my whole life regretting the way I wished those early years away. If I had only known these days would be so much more challenging than the terrible twos. Way back then I could corral her safely in our home, away from the outside influences. Oh how I took that for granted.

The only thing I know to do is keep influencing her when I get my moments. Mommy and me time. Yep, still important in the teen years. She has really become interested in photography. This semester she is taking a photography class and has a big semester project finding alphabet letters in everyday things. I offered to take her to a couple places around town that she might find a few "letters". The time out and about may have been more beneficial to me than her. We don't take a lot of time anymore to do something unscheduled or unnecessary. So sad but true. We just have too many activities between five people. Yet moments together sharing a hobby or down time is way better than running to get groceries together. Or supplies for this week's work projects.

Why are the simplest revelations always the ones that take so long to discover?

Here are some pictures from her photography sesh...

She loves to take pictures of flowers. Honestly she spent five minutes trying to get the perfecta angle on a purple flower I didn't post here.

Her school camera is so much better than mine. I love the way it captures the water drops on the petals. My lens isn't that powerful.

Let's see if you can guess the letters in the pictures below...

What letters did you guess? I think they were pretty obvious.

I asked her if she has done portrait photography yet. She said no, then took my picture.
I guess a person needs to start somewhere. Hmm, maybe that is the life lesson for both of us today?

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  1. That is a wonderful photo of you! :)

  2. gorgeous photos!!!! I honestly crings a little when I have to think about teen years with my so much my son. We have a long ways to go until then, so for now, I'll enjoy her sassy 5 year old attitude.

  3. What a great time with your daughter! I wish I would have had moments like this with my mom!

  4. That's wonderful that y'all got some one on one time together. Her photos are stunning! You'll have to post the whole alphabet once she finishes the project.