I can’t say that I live life with no regrets. Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot of mommy guilt. Everyday we go through the same cycle of dropping the kids off, rushing to work, preparing dinner, and submerging ourselves with the nightly grind of bedtime routine (this can take hours upon hours). I can probably repeat this cycle with my eyes closed. When the weekend comes, it’s catch up time. Time for groceries, time for house renovation, time for laundry.
We are just too busy. Too busy to take the kids to foliage sightseeing. Too busy to bring them to pumpkin patches. There’s always an excuse. And now we are heading into the second week of December. DECEMBER?!? Our X-Mas tree is still not up. No presents bought. Nada. I would hate to let Christmas pass by without building memories and traditions with the kids.
Sometimes I question why we work so hard if we don’t enjoy life more. Do we live to work or work to live? I would hope the latter.
In an effort to change things, we took the kids to watch a holiday movie first thing this morning. And when we went home, I took some holiday pics of the kids. This is important because it’s Axel’s first Christmas! I plan to take more as the holiday approaches. Next time, of the kids together! This plan doesn’t always work out.
Since we don’t have any holiday-worthy decorations up to use as backdrop, I decided to keep it really simple. Plug in some white lights and let the kids get excited. With baby Axel, I stripped his clothes and put on a Santa hat.
And with Zoey, we put on a classic red holiday dress and a faux fur cape.
If you want to try this for your little ones, I would take the pictures on a cloudy day. If the room is too bright, the lights won’t show up as well. Also, I would do one thing differently- either use less lights or scatter them out more. I find that some images showcase just a jumble of lights. I think you would appreciate the individual lights more if less lights were used.
Taking baby holiday pictures doesn’t get easier than this! Also, I do love how the black and white pictures came out. They’re just so classic.
Have a wonderful weekend.