This wonderful group of photographers are back for another year of Kids Were Here.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue, I gave it a lot of thought.
I felt like, if what I photograph wasn't a masterpiece, then it wasn't worthy for KWH.
I reevaluated that thought and came to the indefinite conclusion
that this project is for our family and our family alone.
and anyone who cares to take a peek..
well that's just a bonus.


Things seem to be changing so quickly in our house.
My boys are growing up way too quickly and I feel like their childhood is slipping through my fingers..
day by day.

I'm happy to continue in 2014 with old friends and some new friends.

Here are more traces left by our boys.




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Us girls of the Kids Were Here group were total slackers last month,
 not really, just with school starting up
and our kids being pretty darn important to us, we all needed a blog break.

But we're back with more evidence that our kids are definitely here..in our homes..
for now.

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I can't believe it's August already....it's depressing...and usually I'm a really happy girl.
The thought of going back to work and not hanging out with my boys makes me sadder than ever.
This wonderful project is therapy.
The laid back days of summer are winding down and the school year will soon hit, our feet will hit the ground running.
The days will fly by and I will find myself yearning for the next break to spend with my sweet family.

But, that's life and onward it must go. Here's their imprints from this past month.

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we camped on the beautiful beaches of Michigan
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With the summer months brings a different kind of mess to add to our daily routine. Usually it's 90 degrees and super humid in Ohio this time of year. However, it has been really mild and rainy lately. So there is garb like rain boots laying around from jumping in puddles that normally wouldn't be there. Those boots will make me remember, that it had been rainy in the summer of 2013, when I look back on these images.

Once again I am so grateful for this amazing project with these incredible photographer mamas, to be mindful of capturing what's going on in this very moment with our children. It causes me to pause and take a look around and not only take a picture with my camera, but look at that personal property of my children and what it represents at that moment in our lives.

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If you would like to participate in the KIDS WERE HERE project, feel free to grab the badge below and put it in on your blog.
Or you can participate through our Facebook and FLICKR group.




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This awesome project continues to inspire me to look past the mess and see the imprint that our boys are making on our family's memories. I included images of Adrik's lovie Bunny this month. It was given to Kaes (my middle) by a fellow art teacher as a shower gift. Kaes didn't care anything about it, but Adrik has latched onto it. Some days Bunny just lies in his crib and waits patiently to be played with and other days he's out and about. Every image of Bunny was exactly where his little hands put him. With Kai (my first), if he had put his lovie on the dirty garage stairs, I would have sprinted to get the disinfectant. Disinfectant is too much work these days, the germs will build his immune system. ;)

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"it's a magic potion mama!"
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When I first began this project, I thought it would be fun to document the every day messes my children make. As the weeks have passed, this project has really become so much more than that.

It's not really about messes at all, but about the stories they tell. It's about traces of childhood I see throughout my home on a daily basis. It's about the love we share together. It's about living and being...creating, making, learning and trying. This project leaves me a beautiful story each month of the reminders that Kids are here now...and the time, well, its all too fleeting, isn't it? We all need to embrace these moments and just live them too; because they really are the best moments of life." -Ginger Unzueta

If you would like to participate in the KIDS WERE HERE project, feel free to grab the badge below and put it in on your blog. Or you could participate through our Facebook and FLICKR group.



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We are all mamas who happen to be photographers involved in this very special project. These images have become a sentimental reminder of the precious time that we have with them. They remind me to not worry if a towel is left on the floor or if they forget to take their plate to the sink. Their little boy things make life real. And all too soon, they will no longer live with us, in their home. These objects represent our everyday moments. To imagine our house still, quiet and clean is too much for me to bare.

Rachel Devine from Sesame Ellis recently wrote about how soon there would no longer be juice boxes in the fridge. That killed me. So I had to take a picture of their juice boxes, so I won't forget.
I never want to forget what it was like, these amazing moments, when my kids were here.

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my milk has been dried up for a year, but i can't bring myself to get rid of this dried up splotch....i know gross, right?
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These still life images serve as a daily reminder that my days are awash in chaos, whimsy, laughter and laundry (sometimes all at once). They capture toys and spills and puddles and piles. Sentimental, solitary moments of childhood ephemera. A gentle prodding to live in the now and stop looking toward the “then.” And though sometimes I pray for clean and quiet and still, I know all too well it will come. And I will yearn for tiny shrieks of laughter in my bedroom. For toys and loveys strewn about. For signs of a daily life well lived. For traces of my babies who once were. For reminders that Kids Were Here, and they were life and light and love." - Stephanie Beaty

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This group of amazing women have gotten together to document evidence that our "Kids Were Here." It's a fabulous idea introduced by the  talented Ketti Phillips of Ketti Photography. It's about anything and everything that in 10, 15 or 20 years we'll look back on and say "oh yeah, remember when they played with that Titanic in the bath?" Or how they ate strawberry toast three times a day, and how mama had a glass of wine while making their toast (did I just type that? never in the morning of course).
It chokes me up to think about the legos being packed away and my floors being spotless. 


I guess God gave me three little boys because I have never been a fru-fru type of gal. So we haven't any pretty pink princesses in our house.

what we have is....

star wars jammies

godzilla

ugly rain boots

gorilla puffs

edamame

a ba-zillion legos

trucks

stuffed animals ( I guess that's kinda girly? I love that they love animals)

this is what our house looks like every. single. day.
and I know I know I will miss the mess when it's gone.








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this quote from jude says it all so perfectly...."in the the moment is is easy to get frustrated with all the mess and clutter that results from living with children. this set reminds me how quickly it will all pass. one day the toys will be in totes no longer played with. i will miss this. i'm reminded to slow down. to not stress about it. my happiness is not dependant upon everything put back into place and a neat and tidy home.
one day we will have a wonderful reminder. evidence left behind written upon our hearts and minds of our children. photographs that will bring us back to this very day, when our kids were here." -jude wood