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    A Pajama Weekend

    08.07.2013 / FAMILY

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    Because Ken and I are both freelance creatives, weekends sometimes look a bit differently for our family. We hit the ground running early, prepping photo shoots and scheduling content and brainstorming ideas – all while taking turns feeding Bee avocados and changing diapers and kissing bruised knees. It’s kind of a frenzy, really, but we love it. On most days.

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    This past weekend, we packed the schedule a bit too tight, overflowing with deadlines that spilled over into the coming week. Lights and cameras and action littered the home like trash on a highway, reminding us that the life of a creative can sometimes look a lot more messy than we prefer. But on Sunday afternoon – halfway through a seemingly never-ending shot list – we paused as Bee woke from her nap and snapped a few photos of our frenzied, harried, messy lives.

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    And I realized something. We have no shortage of photos of the events in our lives: birthday parties, family visits, trips to the zoo. But it’s the everyday moments I want to remember: the days that smell like strawberry Puffs and innocence, full of life and hope and dreams. The days where our hair is unwashed and the bed is unmade and the to do list is unchecked. The real, everyday beauty.

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    This particular moment could have passed. We could have come up with a million excuses to press on and tackle the checklist, styling the nightstand and testing the lighting. But we didn’t. And I am so grateful for these photos – a gentle reminder that the days (and checklists) are long. But the years are short. They are fleeting, strung together with the moments we choose to create.

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    This weekend, we chose pajamas over productivity. And you know what? At the end of the day, the to do list was complete, empty of pending tasks and deadlines. But our hearts were very, very full indeed.

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    • Phillisa

      And just when my co worker had burned a batch of popcorn at 10 am in the morning and my blood pressure began to rise as my to do list at work increased – you posted these sweet photos making everything okay in the world. LOVE THESE. Thank you for sharing. Please share more.

      • Oh you are so sweet, Phillisa – I’ll do my best! Thank you. :)

    • I try to have one pajama day a month. And I love the goal of capturing more of the every day…gotta work on that. So sweet, E!

      • Ahhhh, pajama days are the BEST. :) And man, I firmly believe we should own 5 no make-up, totally pared down self portraits in one lifetime. I”m working on it! ;)

    • Erin

      Love this!

    • What a delightful post! Grinning ear to ear!

    • Doggy kisses and baby giggles are the best! That’s the sweetest picture ever.

      • Ah, thank you! I love how perfectly it captures their uncanny friendship. :)

    • These photos are precious!!! Who shot them?

    • Shawna

      Beautiful Erin. Those crazy moments are the moments we will look back on and miss.

    • Such beautiful photos of beautiful moments. Love ya, friend!!! And your sweet “Bee”…. oh my word, love her and love her sass, too!!!!

    • Pajamas over productivity! Love your thoughts! I get so wrapped up sometimes photographing clients so its good to slow down and see my girls behind the lens of my camera too:) beautiful post as always!

      • Thank you sweet Reem!! I’m glad you take the time to photograph your littles, as well! :)

    • Your photos are so beautiful and fun!

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