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It’s really hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I started this project. My favorite part? Aside from a few images, it’s been photographed exclusively with my iPhone. There’s no excuse for not having images of your adorable little ones, yourself and those precious memories that are handed to you every day. Because that’s really the point of photos. One day, you’ll need them to look back on and show that not only did you exist, but you my precious dear… you LIVED.

This last year has helped me grow so much. I’m constantly surpassing my own expectations of what I’m capable of. I’ve focused on creating what I want to create, and being true to myself. I’ve tested my own boundaries and found myself in both my photography as well as my own life.

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So these next couple weeks will be planning new projects. Project 29 will cease on April 30th, 2016 when a new project will embark. The beauty of this is the last year of my 20s may be over, but the rest of my life is just beginning.
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I look forward to finishing this countdown with you. And continuing with a new project on May 1st. 😉

xoxo, Markie

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29 days left. It’s gone way faster than I expected. And with my computer on the fritz right now, I can’t post the images I wanted to for this countdown. (I sure wish that was an April Fools Joke but sadly it’s not). It’s been a whirlwind for sure and my writing skills are sub par as I soak everything in. PINIMAGE

The weather is starting to warm up now, which means a lot more outdoors time and park dates. Of course, it’s never too warm for Batman leggings. PINIMAGEPINIMAGE

So it’s down to the wire with 29 days. 29 days left in my 20s. If I thought this last 10 years were a wonderful adventure…. my 30s are going to be even more amazing.

xoxo, Markie

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Between my grandpa getting sick, three holidays, the flu, a round of norovirus topped off with a nasty lingering cold….. I fell way behind. About 30 days behind, give or take. Thankfully, the new year brings a sense of new beginnings and the ability to truly start over. My focuses this year are a bit more personal than even last year, and include minimizing my entire life (who knew two kids and a mama could end up with so much…. stuff) and organizing everything from my household to my schedule. I’ll be focused on my family again this year with goals that include eating at home, taking time weekly for myself and keeping up with Project 29 and Project Selfie. PINIMAGEOf course, no family can truly get by without family outings. Even if those are just to Panera Bread for cookies and bagels. PINIMAGEPINIMAGEChristmas was actually quite pleasing this year. It’s typically a time where shared holidays dampen some of the joy of the season, but this year that wasn’t the case. You see, a few years ago I was able to get my hands on this beautiful vintage kitchen set when the church I attend cleaned out their storage. This piece happened to be built by one of the grandparents in the church and was played with by myself growing up. It’s one of my favorite memories of Sunday School, playing with this kitchen set. So when they did their cleanout, I snatched it up immediately and stored it away just waiting for the right time to pass it on to my kids.

It still needs some TLC and refreshing to make it new again, but the look on Mimi’s face when they walked in the door Christmas morning was completely perfect. The kitchen is now in our family room, full of kitchen play stuff and used as often as possible. However, there’s glitter all over my floors and that doesn’t vacuum up very easily. Totally worth it.

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xoxo, Markie

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It feels like every year the Holidays show up and I lose track of time. First Halloween comes way before I get the adorable custom costumes made for the girls. Then Thanksgiving knocks on the door asking for biscuits or veggies or something and then Christmas sneaks in while you have the door cracked. This year I’m left struggling to balance two separate court ordered schedules along with the hectic mess that is my own life. Every year I tell myself I’ll be more organized next year. Then next year comes and it’s December 3rd, and I’ve barely even made room for the Christmas tree.

But last night, I read the girls a story. I rocked Emma to sleep. I snuggled with Mimi for a bit. Sure, I didn’t eat dinner until after 9 pm, and said dinner consisted of eggnog, pepperoni & salami slices, some cheese and a giant plateful of crackers. Still, it was completely worth it to have that short time with my kids. I realized shortly after, that they don’t care our tree isn’t up. It doesn’t make a difference to them that we don’t have lights on our house yet, haven’t baked Christmas cookies, and the only reason they have a countdown calendar to Christmas is because Noni put one together. What they do care about is the spending time with me. Reading the stories. Snuggling and watching movies. Making chocolate milk with way too much NesQuik.

So please, as we head further into this Christmas season, don’t forget to be present with your family. Chances are, 10 years from now no one will remember what they got this year. But they will remember whether or not you were there. And next year, I’ll start decorating earlier. Or not.

xoxo, Markie

 

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Truth be told, it’s not Thursday and until about 30 seconds ago, I didn’t even remember how many days were left in my countdown.

You see, this last week and a half has been a blur. I really haven’t been paying attention to much more than the really important things in my life this week. My children, my family and most importantly, me. It seems as though everything happened all at once. Miss Emma went on her first weekend away. My grandpa was admitted to the ICU at the hospital. Schedules were thrown out of wack, children needed to be juggled and protected, and support needed to be given.

If I could have abandoned it all, and sat in the hospital room the whole time, believe me, I would have done just that. But that wasn’t an option. So I got up, got dressed and went to work. I attended a parenting seminar. I took Miss Mimi bowling, mini golfing and out for ice cream. In between, I sat at the hospital. To pass time, I scrolled through my phone.

I have a ridiculous number of photos in my phone. Even after cleaning it off once a month… the number sits at 3,937. I had pictures of my children, my parents, my coffee…. My house, my clothes, my dirty kitchen. I had a picture or two of my grandma being goofy. But no pictures of my grandpa. Not in my phone anyway.

This made me realize how important it is to be present, but also to remember to photograph that. Memories only last so long. Photographs are for when we need them to last a little longer. PINIMAGE

xoxo, Markie

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