The 52 Project: A photo of my children, once a week, every week, in 2019.
David / We got David a book light for Christmas so he can read in bed, and now he falls asleep reading every night. So my new bedtime routine is going into his room to turn off his light, slide his book from under his cheek, and give him an extra goodnight kiss.
(This is the book light we got him. It’s been great, it has three settings and is rechargeable…for the nights I forget to sneak in and turn it off.)
Mary / Before kindergarten started, every day Mary and I ate popcorn together. We both love popcorn. It was one of thing things that brought us together after a morning of fighting over what to wear to the park, cleaning up toys, and eating all her lunch.
I’d put the babies down for their naps, then pop a big pot of popcorn on the stove, and Mary and I would eat it together; Parmesan for her, salt and nutritional yeast for me. It was one of my favorite rituals with her, and now that she’s gone during the day I miss it.
Now, on weekends, we eat popcorn.
Thomas / He spends a remarkable amount of time rifling through his big siblings’ things while they’re at school. Here he is itemizing David’s wallet. The little sister in me admires his cleverness. The big sister in me is horrified.
Anna / Can you imagine being warm and cozy in bed, only to be woken up, and plopped in a stroller for a cold walk to the bus stop?
I have to wake up Anna from her nap nearly every day (sometimes twice a day) to get Thomas from preschool or the big kids from the bus stop. And when I do, she gives me a look that says, “I bet Beyonce’s kids don’t have to put up with this.”