A walk in the woods

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We took a walk in Chicksands woods this morning, about a twenty minute drive from our house in Hitchin. We had a rare day off all together, and I decided we all needed to spend it in some fresh air. We’ve been indoors entirely too much so far this Winter, and I’ve been craving some time outside. I took my Instax camera for Rory to use, and she loved it, and managed to take some photos of her own which she was so proud of. She wasn’t very happy when the film ended though! My camera is fairly old, and the film most definitely expired, so the results weren’t great but I’m going to look into getting her a camera of her own. It makes me so proud and happy to see her getting into taking photos. That’s my girl.

One of my goals this year is to do a 365 photo project to really challenge myself as a photographer, and get in the habit of taking daily photos, preserving this time in our lives and helping myself be more present. Capturing the everyday is something I feel so strongly about, and I am trying to practice what I preach a little and get myself back into photographing our simple daily lives. I’m aiming to make some photo books, perhaps one a month throughout the year and additional ones for any holidays or special occasions too. So I’m starting the year as I mean to go on, and taking my camera out for a whirl.

I’m glad I got a few photos of Rory being grumpy on our walk too, because that’s the reality of walks in the woods with a three year old and a partner who isn’t hugely fond of the outdoors. They both get grumpy, and our walks never last as long as I’d like them to. I look forward to the days when my kids are a little older, and don’t demand to be carried every five minutes and are happy to be outdoors exploring for the day. But for now, we will settle for short walks where everyone gets a little bit cranky, and I’ll keep cajoling everyone to go outside as often as possible. Even if they’re all being bribed with post-walk hot chocolates, that’s not so bad is it?