around our clocks: 4pm

During the weekdays, our afternoons are filled with more free activities for the children: time outdoors, art, baking, reading, sleep or handicrafts. I'm trying to make sure we hit handicrafts at least once a week, especially taking the time to help the younger children. This past Friday, three of the children worked at the same time (& then their younger ones woke from nap time & wanted to work too) so it was busy. Thankfully, these three need little help from me now on these handicrafts:

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I can hardly believe that this is our twelfth & final post for this series! I feel honored to have joined this group of ladies this past year as we shared what one specific hour looked like in our lives. I'm looking forward to printing this project in a book as a keepsake for our family. Documenting, preserving & enjoying our images- it makes my heart happy! Be sure to visit Nicole next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

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around our clocks: 7am

Pregnancy diabetes. The diagnosis came as a complete shock and honestly, I'm not convinced it's accurate but it's in my charts & there is no changing the doctor or midwives minds. I've had a range of emotions from shock to anger to sadness. This is all new to me- a first after many pregnancies. Thankfully, my numbers during the day are perfect & my morning numbers after fasting were very close so I'm hopeful (& determined) to adjust those numbers by eating a snack before bed (something I wasn't doing) & getting in some more walking (some days easier said than done because of my anemia).

It's hard some times not to be eager to be done being pregnant. I KNOW I will miss this so I'm trying to tell myself to soak it all in. I know this is a minor thing compared to what many are facing- in fact, our dearest friends are battling cancer right now & it's reminded me again what a blessing our health is. Submitting my will and desires (even good ones like health) and resting in God's plans... I wish I could say it comes easily but it doesn't always. Praise Jesus, He is faithful and patient!

For one year, I'm joining group of fellow documentary photographers as we share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. One hour shared once a month. The project's called "Around Our Clocks." Be sure to visit Meghan Nesom Photography next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 2pm

I can hardly believe this is our sixth month of sharing images! The little girls are battling a summer cold, which has to be the worst kind of cold but I'm grateful it's not the flu! Summertime offers more time for play & lots more laundry. Also, this is my belly at 29weeks. I can hardly believe I'm this far along already!

Each month, I'm joining group of fellow documentary photographers as we share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. The project's called "Around Our Clocks." Be sure to visit Nicole Sanchez, a Northern Virginia family photographer next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 11am

Most weekdays find us busy with lessons at 11am. Maybe some lunch prep but this past Friday, I decided to clean out the fridge by eating leftovers so no prep needed. Yipee! You'll notice he's not always thrilled with the idea of lessons (I actually think the reason this time was that he was bored with this math lesson):

But that's okay, he wasn't the only one that was bored. Yep, teaching isn't always thrilling:

And while I was inspiring great thinking, the littles were "playing" in the basement which basically means they were making huge messes (it was raining this day so no outside time):

At least someone was enjoying their reading (and yes, he has jeans without holes but why wear those?):

I found Abigail quietly playing in her room since her lessons were already finished:

This is part seven of a group project called Around Our Clocks. Each month, a group of fellow documentary photographers share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. Be sure to visit Stephanie Bryan, Lifestyle Photographer in Raleigh, NC next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 9am

We drove 16.5 hours last Friday on our way home from Michigan so Saturday morning found us moving very slowly- only one child awoke before 9. Eric ran to the store to get the essentials for breakfast. That doesn't usually include donuts but you'll see he wasn't the only one who ate them. (The children can't eat them so I'll let you deduce who else "helped" him.)

This is the 6th installment of a group project called Around Our Clock. Each month, a group of fellow documentary photographers share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. Be sure to visit Christina from petrasiliephotos, family & lifestyle photographer next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 5pm

The Star Wars obsession has begun to affect more than just the boys. I find that kind of surprising because the girls have never seen it but I guess they do see their brothers playing with various toys & Legos. 5pm this month found Emily practicing her light saber skills (or "white saver" as she calls it).

This is number fivein a group project called Around Our Clock. Each month, a group of fellow documentary photographers share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. Be sure to visit Nicole Sanchez Northern Virginia Family Photographer next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 12pm

12pm this past Friday found a fairly quiet house. We had started our first day of winter break & most of the children were scattered enjoying free time. I still plan to continue a few lessons since I've had a lot of sick days due to pregnancy. Reading with Abigail is one of those so while we did her phonics lesson, an older sibling made lunch.

Abigail told me she wanted curly hair like Elizabeth so she went off & found the one roller we own- a doll accessory! In her mind, it made perfect sense.

This is the 4th post in a group project called Around Our Clock. Each month, a group of fellow documentary photographers share what one specific hour looks like in our lives. Be sure to visit Sincerus Photography next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

around our clocks: 10am

This weekend, we got snow in Atlanta. It wasn't much and as soon as the sun rounded the tops of the trees, it melted but my little girls were happy to see the white stuff on the ground. I was happy to see shadows!

This series of Around Our Clock post is a group project with several other documentary photographers. Each of share what our lives look like at various hours. Be sure to visit Stephanie Bryan next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you would like to see all of my images from this series, click the projects button at the top of the screen.

And this is kinda cheating but here is a picture I took earlier in the morning. Katherine was so excited to look & see if we got any snow!

around our clocks: 3pm

On a good day, you'll find 3pm pretty quiet around here. We stop lessons at three. Maybe a few will finish up music later, we're always reading & Patricia often meets with Eric after dinner to do math. But the norm during the week day is for everyone to find something to do quietly for an hour ALONE- read, art/craft, quietly play an instrument (far away from mama), sleep. The key is to get out of each other's face and have a break. I usually work in the kitchen & laundry a bit, read and/or catch up on paperwork. Sometimes I work on my photography, do a deep cleaning project or run an errand alone. Often I listen to podcasts.

I say "on a good day" or "norm" because often 3pm looks entirely different! As the children get older, everything is far from normal. But this past Friday found a very quiet house, for which we were all grateful for.

This post is another installment of a yearly project with several other documentary photographers where we will share what our lives look like at various hours. Be sure to visit Meghan Nesom Photography next (if you follow the circle completely, you'll end back here)! If you're interested in seeing my other posts from Around Our Clocks, click the tag at the end of this post.

around our clocks: 8am

I'm excited to join several documentary photographers in sharing what our lives look like at different times of the day! We will share one hour each month, mixing up which hour we capture. It should be fun! For 8am, I chose to capture this past Saturday. We like our Saturday mornings relaxed- it's a nice change of pace from the rest of the week! On this morning, I awoke before anyone else so I could enjoy some coffee while studying for my film class. After the girls awoke, they were happy to play with playdough until Katherine decided it was taking too long.

Be sure to follow along the blog circle by visiting Meghan next. You should loop around here if you follow the circle through.