Everyday Life – Round 12

Well y’all, life has been a crazy train lately for the Holmes family circus! But there’s been some fun things thrown in there too. Here’s a little glimpse into the un-edited everyday moments that don’t always make the social media cut!

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1. Enjoying the little things   2. Pool time with my girls   3. Great advice from Dove!

4. Big girl ready to ride her bike    5. Water park fun for my birthday girl    6. Too much rain

7. My little nun   8. Last summer of SFA orientation   9. Precious time with friends

For some prettier glimpses into the everyday, and to see all of the incredible people I get to work with, be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Remembering the Beginning

Right after moving down to Kingwood, I got an email from Peanut’s school searching for a volunteer to step up to be the head volleyball coach for the middle school girls. Now, I played volleyball for a long time, and I loved it. But coaching? Never.

Before I could really think about it too much, I figured I’d go ahead and go for it since I have more time than I ever have before (and may have again). And the thought of those girls not getting to play just hurt my heart.

And you know what I’ve loved about it? While I am trying to figure out how to coach rather than play, it’s been so good to try to remember the beginning.

When you’ve done something for years and years, it’s easy to forget the struggle at the start.

It’s easy to forget how it’s hard to make your body do what you know it should do. It’s easy to forget that the movements aren’t really instinctive, they must be learned. It’s easy to forget that it takes a lot of effort to remember the rules.

And in the middle of all this, a photographer I look up to immensely (as do THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of other photographers) took a few seconds to leave a positive comment on an Instagram photo of mine.

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And that right there, paired with my hours in the gym at volleyball practice, made me appreciate just how important it is to remember the beginning. But even more important than remembering is taking the time to reach back and help those who are in the thick of the start. To encourage them and pour into them – even if it’s in as few as two words.

And then maybe, someday down the line when they’ve grown out of their beginning, just maybe they’ll take the time to reach back too.

 

If you’re not already following along on Instagram, I’d love to have you come join me! You can find me @bmariephoto – be sure to leave a comment and say hi!

Monthly Photo Project – July

I’m kind of sad that this is the last post for the monthly photo challenge I did as a part of my Bucket List for last year. It’s been fun to make myself really focus on getting photos of the girls each month to see how they’ve grown and remember some of the day-to-day moments.

July’s photos were pretty appropriate considering how dang hot it was!! A little bit of pool-time-fun for the win!

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Clearly Pumpkin was enjoying pool time with her sister!

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Little Pumpkin does this all the time with her hands, and I love that I caught her doing it!

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They aren’t exactly playing together just yet, but it’s pretty cute to watch Peanut hand off toys to Pumpkin! I also love watching how serious she is when making her “soup” – love that she has an active imagination! I hope she’s able to hold on to that and develop it into creativity as she grows up.

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Y’all, messy, wet hair is such a picture of summertime for me. After all my years spent with summer days full of the pool, it’s so much fun to watch my girls start their own summertime memories – complete with crazy pool hair!

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Those eyelashes!!!!

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I love this one…

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Things that make my mama-heart melt: that smile…

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…and those little thighs!!

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Peanut & Pumpkin – I love you both to the moon & back!

 

You can find previous months in the Photo Challenge here: