Why I never Get Around to Posting Holiday Pictures
Easter Sunday was yesterday and, as you can see, an image does not exist to highlight our day. Well, it does exist but it's on my mother-in-law's phone. This seems to happen to us every holiday. I either manage to snap a low quality family photo and share it a day late, or I fail to take any pictures at all. And here's why...
I'm trying not to be glued to my phone
I know the trend in today's world is to post every memorable moment with your family on some sort of social media with a caption like "Happy Easter! Had a great day celebrating with my family!" And, hey, I'm a blogger and an Instagrammer so I totally get it! Sharing that photo of your family all decked out for the holiday is great. I also have family miles away who love to see the pictures I post. So I'm not against this at all.
At the same time, I try to limit the time I spend on my phone during a holiday so I can give my full attention to my family and those around me. I get sucked into the screen a little too easily and forget about the people I'm with, so I tend to lean toward going unplugged from my devices when family gathers together. Out of sight out of mind is a good motto for me to follow.
But this self-righteous goal of mine comes with a price.
I forget the camera
Okay, so I don't want to spend time posting to social media or scrolling through my phone. But you would think I could at least remember to bring my normal camera along, right? Wrong. It never fails. Every holiday I make a note to pack my camera in our bag. And almost every holiday I forget it. I don't know what's wrong with me.
Maybe it's because I'm too focused on packing up the dinner rolls I was in charge of bringing. I totally botched those this Easter too, by the way.
Or maybe this year it's because I'm trying to cram all of Levi's things in the car. We tend to pack all of his belongings even if it's only for an afternoon outing. You can always pick out first time parents in a crowd....
Anyway, the point is I forget the camera. Not having a camera makes it hard to take the fun holiday photos.
We're too busy having fun
When I do manage to remember the camera we get too caught up in the activities and socializing to think about pulling it out to snap some pictures. I guess this isn't a bad thing, but at the end of the day when we're relaxing on the couch at home we regret not taking the pictures. It'd be nice to have those holiday photos to look at as we unwind after a day full of holiday festivities. And we don't have many family photos of the three of us which bums us out even more.
My husband and I need to learn to have lots of fun whilst taking lots of pictures.
And then we're too lazy
By the time we figure out we haven't taken any photos to mark this day, we're on the couch in our sweats and beat from the festivities. Gone are our nice festive outfits. Our happy-go-lucky smiles and attitudes have disappeared. Only tired eyes and unmotivated adults remain. So any ambition to set up the tripod to take a family holiday photo is dead. And we let another holiday go by without a picture.
My goal for the next holiday (Memorial Day) is too bring my camera and take tons of pictures. Because one day, these photos will mean so much more. I want to have a tangible way to remember the happy moments. I know all too well how memories fade with time. Pictures help keep those memories alive in our minds and in our hearts. And no excuse is good enough to not capture our family moments on camera.
This is like the coffee talk corner. Sometimes I give organization tips or relationship advice, but a lot of times I'm just sharing about the everyday moments that make up my life.