black & white wednesday

This picture is special to me.
It represents one of my "summer resolutions."
Be in the moment with my kids. Play with them. Listen to them. Enjoy them.
I want them to remember me being there.
This picture was taken on Memorial Day at the Omaha Zoo.
It is one of the only pictures I took the entire day.
Instead of trying to get the kids to smile, or stand here or there,
I held hands with my oldest, goofed around with my middle one, and showed my baby animals she'd never seen before.
I was delighted when she pointed at every animal that swam and called it a "duck."
Penguins were ducks. Fish were ducks. Sting rays were ducks.

I put the camera down and just enjoyed myself and my family.
And it was wonderful.

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Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely lovely. Sometimes the memories the kids will have of a great time with their parents are more important than all the pictures. I need to remember that myself - a lot of the times!

Donna said...

A good reminder for all of us. When our kids are older, they won't remember all of the pretty photos but they'll remember the time we spent with them.

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Life with Kaishon said...

So sweet I can not even take it. Magic. Very pretty processing.

ThisMamaRAZZI said...

Great post and a beautiful shot!!!

The Mommy said...

What a great angle! Love the composition:)

Adeena said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the processing.

Great resolution, too. :)

Frau said...

Great B&W! Have a wonderful summer.

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Mama Hen said...

That picture is absolutely beautiful! It is one to be framed! I also love your resolution to be present in the moment! I love that! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

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pdbonnie said...

You captured a wonderful moment and what a unique perspective. The memories you make with them will last a lifetime. Wonderful, wonderful picture. Grandpa and I decided this is our favorite for the week.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

OH WOW....I love everything about this image.....AWESOME capture and processing:)

Sorry it has taken me this long to get here.....we have had a very busy week!!

Enjoy your Sunday~