One year ago, I gave birth to a tiny human named Zelda. One year later, I can honestly say that all of the clichés of parenthood are entirely true. I’ve spent the year in awe of this little being, watching her grow and learn. It’s been the biggest roller coaster of my life—from sleepless nights in tears to hearty laughs and moments of absolute astonishment. I’ve made new friends along the way. I’ve laughed out loud daily. I’ve reinvigorated my interest in photographing families and newborns.
When I was seven months pregnant, I downloaded an iPhone app called “One Second Everyday.” I had seen the app creator speak at the World Domination Summit out in Portland, Oregon in 2013 (yes, I went to a conference called the World Domination Summit), and after watching a similar video project, I was determined to make this a family project for Zelda’s first year of life. It took a ton of dedication, but now that we can look back on her first year through this project, I’m so happy that we did it. Every second brings back the memories associated with it.
Before Zelda’s birthday party yesterday, I set up my camera for my dad so that we could get a few family photos. I spend way too much time behind the camera, and I wanted to make a point to get a few photos with all three of us to display in the house once our first floor renovation is done.
Since we’ve officially bid adieu to warm weather for a good many months (besides a trip to Hawaii that’s been in the works to celebrate the new year—yippee!), I thought that I’d share some photos of how the Siartos spent our last moments of warm weather over Labor Day.
Growing up in Michigan, I’ve come across a few boaters here and there who were willing to share the fun of a day on the boat, but this year, our good friend, Jess, asked if we’d like to rent a place with her family on Torch Lake and rent a boat for the weekend. A bit about Jess—she’s a travel agent (she specializes in destination weddings if you’re considering a wedding abroad), and if she asks you to go on a trip that she’s planning, the answer is always yes (hence Hawaii this December/January).
We ended up renting a “rustic” cabin by the lake so that we could budget more money toward the boat where we’d be spending most of out time. The cabin itself made for a few adventures (the plumping didn’t really work when it was raining outside, and the paper thin walls created a chorus of babies one night when the two nine month olds would cry back and forth), but we had such a great weekend playing board games, cruising our boat around like real live boaters, dressing the girls in the same bathing suits (how could we resist?), driving the boat up Clam River to Shorts Brewery, floating in the water on rafts and enjoying good company all around. This is the stuff that perfect Michigan long weekends up north are made of.
Zelda generally despised her lifejacket, but when she had these little toy people in her hand, she could tolerate it.
Notice my windblown boater hair?