We'll leave the light on for you.
Along the way, I realized how much fun—and how cathartic—writing stories about the hilarious and often challenging parts of my day could be. A twenty-minute temper tantrum thrown by a tyrannical, hungry, napless three-year-old may seem like the end of the universe while you're caught in its wake, but later that day, with a healthy dose of retrospection, a dash of forgiveness, and a splash of humor (and one ice-cold Tecate with a slice of lime), you've got a good story for the tellin'.
But I haven't forgotten just how important the visuals are to my original purpose with this blog; I like to think that they tell just as much of the story as my words do. Most days, in fact, I let the images in my photo files dictate which ditties I'll write about (and with two kids under the age of four, oh, the "ditties" I have). Sometimes, I feel the photos are strong enough on their own to tell the story I want to share. And some days, truth be told, my ball-breaking bosses have me on such a tight schedule of juice fetching, peek-a-booing, swing pushing, spoon feeding, and Lincoln-Logging, that posting a photo or two is about all I can find the time, energy and sanity to do. (I so deserve a raise.)
So, inspired by Time magazine's "Best Photos of 2005" issue last week, I decided to wrap up the year by creating a similar post that includes my "Favorite Photos of 2005." For one reason or another, these images never made it to the blog. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do; they represent many of the events that I will remember fondly when I think of the year that was 2005—the year that blogged.
The Son Also Rises:
Finnegan in January at age 2 1/2
Someone To Watch Over Me:
Finney took quickly to his new role as the Big Brother
Some Expressions Are Universal:
Opa sharing a big grin with his first granddaughter
Screams Of Delight:
Fourth of July comedy at the beach
On The Green Grass, The Boys In Blue:
The kids showing their unique eye colors at a September Dodger game
Or As Grandma Likes To Call Her, S. Emely:
Grandma Emely with Shea in October
Full Speed Ahead:
Finney really opening it up in mid-November
Finally Learning To Kiss Back:
Finn and Shea, early December
Double Duty Diary will be back again in 2006.
Hope you have a great holiday!