You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
-Khalil Gibran

It’s the last Living Arrows with I Heart Snapping this week. It’s been a fantastic project. I’m rather surprised I’ve managed to complete this. It’s been a funny old year, mostly great (hello, Arthur!), but sometimes the not so good (not dealing with the um, more dramatic moods of Betsy, especially after Art was born very well and my post-natal blah-ness) can overshadow the good things so it’s been great to have a record of ordinary life and special days over the course of the year, even when the majority of photos have been so-so in quality. I’ve not seen an improvement in my skill of photo taking, but that’s not what this project has been about for me – getting a regular recording of my children is, even if it is a grainy shot from a mobile. Maybe a concentration in really trying to improve my photography would be a good resolution for 2015? This week’s photos are a very typical duo for Living Arrows – a quick snap on the phone and the rarer nice portrait of Betsy from the DSLR.

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Christmas morning. Betsy and Arthur playing with their new ducks. Betsy chose the green duck as her present to Arthur, but while in the shop, fell in love with the pink duck so Father Christmas popped it into her stocking. She hasn’t stopped clutching it.

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A post-Christmas walk along Bournemouth beach. Betsy has become obsessed with her bike again, and wants to take it everywhere. She’s so fast now! (not so fast on sand, mind)

In 2015, the Living Arrows linky will be hosted at the lovely Shutterflies, so this project will live on, hurrah! Which is great as I’ve met some lovely bloggers as a result of all of this.

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  1. oh they’re lovely shots, especially Betsy on the beach – it’s incredible to get to the end of the year and realise that I have 52 portraits of childhood – even if they are mostly on the swings!

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