Over the past couple weeks, we’ve taken a step back from our Snapchat stories, and it’s not because our deep love for sharing more behind the scenes has faded. Nope. We still adore the app and find sharing there to be more candid and less curated.
Job number one around here is still the parenting gig and Keith and I were both noticing some changes in Mayhem’s behavior and felt like we needed to spend some time figuring out what was going on. So we’ve be giving that (and her) a lot of attention lately. And just to clarify, I don’t feel like there was necessarily a lack of attention, but the quality of the attention can differ, and perhaps I was dropping the ball a bit on that.
Fortunately, the spring weather arrived extra early around here, so we’ve spent the better part of the past couple weeks outside. We’ve been playing and talking and playing and talking and playing and talking. And it’s been a conscious decision to keep the “interference” to a minimum. We gave our family a 100K step challenge (for each of us) last week and we ended up knocking that out of the park in five days. Side note: Moxie cannot hang with us.
It’s been a whole lotta waking and talking and scooter-ing and hoops shooting and just plain family time. We’ve painted our fingernails, drawn a thousand pictures, made some additions to cardboard city, and I was even treated to a secret spa (complete with paper “pickles” on my eyes). All of this in addition to our regularly scheduled school work.
In a world where round the clock sharing is all the rage, all of this could have been seen as excellent content. (Because that’s what we’ve been dubbed … content creators.) And while we certainly haven’t gone on a total digital detox or anything, stepping back into life outside the screen has been refreshing. We’ve taken field trips where I took not a single photo. Camera or phone. I didn’t snap a second of it. I wasn’t worried about how the background would fall out of focus or which filter was best for the scene. There was no re-shooting anything. I took a cue from our pal Kid President and decided to take brain pictures instead, and it’s been glorious.
This does not signal the end of anything. It simply means we noticed we needed to recalibrate, so we took a little breather and did just that. Keith and I have spent a tremendous amount of time over the past couple weeks mapping out some big plans and we’re super excited about some potential projects. And we also have commitments and obligations in the here and now. We’re in the midst of our own March madness which is photographing ALL.THE.SPRING.TEAMS. but we’re counting our blessings with this amazing weather we’re having.
I’d imagine you’ll start seeing more of us back on snapchat (heck, you can see Mayhem making some pretty sweet throws on a lacrosse field over on our snapchat story for the next six or so hours: FashionByMayhem). Mayhem has been itching to get back in the kitchen, and she’s obsessed with the funny selfie filters, so ….
But in the meantime, I’ll be reminding myself that it’s OK to take a break from real pictures in order to take some brain pictures too.
Have you jumped on snapchat yet? And what are your thoughts on snapchat stories (in general, not just ours)? And if you want to follow ours, you can add us with our snapcode here: