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2015 Project 52 Retrospective

After four consecutive years of photography projects, I’m tapping out. While I got some great pictures of the boys over the course of the year, I was definitely phoning it in for the last couple of months, and when an OS upgrade forced me to use an intermediate import step to get photos off the camera and into Lightroom, it just became overly burdensome to keep up with regular updates.

Plus, with August moving on to kindergarten this year and Ewan taking his place in preschool, I feel like I should try to focus on experiencing the fun new stuff they’re getting into rather than keeping the camera on hand at all times. Besides, I have an plentiful backlog of photos that need to be properly cataloged and archived as it is, including a trip to Portugal last October.

After reviewing the previous years’ images, it’s pretty clear I’d lost a lot of steam for the work (lots of sloppy composition, poor lighting, blurry images, et cetera), so I’m happy to let 2016 be a year of not worrying about taking the right photo by the right deadline, then revisit in twelve months to see if I miss it at all.

In doing this retrospective and looking at the pictures and stories, even though I hadn’t put as much care into it as it maybe warranted, it struck me that I managed to capture how well they really do get along in spite of the frequent bickering and bodily harm (normal byproducts of siblings who love each other). Below are my favorites from the 2015 project, and the full project is best viewed at my flickr account.


Week 2: The Boys vs. Getting Along

This was very early in the project, but it perfectly incapsulates how much August can be a caring older brother and how much Ewan looks up to him, literally and figuratively.


Week 18: The Boys vs. Keeping the Bees Away

This was one of those not infrequent, but often short-lived moments where the boys are able to sit quietly and collaborate on something that’s not destructive. Shortly after this photo was taken, they were chasing each other around the park with sticks.


Week 32: The Boys vs. Baseball

This was Ewan’s first Mariners game and August took it upon himself to educate Ewan in the ways of the ballpark, including hot dogs, kettle corn, lemonade, and how to meet the Moose.


Week 41: The Boys vs. Lego History

Lego became August’s toy of choice over the last several months, and he routinely brings home Lego books from the library. One evening, he actually let Ewan flip the pages without admonishing him to turn back a page or move his hand, and explained to him the different characters in the book.


Week 50: The Boys vs. Playtime

This shot pretty much encapsulates life in our house these days – utter chaos, boundless energy, and creativity galore.

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Week 52: The Boys vs. Holiday Hijinks

A couple of days after Christmas, it was relatively quiet around the house with most people out and about. The boys were enjoying an unusually congenial morning and were chasing each other around the main floor of the house where the route between the living room, hallway, and kitchen offer ample opportunities to hide around a corner. When dad got into the action, they banded together, running gleefully for the better part of half of an hour before they finally became exhausted and had to break for a snack.

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Week 51: The Boys vs. The Beach in December

While visiting family on Vancouver Island over the holidays, the boys took advantage of a break in the weather to explore the nearby beach with their cousins near Mill Bay. Unfortunately it was an exceptionally high tide, so there wasn’t much beach to explore, but they did collect a number of interesting shells, rocks, and bits of beach glass before heading back to the safe confines of the trampoline in the back yard.

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Week 50: The Boys vs. Playtime

While they still fight over who had which Lego first, the boys have been playing quite cooperatively over the last few months (which usually ends with someone getting hurt). August is the ringleader, laying out elaborate plots and games he adapts from his favorite books and movies, and Ewan usually plays along, at least for a while.

With several Halloweens in the bank, they have a variety of costumes to spice up the games, with Darth Vader, Spidey, Batman, and Superman being particular favorites.

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Week 49: The Boys vs. Decorating the Tree

This is the first year both boys have been able to properly decorate the tree together, and they did a pretty good job within the limits of their reach. Apart from a few branches that had multiple ornaments on them, the biggest problem was when they discovered that the Homer Simpson ornament says “Mmmm… Beer…” when you push a little button. The ornament had to be moved out of reach when it became clear that the batteries weren’t likely to run out any time soon.

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Week 48: The Boys vs. The Lazy Sunday

After a full and exhausting Thanksgiving week/end, Sunday was spent lazing around the house in their jammies, quietly building things out of Lego, snacking, playing games, and napping. The day ended on the couch, where they contentedly read books and miraculously didn’t hassle each other (too much).

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Week 47: The Boys vs. The Haircuts (Redux)

I didn’t realize this week’s theme had already been done back in Week 10 until I went to post it and thought it felt familiar. I guess if nothing else, it shows how much the kids have changed in nine months, but how little their hair has changed. I guess the most notable differences (that are not apparent here) are that August no longer minds getting his haircut and they’ve moved on from Jake and the Neverland Pirates to Lego Ninjago cartoons.

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