365 Self-Portrait Project (week 37th)

This week we’ve had a slight improvement. No. 2 is playing by herself a little more. She sleeps more, too.

But even with that improvement I want to scream. Just like that:

Bjork. Photo: John Baptiste Mondino

and here a little song for you all. One of my favorite artists: Bjork.




Instead of screaming, though, I look rather like that.

This Little Creature (No.2) we’ve made teaches me a lot about my limits, and it’s not pleasant.


While doing grocery shopping on Saturday.


On Sunday we went for a hike. Not very long, but long enough for everybody to get tired.

I link-up this picture to Bonnie’s theme this week: “the beauty of aging“.

I my case the beauty of aging is just growing up to a moment when I finally am not fighting with everybody and everything. When I do not go upstream just for the sake of being the one who does it. When I have my own family. My kids. My love. When I finally can talk with my parents like equals while humbly admitting they know more, and they are more experienced than I am. No matter what.

Photo Art Friday

We had a break to eat and drink.

No.2 seemed to enjoy her 1st hike.

When we walked back, the last few hills dad had to carry both our Sweethearts.

The dog had a great time, as well.


Making an apple pie. My husband’s favorite.


It hasn’t been very quiet around. The only time when I can relax a little and hear as little as possible of the baby’s crying and our No. 1 jumping/running/yelling/screaming/being herself is when I am in the bathtub with my ears below the water. I hear only the sound of me breathing and the water running in the walls. It is beautiful.


Ok. I though, and though and though about this picture. I hate it. This is how I look in the morning. These days the first thing in the morning is washing our doggy and her crate. She is always dirty and sticky. Not completely potty trained she has her night accidents.

I did take different pictures that day but I deleted them from the camera by accident. This one is what I ended up with and well… I wish I had something else.


As much as carrying N0. 2 in this carrier hurts my back, it is better than using the stroller. Especially when I have to take the puppy for a walk and I can’t leave No.1 and No.2 by themselves at the house.

Yesterday we had a small tantrum while coming back from one of those walks.

This is how it ended up.

Good, this picture do not have a sound. There was a lot of crying and screaming.

But I kept my poker face. Or maybe I’m just that tired 😉

By the way, if you saw me setting up the camera for this self-portrait and then managing everybody to get to the right spot and staying there you would give me an award. I have no idea how I made it. Those two on the leashes, No.2 in front of me trying to grab the camera and being on my way all the time. Ugh… someday I will laugh out loud looking at those pictures.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

What are your plans?

I do plan to spend it in front of the TV, watching new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time on Netflix while eating homemade chocolate pudding 🙂 Can’t wait. Now I just need to walk everybody.

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53 thoughts on “365 Self-Portrait Project (week 37th)

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  1. I love every photo…oh my gosh, I hope you don’t mind that I smiled while picturing you trying to get that self-portrait of all of you (child screaming, dog tugging, etc. etc.). Yes, one day you will laugh…but right now, I completely validate your right to want to scream! 🙂 As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful photos of what it’s like to be a Mom of little ones. And by the way, I think your self-portrait is lovely and real. Have a good weekend – I hope you got a slice or two of that apple pie!


    1. thank you! this picture came out pretty nice, I have to admit. I wasn’t expecting that. I like how grainy it is. It’s not in purpose, though. It was just not enough light and I had to shoot in very high ISO.


  2. you always give me much to ponder and I am glad to hear that there are improvements. you really DO an amazing job of sharing your Life, and your week. I love these for their authenticity and courage. good work!!!


    1. Deborah, doing this project I felt like just photos without short descriptions to it wouldn’t be so interesting. AND there no time for me to doing something extra (maybe sometimes) and what’s beyond everyday life. If I want to stage a photograph it takes a lot of my time and energy and at the end the kids always get in the way of doing it the right way… So honestly, shooting those pictures on the run is the only way I can keep this project going.


  3. It’s always so interesting to review your week in photos. It really helps to see that sometimes the things that bother me are not nearly as bad as I think they are. we each have our own “ups and downs” in life and knowing that others out there struggle the same as we do is a big help to keeping things in perspective.

    I really enjoyed the shot of you in the bathtub, so interesting and yes it would be quiet with one’s head under the water.
    Also like the shots of your hubby and the 2 girls and the one of the dog to. I too got a chuckle about your trying to take that one photograph with a squalling toddler and a dog and such. You keep on persevering and inspiring.


    1. isn’t it. When I stumble upon a blog post about a mother that struggles to keep up with her kids or with everyday life chores or not even a mother but a person who has her own challenges I smile and I always try to write something nice to her. I know how much of a support are all those comments from all of you each week for me!


    1. ugh… I was so tired in that moment. I actually had no idea about the dog jumping all over my daughter. Just when I looked at the picture later I saw it and I laughed. Although my daughter wasn’t laughing at the time. 😉


  4. You are doing brilliantly! Two small children, a dog, a blog, a photographic challenge and everything else that goes on every day. Yes you will look back and laugh and it will all go by in the twinkling of an eye. My baby is 23.


    1. Miriam, sometimes I say to my husband: I wish they were already 18… but I think I don’t know what I am saying. My parents used to say: Small kids, small problems. Big kids, big problems.
      Don’t know if I really want them to grow up. They are a piece of work now, but can’t imagine how it’s going to be when they are 18…


  5. So perfect—this post. I listened to the song as I read it and when I got to the picture of the dog jumping on No. 2 and about how you should receive a reward for the picture set-up and the song was at its climax, I laughed and laughed. Though I am sure it was NOT funny at the time. It showed how real life really is. OMG. You are so strong.
    The bath pictures are so cool. How did you NOT drop the camera in the tub? LOL!
    I still haven’t emailed. I must do it this week. But as usual, just wanted to let you know, you made my day, woman with a fabulous post. 😀


    1. thanks Jennifer. Don’t worry about the email thing 🙂 I understand.And you know what, I think that all mothers are strong. We have to be!
      and… there is always a fear of dropping the camera into water 😉


  6. I always enjoy your posts and since I was on a bit of a respite have missed them for a couple of months. My, the children are growing and yes, certainly Mom’s are super tired! I do remember well. You have some wonderful photos, however; wish I were to have done that when my children were young. Thanks so much for continuing with your creativity – wonderful post. Hugs from Alaska. kareninkenai


  7. Oh my, another week and we all survived! thank goodness! I missed my Friday posting but just had to come by for my fix here of the honest living of life through your eyes. I know you don’t feel that way, but it is always so inspiring to see the honesty of your days as a mom of little ones. Makes me think back to when mine were that small and feel a sense of grattitude for having survived it. But gosh to be honest, these days with my two in high school have been crazy and this week is homecoming and there are football lockers to decorate and a carnival to volunteer at and my son’s football game and the varsity game that my husband and I volunteer at. I’m thinking that bathtub trick might be on my agenda this week! haha

    I give you kuddos for even getting all those photos! Love them all! Here’s to a half way sane week for us all!


    1. Kim, I am very glad to inspire people through this Project. I inspire you and you inspire me with all those honest comments to keep going. One day at a time – this is my motto. It shall pass just to welcome new, more grown-up problems and responsibilities. ugh…
      I definitely recommend the bathtub trick!!!


  8. Love it! I backtracked your blog from a comment you posted on mine (ruffled babylegs) – thanks for reading my blog, by the way 🙂
    I love 365 photo projects and I’m so impressed at how good you are with the self-timer shots. That one with the kids and the dogs – priceless! Real moms, real moments – I need to practice taking a few of those myself


  9. I love your creativity in your selfies & that you got the whole family in some of these. I’m sort of giggling at the caption under the last shot. When I saw it I instantly knew what that must have been like. Things like that happen often here. Loving your dog- I had a similar one growing up.


  10. You are the queen of good sports! Good for you. You made me smile. kids and dogs on leashes, dogs jumping on child…been there done that, I survived and so will you. Keep on going!


  11. OMG! You have a new puppy now? It’s like having another kid but it will get better–I promise. Sorry about your walk. That family photo on your hike is great though. Here’s to a new week full of promise!


  12. Just a quick note to let you know that the link you put in to Food on Friday: Avocado has been showcased today in my Need Some Inspiration? Series. Cheers

    Ps I have just signed up to follow you by email – a follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful!


  13. I’m assuming everybody is okay..and if so, it’s okay to laugh, right?

    You mentioned your carrier hurts your back? If you can, check out Ergo carriers? They are like a million times more comfortable for you and for the little one (one of the only places my little girl will nap when we are out).

    And, the bathtub photo is awesome.


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