The 52 Project 2014: 7/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE.

7 week 2014

(outfit c/o: Matilda Jane)

This week’s portrait illustrates Mia’s enthusiasm for stopping to smell the roses flowers. She does this 9 times out of 10 while walking from our front door to the car when we’re heading out of the house. I realize that you can’t see her face, but trust me, she’s “smelling.” Her nose is wrinkled, lips are pursed and eyes are squinted to get the deepest sniff action possible. I highly doubt she’s sucking in a scent from that distance, but she still insists on going through the motions anyhow.

No matter where she is, actually, flowers have the power to stop her in her tracks for a good sniff. And anyone else who is nearby will be repeatedly tugged on and pulled at to go and join her in this sniffing ritual. I knew there was a reason why I was so decided on Rose as her middle name.

Other scented items that she’s obsessed with repeatedly smelling: candles! There are sets of candles at Grandma & Grandpa’s house that she visits a few times a day for a few quick whiffs.

I appreciate Mia’s many little quirks. This particular one helps to remind me to slow down and take more notice of my surroundings, especially in nature, and to stop to smell the roses…literally.

Just for fun, this is the portrait from last year’s week 7 in 2013.

7 week 2013

(oh my…the walker. and her patchy, stringy hair!)

Like last year, each of my weekly posts will include the following list of my favorite few portraits from the week prior at Practising Simplicity’s linkup. You can check out the rest of the entries from week 6 here.

  • A Piece of Sweet Moment: Oh, this blog is full of wonderful portraits of one of the most sweet little faces…and those eyes! One of my new faves.
  • Jane Mabel: Loving these 3 in-the-moment portraits of 3 lovelies.
  • Lamb Loves Fox: And yet another mention of this impressive photographer’s portraits. Her children are beautiful and her work captures their sweetness so well.
  • Turning Domestic: 4 portraits of 4 lovelies. Get a load of those super smiley babies in the last two.
  • Jennifer Harr: Great shot in the midst of exploring the great outdoors.

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  1. Thank you for the sweet mention here! Awe…loving your photos with this project!

  2. I love how you update the weekly portraits. such a beautiful capture of her living in the moment

  3. The first photo looks colorful and lovely, while the second one looks so cute. Nice shot! :-D

  4. Oh my goodness I just stumbled across this and just love the picture of your little miss chasing the chickens. What a gorgeous photo to capture. What fun.

  5. I saw that well-worn bunny clutched so carefully and I HAD to click on over here. Adore the dress and the way you’ve captured her curiosity so beautifully.

    Nice to meet you!


  6. Love this photo, such a beautiful capture of your sweet girl! Makes me even more excited for it to be spring here in Chicago!

  7. Hahahah cracking up over last year’s photo with the chickens!

  8. awwww, your little sniffer is the sweetest!!! <3 i didn't know that you guys have the same exact walker as us, too. happy weekend.

    p.s. i send you an email earlier this week. i hope you got it!

    • haha, thanks Dena :) and yes i got it! and…i love it! But I’ve been thinking about it and I think I’m at 85% sure that I want in. Commitment makes me a little nervous and the idea of drawing a “writer’s” or “creativity” block the night before each is due…scares me a little. But honestly, I think it’s just what I need since I’ve been feeling a bit of a block anyways. So I’ll email you back very soon :)

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