by liz degroff: revealing the beauty in the everyday

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week 13|52

yesterday was the start of week 13 and a new theme, chores.  since it was easter, i decided to go off prompt and take some quick, simple nature shots (mostly so i could spend the majority of the day focused on the holiday and my family... and eating!), so today i dove head first into the new theme.

at first i wasn't sure exactly what i wanted to shoot.  i figured it would end up being some sort of self portrait since i do the majority of chores on weekdays.  i wasn't entirely sure how to manage setting up the tripod, completing the chore while photographing it, all the while preventing my kids from attacking the camera.  my husband was off of work for one last day of (very rainy, very windy) spring break, but i've already taken a bunch of images of him vacuuming or doing the dishes and i wanted something different.  and then, as so often happens, an opportunity created itself right in front of my eyes, and i was thankful that i had brought my camera upstairs with me along with both kids and an enormous pile of clean linens.

one of his daily tasks now is to make his bed (or, i should say, "make" his bed), so he was amped when he saw a stripped bed and realized the pile of clean sheets meant making his bed from the bottom up.  he needed daddy's help getting the fitted sheet on, but insisted he do the rest on his own.

then, once the big's bed was cozy and ready to roll, he took off for the little's room, where he decided he would make his brother's crib for him.  of course, the little thought this was a brilliant idea, and so i got to watch a mini toddler assembly line of teamwork form before my eyes.

unfortunately, their idea of "making the crib" turned into "relocating the giant pile of clean linens from it's spot on the bed up and over the crib to a pile in the doorway".  i'm a big believer in picking your battles, and since it was 5-10 solid minutes of happy sibling cooperation and bonding, i figured this wasn't one worth picking :)

when they finally finished the linen relocation project, the big climbed out and then proceeded to climb back in in order to demonstrate to his brother the proper crib climbing technique.  lucky for me, the little couldn't quite figure it out (lord knows i'm not ready to deal with an escapee!) and the big gave up teaching after one attempt in order to test out his bed making handiwork.  

shortly after i took the last shot, i had one very melty toddler and one very annoyed older brother, and so it was off to nap time they went- comfy cozy in their freshly made beds :)