I love taking photos of the kids. I have no clue if they will appreciate it one day as much as I think they will, but I do it nonetheless.

A few years ago, I read something somewhere that made me stop and think about the photos of my kids....I was rarely in the photo WITH them. Here I was, capturing all of these precious moments we could all look back on and recall that exact memory, place, and time, but I was nowhere to be found. Even though I was there. Everyday.

The hubs is great at many things, but I am definitely the photographer in our family. I am the family "documenter" and the nostalgic one. To expect him to be more proactive with snapping shots of me and the kids just wouldn't work. Plus, I'd likely complain about the way I look or the angle or whatever.

A few years ago, I decided to take matters into my own hands thanks to "The Selfie." I started snapping selfies every so often when I would pull up to the kids' school to drop them off. I love Instagram, so I would post our selfies regularly. It became our thing... "Dropping the kids at school, but first...." It was a great moment for just the kids and myself. Plus, I am able to share my love for "silly face" photos and encourage them to start their day with a smile.

Moms, don't forget to put yourself in the picture. Your hair doesn't have to be perfect, so what if you need to shed a few pounds and who cares about makeup when there are great Instagram filters out there. :) You are a beautiful, necessary part of your child's life EVERYDAY - capture that. You'll be so thankful later.

This is quite ironic.

Without knowing anything about this post yesterday, the hubs posted the following on Facebook this morning with the copy "Dropping the kids at school, but first...."

Copycat. :)