The 52 Project – 1/52

johannes' room

Time is a double edged sword, it brings so much joy and happiness along with it but passes by in the blink of an eye.  Sometimes I look at my life, at Michael and Johannes and think, “gosh they look older, bigger.  When did this  happen?”.  A couple of nights ago, when I was putting Johannes to bed he said to me, “Mom I want to be big already.  I want to be big like daddy already.”  It stopped me in my tracks.  My baby is a baby no more, and with each passing day while I’m busy packing school bags, rushing to the office and cooking dinner, Johannes is growing and growing and growing some more.  And one day I will blink and stare at a pair of eyes level with mine, that have aged and grown.  Johannes’ voice won’t be that of a baby anymore, or even a toddler, it will be that of a man.  His wish to become “big” is inevitable.

I want to try and capture the process a little bit better.  It all has its magic, the milestones and the growth, it is magic.  While I feel like I do a decent job of documenting our life on this blog and through Instagram, I feel I can do better.  That’s why I love The 52 Project that Jodi Wilson started last year, a project to take a weekly portrait of her beautiful children for 52 weeks and resulting in 104 beautiful photographs showing the natural progression of time and life.  By the time I’d heard of the 52 project it was well on its way, and so I waited patiently for January.  So here we are.

A portrait a week of Johannes for 52 days, 1 day a week, for the entire year.  At the end I will also have a timeline of snapshots from our lives to turn into a beautiful photo book for ourselves and family.

Happy January friends.



1/52 kissing Minggis

There were many photos to choose from and picking just one was not by any means easy so you will definitely see them all.  However this particular image came so naturally and really represents a special relationship in Johannes’ life, his love for our cat Minggis, that I’m willing to overlook its “non portrait” identity.  This kiss is one of thousands that my son bestows onto his best friend.  Minggis was one of Johannes’ first loves, and I am forever grateful for it.  While we were in his room on Sunday morning playing in his toy trunk, Minggis jumped in to see what all the fuss was about.  Johannes eager to imitate jumped in right after him and gave Minggis this innocent kiss full of pure love.


  1. says

    Aren’t pets the best? Alder gives ‘hugs’ to our dogs constantly. I’m glad they’re patient (and slightly terrified). I love this project so much, it’s nice to see you joining in too.

  2. says

    I can’t even take how fast they grow…Johannes is super cute!
    Love the project, I’m motivated to start a series of my own!
    Have a great week!


  3. Andrea says

    Great idea – especially the photo book at the end of the year, because it will basically be done for you! I’m keeping a family journal, but it’s hard to remember the great things that happen and get them written down.

  4. says

    Great idea Ana! I so hear you on how fast they grow…my son is almost eye level with me already, only a few short inches to go! This year I’m really going to focus on quality moments , focussed time with my kiddos.

  5. says

    This is such a great idea to save and record the memories. I can’t believe I’m going to have a one year old next month; time really does slip away from us. I look forward to seeing his progression! (I may even join in this little project as well)

  6. says

    love the project 52. i took part in it last year and am doing so again this year. it’s such a fun project, and so easy to do which resulted in a neat and organized documented collection of my growing girl– my too fast growing girl : / glad to see you are joining in too. this is such a cute photo. i think the non-portrait photos make the best ones! xx


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