great stories written in the mundane

Library days are among my favorite. We are inching ever closer to having 5 readers. It is still a little ways in the distance, but I can see it coming and it is beautiful. Before we even get out the door of the library all my kids have books in hand and are flipping pages. The drive home from the library is hands down the quietest drive my car ever knows. I think we should start making it a habit to stop by the library on the way out of town for every road trip. It just makes sense.

There are certain ‘mundane’ things I like to capture over and over again. The kids reading after a trip to the library is among one of those events. Each trip the books change a little bit. The books my kids pick reflect their personalities and interests. I treasure how they stay the same and change with each visit. Looking back at old posts (like this one) reminds me of why there is so much value in capturing the seemingly mundane moments. Great stories are written in the mundane…

85mm lens, ISO 400, 1/250, f/2.8

7.15reading-0185mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125, f/2.87.15reading-0285mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125, f/3.27.15reading-0385mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125, f/3.27.15reading-0485mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125, f/2.8 – she picked craft books and Kid Pickers…we shared her books7.15reading-0585mm lens, ISO 400, 1/125, f/2.87.15reading-06My oldest didn’t make it all the way inside. I saw him get out of the car, but I’m pretty sure he just sat down on the driveway in the shade…nose stuck in a book.

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  • Mrs.T - What a wonderful post! My grandkids love the library and their moms get them there regularly. The ones from Nevada were just out here visiting us, and I do believe I detected some library books that came along in their backpacks! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures that do indeed tell stories of their own.

  • Maribeth - I love these pictures and the moments you captured! You make me want to paint my whole house white. You have beautiful light and shots!

  • Naomi - The book choices are as sweet as the pictures. Farm Days, Buttons, and Kid Pickers!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - We love library days too! Ours barely make it to the car and read all the way home! Love it!

  • Michelle - Little One’s reading pose is killing me! I used to read like that all the time when I was younger.

  • ashley jensen - We have sometimes stopped by the library to grab books before going out of town or camping. It definitely helps on the car ride or in our down time. I always make sure to carry a little tote to keep the books in and keep the receipt to make sure we have all of the books before returning them.

  • Paige E - My boys seem very overwhelmed when we go to the library. Any tips on helping them pick out good books?

  • Cassidy - Your oldest reminds me so much of myself… my parents still constantly say, “you can’t be comfortable there!” or “wouldn’t it be better to read over here…” – and I’m 22! I just can’t be bothered to put the book down long enough to deal with getting comfortable.

  • Juice - I love this post. What a great reminder to capture these moments for posterity.

  • Lindsay Soetaert - Llama Llama is a FAVE at our house and is read on repeat. Love this blog!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I kinda want my license plate to say Llama Mamma. Just sayin; 🙂

  • bethanyblntn - This is so true and such inspiring. I tend to focus on the bigger events in life but you are right, so often its the small things we will long to remember one day and what make us who we are. I will strive to learn from thins. Thank you. <3

  • Danielle - That is how our library days were also (we have since added three non readers)! My two oldest though are so quiet! I love library days! I started implementing a bring a book on every car ride just because I liked the silence while driving so much 🙂

  • Jenn - Last week, my four kiddos and I went to visit our great-grandmother’s home, then followed by going to the library. After minutes had passed, they all found some great findings to read. I had offered to go to the park where we could play badminton before heading home. As we packed up and drove home, the kids grabbed their books and started reading. We got home and each of them found a quiet place and dove their little noses even more. Made me smile. Still does. It was a great day 🙂

  • Nicole - Little One is breathtaking. The last picture of her reading. Gasp! She’s stunning.

  • Ashleigh - Love it!

    And I love the idea of getting books before a road trip!

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