When Disney announced that they were having a Frozen themed family photo contest, there was no question whether or not I was going to enter. The only question was how crazy was I going to go. Well, two hand made glitter trees, dozens of paper snowflakes, 66 feet of iridescent beads, and 20 gallons of fake snow later, we have an answer. This is probably my favorite photo shoot that we have ever done. It was so much fun!
Along with our photo, Disney also wanted a brief essay having us describe what family means to us. This is what we told them:
If being a parent has taught us one thing, it's that you have to live in the moment. Children see a magic in the world, and if you take the time, they'll share it with you. Our family is centered around having fun and creating memories together. Laundry and dishes can always wait until later; bonding during a pretend snowball fight, laughing, and snuggling. These are more important and these are the things we want our kids to remember... the memories that will make their childhood magical.
If you look closely in the snowball fight pictures, you'll see that there are two snowball forts; one fort is made out of dishes, and the other fort is made out of laundry. We've taken two boring adult chores and put them on hold, "frozen" them so to say. Instead, we are playing with our kids, entering their imaginative play, and creating fun memories with them. One day, they won't want to play with us anymore... they'll grow up; as Abby says, "we aren't in Neverland mommy." She's absolutely right, we aren't. This is the time to put the chores down and really experience their childhoods; chores will still be there tomorrow, that game of pretend they wanted to play with you may not be. This is why my house is always a mess.
I am proud to say that out of the thousands of entries that were submitted, Disney chose our Frozen Snuggles photo (the one towards the bottom) as one on their to 10 photo entries. This was such a fun experience. I hope we can do more photos like this in the future!