Posted on July 18, 2017

Don’t Let Taking An Instagram-Worthy Photo Wreck Your Family Time

Don’t cry over spilt milk? Don’t cry over dropped ice cream!

Edmonton blogger family travels to Sylvan Lake during Summer Edmonton blogger family travels to Sylvan Lake during Summer

Edmonton blogger family travels to Sylvan Lake during Summer Edmonton blogger family travels to Sylvan Lake during Summer

We took A&A for their first beach day this year and it was great. We packed everything up (but forgot our beach tent and beach mat…), left early in the morning on a Friday, abandoned naps, and headed 2 hours South to one of the nicer lakes in Alberta – Sylvan Lake.

It was a great day, but half way through it I nearly lost my ice cream.

Best Icecream in Alberta Don't Let Taking An Instagram-Worthy Photo Wreck Your Family Time

I don’t mean figuratively (not like I’m trying to invent a new way to say “I lost my marbles”), I literally nearly lost my precious Big Moo double scoop (cookie dough + dark chocolate caramel) ice cream cone.

Which is a big deal because that ice cream is like cold gold.

I found some cute flooring, black & white tiles like it shows in the photo, and decided I should take a picture of my delicious ice cream and the floor. 

Unfortunately, for me to get my bump, shorts, feet, and ice cream in the frame I needed to tilt my ice cream cone to 70° angle and attempt to rest my phone on my chest to stabilize my shaky-phone-holding hand. I should also mention it was a hot day.

It wasn’t until 3 still blurry photos in I decided it wasn’t worth it, and a big dollop of ice cream fell on the floor (you can see the bit of chocolate ice cream falling in the photo).

I looked up at Matt and he was shaking his head pointing at my ice cream cone. The 2 scoops were about to join that other smaller piece on the floor. My cone was completely lopsided.

I can guarantee if my ice cream had fallen on the floor I would have been chapped. And I would only have myself to blame for #1 dropping my ice cream and #2 not getting a good pic… my day would have soured exactly in that moment.

But I was given a second chance! I enjoyed my ice cream. In my opinion, I redeemed my day even further by staying present with my family and enjoying the rest of our beach day.

I realized that photos don’t prove anything, even though we now live in an extremely visual, social media driven world. I want my daughters to have memories that they don’t need a photo to remember them by (though at this age they probably will not remember much…).

I have feeling in 15 years my children will not give a what to see a perfect, Instagram-worthy photo of my feet and ice cream cone to recall the wonderful day at the beach… at least I would feel the same way if my mom pulled a similar photo out to help me remember a beach day from 20 years ago!

P.S. Maybe I’ll tell you another time about how I botched 2 Instax Mini photos of my bff (stupid reset light settings) on this same beach day… I clearly need to stay on the DSLR!

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