Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Reflections

Friends' guesses at Carson's shower.  Jenny was right on!

I have taken a very l...o...n...g break from blogging, and I have missed it!  I was so surprised to see my last post was the beginning of November.  Need to get back in the swing of things.  So here goes.
Friends' guesses at Jonah's shower.  No one was right! :)



Jonah's intro to the world.


I LOVE scrapbooking.  Just this morning, the boys and I took out their baby books and looked at the pages where my friends had guessed the day they'd be born, their weight and how long they’d be.  It was so fun to look back, eight years ago, to who was there at my shower to help us celebrate.  As I looked at their books, I felt so happy that I had those memories, carefully preserved, in their Creative Memories scrapbooks.

Baby Carson
As the boys have gotten older, it has become more and more difficult to find the time to sit down and glue those memories down on paper.  I am sad when I think that I have scrapbooks for Jonah’s first two years, but only one scrapbook for Carson’s first year.  I worry Bruce will have even less to show for his baby years.

When Justin and I bought a video camera recently (the day after the doctor confirmed this pregnancy ☺), we received a free offer from Shutterfly, for a photobook.  I am glad to say I have at least started “Bruce’s” baby book, and have pictures of my growing belly and major events throughout my pregnancy preserved there.  But there is something so personal about looking at an actual photo, that I cut by hand, chose paper to coordinate the page, and wrote a caption in my handwriting to tell about.  I am torn.  Did I do the right thing by making “Bruce’s” book online?
I feel the need to list the pros and cons.  I am a list maker.  A journaler.  A “get my ideas down on paper” kind of thinker.  So I made a list.

Pros of hand-made scrapbooking:
1. Layout can be my way, not restricted to the offerings of the photo book company.
2. Handwriting is mine, not a font I choose.
3. Pictures and captions can be added at a later date.

Pros of digital scrapbooking:
1. Layouts take less time because of limited options given to me by the company.
2. Work is done on the computer, so I don’t need a large table and materials at the ready.
3. Book is less cumbersome, and easier for little people to view.

When I look at this list, I realize the hand-made type of scrapbook was great for me when I was in the phase of life of having one little person to chase around.  Now, I have baseball and basketball games to attend, meals to prepare for four hungry mouths, and soon will have laundry to do for FIVE people!!!  Not to mention, a budget to watch, and the small amount of research I have done on cost for both types of books leads me to believe that digital scrapbooking does prove to be a less expensive option in the long run.

I think the most important thing I can glean from my ramblings this morning is that I like to reflect on times past, and to have a way to preserve memories, and so do my kids.  And the best way to reflect is through pictures, moments in time forever caught in our minds, and held there to cherish.




Almost everyday since the start of 2013, my boys have asked when I was going to finish our “2012 Memories” poster.  In 2010, we started a tradition by creating a poster called “Top Ten in 2010.”  In 2011 it was “2011 Memories,” because I couldn’t stop at just 10.  This year it is “Top 12 in ’12.” The poster hangs by our kitchen table, and the boys love to look at it, and remember all the goodness of the past year.  This year it is filled with the memories of a family ski trip, Emily’s family moving to NC, Disney World, a baby on the way, and Carson’s sports endeavors.  We decided to hang the past year’s posters in the playroom, so we can remember those years’ memories as well.

How do you hold on to memories?

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