Archive for September, 2010

brotherly love

The relationship developing between boy #1 and boy #4 melts my heart. Seriously. Sean’s always had a soft spot for his baby brothers, but seeing him interact as a “big kid” now with Elijah puts a whole different spin on his brotherly affection, and I love it.

And Elijah, happy as he gets to see anybody enter his line of sight, seems to have a special gleam in his eye and squirm to his wiggle when Sean comes into view.

There’s no doubt about it–these two adore each other.


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Ever since Sean was really little, “watching Daddy leave” has been a big deal. The ritual is always kissing Daddy bye-bye, watching him walk out the garage door, and then running to the front door to wave at him and watch him drive away. For a while, Sean would completely freak out if one of the boys wasn’t at the door in time to see Daddy off.

Sadly, I’ve noticed here lately that it isn’t quite as important to the boys as it used to be to stand at the door and watch Daddy leave. I may have to do some encouraging to get this little tradition going again, because I know from experience that not much compares to driving away and seeing 3 sweet little boys smiling and waving from the doorway.

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I had grand plans back when I first had Sean that I would start scrapbooking and documenting his life and our life and the simple greatness of ordinary living. I wasn’t interested in accessory-overload scrapbooking that was more about the embellishments and paper and stickers. I just wanted to tell my story in pictures and words using the cleanest design I could come up with, something kind of like a magazine. Back then, though, I didn’t really have the money to really get into it the way I wanted to, so in order to start documenting our memorable everyday moments, I started this blog. I naively believed that by blogging I would be able to keep up with all the pictures or moments that I might possibly want to scrapbook later, and through my blog I would have a nice chronological record of all of my scrapbook moments.

That hasn’t happened. Life got busy (somehow 4 kids in 5 years will have that effect) and blogging kept falling by the wayside. And as a result, pictures and moments and stories haven’t been recorded because I didn’t have the time to document them right then in that moment in time when they happened. I’d get frustrated, try to do better with blogging, wonder why I couldn’t keep up with journaling my life when other people had no problem blogging regularly about theirs, and finally almost gave up on the idea. Almost.

And then a few weeks ago I had a light bulb moment: if I were scrapbooking I wouldn’t stick to the here and now–I’d go back days, months, years to record pictures and moments that I never want to forget and that I want other people to know about. So why not do that now, any time I want and about whatever I want, on my blog?

So, here’s introducing Scrapbook Moments–pictures and moments of our lives that aren’t from the here and now, but that tell our story of where we’ve come from and maybe a bit of where we’re going. They’ll more than likely be totally random, completely non-chronological, but also more than a little memorable. At least to us, which is what really matters.

I’ll still blog about current happenings, but the posts that go back into the archives of our lives (whether it be months or years ago) will be set apart as “scrapbook moments.” And I assure you I have PLENTY of those.

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