here's the thing. i love scrapbooking. i also think scrapbooking is super lame. since i have been using the blog as a kind of recorder of what we've been up to and such, i haven't scrapbooked nearly at all. but i miss playing with the paper, the paint, the goodies. i miss sitting down and being sentimental and artsy at the same time. but then, i think a book full of weird titles and trendy crap is really really dumb. but i love to read what i have written in the past about a picture i love. and i love pretty things. and my past scrapping books are cate's most treasured possessions. so that's pretty cool. but i hate cheesy pages and pages that are more about the crap the person bought at a store then the pictures and feelings that is so rampant in the scrapping world. but i realized recently just because i hate 99% of what is shown in scrapbook mags and what is sold in scrapbook stores doesn't mean i should stop doing something that is meaningful to me and my family. i am again totally excited to get all my pictures printed (there are 1000s more than i ever show on the blog waiting on my computer for someone to love them), slap them on a page, type my heartfelt feelings about said picture and add a little yummy to make me smile. that is my scrapbook style, that is what i love to look at, what i'll be grateful to read years later, and what i love to do to feel creative. i'm diving back in. i did this one yesterday. and i love it. and more important, cate really loved it. and even more important, in 20 years it will be pricelessly loved. amen.
to do list: work on our garden, swimlayinthesunswimlayinthesun, do some quilting, make some strawberry jam, eat veggies from our garden, snap away on my camera to remember this great time of life, go camping, snuggle my girl like crazy before she begins kindergarten, read some mindless novels and watch some mindless movies (like meatballs, a summer fave), and... just be. what are you planning for the summer?
there are so so many more i love, but i have to stop somewhere! oh TARA i love you! i felt too chubby to be photographed and grant will avoid photo shoots at all costs and cate hasn't let us brush her hair in two years...but she said WE ARE DOIN THIS and truly by the end of the shoot, grant had a crush on her, cate was in the palm of her hand, and every picture she took made me feel beautiful just as i am. these images are PRICELESS to me. thank you thank you amazing tara! more of her brilliance can be found at tarawhitney.com.
we were driving home yesterday and decided to pull over because the sun looked so pretty on this open field and my camera sat on my car seat calling me. cate started picking all the dandelions, which she declared the prettiest "flower" in the world and then insisted on delivering them to granny's house "because they mean i love you". she was running and playing and looking so beautiful, i took 175 pictures! and i love them all! they warm my heart, because she warms my heart, and she won't be four forever. my challenge: drop what you're doing and take some pictures of your kids today! don't brush their hair or change their clothes, just get outside and start snapping! weeds, blurry pics, and dirty faces are beautiful when they remind you of a happy moment. :)