Thursday, June 10, 2010
Yesterday I finally received the new scrapbooks I've been waiting for. I had been needing new albums for a long time and before yesterday I had a good sized stack of scrapbook pages sitting vulnerable and exposed on top of my already stuffed scrapbooks.
There is so much I like about scrapbooking. I love the photography, putting pages together, thinking through what to write and looking through what I've already done. I love showing them to Andrew and hearing his reaction to seeing himself as a baby. But I don't particularly like putting the books themselves together. I find it stressful. I picture our apartment in 10 years lined wall to wall in scrapbooks and it gives me a stomachache. When I put the books together I question whether or not I should keep doing this.
But, I keep doing it!
I have my scrapbooks organized in a couple of different ways. Andrew and Isaac each have their own books that are more or less chronological. Dave and I share a book that has pages about him and pages about me. Then I have an "us" scrapbook that I started after Isaac was born. Before Isaac was born everything was pretty much about Andrew. Going apple picking was about taking Andrew apple picking. Going sledding was about taking Andrew sledding. Now that Isaac's in the mix it changed that dynamic. So, apple picking and sledding now go in the "us" book...for things we do as a family. I also have a scrapbook for the beach and NYC which will soon need to be separated out into two separate books. There is book for holidays and birthdays and two volumes called "People We Love".
Last night I added the labels on the sides of the books and I really like them! I love knowing what I'll find inside each book.
I put my little books in these baskets on top of a cabinet where the boys can't reach them. I used to want the little books to be available to the kids to look through, but several books got destroyed with that system so I had to make some revisions. Now we sit together to look at the books.
I don't really know what will happen to these books down the road. Will Andrew and Isaac want them? I don't want to assume that they will. "Oh Andrew? You heading off to college?!?! Don't forget your baby books!" But you never know. Someday they might want them. We'll just have to see what happens.