Making Memories

February 2, 2015

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Since I was a teenager I have been all about living for the moment, I have never wanted to miss out on anything. I scrapbooked every year of my life from my freshman year of high school to my senior year of college, capturing every moment on paper…I will actually even admit to “staging” pictures just to get that particular scrapbook finished. When I look back on all of these scrapbooks, I am always taken aback by the fact that during these eight years of my life it seemed EVERYTHING was an event worth scrapbooking! I have pages dedicated to the first time I went through a car wash, to dinner with friends at Jason’s Deli, to buying jelly beans in Fresh Market. Although, I have the big events illustrated as well, like my high school graduation and swimming in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, it is the little events I scrapbooked that always touch me the most; nothing was too small or insignificant to create a page to save the memory.

Today, in my often over-extended working mommy life, my scrapbooks are a wonderful reminder to cherish even the smallest moments. For all of us, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life…running to get the kids to school or daycare, jamming through your workday or day at home filled with chores and “to-do lists,” and then following the usual evening routine which we all know can get a little dicey! It is SO important that we take a second to breathe and take in the little moments…kisses from loved ones, clear blue sky, random funny moments at work or with friends, silly babies, crazy kiddos; even the trying moments where you find yourself up with your kids in the wee hours of the night or ducking to protect yourself from your kicking and screaming toddler are worth cherishing because one day they will be gone.

As I write this post, I am sitting in the Lowes Foods parking lot while my sick little one snores in the back. Clara fell asleep just as we were pulling in, and since we have both been up since around 3:15am due to her double ear infection (compliments of residual congestion left over from RSV) I didn’t have the heart to wake her just yet. Instead, I thought I would take this opportunity to make the memory of “the time I did work in the Lowes Foods parking lot while Clara slept;” maybe I will even snap a picture for HER scrapbook! Haha!

Today, let’s take a moment and soak in the little “uneventful” moments, laugh at the insanity, and maybe even make a scrapbook page to save the memory!

Happy Scrapping!

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