Saturday, August 27, 2016

Things I want to remember:

I know the rest of the world uses Instagram for this purpose.
I simply cannot.
Maybe I'll write about that some day.

This blog is my scrapbook.
Memories captured for my children,
a place to write my thoughts.

It's quiet here.
And I like it! 

I want to remember how Alice made a Minecraft garden by following a "recipe" in a book we got from the library. She is Ben's daughter, for sure!
The way she navigates through her little land with bizarre key codes is pretty amazing to me. 

I want to remember the summer of swimming.
On this night, we had the pool to ourselves.
We stayed late and ate dinner in the sunshine.

I want to remember when Clementine put a strand of pearls on Jack...
and he {seemingly} happily wore them all day.

I want to remember the day we got a pile of joke books from the library.
Alice read them for hours, cracking herself up!

I want to remember the day we went to the ERC at the East Library
and Alice experimented with the density cubes.
What an incredible resource we have just down the road from us!

I want to remember Alice, laying in the sunshine, petting the neighbor cat,
listening to a Magic Treehouse book.
I hope she looks back upon our homeschooling years with fondness.

I want to remember the day I pulled out the watercolors with the girls.
Clementine happily got to painting--one of her favorite things to do.
Alice, my perfectionist, was paralyzed. 
She didn't know what to paint. 
Was afraid to start. 
Afraid of making mistakes.
I sat next to her and started my own painting.
She envied my creation, so I invited her to join me...a collaboration!
Over and over again, we reminded ourselves that when paints bled together,
when the paint seemed to have a mind of its own,
when it wasn't turning out the way we maybe thought it would,
it's okay.
Better than "okay", it's beautiful!
We kept reminding ourselves, "It's not a mistake, it's just different than what we anticipated."
At the end, Alice took a step back and had tears in her eyes.
"It's just so beautiful, mom! It's so messy and BEAUTIFUL!"
Oh, sweet girl, it's exactly like us, isn't it?

 I want to remember the simple joy of the Penny Pony.

I want to remember the sweetness of a little toddler who tucked her daddy in for a nap...
and the husband who can nap anywhere.

I want to remember the first time she painted her own face.
Apprehensive at first, then had a BLAST!
"Look Mama, I'm a gecko!"

I want to remember the 50's themed book club dinner I got to host.
The table ready for my 3 friends
I've been apart of this group for 6 1/2 years now.
I'm thankful for their friendship!
(We should've gotten a group picture!!)

I'm thankful they're still my friends after serving them meat wrapped in pie crust
and putting that...interesting...centerpiece on the table.
It's a fruit candle!!

I want to remember this fun day at the Denver Nature and Science Museum with friends.

These are days we'll remember.


Miss G said...

I LOVE Alice's face with the joke book!!! Jack and the pearls!!! ha!! love it!!

Also, you hosted a 50s themed dinner??!!! That is SO fun!! Kelly

Mandy said...

i love this one. and yes, you should write about Instagram some time. i'm curious.

Linda said...

Beautiful photos and art! :)