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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Old and new memories

Uploaded: Jan 29, 2019
When I was pregnant with our first baby, I was very excited to scrapbook all of his milestones. As he grew up I enjoyed writing down activities we did during the day, cute phrases he said, and his favorite toys. At the time, it seemed silly to write everything down. How could I could possibly forgot these precious moments.

Well, when our second child was born, I continued scrapbooking, but I started falling behind. I got so far behind that when I got pregnant with our third child, I made a goal to catch up. If it was this hard to scrapbook with two kids, I could only imagine the challenge with 3.

After our third was born, I put scrapbooking on hold. It was difficult to balance organizing old memories with making new ones with our kids. So I still printed photos, wrote down memories, and saved artwork. I tried my best to keep things organized as I was quickly learning that, as precious as they were, many of these early childhood memories are both forgotten and jumbled. I hoped one day I could put everything into scrapbooks for our kids to enjoy.

After my grandfather passed away, I found myself looking through old photos again. Our kids were very interested and all of them wanted to flip through albums with me. I loved their enthusiasm so much that I quickly put our best photos from the last 2 years into a handful of simple pocket photo albums. It wasn't my original plan. But it was fast. I didn't want to wait for fancy, organized scrapbooks. I needed something for our kids to look at and enjoy right now.

And I am so glad I did. Seeing our youngest get confused about which baby was in each photo. Showing our kids photos of my husband and I traveling together before the kids were born. Our kids realizing how much they have grown, changed and accomplished over the past few years. These were new memories in the making.

Maybe one day I'll take our photos out of these simple albums and create beautiful scrapbooks again. But, these simple pocket albums are growing on me. As we are now creating more happy memories together by simply reminiscing and chatting about the past.
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Posted by Mother of 4, a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Jan 30, 2019 at 7:40 am

Some of the favorite pictures of my own childhood are things which were everyday. Me sitting playing with all my dolls (I remember all their names), sister and I playing with the hose and we are both very wet but ignorant of the fact, sitting in my parents bed reading a book with my Dad who is still in bed too, picking daisies in the lawn to make a daisy chain with my mom. Me sitting a the table eating a huge pile of spaghetti as it was my favorite. Yes the ones that are taken elsewhere may be special too, but I love the ones at home because I know and remember doing those things in the house we left before I was a teenager. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures at home showing the house and other everyday activities.

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jan 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4- Great reminder! Yes, it’s great to get photos on vacations and holidays, but the routine moments are important to remember as well.

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