Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Is it a waste of time????

See that mess? That is my kitchen table. It's looked like that for 7 days now. Twice a year I spread out the scrapbooking stuff and do my best to catch up with memories x 4 kids. Aiieeee!!!! Here's the thing. I started, as we all do, with ONE CHILD. I started a photo album for Jillian, then made doubles of the pictures I actually wanted to scrapbook. You know, the picture at the zoo with the zoo map and entry ticket...picture of the airplane with the airplane ticket...yes, I save all the stubs and flotsam and jetsam that comes with school events, vaca's etc. Then add kids 2,3,4 and OH MY WORD WHAT HAVE I DONE??? They all have photo albums, and I have piles and piles of picture doubles just waiting to be scrapbooked into works of art for SEPARATE SCRAPBOOK ALBUMS. I'm not kidding. I have a friend who scrapbooks...she puts all the kids on one layout. Halloween? All 6 kids on a 12x12 layout. She just keeps them in community "family" albums and says that it's not her problem...they can figure out who gets the books when she's gone. Me? Halloween costumes...times 4. Christmas Eve...times 4. Easter...times 4. Trip to This is the place...x 2 (the boys weren't there..I imagine I'll get around to scrapbooking this one oh, in 2011 : ) But at this point, what can I do? Add the frustration of now not having enough "doubles" for each child to have that cute page of all of them together doing...something.
Twice a year I try to "catch up" (right!!) I counted. Jill now has FOUR photo albums, ONE 8x11 scrapbook (made the mistake of starting small) and FIVE 12x12 albums.Now imagine this scenario x4....thank goodness I thought to color code them... Jill's are all pink, Ty's;blue, Ry;red and Grace's are purple. I'm suggesting now that she marry money 'cause she's going to need a special room to house these things. I know I do!
Wish me luck.


Lilian said...

YES! It is absolutely worth it! Your kids will TREASURE these one day! They may already! Keep it up!

angie said...

lol... You're doing better than I am. I started out with one scrapbook for each year of each kids life (8 1/2 x 11)... Nina has a ton. But I haven't touched scrapbooking stuff since I got my digital camera 2 of 3 years ago. I don't even develop pictures, just organized them by date. Good for you!

Lesley said...

I just discovered your blog. I hope you don't mind if I added you to my list of favorites. It's fun to see what's going on with you guys!