Monday, May 14, 2012

Earth to Mom

Before leaving for school this morning, Guy looked at his picture in the frame on our wall and said, "Mom, can we switch out the pictures for all the kids?"

I looked at the photo, which is a few years old and reluctantly agreed that we could.

I have been keeping the photos the way that they are because they are just my favorite photos of my kids ever.  They are all the perfect age, perfect expressions on their faces.  They are just so "them."

As I swapped out the old photo for the new one taken in Kindergarten this year, I realized that the photo that I thought was from two years ago was taken when Guy was three.  The other one that I found behind it was taken when he was just two.

Earth to Me..."Your kids are growing up!"

I am so proud of happy for them.  Guy is reading.  Scarlett is heading to Kindergarten, and Autumn has begged me to let her attend preschool this year, and I have given in to her wishes!

As I take down these old photos of my children and compare them to each other...I can see their growth and it makes time seem to pass much faster.  

After the Primary children sang in Sacrament meeting yesterday, a brother in our ward leaned over to me and said, "I sure hope you are video taping your beautiful children every day, because when you are my age there isn't anything you wouldn't give to be with them at this age again for just five minutes!"  

Anyway, I am reminded of the frames my Mom gave us when we started school.  They were shaped like apples and had slots for us to keep a school photo of ourselves taken each school year.  I need to get some of those now...for myself!  (Anyone know where I can find one?)  

Because of Bro. Robertson's comment, I am thinking about doing a daily video diary with my kids this summer!  Earth-life:  You pass too quickly, but I am glad for reminders to enjoy each day.

PS - I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday!  I sure did!


  1. I think preschool is a great idea. With the new baby coming it will be good for you to be able to have a few hours with just the baby and it's wonderful Autumn wants to venture out!

  2. DebrajoyhawkinsMonday, May 14, 2012

    My mom used to keep every 8x10 of us from each year still in the frame. You can pull the frames off the wall and see 20 years back. I kind of love it. :)

  3. Yeah, I started doing that because I had no where else to put the I'm super glad I have! But I am wondering what happened to yrs. 4-5! :)  I'm sure they are downstairs...somewhere! :)

  4. I think it's wonderful too and it'll be good for her ...I just wanted to wait until the following year to send her, because she doesn't go to Kindergarten for two more years!  She's ready though! :)  (I just don't want to be!!) :)

  5. best ever mother's day with 5 of my 6 grandkids and two of my four sons and their wives...

  6. You received my very favorite kind of card!

    And yes, "preserve those memories. There all that's left you."


  7. What awesome advice; do it. Children do grow up so fast.
    Loved this post!

  8. Google school photo frames K 12.  Amazon has a bunch of options.

  9. Thanks!  I was sort of hoping for something cheesy...and the apple-shaped ones of my youth, but I don't see anything like that...bright red and cheery!  Nostalgia!

  10. Ha!  I just switched out my son's 6 year old birthday pic this week & there was no 4-5 year shot in there, either!  I'm with you.  I want to appreciate every day because they're growing SO FAST!!

  11. Ha ha!  What's up with that?  I think it's because I only ordered the 5x7 of the preschool that might explain it! :)

  12. Amy Jo BugenhagenTuesday, May 15, 2012

    Inspired to do my blog again because of this post.   It's  the reason why I started my blog/ I don't forget when I'm older and my children are gone.
    Love ya JC