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Every Story Matters

Sooooo…it’s been awhile. I have opened my blog to post a few scrapbooking pages and each time something has stopped me. I am still preserving my family’s memories, but at a slower rate than I was before. 2019 was quite a year for us. Quite a few things happened and at the same time, a lot didn’t happen. I learned a long time ago not to invest to much in a plan because things can change at the drop of a hat. It’s hard for me to go with the flow if I have a certain picture in mind, so I have had to learn to let go of expectations. I still have goals or things I want accomplished. It is just a different way to see things. There’s no need for a whole day to be ruined because one thing did not go exactly as planned. When you have children, you learn that lesson quickly. From one second to the next, anything could change, especially when you’re taking care of your little minis.

My oldest has been growing up quite a bit lately. I am so proud of her and the hard work she has been putting into school. I was so worried at first, and for the first and second quarters, she made A’s and B’s. Their school gave them a celebratory ice cream party, which she definitely enjoyed. There is a backpack she wants from her favorite anime. We’re using that as motivation and so far, so good. In between, I try to treat her to smaller things just to remind her that I appreciate her doing so well. The better handle she has on school. the more fun we can have.

Now my kindergartner has been doing very well also. He has really impressed me with his behavior. At school he is a much different child. He makes sure not to get in trouble because he wants to earn ‘bear paws’ so that he can get prizes at the end of week. Their class as a whole also accrues points to win a class movie day and/or pajama day. Right now, he is able to read pretty much on his own. I have to remind him to slow down and sound out words he is not sure of. Some words that he thinks he knows, he will guess. And that’s when we go back and sound out the letter sounds in the words. He has good relationships with all of his teachers and the principal and assistant principal, and that makes me feel even better about sending him to school. I was so nervous to release my little boy into the care and supervision of people I don’t know. I still get nervous (sometimes it keeps me awake at night), but it has gotten a lot better.

The summer before school started was a quiet one. We had our moments of fun and a lot of teaching moments. Just from these photos, they have changed so much since the start of school. So as I looked at their school photos, I knew I had to create a layout of more of these fun little moments of summer. I am not sure whose idea it was, but they decided to run a toy business. They were creating new ideas for toys and holding board meetings to share their ideas. It was fun to watch and participate in. For this layout, I use Storyteller | Collection by Sabrina’s Creations and Designed by Soco Collaboration from The Lilypad. The colors are neutral, so you can use this collection for just about any memory you want to preserve.

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