Your thread brings a tear to my eye. Not in a bad way but in a " I know I am really seeing life " way.
I am 61, and deal daily with : the young and the restless . On my plate is my dad turning 90 and caring for younger grandson at 18 mo. There are family members at all ages inbetween. ......
I must say ive enjoyed watching all grow . Enjoy every step and photo all moments you can.
Oh, they do grow up so fast. My baby girl is 20 and a member here (Danni). A Junior in college 3.5 hours away from us.
And my baby.... a senior in high school. How did THAT happen?
I took many pictures of them younger, and not as much as they got to be teenagers. Matthew does not like to have any pictures taken - as evidenced by his senior photos in which he did not smile in any of them.
But, this is who he is. Not an unhappy young man - just not a smiler.
hooo, he looks really angry about the photographer... but I know your problem, my son Michael is in the same stage of life: he did photos with his friends and his handy, but if I take my "big cam" he hides *grrrrrr* - - - but from time to time I got it and catch him, sometimes really smiling ;)
I am an Empty Nester now for 12 years, going on forever it seems. Daughter Claire and Hubby Jason have given us 3 Grandchildren, Paxton (3), Lennox (2 on Feb 28th), and lil Zoe born just 2 weeks ago, and first Grand daughter. I so wish there would have been digital cameras when my children were little, and although I did take a lot of photos, I know I would have taken more if it would have been as easy as pulling out the phone and getting that shot on a whim. Photos are such a blessing to have, and I usually pull out the photo albums a couple of times a year to make that walk down memory lane. I just wish Hubby enjoyed it more, cuz I think it would be more fun. After the kids were gone, I took up animal rescue, they needed me, and it was a surprise to find out how much I needed them
Ahhh! Babies grow up all too quickly!! And this is why I spend all my "extra" time scrapbooking! I hope they'll cherish these pages as much as I will!
I'm in the pulling my hair out stage! Even though I know it goes by quickly (my older 2 are 8 & 6 and it seems like they grew up in a blink of an eye!) my younger two are 3 & 1 and some days are so hard I feel like they'll never grow up. Its hard to cherish every moment even when I know I should!! thanks for the reminder!!
I am probably neglecting housework so I can be here... My Gallery
Toni- I totally agree about wishing for digital cameras earlier!
Not to mention, you get them developed only to find out the shot you couldn't wait to see is too dark, or blurry, or..., then that shot is lost forever. Film was expensive to buy and could be expensive to process depending on how many pictures, what size you wanted and if you wanted duplicates, so you didn't want to waste the film. You would still have to take more than one of any given shot, because someone most certainly will have their eyes closed, or looking away from the camera, or... As Winnie the Poo would say..."What a bother"
My boy is only one and a half but already he's grown so much and made so much progress. I love watching him learn new things daily. He's teething at the moment, leading to some crankiness and early mornings and buckets of drool coming out of his mouth, but that is totally compensated by his greatest pleasure of the moment: sitting down on the couch and inviting us to come sit with him one by one. Sort of goes like "mama, sit!" Then "papa, sit!" Then "meow (=cat), sit!" Followed by the biggest blissful smile ever. Ooh, I want to go scrap that one right now, time to get some photos of him sitting and grinning.
Whenever he comes to cuddle up (he's like a teddy bear) or demands to be plunked down in our bed at 5 am in the morning, I really savour the moment, knowing he won't be asking for hugs anymore when he gets older.