We woke up on Sunday morning with no plans for the morning. While we missed our usual routine at the food pantry, it was also nice to have a lazy start to the day. After breakfast, Libby pulled out one of our scrapbooks and then commented that she didn't know where some layouts were. I explained that I had never really organized them, that I just put layouts in the albums either whenever I had them printed or where ever there was empty space. I confessed that I had always wanted to reorganize all of the albums so that each child had their own but that it seemed intimidating. And her response was, "Well, I can do it!"
And it hit me - this task that appeared to be so daunting for so many years didn't have to be mine alone. The kids ARE old enough to do it.
I helped her but mainly just to give advice. We started by pulling out all the layouts that were just about her from all of the albums. We probably have 15-20 scrapbook albums but it took no time at all to pull the layouts out. (We decided that we'll have a family album where we'll keep those layouts that are about multiple kids.)
Once we had all of her layouts, we moved to the dining room table and she stacked her layouts in a very loose chronological order. I didn't start scrapbooking until she was 4 and I rarely went back in time so she chose to organize her layouts into these piles: toddler and preschool, kindergarten and first grade, second grade, and third and fourth grade. Much to her chagrin, I haven't printed layouts in a while so there are no current or fifth grade layouts. Oops.
And then we just put the layouts into two D-ring albums. From start to finish, it took under two hours. I was so impressed with her motivation and also a bit moved by how much she loved having all of "just her" layouts to look at. These scrapbooks really do mean a lot to my kids and that means the world to me. While we were sorting her layouts, Emily and Tom kept wandering in and looking at them. We laughed so hard at so many memories and exclaimed over and over again, "Oh, I remember that!" and "Oh my gosh, you were sooooo cute!"
It was such a wonderful way to spend the morning.
And now Emily is working on hers. Libby is our little motivator! Thanks, Libby!!!