Time REALLY does fly by! When my children were growing up, I started a tradition of taking what I call the 'walking away' pictures on the first day of school. Through the years I managed to keep them all in one place (remember these were the days of having to SEND the film out and getting the photos/negatives back!). I kept two copies of each photo in a special envelope tied with a red ribbon. Since "paper" is the traditional first anniversary gift, I used the photos to create a photo album for my son and daughter-in-law.
And this was my plan . . . that one day, I would create a wedding gift from the photos (and if my girls don't get married, well . . . I'll come up with another creative idea for using their photos!)
So every year, rain or shine, we would take the obligatory photos. I love this one of first grade -- he was literally running down the block toward the bus stop he was so excited!
When I created the album, I added little embellishments as well as the year in school and name of the school.
To make it even more fun, I found all of these funny quotes by kids describing love/marriage/dating and added them to each page.
Notice he's not running anymore haha! Although I have to say, this kid LOVED school. So much so, he grew up to be a Physics teacher!
By twelfth grade, he was walking to the garage for his car instead of walking to the bus stop.
I wrote this poem to go with the album.
This little poem I found by an anonymous writer and I adapted it a little for my album.
From this . . .
to this . . . in a few short years
and finally to this . . .
a new life with a beautiful, young lady.
Do you have any 'traditions' or 'rituals' to document your children through the years?
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