Take this gem I unearthed today. It's at one of Alex Ogden's birthday parties. Karin had strung up Hostess donuts on a line, planning to have the kids compete to eat them off the line, no hands.
Ali was mesmerized by the donut. Alex, used to the game, was just happy. Hannah and Natalie were happy being silly.
I have been struggling with how to keep/display our Paris photos so I've trashed the living room with photos, frames and matting for weeks. I've been slow to get Jeff's collection from his phone and debating where - or if - to hang them up.
I managed to get them off the floor today. We'll see what happens when I print the others. My guess is they'll be on the mantle for a while.
I'd probably pitch a fit if Ali or Jeff had left so much stuff littering the floor. I think they're giving me a pass only because they infected me with their stupid summer cold. Plus, the two of them are blessed/cursed with the gene that doesn't allow them to recognizing when it's time to clean the house.
The other day I came back from somewhere to have Ali inform me that she'd mopped the kitchen floor. "How'd you know where to find the mop?" I quipped, somewhat in shock.
"It was so awful, Mom, even I realized it needed cleaning," she said, declining to take up the job full-time.
Framing photos is a project that's been in progress before Ali ever arrived on the scene right up until our last family outing. I keep photos and framing supplies in a box in the basement so it's easy to get back to work when the spirit moves me. Every time I get back into it, I consider refreshing the gazillion frames already cluttering up my walls but it's hard to let any of them go.
Ali's oldest friends are used to them, but as she brings new people around she cringes a little bit for show as they take a look around.
She gets back at me for her baby shots by sending them to find the one of me holding a dead squirrel. Or my high school graduation photo. They're equally ridiculous.
Jeff's teenage years are there, too, along with weddings and parties and beautiful shots of loves ones gone too soon.
One of my all-time favorites is Ali at 4. Wild-haired, wide-eyed. It's a "Get ready world, I'm coming" kind of shot. If the house ever burns, that's probably the one I'll risk my life for.
I keep it by the front door, just in case.