I'm gonna start this off with a Q&A.
How many of you have done your baby books for all your children?
*not raising my hand*
Ok, how many of you have done your baby books for some of your children?
*still not raising my hand*
Alright, how many of you have done a baby book for ONE of your children?
*still not raising my hand*
I know, right? And my oldest is 9 and 1/2. Oh I started with the best of intentions, but never made it past his 2nd month.
Here's where my sister comes in. My sister is doing the oldest profession in the world. WHAT?! I'm talking about being a teacher. Get your mind out of the gutter!
So my sister. Let's call her BethAnn. She hates when I combine her middle and first name like it's all one word, but it's my blog. BA has her summers off work. Her last week of school, she was telling me on the phone that she wanted to get a job this summer, just to keep her busy.
Me: "Why don't you catch up on all your family scrapbooking this summer?"
BA: "I'm already caught up on all my scrapbooking."
Me: "Then you can do MY scrapbooking this summer." (joking)
BA: (with a super excited voice) "CAN I????"
Me: "Can you?"
BA: "CAN I????"
Me: (getting more excited) "CAN YOU????"
Through that very dynamic conversation, my sister and I reached the mutual agreement that I would email her pictures of my kids, and she would scrapbook the first year of their lives. Plus a scrapbook of our favorite Ethiopia pictures. Plus a smaller scrapbook of our family to send to Marlie's relatives in Ethiopia. That's FIVE books. I can't believe how much I just lucked out, and she's so excited because she LOVES to scrapbook and is happy to have something to keep her busy this summer.
Of course when we made this little agreement, I didn't know it would entail getting daily phone calls for my sister, asking for MORE MORE MORE pictures because she's some sort of super-fast scrapbooking freak. Everytime she calls, it's like this...
BA: "Whatcha doin' right now?"
Me: *gets up and walks over to my computer* "Uh... um... going through iPhoto to select the next pictures I'm going to email you?"
BA: Yeah, right.
But GUYS! Never again do I have to feel guilty about not having made baby books for my kids! And BA swears that SHE is the one who lucked out. (cough, weirdo)
I mean, first she saves my life when I was 4, and then she scrapbooks all my books for me! We even have plans for her to do family books for me next summer where she can scrapbook pictures from ages 2 to current.
As good as this sounds, you would be even more excited for me if you have seen her amazing scrapbooks that she has created for herself and others. If you don't believe me, go visit her website Beth's Notes, where she sells handmade cards. Click Here if you want to read what I had to say about it. (And you should click the link and read it. Trust me it's worth it.)
Even though I like to remind BA that she is my
much, much, much older sister, the truth is, that having her in my life, makes me the luckiest sister around.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to hurry up and email another batch of pictures to my sister, before she calls me. Again.