This is the 6th layout in my blog series "Stash Scrapping September" - a series in which I finish layouts that I started! I created the top part of this one back in 2008 or 2009 - some of the border stickers are from Wild Asparagus - a really old My Mind's Eye line! I found another photo of my son and I and finished the layout with very little journaling expressing my love for my son.
Sometimes the "stash" you need to get onto the page are feelings rather than photos or products, this is the case with this page even though the thoughts aren't on the face of the page - I'll print out this blog post and tape it to the back so that the scrapbook reader would only see it if they pulled the page out. I imagine someday some curious descendant of mine will tear apart my scrapbooks and find all sorts of hidden things - maybe I'll tape some money to some of the layouts just to surprise them! Here are my thoughts today:
Sometimes it is good just to make note of how much you love the people that you love; and its been a particularly challenging week with my son with more than one episode of him slamming his bedroom door and exrepssing his dislike for me - in response to me trying to help him with homework. We're in a period of adjustment to his new school - he has a substantial workload which is a big change from the almost nonexistent homework load at public school last year; and he has major challenges with time management and with organization. I've been micromanaging his locker, his backpack, his school work - meeting with teachers before and after school almost everyday this week; and his life around the clock - last night I introduced him to the concept of the "All Nighter" - that we were going to get his homework done - darnit - no matter how long it takes us. It has been intense. I do think that the worst is behind us and that we are ok and that he will be successful in sixth grade, but I am a bit emotionally and physically exhausted. It is ok. I am hopeful that I'll feel better and he'll get on track in school.
I like to record these types of challenging feelings - not always on the scrapbook page; but (gasp) on my blog - which I know is public but feels like a safe place to share motherhood challenges; I don't think his friends are old enough to google him or stalk my blog yet. I wonder if/when that day will come. If it does, sorry buddy in advance - but it is important for me to get these thoughts expressed and I'm an extrovert so I like to share. I already know that I embarrass you to no end. Just know I love you and I'm not trying to embarrass you - you are just going to feel that way for a while.
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