I’ve retyped this one sentence ten times already. Which is why Kelley blogs and I think about blogging and do not. I’m
still working on thinking about, not really writing about my girl’s birthday/slumber party. In November. Sixteen 9-year-old girls. No joke. Clearly I survived, and will live to tell that another day. But, I promised Kelley a post sometime with in the year. January is a good start. So, it’s funny I’m a month early for a Valentine post. Mainly because I’m never on time for anything. If you know me, you know that for sure.
Evan – the eldest of my two – asked me for an appliqued Valentine T-shirt, like the one I had just done. She’s 9. And while she often asks me for an appliqued shirt, it still surprises me that she does. As she gets older, and that becomes less cool to wear, so will asking her mom to make her a t-shirt from Peekawhoo. Then I remembered this photo:
I swear, I remember this like it was yesterday. This was her first Valentine’s Day. She was only 2 months old. And yes, I propped her up and took many photos until I got the one where she didn’t fall over on the couch. I also made a Valentine card for everyone. Daddy, grandparents, aunts/uncles. I also used to make homemade sugar cookies for everyone at Christmas. But neither of these things happen anymore. I find it successful if I wash and fold laundry all at once. Instead of shifts, which is why I always feel like I’m doing laundry. Ugh, I digress.
Here she is now. 9 years later. And she wanted this new little Valentine T-shirt. And being her opinionated self, she said, “I want it to say Be Mine.” So Be Mine it is. And that’s when I searched high and low and found her baby photo of Be Mine in a pile of photos (which I used to print, but now everything is on the computer) in a container, in the storage part of the basement. I also found some wedding pictures, college pictures from the picture man, the husband’s ALTA plate from winning a city championship, a baby picture of me – really? It’s a miracle really that I find anything I’m looking for back there.
I think that’s why I love my job I started so long ago. I still get to see a lot of sweet babies and toddlers come in the studio with their young mamas. It makes me feel young(er) again and keeps babies around, when mine aren’t so baby anymore. Because what you don’t see in this photo, is just below her sweet, appliqued Valentine T-shirt, is a multi-pink, multi-tiered tulle skirt, a skinny belt, grey sparkly tights and grey boots.