Sunday, April 5, 2009

We'll miss them when they're gone...

One of the favorite posts I've ever read was written by my friend Teri. It was a picture of an apple core sitting in her bathroom sink, entitled "I'll miss her when she's gone." I thought it was the most perfect caption for such a picture, and immediately looked around at all the crazy things in my house that I would someday miss. Well, the other day, I grabbed my camera and went through the house. I didn't pose anything-- just took pictures of some of the things I would truly miss when they are gone!

Elli obviously gets a little carried away in her rocking chair!
Jesi's dress-up closet
game shelf

this wasn't staged (:
I had spent forever earlier that day looking for the syrup and finally making homemade!

Half of our blinds look like this, thanks to Elli...


Our bedroom wall

Our boys have had these out in our kitchen for the last five years-- they save 10% of their money for their "Missionary Fund." Every time it gets filled up, we match it and put it in the bank. They are so proud of all they have saved!

Sign on the girls' door

The bunk bed ladder

Graci's "kiddos" make it hard for her to find room to sleep, but she will NOT get rid of any of them

Graci is GREAT at cleaning her room, but insists on keeping her vanity like this!

Jessica's dresser-- YIKES!!!
Last week, Parker was apparently having a bad day. I came into the kitchen, where Taylor and Graci were making him a "treasure hunt" to cheer him up. They even provided the treasure-- $3.00 and two pieces of gum. (:

boys' dresser-- need I say more?

Taylor's bed-- Spidey, Doggie, and Wooly. Sigh.

I told Parker to find a special place for his Wolf Cub Scout book so he wouldn't lose it. I guess I should have paid attention to the banging going on in his room... He does get points for creativity!

This is a picture of the contents of ONE of Taylor's pair of pants! The boy's pockets are like this EVERY DAY-- he has been like this since he was a toddler!

And I just HAD to add this one!

Oh how we will miss our precious children! WE LOVE YOU!


  1. Thanks for that sweet little tour of your home!

    When Mason was maybe four years old, we found our syrup bottle under his bed...he had been drinking it like a bottle :)

  2. What a fun thing to do and to remember. It all goes too fast. Trust me.

  3. What a fabulous idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A few comments:
    Graci's "kiddos":remember how I had like 500 stuffed animals when I was a kid and how they all had to be situated just right so they could breath, not be cold, etc.... well anyway, I think I turned out pretty normal.
    Parker's shelf: I was cracking up. Seriously. What fun!
    Elli's peanut butter: well, I can't think of a word
    Jessi's dressups: at least you made a closet for all of them!!!!! Too cute.
    Taylor's pocket stash: O.k. I TOTALLY remember him cramming SOOOOO much stuff in his pockets when he was just old enough to be able to use them! He would pull out like 10 things and we thought he was done. Then he would pull out 10 more. Then more. Then more. Then more. haha
    You've gotta keep taking pictures like this!!! What fun memories!!!!

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - you really made me feel more 'normal'! :) Yeah - we probably will miss that stuff - at least 'some' of it! BTW - that could be Brianna's closet too!!

    hugs - aus and co.

  5. What a Cute post. I am afraid i am going to have to copy it!

  6. What a great idea! I get annoyed at things like that, but I shouldn't, right? I know I will miss it too!


  7. That may be the best blog ever! I love that the CD in the sink was "I am a child of God" and the old banana peel was next to two prayer rocks...sure puts things in perspective!

  8. I love your post. I remember one day Taylor came to our house and he had five or six belts on. Seeing the contents of his pockets reminded of this.

    You are such a great mom to see the joy in the things that drive me crazy.

  9. Did someone need a snack when they were playing the piano? Are the keys now sticky?

  10. I am literally chuckling here in Iowa.

    The syrup on the piano is my personal fave; well, that and the shelf!!


    Oh dear. sigh

    Now, I'm tearing up a bit.

    Such are the roller-coaster emotions of an alllmost empty-nester.

    Thanks for sharing (and the shout out).

  11. Thank you for this post!! I love it. I know when my kiddos are gone, and my house is spotless, I will long for the messy, loud, home I have now!!!

  12. Thank you for sharing your lives in such a special way. You are right. You will miss those little things. We love you so much and are so happy for your new job, Jeremy, and all that is happening with getting your little boy. You are in our prayers so often. Love

  13. Love this idea! So fun to see all of the fun things your kids do! You are such a great mom and a great example to me! Thanks!

  14. Loved this post! So funny, and SO TRUE!