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Memory lane visits through scrapbooking!

Memory lane visits through scrapbooking!

…submitted by: Dawn in Logan, UT

Ever think about how you have such great photos of your precious children, but now – would they just give you a free moment to do something with those photos?!? I got into scrapbooking when my daughter was just a newborn. Despite the time-thief a baby can be, it was easier to get photos into albums when she hadn’t started crawling! I loved doing things the old fashioned way (this was 2000) with colored papers, stickers, and photos. I was fortunate that someone introduced me to the home based business of Creative Memories, and I soon got lots of supplies and ideas from my Creative Memories consultant. Soon after, my daughter was crawling, and I had my hands full only taking photos and just keeping her out of trouble! My scrapbooking time became limited to when I could leave the house to participate in scrapbooking crops, or when she was asleep (though I never trusted her that I’d leave out my supplies!)

Over the past eight years, the scrapbooking industry has boomed and changed. Now one can do digital scrapbooking pages, send them to a local printer and slip the colored printed pages into an album, or even pay a company to print out an entire album for you. There is software (both free and for sale) from various companies to aid in the process of digital scrapbooking…you don’t have to use scissors, just a mouse! I haven’t totally converted to this new age of scrapbooking, as I still have a closet full of scrapbooking paper, stickers, pages, and tons of photos!

My scrapbooking time is still limited, but at least (most of the time) photos don’t go bad! And whenever I finally get photos into albums, my family loves them!

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

…submitted by a loving aunt in California

Big Brothers Aaron and Paul keep telling him to “shut up!” (bad kids!), and finally James (poor guy!) says back:

Don’t call me ‘shut up’!”

– James, age 5

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Might as well watch a little DVD if I'm going to sit her for awhile.

Might as well watch a little DVD if I'm going to sit her for awhile.

We’ve all heard how difficult it is to potty train our little ones. For the most part, children will just figure it out when they’re ready because (as one lady friend informed me), have you ever seen a grown woman not know how to use a bathroom? True, but when you’re trying to get your 2-year old potty trained for preschool the following year, the pressure is on! Fortunately for me, my experience wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I am warning you now… you probably don’t want to read about how easy I had it.

I started potty training Miranda at 18 months. It was more of introducing her to the potty. When she woke up each morning, I would sit her on the toilet and see if she would go. Sometimes she did, sometimes she didn’t. She didn’t make the connection but I was persistent. (Hey, anything to save a diaper!) We consistently read “Once Upon A Potty” and also watched the video just to introduce her to the concept. Throughout the day I would ask her, “Do you need to go potty?” (No). We’d go to the store, “Do you need to go potty?” (No). We’d go to the park, “Do you need to go potty?” (No). Naturally, every time I checked her diaper, it was wet. (more…)

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