Better Late Than Never

When I first got into scrapbooking, I decided I wanted to make one scrapbook for every year of my marriage. The first one would start with our honeymoon and end with pictures from our first anniversary, and the following books would run anniversary to anniversary. I thought it would be a great keepsake of our years together, and it could also serve as a kind of anniversary gift from me to Tim every year.

The first book went together smoothly. I finished it a couple months after our first anniversary, but I forgave myself for missing the self-imposed deadline because I had only begun scrapbooking that April — two months before our anniversary.

I got to work on the second book, but before I knew it our second anniversary had come and gone, and I wasn’t anywhere close to finished. Six months later, I resolved that 2008 would be the year I would get caught-up on my scrapbooking. But then I  watched our third anniversary come and go, and I still had a long way to go before finishing the book that should have been finished a year before. Needless to say, I did not uphold that particular resolution last year.

I don’t know if I’ll get all the way caught up this year — after all, I am a year-and-a-half beind — but thanks to the idea my sisters-in-law had for us to get together once a month for an evening completely dedicated to scrapbooking, I do know that I’ll be better about working on my books on a regular basis.

This week we had our first scrapbooking night, and . . . drumroll . . . I finished the scrapbook! The one that I should have finished a year-and-a-half ago! It’s done!

Want to see some of my favorite pages? Of course you do! (You can check out other highlights from this book in the scrapbooking category.)

Pictures from the weekend Jessie came down to visit us and we went to the penny arcade in Manitou Springs.

Our first summit of the Incline.

Spring Break in Vail and our first trip to the Vail Film Festival.

Aleisha’s church fundraiser Masquerade Ball — complete with the actual masks we made and wore that night.

The boat page. I especially like this page because it reminds me how much Tim insisted that we really needed to buy this boat and we would use it all the time and it would be a totally justified expense to our tight-at-the-time budget. The pictures on this page show the one and only time we have ever used that boat.

Tap recital. I’m particularly proud of the tap-shoe footprints I created for this page. I love the way they turned out!

One of many Ben pages, with pictures from a time before Smalls.

The last page! It’s done! Hooray!

Now I get to start the next book. Any bets on how far behind schedule that’ll get done? (Keep in mind it’s already six months past-due.)

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