After spending some time going through Aubrey’s baby book with her a few weeks ago, and reading The Happiness Project, I was inspired to get my family photo albums up to date. (I haven’t printed pictures out since 2005, unless it was going directly into a frame.)
Aubrey’s face lit up as she looked at baby pictures and heard stories about herself. She asked me this afternoon as she flipped through the album, “Momma, when you had me did Emma just stay in your tummy?”
I wanted to cry. She truly didn’t remember a time without her sister. I explained as briefly as I could that Emma hasn’t always been around and relived with my girls some of our happiest memories as we looked through the photos.
Those pictures weren’t doing anyone any good on my computer, but printed out and put into an album we had a chance to remember.
I was so inspired by being able to generate our own happiness that I decided to put in a pool. (Ahem.) I sat outside with the girls and tried not to scream too loudly as Sadie got bounced all over the place and climbed up and down the slide with her sisters.
I made sure to take plenty of pictures, because five years from now I want us all to be able to remember this day as well.