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Scrapbook Therapy

Not gonna lie – as much as I love my kid, 2.5 isn’t my favorite age. There’s a lot of Jekyll and Hyde-ness going on. On Sunday, I ended up googling the phrase “Exorcist tantrums” (and, much to my relief, found that many many parents before me had put those two words together). So I’m doing my best to focus on and treasure the Jekyll moments, because Jekyll is the sweetest, kindest, most wonderful little being there ever was.

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Now that Ali Edwards finally released her 6×8 Story Books, all my random little 6×8 pages finally have homes! And something about that size makes scrapbooking less intimidating than if I were to make a bigger layout. I bought one album for me/the family, one for Lily, and one for Nora. This page will go in my own album, not hers, because she doesn’t really need to see it until a time where she might have a toddler herself.

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I like that my album is going to be full of little thoughts I have that I probably wouldn’t have bothered to make a full 8.5×11 page about. Having kids is wonderful and fulfilling and fun, but sometimes it’s very hard work, and this album is turning out to be pretty therapeutic to me during those times. I thought I would use Ali’s May release kit to make a sappy page about Mother’s Day, but since Mother’s Day just happened to fall during my most challenging week yet as a parent, it felt right to focus on how I cope with that instead.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Bobby May 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    “Exorcist tantrums” is a good way of putting it. I’m really excited for once this tantrum phase is over for us, too! At least we know we aren’t alone in dealing with it :)

  • Reply Misti May 17, 2017 at 11:28 am

    OMG, and the not listening. Like, sometimes I literally have to put my face up next to his and repeat something a million times for him to grasp it. He’s already got the ‘tune mom out’ thing down.
    Toddler are harddddddd. But sooooo fun, too! Definitely Jekyll/Hyde!

  • Reply CarrieH May 18, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Ha! All the feelings are so, so true. Thank goodness they start out so small and adorable and make us fall so completely in love with them…it helps get through “those” moments when we think we’ll loose our minds. You definitely have a way with story and I so love your honesty as well as your scrap style. Thanks for sharing.

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