In an alternate universe, I scrapbooked. I filled three volumes within Brother's first year. Along came Sister and though I fell slightly behind, I still made time to get two volumes for her first year and two more for Brother.
Then we started homeschooling.
Then we added Baby #3.
Incidentally, Baby has two pages.
So a few weeks ago a friend, who also happens to be an avid scrapbooker, suggested we try to get me caught up before school starts. She began weaving this scenario - a beautiful lie, I know - and like a true junkie being faced with an old habit, I began to believe her.
I'm only four years behind. I can get caught up in a month. Totally.
She suggested we pick a day. I would get a sitter for my kids. She would take hers to daycare. We would rendezvous at her house - a veritable scrapbooking Mecca - and scrapbook.
I said, "SIGN ME UP!"
We set the date and I wrote it on my calendar. However, two doctor's appointments and four prescriptions came out of nowhere and my Scrapbook Day/Babysitting Fund was quickly depleted. I made plans to cancel.
But then, on a Sunday morning, three days before the Blessed Event, a young dad stood up and announced he was hosting a Mom's Day Out at his home.
The very day.
I took it as a sign from above. A Holy Calling, in fact.
I must go.
So I went.
I spent the day - more like six hours - cutting, stamping, leafing through pictures, and shooting up the creative juices I thought I had long given up. She introduced me to new stuff, too. Stuff I'd never tried before.
And before I knew it, I was sucked into the swirling vortex of scrapbooking again, giving myself over to the euphoria of creating pages of stickers and stamps and oh-so-adorable pictures. I got six pages done and told myself I could do this. I felt empowered...invincible.
BEHOLD! I HAVE BROUGHT FORTH SCRAPBOOK PAGES!!
That night I left my scrapbook supplies on the couch, because I was going to do more after the kids were in bed.
They were still there the next day.
And the next.
Finally I moved them to the middle of my bedroom floor, because I was totally going to do more.
It's been a week.
But I won't put them back in the closet. Because I'm going to do it. I will make more pages.
Really, I will.