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Mining for memories

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As usual this time of month, I went looking for a little deadline distraction. But I call it research, so it’s allowed.

I’m writing about savoring the season we’re in, because the leaves are always turning. I took a little trip down memory lane peeking at old blog posts and realizing I can’t even put into words how rapidly we move through seasons and stages to the next and how easy it is to forget the little details that once defined a particular time.

Like, say, when I see things like sippy cups, bibs, and diapers hanging to dry in the background of pictures from not long ago – but it seems like a lifetime ago now that the boys can reach their own glass in the cupboard and put them in the dishwasher. I’m saying they can, not that they do. We’re learning. I still do things for them they can do for themselves because I am constantly surprised that they’re as old and capable as they are. They are seven and five now. Seven and five. And I know in a few more seasons they will be 17 and 15. I’m so thankful I took so many notes and am reminded that I’ve fallen out of the rhythm of noting and sharing these slice-of-life stories that seem so ordinary in the moment, but are exactly what I cherish now.

I just peeked at July archives since Sam was a baby. What a view. I forgot all about that one time we were vegetarians. For a month.

New readers be warned … I used to swear a lot more on here. And I was a little less politically neutral. And some other things. So read at your own risk. 

July, 2008: http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2008/07/my-mullet.html

July 2009 http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2009/07/dusting-pandoras-box.html

July, 2010

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2010/07/index.html

July, 2011

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2011/07/eating-in-the-image-of-the-beast.html

July, 2012

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2012/07/reporter-mama-observations.html

July, 2013

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2013/07/the-orange-rhino.html

July, 2014

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2014/07/beyond-the-bon-bons.html

July, 2015

http://nathaliesnotes.typepad.com/nathalies_notes/2015/07/pro-tip-dont-freak-out.html

* This picture was taken in shortly after Sam was born. It was not long after it was taken that Lucy was terribly injured at that very park. A few years later, we would move away from Carlton, a town I loved so much I never wanted to leave. To a town that would become home again after a few years of feeling very alone and lost. And then Jake came into our lives. And we lost Lucy Baby. This one picture brings all of that, and some other stuff I can’t quite put out there yet, back. The memories stay, and still the seasons change.

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