I just finished Erin's high school scrapbook. I know, I know. She's been out of high school since last May. I hate scrapbooking. For me it is a torturous exercise in cutesy page design that is about as much fun as a root canal. It also takes me longer than the average root canal to do just one page. I started this particular scrapbook for Erin when she was in the seventh grade. The idea was good; the execution - not so much. At the end of her seventh grade year I took the very first Monday of my summer, dragged out my stuff, and commenced to design pages. Two days later I finished a two-page spread of the highlights of her school year. Why is this so hard? I have friends that could have done an entire high school career for a child in the length of time it took me to do just one grade! I tried to follow the tenants of a good scrap booker: the best pages are those which tell a story. I'm afraid the story that mine tells is that I do not have an eye for this sort of thing. Erin seems to like it, though, and she's the only one that truly counts.
So why the sudden urge to finish this one? Well, we have a house guest coming in on Thursday. Erin told me that she thought it would be nice if I could finish it. What could I say? I had no real, good excuse. I started on Sunday. Today is Tuesday. In the end I had a stack of pictures I thought I just had to include and no more pages left. I do need to give myself a little credit. For her senior year I didn't just do the two-page spread. I did one page with a senior portrait, two for volleyball, two for softball, one for awards day, one for graduation, two for her senior trip to Disney World, and two more pages for snapshots. Looking back, for me that's not too bad! That's one, two, . . .eleven pages in three nights! Woo hoo! Maybe this scrapbooking thing isn't so bad! Did I really just say that? Just goes to show just how tired I am. Tomorrow I'll clean up the mess and pull my house back together for our house guest. Besides, the appreciation on Erin's face when she sits and looks at her books makes it all worthwhile.