Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Sap is back.

Yes, it's true...another sappy moment brought you by mom.
Remember a few weeks ago about me purging through Emma's school papers?  This past week, in an effort to find a bit more storage at our seam-busting oasis, I had a good size basket that I knew needed some TLC and cleaning.  Serious sorting and cleaning.  I had been putting this one off for a good three years.

This basket contained all the crafts, pictures, drawings, stories, and creations that my precious Emma made from age three up to age five.  Anything that had her fingerprints on it, I saved.  Holy moly, she makes A LOT of things.  Lord knows we just can't keep them all, right?  Be strong momma, be strong.  A good dump of the basket and my kitchen table looked like this.....
I started sorting.  Keeping the special ones, personal ones, or just too gosh darn cute ones.  Unfortunately this little lady below didn't make the cut.  Even though I put her in a remarkable rainbow and heart frame, she still did not seem happy about her new home in the recycle bin.  Got to admit, I was feeling the same.
But just look at how happy the princesses are in the drawing just to the lower right of sad girl.  They seem pretty excited and cheering for joy.  Ya, I'm weird.
Oh Emma, I just loved the "tape phase".  When Emma was four we literally asked for people to give her scotch tape for her birthday and Christmas because she went through a roll every week.  But who could blame her?  Taping on rubber bands to a drawing of her and her daddy in a boat works way better as clouds, rather than just drawing them on!  And without tape, how would we have all the fun creations below?!  Cuddly the Kangaroo and his cheetah friend, the fish, the princess and many more?!  Love them all.
This picture below is another heart-melter.  We had just babysat my niece, Allie for a couple days.  Allie was just shy of one and was eating from her high chair.  Thanks to Artist Emma (4), I can remember it like sitting there feeding Allie as she wore her bib with a fish on it, while Emma stood close by watching.
And then we hit the story telling stage.  This gets really fun, especially when Hope was born as she was Emma's main character several times.

Love.  Love.  Love. the moon and back.

So I started a binder years ago.  This was outside of the big basket of treasures.  My intentions when I started the binder would be to just keep the remarkably special pieces and note the date/event on them. 
Obviously, my intentions didn't plan for a crazy artist daughter that captures every second of life in detailed visual manner.  (or a daughter that will take a piece of lent and turn it into a masterpiece)  So I had to pick and choose, debate and decide.  Photographing the big pile and posting on this blog gives me some peace of mind that I still have all those perfect masterpieces still chiseled in my visual heart.  And as for the binder....
....I had to get a bigger one.


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    1. Ali - The cover on the binder "God made my face" is from the Vista days. So many other drawings inside with Vista fingerprints on them...I just adored those days!