October 29, 2011

I’ve been busy all day getting ready for my sister, brother-in-law and baby niece’s arrival tomorrow. I’m super excited because we haven’t seen each other in 3 years and I get to meet my niece for the first time. It’s funny, a friend of mine recently said that it’s amazing how much more you can get done when you know you are getting visitors!!! ( But that’s another story, entirely!)

After getting the grocery shopping out-of-the-way (which took a big chunk of time out of my morning), scrubbing the bathrooms and adding a few special touches. I decided to get all the little things out that I put aside for when my niece would be here. I saved some special bibs ( first Halloween, first Christmas etc.), blankets and baby towels. As I was doing that I remembered that I wanted to get the Halloween costume out that both my girls wore for their first Halloween and now will be my niece’s first Halloween costume!!! Even though all that stuff has sat in special boxes in the closets, it’s now tumbling away in the washing machine…I’m a little anal that way sometimes.

So, there I was sitting in my closet in front of the special “baby” box and I really just wanted to get the costume out but then it happened…the usual when the box opens…memories engulfed me. My girls happened to be with me and soon the ooohhhing and aaahhhing started. We pulled every single item of clothing out…the outfit my boy wore for our wedding ( yes, he was there when mommy and daddy said ” I do.”), the onsie middle daughter wore home from the hospital, the tiny shirt and hat the hospital provided for my youngest daughter…and many more. It’s amazing how these outfits bring back so many precious memories and looking at them I can’t believe how much my “babies” ( they hate being called that) have grown.

My boy will be 11 in a few short months, middle daughter is 8 (  going on 18) and our “baby” just turned 3. I’m just so glad, I decided to make a memory box and keep some of those special outfits and I’m hopeful that one day I can give these things to my children to use for their babies. But in the meantime I will share with my “baby” sister and look forward to seeing my niece wear the same Halloween costume her cousins have worn before her!!!

How many of you have memory boxes or special items you or your parents have saved? I know I’m not the only one who does this…or am I???

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