Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

June 1, 2010

I Want To Remember


I want to remember how much noise you make when you’re eating. It’s this awesome “I love food” noise that sounds something like a motor going “mmmmmmmmmmmm.” Grandma Susan says your Daddy used to do the same thing. Grandma Pati says he still makes those noises now and again.

I want to remember how very much you want to do everything your brother is doing. Wands, lightsabers, legos, books, balls and lots & lots of chase.

I want to remember how confident you are in how you hold yourself and the ways your body moves.

I want to remember this little dance you do when you are delighted, arms swinging back and forth as you walk.

I want to remember how when you are unsure of something you come zooming back over to me and snuggle up next to my legs.

I want to remember how rough and tumble you are…and how you get right back up and keep on going.

I want to remember how you dunk your head under the water at the
swimming pool and come up grinning.

I want to remember how much you like helping us let Lily (our dog) out in the morning. You get upset when you don’t get to stand at the door, with the door open of course, when Lily goes outside.

I want to remember all the little moments of love I see between you and Simon. Amidst the chasing and the wrestling and the screeching there are a million little hugs and snuggles and gentle love. Tonight, after I helped you down from your chair at the table, you walked around the living room for a bit and then came back to the table and rested your head on Simon’s leg. A short breather in your daily adventures; a nice pause. I notice these moments. I adore them.


  • 1.
    SouleMama said…

    wonderful. you will remember. xoxo

  • 2.
    Yvon said…

    Oh wauw Ali, I totally love this blogpost!
    I need to keep this idea in my mind if that is oke.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    Oh she is so so sweet. I love all these little things you notice. I wish I knew about scrapbooking when mine were that little. It’s all a little fuzzy now. I only remmeber some of Sam’s little moments because he was 3 when I finally found out about scrapbooking so lot’s of memories of the little guy. Anna is going to be such a mixture of sweetness and rough with having Simon as a big brother, it’s a perfect combination. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 4.
    sue said…

    Your little one is growing up so fast! I love the way you write down the things you notice. Wish I’d done that when mine were little.

  • 5.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Oh they grow so fast – enjoy!!!

  • 6.
    annie said…

    lovely memories<3

  • 7.
    Nina Newton said…

    You will remember . . . . but how I wish that I had documented even more of the days when my children were small. We have so many scrapbooks, filled with pictures and little snippets of memories written down, but you can never have TOO many memories of those years ;o)

  • 8.
    jesshunt said…

    thanks for reminding me to stop and notice some things myself today – life has a way of getting away from us sometimes….
    I had to laugh at the rough and tumble part – Ellie is the same way….Graham would have been quite upset about some of the spills she’s taken, but she just kind of rolls over and gets right back up and moving!

  • 9.
    fabiana said…

    beautiful memories :-)

  • 10.
    Christel said…

    What I really love about your message to your daughter is the last sentence but one : “I notice these moments”. How lovely is it to know that mummy’s there, watching and enjoying the moment. Anna will fell so great when she reads this.
    I love your blog, unfortunately I don’t take the time to scrapbook myself, I simply keep a small diary of the kids’ life.

  • 11.
    Leanne said…

    Oh, Ali – absolutely lovely moments here, just so sweet. Thanks for helping me stop today … in the midst of a chaotic morning and people coming and going … STOP and think about these little things that are so very very important and are really all that matter. I love this today, Ali. Just love it! Thank you!!!!

  • 12.
    LisaZ said…

    Ali, I love this!!
    Thanks for reminding me to jot down the ‘little things’ that happen because I’ll forget about them otherwise.

  • 13.
    Dori said…

    Simple and precious! I can’t wait to see the layout that this post will (hopefully) become. ***smile***

  • 14.

    So precious.

  • 15.
    Shelly said…

    Beautifully put! I am going to share this post with my daughters, both of whom have infants. They will want to remember simple little things about their babies, as well, and your post will certainly inspire them.

  • 16.
    joni said…

    You put a smile on my face every morning when I read your blog. Thank you for all that you share!

  • 17.
    Peaceliving said…

    I love this journaling format, Ali. I’m definitely going to steal it for a future page.

  • 18.
    Lee Currie said…

    So lovely. You will remember :)

  • 19.
    Pam Alexander said…

    Love this. Thanks for reminding me of these short moments, my “baby” is now 14, and it seems like yesterday, yes I wish I had written these things down, but it does remind me that there are still plenty of opportunities now.

  • 20.
    Sarah said…

    Great memories. Touching.

  • 21.
    Jakki said…

    How very sweet…with several nieces with daughters under 3 I am now being able to document the girly aspect of scrapbooking and I’m loving it and your ideas! Thanks for the inspiration…

  • 22.
    Melanie K. said…

    Oh, Ali. This is why I am fascinated with your layouts … you really SEE things. What a treasure. If you ever need a new place to ‘see’, come to my house! LOL!

  • 23.
    Deb J said…

    YOu are so good about writing things. I wish I could do this. For some reason my mind seems to just go blank or everything comes out stiff and boring. I love reading about your kids and your family. m the pictures are always great too.

  • 24.
    Jen said…

    Oh Ali, what wonderful journaling. I so wish I’d thought of capturing those little moments with my (now very tall 20 yr old) daughter! And that picture is precious. Thank you for sharing :)

  • 25.
    Amber Lee said…

    Such tender, beautiful words. What sweetness.

  • 26.
    Caitlin M said…

    Love, love , love this post. I wish I had done this with my older son. I will definitely be doing this for my 12 month old.

  • 27.
    Adrienne said…

    Thank you so much for these inspiring notes, Ali. I would also like to remember all of the little moments. My Anna is 20-months and has an 8-year old brother and their relationship is similar to your Anna and Simon, I think. My Anna is doing a lot of the same things as yours, in fact, I could probably almost copy your journaling and use it – especially the rough and tumble, the legos, and the delight with the arms swinging, and the snuggling when unsure, and the wrestling and love with her brother. I wish I could remember it all. It makes me tear up just thinking about it!

  • 28.
    ale said…

    so sweet! simon and anna are really lucky to have you as their mom.
    =^ . ^=

  • 29.
    Natalie Shirley said…

    How wonderful! My baby’s turning 15 months this week and I already started making a list like this for a layout! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  • 30.
    Sharon Osborn said…

    Oh Ali-good for doing this. My last child is graduating from High School in twelve days. By August all three will be off/back to college. I sometimes wish I would have written down just those types of words.
    These written memories will be a balm to your soul someday…ummmmm.

  • 31.

    I wish I had taken the time to write lists like this when my girls were little! I wish I had thought to do that! Beautiful! Touching! Brings back memories! :) She’s so adorable!

  • 32.
    Courtney said…

    Oh, I love this. I want to remember all of these little moments about my little ones.

  • 33.
    patty said…

    so glad you are savoring those moments-they are so fleeting…

  • 34.
    Donna said…

    You are such a talented writer and “I want to remember your posts” and use your ideas to create my stories with my picture! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 35.
    Heather Vo said…

    My 2 year old does the same “mmmmmm” sounds – and has done so since the first bite of solid food. I love it! In fact I made a scrapbook page to remember. :) Thanks for sharing and reminding how little things like this may not always be remembered, so I need to make more pages about things like these instead of birthday parties and Christmas presents!

  • 36.
    Karen said…

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this post. Lovely lovely words. I’m not a mother yet, but am a daughter missing a mother, and I’ve just yesterday written about that point of view – so to read something so poignant about what a mom sees in her little one is so very heartwarming. Your daughter is sure to cherish these words.

  • 37.
    Fe Louis said…

    This was such a memorable post. It makes me want to sit down and write one each for my two boys. That’s the point of blogging isn’t it? Inspiring others do follow in your footsteps!!! Thanks for the memories :-)

  • 38.
    anna r. said…

    oh ali, such a nostalgic and touching post! i love how you cherish each moment with your kids! i love the way you see things beyond the ordinary… and i love how you document everything about your family…it INSPIRES me to do the same! thanks for sharing this to us. i love your blog!

  • 39.
    Icecat62 said…

    And that’s why most of us scrap. To remember the little bits of daily life that would have been forgotten later. :)

  • 40.
    Melanie said…

    Just beautiful Ali!

  • 41.
    Jess Hess said…

    Precious and beautiful.

  • 42.
    Jennifer McNeely said…

    I made a scrapbook about these little moments from my daughter’s first year – a picture for every memory. My daughter is 2 and a half now – and people who say you will remember… you won’t if you don’t write them down. I love reading about all the things she used to do and if it wasn’t written down, I would have already forgotten. My daughter likes looking at the scrapbook too – “There’s baby Abby” – maybe we will do that when I get home today:) Thanks for reminding me:)

  • 43.
    Verona H said…

    You are such a good and thoughtful writer. I’m feeling thankful today and you have greatly added to it. My daughter is 51, my son 48-how I wish I had a record of their lives to give them like you are doing for Simon and Anna.

  • 44.
    reyanna said…

    Aww! I loved this! Thanks so much for encouraging us and reminding us to remember the “want to remember” moments, Ali! :-)

  • 45.
    Esther said…

    so sweet!

  • 46.
    Kristal Jones said…

    This says it all, doesn’t it? Beautiful post.

  • 47.
    melanie said…

    you are a good mom for sure.
    thx to share this with us!

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