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Nine Years Of Simon

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Happy Birthday to my favorite boy in the whole wide world! I love you so much Simon!


I spent a bit of time last night going through my layout files on the computer looking for stories to share today.

When I didn't see exactly what I wanted I turned to the physical scrapbooks lining the shelves here in my office. Flipping through those books was an immediate emotional time warp - taking me back to 2003 and 2006 and 2004 and 2002. I don't pull those albums out all too often, but man oh man they so full of stories and love and creativity and simple evidence of our existence.

I am so, so thankful that I've had the opportunity to do what I do: the photos, the words, the products, the documentation. I don't know if I'll ever be able to truly express how much scrapbooking has meant to me in my life.

It all started because of a tremendous amount of love for one little boy who made his entrance nine years ago today.

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  1. Tilda says…
    01/21/2011

    What a beautiful boy. Thanks for sharing Ali. Happy birthday Simon!

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  2. Bec Kilgore says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I love the stories about you and your Legos.

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  3. Alida says…
    01/21/2011

    Just awesome.How much we would have missed if we didn't have our children. How much we would have forgotten if it wasn't for capturing and documenting.

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  4. kelly willette says…
    01/21/2011

    LOVE this....have loved watching this precious little dude grow up on your blog and in your photos. happy bday, simon!!!!! hope you get all the harry potter legos you wish for!

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  5. Delia says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon. There are so many people who love you from afar and want only the best for you. Enjoy your day. xoxox

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  6. ale says…
    01/21/2011

    happy birthday, simon!

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  7. Kylie says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon! How awesome to see how he's grown ...... some things change, but others remain the same. Ali I have an off-topic question! Do you find that the receipts that you include in your projects (DD, Project Life etc) keep very well. I love the idea of keeping these daily bits and pieces but wonder if it's really worth it if they're going to be faded to the point that they're unreadable in 6 months? Would be interested to hear how yours have held up!

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  8. Susan Ringler says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy 9th Birthday Simon! We are so glad you were born--your mom has given us a peek at your wonderful life and taught us so much! Thank you, Ali and Simon.

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  9. Karen/Chookooloonks says…
    01/21/2011

    Oh. Oh.

    Please give love to the beautiful Sparkle Man for me. You *know* I love this kid.

    K.

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  10. katie says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Happy Birthday to Simon!!!! 9 is Fine! :)

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  11. Dorothy F says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy 9th Birthday, Simon. Big hugs to you.

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  12. Monika T. says…
    01/21/2011

    What a beautiful collection of scrapbook pages and a wonderful birthday tribute to Simon. Happy Birthday Simon and family.

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  13. Sally says…
    01/21/2011

    Ali - this is so sweet. What a great little man Simon has grown into! Happy 9th Birthday Simon!!

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  14. kimmy says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon! How I've enjoyed watching you grow... my son Hudson will be 9 in May... so I feel like I have a special connection to your momma! Oh, how our boys have been similar in so many ways... I feel as if I know you through your mom's writings and photos... so glad to "know" you Simon... I hope you have one WONDERFUL day... ~ kim

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  15. Sherry G says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday Simon! You are a lucky boy to have such treasures that your Mama has created for you.

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  16. Katie says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday, Simon! What a day to celebrate. Birthdays are the best!

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  17. Asta says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy birthday Simon! Have a wonderfull day!

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  18. Deb @ PaperTurtle says…
    01/21/2011

    What a great way to honor Simon's birthday, Ali. This post is a true testiment to the significance of scrapbooking and keeping track of one's life story. Simon is a lucky boy to have these treasures you have created for him. Seeing them made me very sentimental this morning.

    Well done! And a very Happy Birthday to Simon!!!

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  19. dawn says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday to you Simon!! Have an awesome, fun, loving, good time kind of day. Thank you for sharing him with us Ali, we are so happy he was born because now we get inspired by you and all we can do for our family's. It's been a joy watching him grow up, my son is 9 also and I love seeing how alike/different our boys are. It was neat to see these old layouts of Simon, I have most of them in my Ali Edwards binder, my favorite layouts of him are when he's outside especially at your parents he looks so content and happy in the outdoors. Happy Birthday to Ali as well you've done a remarkable job raising Simon, enjoy this day as well. HUGS

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  20. tetcy says…
    01/21/2011

    I'm so thankful too! Thanks for all you so openly share and how you inspire.
    HB, Simon!

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  21. Marie A. says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday from Quebec city (Canada) to you, Simon! You are an amazing young man. :-)

    Thank you so much Ali for sharing these precious moments of your lives with us. You're such an inspiration.

    Marie :-)

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  22. Sarah says…
    01/21/2011

    What an AMAZING JOURNEY through time! Ali, YOU are SUCH an inspiration in your photojournaling, your FANTASTIC collection of documenting life and being a mother.

    Happy Birthday SIMON!

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  23. Angie Ulseth says…
    01/21/2011

    Happy Birthday, Simon!

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  24. Lisanna says…
    01/21/2011

    happy birthday Simon!!!
    Your pages are fantastic but your Simon is more fantastic!!

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  25. Denise says…
    01/21/2011

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it's my birthday too!!

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