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January 21, 2011

Nine Years Of Simon










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.


  • 1.
    Tilda said…

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

  • 2.
    Bec Kilgore said…

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

  • 3.
    Alida said…

    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.

  • 4.
    kelly willette said…

    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!

  • 5.
    Delia said…

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

  • 6.
    ale said…

    happy birthday, simon!

  • 7.
    Kylie said…

    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!

  • 8.
    Susan Ringler said…

    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.

  • 9.

    Oh. Oh.

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


  • 10.
    katie said…

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

  • 11.
    Dorothy F said…

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

  • 12.
    Monika T. said…

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

  • 13.
    Sally said…

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

  • 14.
    kimmy said…

    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

  • 15.
    Sherry G said…

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

  • 16.
    Katie said…

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

  • 17.
    Asta said…

    Happy birthday Simon! Have a wonderfull day!

  • 18.

    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!!!

  • 19.
    dawn said…

    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

  • 20.
    tetcy said…

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

  • 21.
    Marie A. said…

    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 :-)

  • 22.
    Sarah said…

    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!

  • 23.
    Angie Ulseth said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!

  • 24.
    Lisanna said…

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

  • 25.
    Denise said…

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

  • 26.
    Heather V said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! I hope you have a wonderful day, eat lots of dessert and get lots of Legos! I love reading your mom’s stories about you on here, you sound like a really wonderful now-nine-year-old!

  • 27.
    Wynn H said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Thank you for sharing your wonderful layouts.

  • 28.
    Amanda Smith said…

    I wish you………
    oodles of magic from “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes”
    breathtaking adventures from “Flourish & Blotts”
    a yummy milkshake from “The Leaky Cauldron”
    wonderful family time at “The Burrow”
    from one Harry Potter fan to another. (and a mother to a little girl the same age as you)

  • 29.
    jennifer said…

    Happy 9th Birthday, Simon…from RI!

  • 30.
    paula s said…

    that is fantastic! i aboslutely LOVE it!

  • 31.
    christen said…

    i’ve been looking through old albums lately too and realizing again what a blessing scrapbooking is for me! happy birthday to a beautiful boy!! i hope it’s a great day.

  • 32.
    Camilla Blue said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!

    I appreciate seeing the progression in style and growth in your pages. I love all the layouts, but especially love the circular one. The pages you post always provide inspiration for me. Thank you!

  • 33.
    Renee said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! You boys can be such inspiration for us mommas. My little boy is the older of our two children and our daughter is the younger so our family is similar to yours. Have a great day and weekend celebrating with family and friends. Birthdays are great.

  • 34.
    Jackie O. said…

    Many Happy Returns of the Day Simon! Have a lovely, exciting day!

    Thanks so much for sharing your layouts Ali.

  • 35.
    Susanne said…

    Happy Birthday to you Simon. I am glad to know someone so special shares my birthday!

  • 36.
    Liz H. said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Have a great day today and everyday!

  • 37.
    Michelle L said…

    I loved looking at those layouts! Makes me want to go home and scrap! Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 38.
    Michelle L said…

    I loved looking at those pages! Makes me want to go home and scrap! Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 39.
    madeline St onge said…

    Oh Ali he was a beautiful baby and turned into a beautiful boy, he will be one handsome your man
    Happy Birthday sweet Simon

  • 40.
    JillT said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! We love hearing about you and your family!

  • 41.
    Megan W said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Looking at these pictures, you seemed to grow up into a big boy overnight! I hope you have a very fun day filled with lots of Lego playing!

  • 42.
    Mandy Bopp said…

    Beautiful, Ali! Happy birthday Simon!!

  • 43.
    Christina in TN said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!! It’s been wonderful seeing you grow up over the years through your Mom’s scrapbook pages. What an amazing gift to read the stories of your life thus far. I hope you have a great 9th birthday!

  • 44.
    {vicki} said…

    That’s how I started scrapbooking too—after my son was born!

    There’s no other love like it in the world!

    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 45.
    faerwillow said…

    ~priceless pieces…savoring such moments in time…moments you only have but once…you have captured your littles life in the most beautiful of ways…

    bright birthday wishes to your little…may it be a year of new and exciting journeys…moments and memories created that he will forever carry with him…and days ahead of only love and laughter filling his spirit…warm wishes and birthday blessings~

  • 46.

    Happy birthday Simon!

  • 47.
    Nikki T. said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon!! I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, awesome birthday!

  • 48.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Simon, Happy,Happy Birthday! Wising you a fun filled day and wonderful year ahead with amazing adventures.

  • 49.
    Nicole Zitnik said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! I am sure when he is older he will be so glad that you have documented his life in such a beautiful way!

  • 50.
    Candace said…

    Happy birthday Simon! I hope you have a wonderful day! Smiles from New Hampshire! :)

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