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January 23, 2012

Ten Years Of Simon











Last year I did a Nine Years of Simon post featuring a layout from each year of his life. That was such a fun process of looking back that I decided to do it again this year with ten different layouts.

I’ll have a birthday party weekend recap to share tomorrow.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Happy Monday Ali, I loved it when you did this last year, thanks for doing it again. These are so cute and how sweet to see him grow up to the awesome kid he is today. The first 3 layouts are new to me, so cute. Thanks for taking us down this 10yr journey with you.

    Can’t wait to see the birthday pictures!! I love that you used circles on almost all of these layouts, circles are my favorite.

    Now I’m sure Miss Anna is counting down to her birthday coming up. How fast time is going by.

    Have a great day!

  • 2.
    Kim said…

    Great post Ali! 10 year old boys are the best!

  • 3.
    HeatherC said…

    Very cool — isn’t it fun (and sometimes heart-renching) to see them change over time.

    Also — on the scrapping side of things — fun to see how your style has changed over the years. I look back on layouts when I started — they are so different from today.

  • 4.
    Toni From said…

    Happy Monday Ali! You are such a good mommma, you can just tell how much your children adore you. I LOVE seeing pictures of Simon, what a great, special, quirky kid. just adore him.

    Have a super week, I hope you are enjoying your new office and I can’t wait to see the progress

  • 5.
    Lisa W. said…

    OH he is SO very cute!!! And a lucky boy to have all this “fun” beautiful layouts to see and so appreciate exspecially when he gets older. You ALWAYS continue to inspire!!! Thank you…and so looking forward to the birthday party:)

  • 6.
    Melanie K. said…

    I realized in a startling way … I have watched him grow up! Awesome.

  • 7.
    jamie said…

    Love seeing the evolving of him…
    As well as you.
    Ten is such a big year. Its a birthday that hit me the hardest when my oldest turned ten.
    Happy birthday to you both.

  • 8.
    Flavia said…

    Happy Birthday to simon! and to you too, ali!
    I particularly feel it, because it is my birthday too! 27!
    Have a nice weekend party!

  • 9.
    laura g said…

    wow i remember some of these layouts… thanks for sharing again! i made my grandson a birthday card for his 13th birthday with a picture collage of all his previous birthdays he really liked it!
    so much fun looking back at these pictures!

  • 10.
    Kelly said…

    Love it Ali!
    That second layout, Anna’s face is in his face…they look so much alike!

  • 11.
    Jan C. said…

    I wish Simon the happiest of birthdays! He has always struck me as having a young face, but “old” eyes, like there’s an old soul in there.

  • 12.
    Ellie A. said…

    OH I super LOVE :) Wishing Simon the Happiest of Birthdays again :)

  • 13.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! After looking at all the layouts of Simon, it somehow feels like he is family because as an avid reader of your blog I feel like I know him and your entire family. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • 14.
    Paula G said…

    Your precious Simon sure is someone to celebrate! Your wonderful layouts are a reflection of your love and the special relationship you both share. I wish for Simon that each decade of his life is wonderful, filled with health, happiness and true love. Thanks for sharing!

  • 15.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Wow, love it! It’s so fun to look back through the years. Happy Birthday to Simon!! Have a wonderful day (and week).

  • 16.
    Cynthia said…

    Truly a lovely post Ali! Simon is such a cutie. I hope his 10th year is absolutely great! I must say he has the most engaging eyes …

  • 17.
    Kim said…

    Love this more than you know… I remember all of these photos. My son turns 10 in May… so I’ve watched your son grow as my son has grown. It’s gone by so quickly. My son was diagnosed with sensory integration dis-function when he was 2.5 – I always appreciated your realness in all your posts with Simon. You have been such an encouragement to me over the years. Simon is such a beautiful, happy and incredible kid. Thank you for sharing him with us all of these years.

    I feel like I’m your friend… (o: ~ kim

  • 18.
    ceci said…

    how amazing, that you have all of this documented. it;s such a special treasure.

    happy birthday to simon!

  • 19.
    Kelly Massman said…

    Very cool!

  • 20.
    Michelle L said…

    Between the CK and this blog I have seen him grow through your layouts. He is so adorable and seems like such a sweet boy!
    Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 21.
    Carrie said…

    This is such a cool post. :)

  • 22.
    Cynthia H said…

    This is so cool! I love seeing how the circles repeat through the years and that you were using stitching even in 2005!

    You can see the essence of simon in all of these photos – so so awesome.

  • 23.
    Becky@oursweetpeas said…

    He’s such a beautiful boy! Have a happy 11th year Simon!!

  • 24.
    Margie S said…

    What a great idea. I should do the same. It is my son’s 7th birthday today! Happy Birthday to your son on this fantastic day. (It is also Chinese New Year today, as well, the year of the dragon.)

  • 25.
    Ruth G said…

    A very happy birthday to Simon! Thanks for sharing all these joyful moments, Ali!

  • 26.
    Julie said…

    Aw, thanks for sharing. That little minute of viewing Mr. Simon put a big smile on my face. He’s the cutest!

  • 27.
    Teri H. said…

    It’s so CUTE to ‘watch’ kids grow like that. What a lovely way to celebrate Simon.

  • 28.
    Melanie L. said…

    I think it’s interesting to see the 10 years of products as well as seeing the photos of Simon growing up. One thing is for sure, your scrapping style is timeless. :) Happy Birthday, Simon!

  • 29.
    marisa said…

    Loved it! Our son is 6 today and I wish I would’ve posted my layouts as well! Great idea! Happy Bday Simon:)

  • 30.
    Deb J said…

    I think is is so wonderful that Simon and Anna will have all of these wonderful layouts to look at and remind them not only of what they looked like and did as they grew up but also to see the love you have for them. What a great job you have done with that.

  • 31.
    Tere said…

    Love the recap…Happy Birthday Simon!!

    And I can’t believe you have been in your house since 2009. Seems just like yesterday….

  • 32.
    Debbie said…


  • 33.
    Jenny A said…

    This is absolutely beautiful Ali! Look how much he has grown!

  • 34.
    Janet Wight said…

    What is it about the then and now stories/pictures that speak our souls. Love it that Simon will have these to look at and share for his whole life.

  • 35.
    annette said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!!! Welcome to double digits :)


  • 36.
    Stacey said…

    What a great idea! My daughter will be 10 in March and that sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate! Thanks for continuing to inspire us all. Happy Birthday Simon!

  • 37.
    rhonda said…

    Love looking at Simon’s layouts!

  • 38.
    Maria Royval-Perez said…

    I have a seventeen year old son. I am going to do the same with some of his layouts. Your little boy is so adorable. Happy Birthday Simon :)

  • 39.
    Laura said…

    I love this, Ali. This is the reason why we scrapbook!

  • 40.
    tiffany h. said…

    love this! 10 big birthday wishes to your cute boy!

  • 41.
    Mallory said…

    Loved looking at these layouts. Hope Simon had a great birthday!

  • 42.
    Christine said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!
    Sending you birthday wishes from Washington.
    I really enjoy seeing your lego projects.
    Hope great things happen for you in 2012.

  • 43.
    Meghan said…

    Happy Birthday wishes to you Simon from sunny Victoria, BC Canada!

  • 44.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon! WOW, ten! It’s a joy to read about him and experience his joy for life. I hope you had a great day celebrating your sweet boy!

  • 45.
    madeline St onge said…

    He is growing up so fast Ali. Hang on to the little boy as long as you can

  • 46.
    Jessica Hess said…

    Happy birthday Simon! Blessings to you and your beautiful family Ali. I can’t believe I’ve watched him grow so much through Creating Keepsakes, your books, and now your blog and website.

  • 47.
    scrappychick said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Go, Simon,Go!

  • 48.
    Megan said…

    Happy double digits!

  • 49.
    Marilyn Nimmo said…

    Fabulous memories. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • 50.
    Alida said…

    That spark was there from the beginning… And so much love in every layout.Happy TENth Birthday Simon!!! It’s been such a privelage to have been reading along for a big part of that time.

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