Monday, March 30, 2009

Attachment Issues

I wish I had pictures of a finished project or anything remotely cool to share, but I got nothin'. Instead of letting the creative juices flow, we’ve been doing some much needed spring cleaning, including sorting through the kids closets. There must be something in the water around here, because they seem to be growing freakishly fast, as evidenced by the “floods” they’ve been sporting around of late. I like wearing capris, but it's not such a good look on my 3 & 9 year old sons.

As I was packing up the stuff they've outgrown, and getting out the bins with the clothes they are growing into, I realized there are some things I just don't think I can give away. I'm especially drawn to cotton prints – all the cute little sundresses my girls have worn (& will wear)...

And the little plaid button up shirts & shorts belonging to my boys...

Seeing some of these little clothes for the first time in quite a while, brought back memories. I was picturing mini versions of my older kids with their squishy little bodies and chubby cheeks, and I just don't think I can toss out memories like those. When the younger two finally outgrow them all, I'm going to have to make some memory quilts (boy & girl versions), out of these little outfits. Then someday I'll be able to snuggle up with one of those quilts, just when my kids think they are too grown up and cool to have their overly attached mom do the same with them. I know, ridiculously cheesy. But having a plan, sort of justifies the unnecessary hoarding of outgrown, wee little cloth goods, right? Besides, some of the fabric is pretty darn cute - memories or not.

6 comments:

Janelle said...

I think that is a lovely idea--I have a bunch of my DH's old plaid flannel shirts saved with a similar idea in mind, but they're nowhere near as cute as your little ones' shirts and dresses!

Des said...

Hmmmmmmmmm. I don't think I can support this idea. :) I'm on a cleaning jag as well and I'm just tossing left and right. I keep a few favorites and move on. But I think it's a lovely idea if you have a big house with good storage. You go for it!!

p.s. found a few more sheets and pillowcases. i'm ready, are you???

Deck The HALLS of HOME with JOY! said...

I think its a great idea! You will cherish that quilt! I'm all for it! Good Luck!

momilee said...

I have a couple of those memory quilts, Natalie, and you're right, they ARE wonderful to cuddle up in when the kids are gone!

Kevin said...

Holy plaid, batman!

Beth at Aunties said...

Oh Natalie, these brought back delightful memories for me too. Why do you all grow up so darn fast? I loved my hugs from Livie last night!
I love the idea of the quilts... make that two or four.
The dresses look so pretty hanging in the closet!!

Oh, thanks for "High Jacking" my blog again! You truly are the best daughter ever and I love you.