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    October 31, 2007

    Yesterday was a deliciously warm fall day.  It was also one of those rare days when we had nothing in particular to do. There are not enough of those days in a life.

    We shared a plate of eggs and toast at IHOP, we went over to a friend’s house and played, we had a nap and then we went on a “tway-sure” hunt at a local park.

    When you are an almost-four-year-old boy, there are a lot of treasures waiting to be found.

    “Oh look Mom at this beautiful leaf!”

    “An acorn! Let’s take it home and plant it.”

    “This rock is pretty!”

    And it all goes into the pocket.

    Snips and snails, dirty pockets and dirty fingernails, carefree autumn days — if only I could put these things in my pocket.




    1. bonniebeth says:

      Absolutely – a carefree autumn day with your son is truly a “tway-sure” of the heart and you can take those memories out of the pocket of your heart and treasure them all over again.

      October 31st, 2007 at 8:08 am

    2. Veronica says:


      October 31st, 2007 at 8:28 am

    3. Heidi says:

      So true.

      Except it was snowing here this morning!

      Heidi 🙂

      October 31st, 2007 at 8:46 am

    4. jen says:

      So right you are. Wouldn’t it be nice. Happy Halloween.

      October 31st, 2007 at 9:09 am

    5. Snapshot says:


      October 31st, 2007 at 9:16 am

    6. jeana says:

      I know I’ve worn out the “vewy intewesting” quote from Sean, but it makes me smile every time I think about it.

      October 31st, 2007 at 10:05 am

    7. Julie says:

      I tway-sure those rare days, too.

      October 31st, 2007 at 10:21 am

    8. wordgirl says:

      When do we lose that sense of wonder over what the world has to offer us? I saw it in my kids when they were little and I still see it sometimes, but they’re growing fast and being unimpressed is the hallmark of being a teenager. I long for those sweet days.

      October 31st, 2007 at 10:44 am

    9. Kelly @ Love Well says:

      I’m not sure about the snip, but I bet you could fit a snail in your pocket.

      Unless you were speaking hypothetically only.

      Sweet picture. Sounds like the whole day was a tway-sure.

      October 31st, 2007 at 10:45 am

    10. Amy says:

      What a beautiful picture you painted…
      love it!

      October 31st, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    11. SeaBird says:

      My boys are just now starting to enjoy nature walks – and it’s amazing what they find and how they associate one thing with another. One referred to the shredded lettuce on my sandwich as “seaweed!”

      October 31st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    12. Sandi says:

      I still have some of the things my kids picked up for me at that age. It keeps them young in my heart.

      October 31st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    13. Blog Antagonist says:

      I love those kind of days, and you’re right, they happen far too often. I absolutely adore that picture. Everything about it is poignant.

      October 31st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    14. Heidi says:

      My kids actually had “treasure boxes” for days such as this. They’d find little things they loved and we’d say “let’s put it in your treasure box.” That way, all those little things were in one spot instead of all over the house. Also, it was fun for them to look through their treasures every now and then.
      Oh, how I miss the pre-school days.

      October 31st, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    15. Beck says:

      What a magical photo!
      This evening’s weather is AWFUL – high winds, heavy rain and the possiblity of flurries. How festive.

      October 31st, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    16. Mrs. Who says:

      Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a wonderful day. Have a Happy Halloween! I’m on my way over to share trick or treat with my little grandson/monkey. Should be a blast!

      October 31st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    17. FeeFiFoto says:

      We used to collect pretty leaves in the fall, and then we’d press them between pieces of contact paper to make kid-friendly stained glass type pictures. This also works well with shredded valentines for pretty collages.

      October 31st, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    18. Terri says:

      Lovely picture and sentiments.

      October 31st, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    19. Krista says:

      This is just plain cool!
      And your picture is certainly worth a 1000 words!

      October 31st, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    20. Betty G. says:

      Will we get to see Sean in his entire pirate outfit? I hope so! I know he was proud of the fact that HIS Mom made it for him.


      October 31st, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    21. Lotus Carroll says:

      Aww. Those moments when you want to freeze time.

      October 31st, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    22. ~*~ Jennifer ~*~ says:

      Smart mommy to snap a photo of that day — keeps our memories fresh, I believe.

      THANKS for sharing!

      November 1st, 2007 at 7:56 am

    23. Joy, of course! says:

      Oh this was lovely! I saw this all the time. I wish I could put this moment in a can for when there are no more like it. Beautiful picture.

      November 1st, 2007 at 10:06 am

    24. Judy says:

      “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Every word you script are gems in Heaven. You are leaving a treasured legacy for Sean and his offspring to come. His pockets will be full!

      I bless you for treasuring me with your words of love and laughter every day!

      November 1st, 2007 at 11:34 am

    25. Andrea says:

      This is the perfect little-boy-picture! I could definitely see it as a print or on a postcard.

      November 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    26. Angeline says:

      how nice – 4 seasons…thanks for the wonderful description…i can almost feel it…

      too bad, singapore only have rain and shine…

      November 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    27. JCK says:

      Mmm…sounds like a wonderful day. I love the shot you took! It looks like your son is right in the middle of some magical forest and the fairies are about to come out and join him! Beautiful!

      November 1st, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    28. Emily says:

      Oh, what a lovely day! I need to take time out to do things like that with my kids more often. Sometimes it feels like there is just SO. MUCH. TO. DO that we can never get it done…but maybe I just need to stop and see if the world keeps turning if I don’t. 🙂

      November 1st, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    29. Laura West says:

      Next year my daughter will go to kindergaten, and I have been so sad about it since this last year of pre-school started. After reading your post, I realized that there is an upside! I will have this kind of precious time to spend with my son, wathching him find treasures and storing up my own too. Thanks for the reminder!

      November 1st, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    30. Georgia Mom says:

      That does sounds like the perfect day. Especially the trip to IHOP! With homeschooling 2 kids we have to sometimes make these type of days happen. But, since I’m with my girls so much we find the time to have the “perfect” days every now and again!

      November 3rd, 2007 at 11:20 am

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