On August 1st, 2014 we filled an envelope with letters Steve and I wrote to ourselves, a picture that Natalie “drew”, and a camera card full of photos. This August 1st we were actually on our way home from vacation, but I planned ahead and packed our little envelope because I was determined to open it on that day! So, sitting in our hotel room, we took a look back…
We started by reading our letters. It was so interesting to see what we were thinking about and hoping for at the time and how things have turned out since then.
Some things inspired and motivated us, some things were hopes we’ve seen fulfilled, and other things didn’t go the way we wanted or planned. Isn’t that true of life in general? There are good changes and happy moments mixed with tough obstacles and unexpected disappointments and we certainly can’t plan it all out ahead of time!
Looking through the photos on the camera card was also really fun. The changes in Natalie are most significant of course, but I had also taken a bunch of pictures of our house (since we had only moved in a little over a month before) and it was interesting to see the differences with that too.
Here are just a couple Natalie comparisons from last year to this year…
August 1st 2014 she was sitting and rolling but not yet crawling… August 1st 2015 she was running all over.
Last year she was eating pureed sweet potatoes, this year dinner was hot dogs (per her request) at a little restaurant near our hotel.
On a random note, I noticed that I was wearing the same shirt both years, haha! We also drank milkshakes both nights – totally unplanned and not something we do often. Funny… I guess some things change less than others.
I told Steve that this is something I’d actually consider doing every year. It’s pretty simple and could be a special thing to share as a family. We certainly enjoyed it this year!
PS I’ve been enjoying my summer so much that I haven’t spent any time sitting at the computer updating the blog. I hope to write more in the next week or so and catch up on what’s been going on lately!