Do you ever get the feeling that all the years are meshing together into one big confusing blob? Josh and I have only been married 7 years, and James is only 5, but already I have trouble remembering what year things happened.
Like when did we go on that first vacation to Pensacola to meet Josh's family? When did we replace all our copper pipes? Did I really start The Duchess in 2008, or was it 2007?
While these things might seem trivial, I realized their importance today as I realized the date on my camera has been wrong since I bought it (I think that was 2010???). Previously I'd been using the date on photos to organize them into folders, but only now I realized that those dates are totally off!
So working through these folders, I'm suddenly seeing pictures of James ranging from a tiny baby in 2007 to a robust toddler in 2009, and there's really no way to know what order these should go in without some frame of reference for what was going on in our lives when the photo was taken.
For example: I know the kitchen was majorly remodeled in 2009, so this photo of me changing the light fixture in the old kitchen had to happen in 2008 or earlier, judging from the fact that James is in that old walker.
I think it's nice to have a solid record of events so today I'm compiling a timeline from the day Josh and I met in 2002 to now.
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since that day in the cafeteria of UNCA when a friend introduced us, but that's yet another reminder of why this record is important: time passes quicker than we realize.
Once I get the timeline finished, I think it's high time I sat down with all the photos of James and a book of his baby photos from 0 to 5 years. I've learned from experience that the more years that go by, the harder this gets because the job just gets bigger and bigger.
I'm off to sort photos and figure out dates!