I Have a Senior…

This was our view from the stands last Saturday as our son’s high school marching band unveiled their fall show to the parents. This means the fall activities will now kick into high gear, and we’ll be catapulted into our son’s senior year. (Photo by Sanae Vaniman)

I knew this day was coming, and I’ve known it since 1994, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Today was the first day of school. Many of you know how this feels, and can relate to how unbelievable this is. Whether you just delivered your college student safely to the dorms, or are taking a ”first day of school” photo for the first time, you know how memorable these moments are, and how quickly they come and go. Before I know it, my husband and I will be sitting in a crowd of people, proudly watching our boy receive his diploma.

As a scrapbooker, I’ve documented so much of our son’s life in scrapbooks pages and photo albums, but I’d like to take a slightly different approach to this special year. I’m considering sort of a Project 365 album, taking a photo each day of the school year to capture his experience. I’ve always scrapbooked to provide myself with evidence of this time of our life, and that’s what I’m still after. I want a reminder that even though the year flew by at blinding speed, we lived it all, and took a moment to savor a bit of each day.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear your ideas about creatively documenting these milestone years. Whether you’ve had a senior, or are just sending your kindergartener to school this fall, tell us how you’ve captured the memories of these sweetest of days.


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6 Responses to “I Have a Senior…”

  1. My son, too, is now a senior. I figure it will be over in the blink of an eye just as his first 17 years were. Good luck with your project. My son would never, ever let me take one picture a day. He barely lets me take any pictures as all.

  2. I remember being in the color guard/marching band in high school and gearing up for fall football season! This brings back so many memories!!

  3. As a gift to my son, I created a scrapbook in which i asked people to write a note/letter to my son. With each letter, I asked the people to provide a pic or I found a pic to put on the page. I had family members, special teachers, youth leaders, mentors and friends contribute. It was very emotional to read and still is!!! It, also, overwhelmed me at the amazing son I have. I knew he was amazing, but was so touched to see him from the eyes of others. God revealed him to me in a totally unexpected way!!

  4. You might like to take a look at what Stacy Julian did for her son who graduated in 2011. She did a 180 day project where she did a little something everyday for each school day which might be a little easier to pull off. She had some fun ideas like sending text questions that she had good response from him on. You can see a bit more on her blog http://www.stacyjulian.com.

    Congrats on getting to senior year! I miss marching band. :)

  5. My son is a senior this year too! Each year since he was in kindergarten we have gone to the same place in the the front yard to take a fisrt day of school photo. As I took the picture this year it was so bitter sweet to think this was it. Here he was with his lettermens jacket on and car keys and licence in his pocket. Where does the time go?

  6. I also have a son (my baby) who is a Senior this year… and he is in the Marching Band as well. He is Drum Captain this year and we are oh so proud of him. I think your photo a day project is a wonderful idea and I just may borrow it! My kids are well used to me always having my camera so it shouldn’t be anything new. I hope you enjoy your son’s Senior year as I know I will mine, and I’ll be doing my best to make every day stretch out as long as possible! :) Sniff! [pass the tissue please]