04 Nov

I recall when the kids were mere babies and we were dealing with two children still on formula and in diapers.  I was working full time during the day, and Darrell was staying home with the kids.  I loved that he got to spend that time with them, but as soon as our days crossed paths, he was off to work to bartend.  He would get home between four and five in the morning usually.  Jalyn would often wake up when he got home, so he would spend a little time with her, snapping Polaroids of her early hour exploits, which he would place for me to find when I started my day, complete with a little caption written at the bottom.   He would continue to do the same throughout the day, documenting by Polaroid (pre-digital camera days) the things I was missing.   It was a blurry, dazed portion of my life, that sadly, I wish I had treasured more while I was living it. 

Now our days consist of yet more early mornings, rushing to get out of  the house and to school/work on time.  The same as all families, I guess.  Short evenings of dinner, baths, homework, bedtime stories and the occasional school events and sporting practices.  It’s a catch-22 really, because even if I didn’t work full time, I still wouldn’t be able to be with the kids during the day since they are at school.  But how I miss seeing their day to day lives.   Those silly moments.  Those tender moments.  I sure miss those Polaroids.

And although these aren’t the actual photos that Darrell would leave for me to find, they are pictures from the same time period, and they never fail to bring a nostalgic little tear to my eye, and remind me of how very far we’ve come.

(P.S. Sorry about the big, huge space at the end of this post…I couldn’t figure out why it was doing that!!)



Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Husband, J-Bo, Jalyn, Marriage, Polaroids


12 responses to “Polaroids

  1. kristy hall

    November 4, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    it’s funny, i dont like to think i look older than i did when we all met but when i see old pics like this of other people i see how much we have grown. Jr looks like a little pup in these pictures. Not that he looks old now or anything just more mature. =) I am still going to live in my fantasy world though and believe my pics dont show an age difference. hehe

    • Jessica

      November 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      i totally know what you mean!! Right now my desktop pic is one of Jr. and I, and I just noticed that the date in the corner says December 2006. WHAT?? How can that be? I think I look the same (minus less hair, of course), but I’m sure I don’t to other people:) I have a photo on our fridge of Jr. when he was about 19, in all his full bullriding gear (Super hot, btw, LOL!), and I think he looks like a baby in it. He says he looks just the same, lol! I agree…it’s just a maturity thing. But hey…you and I still look hot regardless, right?? RIGHT??? 🙂

      • kristy hall

        November 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

        haha that is absolutely right. we most definitely do!!! Pics of Darren when Jaxen was newborn show how young he was too. and lots more hair. hehe dont tell him i said that. lol

  2. shortmama

    November 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Awwww how sweet! What a great thing that the hubs did for you. Oh and Dear Someone letters are up if you want to join in!

    • Jessica

      November 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you, Amanda! My hubs can be sweet and thoughtful–when he wants too:) I’m sorry I haven’t had time to participate in the Dear Someone letters. I love reading them though!

  3. fuzzycricket

    November 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    What a romantic way to stay connected. It’s amazing how quickly those tired, dazed times pass. When we’re caught up in the monotony of the routine it feels like days last forever. But then you look up and months are gone. Glad you have the memories, and photos!

    • Jessica

      November 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

      You are so right–time seems to be going so quickly. How can it almost be Christmas already????

  4. chelle

    November 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I am still in that haze of diapers, breatfeeding and infants, toddlers and just barely schooler! The moments are so fleeting!

    • Jessica

      November 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

      Yes, Chelle, they are. Treasure them while you have them!! We can’t have any more children, and it pains my ovaries sometimes to realize I’ll never have another little one to hold. Snuggle up tight with that sweet baby while you can!

  5. Desert Rose

    November 11, 2009 at 10:02 am


    • Jessica

      November 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for the award, Rose! You’re so thoughtful and so good about always commenting on my posts. I REALLY appreciate it:) It’s nice knowing that there are those out there who care about what I’m writing, LOL!

  6. 2kids...3martinis

    November 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Cutie, cutie, cute-cute!! Love those pics!!
    Life is one big bag of “shoulda’s”, but don’t let that ruin the time you DO have.


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