(Mother's Day 2009 - or maybe the night before - Amy age 18 months).
Last night I finally took the time to unload all the pictures from my cell phone onto the computer. This produced a lovely little time capsule of 100 or so pictures from the last two years, mostly from moments or outings that are otherwise unrecorded. I've been feeling nostalgic these last several days, so I thought a bit of a trip down memory lane might be nice here. (And yes, these are mostly of Amy; since William has been on the scene I've been a bit more on top of the phone-computer-blog process and those stories have already been told.)
(November 6, 2009) Amy's second birthday - I took her out for a pancake breakfast at IHOP. I remember being freshly over morning sickness and had pumpkin pancakes that were sooo good. Amy made (and still is) a wonderful dining companion.
(December 2009) This was our most recent airplane trip. For a period of time up till then Amy and I were fairly frequent flyers.
(January 2010) A Valentine's cookie at Panera Bread, on our way home from visiting friends in Virginia.
(June 2010) This was one of the first occasions that Amy happily wore sandals. She was a die-hard socks and sneakers girl for what seemed like forever.
(August 2010) Coast Guard Day picnic with my favorite Coastie and a 10-week-old William.
(September 2010) Both cats frequented the high chair whenever possible - here Ollie caught was caught in the act.
(October 2010) On this day William had his 4-month well-baby checkup, complete with shots and bloodwork, and I had my blood drawn as well. Amy was along for all of it and was the only one of the three of us not having some procedure done, yet she was the one leaving the office with a balloon, lollipop, and Mickey Mouse ears - with stickers to boot.
Praying mantis on the stroller - inside. I actually thought this was pretty cool (October 2010).
And lastly a jump ahead to mere days ago:
(April 2011) My boy at the beach, toes in the sand and eyes on the airplanes.
When Don and I bought these cell phones (we have the same model) it was under duress; we both wanted just a phone. Phone. Period. But, turns out that even two years ago you couldn't get a cell phone that only makes and receives calls. So we got the simplest things we could find and don't use half the features, but I will confess that having a camera on hand almost wherever we go is priceless. These grainy pictures capture some precious moments that would otherwise slip through the cracks in memory, crowded out by other more thoroughly-photographed occasions.
I suppose that equals one check mark in the "Technology is Good" column.