Of course I've always been concerned about a) embracing the little moments with my children b) capturing or documenting those special moments and c) somehow organizing/displaying them in such a way that we can look back on them for years to come. If your a mommy then chances are you have probably been in the same dilema delama lama. How in the world do I have time to take all these photos let alone do anything with them????? Chances are you already are documenting whether it is your facebook albums, instagram, or a blog but here are a few things I'm finding that work and some that I want to try!
1)CREATE A BOOK FOR EACH YEARRight after Nevaeh was born, I stumbled upon shutterfly.com. Dream come true. To summarize it's basically scrapbooking but online. Since most pics are digital these days it really works great.
FRONT COVERS: There are a variety to choose from but I'm a huge fan of the leather bound ones.
books which are not yet printed and are red leather bound).
2)A COLLECTION OF LETTERSAfter each baby dedication at our church, the child is given a letter that was written personally to them that they are to open when they are 16. Seriously. How cool is this?
3)JOURNAL TO YOUR CHILDIt seemed somewhat awkward at first but I started writing to each of my kiddos even before they were born. Memories, advice, words they first spoke, and family traditions. This helps tremendously to go back when creating online books as it's easy to forget when things actually happened isn't it?
4)HOPE CHESTWe have one hope chest for each of the girls which will someday store special keepsakes. For now, one is being used for toys and the other for display. I've tried to be conscious to hold onto memorabilia from significant life events throughout the years. So after special outings I try to tuck away these little items until they are older. As of late, they have been in a shoe box. It was overflowing, disorganized and stuffed with special tickets, cards, misc pics, and small drawings.
Even Mr. Samurai in our book shelve is a fan.
5)BIRTHDAY QUESTIONNAIRESThis awesome mama has her child answer questions on every birthday. She even offers free printables on her blog here. Can you imagine how drastically different these answers will change SOOOO from year to year? What a great thing to look back on together.
6)FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTO
Love this idea from MissZoot of taking a pic of your kids each year on the first day of school and putting some of their favorite things along the side. You can add their name, age, and grade if you are a label die-hard. I gave it a try...next year perhaps a backdrop minus the brown grass.
7)HAVE YOUR CHILD KEEP A "DIARY"They can doodle, practice letters, and express feelings.
8)ORGANIZING ARTWORKHow is it that kids have SO many projects? Of course we want to keep them ALL. When totes got to be too full, we decided to scan some of their drawings and format them to fit into frames. You can read about the process here.
9)MEMORY SHADOW BOXESAshley Campbell used Alphabet Frames as a way of displaying a family trip complete with sand and their plane tickets. Super fun and clever.
In the pinterest world, I came across this clever tradition. Basically, you take a book (Oh, the places you'll go was recommended) at the end of each year, have their teacher secretly write a little note to your child and sign it. When they graduate they will have words of wisdom from all of their mentors. What an incredible gift!
|Image via Barnes & Nobles|