When the kid started talking, she would answer “Sure” instead of “Yes.” Example:
Kid (screaming): “Emonade, emonade, emonade!”
Me (about to lose my sh*t): “Would you like some lemonade?!”
Kid (very nonchalantly, as if she wasn’t just screaming for it: “Sure.”
She now says “Yes” more than “Sure,” which I know is the way things are supposed to go, but it does make me just a little sad.
My point is, I’m always terrified I will forget those little things.
I’m also worried about forgetting Grunt Labor’s ways of saying I Love You, like “You’re the thin set to my tile.”
(Where does he come up with this stuff?)
And the time Will asked if this was Jesus music on the radio.
I mean, it is Garth Brooks, he’s kind of like the Jesus of country music, people.
And then there was the time Grandma told the kid (at the age of 1), “Its amazing how advanced you are. Its also unfortunate.”
Truer words were never spoken.
So, to keep up with all those sweet (and humorous) memories of our cra-cra lives, I’ve found a few ideas.
Creative and Easy Ways to Document Memories
1. Memory Rocks
Memory Rocks are something Grunt Labor and I already do. We’ve actually been doing these since the first year we were together and I realized that our courtship wasn’t just some fling. Apparently, he knew that long before I did, but that’s a whole other story. Each rock is numbered and that number represents a moment in our lives that we don’t want to forget. More details on our memory rocks (including some of our best memories are here.)
2. Family, Guest, and Friends Notebook
I had this idea a few weeks ago and it is definitely something I plan on putting into action in the new year. Sometimes, our friends will bring up some of the funniest things we have done and I will have totally forgotten about it. Case in point, when we went on the RV trip to the middle of nowhere and David and Heather reminded me about the party at their house where I moved around the house all night engrossed with the Ghost Radar app on their iPad.
I’m a sucker for anything ghostly.
Since our friends tend to have better memories than we do sometimes, I thought it would be fun to put a pretty notebook on our entry table and let them write down a few things before they leave our house after a visit. Of course, a green Kate Spade notebook that says Penny for Your Thoughts is my pick.
3. Yearly Calendar or Planner
I’m stealing this idea from my father-in-law. When Grunt Labor was born, his dad had a calendar and would write down anything that Grunt did on that day. So when the kid was born and we were wondering when Grunt Labor started eating solid foods or pooping on a regular schedule (I’m kidding – he’ll kill me for writing that), all we had to do was phone Mom and Dad, and they whipped out the calendar and told us. Seriously, how hard would it be to just buy an extra calendar or planner and jot down those memories right as they happen? I would suggest a planner or calendar that has large spaces for writing, and of course it has to be pretty, like this one.
4. Ticket Stub Holder
As soon as I saw this ticket stub holder idea from Lauren at The Thinking Closet, I did it. I mean, really, its so stinkin’ cute and its a fun and pretty way to display all those ticket stubs! One of the boys actually asked for one of his own recently and he’s in the full blown teenager stage. If he thinks its cool, its most definitely cool.
5. Memory Jar
I love how pretty and easy to make this Etched Glass Memory Jar is. You don’t have to stash it away – keep it out to enjoy all the time!
6. Memory Box (from a Recipe Box)
This is also another super simple way to keep up with those special moments. Wit and Whistle uses a pretty recipe box to document her life.
Do you have any creative and easy ways to document memories?
Please share with the rest of us in the comments!
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