With the kids getting a little older, there is a sudden need for me to make sure that I am documenting the time we have left with all the kids still in the house. Though I always at the ready with my camera, pictures seem to stay on my computer, to be posted for family across the country and my scrapbooking days turned into more of an BOS art journalling project.
So for the coming summer, I am creating a Summer Family Journal. I’m going to start off with a spiral bound sketch book, the kind you can pick up at any art supply/craft store (or even the grocery store, though they tend to cost a bit more there). I am going to include in it all the things that you would include in a scrap book or a journal – ticket stubs, train passes, postcards, pictures – but I’m also going to ask the kids to personally something about each entry. Some days it will be “write something about our walk”, other days it will be “what was your very favorite part of our trip to the museum” or “write about one interesting thing you saw today”.
We won’t be taking a vacation this year, but instead plan on a “staycation”. With my oldest’s graduation coming up (and impending college expenses) and all the other things that crop up in life, we’ve decided that we will stay home this year and take advantage of living so closely to so many wonderful things to see and do in NJ and NYC. My sister will also be coming up from Texas for the very first time since we moved here in 1999, so I’m hoping to show her all the great things about our area. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to record our experiences!
Along with that, I plan on taking some personal walks and talks with my daughter, who is more and more showing her interest in being an “official” Pagan (and at 11 is going through a challenging time in her life, lol!). We live so close to wooded areas and the beach and don’t take near enough time out to explore them. This will be a great time to go out with her and discuss the basics of the Craft with her and spend some personal time.
At the end of the summer, I hope to have a great keepsake and have deepened my families connection to each other as the kids get older, more independent, and get ready to dive headfirst out of the nest.
I just wish I had thought to do something like this when they were really little!