I find myself trying to remember this last year and I am at a loss – I know we celebrated so many wonderful moments: Lulu’s 1st birthday, steps, words; Caroline’s 1st dance recital, swimming on her own, 1st day of ‘big school’. But I can’t really remember these moments. The finite details have escaped me somehow and I long to have a better way to jog my memory.
My primary New Year Resolution was to live more intently with my children. I wanted to make a concerted effort to be present not just in the making of memories but in the record of the memory making. With this goal in mind, I’ve set out to record our 2015 in the following ways:
1. Happy Thoughts Jar. Every Sunday in 2015, our family plans to sit down together and talk about all the good things that happened from the week, our ‘happy thoughts’. It may be milestones, events, activities, or silly sayings but we want to record all the wonderful in the moment. We will write them down and place them in a jar. On December 31st, we will empty the jar and read, hopefully, 52 happy memories from the course of the year. I plan to have the girls draw pictures to include in the jar, perhaps we may include quotes or fun songs but the purpose is to reflect, regularly, intentionally, on the time we spend together and happiness we bring to each other.