As I watch the boys grow up, all of those cliché expressions about time passing by can feel so true. People always told me, “They’ll be all grown up in the blink of an eye,” and I see how that can happen now. Although our two boys are both still young in age, my journey in parenthood that started 6 years ago, sure feels like it’s flown by.
I get all of these crazy ideas of how to preserve certain memories or moments in time, for their childhood years and beyond. I start these “traditions” but admittedly, I don’t always keep up with them very well. Maybe one tradition will stick, sooner or later!
I think of it this way though – it’s never too late to start any kind of tradition. If I miss a few years in between keeping up with these traditions, at least we have the years that were completed. In the grand scheme of things, when we look back at these preserved memories, we’ll enjoy looking at whatever collection we made. For instance, I used to try very hard to date pictures, artwork, and more with the exact date. Now, I think to myself, if I have the right year, that’ll do! That’s how I’m approaching it these days – I’ll do my best and be happy with what I accomplish.
So let me share with you a few of our family “traditions” of preserving important milestones or certain moments in time.
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? – Take a picture at the same time every year, and ask your child what they want to be when they grow up. You can keep things simple and use a plain white paper and write the words in marker. We used a small blackboard one year, and this year, we used a thought bubble, which I plan to use from now on. To make it even more consistent every year, take the picture in the same place!