Every year after the dust settles from the end-of-the-year-hoopla we do our “filing-of-favorite-things” party.
Well, it’s actually not a party. It’s more like a “you-can’t-have-any-friends-over-til-we-finish-this-and-I-mean-it!!” kind of a deal.
But in all actuality it kind of turns into a little bit of a party because without fail our hearts all turn to mush when we reminisce a little bit through their old stuff from years gone by and the dusty memories come to life.
You see, each of our five kids has a box like this with hanging file folders:
They get one hanging folder for each year in their box. They have to weed through stuff sometimes cause they only have that one box for all their years up to the end of high school.
And sometimes that is much harder on their mother to get rid of stuff than it is for them. I mean, seriously, I want to keep everything, even things like this:
Just think how much work and thinking went into those things??
I’ve got to admit I’m pretty mad at our school system right now. I could write a whole blog post about it as those little steam puffs come out of my ears cause oh man I wish I could change a few things.
But I DO love that somehow their folders become works of art.
Max did this stuff in science too.
Crazy fancy notes that hopefully help them remember things.
But boy, I sure wish they required more reading among other things. Maybe I need to start petitioning to get these kids into honors English. Or maybe I need to start my own little reading-pushing-club with my kids. And petition that the system pay teachers more instead of spending money on electronic school signs. But I digress.
Here’s part of Elle’s stack we went through and filed away:
Grace’s prize-possession agenda that she lost and had to figure out how to get a new one and catch up in it and then found the first one…it was a saga I tell you.
I think we threw that puppy in the trash.
…what Mom doesn’t want to find that in her daughter’s backpack??
I LOVE this one too…especially the outfit:
Here’s one of Claire’s stories:
I do love that the school makes my kids keep journals so much better than I can get them to do:
…And even do bubble maps to get them prepped before they write:
Claire did the same big keepsake book in Kindergarten that Lu did this year.
They were pleased as punch about that little fact.
Now on to file Max’s stuff if he’s home for more than two minutes between work and volleyball. I’ll have to post his gems when I catch him.
For now I’ll just rest easy knowing my girls’ gems are tucked away safely for us to cry over when I am old and gray.
Oh wait, I’m gray now 🙂