I do still keep a personal journal, because I’m addicted to record-keeping and I like to keep little ticket stubs or sentimental things somewhere.
But I only update it four or five times a year with things that I don’t write on the blog. I figure this blog is my journal and I will print it out in a book when I get my act together. Although there are some things that I don’t share, I’m a pretty open book.
Besides this blog as a family journal, do you keep individual journals for your kids? What did you do when they were little to record their growth and development. I have a 4-year-old, and a 3-month-old, and have so much I want to write and remember for them, and myself. I don’t know if I should keep it all in one family blog/journal, or have separate journals for each of them.
I write each of my children one special note every Mother’s Day. It’s in my own handwriting and it sums up my feelings about them and what they love and are interested in at that time. I also write on this blog all the things I love about them on their birthdays. Last year I went and bought five “journals.” I share one with each of my children. We have started writing notes back and forth to each other and I’m looking forward to having that as a record for them some day (that great idea was from a friend…thanks Gale!)
When my kids were babies I kept track of what milestones they met each month. I just scribbled down notes in my planner or on scrap papers (because I’m super organized like that 🙂 and then wrote them up nice in their baby books. Here are a couple of Elle’s:
Oh man, look at that sweet baby girl.
Each child up to Lucy has a special “baby book” with these updates and hundreds of pictures of them in it. Max’s books go up to age eight:
Now I can’t bear to touch those dusty supplies with a ten-foot pole.
I do keep one box of keepsakes…a couple of my favorite baby dresses, handprints, hospital tags, etc.
I keep jerseys from sports in there too and fav. t-shirts (student council, summer camps…just a few of the most special ones). My plan is that when my kids go off to college I’ll make them each a quilt with pieces of those things sewn in.
I can’t wait ’til I can post a picture of my brand-spanking-new Blurb book on this blog.
But first I have to start on it.
And I promise I won’t mention it again ’til I do.
How do your kids feel about your blog? Do they read it? Do they mind being featured on it?
It’s usually one of the first things they do when they get home from school. They love it and I love that they do. It’s sometimes the best way I can praise them and build them up so I love it for that. On rare occasions I’ll take a picture and they’ll say, “don’t put that on the blog!” but more often they’ll excitedly ask, “are you going to put that on the blog?”
How do I subscribe to your blog? (i.e. get an email with any new blog posts you do). I’ve figured out how to subscribe to particular blog posts’ comments (and even then it doesn’t give me a delivery email address option – just goes straight to my husband’s email that’s set up with this computer), but not to new posts you do.
I think I got this fixed…I think you just click on the “subscribe” button on the right. Let me know if that doesn’t work.
Do you take pictures of your children’s art and scan it in before you toss it? It would be cool to take the pictures/scanned images of their art and make a HUGE coffee table book of all of their art, so you can enjoy it forever! I may do that one day with my girls stuff, but for now, I have saved all the notes/letters/cards/drawings that I can and will make a project of it once they are all grown up!
That’s an awesome idea. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what to do with Lucy’s art work, but for now I have pictures of it and I keep it in her special file (the one I talked about back here and here). I keep the other kids’ art they’ve done through the years in those files as well, aside from what I have hanging in my laundry room:
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