Storing memories

OK so I know the title sounds a little strange, but I like to store my memories. I don’t mean storing in my long term memory (although obviously I do that too!) I’m talking more about the physical materials that help with my memories. Ever since my eldest was small, we have bought postcards of all the places we visit – beaches, museums, theme parks, towns etc. At the start, I filled each postcard up with information – the day we went, who was there, what the weather was like, how much the post card cost, what we did, the child’s favourite part of the trip. I wrote a postcard for each child,for each place. This was easy to complete with 1 child. It was manageable with 2 (just). But now, with 3, I find myself buying 3 postcards for every place – and that’s it. I have a bag of postcards. Now here’s my problem – I can’t remembered which child chose which card and I can’t always remember the weather. Or the cost. Some of these cards are 2 years old. I don’t always remember what the boys told me was their favourite bit – and there’s no way they’ll remember now! Similarly, I have a pile of scrapbooks, half started, photos printed but still in the packs, all with good intentions but never the time to see them through. And it makes me sad. I love these kinds of memories. I’d love to have them from my childhood. I love to look back on one’s I have completed and enjoy the moments again. So I am determined that once the boys are back in school, I’m going to start setting aside time each day to work on these projects. They might not mean much to the boys now, but I’m hoping that one day they’ll find them a lovely way of remember their childhood.

Do you keep any sentimental memory books or scrap books? How do you find time to fit it all in? I’d love to hear your thoughts.¬†

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Almost there…

The end is in sight! We are almost there. Of course I’m talking about the long awaited summer holidays! Yippee! This really is one of my absolute favourite times of the year (shared with Christmas and Easter holidays). ¬†Already the pace in our house has changed. Already my focus has started to change. I’ve stopped worrying about homework and spelling and early bed time. Everyone is so tired by this point in the school year and we are all ready for the change in pace. No packed lunches. No school run. No uniforms. Instead just taking each day as it comes. Lots of time for arts and crafts and reading whatever books take our fancy. Singing, dressing up and painting. Exploring. Climbing. Creating. Imagining. Board games that we can take our time with. Lazy mornings in pj’s. Building dens and playing shop. It’s absolutely brilliant!! With hubby working most of the holidays, it’s just me and my boys. Usually I plan lot of activities for the holidays – play dates, themes, reading schemes, scrap book challenges etc. The children usually have to read, do some maths problems and spelling before we do anything else. But this year, I’ve decided to take a different approach to the holidays. We are going to relax. We are going to take each day as it comes. The boys read every night at bed time anyway and they do so many other things during their play that I’m not worried. A new approach feels positive. Learning and practising through play. I know the research says this is the best form of learning for young children and I agree. So I’m going to trust this approach! This has freed my mind for other things. This week I’m simply concentrating on getting exciting things ready – end of term fun bags and art and craft materials. None of this is to say I don’t have ideas. For example, I’m making frozen ice blocks with hidden treasures for the boys to investigate – but for them, it’s simply fun (even if it is science). But these sorts of things will be occasional and only if the boys want to do it. This summer, I’m going with the flow and I’m really looking forward to it!

How do you organise your summer? Do you plan daily activities or are you more spontaneous? I’d love to hear everyone’s ideas!