Saturday, January 30, 2016

fun jar 2015

Many years ago, before my young ones were even born, my best girlfriend started saving wine corks in a fish bowl. Each cork marked with permanent marker telling the date and what event happened when the wine was opened. A party, birthday, anniversary, gathering, all easily reminisced over by looking through the fish bowl of corks. Feeling sad? grab the fish bowl! Right there were the good times spent with friends and family. I too started to date special corks of my own, trouble is I've never been much of a drinker, especially a wine drinker, so my collection was pretty sparse, but none the less, I loved the idea of saving little mementos of good times that you could hold in your hand.

Not til just 2 years ago did I pick this little ritual back up with a twist that better fit our family. The "fun jar" was born. I bought a simple glass cookie jar with a lid. Glass, because you want to be able to SEE what's inside, much like the fish bowl my bff used all those years ago. Then whenever we remembered, we'd toss in little bits of memories made. Ticket stubs, dinner receipts, ribbon, confetti, recital programs, band concert programs, wrist bands, game tickets, teacher awards, notes, drawings, etc. No rules, just whenever something seemed special, or fun, toss it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, OR as in the case this year, the beginning of the new year, we gather together around the table and bit by bit, go through the jar's contents. You'd be surprised how much you forget in just 1 year! I love it for that reason, not only is it special moments for us, but it's a time we spend remembering all we actually did do! The "oh yeah I forgot all about that! That was really fun!" come spilling out as each little piece is revealed. Then when we are all done reminiscing, we bag the year's contents up in a big ziplock bag and store it for years to come, and the empty jar goes back on the bookcase where we begin all over again for the new year.

Today after breakfast I remembered we hadn't yet emptied our jar from 2015, so we cleared off the table, gathered around, and bit by bit, had lots of smiles and "oh yeahs" as we looked at each object in our jar. Such a simple happiness.






in this year's jar?
movie tickets to Paddington, Peanuts, Minions, Hotel Transylvania 2, Pan, Avengers Age of Ultron, Star Wars The Force Awakens, dance recital programs, marching band program, last elementary violin concert ever program (!!!!), star student tickets from school, Island Queen ferry schedule which took us to Martha's Vineyard, photo from Kellen's time at Camp Kieve and a leaf from there, ribbon from a gift, confetti from new year eve poppers, wristbands from Aquaboggan, MeCAF, Summit Adventures, Palace Playland, Funtown Splashtown (band trip), voter stickers, Casey's "tiniest pencil ever, a shiny rock, a flower barrette Casey found and liked, a playing card found on the beach when the kids came with me and watched the sunrise, popcorn bag from the new library grand opening party, first official day of summer parking permit ticket, last day of summer dinner receipt from Surf6, a hand tracing of kellen's, paper flowers they made me for Mother's day, a sticker from Maxwells Strawberry Farm, parking permit from Philly, map of the Franklin Institute, receipt from shake shack with Jen, smiley face token, Lego Exhibit Tickets, bowling receipt with our neighbors, a list Casey wrote of all she hoped to do in Philly, handwritten letters from "Big Nana" that Pa found and gifted us, a dried flower, field day ribbon, school friend birthday party invites, a brochure of The Frances (sailboat) from our anniversary sunset cruise, fortune cookie fortunes, all of this year's holiday photo cards we received, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all was finding 2 of Harper's puppy fang teeth in the bottom of the jar!  (eep! so tiny)

My advice, make your own fun jar, or fish bowl.
You won't regret it.
I promise. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

what i want to remember about 10

TEN
10 was...
reading.
drawing drawing drawing.
the year you joined band and chose the trumpet for your instrument.
soccer, this year you busted out and scored many goals for your team.
it was the year of our epic winter.
your 5th grade year where you are so well liked and admired by your teachers especially mrs clark and ms day.
the year you took home winner twice in spirit week, once for wacky wednesday and again for throwback thursday when you dressed as a greaser and mr shabo said you could join his band. :)
the very first time you ever kayaked (thank you meredith).
we brought home puppy harper to join the family.
you still own the beach, master wave rider and boogie boarder.
puberty is just beginning (you proudly announced after a shower that you were growing armpit hair... one or two)
you still have that great head of golden curls
and the very best heart of any boy i know.
i am privileged to watch you grow. and and speaking of growing, you are getting TALL, who knows next year you may be as tall as your momma. 





stay sweet dear boy. it is a GIFT. a huge gift that you share with the world.
for your birthday dinner you asked for shrimp and cheeseburgers. daddy said thats the young man's surf and turf. i love that! and YOU.

ten was grand.
cheers to your 11th year!
i love you,
xo
momma


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

eight was great

eight was great!


what i want to remember about you at 8:
  • 8 was the year you conquered a few fears. 
  • you learned how to ride your bike solo and we went on our first ever family bike ride.
  • by the end of last summer you were tackling the bigger ocean waves right along side your brother on your boogie board.
  • you cut 8 inches off your hair and donated it to pantene's beautiful lengths to help make a wig for patients fighting cancer
  • you were ladybug girl for halloween
  • we moved into a house of our own and welcomed a puppy into our family.
  • you discovered taylor swift
  • you mastered your cartwheel
  • you dyed your hair purple... then blue... then more purple.
  • you danced in the nutcracker
  • a photo of you sledding was in our local newspaper
  • you ran for class president
  • became a great partner in the kitchen wanting to help cook and bake more
  • learned how to hand sew, needlepoint and latch hook
  • you love to draw, dance, sing, play and laugh your big laugh (i hope you ALWAYS do)
  • you still ADORE all things tiny
  • we may need an extension on our house for all your beanie boos
  • you are an amazing speller/story writer and all around student
today is your last day of 8.
i asked a few questions this morning while bouncing on your bed exclaiming today is your last day of eight!!! eight is great!!!!! (she asked me to stop bouncing) :)
what's your favorite color? BLUE AND YELLOW
what's your favorite song? SUGAR (by Maroon 5)
your lucky number is 3 
what's your favorite food? SPAGHETTI
what's your favorite subject at school? SCIENCE
tomorrow you wake to a new year around the sun.
happy birthday eve sweet girl.
i love you.
xoxo,
momma

Saturday, January 31, 2015

january joy

this past week has gifted us more than our share of snow.
23 inches in tuesday's blizzard.
and 6 more inches yesterday.
they tell us there's more on the way monday.
thankful for bluebird days after storms.
and little ones who remind me that snow is not just shoveling and cold wet feet & hands...
no, snow is pure, fresh, amazing, fun.
especially 8 foot snow pile hills in your own driveway.  
perfect for belly sliding.  
january joy.
i needed reminding.
 


Friday, January 16, 2015

winter beach

this winter has been far more ice than snow.
i prefer snow ANY day to ice.
but this past week we finally got a good fluffy snowfall, so i took myself to the beach.
january in maine.







Monday, December 08, 2014

tradition

yesterday was tree day. 
one of my very favorite days of the year. 
and this the first of many christmases in our new home.
we were gifted sunshine and blue skies!
grab a saw. 
walk til we find "the one".
cut it down.
see santa. (casey asked for 2 stuffed puppies, and kellen a new land of stories book) 
pick out a special ornament for the year. (kellen picked a wooden winter scene and casey a hedgehog)
drink warm cider and eat a hot cider donut & free candy cane.
drive it home.
deck the halls. (in your fuzzy pjs)
place the star. (this year was Casey's turn)
then grab your pillows, blankets and art stuff and just hang out right there under your tree.

a truly wonderful day.
all is merry and bright.
xo

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

white




it's early.
i can appreciate this beauty with un-winter weary eyes.

our little home is surrounded on 2 sides by woods.
winter woods.
narnia.

hello winter.
welcome back.