If you’ve followed along with me over the past few years, you’ve seen that I’ve essentially dubbed myself the memory keeper of our family, and I have a few traditions that I’ve managed to keep up with over the years. The first is my One Line a Day Five Year Memory Book (this is a great time to start one since it starts on January 1).
The second is my Christmas memory box, where I print favorite photos from the year (both professional and iPhone photos), then tuck little sentimental somethings inside to gift to the family for Christmas. It’s a great place to keep favorite photos, trinkets like baby hospital bracelets and ultrasound photos and a few small pieces of our kids’ artwork. It also gives us a limit to how much we can keep each year. If it doesn’t fit in the box, we probably won’t keep it—but we may be able to take a photo of it to keep in the box for later. All of the boxes go up on our bookshelf in our family room, and we love pulling them down to go through the photos and trinkets with Zel (Arden’s still a bit young—she would probably just try to eat the box at this point).
The third tradition is the One Second Everyday App on my phone. I take a short video (almost) every day, and the app makes it easy to compile into a video. I usually put a little music over the whole thing to make it a little more interesting and fun to watch. You can see the first two videos from Zel’s first two years here, and our latest video is below. Between Zel and Arden, my phone is feeling the crunch of memory for sure this year.