Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Keeping a Family Journal

Last year we started keeping a family journal. It is a way for us to record our days, both the  big events and the small everyday things that occur. It is fun to look back and read about vacations we have taken, birthdays or just a fun day or feeling we had. We don’t always write in them each day, but try to write something once a week.

Our Family Journal


I use a regular composition book. You can find them just about anywhere, the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart or Target even the drug store. I buy them during the back to school sales and get them for about 25 cents each.

I used scrapbooking paper I had on hand and  Mod Podged it onto our journal. I gave the boys stickers to decorate it and we were all set to start recording our memories!

I encourage the boys to use pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers. What ever they would like to use. They can also draw or cut out a picture to add to their journal entries. The more creative the better.

This particular page was about Kaden’s 6th birthday this past year. He got his first pillow pet a turtle, which he immediately named Gumball. We each wrote about Kaden’s birthday.

Kaden drew a picture of Gumball. He narrated what his favorite part of his birthday was and I wrote it in the journal. I also wrote my favorite part and Justin drew a picture of his favorite part, the Lego cake!


It has been so fun to read what they have written or drawn and it will be fun to look back over the years and see how we grow and change as a family.

For 2012 I am making these Mama & Me journals for both boys that I found at Mamma Jenn’s blog . I thought it would be fun to become pen pals with them. She has a girl version and a boy version you can download at the bottom of her post.

I love the letter that she included in her journal and I plan on using it in our journals.

“Dear ****, Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun! Instead of mailing letters to each other, we’ll keep them in this notebook.

I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook on my bed. You can write anything you like. It can be funny or serious or anything you want to write. Sound like fun?


P.S. Write back soon!”

This will be a fun way to get the boys to write (sneaky, sneaky) and share their thoughts and feelings at the same time!

Do you keep a journal? How to capture those memories to remember in years to come?



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