One thing that I wanted to make sure of was to keep special memories from Hazelnut's childhood. Not every memory, but certain ones that stick out. I also know my limits, and that creating scrapbook pages by hand every month is just not going to happen. So once a year I make a family photo book (more about that on a future date) in a coffee table style book. I also keep another photo album with 4x6 prints. Why? Because when she's in kindergarten & needs to bring a picture of her as a baby, I don't want to be pulling out external hard drives looking for the pictures, then running to Wal-Mart at midnight to pick up the prints.
But some things just can't be stored in a flat album or fit into a 4x6 sleeve. For those, I have this box.
Someone gave it to us for a baby shower gift, and it's been very useful!
I've majorly slacked off on things to put in there after her first birthday. So many big things happen in that first year-- hospital bracelets, birth announcements, first visit to Santa, birthday cards, cake smash session... the list goes on & on! I also saved handwritten notes, and the little foam letters you see on the left- H F. Those were in a gift bag from a breastfeeding group I went to. They're not really useful, except that they are a vivid reminder of what life was like during those first 10 months of working so hard to nurse. Looking at those letters brings it all back like a tidal wave.
But one problem--- nothing else fits! Luckily, one of her birthday gifts this year gave in this cute box. It's very sturdy & perfect for the job!
How do you keep track of memories? Do you put too much pressure on yourself for not doing it enough? I seriously love the memory box because it's so low pressure. Just toss the memory in & you're done!
I also have one full of love notes & cards from when Josh & I were dating. We should have kept it up through marriage but life got a bit busy. I love looking back on those notes!