I love to document thoughts, memories, and ideas. That is why this whole blogging thing is such a passion of mine! When I was growing up, I made SUMMER JOURNALS, recording my favorite moments of my childhood summer days.
These are a couple of my summer journals that I made when I was a little girl:
Apparently, I've been "blogging" since 1989!
Here is a tutorial I drew when I was 7 years old
showing how to make pom pom ball faces lol.
Every summer I plan a line up of classic summer fun to sprinkle into our hot days. Each year the plan is a bit different. On the blog I've shared our Summer Fun & Gratitude Bucket, Family Library with Surprise Cups, and the Summer Sticker Reward System.
This year, I wanted to keep it nostalgic and basic, so we are doing simple SUMMER JOURNALS for our summer events plan. We've done SUMMER JOURNALS in previous years too!
We rode scooters out to our park and I presented their new journals and explained the PLAN.
The boys are getting older, so I wanted them to be more interactive and have an influence in what we planned for this summer, instead of being surprised as I typically do for them. It's important for them to feel that they have a voice and that their input matters.
Because of that, the first blank page of their journals was just labeled IDEAS, a blank white space for them to brainstorm and jot down all their creative ideas they wanted to do this summer!
It was entertaining to my heart to read their ideas: "Go on a world tour" to "relax on a long-sih trip". Their writing makes me smile.
They found a square patch of shade in the hot sun to think of ideas...
And they started scribbling down their wishes.
I wrote each of them a quick note on the inside page of their journals.
On random pages, scattered throughout,
I taped in special notes
I also jotted a few things on other blank pages throughout their journals:
This first one is a special day for each of them. I believe reserving planned ONE ON ONE time is so important to growing healthy relationships with anyone. Planning moments with each of my boys, individually, is something we all look forward to! I call them Mom and Me days. Chris has a tradition of taking them on ONE ON ONE summer camp trips too.
On this page, they jot down what they hope to do on their special day!
On, the last page of the journals, I outlined a game of Hangman, which will reveal our big Grand Finale Trip of the summer 2013! They beg for a letter every morning. ;)
When their undivided attention expired, they ditched the journals and monkeyed around on the playground. We have our arms wide open to this SUMMER 2013!!
In the end,
it's all about never taking for granted the beautiful moments
we've been gifted with.
So, we embrace the minutes,
live in excitement,
and always keep our hearts grateful.
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