A few years ago…okay….almost ten years ago now, I lived a grand adventure with 4 best friends in Italy. We lived and taught English in Rome. One of them had a genius idea to keep a quotes book where we’d write down funny stuff that was said. To this day when I read it I laugh so hard I almost cry. It’s the type of stuff that would be weird, gross and completely unfunny if you weren’t actually there. Even when I read it, though, sometimes I find the memory of it fuzzy. As in, I know we said it and I see it written down – some in my own handwriting – but the memory is not clear as day. I know that if it was’t written down it would be filed away somewhere in the recesses of our big brains never to be laughed over again.
With my babies now becoming toddlers then becoming kids then becoming preteens (tranquilize me, please) and so on and so on, we decided we wanted to keep a journal of sorts, to write down all the funny and sweet quotes and memories that were sure to happen. Like the other day, when we gave my daughter her first lollipop, she called it a “poppilop.” It was so cute we thought we would die. We talked about it days later…. I know….we are in love.
Some pros for journal keeping.
1) Our memories are more fleeting than we’d like to admit. Just because we think we won’t forget it doesn’t mean we won’t. New memories happen, our children grow older and, before you know it, we’ve forgotten the best rendition of Twinkle Twinkle little star that ever happened or how we caught our son eating bugs. It is worth writing down because later, when asked, we don’t want to rely only on our old worn out memories.
2) It gives us something to look back through together and laugh. I can’t wait to read my quote books with my grown up sons and daughters. It will be a great time of togetherness and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love to read things about themselves? Who doesn’t love to hear how cute and funny they were? I sure did. I loved looking at my old handprint turkeys and popsicle stick ornaments from school. I marvelled at my artistic genius. I can’t wait for my kids to do the same. I want them to know I cherish them and the times we’ve spent together.
3) Your future grandchildren will love it. I remember spending hours (not at once, mind you) sitting on the couch looking at my mother’s old yearbooks. “Is that REALLY Aunt Cindy?…” And “that can’t be Lindsay’s dad…he has so much hair…” It entertained me to no end to see what things my mom did and what groups she was in. Not only will our kids love to read about themselves in 40 years, so too will their children. Though things are now digital I still believe that handwritten and passed down is just more special!
A few months ago I purchased my two notebooks from Typo (one for each of my budding memory makers), so when Stockland contacted me about doing a Typo gift card giveaway I was all over it. Here are some cute Typo notebooks I found on their site while browsing.
*UPDATE* – the TYPO gift card winner randomly chosen is nellbe!
Why not make your home the best it can be in 2013? We’re giving away one $40 Typo gift card to help you create the perfect space. Stockland’s residential properties are the perfect blend of modern stylish living and a comfortable homey atmosphere. From display homes in victoria to real estate illawarra, there is sure to be a perfect place to find or build your dream home. Stockland gives your family a place to truly call home – a place where your family can live and grow, and enjoy many years to come.
What: $40 Typo gift card (Australian residents only)
When: Winners will be randomly selected on 20 Feb and emailed for more details.
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