As the summer months continue and the weather stays warm and sunny, it is easy to fill our days with lots of activities and fun events. These enjoyable times inevitably lead to treasured moments that you want to remember forever. Here’s how to create and keep important family memories.
Take photos and share them
It is common these days – when mobile phones and digital cameras abound – to take tens or even hundreds of pictures of your children and grandchildren in a single day. Most of the time these adorable shots do nothing, go nowhere and are seen by nobody. While not everyone on Facebook wants to see hundreds of nearly identical photos of your grandchild on the swings at the park, their parents might. Create a private Instagram account and only give access to those who are interested in seeing all the exposures from the digital roll of film you’ve taken. If social media isn’t your thing, buy a digital photo frame so you can display all your pictures in your home.
Turn little memories into meaningful stories
Some of the best memories in life turn into stories that you tell over and over again. Remember that time Dad’s shorts got caught on the boat or the day Jimmy accidentally fed his ice cream to a seagull? Make story time easier by immortalizing the most meaningful of your personal stories into a self-published book. Combine the narrative with pictures of the actual event to bring your book to life. The beautifully printed stories about your time together will make great gifts to give to grandchildren on important birthdays or special occasions.
Use throwaway mementos to create lasting souvenirs
Scrapbooking is an amazing and creative way to preserve memories. As easy or complex as you want, scrapbooks are the answer for how to keep all those ticket stubs or brochures that you don’t know what to do with but just can’t bring yourself to throw away. To save money on supplies, visit your local craft store website for coupons and savings then go online to find ideas and templates and start getting creative.
Store your memories in a safe place
It is really important to store your memories safely. Think about the risks in your home and plan ways to keep them safe. Get a fireproof safe or a waterproof plastic container or keep your precious knickknacks on the top shelf. If you’re big on memories but short on space, consider getting a storage unit to keep all your books, photos or memorabilia. Your local movers will have a range of home storage solutions to keep you
Making and keeping treasured memories is a meaningful part of the time we spend with our loved ones. The first steps, the graduations and the weddings - you and your loved ones will appreciate having the chronicles of your days stored for future moments. No matter how you choose to store your family’s memories, make sure you keep them safe – because they can’t always be recovered.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.