About this time last year, I discovered Pinterest and fell in love. So many ideas right at my fingertips. Let’s face it, I don’t have loads of time for net surfing, but Pinterest puts all the best parts of the web in one place making it super easy and efficient to get my surfing fix. One of my first ever pins was a link to this post at inchmark about “Magical Thinking”.
The idea is to capture the cute little things the kids say and do, the moments that make you smile, by writing them down a putting them in a jar. Then, at the end of the end of the year, read them back and remember all those smiles.
I thought it was fantastic, and promptly got my jar set up for capturing our family’s smiles in 2012. For every moment I jotted down or made a “note” on my iphone, there were so many more that I didn’t capture. I was hot and cold in my captures – some weeks or months have lots of notes, and some none at all.
Last week, we ceremoniously opened my Smile Jar, and here’s a brief recap of 2012, one smile at a time.
Some of the notes were sweet and sentimental…
- On my birthday, Grace says “Mommy I have the bestest present for you!”, and gives me a hug and kiss.
- February 17, today we met my nephew, and I am an Aunty for the first time.
- January 15, at bedtime, Lizzie gives me a big hug then pulls back, puts her had on my cheek, and looks at me as if she s beaming love with her eyes.
- May 31, waiting for Lizzie’s interview at “big school”, she leans over and tells me “Mommy, you won’t have to read my stories anymore. I’ll be able to read them myself.”
- April, Lizzie starts avoiding cracks in the sidewalk. This is the first time she is doing something that I actively remember doing myself many, many years ago.
And, some are just plain funny…
- December 1, Grace says “Mommy I need some snot medicine. My snot has diarrhea.”
- March 8, my girls discovered the wedgie. Although, Lizzie kept calling it a “wedge”.
- March 12, Lizzie call Grace “Your Royal Minus” while they were playing.
- April 14, 3 year old Grace obviously upset with something I’ve done (although what I don’t know as I did not write it down) tells me “Mommy, you’re not a genius anymore.”
- September 28, walking on Sussex St. in Sydney, we pass by a gym blaring the song from the Big Brother ads (Party Rock Anthem), and my girls immediately start doing the shuffling dance, holding up traffic and creating quite a lot of laughter from those sharing the street corner with us.
- November 1, girls are introduced to “Gangnam Style” at dancing, but they call it “Gumnut Star”.
- November 30, my sister in Louisiana and my daughter in Sydney dance “Gumnut Star” together via Skype. Priceless!
It was so much fun to relive each of these moments, laughs and smiles, many of which I had already forgotten.
I’m already capturing our 2013 smiles.