A couple of years ago, I stumbled across the idea to keep a memory jar, in which you deposit little tidbits of happy or funny memories from the year.
I didn't take a picture of our jar this year, but here's our stash from last year to show you what it looks like:
At the end of the year (or midway through January of the next...) we open the jar and read all the memories. It's a fun glimpse at some silly/happy things we have usually forgotten about and we always have a fun time.
Some highlights from 2013:
Upon discussing John 1:3 for our scripture study ("and without him was not anything made that was made"), Jesse said,
"Ain't nothin' made that he don't make--that's what that means."
Nikolai found the wii remote and figured out how to start the next episode of Daniel Tiger. Pleased, he turned and said "I di-i!" (I did it)
A conversation between Jesse and me:
Catherine: I think cookies are my comfort food.
Jesse: Good thing you're good at making them then!
Catherine: Wait...maybe cookies are my favorite food!
Jesse is bringing Nikolai down the stairs. Niko is fussing because he wants to brush his teeth.
Jesse: No, it's not time for that. We brush teeth at bedtime. Do you want to go to bed?
Jesse: Ok, let's go play then. Do you want to play?
Jesse: Well, those are your two choices, so...
(there's a pause as they size each other up)
Jesse (dramatically): Do you want to rule the world tonight, then?
Jesse brought me Valentine's day flowers
Catherine: I like lilies. They're pretty.
Jesse: Yeah, they're like orchids but less aggressive.
Catherine: Lilies are like, "Hey, I'm pretty!"
Jesse: And orchids are like "All shall love me and despair!"
Here's to another great and happy year :D