Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday Thirteen- Special Memories

I hope to give my children special memories of their childhood to cherish when they are older. Here are some of the things I have done or plan to do:

1. Celebrate! Whether it's a real holiday or the day my son gave up his suckie. We love to celebrate. One of the things we have done around here is Green Supper for St. Patrick's Day.

2. Have your own traditions. Around here at Christmas we give each other three gifts.
A) Gold - a gift the receiver will love
B) Frankincense- a gift to enhance the receiver's spiritual walk
C) Myrrh- a gift for the receiver's body

3. Do crazy things- Eat supper under the table or on the living room floor. Dress up at a super hero and zoom around the house.
(Captain Hottie Hottie Bo Bottie and the Nude Dude!)

4. Create rituals. These are different from traditions. At bed time we get into jammies, brush teeth, smooch mom, read a story with dad and pray. It is really rare that this ritual is broken.

5. Take your kids out alone. Sometimes it's just a trip to the store or a drive through the drive thru, but these are times that are special.

6. Go on adventures. Take a hike, head to the beach, play at a new park. You don't need to spend a lot of money to make memories.

7. Stop along the way. Don't be in too much of a hurry to get places when you travel. Pull over and enjoy a rest stop, some pretty scenery or a really interesting junk store.

8. Celebrate you child's anniversary of salvation. Write on your calendar the day they ask Jesus into their heart and each year on their anniversary have a special celebration. ( my children have not asked Jesus into their hearts yet but I plan to do this when they do).

9. Play with your kids. Get in the fort with them. Build towers with Lego. Pretend you are a dog or a pony.

10. Sing. It doesn't matter how talented you are. Sing.

11. Snuggle.

12. Encourage your extended family to make memories with your kiddos. Let Grandma teach them a song from when she was a little girl. Let Grandpa take them to the airport to watch planes take off and land.

13. Pray with and for your children.

What special memories do you have of your childhood? What neat things have you done to make memories with your family?

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Daisy said...

Those are wonderful ways of making memories. Happy Thursday!

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Brenda ND said...

Ha! I like number 3. Happy TT! And Happy memory-making.

Kristi said...

those are great ideas. Love #2 ... at Thanksgiving here our tradition is to go around the table and each say why we are thankful for one other person .. .we do a similar thing at Christmas. When opening the 1st gift (we go one at a time) we say why we're thankful for the giver of the gift.

Have a great day!

Tracey said...

Wonderful list! Some of these I already do and some I hope to do!!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

These are all wonderful ideas! I wish I could say more, but your list truly speaks for itself!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Love this list!

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