Saturday, April 06, 2013

A to Z April Challenge Letter F

Family Book. When our children were growing up I quickly realized that I couldn't (and didn't!) keep up with 3 baby books. In 1984 I picked up our very first "family book."  The first book was just a blank journal nothing fancy, a plain paper cover, I paid maybe $2.00 just in case it didn't 'take'. But, it did take and now our family has dozens and dozens of 'family books'. 

To this day there is a family book on my table. These books contain our family history. 

When the kids lived at home at dinner I would ask "what do you want to remember today?"  So, you're wondering what's in these books..... well.... EVERYTHING!! Some pages might be just day to day things, a test, a joke, a crush..... some are hysterical.  

One of my very favorite example (ohhhh I'm so sorry Zachary!)

Zac said "I have something but, you won't write this one"
Mom "Zac yes, I promise! Every word"
Zac "No you won't"
Mom "Look, I'm writing" 

(I start writing the conversation:   Zac is now standing over my shoulder and watching as I am writing ... Zac says I won't write his story, but I am writing every word he says.... "Okay")


AND the greatest entry of the year went as such.........

"Today in math class I had to do a problem on the board in the front of the class and MOM I let out the longest loudest fart I ever did in my WHOLE LIFE!"  

(Ohhhh Zachary you really thought I WOULDN'T put this in the book?!? Have we MET!??!)
F is for Family Book


A to Z Challenge: Blog everyday except Sunday (per the rules) with my theme being what makes me happy, what inspires me and what makes me ME!!!  So be prepared for more information about me than you ever wanted to know!!

 I could use a click!  

42 comments:

  1. The family books are a great idea. The little moments do matter.

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    1. These books do crack us up now!! Things we would have never remembered.

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  2. I love your theme and am signing up to follow! What a great idea, a "Family Book." And I llloooovvveee this memory! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Memories like these are exactly why I started writing. I'm not much of a photographer, so at least their stories will survive into their adulthood!

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  4. This is a wonderful idea. I try to explain to people how important writing memories like this is!
    I journal everyday, and I also do a photo a day project [p365]. I do this in a project life format, and it works out rather nicely. When I have a family of my own, I will continue these traditions. They will just be about more than just me and my writing, and what movies I watched. :)

    Krissy @ DearKrissy

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    1. I take so many pictures of Alice that I could easily do a Photo a Day project! I love love love that idea!!

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  5. I love this kind of thing, I have a similar book I kept at school with friends. Such fun memories that could so easily have been forgotten otherwise!

    Returning your visit to my blog through the A to Z Challenge :) Thanks

    Naomi @ Cornet Crafts

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  6. This is so cute and human. Pretty, too!
    Mary atMary A to Z

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  7. Hi Connie! Hey, I love your blog too. I scrolled down and read more; your grandchildren are adorable. Thank you so much for your visit, and best of luck on A-Z.

    Kathy M.

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  8. What a great idea. I often put these moments into facebook or twitter but I do wonder if they'd all be lost at some point when inevitably new technology takes over...perhaps an old-fashioned paper style book is the answer!

    Happy A to Zing :) from Spoon Paws @ www.mummyisagadgetgeek.co.uk

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  9. Aw, I love the idea of a family book! In my case, it wouldn't have worked quite as well, as I divorced. Though, since i do frequently blog about my son's exploits, I guess I've found another way to document our little family of two's history. :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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  10. hahaha... that's a great story. And I love your idea of a family book. I wish I'd have started earlier, but it's better late than never. Maybe my blogs will also serve as a testament to family time. Not just as well as a family book.

    Having fun touring everyone's blogs during the A-Z challenge. I am going to follow you. I like your style!

    Dana
    Waiter, drink please!


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  11. Now that was worth repeating Zac! LOL Oh this made my day! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I can still picture Zac standing over my shoulder and me trying to keep it together!!
      Ohhhhhh Zac..... the stories I will have for your children!!

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  12. I love the idea of a family book. Unfortunately mine are grown and gone from home and the grands that live with us are teens. But these might be the best times to record!!

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  13. OMG, hilarious. That would so go in my book, right after my then 2 year old saying in a restaurant, "What do I have to do to get some toast around here."

    Thanks for visiting me as it helped me to find you. I am a new follower.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #42

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    1. ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!! I love that!!!!!!

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  14. I love that idea! I want to do that someday, I think it would be wonderful to have for later!

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  15. Connie,
    What a great idea...I wish I had heard of it earlier to use with my kids. We try hard to remember the funny things they said through the years, but I'm sure we've missed so many. Thanks again for this great idea.

    Grace,
    Donna
    www.fullmeasureofjoy.com

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  16. LOL! Zac is going to regret letting you write that one day!

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  17. Such a great idea to keep one book. Zach's story cracks me up! ;)

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  18. I love the idea of a family book! I am like you and never kept up with their baby books. I love Zac's story! That is one that would go in the book for sure. Just so we could go back and laugh about it!

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  19. Hi, Connie,

    Great tower you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have wonderful and positive energy.... I like that so much. I can tell from your post you are loving life and the people you share it with!

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  20. Love the idea! LOL at Zach's story!

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  21. Great idea and I am reminded that when boys are young they are something else :)

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  22. Such a cute story!!! My mom also got bad about writing things but she has saved so much stuff--we always can find programs and certificates! Inspirefly

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  23. Connie, what an utterly delightful post for "F". I'm so happy you visited my blog and left such a delightful comment. But now that I've reciprocated and visited you, it comes as a wonderful surprise. You're posts aren't "writerly" — they're genuine, fun, and very, very human. Just my cup of camomile! Thank you for brightening my day, you dear soul.

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  24. Jennifer DysartApril 07, 2013

    What a wonderful idea! My mom started baby books when we were little, but it didn't "take". Hope it takes for my own family once it gets started

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  25. Hey, Connie. I hope your son doesn't see this. I know mine would be mortified. :) Cute header.

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  26. We all do it just sometimes they sneak out of you LOL great idea to write his things that are part of remembering our lives . Fun to read

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  27. That's a great idea. I bet my kids would love a family book. :)




    Melissa Ann Dropping by From The A to Z Challenge

    My Creatively Random Life

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  28. Family book - great idea. It's important to have all of that material on hand for embarrassing stories in front of future dates and such.

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    1. Ohhhh future spouses beware!! (HEY!! Maybe THIS is why Zac never brings home any girls??!!)

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  29. Having a family book is a great idea! I'm sure those are available in a interactive way now. It would be great to document those short moments that would make everyone chuckle out loud in the future.

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  30. Love it. I only have 1 and I can't keep up! Maybe I'll do that this week!

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  31. Connie,

    That is so funny and a good idea. I don't have any kids, but I have tons of stories about my cats.

    Visiting you from A to Z

    Sunni

    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  32. Love the idea of a family book. :) Happy A to Z -Rebecca from moxiewriters.blogspot.com

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  33. Great idea. I keep meaning to try this in our house. I always forget what my 4 year old says to tell later on. Thanks for stopping by Smurfin' The Web aswell, hope to see you again =)

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  34. A family book is a great idea! Oh, and oh my, but your home must be filled with hoots and hollers. Loved the Zach (poor Zach) example.
    Jagoda from http://www.conflicttango.com (thanks for visiting me there.)

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  35. Classic! What a fantastic idea to have a family book....a treasure for now but especially the future. You have way more organisation than I ever did ;-)
    Pauleen at Tropical Territory
    A to Z 2013

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  36. What a terrific idea. We lose so many precious moments over time, and this is the perfect way to keep them safe--although I'm sure Zachary sometimes wishes he'd never divulged that fart story!

    Love your blog! I'm signing up to follow by email, since Google doesn't allow WordPress to use the Google Friend Connect option any more. *shakes fist at Google*

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  37. My grandparent kept an amazing family book - my grandad served in Burma, so it is an incredible read!
    Lx

    Blogging AtoZ @ChickLitLove

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