Welcome back to our Sister week! And look! We have exited orange picture zone and aged a few years-somehow skipping all the fun hair years. This picture was taken during Christmas after Elizabeth had left for college. Despite not always getting along (hello we wore exactly the same size and shared one bathroom, you do the math) I was so very excited when I got to see her. I remember going to visit her in Miami of Ohio (her school) once and walking around campus feeling so very cool. Then going to see Interview with a Vampire and feeling scared out of my mind walking around the very dark and very scary campus. And because it happens every time we get together, laughing hysterically about how scared we both were. There will always be a moment in every one of our meetings that we will end up laughing so hard breathing is a problem. And it's totally worth it.
So today I am sharing a Circle Journal that kids can do-even non writing preschoolers. I took a plain drawing notebook, covered it very simply with some paper with the plan that it will gradually be decorated each time it changes hands.
Then gave my kids a page and said draw a picture.
While Charlie my two-year-old was drawing, I asked him what he was drawing. He said "a moon, the sun, I love Mama, I love Daddy." First, how adorable and second, what great journaling my son wrote for his page. And then I handed the journal over to Lily
We are going to pretend that I didn't forget to have her title her project. After we have a few rounds off to the Dillow girls and Katherine's daughter Juliette we will have a whole lot of art work spanning about a year, and a really cool look at how their art has changed and grown. The best part is we will be able to scan all of the art work and create yet another cool Shutterfly book for the grandparents. And grandparents, please forget that you read that thankyouverymuch.
Here's some other ideas for easy peasy circle journals
- Give a pretty book to your daughter and a friend(s) when they start school with stickers, a pen, and some photo corners. They can spend the year (when they are not diligently doing their homework) documenting their friendship and their experiences in school. And you have just created two more scrapbookers.
- Do the same with cousins who are of school age and writing. Although it may take longer if they live far away, what a great way to keep them in touch.
- Create a simple book where you can write letters to your child as they grow up-you can add scrapbook pages in, pictures, anything goes.
Now before I go I'm going to share one more project from one of our oldest friends, Nancy. (So old in fact, I was the first baby she ever held.) Nancy has a very artistic family so a cousin asked everyone to submit their art work and they put it together in a Snapfish book.
She welcomes you to look at this book-all you have to do is have a free Snapfish account and click preview to see all the beautiful artwork.