March 2, 2014

Slice of Life | Day 2

When he was younger, Ethan put this sign on his door to keep his sisters and their friends out of his bedroom. It warmed my heart that he didn't include me!

It is one of the stories in our family journal.

When the kids were little, I was able to keep up with three different albums and their early books of firsts...first word, first tooth, first step.....

But as time went on it was a challenge to keep up with writing in three different books with questions to answer about each grade and so on. I decided if I was going to get anything down, I would need to just write for all three in one plain journal.  

In our family journal, I jot down sweet and funny things they say, accomplishments they make, and so on. Over the years, they've asked me to read parts of it while they guess who did it or said it.There are some wonderful memories captured in what Ethan use to call "the funny book".

Here are a few funny moments...

September 2001
Mommy: How do you spell Annie?
Annie: e-i-e-i-o

March 2003
I told Eliza that we were going to the sugar camp and that she had been there my belly. She was excited, but said "I don't want to go in your belly this time!"

February 2004
In the van...
Eliza (4); Annie, your're driving me crazy!
Annie (6): No, Eliza. You choose to be crazy!

June 2004
Annie crying.
Eliza running by to the bathroom.
Annie: Eliza pulled my hair with both hands!
Mommy: Is that true, Eliza?
Eliza: It wasn't me! I didn't see me do it!
...Annie and I looked at each other and cracked up!

May 2009
When Ethan knew I was sick and needed a supply teacher, he said, "I don't want to go to school today. Can I have a supply student?"

October 2009
While having an after school snack...
Daddy: Did any girls try to kiss you today?
Ethan: No!
Ethan (after a long pause and with a serious voice): Who is the first girl you ever ...farted on?


  1. I love the family journal!! These stories are priceless! Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. I love that idea! 3 journals is far too much to keep up with, I think you made the right choice with one!

    1. Thanks! Much easier for me! ...The tricky part will be for them when they are grown and want their own copy! :0)

  3. I have a "funny book" for each of our children, too. They love to look back through them and share stories. This year at Christmas, I took a few samples from each book and made them into a game show quiz which we played together. It was a lot of fun. We then took the quiz along when we visited the grandparents and we had them guess who had said or done each item on the list. It was a lot of fun!

    1. Wow, Cindy! What a great idea! I may have to borrow it! How fun!

  4. You were so wise to capture those moments in journals. What fun for all of you to look back and remember.

    1. Thank you. We do have fun with it and I'm glad they will be able to look back and remember when they are older. ...Yikes! As I was looking through it this morning, I realized I need to do some catching up!

  5. I LOVE Ethan's final question! He is so right that this is the funny book!!! You should keep promoting your practice of journaling moments, as we all should be doing or should have done that! Thank you!

    1. I heard the conversation from upstairs and I couldn't stop laughing!
      ...Thank you for the encouraging words, Melanie!

  6. Ethan's final question is priceless - he'll be glad that you kept that family journal!

    1. I could share pages and pages! :0)
      Thank you, Tara.

  7. I love this idea! And I love that the kids want you to go back to read snippets and guess who said it. I started a blog for the girls, but now that I think about it the last time I wrote was when they turned 3! Yikes! I better get to some journaling...time goes way to fast. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It's so true! Time goes by so fast! I have to catch up on getting photos in their albums!


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