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I’m not very systematic person so I’m not good at recording our family memories. I still didn’t manage to prepare calendar with our children photos for this year… (even for the previous year) or create a photo book from elder son’s first year of life. But having two little children I realize that one day I’d love to sit down and remind myself the years when they were born, grew up, started preschool and so one.

One day I came across a “family memory jar” idea on Pinterest and that was it! All what you need is:

  • a big pretty jar
  • a piece of paper with year written on it

memory jar
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If something important happens (child is born, travel, someone’s wedding, start of preschool, etc) you just put evidence of this event in your jar. For example in my jar I have:

  • a hospital bracelet which I got when I checked at hospital when my son was about to be born
  • tickets from our trip to Norway
  • skipass from our trip to south of Poland when L. was 1 year old
  • paper-cuts of holy Mary, Joseph and little Jesus from our first Nativity scene (made from L. toys, hamster’s house and paper)
  • envelope with L. hairs when first cut
  • invitation for my father’s wedding

You can also store in a jar funny things your children say written on scraps of paper or  souvenirs and photos from vacations – everything which is precious to you. A jar lets you put 3D objects otherwise difficult to attach to photo book or album and doesn’t require any planning and regularity – which is helpful!

memory jar - summer vacations
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Note to my readers:
This blog is mainly about ART but on Tuesday I’ll post about CHILDREN related topics – Montessori inspirations, diy, books and art for children. If you don’t have little children and/or are not interested in these topics just skip Tuesday posts and see you on Wednesday!

We’ve been on vacations last week. Visiting our friends in their beautiful home in the country, being lazy and doing nothing… As you probably guess lazy vacations are best vacations for children – in fact, they are the most creative and full or work ones :) Here are some photos:

M. is 14 months old, L. is 3 years and 5 months old.

collage1. M is walking up and down stairs – is there something like sensitive period for stairs? He literally does it all day round.

2. New toys – this one captured M.’s interest immediately

3. Hammering – I didn’t realize L. is able to hammer nails quite well!

4. More hammering…

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Mila has very creative and tallented mom – Adele Enersen. When Mila was born her mom created little scenes from what she had at home, put sleeping Mila into the scene and snapped a photo. This way she created a lovely book “When my baby dreams”, the second one “When my baby dreams of fairy tales” and inspired parents all over the world to do the same. I wish my sons were such good sleepers as Mila, Adele was very lucky mom!

If you would like to buy Adele’s book or see more beautiful photos visit Adele’s page. You can also buy her books on Amazon.

Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
Adele Enersen - Mila's Dreams
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