I kept a diary for the first 3 years of M's life, and for Y's first 2 years too. I take a ton of photos of my boys, write their funny words down and keep (nearly) everything they bring back from school and I hope that they'll enjoy looking back at it all in years to come! I know I will!
When M started to write well, I made him keep his own diary.. He used to whinge about writing it every day but he quite enjoys it now and likes reading about what he did on the same day the previous year.
It's also fun to see how his writing changes from year to year!
I have my faithful one line a day diary, which I love and indeed write every day.
And since my friend A brought me this cute 2014 diary and this really cool book from Japan, I have been drawing as well as writing in my diary..
I also have this journal where I keep note of all the memorable things the kids say.
This is my favourite quote from M..
His friend was talking about when he'd been horse riding and he'd come across a horse with funny bumps on his back (there's only one word in French for both bump and hump) and M said "it must have been a camel or a dromedary"! I want to remember this sentence forever!!
And then there's Y, who's a bit little to be doing any writing just yet so I draw a monthly calendar for him - like I did for M when he was little - just so he knows what's going on and although he has no concept of time whatsoever, and of what yesterday, today and tomorrow is, he loves looking at all the little pictures!
Some of those things I will keep in a box for the children to have when they grow up. As for all the stuff I already have in boxes, all the drawings and scribbles and all of M's school books, I think I might follow in Caroline's footsteps and turn them into a photobook! Clever, right?
How about you? Do you keep and record everything?