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Wednesday, February 14, 2007


I have a subscription to Wondertime magazine. I really enjoy the articles and read it from cover to cover.

One of the regular features they have is an "Instant Journal...Take a few minutes to jot down some telling details about your child at this moment in time. He'll love hearing about himself as early as next week; you'll love having this for years to come."

So even if you're not keeping a journal, or baby book, for your child anymore you can do this and have something to preserve those memories. Each issue has one page with a few questions on them that you can quickly fill out, then tear the page (it's perforated) out of the magazine to file away.

Here are some questions from the last few months that you can take and make your own journal with. Answer a few questions at a time so they aren't all from the same date.

What made your child laugh today?
What's the current goodnight ritual for you and your child?
Make a list of your child's favorite...friends, books, phrases
What catches your child's attention during a walk with you?
What is your child's favorite outfit right now?
Make a list of your child's favorite...ice cream flavors, outdoor hiding places, ways to cool off
What songs does your child like to sing - or like to hear you sing?
What new skill has your child developed recently?
Make a list of your child's favorite...stuffed animals, jokes or riddles, foods
What holiday story or tradition has captured your child's imagination?
What gift or gesture extended by your child to someone else made you smile?
Make a list of your child's favorite...holiday songs, presents, decorations, relatives
What is your child's favorite task to help with? How does s/he help?
Write the names of all the people your child says love him/her.
Make a list of your child's favorite...animals, colors, breakfasts, nicknames (their own, a sibling's, Mom's, Dad's).

In other news: why does it always happen this way? Yesterday I had to wake Kayla up at 7:15 to get ready for school (she usually wakes up about 7). This morning is Wed, there is no preschool on Wed (hello that means "sleep in"!) and she wakes up at 640. I brought her back to my bed, but she just wouldn't fall back to sleep. Never fails.

Happy Valentine's Day! Kayla and I enjoyed some leftover chocolate pancakes from Sunday's breakfast.


Much More Than A Mom said...

That sounds like a cool mag! I love those questions. They're similar to what I try to do with Rylan's monthly letters for his scrapbook.

Miranda said...

I got a trial issue when it first came out, But for some reson I didn't get a subscription.

Shaylee says "pappy tines day" Happy Valentines Day!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Sounds like a great magazine! Happy Valentines to you and Kayla! We enjoyed left over chocolate pancakes too:)

~M~ said...

I'm a big fan of Wondertime - and my favorite part is that journal page! Glad you got to enjoy leftover chocolate pancakes - it sounds like a good start to Valentine's Day.

Susie said...

I love this idea and thanks for the heads up about this magazine. I've never heard about it. Your daughter is just precious. I can't seem to get my kids up in the mornings-complete opposite here.

S. said...

I am the worst mom ever! I have 1! page of M.s scrapbook done (she is 6) and I didn't even buy a babybook for L.! I suck! I am just proud of myself for getting the pictures in albums. But that is a great idea, and I am going to write down the answers to those questions. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Valentine's Day! Those pancakes sound yummy!

Kentucky Gal said...

I'm just like Kayla...hehe!!
Happy Valentine's to you both!!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am always on the look-out for great magazines. I rarely have time to read a book so I do magazines for now. Thanks for the link! Oh, and I am enjoying the Opinionated Parent blog that you linked to a little while back. You are so on top of stuff!


Air Force Family said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Michelle! Sounds like an awesome magazine! I've never heard of that magazine. I copied the questions. Thank you so much.
Have an awesome day you 2.


A Special Family said...

Happy Valentines Day!

One day I hope hope hope to be able to answer those questions...

Linda said...

That is a wonderful idea, and I promise you, years from now you will be so happy you did it. You think you will remember all those special little moments, but somehow you just don't.
I think it is one of those unwritten "child-laws" - no sleeping in when Mom can sleep in too.
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Mike said...

I know what you mean. My 3-year old, although he has yet to go to school, always knock-knocks my head in the morning ... literally.

Have a great Valentine's Day.


Trace said...

That is such an awesome idea (the journal that is..hehe). :) I don't have any children (although in a few years, you never know!) but I have been thinking more and more lately that I'd love to start making real journals to be able to pass down to my children, who can pass down to their own...etc etc. The reason is that I never knew any of my great grandparents, and I barely know anything about my grandparents. Things like what they were like before they had kids, their hopes and dreams. I think it would be awesome to have something like that to pass on to the generations. :)

Hope you have a great Valentine's Day! :)

PEA said...

I wish they would have had those kind of magazines when my boys were little, sounds terrific! I had to laugh when you mentioned Kayla being up so early when she didn't need to be...it's Murphy's Law ya know! lol Happy Valentine's Day!! Hugs xox

chelle said...

Wow those questions are amazing!!!

Happy Valentine's to you and yours!!!

Oh btw I finally received the book that had your story in it and it was the first story I read....Oh it was lovely!! You should be very proud to be part of the project!

K.T. said...

Happy Valentines day to you too!What a wonderful way to make sure that you don't take the small moments for granted too!!!!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

I have read that magazine I think it is a great idea to take the time to answer those questions.

Aviva is the same way weekends up early during the week for the most part I wake her.


smileymamaT said...

That is a great list. The kids ere looking thru their baby books yesterday, coincidentally...I realized I'd let a lot of time go by without filling-in. I have some catching up to do while I still remember...

Pamela said...

Such valuable advice! Wish I would have taken more time jotting it down but it always seemed we were so busy living it!

Life is just that way, you finally get a chance to sleep in and ooh la la! Little Kayla is raring to go! lol

Deb said...

Thanks for the link!

Catch said...

Happy Valentines Day Michelle!

I think children enjoy reading about things they did when they were young. Its a great idea.

Beck said...

I love Wondertime, too, but like Miranda, I didn't get a subscription. I still buy it on occasion - and I LOVE those questions that you've posted! I'm going to do that with my kids today, I think.

Anonymous said...

why is it when there is school kids sleep in, but when they are off they are up so early?Mine do it too!
I try to keep up with writing down moments in their lives. I know your better then me at that.You always were.that magazine sounds cute I might have to check it out.
Happy Valentines Day!

jotcr2 said...

Good suggestions. I like your note about Kayla's wake up times. It is always the way.

FamilySnows said...

Sounds really neat. I've never seen that magazine but am going to try and check it out!

Sara said...

Oh those are great questions..I am gonna do that..Thanks for posting them ! As for the sleeping in, been there, done that....Nathaniel is off school till next Wed , we have 2 days of teachers convention then Monday is a holiday ( Family day ) and tuesday is a Pd day...so he is up at 6:30AM!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...Today he gave me a treat tho, slept till 7:45 :)

Melany aka Supermom said...

I don't get that either. Even though I always wake up at 6 am (rarely at 7 am over weekends) the kids always seem to wake up early on weekends and then I need to battle to get them up in the week. I wish for their sakes that they would sleep in over weekends ;)