Since Bella was born, I've kept a little family notebook--jotting down anything interesting that happens or something funny Bella does. I tried a few different formats--calendar with day boxes, appointment calendar, plain notebook... and am just tickled with this one for 2009, found on Etsy.
I am going to order a bunch more for years to come.
I note down big stuff, like trips, and little stuff, like how Bella yelled for daddy in her sleep last Thursday and he went tearing in there. And basic good-to-know stuff, like when we got the new furnace and when I got an oil change or started seeds.
It seems like a good way to end the day, selecting the best memory to write down.
I don't expect these books to live on as family heirlooms. In fact, my mom just chucked a bunch of this type of journal kept by her mom (and I don't blame her--that's a lot of data!). But for now they are one of my little treasures.
Speaking of things that WON'T be chucked, ever, here is a little cape I made for Bella to wear when she visits the baby.
"B" is for Bella, and embroidered around it says "Super Big Sister."
I have it packed in my hospital bag to give her when she comes for a visit. I can't wait to see if she will be excited to wear it!