I keep trying to come up with some great 2013 recap, reflecting back on the good and bad and the large and small that happened this year and I’m not coming up with much. Sure, we had fun – we went to Day Out With Thomas, Monster Trucks, celebrated holidays and birthdays with family and friends, played at the park, laughed and cried, and made dozens of great memories and took hundreds of pictures. But I didn’t capture most of it here and looking back, I can’t think of anything like “2013 was defined by X, Y, and Z” It just seems like the year passed us by in a flash and here it is, 2014.
That bothers me. Yes, I could tell you a dozen Mason stories, cute things he said, adventures he had, how much he’s grown over the past year, but still, that doesn’t seem like enough. It makes me sad that 2013 passed me by while I was sitting on my couch reading a book.
This next year, I want to capture the small moments in writing. Obviously, I haven’t been doing great about blogging and while I’m hoping to do that more frequently, I know myself better than to even dream of daily updates. Best of intentions doesn’t float my boat anymore.
So, I bought two planners. You know how we go around the table every night and say what the favorite part of our day was? Well, I’m recording Mason’s every day, as well as a few of his antics. Whether it be a cute thing he said or that he spent alll afternoon pretending his 4wheeler was stuck in the snow in the basement (aka caught on a cat bed) Because, 2013 proved to me that once these moments are gone, they’re replaced by more and as much as I SWEAR I’ll remember each and every one of them, I don’t.
The second planner is for me. Every day, I’m writing a few short things about my day (not even using real sentences) and listing five things I’m grateful for that day. Because life is pretty fantastic and I take that for granted. I don’t want to do that anymore.
I hope when I’m sitting on this same chair a year from now, I can say more than “2014? Yep, that flew by. Amazing.” Instead, I will say “Look at all these memories and fun times we had. Remember on June 4th when Mason said…. Or how X made me so happy that June? I’m so very glad I wrote this all down.”
“Mommy, when we get home can you help me draw a heart? Because I looove you” – Mason, in the car a few weeks ago
Making it easy guarantees that precious moments like that won’t be tossed in the wind and forgotten a few months down the road. This is the one childhood Mason has and the one chance I get at enjoying it. And I’m taking it.