Earlier this week, I shared our Memory Jar so it should be no surprise that we would want to *create* memories with people we care about. Joe and I have made a decision to give experiences rather than things when possible.
To give the impression of an actual gift, I wrapped a big box with a special note and a correlating gift card with tons of tissue paper.
A zoo membership
A pottery class
A girl's night out
Painting with a Twist
A wine tour
A cooking class
A pre-planned date night
Sporting event tickets
Go-karting gift certificates
Our two favorite kids 'cashed in' on their presents this weekend. It was probably the best couple days that I've had in awhile. We had themed days for each of them and let me just say, my heart is full. (Sidenote: During college I nannied full-time for the most delightful family. The two oldest children were in our wedding and I still make time to babysit whenever they ask.)
It's Friday, it's Friday! Oh thank the heavens, it's actually Friday! As if you need another reason to smile today, here is an early Valentine's Day print just for you. Print it. Frame it. Make it your February desktop background. Scribble a note on it for your hubby. Just be sure to enjoy it :)
On New Year's Eve, Joe and I were chatting about our resolutions and plans for the year. I was telling him about how I wanted to choose a word for the year and about this really cool memory jar idea that I stumbled upon on Pinterest.
Have you seen them? If not, here's the rundown: Throughout the year, you toss in notes of the good things (big or small) that touched your life. Then, at year's end, you pull them out together and reminisce. To my surprise, he thought the jar was an awesome idea. Almost three weeks later and I finally have the jar done.
What I like most about this is that while it's obviously a fit for the New Year, it could also work just as well to record what happened between birthdays.
Need some ideas of what to share? Try some of these:
I miss Christmas so much already. I was raised in a Russian Orthodox home so I we got a 'second' Christmas on January 7th -- Little Christmas! Joe isn't totally in on it (so no presents or fancy family meal here), but at the very least, we keep the tree and all of the decorations up until then. Even after the Epiphany, I have some really fabulous reminders of this year's gaiety -- some of the most thoughtful gifts ever.
Did you get any gifts that warmed you to the core? These are a few of my favorite things from Christmas 2013
So, now I have to ask -- what were YOUR favorite gifts?? I've seen a lot of Silhouette cameos, fuzzy slippers, shiny stand mixers, fancy cameras, handmade goodies, gorgeous sweaters, and a whole lot more.
I read this in Parade Magazine's 14 New Year's Quotes to Inspire and More. It resonated with me and I hope it does the same for you. I'm so worried about being perfect and doing everything right. I stress all of the time about things I should have / could have / would have done differently. It's easy to forget that going outside of your comfort zone isn't for the fainthearted. You're going to hit snags and mess stuff up, but that's okay.
[Quote from Neil Gaiman]
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.
You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're *doing something*. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art or love or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I almost can't believe that it's already two thousand fourteen... Where has the time gone? Y2K was 14 years ago... geez louise! While we're all wrapping up our holiday festivities, I thought it might be nice to recap the thirteen most popular posts of 2013 (based on pageviews). It's always fun to see what was most visited because there are always some unexpected treasures in the trove. Check em out!
While I think the list is pretty well-rounded, I know that some of my favorites from the year are missing. Did you have a favorite project from 2013? I'd love to hear what it was!
Thanks for all of the support -- I'm so thankful to all of you for being a part of my life. This blog is just a 'hobby' and even when my 'real' job gets in the way, I love having this community to fall back on. Best wishes to each and every one of you. Enjoy your day, week, year, and beyond <3