I tried this in 2013. I was gifted an enormous coffee cup - I mean, HUGE - it's a decoration, no one can drink out of it - and I had the kids help me make a memory cup. We wrote fun things that happened to us all year down on pieces of paper and folded them up and put them in the cup. The object was to keep a kind of remembrance for the year, and on New Year's Eve (or Day, depending upon what you were doing the nigth before), you'd open them up, read them and remember.
And then my sister in law died in August. And my father in law died in November. And my shorties opened the papers up on New Year's Day and they oooh'ed and awww'ed and I was just - numb. I had no real interest in it. They wanted to do it again in 2014, and I said they could, but without me writing everything down and reminding them to keep notes, the concept flickered. On NYE, 2014, there were many fewer slips of paper. They wanted to do it again for 2015, and I realized that it was a good exercise for them
And also, for me.
So, this year, I did repeat it, but with a twist.
I let them use my same enormous coffee cup, which sits on a shelf in my office, and told them that this year, we'd try again with recording the fun things we do together as a family
and I got a large Mason jar (for I am nothing if not classy, yo) and I'm going to use it to record my New Year's Resolution.
Oh, yeah, I probably should tell what that is. This entire post might make more sense.
I resolve to make 2015 The Year of the Friend.
I have friends. I have some really, really good friends. I don't see them nearly enough. I don't spend enough time with them, because I get wrapped up in how BUSY I am. Well, guess what? We are all busy and friends aren't forever - and oh BOY have I found that out in the last 16 months, yo, that's a hard lesson. And it appears I am a s-l-o-w learner and need to learn lessons again and again and again before I say, "Self, you've already done this, remember it next time, ok?"
So, whenever I do something fun - meet someone for lunch or drinks, go to Trivia Night, hang out and eat pizza - I'm going to make a note and fold it up and toss it in my Mason Jar, which is not decorated and is not fancy (and seriously, if you want that, you can find a ton of fantastic and fancy ideas on Pinterest, and I really did want to do something pretty but my handwriting stinks and I'm not crafty and if I waited until I made it JUST RIGHT, well, it would never get done)
so a plain Mason Jar it is. And it's on my desk right next to me, so I can remind myself that I have friends, I'm worthy of my friends, and we should spend more time together.
I can't wait to remember this year on NYE. I hope my jar is full.