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6 Ways to Capture Memories in the New Year

I’m hoping that this next year will be better than the past year. Not that it was a bad year, it wasn’t. It was a great year. But it was a really busy year for our family, and time just seemed to fly by, and lately I’ve been looking at my kids and thinking, when did you get so big?

They grow up so quickly. Too quickly.

Yesterday I talked about how I am often dissapointed with the memories that I am able to capture of my kids. And as this past year went by so quickly, I look back and think that there were so many things that I missed out capturing, and how that memory might be lost forever. Because while it’s still in my head, for now, as a mom of young children, my memory is definitely not what it used to be. I know that if I want to do a better job of both creating, and capturing, memories, then I am definitely going to need to be more intentional about it.

So, I’ve been gathering ideas and ways to remember the little things, and to make the most of capturing the big moments too. One of my goals for the New Year is to capture more memories of my kids so that we will have them to look back on as the years fly by.

Here are six way to both make, and capture, memories with your little ones in the New Year.


  • Memory Jar 1 of 6
    Memory Jar
    Write down the funny things your kids say, or something else you want to remember, right away on a scrap of paper and put it in a jar to look back on throughout the year.
    More about the Memory Jar Idea
  • New Year’s Interview 2 of 6
    New Year's Interview
    Take a New Years Interview video of your kids every year to be able to watch and remember them at each age. And hear how their voice, and their answers to the questions, change over the years.
    How to take a New Years Interview video.
  • Christmas Ornament Tradition 3 of 6
    Christmas Ornament Tradition
    Each year when you take your Christmas Tree down, write down resolutions, goals, or prayer requests for the new year and put them inside an ornament box. Next year when you put the tree up, you can open the box and see how things have unfolded over the year.
    Christmas Ornament Tradition
  • Take More Videos 4 of 6
    Take More Videos
    I always kick myself for not taking enough pictures of my kiddos, so this year I want to be intentional about taking videos, especially in situations where I might normally take pictures.
    Here's a funny example of how videos can capture so much more than pictures.
  • Take Better Pictures 5 of 6
    Take Better Pictures
    One of my personal goals for the new year is to become a better photographer and I've been gathering ideas on Pinterest to help me. I hoping to finally learn how to use my DSLR camera and learn how to take better pictures of my kids. Follow my
    Becoming a Better Photographer Board on Pinterest.
  • Plan Date Nights with Your Kids 6 of 6
    Plan Date Nights with Your Kids
    Planning a date night once a month with your kids is a great way to connect with them and make memories on a consistent basis through the year. And kids love to spend special one-on-one time with their parents.
    Here's some ideas for mom and son dates.
    Photo credit: Chris P./flickr

Have you set any goals for capturing memories of your kids in the upcoming year?

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