I was recently sent an amazing box of goodies from Best British Bloggers in a association with Endsleigh. A gorgeous wooden chest with some bits and pieces to make a time capsule with the children.
We have been having a heated debate about what to do with the box. The boys did a time capsule at school two years ago, which they are going to dig up in their final year at the school. This will give them the chance to look at some of the things they were doing and how they looked when they started at the school and they often talk to about how much they are looking forward to digging it up. So then we thought about our own time capsule and how we would go about it. The boys were keen to dig it up in a few years, so I suggested that maybe a family memory box would be nicer than a time capsule. Maybe something that we could all continually add things to and then get it out to look at in years to come?
Do you have a memory box? I do. I have a memory box for each of the children. It is a box filled with lots of different things that I have collected over the years. Starting with their birth and Christening cards, if something strikes me as an interesting addition, it goes in. Small toys, deflated foil balloons, cards, pictures, photos and as they have got older, tickets and programs from special events in and out of school. My husband and I get a lot of pleasure looking through the boxes at all the things we have amassed over the years and I hope that when the children are adults, I will give the boxes to them and it will be a 'capsule of their lives so far'.
So we have decided that our project over the Easter holidays will be to decorate the box and to find some things to put in it. We are going to include some recent photos of us all, together and separate, newspapers or magazines, some video footage on DVDs which the boys are planning in a 'you've been framed' style, the children are keen to draw or paint some pictures, L wants to write out some football scores from the weekend and R wants to put in some football cards and his teddy that he thinks he is too big for. I have asked A what she wants to put in and she keeps bringing me bags of toys, so maybe we will choose a couple of little toys to be her contribution. Lots of nice things for the children to look at in the future.
Thinking about the future is often quite difficult when you have young children. Life is busy, often hectic and if you are anything like me, you tend to live day to day or maybe week to week if you're lucky. The irony of that is that once you have children, it is even more important to think about the future. Which nurseries and schools are they going to go to? What clubs and activities do we want them to be involved in? What happens when they have finished school? These are all pressing question on their own and that is without the big questions about finances and what would happen if you weren't around as they grow up.
It is a huge responsibility and as much as you don't want to consider anything happening, it is something that you need to make provisions for. Just in case. I know that there have been times over recent years when things have been tough, when we could have quite easily stopped paying for our Life insurance, but we chose to carry on. Just in case. Endsleigh has a really useful money blog which contains advice on Life Insurance and lots of other financial matters. The site is full of interesting articles written by Endsleigh's financial team and the aim is to "offer a more simplistic, maybe even interesting account of the goings on within the industry and perhaps more importantly the UK economy."
So, thanks to Endsleigh and Best British Bloggers, we have a lovely project for the holidays. What would you put in your memory box?
I was sent a wooden chest containing a video camera, diary, photo frame, a photo printing voucher and some seeds for this post. All opinions and images used are my own.