Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This past weekend we went out of town to visit my husband's family. On our way to dinner at his uncle's house, he took us on a little tour of the area that his parents grew up in. He drove us by his mother's schools, the church his parents were married in, and both of his parents' childhood homes. My mother-in-law was with us, and she definitely enjoyed the drive down memory lane, and the girls -- particularly our 12-year-old -- enjoyed seeing where Grandma grew up. I have always tried to instill an interest of our family history in my girls. They love visiting relatives, they love seeing old pictures, they love hearing old stories. On the way home from dinner that night, I had an idea for a new project that I'd like to work on. We have various family trees from different "branches" of our families, and while those are wonderful treasures, to my kids they are just names and dates on paper. I have been wanting to create more of a family tree scrapbook with pictures and stories about our family members. Before we left my mother-in-law's house yesterday, I went out into the street and took a picture of the house -- this is the house that my husband grew up in -- I'd like to add that into the book for future generations to see. The next time we go to visit, we are going to take the same little tour and stop and take photos of all of the places that we saw the other day. We'll also stop by my husband's high school which is in that area and take a photo of that. We plan to do the same thing here in town, where I grew up, and when we go to visit my mom's family in New England -- hopefully this spring or summer.
My daughter (12) is so excited about this project, that she went through two drawers worth of pictures today on her school vacation to pull out pictures of our family for our scrapbooks. In her estimation, we're going to need 7 scrapbooks... She will definitely carry on the role of family historian -- I have no worries there!