You work hard and can’t wait for the Bank Holiday to roll round for some much needed time with the family. (Or you’re on maternity leave like me, but still need a break!)
It comes. It passes. And before you know it, that glorious, work-free Monday is just a distant, fuzzy memory. So how about using this free time to not only make treasured family memories, but to keep them alive forever?
Bank holiday memory-keeping
My sister picked up a gorgeous scrapbook in a shop recently, and on impulse, bought it for me. She suggested I could use it to store precious memories of my new little family. Which will include pictures and other little tit-bits to help us remember this special time.
What should I put in my memory scrapbook?
Well firstly, I figured that you have to make some memories!
But finding places to take amazing photos of your family doesn’t need to be expensive. Our blissful Bank Holiday usually starts pretty simply with a lazy lie in.
This will most likely be followed by a lovely walk in the countryside to encourage Moo’s love of fresh air and nature. She is absolutely obsessed with trees at the moment – which makes for an entertaining walk! If your little ones are a bit older, a picnic or even family rounders tournament is an amazing way to have fun together for next to nothing. I already have to keep reminding my husband that she’s too little to hold a bat!
Even heartwarming moments at home could make amazing memories for the scrapbook. Cozy, snuggly evenings with the family watching a movie in your PJs may not feel particularly special, but as time passes, it’ll be these little moments that we’ll want to remember forever.
Should I add anything else?
Mine is going to be filled with little mementos from our family days out, like tickets, postcards, and recipes, along with anything else we pick up. I’ll also bring it to life with descriptions of what we did or how we were feeling to help us remember and treasure moments-gone-by. It’ll be like a family memory journal that I can share with my children as they grow.
Making memories is half the fun – but keeping them alive is going to be special. I’ve been toying with the idea of making it a Bank Holiday ritual, adding to the scrapbook as a family to keep the excitement alive. I love a good family tradition and I’ll certainly be taking credit for starting this one!
So if you aren’t feeling particularly like Mr Money-bags right now but want to make the next Bank Holiday special, pick up a scrapbook, your camera and glue stick and get capturing all the moments that would otherwise pass you by. Your future self with the grown-up family will thank you for it 🙂
Do you have any ideas of what else I could add to my scrapbook? Let me know in the comments below!
We’ve been asked to work with Provident on their ‘don’t break the bank holiday’ campaign to advise families across the UK about activities on a budget. Visit them here for more tips on Bank Holiday fun.