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My kids are at that age where our conversations are pure gold. I find myself texting Nathan during his work day any particularly hilarious conversations or quotes.
I’m thankful for the ability to text grandparents and aunts and uncles quick, funny sayings that I know they’ll enjoy. Nobody really GETS my kids or really laughs and enjoys their personalities like our family members. Experiencing their words on my own is just not as much fun as sharing it with those closest to us.
We’ve had some real gems recently, some “write them down in a baby book if I actually had a baby book” kind of quotes.
The time Will made me a Christmas card, and Nathan encouraged him to write something special for mom in it. He wrote: “Merry Christmas, Mommy! I’m going to be Spiderman soon.” Best ever.
Or when Emma shouted at the bright sun shining in the care window, “Go away from me, sun! Leave me alone! Stop bothering me! I only bother myself!” (And then when she heard me tell the story to her aunt, Emma laugh loud and proclaimed, “Oh, I’m so funny!”)
I mean, really, you guys.
These words are so precious and hilarious. They are a gift in and of themselves, capturing their little personalities and their interests and thoughts in this stage of life. I want to bottle them up and keep them with me forever. I want to save them and share them with our extended family who enjoy these little people just as much as I do.
I decided this year, for Valentine’s Day, to do something extra special. With Will in Kindergarten and his handwriting getting so much better, I thought it would be fun if we made a keepsake out of his words and his writing, to remember his sweet 5-year-old thoughts and ideas, hopes and dreams.
I ran to Walmart to pick up a Hallmark card (or two) and put together something special for Grandma and Grandpa. They have a huge selection of Valentine’s cards, by the way. I could have spent hours there, but you know, kids.
I found this adorable LEGO inspired card in the Hallmark Signature section, perfectly reflecting who Will is right now, in this moment in time.
We took the card home and got to work. I designed and printed out a questionnaire for him to fill out. I asked questions about his interests and his ideas, his expectations for his future wife and his thoughts on his grandparents. The answers were hilarious!
This project is SUPER simple:
- Print out the questionnaire on the paper of your choice. You can print out a copy HERE! I chose white cardstock.
2) Cut the paper in half.
3) Have your child fill in the answers, or recite their answers for you to fill out. (We went back and forth. He wrote the shorter answers, and I wrote the more complicated ones.)
**3 b.) You can use the second half of the sheet I included for kids that prefer to draw or too young for a questionnaire. I prepared the drawing sheet for my twins.
4) Take a picture of your child working on the project and print it out.
5) Glue their photo to the back of the completed questionnaire and insert into Hallmark Signature card!
See! Super simple!
Highlights of his questionnaire:
- He wants to become Spiderman soon (obvi)
- He’s going to CREATE all the Marvel Superheroes. In real life. In his own lab. After he get’s his doctorate from MIT.
- His wife is going to be named Poinsettia. (Guys, that’s a rough first name. Let’s pray for her middle school years.)
- They are going to have three kids: Billiam, Philliam, & Gilliam (In the style of George Foreman and his 57 Georges?)
- Also, he’s going to live in a Marvel mansion with his family and children. Location TBD. Originally he wanted it located on the site of his current Elementary School, but we are discussing plans to look at other properties that are already vacant. No need to displace the school to build a superhero HQ and underground lair.
I mean, YOU GUYS. I was trying so hard not to laugh. It’s something I know his grandparents will keep forever, cherishing his little words and sweet handwriting. And probably praying many of his ideas DO NOT become reality.
(When you head to Walmart, ake sure to look for the in-store special, $2 off a 2 card purchase (min $2 purchase required). It expires 2/15/17. Here’s a link to additional printable coupon offers and other Valentine’s inspiration from Hallmark. Make sure to check it out!)