Back to the future

We took our tree down today and packed away all our decorations until next year.
I was feeling a bit nostalgic as I closed the boxes, thinking about last year and wondering what adventures we'd have in 2009 (my new personal motto is :"Lookin' fine in 2009!" tee-hee!)

Anyways, I decided to leave myself some notes in the boxes so I'd find them this Christmas. I wrote things like, "this year we found out that Benji can eat almonds now" and "this year I had a bad car accident resulting in cancelled insurance and a new van". I also wrote stuff like, "this year I wept about the great probability that I would never again feel a baby kicking in my belly".

In the boxes of outside decorations, I wrote, "it's in the mid 40's today as I'm packing this", and "Ava's napping and the boys are playing a video game".

I don't know exactly why I did it, I sort of felt the need to send myself a message, to somehow connect today with tomorrow. Like writing memories in a baby book or journal. Like re-reading old blog posts. Maybe I should have left myself some good advice for later! As if I'm wiser now than I will be in 12 months!
I always think about if I could go back and do something over again, knowing what I know now...would it be better? Or would my lack of innocence spoil the experience?

If you could give yourself one piece of advice for the future, what would it be?
If you could go back and do something over again what would it be?
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5 readers took time to leave a thought:

Kate January 4, 2009 at 3:36 PM  

Jon loves to open presents throughout the month of December...and I USUALLY give in so he'll quit nagging me! One year I made a contract that we would ONLY open presents on Christmas day for the following year. We both signed it and I stuck it in the box with the Christmas tree. TOTALLY forgot about it until the next year when we got out the tree...I was SO pleased with myself! You'll have so much fun next year reading everything! :)

Irene Joy January 4, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

I love the idea of sending yourself notes. When I was in Jr.High our church did a thing where we wrote letters about our renewed commitment to God and we gave them in to the leaders. About 6 months later they had mailed it back to us it was amazing just to feel some of the things I was feeling then.

Advice for my future? That's a hard one, not knowing what the future holds. I guess to listen to peoples advice more and not be so close minded. Like this year I was dead set on formula feeding and Sara (storiesandsongs) tried to advise me other wise. I regret not listening.

If I could do something over again? I would say most of the things I've done have led me to where I am now and I'm thankful for that so I wouldn't really undo any of my mistakes. If I could go back however I would be more careful with money and not care as much about materialism. But I guess that's a lesson I learned too. I don't HAVE to have the new version of whatever if the old one works just fine. I'm content with that now, and I never was in the past. So it taught me a lot and that will help me in the future.

I don't know if it's too personal but I wanted to ask. Feel free to ignore. What happened with the whole not being able to have more babies? Was that ever confirmed? That must be incredibly hard and I'm so so sorry.

Katy January 5, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

8 racks of sweaters in the big city - no sweaters or blankets made of wool
4 racks of sweaters in the next town over - no sweaters or blankets
Over an hour at our little second hand store and I've got 4 sweaters and a blanket. Grey, black, red, off white and a pink and white blanket.

Now - off I go to read instructions and try my hand at a Valentine wreath or heart.


Faith Hope Love Mama January 6, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

Regrets-many. They are part of me and I don't want to rehash them much. Something I would change-lots. However, I am who I am.

I love the idea of writing your self a note. I might try something like that if I ever get our tree down. My hubby is feeling extra nostalgic this year. I just want the house back in order.

Exercise-need to get on my tread mill!! Need to!! My heart needs better health as does the rest of my body. Hoping we can keep bugging each other to get our butts in gear-literally! :)

Aleah January 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

A rather personal one but whatever ; )

Something to do over again:
I'd never have signed the papers for my husbands vasectomy when Ella was 4 mos. old! That's really the only thing I regret!!
And now I often tell people to wait to have it done until their kid is at least 3!!

Advice for the future...I'm not sure. I'd have to think about it more.

I like what you did with notes in the Christmas boxes! It'll be fun to read them next year!

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