You Can’t Freeze Time, But You Can Record It – School Years Giveaway

I pulled Kendall’s momAgenda School Years organizer out today to fill some information in and glue in a picture of him from k-3 (I’ve split the “preschool” page in 2 for k-3 and k-4). As it started to come together, I could imagine how amazing it will be in 13 years when it’s full to capacity with artwork and report cards.

I realized I probably won’t be too willing to part with it then. Hopefully Kendall will let me be the keeper of it for a long time. Oh sure, he can borrow it… borrow his memories, but I may want them back in my possession for as long as I live. I imagine I’ll thumb through it and think back to my Letter To My 51-Year-Old Self often, recalling how I felt at 31…

Please know, please remember that you tried to savor that time. Be at peace, knowing you spent late afternoons curled up with them on the couch, that sometimes you just sat and watched them move and run, that occasionally you took inventory of all the things they’d learned in the last week, and that you appreciated your time with them the best you knew how. Know that despite your very best efforts, there was no way to freeze time.

It’s the truth. We can’t freeze time, but we can do our best to record it.

I’ve openly admitted on here many times before that I’m the worst at this kind of stuff. The kids baby books are untouched. I’ve hardly begun putting together photo books for them. So I’m quite proud that I completely filled out everything for the first year of preschool for Kendall. Of course, I can’t start patting myself on the back for following through with something when there are 13 years left… but I’m hopeful.

This year, momAgenda sent me a School Years planner in one of their new, bright colors – grape jelly- for Leyna.

And now they want to give one to one of you. Enter in the widget below, and tell me how your parents recorded and passed on your school years memories to you to win one School Years organizer in a color of your choice. Good luck!

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  1. I totally need one of these. I always thought it was cool to read/look through the ones my mother had. She gave them to me a couple years ago and as cool as it is for me to have I couldn’t imagine how she could give it up!

  2. My mom really wasn’t the photo album type, so I don’t have many pictures of my childhood. Because of that, I definitely want to make sure I capture my children’s lives on camera!

  3. My parents didn’t preserve any school memories for me but I would love to win one of these so I can do it for my kids!

  4. How did my mom save my school memories? Um…in a series of (now mildewed) cardboard boxes and random containers, in no particular order. Which is why I’m such a FREAK about saving my kids’ stuff–I just haven’t found the perfect way to compile & display. I think this momAgenda thing may be it!

  5. All my things were tossed into my mother’s hope chest! I was the third child, and the baby, with 10 years in between my oldest brother and I….the last thing my mom probably was worried about was saving my school masterpieces! LOL I would love one of these to save memories for my 2 kids!

  6. My Mom saved (I’m sure) almost every assignment, art project picture etc. in files in the mysterious filing cabinet under her desk.

  7. I have a boot box for each kid so far, a shoe box wasn’t big enough! I keep EVERY THING! I have had my eye on these books for a while now and think they are such a great idea!

  8. amanda sanders on

    sounds like a great idea and one that i can keep up with. i had good intentions with my son’s baby book and keepsake box but its tough!

    • amanda sanders on

      oops! my mom shoved stuff in my baby book, it is scantly filled out. i always gave her grief about it, but now I know why.

  9. My mom kept file boxes for each of us, and when we moved out of the house she gave them to us. It’s still in my attic. She kept a baby book until I was about 4. But after that things just got dropped in the boxes. They’re fun to look at, but a mess, and nothing is labeled!

  10. My mom kept a folder for me…but not much is in it. Just sporadic drawings and report cards. I would love to have these for my kids! I promise I’ll keep it up to date…I’m slowly but surely adding to their baby books, even if I’m a little behind 🙂

  11. Jennifer Watson on

    My mom kept a few things in a box but not much was organized. Unfortunately, I’m heading down the same road. 🙁 Would love a MomAgenda organizer!

  12. My mom kept some things in a box (pictures, art, book reports, etc) but nothing organized. Sadly, I seem to be following in her footsteps! But I think one of these organizers would be perfect. Not as time consuming or intimidating as a scrapbook but more organized than a box of random stuff.

  13. My mom kept a drawer and when I got married it turned into a Rubbermaid bin in my attic. I have a longaberger basket filing basket that each of my kids have folders in as well as baby books with just important stuff and nothing filled in. Yep….. I qualify for mom of be year with the empty baby books. I mean well. I’ve peeked at the MomAgenda ones a few times, but just haven’t taken the plunge!

  14. My mom didn’t really keep track of my stuff in an organized way. A lot of art projects are throughout her house and some papers, but nothing serious.

  15. my mom had milk crates on the top of her closet that she put our papers, pictures, etc. in as well as a few baby stuff too

  16. My mom actually just kept large boxes with some of our most prized art and journals from school. We looked through them all recently when they moved and were packing things up. It was a great trip down memory lane.

  17. Jessica Farmer Brodt on

    My baby book is filled out but everything else is thrown in a box! Hopefully I can be better for my girl’s!

  18. There are BOXES of art crafts and book reports and report cards in my parents attic from both of my sisters and myself. I’m sure I’ll do a bit of the same but I’d also hope to keep things more organized!

  19. Ciera Lemoniades on

    My parents, well my mom anyway, saved everything in file folders. She just recently gave me my folders and it was very entertaining to look back.

  20. Jocelyn MacDonald on

    My parents had a scrapbook of lots of different things, class pictures etc. but it kind of stops after elementary school.

  21. Courtney McHugh Lyons on

    My mom tucked everything in my baby book, definitely bursting at the seams with 18 years of school and team pictures and report cards!

  22. Boxes of stuff resides in the garage and my old room! There are photo books on bookshelfs too with pictures and some artwork. It’s being threatened to all be brought to my house soon, and I don’t even know how I would begin to go through!

  23. My mom kept a book jammed full of report cards, school pics, drawings, certificates. It’s always fun going back through it.

  24. Heather Tersinar Busch on

    I have a half-way decent baby book, and my mom had a big wooden chest that she threw out stuff in. She just finally emptied it and gave us each out own school things.

  25. My Mom was never very good at recording memories. However, I lived with my Grandmother for a couple years and she has binders filled with my first and second grade homework assignments, random drawings, etc. She gave them back to me when they diagnosed her cancer as terminal. She also made photo albums for me from my visits with her and would send them to me after I was back home, complete with handwritten captions.

  26. My mom had one of those books that had pockets in the pages to tuck pictures, drawings, etc. away in. Wish I knew where she kept it now.

  27. Kimberly Noethen Fluet on

    Very large bins, filled with colorful drawings and papers. Also, file folders labeled for later grades.

  28. Sadly there is not much from my school years. I do have a a few precious memories that my mom kept in a box and passed down to me.

    Hopefully I can keep the memories alive for my kids.

  29. My mom wasn’t the best at recording those things either however she did keep a large box with my school art work.

    I rarely enter giveaways but this just seems really cool!!!

  30. for my (ahem) 40th birthday last year, my mom spent time to make a scrapbook of all my childhood stuff. I love that she took the time, especially since she is not usually the crafty one! I am crafty, and have all the materials and am still lagging on scrapbooks for my kids 🙁

  31. My sister and I just recently were handed a plastic bin full of artowrk and the pictures are in that house somewhere! My mom died about a month ago, so we will have to be satisfied with what she told us and what we manage to dig up. You totally rock for doing this!!! My oldest is 3.5 and I am feeling the pressure to do better memory keeping. This would be awesome!

  32. My parents didn’t organize a lot of my childhood things. My dad made a binder for all of my awards. They saved a lot, but it is in boxes. So I hope to have things more organized for my kids and this would be very helpful! 🙂

  33. My mom used one of those books too that had pockets for drawings and all kinds of information to fill out…everything from favorite color to teachers names to height and weight at the beginning and end of every school year. She saved everything that would fit and I now have my book! My husband and I had fun comparing our report cards since his mom did one for him too….what a fun and exciting couple we are! 🙂

  34. My mom used to keep all of our things in a box. When we oved out of the house, we went through the memories together. Now she puts together scrapbooks for us that we get at Christmas every few years.

  35. Several years ago my brother gathered all our school photos and put them in a photo album with our corresponding school years on each page. It was hilarious to see when our baby teeth fell out and grown up teeth came in. Quite obvious. And how did we get braces at the same time? He’s 4 years younger than me… He gave the book to my mom as a gift, but I ordered one for me. Can’t wait for my girls to be old enough to look through it and giggle at their mom and uncle.

  36. My mom kept a memory box for my brother and I. We each had our own and surprisingly they are both pretty equally full. She has every report card and several pieces of “artwork” for each of us along with a bunch of other things that were clearly special to her at the time. I’m currently expecting my first child and for my baby shower my mom gave me my own box to start for our baby. I love looking through my baby box and I hope my kid(s) love going through theirs one day too.

  37. Well, there’s “the box”. A huge box still in my parents’ basement filled with memories from childhood. And then… for my college graduation my mom made me a scrapbook of birth thru college.

    of course, she won’t let me keep it. It stays at her house. But still. It’s amazing.

  38. My parents didn’t do much other than keep some of my art projects from school. My MIL, however, kept a written journal for my husband and his brother from birth through age 18. She gave them to them as adults, and wrote in them almost every month. I am trying to do the same for my son, which is alleviating some of the guilt of his empty baby book.

    These school year books are great!

  39. My mom was amazing with our baby books and photo albums. I love having those to look back at now, but admittedly suck at doing this for my own child.

  40. we had a baby book and got the yearly pictures, but that’s about it. I saved an artwork piece and a story book written by me when I was 5 (my parents had it for a while and then gave it to me).

  41. MzSMy mom saved a few written assignments from grade school, which are really funny to read. I also have old awarD sheets and some report cards but everything is put in a bin not all organized.

  42. I wish my parents kept records or pictures. Just these past few years my sister has been organizing photos, sort of. I vow to do a better job for my kids!

  43. Sara Hornbacher on

    We actually had a house fire, so my mom didn’t have much of my school work, but I would love to be able to fill a book with memories for my kids!

  44. My Mom saved some of my assingments and a few artwork pieces from over the years which are compiled randomly in a big chest in her basement. It is entertaining to read some of the things I wrote back then and special to have those memories. I have a hard time figuring out how to organize things like this for my two little ones so this planner looks like a great tool to preserve those precious memories.

  45. My parents had a book similar to this one, and I also have a “treasure chest” with artwork, and random pieces of my life that I do treasure now.

  46. Meh, they really didn’t. Mom has all my school pictures somewhere and we did class pictures through 5th grade. But that’s about it.

  47. We had something similar but once we got older I don’t think it was kept us with as much. I was just thinking the other day how much I wanted one for my daughter who is in 4K!

  48. my parents had a HUGE box of cards and photos, they kept under their bed and periodically we would spend hours going thru it. also, my mom kept seasonal paintings we did in school with her holiday decorations, just last week she gave me two fall paintings i did as a child to add to our collection of decorations. also, for my baby shower she gave me a framed picture i painted in nursery school that coordinated with the bedding i had for the baby’s room.

  49. My mom kept all sorts of awards, papers, etc. in a large tupperware container. She passed it down to me a couple of years ago and it was fun to see all that I had done over the years. I love the idea of this agenda to keep my children’s memories neat and organized!

  50. My parents held on to my school stuff but it was always tossed in a cardboard box or suitcase or plastic tote. Unfortunately, most of it was lost when my mom & dad’s house had a catastrophic fire. I’d love to have a book like this for my kids, to keep it all together and organized!

  51. My Nephew is in Pre-K and I would love to have one to put stuff in for his mother as a Graduation Gift for her in 13 Years…..

  52. Anne Benson Salmon on

    My mom kept a box of special artwork and projects and recently gave them all to me. My dad kept newspaper clippings from sports team results, spelling bee contests, and student of the month articles. He also had old sports team rosters complete with starting line-ups for softball, contact lists for players, and notes on when to schedule practices and games.

  53. Jennifer Roth Cowan on

    My dad has a massive binder of my accomplishments that goes all the way through college (sports & academic. My report cards are around here somewhere.

  54. Dana Skubon Natale on

    I grew up with a memory box or actually boxes. I think I have four total memory boxes filled with everything from my first day of school until I was a senior in high school.

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