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Monday, September 3, 2012

Family Scrapbook

I have been slowly working on a scrapbook on our family traditions, and now have an idea for another family scrapbook: Family Journal.  I have seen books for sale that have pages of journal prompt for your Mom, Grandmother, Dad, etc to answer, but they never have enough room to write, not to mention nice ones are expensive!  So I wondered if there were sites online that listed different jounraling prompts...and lo-and-behold there are. I spent a day or two copying and pasting into a document on my Kindle Fire the different questions I liked.  Some of them were too old for me (not old enough to have a reaction to the first man on the moon or Elvis dying).  I came up with the following list (not in chronological order):

What did your father do for an occupation?
Where were you on September 11, 2001? How did the events of that day impact your life?
What was a typical Sunday like when you were growing up?
What did your family do for vacations when you were growing up?
What is your favorite birthday memory?
How was Christmas celebrated when you were growing up?
What was your favorite subject in school?
Did you belong to any clubs in high school?
Where did you go to college? What years?
What was your first job?
Is there a Christmas or birthday present that really sticks out in your mind?
Who were you named for?
What was your favorite age or time period in your life?
What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?
What fads have you seen come and go? Did you participate?
Is there something you wished you had done, but didn't?
Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? How were you affected?
What person affected your life the most?
When and where were you married? Did you have a honeymoon?
How many aunts, unless and cousins do you have? Were they a part of your childhood years?
Was there a family member you were especially close to?
What is your proudest accomplishment?
How did you meet your spouse?
What places have you seen in the world?
Is there anywhere you would still like to visit?
Did you know your grandparents?
Did you have a best friend?
Did you have pets?
When did you learn to drive and what kind of car did you drive?
When did you get your first TV? What shows did you watch?
What was your favorite candy? Favorite meal?
Did you go to the movie theater? The drive-in? What types of movies did you like?
What was the first movie you saw? Is there a movie you would watch over and over again?
Was there a job or career you wanted at one time then didn't pursue?
Do you remember any special stories you grandparents told you?
Did you attend church regularly? What faith?
Were your parents very social? Did they dress up everyday or to entertain?
Did your mother and father have favorite sayings?
What did the home you grew up in look like?
What was the first home you purchased like?
Did you like growing up in a small town? Did you dream of moving away or did you want to be there forever?
Did your family eat in the kitchen or dining room? What did the table settings look like?
Was there much music in your home? If so, what kind do you remember?
Did you have a garden? Flower or vegetable?
Do you remember your childhood home having a particular scent?
Did you have a nickname? Do you have any nicknames now?
Did you collect anything as a child? Do you now?
Did you have chores as a child?
How did you and your siblings entertain yourselves as children?
Did you go to camp? What was it like?
What was your neighborhood like when you were a child?
Did you eat lunch at school? If so, what was it typically?
What did you do in the summer when there was no school?
What did you do the day you turned 21? 40?
What was the fanciest New Year's Eve party you ever attended?
What was your favorite song in high school?
Did you go to your high school prom or other dances?
What were the clothing trends/fashions when you were in high school? Did you wear them?
Did you do well in school? Did you ever skip school?
Where did you go to college? How important was it for you to go to college?
Where did you live while in college?
Were you in clubs or a fraternity/sorority in college?
What degree did you get in college? Did you use what you learned in the rest of your career?
Did you change significantly while you were in college?
Did you ever see a favorite performer in concert or at a show?
Did you have a favorite radio show? How did your family listen to radio shows?
What do you like to read? Do you have a favorite novel or author?
What type of art do you enjoy? Have you purchased? Have you created?
Who was your first love? Did you have any crushes on celebrities?
Do you have any bad habits?
What is your favorite season? What about it do you love?
Do you like time alone, or do you need to be with people?
Which President did you admire most in your lifetime?
Did you ever wish to live in a different time or era?
What have been some of the biggest changes in your lifetime?
How did you look as a child? As a young adult? Did you like your appearance?
Was there something you always wanted to change?
Did you ever have an accident?
Do you think you grew to be like your parents? In personality? In appearance?
Who have you lost in your life that you miss the most?
What advice would you pass on to grandchild?
What was your mother like?
What was your father like?
What was your childhood neighborhood/town like?
At what type of stores did your parents shop in your childhood?
What kind of games did you play growing up?
What was your favorite toy and why?
What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
How were holidays (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) celebrated in your family? Did your family have special traditions?
How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
Who was the oldest relative you remember as a child? What do you remember about them?
What do you know about your family surname?
Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?
Have any recipes been passed down to you from family members?
Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
What was it like when you proposed (or were proposed to)? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
Where and when did you get married?
What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
How would you describe your spouse? What do (did) you admire most about them?
What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
How did you find out your were going to be a parent for the first time?
Why did you choose your children's names?
What was your proudest moment as a parent?
What did your family enjoy doing together?
What was your profession and how did you choose it?
If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?
Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
When we found out we were pregnant with you, we were…
(As the mother) When I was pregnant with you I craved (or ate all the time)…
I knew I was in labor when…
The hospital trip was…
Why we named you…because…
Who came to see you at the hospital…
On the day you were born…
The day we took you home…
We started our own traditions of…

I informed the Hubby that he was going to be writing his responses to these questions as well.  I want our daughter to have both our experiences to read and enjoy as she gets older...before we forget some of them.  Since he would be doing this project with me, I drug him to Michaels today to look for scrapbook embellishments.  And yes, he honestly looked with me and helped make decisions.  We chose stickers for 9/11, Our Proposal, Our Wedding, and Our Daughter's Birth.

I plan to include photos that corollate to the events and questions.  I have also been doing Pintrest searches for scrapbooking layouts and ideas.  I have some ideas for using maps for one or two answers and my darling mother-dear is going to send me a map of my hometown to use.  I have asked on Freecycle for one of Maryland so hopefully I won't have to buy one.  I am excited to go through all the memorabilia that I have kept over the years to see what I can use in the scrapbook.  I am quite the packrat when it comes to anything sentimental.  

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