You’re probably thinking what? What the heck is she talking about. Hear me out though. After enough moves, bases start to run together. You forget what your house looked like and what all you did there. Or maybe you’re like me and you don’t forget, but your kids want to know where they lived when they were born or about a place we talk about a lot. You get my drift. I’ve tried to preserve memories from each place so I can easily whip them out and show the kids. Here’s a few ideas for doing the same.
I swear by them. I currently have nine (I just counted) that range from our wedding pictures to one full of pictures of the kids in Japanese kaohame (those things you stick your head in for photo opps). I’ve made books for each duty station full of things we did that are specific to there. They love to look through them. If you don’t want to mess with making them, look into Chatbooks or a similar service. They’ll send you a new photobook every time you upload 60 new pics to Instagram or Facebook. You can get your first book free with code RofaMW123.
Have family pictures taken at each duty station. Try to have them taken somewhere that will remind you of the area and not just a generic place. We haven’t done this everywhere, but we had pictures taken at Toguchi Beach in Okinawa and in Old Town Temecula. It’s on my mental to do list to have pictures taken here at some point this year.
Try taking an annual picture in front of your current house and continue doing this at each duty station and house. It will be fun to look back and see how everyone and each location changed.
A lot of people have the Home is Where The Military Sends You signs and I do too somewhere. There are tons of other ways to incorporate previous houses and duty stations in your decor. My bloggy friend Laura make cute little framed pictures using their previous address and house key. How cute would a few of these be in a gallery wall?
Another fun thing is to have a map printed for each place you live. GrafoMap can make a map of anyplace in the world. They’ve got a few options for colors and design and it allows you to play with it and see exactly how it will look. I ordered one similar to this, but of my hometown, when they so graciously offered to send me one and I love it! I just need to get a frame and get it on the wall.
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