Summer is a great time for making family memories. There are so many moments to remember whether it’s a vacation, wedding, graduation or some other special occasion. Sometimes there’s something special and unexpected that you want to document, like an impromptu gathering or art project. Whenever I see a show like Bringing Up Bates (airing Thursdays on UP), I can’t help but be a little jealous that they are so easily able to document their family’s moments that count. In the past few seasons, we’ve seen precious babies being born, graduations and all the fun details of Brandon and Michaella’s wedding. It was so special to be included in all their big moments, it really makes Gil and Kelly, and all the kids, feel like friends. But how do those of us without the aid of television cameras keep up with our busy families and busy summers? The Bates family may have an advantage with the television cameras but I also see them using some of my own tips for preserving their moments that count. With my five tips anyone can document and save precious summer memories.
Have your phone and camera nearby
Yes, you need both. Why? Because many times your memory card is full or one device is too low on a charge to take pictures. I’ve missed some great shots in the past and I’m determined to not repeat that habit. Just think how great it was that the Bates were even able to save these creative food art projects.
Ask others to take pictures for you
This includes asking for theme park employees or trading cameras with other nice families. We went to our favorite park to take some pictures when I was pregnant with Gideon and got some great pictures of me and some good selfies together, but thanks to a very kind woman jogging past we have this great picture.
I have loved having family and friends sign autograph albums since I was a little girl. I now have some very precious treasures. Some of my most special memories from summers come from the plays and musicals that I worked on. Now I can look back and read the sweet messages from dear friends.
Share your summer on social media
Some of my favorite things to see in my social my media newsfeed are pictures of children, trips and birthdays. I love to see how all the kids are growing and the fun things they do. Who doesn’t love seeing pictures from a birthday party? Many of our friends and family weren’t able to attend G’s first birthday party but thanks to Facebook they got to feel like they were a part of the celebration. With so many children and grandchildren, the Bringing Up Bates clan knows how to celebrate birthdays. Whether it’s Gil’s 50th or Bradley’s 1st birthday, they know to take pictures to share with friends and family.
Save your treasures for scrapbooking
In addition to saving big summer mementos like your graduation cap and gown or your wedding gown, save some bigger treasures for your scrapbooks. Sometimes saving a map or even a schedule with notes scribbled all over it will help you remember your special day in a very tangible way. I saved a heart made of Mickey glitter from our honeymoon. So save travel brochures, ticket stubs or cards. Even big greeting cards!
I hope that I’ll have a lot of fun and special memories with RJ and G this summer. And I can’t wait to see all the fun, romance and surprises that the 4th season of Bringing Up Bates will bring. I enjoy watching this family and this show so much because instead of just seeing a polished and perfected family, we get to experience in their highs and lows of their lives. Watching Bringing up Bates always makes me want to go make some memories with my family. I can’t wait to see what experience or tradition that they’ll be inspiring next. One thing is for sure both the Rothsteins (us) and the Bates like to make sure that they treasure the moments that count.
Check out this video from #BringingUpBates to see more fun!
What’s your favorite way to preserve memories? What will you be doing to record your memories this summer?
(This post was sponsored by UP, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. All images unless otherwise noted are from UP.)