42 Ways to Create Memories This Summer

See that tagline under The Mommy Genealogist? Creating, Finding and Handing Down Memories? Today we are going to talk about how you are going to CREATE memories this summer!

Summer was always a fun, carefree time for me growing up and I can’t wait to create memories and traditions with my children this summer!

We started our summer off this week because preschool ended last week. (I’m sad to think this was my last year with them all at home.) On Friday, I sat them all down and we made a summer bucket list! It was fun to hear their ideas. Along with activities we also wrote down who we wanted to hang out with this summer.

Here is a list of ideas to get you thinking (As we do things on this list I’ll try to post and link back here):

Painted rock hunting                                Geocaching

Hiking (We have a whole list)                 Zoo

Get our faces painted                                Library (summer reading program)

RZR ride                                                      Swim lessons

Splash pad                                                  Parks (We have a group that does this)

Picnic                                                           Camping

Gardening                                                   Berry picking

T-Ball                                                           Baseball

Sand dunes (We have some local)         State Parks

Build a fort (Outside)                               National Parks

Bunny Hunting (????)                              Farmers Markets

Sprinklers                                                    $ PTO Movies

Ice cream cones                                         Make ice cream (Bag or machine)

Roll down a hill                                          Play with ice

Drive in movies                                          Kids cook and bake

Airplane Museum                                     Carousel

Kids Museum                                             Road Trip

Fishing                                                        Climb a tree

Ride bikes                                                   Play yard games

Scavenger hunts                                        Obstacle courses

Chalk drawings                                          Squirt guns

This was our list (with a few more details, like where we are going to go hike and what state parks). Hopefully, it sparks a list of your own!

We’ve already had 3 fun filled days and can’t wait to see what we do today. The plan is to do all the housework in the morning, eat lunch, then do an activity. If housework doesn’t get done we don’t get to do an activity.

Creating that memory: Make sure you document your adventures this summer! Large and small. You can create a hashtag (#mechamsdosummer2017), create an Instagram account just for your adventures, take pictures, keep a summer journal (Let the kids draw or write what they did), etc. Your adventures can’t become memories if you don’t document them!

What are you planning to do this summer? Share your ideas and plans in the comments!

Mothers: Our Memory Keepers

How can the Mommy Genealogist let Mother’s day come without a post on moms? 🙂

As I thought about the theme for the Family History for Children Blog link up this month I couldn’t help but think about the women in my life and how they have been memory keepers for me.

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Honor your parents #LIGHTtheWORLD

Are you participating in the LDS church’s #LIGHTtheWORLD challenge this month? (If you want to learn more check out Mormon.org)

Day two is Jesus honored his parents, and you can too…


What a better way to honor your parents’ then learning about an ancestor!

So today go check out familysearch.org, click on the memory tab and find a great story about an ancestor! Bonus: give your mom or dad a call and share that story. I think they’ll be touched you took the time to learn about their family!


Call you parents and ask them their favorite story about their parents! Make sure you write it down, maybe even add it to familysearch.org.


Record your parents talking about their childhood. Come up with questions beforehand. It’s hard to just start talking about yourself. Make sure you share this with family!


Write down something you learned from your parents. Make sure you include an example! I recently wrote about working with my dad for a school assignment (I’m going back to college), I plan on expanding on that assignment and adding it to my life history.

What did you choice to honor your parents? What did you learn about your family?

Things you can do in 20 mins- Leaves on Ancestry

Got 20 minutes in between diaper changes, play dates, or grocery store runs? Perfect! I know just what you can do!

Check out leaves on Ancestry!

Ancestry Leaves
What’s a leaf??? It’s when Ancestry has done some research work for you! Yes, Ancestry is saving you time by searching indexed documents for names in your tree.

To take advantage of this great service, log into Ancestry and look for the leaf logo at the top of your page or go to your tree (yes for this to work you must have a tree uploaded).


In 20 mins you may be able to do 1 leaf or 5 leaves or 10. It just depends on how interesting they are or unique or what you learn. If you need to set a timer go for it. That’s what I do so family history doesn’t become my time sucker of the day. Once my timer goes off I log off and I’m on to the next task.

The leaf can be another tree, a birth certificate, a census record or really anything Ancestry has in their indexed database. Once you have clicked on the leaf you see a summary of the leaf. You may see more than one record, this is great! It just means there is more than one record that matched your ancestor.

You can choose to review or ignore the record.

Please make sure it is your ancestor before you say it is them! After you have made sure the record is talking about your ancestor, you can save the information you learned from this record to your tree by comparing what you have in your tree to what the record says.

Review record on Ancestry

If your toddler hits ignore (because I’d never do that on accident 😉 haha) never fear there’s an ignore list that you can go to so you can undo it.

ignore leaves

See how you COULD do a bunch of leaves in 20 mins or you COULD only do one leaf? Or you COULD look at leaves ALL DAY? Seriously use the timer tip above, you don’t want to feel guilty or get burned out.

How many leaves did you do today? Did you set a timer? Let me know below!

Home Videos, remember those?

Over the weekend we watched some home videos at my parent’s house.

Man, I was annoying.

But it got me thinking…. I have all these videos on my cell phone and on my computer, what am I doing with them??? So I decided to get them off my devices and get them on a DVD!

Today I took 30 minutes, pulled all my videos out of my picture folders and put them in their own folders.Organize your videos

I can’t wait to see the look on my boys’ faces when they see themselves on the TV!

TIP: Don’t watch the videos! You’ll get stuck for HOURS watching them. Just put them in the right folder. This way you can finish a project. As mom’s I feel like we don’t get to finish our projects, so cross “Organize videos” off your list in 5-30 minutes.

Why don’t you take 5-30 mins to organize your videos today!? Or send them from your phone to the computer. Let me know how it goes!