family measuring stick
As a child, my room was always very well … “decorated.” *clearing throat*
If you know anything about my personal style, I am such a fan of clean + organized. I also appreciate creativity and I’ve always been inclined to infuse that in my space. But as a child, I was far more about the creativity and less about the clean + organized. ; )
This picture is a corner of my childhood bedroom (I have no memories of any other bedroom). You can see a hint of the awesome wood panel walls, but for the most part, they were covered with things I loved. The big map was dotted with special people & places I loved and/or visited. Inspirational posters geared toward youth covered much of my walls. And if you look really closely … you’ll see that even my door frame was covered with something – a bunch of writing.
My bedroom door frame was the designated family measuring stick. I’m not exactly sure how it even started, but for years, my brothers and I (and an occasional friend) would put our back to the door frame and mark our height. And that door frame in my childhood home in Maryland remains really marked up to this day.
Fast forward to now. I have a family of my own. Our three children are 11, 8, and 5 and growing, growing, growing (something I never want to take for granted). Through the years, I’ve continued to appreciate the idea of a family measuring stick, but it was only this past year that I actually GOT one. I fell in love with this one from the PopPop Shop. More on that in a minute.
But first, I wanted to walk you through how I “caught” up on 11 years of NOT doing this. Know what I mean? I haven’t had a wall or a door frame or a cute life-size ruler that I’ve been marking all these years, but I knew I could catch up. How? I went through the kids’ scrapbooks, one by one. I had made notations about their heights, particularly on their birthdays. I found a few other notes and wrote down every measurement at every age I could find.
Inevitably, there were some gaps. So I turned to the kids’ pediatrician’s office. I simply requested that I get the growth chart records that they each had in their files. That’s it. I knew they had this information in their medical charts and that’s all I needed to find out their measurements through the years.
I then put pen to
paper wood. One by one, I would find the measurement / height, then write the child’s name and date. I then realized it made more sense to write their AGE and the date could be smaller / underneath … so I switched how I did that. The perfectionist side of me was cringing. But the more practical “get over it” side of me was like, Hey – that’s all right. It’s all good. Carry on.
Okay – I said I’d come back to this handmade wooden growth chart. It’s so cool, right? I knew I would love it. The style is fantastic, the quality is impeccable, and it’s handmade. So what’s not to love? But I love it for another reason, too. It’s made by the PopPop Shop, which is Emily Ley’s dad.
Emily Ley is one of our Project Life® designers and she has become our friend through working together to bring you the Strawberry Edition of Project Life. Emily completely adores her parents, which is pretty apparent in her social media sharing. I have a deep adoration for my parents, too, and I think buying a product that her dad made just feels really special to me – but I’m not exactly sure how to articulate why. It just does.
So up on the wall it went! Our family measuring stick found a home. I placed it in a busy little corner of our home, just inside the garage door where it opens up to the family room.
I loaded in all the information I have for each of the kids and I will continue to add any other information I find. And, of course, we will be adding measurements through the years. The nice thing is – if and when we one day no longer live in this house, the family measuring stick comes with us.
PS – The yellow cabinet is something we got several years ago at either Razmataz or Potato Barn here in Arizona (I can’t remember which one exactly). I imagine that question will come up. ; )
This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.