Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Year Family Time Capsule

Tomorrow is Leap Day 2012!!! It's definitely a day worth celebrating since it only rolls around every four years!  So, besides leaping into a snow bank (since a big ol' blizzard is currently parked over SD) I've been racking my brain on how to celebrate this special occasion as a family. 

I've decided we are going to create a Leap Year Family Time Capsule!   I wrote up 29 questions and predictions that we are each (Rob, Josiah and I) going to answer or memorabilia we will need to gather.  Then, we'll compile all of our questionnaires and memorabilia together to create a Family Leap Year Time Capsule that we won't open until Leap Day 2016!  (Certainly the hardest part will be remembering where we put it in order to re-open it...ha ha :)

I've created a colored version and printer friendly version of the questions and predictions we will be making and answering.  Feel free to use these or adapt them to your family's needs...click here for the printer friendly version. 

At the end of the questionnaire I listed three things you'll need to do or gather to make your Family Leap Year Time Capsule complete--
1)  Take a picture of yourself and/or family on Leap Day 2012.
2)  Each member of the family should put some money, or a small toy, or a book, etc... in your family's time capsule that you think you might enjoy by Leap Day 2016. 
3)  Take a video of your neighborhood, house and/or surroundings.  Burn the video to a CD and included it in your Family Leap Year Time Capsule. 

We also will be celebrating Leap Day 2012 by: 
  • Going for a walk (either around our block four times or around the mall 2 times) in less than 29 minutes!
  • Capture photos of yourselves leaping (maybe include these in your Family Leap Year Time Capsule). 
  • Seeing how many different objects we can leap off of throughout the day (hopefully at least 29 of them!!)
  • Playing a game of Leap Frog. 
  • Going on a scavenger hunt to find four little surprises!  (Adaption suggestions:  Print out 29 little clip art frogs.  Or if you have a large family hide one frog and give each person four opportunities to find it). 
Whatever you do-- be intentional and have fun making memories on this special day that only comes around every four years! 

Happy Leap Year/Day 2012!

p.s. I would love to hear any other ideas or suggestions other families do! 

p.s.s. Happy Birthday Carson!!! (Yep, we really know a little boy who was born 8 years ago on Leap Day 2004!)  Speaking of such, that would be a great dinner time conversation starter to ask your kids how they would feel celebrating their true birthday once every four years? :)

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  1. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for the feedback! It was so kind of you to leave a note :)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas - for the last week I have been compiling a list of stuff to do and things to add to our time capsule and thanks to you I think I am finally done. I am looking forward to starting this Leap Year Tradition - just wish I'd done it before!

    1. I'm so glad I could help! It's such a great feeling when things finally pull together, huh? Happy Leap Year!

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea!!! Our family has completed a time capsule this year! What a great idea!

    1. Are you gonna add to your time capsule all year long? Thanks for the feedback!