Thursday, August 20, 2009

Our Time Capsule...


Yesterday we created our time capsule...

We had decided on Tuesday that it would be fun to take advantage of the open studs in our dining room (thanks to the renovation we are working on) and put together a package that we could leave behind for the future!

The boys loved the idea that someone, someday would be able to see what we were leaving for them in the wall! It was pretty cute to see their excitement once they understood why we were doing it.

At first, we were really unsure exactly what to put in it. So naturally, I googled "what to put in a time capsule" and the worldwide web did not disappoint.

Here is what we came up with:

Today's headlines, printed straight from the computer screen...




A Matchbox truck and some relevant magazines...

well, relevant to me, anyway!




Facts from the day, such as:

the temperature

the price of a barrel of gas

where the Dow sat

and where Alaska Airlines stock sat



Of course, we had to include a very significant toy for us, an Alaska Airlines toy plane...

(as you can see, it has been played with a lot!)


The boys put in one of their Kids Bop CD's that they had received in a Happy Meal...

and a grocery receipt from the day before showing just how expensive food really is!


And our family photo, taken minutes before in the mid-construction room...




We sealed up the envelope and placed it between the studs...


We then sealed up the wall...


...and there our time capsule will sit - just waiting for someone in the future to find it!


I'm so glad that we took the time to make it. It was fun to do with the kids and it's exciting to wonder if anyone will ever find it!

We got quite a bit accomplished in the dining room yesterday. I'll post our progress soon!

It's coming along!





P.S. We made sure the boys understood that the time capsule was for someone in the future - not for them! They wanted to know when in the future so we said about "200 years". That way they know it's sometime far, far from now. So for those of you who were worried that they may try to tear down the drywall to get back their things (myself included), no need to worry. The boys get it! Thanks for you concern though! And thanks for looking out for my walls!

13 comments:

Pam @ This Humble House said...

What a fantastic idea! I love your choices and the idea of including the family photo, too!

Kendra said...

What a fantastic idea! Great job on the capsule! It's a fun snapshot of today. Do you think the kids will want to tear down the drywall to get to it?

Karla said...

Kendra - I had the same question in one of the comments yesterday and, yes, I could see our 5 year old trying to get his things back! But we had a good conversation with them about it yesterday, so I'm not worried. The boys know that these are gifts for the future. They're in awe of the idea! :)

~Karla

duchess said...

That's a great family project.
Can't wait to see the room when it's done.

Lori E said...

That sure would fun to find this in "200" years.

Rebekah said...

What a great idea! And how exciting for that family of the future who stumble upon it! Reminds me of that show on HGTV, "If Walls Could Talk." :)

Norma said...

fantastic...........but i hate never knowing who will find it and those circumstances

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Karla, I love it!! I wouldn't hve thought of the grocery receipt...that's great. :) It is really coming along in there!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

When I was a child we did the same thing behind the fire box in the fire place wall. It still sits in the walls of my old home and I think about it often!!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Your boys will always think about that time capsule. How fun. I have never the opportunity to something like that.

the haley family said...

What an incredible thing to do! I can't wait to do that with my family!

Just like Martha said...

You guys are doing a grewt DIY job - congrats - luv the time capsule idea as well we renovated many years ago and found pennies (now cents in Australia) neatly stacked we imagined for hours who put them there neatly in a pile - so good to teach the kids 'history' as well - can't wait to see the final result (bet you can't either - LOL)

L.Duncan said...

I thought about doing something similar. I thought we could do a time capsule in the backyard and let the boys put little trinkets in it and when they are older they can dig it up. My mom said that her and my uncle did that when they were younger and my grandparents reminded them of it after they graduated from high school!