One of the best ways I know to remember certain phases, ages, and stages is by periodically doing full day Story of a Day session with my own family. There's nothing like revisiting a day in my life from morning till night to immediately trigger memories - of tantrums, milestones, emerging independence, favorite toys, and beloved rituals. These are the things that are envelope us when we are living it, but then quickly fade into one big generalization of life at that time.
Here is a day in our life: May 11th, 2016. Breakfast, museum trip with friends, spaghetti for dinner, playing outside, then a little Hokey Pokey before bed.
Real life is beautiful!