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August 1, 2010

Photographs and Memories

From the first time I got to see the girls, I was snapping pictures. I remember my husband being concerned that the flash was bothering the babies. I told him they needed to get used to it, as it would be a big part of their daily lives. And I have been true to my word. Thank goodness for digital media, as I would have had to take out a second mortgage months ago to finance 35mm film!

When I came home from the hospital, I started an informal electronic journal, which I still maintain. Sometimes I write in it every day…something cute the girls did, a milestone hit, some particularly sweet sentiment that came to mind…and then I might go a week or so without writing anything before I pick it back up. I’m so thankful I’ve kept this up, as it’s already such a treasure to go back and read through it from time to time.

Within a month of the girls’ birth, I set up a picture share site via Shutterfly. I post pictures, with a few brief notes, once a month. It’s really no extra work for me, as I already upload my pictures monthly to Shutterfly to print.

And once a quarter, I create a photo book from my Shutterfly pictures. To date I have six books, and they’re great coffee table fodder. (Or they would be great coffee table fodder, if we didn’t have our coffee table in a random room, so the girls won’t poke their eyes out on the corners…)

But then I decided I wanted to be able to share certain pictures and stories closer to “real time”, so I started my blog when the girls were a year old.

Oh, and I scrapbook. (I’m so behind on my scrapbooks that I feel a little guilty using present tense, but between all my photos, my notes, and my blog…and all the paper and embellishments that I continue to buy…I’m sure it will be a snap to catch up on…


· 250 pictures taken a month, on average
· 100 pictures printed a month, on average
· Picture albums to hold said photos
· Electronic journal
· Binder to hold said journal
· Online photo share site
· Photo books, printed quarterly
· Blog
· Scrapbooks
· Baby books (which I haven’t really even started…gulp!)

...well, I’m feeling a little out of control, like I need to hire a part-time nanny so I can concentrate on cataloguing my photographs and memories...

...but on the other hand, I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough, as I have only one set of scrapbooks, for example. I have a friend who maintains a scrapbook for each of her three girls…now that is an entirely different level of commitment!

I sometimes think about trying to condense some of the things I do, but I just don’t want to miss a thing.

I figure as long as my picture taking, journal writing, blog posting, and scrapbook gluing doesn’t take any time away from my girls, then it’s worth the effort. I affectionately refer to it as “second shift” at our house…or sometimes "third", depending on the actual chores that have to be done.


Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

I'm so impressed that you are able to keep up with printing monthly photos. That is my hardest thing to remember to do. I haven't done it since my oldest was about one...he will be three in I have a lot of catching up. I randomly print pictures when I need some for frames or whatnot...but I am bad about printing hard copies to save. I also like the idea of doing a quarterly photo book...I was wanting to do monthly...but quarterly sounds easier and less expensive as well!

Christina said...

See, I have my books, but I'm so bad about printing them and framing them! I need to do that!

Safire said...

Hehe...second shift...

Lani said...

sounds like you are doing a great job of keeping your memories preserved:) That is a great gift for your entire family:)

April said...

wow. i'm impressed :) i haven't printed a single picture, lol. but we did spend way too much on newborn pictures!

i'm hoping to create a album of their first year soon!

Andrea said...

Wow! That's great. You should be proud. I haven't printed a picture in about a year, so I am not proud of that. Good luck on the baby books! I think I only finished the first page in only one of them. I am horrible! :(

reanbean said...

Wow! I'm also very impressed. I have very few printed pictures, and only one photo book I made using Shutterfly for 0-6 months. The book got so big and so expensive that I never purchased another one (although, I did make one for 6-12 months). I'm better at posting photos monthly on a blog I have for long distance family and friends, but I need to get better about printing them out.

MultipleMum said...

Great ideas Mandy. I am terrible at this stuff (surprised?) but my sister does a great "Year Book". Just the best of the best, month by month. I mean to start doing it to, but I haven't yet. Just another option for you!