Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Month Of Birthdays

 Papa dancing with Princess Yakyak in 2006 - what an adorable memory!

March is the big birthday month in my family and my husband's family, give or take a week or so.  From late February through early April, we have - let me count on my fingers for a moment - ten birthdays.  No, excuse me, eleven.  One week has four birthdays - this week.  I've got all the gifts covered and given now, I think - just one to make, and one to send this week.  Today's project:  a photo album of my kids for my mother.

 Our son receiving an award for his entry in the Pinewood Derby race
(it's the last car on the right in this photo) in early 2009.

Digital cameras are wonderful.  I love how I can take dozens of pictures, and only keep the handful that turn out well.  I have literally thousands of pictures on my computer, and that's AFTER deleting a huge number of them earlier this month.  The downside to having all these digital images is that I rarely, if ever, print them out.  They're all disembodied bits in my computer, and while I've shared some images with family, I can't remember the last time I actually printed out photos or put them in an album.  So, to make up for about 5 years of not sharing many photos with my parents,  I'm making my Mom a photo album of the kids for her birthday, which we're celebrating this weekend.

 Safety Guy on his bike, without training wheels, 2006.

I got lucky.  Really lucky.  I went to Rite Aid and managed to hit a sale and a coupon.  I got 171 photos printed out for less than $20.  That's about $.11/picture.  Score!  Now I need to sort them into roughly chronological order, put them in the pretty album I found at Target, and label them (the album has space for notes).  I hope Mom enjoys the pictures.  Looking back over them, and choosing the ones to print out (I had almost 450 on the disc), I can really see that a lot has happened in the past 5 years.  Whoa, have the kids grown!  Good memories, too.

 Halloween 2008 - the Jedi Knight and the Fairy Princess.

I guess the upshot of this is that I need to make some albums for my own family now.  I'll try to hit another sale later this year for the prints, and put some thought into the project.  I've never scrap booked, and I don't really want to go about using the photos that way.  But I do really like that more regular photo albums are including space for notes or comments beside the picture slots.  I think I'll go that route.  Digital photos on a disc or computer are cool, but nothing really replaces a good old-fashioned photo album for people to gather around, flip pages, and reminisce.

Safety Guy at one of his favorite places on earth - 
the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA, in March of 2007.