Monday, May 03, 2010

Documenting

No, this isn't like my documentation posts of 2008!

I'm wondering what others do to document the lives of their children and family. I read a lot of blogs, so of course that is one way that I do help document. But, this blog isn't all about Maddy and Libby so while it will serve as a way for me to remember the daily happenings, it will also include a mix of running, the dogs, and whatever nonsense was on my mind that particular day.

I do have a baby book for each of my daughters and a slew of photos, but most are still on the computer, besides a few small photo albums. I keep a notebook on my nightstand that I try to write in every few days, or every few weeks with updates, funny stories, or new developments. I also started a blog just for them, but I realized that it's been over a year since I've updated it.

I'm not a scrapbooker, so I don't really think I'll get started on a new hobby.

I am considering doing photo books for each year of their life so I can include photos and some text to capture the highlights. I just don't want to look back in 5 years and realize that I can't remember when they crawled, or when they cut their 1st tooth, or that I can't find my favorite photos of them when they were two months old. As any Mom knows, it's hard enough to remember the happenings of one child, but when you throw two into the mix, it's easy to get the specifics confused.

Any good recommendations on websites for photo books, or any other neat services out there that you are using? Any other neat ways that you document?

4 comments:

Natalie said...

Even as a scrapbooker, you get behind. As of right now, I'm still sometime in last summer. And that's not counting the kids' school books I haven't been working on.

Even if you don't wanna do the whole scrapbook thing, you can get photo album like scrapbooks so you can do a mixture of the pages. Some can be pages with writing while others be strictly filled with photos.

Most photo printing sites offer photo books. I know Sams, shutterfly, and snapfish do.

LauraC said...

Obviously I keep a detailed blog. Each year, I turn the blog into a book via Lulu.com, so that is why I go a little picture crazy.

I also print my pictures every month and back them up to an external hard drive and make disc copies. I have heard of too many people losing all their pictures from a hard drive failure. Working in IT helps with the crazy multiple backups thing.

I did 18 months of chair photos with the boys and turned that into a book via MyPublisher. Loved the quality of the book and it is fun to look through.

I also did first year photo books for each boy. One of them by themselves and one of them with their twin.

After the first two years, the milestones are farther apart so the need to document is not quite as great!

NatalieDeltaGam said...

i made all the grandparents and great-grandparents a book with pics from mm's first year in it (and us one too). it had 64 pages--oops!
i used snapfish and totally designed my own--from the cover to all the picture placement. they can do it for you or you can do it yourself. plus sometimes they're buy one-get one free. and since they were like $35, that was a pretty good deal!

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