We spent New Years Eve this year camped in our yard with close friends. We set up tents, had a bon fire, roasted s'mores. The next day we all piled onto our little golf cart to head down to the creek for a little fishing. It was a great memory with my littles and their friends. These are buddies that they hang with on a very often basis, but with my oldest being only 5 I know his memory of these times is fleeting. Think back to when you were little, just how far back can you remember?
Our lives are full of change. It ebbs and flows with peaks and valleys. The days can be long, but the years are so short and many of us look for ways to hold on to those moments. You want something to look through in the years to come that will immediately bring you back to that moment. To remember the sounds, the smiles, the giggles, and the tears. What your life was like before you had kids, when you were still in college, your senior year in high school, getting your own kids through high school sports, your retirement years, all the seasons of your life.
My mom and dad before a life with kidsThis is one of the only pictures I have of my mom and dad before kids.
Here are some great ideas to document the seasons of your life and a few cool freebies! I know this can be daunting, and if you are like me you think, why start now, but why not? Sure I only have a few pictures of my life pre kids, but I sure wish I had more images to share with my children who I was before they invaded my life. Above is an image of my parents, pre kids, pre life that caused big changes. It is the only picture I have of my mom with 2 legs before her accident, and it means the world to me.
I have a few images of my first kid, they aren’t the pretty pictures I have now, but again, who cares! I have pictures of our life when it was only three people in our house. OH I have a baby book, somewhere I think, with a page or two filled out, but this shouldn’t stop us from starting a new book now. Now I have enough pictures to fill 10 shoe boxes. I have albums and big prints on the wall, I have memories frozen in time. I didn’t always have this, but I am so glad I started this now. It’s never too late!
Bucket warsPreserving real life one photograph at a time as a family and children photographer
Real life driven pictures are like a song, telling a story, transporting you into the past.
I know you take lots of pictures (ok, maybe I take lots of pictures). Your iphone is so full there isn’t even room to have the Instagram app. You have pictures of your kid’s artwork, the dog licking ice cream off your son’s face and that selfie of your sleeping baby on your chest. This collection of photos adds up to your memories.
Day 59 of my 365 personal photo a day projectI love capturing the details like dirty feet and dirty windows
Have you ever read back over that diary from junior high? The one with the gushiness (yes this is a real word) in it about the love of your life, your first kiss, or how unfair your life was (if we only knew then what we know now). I was never much of a writer, I would get about three days in a bail, but that’s the great thing about journals, you don’t have to write in it every day or once a week or any set schedule.
Using Social Media to Preserve MemoriesWays to use and print social media to preserve memories
To me this marries journaling with photography in an easy way! Do you love the “On this day” notification to be able to look back through your memories for the past 8 years? I get so excited when I see it pop up, it’s like visiting old friends every day. I also know how often you are posting to Facebook or Instagram. Your new ring finger bling, the honey moon trip to Mexico, the baby announcement, the baby’s first steps, all of these things you record on social media. If you are like me, you post a lot (sometimes too much) and I love making sure all those moments don’t go the way of myspace (please tell me you get this reference and I’m not dating myself!) Here are some great options for getting those things off your computer and into your hands. They all will print not only the image, but the caption, date, location and even the comments, cause we all want to remember what Uncle Joe had to say.....
Get in the picture moms and dads Make sure you are not only preserving your memories but that you are in them
What other creative ideas have you come up with for preserving your memories? Feel free to tell me, Share it up!!! :)
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