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Photographs: Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend we went to the Shenandoah Valley with our baby girl and fur girl, Victory, to visit the pumpkin patch!  It was our first time together visiting the pumpkin patch as a family of four!  The weather was beautiful!  Last year, Doug found a dog friendly pumpkin patch and animal farm, Hill High Farm, located in Virginia, for us to get this year’s pumpkin!  Doug is still figuring out what he is going to carve on our pumpkin for Halloween this year!  Additionally, we visited a nearby local farmers market that had all sorts of unique items!  We also took our baby girl and Victory to Zaxby’s in Winchester, Virginia!  Victory was in heaven!  We enjoyed our time together; and a few images from our trip are shown below.  We hope to return again!

Happy Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Month Snapshot: Alexandra

How is our baby Alex already three months old!  The time is going by so very quickly.  We are savoring each day and fleeting moment!  The theme for this month summed up in one word is groove.  Our days typically have a sequence of events that occur, which I think Alex likes!  She is sleeping in her nursery at night, and it is going well.  She usually sleeps through the night; and other times, she is still getting up once during the night to eat.  She is also growing, growing, and growing!  She has outgrown a lot of her clothing, that I continue to pack away to make room for her bigger clothes!  Baby Alex also loves play time and story time in the mornings, one of our favorite times together!  She also loves to play with her toys, especially her rings, with her Daddy!  She is always in a good mood in the mornings and she is always smiling up at me when I greet her in the morning.  It melts my heart.  Now, Victory joins us every day for play time; story time; and for every feeding in the nursery!  (Previously, Victory was a little nervous to enter the nursery, but that no longer holds true!)  It is really wonderful!  Victory is the most active ever since adopting her as she is always attentive to her ‘little sister!’  We now refer to Victory as ‘Mamma Victory,’ since she is so attentive, attuned, nurturing, and loving to our precious baby Alex.  She loves licking Alex each day — it is really quite adorable!  Baby Alex is ‘talking’ and becoming more vocal each day, which has been really fun to witness!  We are excited to see her little personality continue to develop!

Everyone is adjusting pretty well and we have a groove to most of our days together.

A few highlights from Alex’s third month include:

-she is sleeping!  We are tired some days, but we are doing pretty well.

-she is sitting up in her Bumbo seat while holding her head high!

-she rolled over for the first time during this month!

-she loves tummy time and she loves holding her head high while on her tummy — she seems pretty determined, and we think she might be a ‘mobile baby’ soon!

-she sometimes sucks her thumb, but still loves her paci!

-she is very interactive — she smiles at us a lot, which is really lovely!

-she recognizes Victory and has felt her fur and head with her hand a few times.  (We can’t wait for her to fully understand who Victory is!)

-she loves play time and story time — she loves to be read to!

-she loves her new toys that her Daddy picked out recently from the Manhattan Toy Company, which we love!  (She has a super strong grip with both of her hands!)

-she still loves her swing, and she takes at least one nap in it daily, typically!

-she had a few more ‘blow outs’ this month that necessitated an immediate bath!

-she still does not love bath time — she tolerates it at best!

-she loves to go on walks in her Ergo!  We try to get out most days for a walk together, which has been really nice!

-she is even doing FaceTime now with her grandma and grandpa!

 

A few highlights I would like to remember:

-greeting Alex in her nursery in the mornings!

-loving her smell and her velvety smooth skin!  I wish I could bottle that lovely smell up and keep it forever!

-enjoying our morning time consisting of: play time and story tine together, a time when baby Alex is very animated and she is generally in a really good mood, and now Victory joins us, which makes it even better!

-enjoying nursing Alex, especially in the mornings and evenings, as it is one of my favorite times of day with her!

-hearing her little ‘baby talk;’ ‘cooing;’ and ‘chuckles!’  She is becoming more vocal each day!

-admiring her eyes — they are the prettiest blue eyes I have ever seen — I know that I am partial!

-enjoying the beautiful morning light in Alex’s nursery each morning!

-knowing how much our little Victory loves her ‘little sister!’

-watching Alex play with her toys with her Daddy!

-knowing on the days that I feel totally exhausted, that I will someday really miss these early days, and I need to remind myself, at times of this fact.

-enjoying taking our girls to the Eastern Shore for crabs!

-looking forward to taking our girls to the pumpkin patch this weekend, weather permitting!

-enjoying dressing up our girls for Halloween — they are simply adorable together in their costumes — more to come!

-enjoying seeing Alex FaceTime with her Grandma and Grandpa!

-constantly asking myself what will I miss about this time of my life when it’s all gone?  This question keeps everything in perspective.

-most of all, we are cherishing getting to be Alex’s parents!

Doug and I are very grateful for our little girl and our little family!  We feel so fortunate.  We look forward to seeing Alex’s little personality continue to develop and unfold.  Below are a few images: Alex’s monthly portrait; Alex and Victory’s monthly portrait; followed by photos of Alex throughout this month; and some iphone images, of our precious girl along with some images of Alex and Victory during her third month with us!  You can read our birth story along with viewing images from Alex’s birth here; you can read Alex’s first month snapshot here; and her second month snapshot here.

 

 

 

 

See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!

 

 

See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few images from Victory’s Birthday!

 

 

 

A few iphone images from this month!

Victory: A Birthday Celebration — 7 years!

This past Friday, October 12, marked five years since we adopted our sweet dear little Victory!  (The time is going by too quickly!)  We decided to make October 12 Victory’s birthday — the day we went to Michigan and adopted our sweet fur girl.

As such, on October 12, we celebrated Victory’s birthday marking her fifth year with us since her adoption!  This year, for Victory’s birthday, we did a pastel theme!  (As shown below, last year, we did a gold and champagne theme; two years ago we did a light pink and gold themed birthday; three years ago we did a pink themed birthday and four years ago, we did rainbow themed birthday for Victory!)  We purchased some fun pastel decorations, party hats, confetti, and a new pink sweater for Victory, a tradition, in honor of her birthday!   Victory also enjoyed a smoked beef tenderloin that her daddy made for her on the big green egg!  Victory looked absolutely adorable and beautiful on her birthday, as always, shown below!  This birthday was a little different in that Victory celebrated with her sidekick, Baby Alex!  She had a fun birthday and she enjoyed being over fed!  We are the lucky ones to share our lives with this wonderful, loyal, and loving being.  Victory has also embraced her new role as ‘big sister’ and ‘Mamma Victory!’  She is so attuned to her little sister and loves to lick Baby Alex and show her loads of love and affection.  It melts our hearts!  Victory keeps busy checking in on her little sister along with joining us each morning for play time and story time, in addition to all feedings!  We are so grateful for this special bond of our ‘children!’

For Victory’s birthday, we gave her a new: water dish (to use in my office) from one of her daddy’s favorite stores; a pink sweater; and a gift card from her Grandma and Grandpa Carver!

(All birthday decorations are via Oh Happy Day and Sweet Lulu.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A look back at Victory’s birthday time over the years…

 

 

If you are considering getting a dog, I hope that you consider adopting a rescue dog.  There are so many dogs in need of a good, loving home.  As shown below, Victory, a rescue, has changed so much physically and emotionally over the years since we adopted her, pictured on the left (image from Victory’s foster mom via the Michigan Sheltie Rescue).  You really can save a dog’s life, while simultaneously enriching your own life/lives.

 

Ten Years In

10 years of marriage.  14 years together.  You are my favorite human being and soul mate.  You never let me walk through anything alone; and life without you would be totally unfathomable.  I admire your character, patience, sense of humor, and your kindness that you show to everyone.  Most of all, you are my very best friend.  You are the greatest gift of my life, and each day spent with you is truly a gift.  I look forward to many, many more years together, knowing that we can get through anything together.  Each year gets better with you always by my side through everything.  This has been an exceptional year filled with many changes with our expanding little family, a positively wonderful gift!  I have truly enjoyed seeing you become an incredible dad to our cherubs!  You are the best part of who I have become!  Happy tenth anniversary, my love!

 

#FindYourFido: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

It is the #FindYourFido Adopt a Shelter Dog Month via the ASPCA!  Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter the U.S. shelters each year.  Anyone who has been reading this blog, for any length of time, knows that dog rescue is near and dear to our hearts.  Victory is a rescue and Biscuit was a rescue.  So, when the ASPCA asked if we could share in this campaign, we were happy to participate and help spread the word about this important topic.

How can you get involved?  The public can get involved by visiting here and by using the hashtag, #FindYourFido, to promote shelter dogs, and searching for local adoptable dogs across the country.  Please consider adopting a dog who needs a forever home.  I can attest that you will not only change the life of a dog forever, but your life will also, simultaneously, be forever changed in an extremely positive way that you cannot even imagine!  Biscuit and Victory have changed our lives for the better forever!  We cannot imagine life any other way!  A few images of the transformation of our precious Biscuit and Victory are shown below!

 

 

 

 

The extraordinary transformation of our rescue dogs, Biscuit and Victory, are shown immediately below!

 

Biscuit and Victory are integral family members!

 

Victory is recently now a “big sister” and she is my “co-mamma!”  She has grown so much and loves taking care of her baby Alex!  You can watch a very short video of Victory taking care of her sister, baby Alex, here!

Are You in the Photos?

Prior to having baby Alex, I was the person always taking the photos, and while I appeared in some images, I did not appear in too many overall.  Now, having a baby, I want to have some images where Doug and I are photographed with our baby girl!  A few times in the past two weeks, we took a look at the weather and then did some impromptu photo shoots together.  (I just made sure to dry my hair, which is a treat these days!)  It is easy and it does not require much time or planning!  We hope to take advantage of the weather through the fall and take some more photos together, as our baby Alex is not going to be small for too long, and we want to be able to capture this time with her in our arms, to hold onto forever!

I even think when we are out and about, we will start asking people, even strangers, to take photos of us with Alex and Victory.  I want to have Doug and I represented more in our camera roll!

I still do impromptu photo shoot with Victory and baby Alex, a few of those recent images appear below, too!  I try to always keep my camera on hand, especially when I think, “I want to remember this moment!”  It is always fun to capture the everyday, the moments we are most likely to remember versus only capturing the “big” events and milestones.  Play time in the mornings is a favorite for baby Alex and Victory, who is now fully integrated with her sister!  Victory joins play time and story time each morning and Victory licks baby Alex literally from head to toe, including every fold and roll!  It is adorable and I think Victory knows that she is a ‘big sister’ or a ‘co-mamma!’  It has been really wonderful to witness Victory’s love for her sister!  Baby Alex is aware of Victory, but she has not yet fully ‘discovered’ Victory — we can’t wait until this happens!

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Our Fur Girl, Victory!

I thought that I would provide an update on our fur girl, Victory!  Victory is now officially a ‘big sister!’  It is very difficult to believe, at times!  We are so grateful!  We are all doing better overall with more rest, and a little time together under our belts!  We have been giving Victory lots of love and reassurance!  The first month was a major adjustment period for all of us, including our fur girl, Victory!  (We are still adjusting; but our new normal feels more normal!)  I wrote this post to help prepare other similarly situated dogs welcoming a human sibling!  Victory, along with us, is doing pretty well.  In addition to the items/ideas contained in that post, we have been doing the following, below, to help Victory during this big transition.

We have transitioned baby Alex into her nursery in her Dock-A-Tot, which has been helpful for all, especially Victory — baby Alex is a noisy sleeper, often times at night!  Victory now has Doug and I to herself in our bed, the way it had always been, which she loves along with her tuck-ins at night — a favorite time and ritual with her, which Victory loves!  Before bed we have been staying up a little later with just Victory to give her some time by herself after putting baby Alex to bed.  This has really helped Victory.

Our house now has just the four of us, which is the way Victory likes it — she prefers not to have visitors!  This has helped Victory as well!  We are now able to consistently implement her morning routine, which she likes, which consists of the following: potty; back to bed to rest; potty again; breakfast; teeth brushing; and then she goes up to my office and waits for me, just the way she likes it and she rests for the remainder of the day with more potty trots!  She is now giving me my morning ‘feet washing,’ while I sit at my desk, the way she always used to do prior to baby Alex!

We have been taking Victory on outings with us, which she loves, even though the weather has been extremely hot and humid along with a lot of rain recently!  We have been going out for ice cream and a few dinners together, which have all gone well!  This has definitely helped her morale, immensely!  (We are looking forward to the fall, which has officially arrived, filled with cooler temperatures and fun outings planned with our girls!)

When I feed baby Alex, I have started to give Victory some treats to keep her feel included, which she likes!  Victory even licks baby Alex’s little feet and legs — it is quite adorable!

When we read to baby Alex, we include Victory in story time, and she seems to enjoy it!  Victory is even coming into the nursery on her own more often now!

During the day, I make sure I talk to Victory and tell her that we love her and that she is doing a great job, and her little sister is going to absolutely adore her when she gets a little older and discovers our fur girl!

We are making progress on this front and we are doing our best to keep things as normal as possible for Victory; somedays are easier than others!  Overall, Victory is doing quite well and she has been a great ‘big sister!’  We are very grateful for our girls!

Below are a few snapshots of our girls, Alex and Victory!

 

 

Alex and Victory are pictured together, below, recently on the first day of fall!

 

Two Month Snapshot: Alexandra

How is our baby Alex already two months old!  The time is going by so very quickly.  We are savoring each day and fleeting moment!  Overall, things have been a bit easier this month as compared to our first month together!  The theme for this month summed up in one word is rhythm.  We are finding our rhythm and grove with Alex!  We figured out what paci finally worked for Alex, one that would stay in her mouth, thanks to a recommendation by a friend!  Most importantly, Alex is finally sleeping, as compared to the first month, which is monumental.  She gives us about four to five hour stretches at night, six and seven hours on occasion, which has been so nice!  She is the most animated and interactive in the mornings after waking up and in the evenings right before bed time.  She is interacting with us and we love to see her smile, it melts our hearts!  And, she is taking about one to two long naps a day, on average, which has been great!  The Dock-A-Tot, paci, white noise machine, and velcro swaddles have helped immensely with her sleep!  We have learned what her cries mean, for the most part, we are trying to anticipate her needs, and we are getting a rhythm to our days, all the while she is constantly changing and growing.  Speaking of which, recently, to make more room in Alex’s closet and dresser, I packed away her clothes that no longer fit!  It was bittersweet.  Some clothes, she only wore one time, as she is constantly growing!  Overall, our life feels so much simpler since her arrival, all the while our life is more complicated simultaneously.  Most of all, we enjoy and love our baby Alex immensely!

Doug and I have also found our rhythm together.  We tag team to care for Alex and Victory.  We have become very efficient at getting things accomplished!  The element of time has a whole new meaning for us.  We have managed to even work out a schedule whereby we can both go to the gym multiple times a week, which is a feat with a little one!  I have managed to be able to see and visit with some friends, which has been really nice as well!

Victory is even doing better, too.  Last month, she would, sometimes, retreat to our bedroom when the baby cried and when we had visitors.  Now, she is staying with the baby and I even more.  I think it takes some time for everyone to somewhat acclimate.  We tell Victory each day that she is going to have a little sister that absolutely adores her in the coming months when Alex is able to understand and really discover Victory.  Victory is very gentle and kind with Alex, and we are very fortunate for this.  They are even nap buddies!  We have been able to get out for some outings, dinners and ice cream with Alex and Victory!   You can see below, Victory and Alex pictured at each of their gils’ dinners together this month!

A few highlights from Alex’s second month include:

-she is sleeping!  We are so elated!  We are all feeling a little more rested, but we are both tired!

-she is staying swaddled at night, with her velcro swaddles, which has helped immensely with her sleep and our sleep!

-she is a loud sleeper and she grunts, like a wild boar, which is apparently normal!  As a result, we moved her at seven weeks in her Dock-A-Tot to her crib in her nursery, down the hall, where she is now sleeping at night.

-she found her fingers and hands!  She sucks on her fingers and fists sometimes.  She is still looking for that thumb, possibly!

-she gave us some big smiles!  It was wonderful to witness!  She is starting to interact with us, which is neat!

-she loves her play yard!  She is mesmerized by all of the hanging objects and sounds!

-she loves her swing, and she takes at least one nap in it daily, usually!

-she has had several ‘blow outs’ that necessitated an immediate bath!  Thankfully, Doug handled most of the clean up during these instances and I gave Alex her baths following each ‘blow out!’

-she is tolerating bath time and we have moved to a larger bath tub for her, as she is growing like a weed!

-she and Victory like to be read to in the evenings before bed!

-she is still enjoying taking walks in her Bugaboo and Ergo!  Fortunately, she was born at a nice time of year so we can get outside, despite the rain and hot and humid temperatures, recently!

-she loves to eat and nurse!  She always let’s us know when it is time to eat!

 

A few highlights I would like to remember:

-enjoyed designing and creating our baby announcement introducing Alex, which we mailed to friends and family during her second month!

-love greeting Alex in her nursery in the mornings!  I think she is seeing more clearly, these days, as she gets older!  I enjoy our morning time, and play time together, a time when baby Alex is very animated and she is generally in a really good mood!

-enjoying nursing Alex, especially in the mornings and evenings, as it is one of my favorite times of day with her!  (We refer to her affectionately as our ‘little cherub!’)

-loving the little noises she makes!

-knowing on the days that I feel totally exhausted, that I will someday really miss these early days, and I need to remind myself, at times of this fact.

-enjoying taking Alex and Victory out to eat a few times and having things going well!

-knowing now that I can reach 10,000 steps without intentionally exercising from running all over our house, room to room, all day long!

-Doug is sharing all types of music with Alex when he spends time with her in the evenings after work!  Sometimes, she will even fall asleep!

-most of all, we are cherishing getting to be Alex’s parents!

Doug and I are very grateful for our little girl and our little family!  We feel so lucky.  We look forward to seeing Alex’s little personality develop and unfold.  Below are a few images: Alex’s monthly portrait; Alex and Victory’s monthly portrait; followed by photos of Alex throughout this month; and some iphone images, of our precious girl along with some images of Alex and Victory during her second month with us!  You can read our birth story along with viewing images from Alex’s birth here; and you can read Alex’s first month snapshot here.

 

 

 

See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!

 

 

See how much Alex has grown as compared to last month!

 

 

Alex working away in her play yard!

 

 

Alex in her bouncy seat!

 


 

 

Alex in her nursery!

 

Below are some iphone images of our little cherubs!

 

 

 

 

Here are our girls having a ‘Girls’ Dinner Date’ at multiple restaurants, including the Coal Fire; Mission BBQFive Guys; and Wegmans!

Loving: Baby Edition, Summer 2018

Happy summer, what is technically left of summer, anyway!  We are only several weeks into being parents, however, below are some items that we have really loved since baby Alex came home from the hospital!

 

 

1. Bugaboo Fox – We love this stroller!  Baby Alex loves going for rides in her buggy and we look forward to using the toddler seat, shown above, when she gets a bit older!

2. Uppababy Mesa Car Seat – We really love this car seat!  Baby Alex typically falls asleep in this car seat very easily, which is great!

3. Ergo Carrier – We love the Ergo, and we even have one for Victory!  baby Alex usually falls asleep while in the Ergo and it is great for walks and also for getting things around the house, if needed!

4. Glider – This glider is wonderful and very comfortable!  It is great for nursing and feedings along with story time!

5. Swing – We love this swing and so does baby Alex!  She takes at least one good nap a day in it!  We also love that it has a puppy on it, plus the fact that it is electric and plugs in so there is no need to worry about the swing running out of juice!

6. Dock-A-Tot – We absolutely love the Dock-A-Tot!  It saved us!  Because of it, baby Alex began to sleep at night!  We will likely get her the Grand Dock-A-Tot when she outgrows the Deluxe Dock-A-Tot!

7. Swaddle Wraps  – These are fantastic!  They also saved us!  Baby Alex began to sleep at night and naps during the day when she was unable to escape these velcro swaddles!

8. Muslin Swaddle Blankets – These muslin swaddle blankets are wonderful and they are breathable and not too heavy — they are great for just about anything — stroller rides, car seat rides, and wrapping up your baby, etc.

9. White Noise Machine – The white noise machine has been great at night since, which helps keep baby Alex asleep at night.

10. Spectra Breast Pump – I really like this breast pump.  It does not cause pain while using it and it is very quiet and efficient, along with it being rechargeable so it is portable, which is very convenient.

11. Burp Cloths – We really like these burp clothes — they are very soft and they wash up nicely.

12. Pacifier  – Through a recommendation of a friend, this was the pacifier that baby Alex can actually keep in her mouth!  It works really well!

13. Fish Bath – This soft bath worked really well while baby Alex was really small.  It was soft and held her head and body well while we bathed her via sponge baths in the kitchen!

14. Whale Bath – We have moved to this bath now, which has three seating positions, which fits in our tub.  It works really well and will work for a while as baby Alex grows!

15. Johnson’s Sleepy Time Bath Kit – We really like the lavender, sleepy-time, bath kit!  Baby Alex smells really wonderful after her baths.

16. Pampers Swaddlers Daipers – We really like these diapers — they are super absorbent and baby Alex seems to like them and she has not had any diaper rashes!

17. Pampers Wipes – These wipes work quite well!

18. A and D Ointment – This ointment works really well to prevent diaper rash.  Baby Alex has not had any diaper rash since we have used this A and D Ointment in conjunction with the Pampers Swaddlers and wipes.

19. Nancy Tillman Books – We love these books!  We have about four of the Nancy Tillman books, thus far!  I highly recommend them.  The paintings are beautiful in these books that augment the wonderful stories.

20. What to Expect the First Year Book – This book is great to look things up quickly or read along as your child grows!  I highly recommend it!

You can view other things I love here!

The Importance of Memory Keeping

 

Since becoming a Mamma, I have been thinking even more about memory keeping, especially since our baby Alex is growing like a weed and changing daily; and our beloved fur girl, Victory, will not always be with us physically.  (Victory is well and she is doing well and we hope to have many, many more years with her, as we cannot imagine life without her!)  We are throughly enjoying our time with our girls!  Therefore, I want to preserve as many fleeting moments as I am able.  I am a visual person and it brings us joy to have tangible ways to preserve moments.  Below are a few ways that I preserve and plan to preserve our memories.

1. Baby Hand Print and Foot Prints — I purchased this kit prior to going to the hospital.  Soon after coming home, with the help of my Mom, we made Alex’s newborn hand and foot prints!  They are so tiny!  I am really glad that we did this to capture an impression of her hand print and foot print as a newborn.  We also did this in a similar way with our fur girl, Victory — see here and here.

2. Promptly Journal – I love making photo books; however,  I wanted to find a simple way to capture this time in our lives so I purchased a childhood promptly journal, which helps you capture your child’s complete history from your pregnancy until your child is 18 years old.  There are pages for your to document your pregnancy; pages month for the first year of your baby’s life; and then there are pages for each birthday until age 18.  Each section has places to document your child’s favorite things and then it has questions that help prompt you with what to say.  Additionally, there are places to add photographs, and there are even places to write letters to your child.  So far, it has been manageable to keep up with; and I have had fun completing this book and inserting tangible items to capture memories, and it will hopefully be a nice keepsake for Alex enjoys when she is older.

3. Birth Story – I wrote a more detailed and personal birth story for Alex for when she is older augmented by images of her birth sharing the entire experience with her, while it was fresh in my mind.  (I keep a folder on my computer where I save such documents in one place, which helps keep things organized.)

4. Pregnancy Announcement and Baby Announcement – I designed our pregnancy announcement and our baby announcement that we mailed out to friends and family along with using a custom stamp and seal for both announcements.  It is a nice way to memorialize this type of exciting news in a tangible format!

5. Monthly Portraits (first year) – I am going to do my best to take monthly portraits of Alex and Victory and Alex together to capture what Alex looks like each month during the first year.  Then, I will likely move to yearly portraits!  Of course, I will always do impromptu photo shoots!

6. Monthly Blog Posts (first year) – I plan to do monthly blog posts sharing thoughts and highlights from that month as a way to remember each month with Alex during the first year!

7. Photo Books – I have made a photo book from our wedding, honeymoon, and our annual vacations together since 2011!  I love them!  I have also made a baby book for Alex leading up to and through her birth.  I plan to make another photo book capturing her first year and I plan to subsequently make yearly photo books of Alex, including our fur girl, Victory, of course!

8. Annual Calendar  – I have made an annual calendar for us for at least the past five years and we really love them!  They also make great gifts and they are the perfect size for a desk!  I plan to continue this yearly tradition!

9. Photo Magnets – I like to make photo magnets for our refrigerator of our favorite images!  Our refrigerator is covered in images, photo magnets and quotable magnets which can easily be swapped out, etc.  They also make great gifts, too!

10. Prints – I have always made a point to print our images as I edit them, and then frame them around the house.  Since having Alex, I have even more images from my phone and ‘big camera.’  So, in order to keep up on everything, each week, I download the images from my iphone (I usually edit the images from my iphone on my phone as I take them) and from my CF card on my camera and cull and edit the images and save them on my computer in two places as a back up.  Then, each month, I print these images.  (I have to do this process somewhat consistently, or else it become unmanageable to keep up with.)  Further, there are a variety of places to get prints made online.  I try to document our everyday as it unfolds in images, which typically turn out to be the best images that occur spontaneously.

11. Albums – After I print the images each month, I put them in a photo album.  I know that this may be outdated, but I really like having our images in chronological order and organized in tangible form.  I have been doing this since Doug and I met and it is nice to have some semblance of our images.  Plus, it is always nice, sometimes, to go through images from the past and reminisce.  I also have started a photo album for Alex, which contain images specific to her.

12. Frame Prints – I make fine art prints of the images that I frame to put around our house.  It brings us joy to have our images around the house to actually look at versus having hundreds of images on a phone or computer!  I try to update prints in our frames throughout the year, on multiple occasions, with the images that we especially love and want to see each day!  I use simple frames for the wall and I also use simple frames for around the house for those frames that are not hung on the wall.

I hope that this helps give some ideas for preserving the fleeting moments that go by much too quickly!