Memory Keeping Monday: Digital Albums

Monday, June 30, 2014

Having been an avid scrapbooker for years, making the switch to digital photo albums was tough for me.  However, now a few years in, I'm so thankful for how much less room these albums take up.  I've printed primarily through Blurb, but at times have printed through Shutterfly if I receive a free code or other steep discount.

I have ordered books in all different sizes, small to large, and with different paper types and cover styles.  I have found that upgraded paper makes a huge difference, and I like having hard cover books most.  The one thing I like with Shutterfly is you get the option to include memory envelopes to store all the little paper tickets, postcards and other trinkets you pick up on trips.

See the posts in this series on MyPublisher mini booksGallery Walls and a mix of ideas in my Grab Bag post.

A Summer Evening at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On Friday evening we had finished dinner and felt like doing something fun before bedtime rolled around.  Jason told us to hop in the car; we were off to get ice cream at Bonnie Brae.  I had mentioned a few times to him that I wanted to go to Bonnie Brae for a classic ice cream shoppe experience.  We got our ice cream and were going to eat it inside sitting our iconic red parlour chairs, but I think it was too loud and overwhelming in there with so many people ordering so we dined outside on a bench.  It was the perfect evening for ice cream, and although little A didn't want to hold his cone for his paparazzi mom, he was just as cute eating his sweet treat with a spoon.

Weekend Adventure: Mountain Getaway Part 5

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Who would have thought that I would take so many photos in a matter of just over 24 hours in the mountains.  We had such a great time up in the mountains, and I'm just so thankful for good friends.  After our hike we went over to the marina to play on the playground and then had lunch over at Pug Ryan's brewery.

Getting back into the city could be several posts too, as it took just over 3 hours to make it home with the tunnel construction.  We knew what to expect so I was able to remain patient, however, I urge you if you head to the mountains this summer to plan to either leave first thing on Sunday morning, or even stay an extra night and head home early Monday morning.

You can read about our adventure on Rachel's blog too - aren't they the greatest?!  (From time to time, she posts some really great kids activities that include sensory experiences that I replicate at home with our little guy).

Weekend Adventure: Mountain Getaway Part 4

Friday, June 27, 2014

Our little guy had a hard time sleeping away from home on our weekend adventure.  A family bed seems so cozy until your toddler joins you at 12:30AM and tosses and turns all night.  As dawn broke, and after he could only be kept occupied with the iphone for so long after waking before the crows, I decided to strap him into the stroller and take a walk around the grounds.

 We came back and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast together, and a few cups of coffee.

After breakfast we all got ready for a stroll along the Blue River.  It was such a gorgeous walk, and although we couldn't figure out the course of the path exactly, we still logged about 2 miles.

Weekend Adventure: Mountain Getaway Part 3

Thursday, June 26, 2014

As I mentioned, as dusk approached, the wildlife started to come out.  We heard the hummingbirds zip about and then we saw a fox hunting around for food (or maybe the hot dog scraps that happened to fall from the balcony).  It was so cool to watch him scurry, one second looking like a friendly dog and the next looking like a wild beast.  He came and went several times throughout the course of the night and every time I was in awe that he was so close to us.

Weekend Adventure: Mountain Getaway Part 2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So on Saturday we stopped at a birthday party and enjoyed helping to celebrate on friends' son's 5th birthday.  After that we hopped we on the road and headed west.  I turned around to check on AB reading his book and found him already passed out sleeping.

Once we got up to Silverthorn, we unloaded and then made the decision to head out and find a playground for the three boys to burn off some energy.

After the park, we had the best dinner back at the condo and enjoyed our time catching up and watching the boys play with cloud dough and games.  At the condo they also have the best pulley system from their loft to the main floor.  The little boy squealed with delight at watching things come up and down on the rope.  As the sun started to set the wildlife came out from their dens and I can't wait to share some of those photos tomorrow.

Weekend Adventure: Mountain Getaway

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

We have some wonderful friends that invited us up to their mountain condo for the weekend.  It was a much needed break from the city, and a chance to get some fresh air, while enjoying some quality time with your friends and their sweet boys.  I'm so thankful for their friendship and generosity.

I think one of my favorite things about their little Treehouse getaway is the spectacular view.  We spent a lot of time chatting on their balcony just soaking up the expansive range.

I took a ton of photos from our quick trip up I-70, so expect to see recaps for most of the week.  It was just so beautiful I couldn't put the camera down.

Memory Keeping Monday: Grab Bag of Ideas

Monday, June 23, 2014

I have a few other memory keeping posts that are currently in the works, so today I'm just compiling a few random ideas and throwing a post up.

I have been an avid reader of my favorite bloggers for years now, and I love when they share their fun ideas.

Every year Karen Russell prints off photos from the year and lets each of kids create a photo album of their favorites.

Ali Edwards of course has many memory keeper ideas, but two of my favorites include December Daily and her Day in the Life projects.  Both of which I've played along with - you can see a few December Daily posts, and my recent Day in the Life post.

I have also created a photo album through Shutterfly doing a Weekend in the Life following Ali's inspiration.

Another fun idea I actually heard of through Karen Russell's photography workshop was using Printstagram to make mini square prints (of Instagram photos, or others) and then string them together to make a Christmas tree garland of your favorite images from the year.  It would be fun to have a collection of these down the road.

Of course there is the popular Project Life from Becky Higgins.  I've been a fan of her work since my early days of scrapbooking.

And I love the idea of creating a conversation book featuring photos and quotes from your children as showcased recently on Young House Love.  I hope to start capturing more of Anders voice as his voice grows.  I know my mom kept miscellaneous quotes from my youth, how fun would a bound volume of them be with pictures?!

See the posts in this series on MyPublisher mini books and Gallery Walls.