Not since I was traveling abroad have I put together a photo book and until now, never have I put one together of/for our family. My mother-in-law has generously created several albums over the years, all of them treasured, but until now I've never taken the time to pick and choose my favorite photos, moments, organize them in book-form and just... kind of... remember.
So, being that I've been working with Shutterfly these past few weeks, I decided to take the opportunity to go ahead and do so. My plan? Create a book for the twins, as a sort of "welcome to our family" album. I thought it would be cool to display it in the nursery and when the girls are old enough, sit down and share with them some of the early stories of how our family began, adventured and finally, prepared to welcome them.
Not surprisingly, I burst into tears on several occasions pulling photos from flickr to desktop to path. One, because I'm the personification of hormones right now. But also because I never get the chance to explore the past in photographs. Instead, I take them, upload them to my flickr stream, blog, then move on. Ideally, I try to live in the moment, but there's something to be said for nostalgia, especially when one is expecting such imminent life change.
...Sometimes its necessary for us to look back before we look forward. It is to me, anyway, reflecting on the way we were, moving on to an even greater adventure as a family of six. We can't wait to meet our daughters, little sisters, lifelong loves. In the meantime, we are four. For now.
Once again, Shutterfly is providing the first six commenters with codes to build your own free 8x8 custom path photo book. Good luck and don't forget to include your contact information!