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When I was little, my parents had a giant steamer trunk full of a dozen or more photo albums and hundreds of loose photos in boxes.  I loved looking through it; I could, and DID, spend hours going through those pictures.

We have a few albums around here, but not as many as I’d like.  My kids probably don’t even know what they really looked like as babies because they don’t see a lot of photos of themselves.  I feel like that’s bad.  I’ve said before I wanted to remedy the situation, but the project never really got off the ground.

A friend of mine recently recommended Chatbooks to me, which I’d never heard of but which I now LOVE.  Chatbooks is a service that creates albums for you from the photos you post on social media — Facebook or Instagram — and every time you hit 60 new photos, they automatically send you a new album.  It’s a 6″ x 6″ little treasure trove of good memories. 

I joined and had enough photos in my Instagram feed to already fill 15+ albums.  The first ten arrived already and not a day has gone by where I haven’t found one of the kids flipping through them.  More are on the way.  And I love that every so often I’ll just get one in the mail.  It’s like getting a present!

I still need to get my crap together and get some photos of my children as babies in albums for them to see, but at least Chatbooks guarantees that we’ll have albums with our current adventures.  I highly recommend it.

If you’re interested in signing up, you can get your first book free by using the code TTUZ6VKQI put the info up in the top right corner of the blog — feel free to share it! [Full disclosure: if you join using my code, I’ll get a dollar off my next album.]

What’s your favorite way to share, store, print photos? 

Also, my failed first attempt to get some albums made (this time I will not fail!), and great tips for a family photo shoot from a professional photographer!




Every year when Q’s preschool has class pictures, they open up the day to siblings so that families can bring their older and younger kids in and get photos all together.

It’s been a few years since I’ve done it, but this morning we all went in together and got the kids photos done.  Since all my children went to preschool there, it’s a nice little walk down Memory Lane for them, and their old teachers love seeing them grown up and off to elementary school.

We do lots of photos in this family.  Lots.  Because there’s so much about their babyhoods and toddlerhoods I don’t remember until a photo jogs my memory.  So I try to take lots of photos so that years from now I can look back and remember how B still had cuts and scabs on her knees from playing outside when she was almost 11, and how G used to spike his hair in a very carefully crafted faux-hawk every morning, or how O had this one super dangly snaggle tooth for months before it finally came out, and how Q used to eat his upper lip every time he smiled.

I’m not great about printing out pictures and putting them in albums, though, and that scares me.  What if I lose all these photos because they exist only digitally and then I basically can’t remember anything about my children when they were little? (Slightly overdramatic, maybe, but whatever.)  I’m trying to get better about it–I ordered a hundred or so prints a few weeks ago and am planning to do that monthly until I can catch up.  But that will take a while–we’ve got ten years of photos to get through.

It will be worth it though, to be able to look back and see these sweet faces and remember.

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