I've been saying for YEARS that I need to get my act together in regards to this whole physical-proof-of-photos-beyond-the-jpeg thing. From the shocked look on my mother's face when I said, "I literally have not printed out one single picture of Dakota's entire life," to my feelings of overwhelmedness when pondering the THOUSANDS of pics backed up on our external hard drive, it became clear that something needed to be done. Action needed to be taken! It's all good in the hood that we, as an entire generation, are extensively computer savvy with pictures, therefore saving everything in folders and on external hard drives, but what happens when your kids want to look back on when they were 5 years old? Are they going to log into the family Shutterfly account or something so they can click through their little lives? (Actually that isn't such a bad idea....) No! That is not what I want for them. I really enjoy flipping through the several photo albums my parents made of us three Paplia children when we are at their house, so the same must happen for our babies.
I started with our external hard drive since it has the furthest-back recording. The only problem was that when we started our bedroom re-do, we disconnected the computer and hadn't plugged the whole thing back in because we weren't sure where we wanted to put it, which meant no ordering the selected prints from home. So I just took the darn external hard drive into the store to plug it into the kiosk. I found out that there were 8,342 pictures on there. EIGHT THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FORTY TWO. And hey, here was one sign I had waited too long to do this: the kiosk would only allow me to download the most recent 5,000, which landed me somewhere in 2010-the end of 2013. OMG. So I started chugging along that way, printing out about 45 at a time from the kiosk.
In regards to 2015, I may switch over to the photo book route. There was just NO WAY I could rake through all the pictures saved over all the years to construct a nice, modern photo book, hence the simple 4x6 printing and old school album choice. But maybe going forward, since hopefully the photo beast will be a bit more tamed around here, I'll feel good about one swift order of a nice, aesthetically pleasing photo book.
AND THEN.... there are the hundreds of cell phone videos that need to be dubbed into DVD's. THIS WILL TAKE FOREVER. But hey! I'm just so happy I started now. Can you imagine if this was started a mere 6 months from now??? In that case, I would have at least a thousand more pictures to rake through. THANK. GOODNESS. FOR. ORGANIZATION.
And really quick, because this was so gosh darn cool:
I really enjoyed looking at our lives over the last few years. I mean, duh, this is one human who enjoys documentation (blog over-thinker right here!), but it was very precious. I always had this idea that our furniture, decor and general way of moving everywhere really sucked. Not like our lives sucked by any stretch of the imagination, but like we were always flying by the seat of our pants - "this is cheap! Let's buy it! Who cares if it's ugly!" "Let's move because our rent increased by $75!" (Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you know). But looking back, hey man! We had it great! Oh my gosh, thank goodness for the several Craigslist sellers who corresponded with us and sold to two newlyweds cheaply! Thank the good Lord for a roof over our heads - in expensive Orange County to boot! Thank you Jesus for how naive we were back in the day! Thank you, universe, for young, smiling parents and a happy toddler when it was just Carter, Chad and I! Thank you to our parents who helped us paint Carter's first room the darkest blue ever that should never have graced an apartment's walls! Thank you, hideous iPhone light, for allowing me to snap 10,000 pictures of Carter and Kota falling asleep right next to each other! Holy crap! What a life!!!!!!! It is DEFINITELY worth printing :) :) :) :)