You know how sometimes you just kind of put things off. I mean why worry about that? You have lots of time.
Perhaps that’s my mindset a touch too often. When we were getting ready for our recent trip to Hawaii, I remembered that voucher I bought on Amazon Local two years ago when it was still actually a company They were offering a great price on a canvas photo collage; it would be great next to Sweet Miss’ graduation photo. I would put together a group of pictures of the girls growing up. I’d have to have the one of Baby Girl riding on the MR’s shoulders on Lopez Island when she had those cute braids in her hair. I even put together a group of photos featuring childhood memories.
But, and this is a big but, those silly girls don’t like pictures of them in what some might term those “awkward” years. Now, I’m their mother, I think they look so cute in all their photos, but hear enough “why’d you let me weat that? or what did you do to my hair?” and even I get hesitant. So my file was set aside, and time marched on.
I wasn’t too worried about it, since I had till the middle of April to figure things out, right? That’s when I decided to look at the voucher and figure out just how much time I had left to put this together. It wasn’t April, it was the end of March, ack; this was never going to work.
I decided to just forget it and move on. Sometimes these things happen. But then one of the first mornings of vacation, I came up with a stellar idea. I’d already paid for it, it was just going to go to waste if I did nothing, I could just send in photos off my phone, and call it good enough. That’s when an hour or two of frustration and I’ll admit a few tears ensued.
I could upload files, set up the collage, and then the whole process stalled. When I tried to login on my Ipad, so I could see it a little better and have fewer fat finger mistakes, the website said I didn’t have an account. That’s when I took a shower and a few deep breaths, and called in the cavalry, I mean the girls. I sent them an SOS text asking them to help out.
I mean, me and the MR have bought them computers, I know they know how to use them. They could help me in a pinch. Sweet Miss came to the rescue. I sent her the photos I had been using, told her to add some of her own if she wished, and told her to go to town. Somewhere in the midst of that, she said I sent her to an off-color web site, the deal wasn’t working, she didn’t know what I wanted.
A few frantic phone calls and texts later, she had it all together and ordered. So I was quite excited to pick up the mail upon our return and find a large package containing this canvas.
Is it perfect? No. It’s not photos from some fancy photographer all staged and photoshopped, but it’s the last year in our lives. It’s Baby Girl’s graduation and our anniversary. It’s Mom’s Weekend with Sweet Miss and Dad’s Weekend down in Oregon. It’s Christmas with our silly dogs and kids and it’s hanging out on the deck. It’s my family, the people who mean the world to me, and I absolutely, totally love it.
And now Sweet Miss and Baby Girl get to share a little wall space with rest of the family.
Because this isn’t just a house, it’s a home filled with love and laughter. A place where friend and family are always welcomed—usually by crazy, wild, barking dogs.
What do you do with all those great photos?