A Trip Down Memory Lane

Old Photos

After reaching the height of laziness and gluttony over the holidays, I decided to put my best foot forward yesterday and do something productive with the time Wonderboy was in pre school. You know those things on your ‘to do’ list that constantly get put off and never actually get done? Well, I have a million of them …

The ironing (less pile, more tower) is currently threatening to measure taller than me. Toys have taken over our house and while I swore we’d get round to sorting them out before Christmas, surprise, surprise, it never happened and the invasion of multi-coloured plastic has continued. Oven needs cleaned, junk drawer(s!) need organised and the cupboard with art and craft stuff needs brought under control … the never ending, yet thoroughly uninspiring, list goes on.

However, yesterday I meant business. Up in the bedroom and it was time to sort out my mess of a wardrobe – bring it on! But oh, what’s that hiding at the back, sneakily threatening to divert my attention from the mission at hand? Photo albums. What started as a quick flick through somehow turned into a 90 minute splurge of reminiscing. Beautiful albums full of familiar faces, and some I’d forgotten. Happy days and happy nights out. Family holidays and my own travel adventures. Countless birthday cakes, Halloween costumes and sleepy Christmas morning snaps – all in one place. There was even a tiny album of my Gran’s with photos of my brother and me when we were little.

And it struck me –  in a time when all our photos are now taken with our phones and digital cameras, will our children ever have the pleasure of looking back in time as I did today? I don’t know about you but, apart from printing the odd pic for a frame, we just save all our photos on the laptop and they rarely see the light of day again. We did make photobooks of our wedding and honeymoon but that is most definitely the exception.

I feel a little sad that Wonderboy will never stumble across our life in pictures. You’d need to purposefully search out photos on a laptop and even then, if Mr J has been fiddling about with settings in a technical frenzy who knows where, or if, you’d find them!

In a bid to rectify the situation, I’ve decided to make Wonderboy his very own photo album. He may well in years to come find it boring and old fashioned (I was going for more of a retro / vintage idea), but it will at least be there to serve as a window into a certain time in his life.

Photo Album

On a more practical note, there is no way I’m printing every bloomin photo that gets taken in this house so instead, I’ve decided the album will capture Wonderboy’s life experiences in his early years. As a family, we’ve come up with a list of 50 Things To Do Before You’re 5 and will take photos to keep in the album as we tick off the list together. Hurrah! Sentimental problem solved.

Needless to say, my wardrobe is still in a state of disarray and continues to feature on my ‘to do’ list.

What do you do with your photo files? We’d love for you to join us in our 50 Things To Do Before You’re 5 adventure.


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    lindsey says

    Hi lorna. Happy new year! And here’s to procrastination. :-)

    I love photos and have on many occasions sat down to a good old shuffle through old times. Most recently to produce an album for my mum and dad for their ruby wedding. 40 years documented in one beautiful ruby red album. A treasure which i loved making and which i believe they love owning.

    When it comes to the kids, i agree they will lose out when it comes to the spontaneous discovery of shoeboxes filled with memories but on the other hand, their lives and moments in them are documented like never before. Each year i make a calendar documenting the previous year’s adventures. My nod to the albums my parents made of us. We keep them and one day the kids, when they are interested, can look back on their lives.

    So. Its not all bad. :-)


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      Lorna says

      Very true Lindsey! Hadn’t really thought of how many more photos of our little ones there are compared to what our parents took of us – I still remember sending off rolls of film in the post to be developed. We do calendars for the grandparents Christmas gifts and you’re right, it’s a lovely momento of the year. Happy new year to you and your’s!! x

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    Fiona says

    It’s definitely worth doing. Nick made photo books (using Photobox) of Eddie’s first two years & Eds loves looking through them. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had time to do the following two years & I’m useless at computer-y gubbins so no chance there!

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      Lorna says

      PHotobooks are gorgeous but I take forever to do them. I think I made one for my mum’s birthday when Wonderboy was 2 weeks old and haven’t done another since! Must try harder …

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    What a great way to capture those family images in an age where, you are right, everything is digital. We no longer have the photo albums that were added to when we were kids. Thank heavens for photo printer paper :-)

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      Lorna says

      I know Helen! I love the albums my parents have of us growing up. We don’t have a printer at all so it’s online printing for us :)

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    Aw this is a sweet idea. I print them into photo books infrequently. Libby loves to look at them but I’m realising I don’t have a book containing photos of Lia yet. I’ll have to rectify that. Good luck with your challenge.x

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      Lorna says

      Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! I completely overlooked the idea that Wonderboy would enjoy looking at our photos, even at this age, until he became obsessed by a little album from our holiday last year. All the toys and books that he’s got and this is still a huge favourite x

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