The holidays are coming, and we are busy getting our presents ready.
The adult relatives are all getting a photo book - again. That's because the photo books are always a huge hit. We make them with Shutterfly and they are professional quality books with pictures of our life in Armenia, our travels, and most important, our boys. Our relatives, who besides my mother have not visited us in Yerevan, are delighted to see at least a little glimpse of what our lives here are like. Well. In Kodachrome, anyway.
It takes a lot of time to makes these books. They have about 28 pages, with an average of 80-100 pictures in them. The photos need to be uploaded, and I always use the full sized ones as they print nicer. Those full sized photos are about 2.1 MB each, and with our intermittent and slow Internet connection, this takes a lot of time. I do occasionally upload pictures during the year but really, I mostly wade through the masses towards the end of the year and decide which ones I like best.
Besides the books for the relatives which are 8.5 x 11, we are making a coffee table book sized one for ourselves, with about 100 pages. One for every year. Those pictures are more personal, and include sequences of the boys learning to walk, or themed pages dedicated to school, reading, arts and crafts, and so on. I love those books. It's much nicer to sit down with a book than with the computer. That way, the photos get looked at and don't just slowly disintegrate in a computer memory. It takes a lot more time to do those books...
(You know, I feel I'm writing in what we would call a "wooden" style in German... sometimes, I set out in a certain tone and although it doesn't feel right, I can't seem to snap out of it.)
Anyway. Photos. Memories. Definitely worth preserving. I hope that one day the boys will sit together over a beer or so, look through these books while their own kids run around noisily, and tell each other stories about that distant time when they used to be Expat kids. If we are lucky, those memories will be favorable.