Monday, July 31, 2017

Photo Organization

love photography.  I could sit for hours and look through photo albums and the girls have caught my bug.  Several friends have asked me to help them organize their photos, so here is a little tutorial. 

If you want to keep it simple, you can order this book of your Facebook account.  We ordered ours from My Social Book and the girls love it.  The best thing about it is that it is hardback and solid, so the girls can carry it around and look at it.  It's also nice that I can order a replacement with the click of a button.



If you want to have photo albums, this is the system that works for me.

Step 1:  I have my phone auto backup on iCloud.

Step 2:  Once per quarter, I transfer every photo and video from my iCloud and place it all in a monthly folder on Smug Mug.  I've used this for eight years and it helps me to keep my photos organized.  I like that I can share it with family, so they can access and order all of our photos.  It does have an annual fee and I am sure their are other options out there.  I like this one, because they keep photography quality of a professional and I have no limit on my storage.

This is the yearly view:

Each year contains twelve folders....one for each month.  This makes it super easy to find/order photos when I am ready.  
Step 3:  Once per quarter is my goal......but usually happens every six months, I order hard copies of the photos I want printed out directly from Smug Mug.  


Step 4:  When the photos arrive, I put them in We R Memory Keeper Albums.  I order these off Amazon.  I also order extra sheets to hold photos off Amazon.  I like these albums because you can add/remove pages.


 That's it.  It really is simple once you get a system in place.  The girls and I love to sit and look at these albums.  If you have any questions, give me a shout!
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dallas Vacation

We stayed in Dallas two more days to spend time with family and enjoy Dallas kid fun.

Perot Museum was really cool.  The girls favorite part was the kid area on bottom floor.








Caroline & Connor taught us to SnapChat.  Life will never be the same!





Max.....sweet sweet boy.



LegoLand was cool.  We went two years ago and it was more age appropriate then.















Way too hot!

 Driving home, we had to stop at the Labor & Deliver ER.  After spending the evening, we found out baby and mommy were okay.  We just need to take it easy.

Jones Baby Shower & Pop Pop's 70th Birthday

We had such a wonderful weekend in Dallas celebrating baby #3 with my family.  My brothers and sister-in-laws hosted the shower.



 My sister-in-law, Carrie, came up with some fun games for the girls.

 We love Max!!
 Ava & Olivia were so excited to get to be a part of the shower.

 Such a sweet sweet idea.  I have the best sister in laws.  Love you Carrie & Amy.
 Uncle Mike.....our teddy bear!


Pop Pop's 70th Birthday!  We celebrated with Chinese food......his favorite.


 Our Jones Crew.......we sure missed Alan and Doro, but they will be visiting from Germany in the Fall.

We moved the party to Mike & Amy's house.   Pop pop opening gifts.....fishing pole.


 Ava used her birthday money from Grandma Viv and Pop pop to buy a JellyCat Bunny (she collects them) and five Ty mini babies.  The girl loves her stuffed animals!!


We gave Max his 2nd birthday gifts from us, as I can't travel after this week.  

 Uncle Jeremy loves being a daddy.

 Mike & Amy's friends brought over their baby girl.  The girls are in love!


 So ready to be big sisters.


 Pop pop and Clint

 Donald, Mike & Connor
 Caroline, Grandma Viv, and Aunt Amy




 The girls are pretty crazy about their cousin, Max!

 I can so remember Aunt Mary doing things like this for me when I was a little girl.  We love her.  She is Ava's Great Aunt Mary.  I didn't get a photo of Uncle Vic, Aunt Judy, Jay, Robin, Haley.   I'll have to get those form Mike.

So blessed to have so much family to love on us and celebrate baby girl.

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