Friday, September 30, 2011

photo organization challenge

A month ago I announced on this blog that I was going to devote two hours a month to organizing my photos. As of 11:30 p.m. September 30th, I kept my promise! Nothing like waiting to the last minute. ; )

Granted, I hardly made a dent in what needs to be done, but it was a start. It will be a long time before I start getting the pictures in albums. You would not believe the mess I have. Nothing is in any semblance of order. The box I went through tonight had mostly pictures from Ryne's first year, and I spent all my time trying to group the pictures by event and put them in chronological order. I'm surprised at how much I've already forgotten! All the more reason to keep my promise for the upcoming months -- my memory is not going to get better.

Since I'm going to be updating my progress every month, I thought I'd liven up the post a bit by posting a few favorite pictures I came across tonight. And since I'm totally loving this season, I narrowed it down to some of my favorite old fall photos.

Anna -- 21 months

These playing-in-the-leave-shots were taken in the front yard of our previous house, what we call the green house. I think I'm glad we moved just because of that -- can you imagine my blog being called "Green House Academy"? Anyway, it was an old urban neighborhood with tree-lined streets. We had maybe three trees in our yard, and yet we would end up with at about 25 bags of leaves to be carried away. Now that we live next to a forest, guess how many bags we fill. None! The wind just carries everything into the woods. I have no idea why I'm telling you this. Maybe because it's almost midnight and I've been up since 4:30 a.m. for Anna's swim practice. Forgive me.

One of my most favorite pictures ever - Ryne - 2 months

It is a rare occasion when I make it into a photo, but one day we went with our playgroup to a pumpkin patch and I had a friend try to take a picture of me with the kids. It didn't go so well, but I still love this picture.


This next photo is actually from a different year, but was in the box I sorted tonight. What a brilliant idea -- we should bring a baby backpack to carry our picked pumpkins every year! Do they still make those?


Something really annoying about that year was that the auto-date-thingy got messed up and I kept forgetting to turn it off. So for the entire year of 2000 (I think) the photos had some random date on them.

Speaking of random, it's clearly time for me to go to bed. ; ) If my challenge inspired you to do any organizing of your own in September, leave a comment and tell me what treasures you found. Or maybe you can share them in a post too!

Happy Organizing!


  1. The baby backpack... brilliant!! You *must* dig that out of your attic every fall for your pumpkin patch expeditions-- that really is a fantastic idea!!

    As for digging through old photos-- I was doing that very thing the other night and was amazed at the memories it brought to mind. Heart-warming and a bit nostalgic... but wonderful nonetheless! I can't promise any great organizational efforts on this end, but perhaps I'll dig out a few fall favorites to share-- that might be sorta fun! Thanks for the inspiration, and have a great weekend!!

  2. Those are such sweet pix of the kids, and I love the one of you and them together. The pumpkin carrier is hysterical! I'm not sure when I'll ever have time to blog again (it's taking me about a month to get one post together, working on it in bits and pieces), but I did organize some old pictures this week to share with my English students. I'm so glad we have cameras and can capture so much of our lives. I love walking down memory lane! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories!! :)