What do you do with all your family photos? I’m pretty good about taking photos of my family and then storing them . . . somewhere. I used to be really good about storing them in envelopes with the dates written on the back along with the names of the people in the photo. But that was back in the day when the only way to see your photographs was to take them in to the local pharmacy to have them developed. Nowadays with digital cameras and cameras on everyone’s phone, it seems that we still take a ton of pictures, but they are stored digitally on our devices. All of which makes me very nervous about losing all of these memories.
This has been a really difficult week around here. First, our three year old dog was outside running around and playing in the field across the way from our house while we were out there with her. She was having fun rolling in the grass and romping around since it was the first sunny, warm day in a long time. Unfortunately she was having so much fun chasing and running that she ran right out toward the road.
When I saw her heading that way I decided that I could “protect” her by standing in the road to slow down any cars that might come along, just until we could corral her and get her back on her leash away from the road. Of course, she kept heading that direction, so as I was standing in the middle of the road, waving my arms at an oncoming car, our doggie ran across the road and the guy in the oncoming car never touched his brakes. I don’t remember how I got from the middle of the road over to the side of the road, but as he went flying by he clipped our sweet girl’s back right side and dislocated her hip. Well, at the time we didn’t realize exactly how badly she was injured, so we raced to the emergency veterinary hospital about 25 miles away.
In the end, she had hip surgery and many stitches in the cuts on her back legs, and after five days in the hospital we brought her home. She is limping but making good progress, but it was rather traumatic for our whole family. She is worth it, all of the care, time, energy, and $$$, and we are so grateful to have her home, even though she can’t quite walk on her own yet. We still have a sling for her back side that we have to use to help her go outside, but she is doing better every day.
We brought her home on Wednesday after her surgery, and then when I thought I might be moving in the direction of “normal,” our daughter Gracie came home from tennis practice and said, “Mom, I need your help!” She had injured her knee while playing tennis and it was swollen up really awful. Off we went to the people ER at our local hospital where she was examined, given crutches and a knee brace, and sent home with orders to see an orthopedic surgeon. Which we did today. She has an MRI scheduled for next Tuesday and back to the orthopedic surgeon next Thursday to determine if she needs ACL repair surgery.
Fortunately, the only other thing I have to do today is take Annie to the orthodontist so they can do impressions for a retainer as she will have her braces removed in May. That should (I hope!) be pretty easy compared to the rest of the stuff going on around here.
So . . . I’m exhausted! I’ve still been working at my online teaching job every morning, and to keep my mind off the momentary anxiety-producing events in our family, I finally took some time to get our family photos organized. A task which, honestly, I’ve been trying to do for the past several years. But life has a way of keeping me distracted from these kinds of tasks. But with a graduation open house coming up this spring, I really wanted to get caught up on Gracie’s scrapbook so I jumped in (it really did feel a bit like drowning) and worked on organizing all of the photos on my computer by year.
I made progress, but now I’m doing some editing and resizing so that I can have them printed, all by each year, so that I can get them organized in her scrapbook. I’m curious . . . what do you do with your family photos? I’m hoping to get them all organized on my hard drive as well as on an external hard drive, and Gracie said we should also get them on a thumb drive. But I wonder about technology in the future. Will a thumb drive or an external hard drive still be accessible 50 years from now? In any event, I’m definitely going to have many of them printed out and protected in the scrapbooks which the kids always seem to enjoy looking through, even the all-grown-up kids.
I’m focused on the positives of this past week, even though I’ve had a challenging time finding the positives some days. The good news I told my hubby is that I only cried three times yesterday. I’m making progress! How about you? What do you do with your family photos? I would love to hear your ideas.