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Yours Truly, Old- Fashioned

Today was the family photo day! The boys were in suits and the girls wore pretty dresses. We had the appointment at the studio for the morning which is also the best time for the kids to be on their good behavior. Not too sleepy, not too cranky and very receptive towards  Mommy and Daddy’s bidding  to ‘say cheese’ for the camera. Smile they did, well most of the time and we came out with flying colors- one perfect picture from the session where everyone is smiling very nicely for the lens. The one portrait which is designated to hang on our family room wall for the next few months, until a most recent one will come along to replace it. Today indeed turned out to be very productive and I felt very pleased with myself. Doing this was in my priority list since I bought Kevin’s suit. I had to accomplish ‘Mission Family Photograph’ before Kevin grows out of his suit and before Krista would not be able to wear her white frilly adorable dress (from her Baptism day) anymore. Done and Done! Happily,  I kept my promise to Kevin and treated him to chocolates (which he requested or rather threatened out of me in exchange for behaving nicely at the studio). I didn’t mind. Poor child deserved it for holding himself together when the photographer was clearly bossing all of us around  in the hope of getting the best shot possible from the session. Anyways, like I said, at the end of the day all the efforts proved fruitful and I will get to add one more beautiful picture to the album of our life together…

                                   I also devoted today to look at all our  family snap shots from the past. I sat in the bed and flipped the pages starting from the days it was just me and my husband and finishing off with the present where the two of us turned to four. I marveled as the time started unraveling in front of my eyes in a matter of seconds with the turn of each leaf in the album- our first solo trip as newly married to spend a day at Niagara Falls

 our African Lion Safari adventure, 

my much awaited visit to the famous Toronto down town and its sky scrapers including the CN Tower, very popular Art Gallery of Ontario, my most treasured day out at the little town of Startford  and the Shakespeare Festival

 and finally, our exotic vacation to Cuba to spend few days in the lap of beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

 Hmm… those days were amazing, carefree and relaxing. Those were the days before our kids came along. 

                            I turned one more page and now I am looking at Kevin and his tiny body wrapped in the hospital blanket and his Mommy and Daddy are smiling hugely for the camera with the bundle of joy in their hands. Fast forward couple of years, I once again come back to the same back ground, but this time, my husband is holding Krista and Kevin is trying to reach over to look at his ‘new’ baby sister with me beside, a tired, satisfied smile on my face. The rest of the album is crammed with our various adventures together as a family of fantastic four- our trip to Niagara Falls (yup, again… because it is so close by, you know), African Lion Safari (yes, that too), most recent road trip to Kingston, Ottawa- there are so many… My eyes turn blurry and I can’t see these colorful pictures weaving beautiful memories for a moment. I quickly wipe the tears away to once again behold the moments that kept on defining our bond with each other as a family through the story told by these pictures and I realize with awe that this album will be my most priced possession, next to my family. I vow to myself that I will never loose them for my life. 


                  Of course the photos are all backed up in the computer because I am no way going to loose them in a house fire. Album is old fashioned but I have a thing for hard copies. I am always fascinated by hard bound books, printables and  photo copies (even though I can have a soft copy of whatever document in the computer). May be it is because the printed photographs are  something tangible- something you can touch and feel. To me, when you touch the pictures with your hands, you are touching your own memories affectionately and reveling in the warmth that it would bring. You won’t get that feeling with digital. No offense to the digital world. I am yours truly old fashioned, if you know what I mean.
                  So what about you? Are you ‘old school’ at heart when it comes to storing  the family photographs or do you prefer them digitally? Or are you someone like me who would be only satisfied by having printed pictures within hand’s reach and backing up soft prints in the computer?  What difference (if there is any) are  you finding in these two methods that could work in your benefit for which you choose that method in the first place? Curious as always to know what you have to say… 




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  • Reply
    30 January, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    same pinch …I am also old fashioned regarding this and I think albums are irreplacable !!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful family moment with us !

    cheers !

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      Mommy's Heart
      30 January, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      I know Shainee! Thank God it is not just me, old-fashioned. I have company!!! YAY!!! 🙂

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    30 January, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I have many albums – with real prints and love them, but sadly this year, I caved. I just am running out of space, and I had made a goal to “simplify”. But I compromised with myself. No more ordering every print and putting them into albums – I now create a photobook and have it printed up. I have been doing photobooks for years for my kids and give it to them on Valentine’s day. It is their album – with all the family pictures and pics of them from the previous year (plus a letter form each of us, as well as a summary of what they did that year). However, this year, I made one for me too(although it’s much bigger than theirs because i include pics of not just the whole family, but snaps of them individually too). Takes up less space, but I can still flip through pages. We’ll see if it satisfies me in my nostalgic moments! Stopping by from SITS!

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      Mommy's Heart
      30 January, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks for visiting and your valuable comment! I have been doing photo books too on the side but I must say, it did not satisfy me as the photo prints did. But for gifting purposes, I resort to photo books as well along with real prints. Digital prints in my computer always get neglected. I never give them a second glance if I don’t need to. May be it is just me 🙂

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    Frugal in WV
    30 January, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I have both 🙂 My older photos are in photo albums and the new photos are backed up online, cell phone, camera, CDs etc. I just haven’t had the time to put any of my recent photos into albums. I do love photo albums though, they are so fun to look at!

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      Mommy's Heart
      31 January, 2013 at 1:03 am

      Yes, that is the way to go! Have your valuable pictures in prints, digitals and photobooks 🙂

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    Alethea Etinoff
    31 January, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    You truly live a blessed life. I really need to put my photos in an album. I think the flash drives and Instagram have taken away from sitting with your family and reliving old photos. Stopping by from SITS.


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      Mommy's Heart
      31 January, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I know, that is why I felt like ‘old-school’ even talking about sitting for pictures and storing them in prints 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Judy Haughton-James
    1 February, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures with such wonderful memories for you. I am also someone who likes to have a photo album with pictures. I have so many. After the death of my identical twin sister and brother I arranged special photo albums of them. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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    Mommy's Heart
    1 February, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I have seen your twin sister’s pictures in your blog and those pictures are beautiful and tell wonderful stories. So sorry for your loss on your siblings. To live with health and happiness is indeed a blessing, right? Thanks for stopping by.

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    The Liebers
    1 February, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I printed out physical pictures. Unless you count or Christmas card the last two years!

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      Mommy's Heart
      1 February, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I hear you 🙂 everything said and done,I realize keeping printed pictures is hard work. But for me, its worth all the trouble when I look at them over the years and marveling at the memories that I hold close to my heart…

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    Navin Menon
    1 February, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hi I just followed your blog, I found it through the blog hop, if you have a chance please follow back

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      Mommy's Heart
      1 February, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Will follow you right back 🙂

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    1 February, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Nice pics! Thanks for the follow. Following back!

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    2 February, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Hola Vinma!
    Stopping by thank your visit via the Aloha Friday Hop. I have reciprocate the love and support and am now your newest reader #51. Congratz! LOVE them pictures. Looking forward to learning more about you and yours 😉

    ~SimplyyMayra of
    PonderWonders @

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Hi Mayra

      Thank you for your kind words and I am looking forward to our blog relationship for the years to come. Can’t wait to explore your life adventures through your words. Cheers 🙂

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    Leti Del Mar
    2 February, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I love to scrapbook my favorites but it has gotten harder to do that since my baby turned into a non-stop energy maniac toddler 🙂 I’m hopping by from the Aloha blog hop and am your newest follower.

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Its true to keep up the picture traditions when we all have toddler power houses at home to deal with. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Michell Pulliam
    2 February, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Hi! Wonderful pictures…what great memories! Thanks so much for dropping by and following…following back! Have a wonderful evening!

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Thank you for reciprocating and your lovely comment. Looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

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    2 February, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I am your newest follower from the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!!! Love your blog and thank you for following me!!! Have a Simply Heavenly weekend!!!:):)

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much for dropping by and I really enjoyed reading your post on faith and our relationship with God. Just what I needed these days. Have a great Saturday! 🙂

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    Kelly Blackwell
    2 February, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Oh how I love taking pics with the family. I think a little chocolate promise is always in order considering how long it can take to get good pics. And I don’t know about you, but it seems like the poses are always so awkward yet they look so good. Glad you got everyone all set before growth spurts. 🙂 I love your other pictures too. I’m ready for a vacation. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 11:59 am

      You got that right, poses are always a bit awkward but I would still take it since I am sure that is all I get from them at this age and can’t ask for more 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    Sarah Evans
    2 February, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    A lovely thankful post full of photos and nostalgia 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      You are welcome! And thanks for the opportunity for linking up in your site 🙂

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    Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest)
    2 February, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures and memories! I am the same way. I like to keep a computer back up, but love using old fashioned photo albums.

    So glad you could link up at this week’s Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

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      Mommy's Heart
      2 February, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Kelly! I am so privileged to be a part of your hop and I have always yielded good results. Thanks for hosting 🙂

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    Summer Martin
    2 February, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful! I live right near the Niagara Falls!

    Summer x

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      Mommy's Heart
      3 February, 2013 at 1:20 am

      You are lucky to live near falls 🙂 In fact, We are going to visit there again next week. So excited 🙂

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    Brittney D
    2 February, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for joining the link up! Followed back:)

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    2 February, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    hi, i’m following the “weekend hop to you drop” blog hop . i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follow bev

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      Mommy's Heart
      3 February, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Thank you very much! I will do just that 🙂

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    8 February, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Loved the photos! I’m definitely old-fashioned when it comes to photos. I hate digital frames and want to enjoy the feeling of flipping the page of the photo album and ‘touching the memories’. Call me romantic!

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