It was a very special delivery.
This week, Will got a package in the mail and he was so excited to see open it….with a fork. Yup. In his excitement, he grabbed a baby fork and decided that it was the perfect tool for quickly seeing his “very speshaw sah-pwise”.
At first, I think he was disappointed that it wasn’t a monster truck. or some type of weaponry.
I started explaining to him that I was very proud of him and how he has been learning his letters and how this book will help him learn all the letters in all the names of his family members. We often say D…D is for Daddy and P…P is for Pappap…..you know how that goes….but that’s all the letters he’s been getting…the first ones. I wanted to help him out visually so that he can know all the letters in all the names of those he loves. Plus, I want him to learn the difference between family and friends.
He started warming up to the idea when I said that this book was just for him and he can be in charge of it. He LOVES being in charge of things.
That’s when he asked…Mommy, did you give me this book and take all my pit-churs because you love me? Yes. And because I don’t want you to be like me…aka…a horrible speller.
I think it will probably be the first of many books I make for them. I really enjoy seeing the boys enjoy ‘reading’. I was a huge bookworm when I was little and I hope that I can encourage that passion.
So here’s how I made it…I used MyPublisher software (I’ve used it in the past for our family yearbooks and it’s really simple. No, they don’t sponsor us or anything like that…if we host a bonfire, they won’t be roasting weenies, if you know what I mean. We just love their photo books.) and used a bunch of family photos that I already had on hand and made the ‘spelling’ part with children’s blocks.
I taped down a piece of fabric on our table and created each name and took a photo from above.
For the portraits, I tried to find individual shots of each person but when I couldn’t find ones that I loved, I always chose ones with one of the boys (for example, my dad’s picture is with Will and my mom’s is with Weston).
I also made sure to involve all grandparents, great grandparents, cousins and aunts and uncles. I hope this means that Will will feel closer to those family members that live farther away.
I actually had to wait till LJ was born to order the book because I had one spot waiting for his photo 🙂
Some friends mentioned to me that they made books for their kids before….like an ABC book with specific pictures that relate to their kids (that child’s teddy bear for B) or photos of their child’s favorite things (trucks with their kid next to it). The possibilities here are really endless….anything that can be documented or grouped together can be made into a very special momento. What would you make? I think my next one will be a book of Will’s artwork and schoolwork. I have saved every single thing he’s brought home from his preschool and I can not wait to publish it to keep for years to come…especially the paper where he described me as a 37 year old and Jeremy as 3 🙂