These are 'memory books' which I've made for the children for Christmas. I haven't mentioned it yet here on the blog, but we are moving to Wellington in the first week of January and I wanted the kids to have their own little albums recording some of the happy times we've had here in Nelson since we returned home from Norway three years ago.
One of my favourite things as a child (actually, it's still one of my favourite things to do whenever I go to my parents' house) was to flick through the family photo albums, and I've always felt slightly bad about not making albums of all the digital photos on our hard drive.
So now A and K can have their own albums to keep, and I made sure to keep some extra pages blank at the back for some photos from the Christmas and New Year parties and get-togethers we'll have before we finally leave in January. I bought the linen-covered cardboard albums a while ago and used 'magic dots' to affix the photos which I printed through my Flickr account.
We are moving because Tom has a new job in the central city- he was a high school teacher and he'll still be working in education, but in an office instead of in a classroom. We're all experiencing mixed emotions about leaving our family, friends and hometown (and the house we bought 18 months ago and love dearly) but luckily the capital city isn't too far away, and we are looking forward to all the exciting things it has to offer (such as international concerts and exhibitions for example, and hopefully visitors from home who come to enjoy them too.) In addition, Tom has been working up there for 6 weeks already, so it will be good to be together in the same house again.
I hope all your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely. See you tomorrow!