This is Rory after a long football practice:
He’s bright eyed and bushy tailed no matter what. Well, homework DOES takes him down a peg or two, but otherwise, even after the longest day, this is what you’ll get.
He’s nine years old and, as we found when we went to buy him some snow boots this weekend, has advanced into a size 9 in MEN’s shoes. Can you believe it?! Thank goodness he’ll be playing basketball this winter, we’ve got to put all that lankiness to use.
Rory lives and dies for his friends, sports, and just *activity* in general. To be moving is to be happy in his world.
I wanted to commemorate this Fall’s football season for him and had a Shutterfly Photo Book made. Why Shutterfly? We ordered Colum’s Christening announcements from them and were very happy with the product, but that was 5 years ago – not necessarily indicative of their quality today. Mostly, I chose Shutterfly because that’s where the team photographer uploaded all the pics she took. Rather than download them all and upload them into another service, Shutterfly it is!
WHY IT WORKED
Here’s why this project went from, “Oh, that’d be a cute idea…” to actually getting done… When you go to the Shutterfly Photo Books page, you’ve given two options, “Custom Path” or “Simple Path.” If you choose the “Custom Path” it’s up to you to put your book together. Lots of people want that kind of control. But me, I’m so obsessive I’ll spend a week working on it if I have complete control. I chose the “Easy Path” and Shutterfly assembled the book for me in it’s entirety.
I chose a theme (“Sports, duh!) from the 20 they have to pick from and switched out the cover picture for one I really liked. I gave it a title and then hit “Order.” It took abot 30 minutes. The last 25 minutes of that were me compulsively checking each page multiple times for any errors. There weren’t any.
These are 8×8 in size and softcover. There are quite a few size options available and there’s usually a Shutterfly coupon of some sort running that you can use. They usually post the specials and coupon codes right on the front page of their site. With a Shutterfly coupon I used, I got the 4 books, plus tax and shipping for $49.
The Shutterfly photo books turned out so nice, and I think it’s a gift he’ll have for a long time, which is more than I can say for the Halo figurines.
Who in your family would LOVE one of these? Click here to try the “Simple Path” and see how fast you can get one made.