I am sooooo glad I sent all those pictures away to THIS PLACE. I got by pictures back yesterday and I am really, really impressed. I chose the second option -- the prepaid box where you can scan as many photos as you can fit in. They send you a prepaid box, you send your photos, they scan them and then send them back. They say the box fits "over 1600" pictures. I fit in 2082 to be exact (almost all 4x6's with 50-75 3x5's thrown in). So it was the better deal for me because I got over 2000 pictures done AND I didn't have to pay postage on that HEAVY box. It took a bit longer, since I had to wait for the box to arrive, but once I sent it it was one week from leaving my house to returning.
And the pictures turned out great. Well, as great as they were in the first place! The nice thing about them was that there were no dust/scratch marks like when I scan stuff. This, in addition to the obvious advantage, I now have 2082 pictures on my hard drive that I didn't have to scan. And I probably never would have.
Here are a few, just so you can see the quality. I have done no filtering for noise/dust, etc on these.
I am soooo happy I did this. I got so many older photos scanned. So many stories to be told. I can't wait. The only problem is that they do not scan in order so I have to go through them all and organize them. AND I need to get up the guts to get rid of the prints now. That WAS part of the purpose of this little project. Don't be scared -- I do have all the negatives of the newer pictures and I will NOT be throwing away the old picture. I will return those to my mother :)
So, go...gather up all those pictures in random albums, in shoeboxes, in drawers and get them all ready to be scanned. Best money I have spent in a long time.
So, yesterday was a very productive day for me. Jason and the kids were out almost all day so I got some much needed quiet AND I got a lot of work done. I made some major progress on a project I am working on. I am really excited about it, mostly because *I* want it and I am hoping that it will be a help to others, too. I also got some gifts ordered for family, got some emails returned, and all in all had a really good day.
Today will be another busy one..lots of little things to do before my parents get here tonight. I haven't had my parents come to *my* house in over three years. I know I strive too much for my parents approval so I need to let some of that go and hope they enjoy their visit. I just want my kids to get to know them a bit better and for them to know my kids. To know how wonderful they are. I haven't been good at much in life but this mothering thing is one things I'm not half bad at :) My house may not be the cleanest on the block, I may not own the house I live in, and my kids don't have every new toy known to man (not that I would ever do that, anyway) but my kids are HAPPY, they know they are LOVED, and we are the silliest little bunch you ever did see :) I want my parents to glimpse that.
Okay, Jason is enlisting my help to get the princess ready for school. Gotta go. Have a GREAT day!