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Tuesday, February 2

Telling my husband that he's a good dad is the number one compliment that you could possibly give the guy. The top of the top. The creme de la creme. Best. Compliment. Ever. From the second our kids came into this world he proudly and tenderly fell into the life of fatherhood, looking at his new role in the same way that he looked at our babies for the first time: as if it was an actual miracle. Doing this child-rearing thing together has been a study in patience and late nights spent reading parenting books with our phone flashlights. It's also been tag teaming, and we'll-discuss-this-laters/not-in-front-of-the-kids, and heated discussions about the raising of these tiny people with their mighty spirits that we both so passionately want to do right by. And it's actually because of those discussions that I know we're doing alright. Because we both so deeply care and so deeply want to do what's best. It's nice having an equal partner to shoulder that responsibility with and heave it up the giant mountain of toddler-hood. So so nice.

For Valentine's Day this year, I knew that getting him something that would remind him of his favorite people and his favorite job would be the perfect gift. A few weeks ago, I asked him to pick out his favorite pictures of us and send them to me. When he did, I uploaded them to Shutterfly immediately and put together what is prooooobably my best V-day gift to date. Completely one-upped him. Good luck with my gift pal.

To start with, I knew that his VERY OWN World's Greatest Dad mug, would basically be the equivalent of a grand gesture "I love you." I know! The guy's easy to please.
The mug did not disappoint. He could NOT have loved it more. I believe the exact words he used were "awesome" and "so awesome" and "aw man" and also "this is the coolest." I mean, classic World's Greatest Dad mug ... sort of a rite of passage. I ordered this one, which I loved because it was completely customizable. Slapped one of his favorite pictures of him and the kids at the Grand Canyon on it and called it a day. He's so proud of it, it kills me.
With the rest of the pictures, I wanted to do something really big, so I decided to plan a wall collage. I've mentioned before that I'm HORRIBLE at getting our photos to print, and so this was such an ideal way to get his favorites finally into frames and onto the wall.
For the photo Tyson chose of a glorious morning on the beach together, I chose to print it in the Simple Memory Border Art Print, and customized it with a tiny quote just for us. It's so subtle, you barely notice that it's there, unless you're us and know it's there. Which is probably what I love about it the most.
Shutterfly had so many customizable options; made my job easy to arrange and rearrange the photos into exactly the right print and frame pairings. I also loved that I had the option to add to my gallery wall with art and photos from their Art Library, just to shake things up. I HAD to cut myself off on this order, but next time, I'm totally getting this adorable Baby Hedgehog Print for the kids' room. Or, you know ALL of their baby animal prints.
The quality on the print itself was shockinglllyyy amazing. I mean four out of the seven prints were blown up from iphone photos, and I was sort of nervous about it, but you wouldn't even know. The color and clarity was completely pristine. I was over-the-moon thrilled with how everything turned out. And side bonus for me, the framing felt super light, so I could hang my photos without using nails and I wasn't stressed about anything falling at all.
This time, I chose to order their Black and White Bokeh Framed Art Print, and love that it pairs so well with this gallery wall, but would also work well with the other art I have in my home, should I ever get the itch to rearrange.
This photo of Tyson holding Isla the night she was born will kill me until the end of time. It's his very favorite in the whole world, so I wanted it to be perfect. I chose to print it on a Framed Canvas Print and just loved the results. It came in a box frame, which I thought totally moderized the canvas, and also added some diversity to the gallery. When he took it out of the box, his whole face lit up.
Of course, I wanted the photo from when Everett and Isla first met to be one of the largest photos on the wall, so I chose to print it with one of their customizable Photo Gallery Prints and put it in a contemporary frame.
And same went for this one, the last photo I took of my belly before Isla arrived (I'm sensing a theme here, ha!). I was so thrilled with the results. Tyson saw this and immediately requested a third child.
NOT the reaction I was searching for. ;)
And now Tyson has his very own wall of memories that he hand picked himself, to enjoy on his own and also bring up in conversation whenever possible. "You should see these pictures that Syd just ordered, c'mere let me show you." haha! I'm so happy. And I think there's juuuuust enough room to hang my Wife of The Year Award. Happy V-Day my love.
If you'd like, you can see the framing options I ordered here:  
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Right now, you can save up to 50% on everything Valentine's Day over at Shutterfly. Sale ends February 3, with just enough wiggle room to get your goods delivered on time. Cheers and happy V-Day!
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Valerie Linscott said...

This post is so full of joy and that mug looks absolutely splendid!

I love your plaid shirt Sydney. I know it's thrifted, but could you do me a favor and tell me the brand?

Thanks :)

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mahesh patel said...

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So sweet!!

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