I have been taking your photo storage/printing tips to heart and am going to try several different processing methods. I recently made a Blurb book of Instagram photos for grandparents (as per Molly's suggestion) and I loved how low fuss and quick the whole process was. These are not technically superior photographs, but they are often the most candid and downright hilarious photos that I take. The nice thing about doing it through the IG to Blurb format is that you don't need to download the Blurb book software to get it all done. I'm going to make a longer, hard cover version for our family.
(soft cover blurb book)
One thing that is also helping me feel less overwhelmed in the photo department is the liberal use of the delete button. I don't need doubles, triples or a dozen of essentially the same photo. Realizing that *no* photo is the same, I'm still trying to be a bit brutal with my editing process. I'm trying to take to heart what Beth said in her comment about too much documentation/scrapbooking being burdensome to her offspring one day. I've also been using flickr more and more (yahoo has totally dropped the ball on flickr, but I still love it for connecting with people and as a backup tool), making more of my photos private and using it for a personal 365 project. If I'm going to pay for it, I want to really get the most out of it.
So yes. Summer. It has been a lengthy transition into tolerable (weather and behavior). We had a visit from the bugs, the grandparents, and we are expecting some more great company in the next few weeks. We are far from having an *easy* summer, but that's what I'm working towards.
I can't help but wonder if it would automatically get easier if I decided to drink a lot more.