My 11-month-old son, Catcher, loves to look at pictures. He is always pointing to framed photos we have around the house and I try to talk to him about the people in them. But my husband has four siblings in addition to several cousins who are considered just as dear, so we haven't come even close to representing everyone on our walls. So when I saw the "Wall of Fam" that my friend Kate put up on her wall for her baby, I thought it was brilliant.
She and her husband don't have family around but they want their son to get to know his relatives, so she took mug shot photos of each family member. Instead of going the expensive route of framing them, she laminated the photos and hung them on a string in the hallway with clothes-pins.
"My dad calls it the 'Wall of Shame' but we call it 'Wall of Fam.' It is great to have it in the hallway because we're constantly cruising by," Kate said, "We can rearrange people, take them down and play with (them) etc. I guess it is one way to have HJ become a little bit closer to and more familiar with our family that is not here."
A warning to relatives, you can't be sensitive to be included on the "Wall of Fam."
"He threw grandma on the floor tonight," Kate said.
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