Woo hoo! So. My friend managed to recover ALL of our files off the old, broken hard drive. What a relief! All our pictures, documents, etc. are fine. We've got an external hard drive to back everything up on (which we should have had before, but just kept putting it off).
And today, we bought a new hard drive, plus some extra RAM, and Windows 7 (because why on EARTH would anyone install Vista by CHOICE?). So, we've been busy bees today, but finally we've got our good computer back.
Which ALSO means that I can get pictures up again. Woo hoo! I'm awfully excited. So, pardon the next few days when I'll be working on getting up a bunch of long-overdue posts. With pictures. Lots of pictures.