Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Its the clothes that kill me

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Two bros yo.

This is my handsome husband, Jeff (left) with his little, adorable (still) brother Jason, taken I think around spring of '77. Yesterday my mother-in-law, Bette, sent this jewel to us. Many of us have photos that look like this. The pose, the clothes, the vintage coloration, and those bubba faces are priceless. I can hardly stand it actually. Those ties? Uhhh! I want to squeeze both of those faces!

And after birthing six of this man's children (just that man on the left there) I feel like I've seen these same faces over and over again. That expression just seems to run through all of them. I love it so much. Cherish it, actually. Like I have to close my eyes now, I've been looking at the cuteness too long. Coincidentally, before Bette sent these to us, Jeff and I each spent some time yesterday morning searching a few hard drives for a (huge) batch of our own family photos, that so far we haven't been able to turn up. I'm talking years of photos. We are scared that the file may have gotten overwritten somehow but I am so hoping we are wrong about that. I can't even imagine. It gives me such a sinking feeling thinking about it.

Last night though, I had a little glimmer of a thought in regards to this potential heartbreak in the works. Last month marks four years of blogging here. I can't believe it! I don't know quite what I ever expected out of this endeavor, but one thing is certain for me now. I am thankful that I have a record, albeit micro, of the comings and goings of the story of us here. Obviously intermixed with shoptalk, an other aspects of what I do everyday, but it is still a comfort. And on the note of comfort, I wanted to take the time to say thanks for coming along with me on this little journey. I know some of you have been here for 4 years (or longer!) and some just got here today. I thank each of you for the little nook you've carved out for me in your days, leaving me room to share.

Even if sharing means a really old picture of two boys in silly ties holding what look to be personal mini-Bibles. And I think Jeff's pants are pink. Bette? Oh, nevermind.

xoxo, Anna

52 comments:

  1. Old photos are such a treasure. We have nearly none of my father, and my husband as children. My mother in law has just a handful of photos from that time, and she can't tell her oldest and youngest apart!

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  2. lol I love the flared legs on those pants!

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  4. Love those 70's photos. Precious.
    I hope you find your photos. I've had that sinking feeling before. Thankfully my computer savvy son was able to find them all for me. I now have back up CDs and an external hard drive for all my photos.

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  5. Crossing my fingers you find those photos!

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  6. Adorable little guys.
    I hope all your photos show up asap.

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  7. Crossing fingers for you!

    P.S. Those pants have a great mini-bell.

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  8. Love the pictures and love reading your thoughts that you choose to share with us. Pictures are priceless. Hope you find your file. Oh, and the little Bible's look like the little New Testaments that they used to hand out all the time. I still have one in green but I think they came in many colors!

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  9. Reading whatever you write adds immeasurably to my day.

    Good luck on the pictures.

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  10. Your picture so reminds me of my husband's childhood photos, stiff 'grown up' clothes on a child, my husband hated it. But I can see why Mothers did it. I so hope your family photos turn up, fingers and toes crossed! :)

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  11. oh. my. could they be any cuter? i love the vintage outfits. adorable.

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  12. I think I've been here for the full 4 years! As an aspiring designer and a (homeschooling) mother of 5 I am always inspired by and greatly admire all you are able to do.

    And here's hoping you find those photos! I always feel sick about the fact that our video camera was broken for our middle child's first 3 years. I think I've made up for it now. I have way more photos and video of him now than anyone else ;)

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  13. Ohhh, I hope you find them!
    Old pictures are the best, arent' they? I just love going through boxes of them with family all around - it always ends fits of tearful laughter!

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  14. Anna, the same "oh have we really lost our pictures" thing happened to us and we were able to retrieve them.
    It cost a couple of hundred, I won't lie...but they are back. I wish you the same luck.

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  15. Could eat them up they're so cute!!!! You must want to squeeze your kids every chance you get.

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  16. Mauve, not pink and absolutely adorable. Love their sturdy belts too.
    I've been reading you for about 3 years now...part of my daily dozen that I read. I know it started as fabric attraction, but I have come to love seeing pics of the kids as they have grown...the house in all it's many transformations (where do you find the time?) and the story of your family.
    Thank you for giving us a peek into your daily lives and the picture of home-making you provide.

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  17. This IS a great picture! Sometimes I let my little boy's hair get too long when he was a toddler. It would poof out. We referred to him as Baby Frankenstein Head, (when he couldn't hear us.) I hope you find your photos. Pictures of our family are among the most valuable inanimate things we mothers have. love, Beth

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  18. Your blog is always a pleasure to read. :)

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  19. everything old is new again.
    great photo.

    i dont know if you use it, but in the past i have used picasa to search my computer for old photos, it also keeps a record of all of the photos on your blog (if its a blogger one that is). Hope thats of some hope in finding them.

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  20. Props to Bette! I have two little guys of my own and to get a picture of them both standing still, looking into the camera is like, a miracle! :)

    Maybe I can get my boys to rock star out some mauve pants too!

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  21. I hope you find the photos. Two months ago our computer crashed and I told my husband that the only thing I cared about were the photos of our toddlers. My heart felt crushed at the thought that those precious photos were gone. Luckily, we were able to retrieve them; my husband quickly saved them onto CDs.

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  22. Speaking of photos--I just love yours. Sometimes I don't really have time to read, but your pictures always make me smile. The colors, the fabrics, and that baby! Thanks, Anne

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  23. As the third child, I used to moan that there was a whole album of baby pics of my brothers and just a couple of snaps of me. Nowadays I think that it might be not such a bad thing that photographic evidence of my wardrobe is scarce...

    I hope that you find the pics.

    Take care,

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  24. Hey is that Donny Osmond? ha ha couldn't resist.

    I really hope you find those photos. I'm backing mine up right now just in case!

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  25. wow I think everyone growing up back then, has many memories in similar photos. I really do hope you'll be able to find your photos. They have to be in there, somewhere in the depth of the hard drive. :-)

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  26. I love Jason's tie! It's beautiful!

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  27. Yes- that looks like pink to me! ;) And maybe the other pair is lilac and not dark blue? But the ties match perfectly. ;)

    Good luck finding your family fotos!

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  29. Love the photo! There is so much polyester those pants are more plastic than fabric!! My whole elementary life is documented with this style. One color you might have overlooked is salmon lol.

    Well, any way, love those beautiful faces I know how fast they can changed even in 6 months!

    sending wishes to find the photos too! :)

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  30. Oh, my. That photo. Those ties! The pants! Love it!

    Also love to check in on your world. Congrats on the four year mark, and here's to many more!

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  31. Oh Anna,
    It is so fun to wake up and find a new posting on your blog (which has become my home page). A friend introduced me to you several months ago and you have been inspiring me ever since. I wonder if you might consider using a larger type. I have vision problems that cannot be corrected.

    thank you for your consideration,
    lisa b. GR,MI

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  32. Hi Lisa b, I don't set the type in blogger, it is automatic, you should be able to resize your desktop so that all type is larger when viewing a window. On my screen it's command+

    hope this helps :)
    Anna

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  33. <3 <3 <3

    If you are catholic, then pray to St. Anthony! I really hope you find your pictures!!!

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  34. Anna, Just wanted you to know how grateful I am for your blog. You have inspired me through your work,your faith, your stories and the ideas you share. As a mom, wife and artist myself, I know it is hard to balance it all. You seem to balance it with grace and much love. Our days are not perfect but there is joy to be found in each day given!!!! God Bless and Thanks! Hope you find your pictures!

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  35. GREAT pic! I remember those days & those clothes a little too well.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us & good luck on finding your pics!

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  36. What a beautiful picture! "Thanks" to some family circumstances I do not have any childhood photos, so I enjoy more those of others!
    Thanks for the ride, Anna-Maria, and be blessed with your lovely family and work.

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  37. Dear Anna, can I suggest you consider having your blog printed?? You have so many wonderful memories and stories, but they are expendable! There are several wonderful blog printing services, like Blog2Print and Blurb. I have no sponsored connection, but I have used both services to try to keep a legacy.
    It would be a lot of work, but worth it...do it for the 6 children and many grandchildren who will treasure it some day! Diane

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  38. Handsome and handsome!

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  39. I love those ties! Classic.

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  40. This IS a great picture! Sometimes I let my little boy's hair get too long when he was a toddler. It would poof out. We referred to him as Baby Frankenstein Head, (when he couldn't hear us.) I hope you find your photos. Pictures of our family are among the most valuable inanimate things we mothers have.

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  43. wonderful, wonderful picture of how it was then!

    as for the missing photos, consider using my standard prayer when I have lost really important stuff, like keys, presc sunglasses, and just recently the file box of important papers.

    "Lord, only YOU know where it is"

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  44. that photo is precious!!!!! all my babies come out the spitting image of my husband!

    my hubby is one of 7 so I love his family photos complete with bowl haircuts, handmade clothes and 9 people!!!

    corrie:)

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    i also have photos like that with my sister. we both look funny wearing a something like discount uniforms way back in the 80's

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