I have a confession to make, when I first read Andrea's's prompt for the Show & Tell this week being the top five pictures of your life, I thought to myself this has to be the most difficult prompt ever for me! Everyone who knows me, knows that I am crazy for pictures. Always have been. You see, there are things that I easily forget in life but a photo can't transport you right back to that moment in time. Details about that experience come floating back to life and to me, it's magical to look back at treasured photos.
I know my husband and sons get frustrated sometimes when I want to take yet another photo but I'm telling you, they too will thank me someday when we look back on these bits of our lives through photos.
There was virtually no way I could pick just five so I'm throwing in a few more than that. And it's just so difficult to pick favorites because so many of the pictures of the people, places and times in my life have been favorites.
Here are some in chronological order.
While I don't remember this, I'm always so blown away with how styling my parents always were and are! I mean just look at their beautiful holiday reds and my mom's sweet choker! So on trend!
Boy, did my family love to go to amusement parks like Cedar Point! We would have a ball, sometimes going with other family or friends and of course always a sunglasses sporting family!
My BFF as a toddler and pre-elementary school was a boy… Yep his name is Ryan and he was my bud! We had so much fun playing And we would always pretend to get married with the officiant being my mom, lol, who would babysat for him.
With my birthday coming up on Sunday, I always think back to the beautiful cakes my mom made. They often matched what I was wearing of course. She always did and always does make birthdays very special and I always looked forward to blowing the candles out on those cakes, now she makes it special with my favorite pie every year, the key lime. Plus, this was my favorite dress as a little girl, look at the sweet little grapes.
Senior Year Spring Break. This time of year been conducive for all the spring breaks, it takes me back to my senior year and how much fun we had in Florida. These are just a handful of the girls including my best friend Rolonda. Loving the tans loving the smiles and of course that Hot Dog!
3 generations of fun loving ladies at my college graduation. Missing Grandma, almost a year since her passing.
Another favorite birthday picture of love, giving mom the gift of shoes on her 30th. This will always be a picture very dear to my heart and fashion sense, LOL!
Just look at those cheeks and excitement!
My precious little beach boy. Loved the beach then, and loves it now! Just love the story this black and white tells.
My mom and I work for the same health system and they did a special feature on us on the cover of a magazine the health system used to publish. These T-shirts were purchased in New York and everyone was quite enamored with all our celebrity sightings and the fun we had as it was the initial trip to celebrate mom's big birthdays that we take every five years.
This is the last year our youngest believed in Santa Claus! It was the first year for that pretty wood block decoration "Believe" for which the boys got up on that ladder to set up for me and begin their tremendous help in assisting me with decorations every year. Don't you just love how hard they're squeezing their eyes? Makes it look like if you squeeze them really hard, dreams do come true!
This is a picture of me in Italy with the cone full of the most yummy gelato I've ever had; cinnamon, and I literally can still taste it sometimes when I look at this picture! For my 40th birthday, Mr. Nine took me to Italy and it was definitely a trip to remember and this is one of my favorite pictures that he took of me. Says Happy Tourist in Rome, lol.
Mr. Nine Took this one Christmas of our sweet Daisy Mae and it's my favorite pictures of her ever.
For most of my regular readers, you know that Mr. Nine and I enjoy summer date days! Being so close to Lake Michigan, there is much to take in. This day was one of the best And while we have and always will not be great at selfie's, this tells a lot: hair pulled back in the jeep ready to enjoy an afternoon at a winery, craft fair, sidewalk chalk competition, a rooftop bar and sensational sunset.
One of my favorites of our handsome "men" in our favorite place on earth, the beach town in Michigan.
These guys are pure adventurers! They love water sports, they love action and they love to laugh. Just love the looks on their faces with how much fun they're having!
The baby of the family is a straight A student. And while all of our kids have been smart, this guy has just blown away with how far he has come and how well he's killing it in high school. So proud! Just found out he is wining the medal again this year as a sophomore.
Last June, the two oldest graduating, both with honors and look how happy we all are! It tells such a story because this was the beginning of such an adjustment with two going off to different colleges and mom having a hard time adjusting.
So SMILE and Remember to Capture Life's Fleeting Moments.
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