Creative Crafting, Picture Taking Time

Childhood Photo Redo


Okay, so I’m an only child which means that my childhood photos are pretty much just me. Solo. But my parents love me a lot – like, a lot – so a photo of just me is totally cool with them.

So for a gift this Christmas, to each of my parents, I recreated one of my more adorable childhood photos. I found this hat on ebay, and the glasses on amazon. And viola! Probably their favorite gift – a double frame with the old phot0 and the new, side by side…

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Do it. Your parents will love you even more. You’re welcome.

Life As I Know It

Super Throwback Thursday

I don’t really participate in the TBT thing. I really should, considering how much I enjoy flipping through old photos and reliving fun moments of the past. But last weekend was like if you took every throw back Thursday that I have not participated in and rolled it into one massive throwback weekend. I went home to Wisconsin, where I helped my mom clean out a few sections of the house, which were mostly clutter with items from my adolescence.

And, WOAH. Like, seriously, major major woah.

I found school projects from grade school, notes from middle school crushes, and my high school swing choir “warm fuzzies.” I found newspaper clippings of my accomplishements over the years. I found my prom court sash. I found a mug from high school graduation that I do not remember receiving. I found the letters and bars I earned, although I never bought a letter jacket. I found diaries, which all only had a few pages written in them ranging from “mom doesn’t get me” to “I can’t believe I ever liked him.” I FOUND MY BARBIES, PEOPLE. And also, my Polly Pockets.

One thing that really stood out to me was that there were a few things from teachers along the way. I really hadn’t realized the impact some of them had on me. My first grade teacher apparently had an envelope of my first grade work, and sent it to me when I graduated high school, as you can see here:

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Our choir teacher had us write warm fuzzies to each other after our solos, and apparently, I kept them…

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I AM SPECIAL! At least, my family thinks though. But thanks, teachers, for making sure I knew.

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My amazing AP Comp teacher, who we lovingly called Doc, wrote this note at one point. I’m not sure when or why, but it’s a pretty nice message any day.

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And a few other gems, as I mentioned above…

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And of course, I found evidence of my college application process. What a lucky, lucky lady I am to have landed where I landed. GO DORES!!

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Creative Crafting, Life As I Know It

Friendship Bracelets

Remember these?

I was 110% obsessed with making these when I was younger…as were all my friends. This is just what we did…alllll summer. And this weekend, I taught my little sis (from bbbs) how to make them too. In fact, I found the exact same book that I learned them from. I wonder if it’s the only book on how to make friendship bracelets? I wouldn’t be surprised.

So we took a little picnic to the park, relaxed in the shade, and worked on our projects. This was a great time to spend just chatting as she gets ready to enter 7th grade…hard to believe she was in 5th grade when we started hanging out!

Daily Notes, Life As I Know It

Field Day

Let’s take a break from flood coverage.  It’s a tad overwhelming, and there will be so much to talk about in the months to come.

Let’s talk about field day.

This morning, Katy said, “Do you hear music?” and in fact, she was right.  Coming through our windows was the joyous sound of music: it is field day down the street.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’d forgotten about field day after all these years, but as we chatted about it, my memories all came flooding back to me.  I don’t even remember the exact games we played, but the feelings I had remain strong.  Never did I feel such care-free freedom and bliss as I did in my days galavanting about Parkview Elementary.

I vaguely remember tug of war, three-legged races, sack races, hoola hooping, and water baloons…I think…and definitely endless amounts of four-square, which we were completely addicted to.

Do you remember games you played?  What were they and what were your favorites?

Daily Notes, Life As I Know It, Picture Taking Time


Today you have the privilege of viewing photographs of my early years.  I found these a year or so ago when cleaning out and organizing my mom’s picture collection.  Scanned and saved, I re-discovered them on my computer the other day.

Sleepover (me on the right)

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And my high school show choir days, performing for elementary school kids.  That’s me, the center mouse.

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