Posts tagged ‘family’

August 8, 2010

Sunday Seven :: celebrating the girl’s sweet sixteen

 

Kiwi's sweet sixteenThis past weekend was a celebration of our Kiwi’s Sweet Sixteen, so today’s post is completely in her honor. Here are seven things I love about the missy. (Be sure to click the photo for full image.)
 
1. She is rarely too shy to step out for something (or someone) she’s interested in — even though she doesn’t see how beautiful and talented she is. I dream of being that courageous.
 
2. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and to her family.
 
3. She loves (and knows) the music of the 80s almost as much as those of us who lived it. And it’s reflected in her personal style, as well.
 
4. She is ambitious and has big dreams, but she also wants to make a lot happen right now.
 
5. She values her environment and absolutely loves living in a small country town. Once, while standing on a well-lit street, she told me it made her sad to not see the stars in the sky. She finds beauty and joy in the expanse of wide-open spaces.
 
6. When she laughs, her eyes light up and her beauty is intensified. I love that the laughter comes easily.
 
7. What I love most of all is the way she looks for opportunities to help people and have fun in the process. And that spirit is contagious.
 
Kiwi Chelle is truly a remarkable young woman with a great sense of herself, and it makes me very proud to tell people that she is my niece. Though the first sixteen years have just flown by for me, I’m so excited to see where our girl is headed as she moves from adolescence into adulthood. What I’m absolutely certain of is that she’s destined to be amazing. And I couldn’t love her more.
 

July 30, 2010

retro photo month :: day thirty

Kiwi, AJ, K2 - circa 1996   W, AJ, K2, Kiwi - circa 2001
  my greatest treasures: Kiwi and K2, circa 1996;   W, K2 and Kiwi, circa 2001
 

AJ and The D, circa 2006
AJ and Dyl, circa 2006

As best my parents can remember, I began wearing glasses in the first grade. My eyesight, like my dad’s and eventually both of my sisters’, is extremely nearsighted, and this began to manifest quickly after I began attending school. As a child it’s usually no big deal to wear glasses, but by the time I reached the fringes of puberty I became extremely self-conscious about them. In sixth grade I managed to convince my parents that contact lenses would be better for me and that set me on an interesting journey of ill-fitting lenses that were easily lost and often replaced until the lens makers finally developed better materials to accommodate my severe prescription and high astigmatism. That didn’t occur until adulthood, but it was such a Godsend to be comfortable in my vanity.
 
I was always certain that I would never return to glasses. Not only did I not like my appearance in them, but they were much less comfortable and practical than contacts. But age often forces a person to make decisions she never thought she would, and such was the case with me. By my mid-thirties I had developed conditions in my eyes that made contacts virtually unbearable after only a few hours, so I made the difficult decision to return to glasses. It’s been almost six years since then and I now find my appearance so foreign without the glasses. Styles have come a long way since my childhood, as have opinions about the people who wear spectacles, and I am finally comfortable with the challenges in my eyesight. At this point, I don’t even recognize myself with the glasses. My sixth grade self would never have believed that could happen.
 

this month’s photos

St. Louis, circa 1999 around the turn of the 21st century December 1993 circa 1991
circa 1989 eighties hair senior year, high school sophomore year, high school sophomore year, high school
grade 8 middle school drill team circa 1980 grade 6 grade 5
scouts bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.
 

July 21, 2010

retro photo month :: day twenty-one

 
While sorting through family photos for this month-long project, I came across this photo of my mom that I had never seen before. I couldn’t stop looking at it. She’s stunning! My mom has always been beautiful, has always been photogenic, but this particular one really stopped me. I can’t get over how striking her beauty is here, how completely amazing she looks. I assumed this was one of her young adult photos, but when I asked she determined it was taken her sophomore year… of high school. High school! For comparison I have included my sophomore photo. I mean, seriously? My mom looked like that her sophomore year and I looked like this?!? Where’s the justice? Where she was all blonde and peaches and cream, I was deathly pale with bad hair, heavy dark brows, freckled pubescent features, and braces on my teeth. ::sigh:: Truly no justice.
 

 Mom, sophomore year   Jules, sophomore year
 

this month’s photos

grade 8 middle school drill team circa 1980 grade 6 grade 5
scouts bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.
 

July 15, 2010

retro photo month :: day fifteen

 
I didn’t spend long in Blue Birds, and by the next year my family had moved to yet another Dallas suburb and I found myself in Girl Scouts. My sister joined Brownies at the same time. I don’t remember that scouts lasted very long with me — I think my sisters may have gone further — but I do have good memories from that period of time. It’s true that scout organizations are great for kids, I just never had much interest in group activities, being very much into my own mind and the worlds within books throughout my entire life. But the uniforms were cool, eh? I’m especially enamored with that little pouch on the belt! And what’s cooler than a beret?

scouts
   the first sister and me, circa 1977 (the year I discovered the power of movies)
 

this month’s photos

bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.