Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Drive (Down Memory Lane)

I've been thinking about how we all know so much about each other's day to day lives, as they are right now. However, most of us have not been blogging for more than a few years, so there are many seasons of our lives that we've never shared.

Along those lines, I decided to share with you a few pictures of our life before this blog was born. Since there are SO MANY things I could share, I narrowed it down by looking only at pictures taken in November, over the years.

Here we are in November, 2002 at David's work Christmas party. Keep in mind that my due date was not until FEBRUARY. Notice how the shirt is already almost too small to cover teh bellah?:


My god, I still had TWO MONTHS before the girls would be born (on January 23rd). I remember how Joan was head down, but Kate was transverse (sideways) and under my ribs. And how I would sit with one arm slung over my head and leaning to one side in order to give her more room under my ribs.

These next three pictures are some of my favorite pictures of the girls taken in November 2003. They were 10 months old.

I took this one, trying to get a good "Christmas Card Shot":


I remember having to give them those candy canes to suck on just to keep them both sitting still long enough to snap a few photos. They were walking (or nearly walking) at this time. That means that YES I did have 10 month old walking TWINS. Life is so unfair.

This next picture was taken of the girls and I at a friends house, just before we strapped our pajama-clad girls in their car seats and headed home.



I loved those hats!

Finally, this is one of my all time favorites of Joan and me. It was taken on Thanksgiving Day, at my grandma's house. I remember that I found a quiet spot to sit and nurse Joan, and that she fell asleep, and that my tummy was also full and I was also sleepy. I remember feeling so relaxed and so in love with her.


I also remember feeling so tired. Traveling with infant twins- and getting them to sleep and eat and nap in different places was really exhausting.

Finally, I remember that my brother was in Iraq, and that we made a little video to send him. He was deployed the same week the girls were born, so we always had an accurate time-line of how long he'd been gone. This Thanksgiving, 10 months into his deployment, was the first "big holiday" that we celebrated without him. It was weird.

I have a few more favorite pictures taken in November over the years that I will share soon.

If anyone else wants to show off some November pictures from years' past, please let me know. I'd love to see!

7 comments:

d e v a n said...

So cute. Those hats are adorable!

Greenstylemom said...

What a great idea! I think I might follow suit... although I guess I already did with my Africa photos. But I'll post more!

desperate housewife said...

I adore that one of you with Joan. I have a similar "just-nursed-the-baby-to-sleep" shot with Eli, and it's one of my all time favorites, too. Nursing does put you in such a nice, mellow mood. Er, sometimes!
Those hats are TO DIE FOR.

Swistle said...

Those are so great. How fun to see them.

Also, OMG, the pregnant-with-twins tum. I remember people would say, "You ware the biggest pregnant woman I have ever seen."

Shelly Overlook said...

I love love love these pics. All of them for different reasons. So awesome!!

Marie Green said...

My god, I should have mentioned that that first one belongs directly on Awkwardfamilyphotos.com - David trying to do the hand on the belly thing... UGG!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Gorgeous photos! Those hats!

The girls look so much like themselves already at 10 months. Also, walking ten month olds?? I'm going to pretend you didn't say that...

I love to troll through old photos as a way to keep things in perspective. It's a perfect activity for days when I'm feeling overwhelmed or sorry for myself.