Thursday, August 20, 2009

Feeling Nostalgic

Today is the first day of the new school year for most of the kids in the Des Moines area. I knew this immediately when I drove Hogan (the dog) to a park for our morning walk.

Buses were rolling everywhere. Kids congregated on corners, waiting for them. I also saw the neighbor photographing her ready-for-school, backpack clad daughter. It made me fondly remember all the years I took first-day photos of our two children who are now 33 and 29 years old.

I've been looking through piles of loose photos - oh what a trip down memory lane! And it's long past time to get the pictures organized. Yikes. I couldn't find our son's first-day-of-school picture, though I searched in several likely places.

Here's what I did find: our daughter's first day of kindergarten in 1981. I always loved her French-braided hair.
And here she is a few years later, in 1987, with her little brother. She's ready for sixth grade; he's ready for second grade. He never liked wearing blue jeans, insisting sweatpants were more comfortable. I made them in a variety of colors, for much less money than the price of jeans.
Now back to the photos strewn all over the bedroom. I wish I'd done a better job taking care of them... twin prints, negatives, and professional photos. Many of them have turned orange. I really appreciate that our digital age makes photo-taking and storage more efficient.


  1. Cute pictures of the kids. I wish I knew that those magnetic photo albums were going to ruin my pictures before I put them in. UGH!

  2. Love your blog Linda. I have just discovered it, and will now keep looking. Thanks so much for the tutorials.
    I live in New Zealand, and as I write this, it's 5pm Friday 21st.August.
    You might like to check out my blog

  3. Your daughter looks very much like you, especially in the first photograph with the braids! I don't think I will ever get too old to remember the kids first day at school! Magic Memories.



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