Today's the day my mom officially turns the big six-oh! Happy birthday, Mom! You don't get to celebrate turning 60 every year, so my family and I decided to do it up big! We sent out invitations to all of her favorite people and Sunday night we gathered to give her one heck of a surprise. It was a super good time, and I have so many pictures to share from it. But, they aren't quite ready yet.
So, today I'm going to show you some old pictures. Not old as in from past blog posts, but old as in from when mi madre was a little baby. We put together a slideshow to play at the party (special shout-out to Allison for all her help!) and these are some of the pictures from it. Admittedly, some of them aren't the best pictures. But here's the thing: I had to be sneaky about getting photos from my mom's house, which meant I couldn't ask her where the box of her baby photos is hiding. I tore her house apart looking for those pictures one day while she was out, but to no avail. (After the party, I finally asked her where they are and she said she shoved them under her bed. The ONE place I didn't look. Sigh...) So these pictures all came from my aunt, who graciously dug through all of her baby photos and pulled out any and all of them that had my mom in them and mailed them to me. (Thank you, Aunt Kim!)
Did I mention that the only photo scanner I have free access to lives at my mom's house, specifically in her bedroom? Yea, so that was tricky too. Thank goodness for her beach trip, or I don't know how I would've pulled this off. Also, I hope that's the last time I have to spend an afternoon sitting at her rickity old (and majorly slow) computer.
Now, without further adieu, let's take a look at my mom through the years.
Who doesn't love a bathtub shot? Even if the bathtub is actually a basin sitting on a table...
My mom with her dad, my Pepaw, dressed up for Sunday church.
Something about the look on this face tells me she may have been up to no good.
Just another day hanging out at the Water Department...
Somebody does not look too happy about the new addition of a little sister.
Pretty princesses! I bet Bren would love to have this dress to play in.
Check out these hats! They're kinda like plates!
This picture (below) cracks.me.up! I have no idea what the story behind this picture is, but in my head, my mom is being punished for not having a good attitude like her little sister, and so she has to wear the mask.
This is one of my favorites because I still see this same smile on my mom's face all the time. She's second from the right, in case you can't tell.
It seems as though my mom went through a little bit of a sassy stage where she didn't smile for the camera. There are several photos of her like this.
I know my mom's eyes are closed in this picture, but I love it because of my Pepaw. I feel like he's standing proud and his face says, "Yea, these are my girls."
This picture, I think, was taken at the brunch on my mom and dad's wedding day. As the story goes, this would be right after my dad informed my mom that he lost all of their honeymoon money the night before in a game of poker...to his brother.
I'm pretty sure this is my oldest brother, Nick, when he was a baby. But that's not the point of this picture. See the dog on the couch? Anyone else think it looks just like Henry?
Fast forward a few years later and we're finally a family of five. Betcha can't guess which one of us kids was the thumb-sucker.
Three generations of girls.
One of my favorite family photos from my mom's side of the family, even though I think my eyes are closed. This was on Christmas morning, after we'd already opened gifts, had breakfast, and completely un-decorated my Memaw's house. We were all about to hit the road to go visit with other sides of our families.
My mom has gotten to watch all three of her children get married.
And now she has a slew of grandkids!
I think my mom would agree that she's had some pretty fun times over the years, especially being married to a clown like my dad.
He's pretty smitten with her.
Happy, happy day to you, Mom...and many, many more! I love you!