Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Then and Now

"Then and Now" is my clever little way of saying, "Post That Should Have Been a Flashback Friday Last Friday But We All Know I Was Off the Blogging Wagon Last Week So That Didn't Happen."

I didn't want this little gem to sit unseen on the hard drive for another year, so I'm breaking it out anyway. A little late.


Obviously, this is my little family on the 4th of July. The year is 2005. My Michael looks handsome, if a little unshaven. Maia looks adorable with her various teeth missing; Mason looks like a virtual fetus; Marlee looks like a chubby-faced toddler. Mackenna looks entirely too comfortable in the womb and I look remarkably cheerful for a woman whose fourth baby had been due eight days prior to this photo being taken. (Fun Fact: Mackenna was born 9 hours and 13 minutes after this photo was taken.)

Shopping for our annual 4th of July shirts that year, I, of course, purchased a teeny tiny one for my baby. But the rascal never came. I joked that I was going to safety pin the infant tee to the belly of my shirt, but I refrained. I think I ended up giving it to the Salvation Army with the tags still on it.

This year, I went with the "rainbow" look and grabbed shirts of all different colors for our family to wear on my Michael's favorite holiday. Here we are, four years later, in all our glory:

Look at my Michael! He's as handsome as ever. And look at Maia. Wow! She's really getting tall and grown up, isn't she? Speaking of grown up--check out Mason. Did I mention that he wears a men's size 8.5 shoe? How crazy is that? And my Teensy. She's just a beautiful little girl; there's no sign of a toddler in her. Mackenna is out of the womb, but still as close to her mama as she can get. That's my baby!
As for me, I'm trying not to dwell on the fact that I looked thinner when I was 41+ weeks pregnant than I do today. How is that even possible!?!?!?!

15 comments:

Melodie's Aunt Dawn said...

What a beautiful family! TFS!!!

whitney allison said...

wha? 2 posts in the same month? I'm shocked. It is crazy to see how your family has changed, no one more than Mackenna.

Christie said...

So cute family pictures. I remember that little family.

Dawn said...

cute altho are you sure it was 2003 and not 2005? I'm sure i was there on that very day to see kenna i definitly was in England in 2003?

Heidi said...

You look great--then and now! How did you manage to look so good at 8 days late? You look better than I did, and my babies were all early!

Tracy said...

You do not look bigger now! I love that picture and I love how you are such a psycho about getting your 4th of July shirts. You should be happy I dressed my family in the appropriate colors this year too!

Jann said...

It is so fun to see the two pictures.

Mary said...

I love that in the first picture Teensy has her hand on your chest and no one seems to mind/notice. These are the details of motherhood that nobody remembers unless you have a child who still does it.

Cami said...

I wonder that same question to myself each day . . . but I think you look great! Very fun. I am lame and didn't even GET shirts this year. Lame.

Jenni said...

You guys are so cute! Love the pics! Wow Maia and Mason are getting SO tall!!!

Gabriela said...

Whatever missy, you're looking as good as the last time I saw you, which I can't even remember when that was. You are looking amazing and your family is simply adorable.

Kellie said...

What a fun flashback. I remember when Jeff broke into men's shoes. It was actually a teary moment for me. What a lovely family you have. I hope you found Henrietta. More importantly, I hope I wasn't supposed to have her. I checked and rechecked all my voicemail and prayed fervently that you didn't find a dead dog in their house. I may have nightmares tonight.

Susan said...

Wow! Maia looks so different, she's all grown up! I still remember how she always wanted to give Emily a new eye because she just has one. It was so sweet.

My kiddos are getting huge, especially Olive. She grew an inch in a month!

You all look great! Hope life is treating you well.

Deb said...

you look fabulous in both pictures. perhaps it's the amazing photography in the second one.... but really, for being 8 days over with kenna, you looked AMAZING!

carilarkins said...

My kids loved the pictures of yours from 4 years ago. They were all so cute and have grown up so much since then. You guys are welcome to drop in on us any day, any time--between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

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