Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - P is for precious photo memories

It's time for class! Join Mrs. Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday, my favorite class of the week. This week we are to write an essay on the letter P.

Our darling daughter will be graduating from college in 10 short days. And we attended the wedding of one of her high school friends this past weekend. Which has led to some trips down memory lane, and what better way to take the trip than through photographs?

I literally have boxes and boxes and boxes of photographs. Not to mention the 14 photo albums in my storage ottoman. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the advent of digital photography!

Forgive a mom's maudlin trip down memory lane and allow me to share some precious photographic memories with you. This is an edit of the post I did for Cait's 21st birthday. Sorry for "cheating", but it's been totally nuts around here. And besides, I did change it some Mrs. Matlock :)



We were blessed with a child who smiled and laughed almost the entire time she was awake. She was also a ham - if she started fussing, all we had to do was get out the camera and she would break into a huge, cheesy (or in this case) carroty grin!

As you can see, she began critiquing music at a very early age . . .

Her first cassette player. We actually still have this. Who knew it would lead to a life long Ipod addiction? It's a shame that Ipods aren't as cheap as those little cassette players!

She has always loved the camera, and the camera loves her. . . .

From Little Mermaid (see Marty, I did sew some once upon a time!) . . .

To High School Drum Major - Cait has always loved to "dress up" . . .

From "Middle School Good Citizen of the Year" . . . .

To High School Gangster - NOT . . .

From meeting a favorite performer . . .

To being a featured performer . . . . (click to enlarge if you'd like to read this)

From meeting Tigger at Disneyworld . . . .

To marching at Disneyworld in the Main Street USA parade . . .

From proud high school graduate . . .

To confident, strong and accomplished college student!

Thanks for indulging me in my trip down memory lane! Now get to class and listen to everyone else's contribution this week!


43 comments:

Always Nesting said...

Awwww, your baby is all grown up. She's beautiful and her personality just shines in these photos. Ya did good, mom!

Pearl Maple said...

Lovely post full of happy family memories for you. Have a great day.

Sarah said...

Beautiful tribute to a lovely young lady. Congratulations to the graduate!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You sound like a proud parent.

Debbie said...

Those are all very precious photos! I love the food face one, I loved getting those shots of my boys when they where small.

Terra said...

What a wonderful trip down your memory lane. Those are just precious!

Kathysue said...

Aaaah! Kat, I loved going down memory lane with you and they are such sweet memories. You have a beautiful daughter to be proud of. she is beautiful inside and out. You have every right to be proud and share in your pride with us. I am so excited for your family, this is such a great accomplishment. She will continue to be successful in what ever she sets out to do. Congratulations Cait!! Hugs Kathysue

Annesphamily said...

Congrats to your lovely daughter! Thanks for the trip down your memory lane! I love my photos! Great P post! Anne

DesignTies said...

So much to be proud of!! I can't blame you for sharing photos and accomplishments with us :-)

It's taken me a few days to get over here (sorry!), but I wanted to thank you for dropping by and commenting on our yard transformation - I'm so looking forward to planting shrubs, flowers and shimmery grasses!! Also... thanks for the rhodedendron/cat tip... we'll work to keep both Scotty and Shelby away from the plant. There are lots in the neighbourhood and we haven't had problems yet, but better safe then sorry!!

Be sure to drop by DesignTies because we're having a Mother's Day Giveaway!! You're obviously a great mom and need to win our gifty!! HaHa!!
Victoria

GardenofDaisies said...

AWww, how sweet. They grow up so fast, don't they? Loved the band photo... My son was in band all 4 years of hs too. Lots of good memories.

Christy said...

what a lovely tribute to your daughter!

Mumsy said...

Wonderful photos down memory lane! It's so precious to see all those years captured forever.

Viki said...

So now I'm really interested. What did she major in music, drama? Great pictures of your little girl as she has grown up. You must be so proud.

Deb said...

great tribute...I just did a little post about my niece graduating from high school this year...it was really hard for my sister in law to decide what photos...and keepsakes to use..so many after 18 years...

5thsister said...

a lovely, wonderful trip down memory lane. Thanks for inviting us along!

Nora Johnson said...

Congrats - great post! And Happy A-T!

Mine's HERE!

X LOLA:)

Lois said...

Your daughter is so beautiful! No wonder you are such a proud Mama. Enjoy every minute!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, such wonderful and precious pictures of Cait. She is just adorable and such a sweet girl. You have every reason to be proud. She is so accomplished. I just cracked up at your comment about sewing. lol Now I know that you still can!!! I know you are excited about her upcoming graduation. That is so neat. Try not to work too hard. Hugs, Marty

Cheryl said...

I love photo journeys. This one was perfect and I'm sure Mrs. M will approve.

mrs. c said...

i love photos! it is so great that you can go back and retrace the steps of your daughter's life.

Riet said...

Precious photo's indeed and lovely memories

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a lovely young woman. You did good!

Amy said...

What a beautiful post. I'm tearing up while I'm writing this. What a lovely daughter and she's so accomplished. I know you're very proud! She's very special for sure!!

Christy said...

I love the picture journey and how you contrasted the from this...to...that! Lots to be proud of.

jfb57 said...

You are certainly a proud mum. Enjoy the graduation!

jeff campbell said...

That was sooo special:-) It can be fun to relive history...great post...peace and blessings

MrsJenB said...

It looks as though you raised a great girl! Go ahead, reminisce away - we're all fortunate that you share things like this with us!

VKT said...

This post made me a little misty thinking about my own precious daughter who is now a junior in college. They grow up so fast, don't they. Thanks so much for such a perfect P post...blessings sweet lady.

Jenny said...

Oh, you did so good.

All those proud moments that just warm a Momma's heart.

She is lovely.

And your photographs really made me feel like I knew her just a bit!

Hold your head high.

You did well raising a strong, beautiful, clever, artistic, amazing daughter!

What a wonderful and heartwarming post on my little stop here through Alphabe-Thursday's journey through the letter "P"!

A+

Steph said...

It's fun, but also tender to remember. Where does the time go? What a lovely and special daughter you have (and a sweet, creative tribute you made). Hope graduation is such a wonderful time for all of you.

Shellbelle said...

Precious was the PERFECT word for this post.

AND I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with boxes and boxes of photos, lol.

Looking forward to precious of Cait's graduation! Woo Hoo!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You have every right to be proud! She is adorable and so accomplished. Enjoyed seeing the pics and taking this trip down Memoryu Lane with you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jo said...

what a lovely tribute to a wonderful child. you should be so proud of both yourselves and her. It looks like you have raised a wonderful girl!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your precious little baby turned into a lovely young lady. It seems like it happens sooo quickly. Congratulations to you and to her on college graduation! Love that photo with the big head phones! laurie

easternsparkle said...

He he - great minds think alike heh? Great photos as ever - I really need to take some time to scan in our older pics - wish digital had come about sooner!

My name is PJ. said...

What a wonderful tribute to a special daughter! I always enjoy it when someone does a photo retrospective of their kids. I can see you beaming all the way from here!

xinex said...

What a great tribute to your lovely and talented daughter, Kat! Happy Mother's Day! Come and sign us for my giveaway when you have a chance...Christine

Amanda said...

Your daughter is beautiful, and I don't blame you one little bit for showing her off! And I'm right there with you in this empty nest thing--who knew it would happen to us?

A 2 Z said...

Happy Mother's Day. You deserve it. What a beautiful family! I'm your new follower!

Bits-n-Pieces said...

in packing up some things the other day, I came across 5 baskets/boxes of loose photos that had never been placed in albums! omgosh...I have so much work to do with those! Plus I filled up 3 rubbermaid tubs with photo albums. And I still haven't wrapped and packed the framed ones hanging/sitting around the house.
Like pictures much?? LOL

your daughter is beautiful! Happy mother's day!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kat! I love the photos! What a special day for you and your family! I hope all is going well. Give yourself a little "me" time!...hugs...Debbie

Bits-n-Pieces said...

you have an award at my blog!

Melissa Miller said...

She is beautiful Kathy! You are a wonderful family.

Blessings my friend. ~Melissa ;)