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Christmas 2008.

Last night, Evan suggested that my siblings, my mother and I recreate the photo I posted yesterday. We did our best, but only my brother Gordy was able to truly capture the essence of his expression from the original. The rest of us look too happy! I think I had the biggest challenge, though—I just don’t fit on my mother’s lap so nicely anymore. Other than that, I think the 33 years between the photos have treated us all pretty well.

Gordy, Mommy, me, Lisa, Sarah, Melissa.

And us in 1975.

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  • Reply Benita December 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

    That is so cute and funny! And you do all look great!

  • Reply Micaela December 26, 2008 at 9:13 am

    soooo cute and i agree with benita, you all look SO great!!! your Mom’s hair in 1975— totally want it!!! ah, christmas is lovely xo

  • Reply Adam December 26, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Brilliant! I think you all look great!

  • Reply KimdeMontréal December 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Hi Anna,
    Thanks for sharing so much with us. Door Sixteen is where I come to relax, thanks for all the great posts.
    Enjoy the holidays.

  • Reply Christiana December 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Too cute! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  • Reply Aku December 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Hahaa, that’s so funny and cute! Seems like you had a nice xmas!

  • Reply alina December 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Such a great idea. Love it, love it.

  • Reply Thessa December 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    So cute… you did it again! Brilliant!

  • Reply marissa December 26, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Oh my gosh that is absolutely adorable. What a great idea!

    (Anna – Ive been reading your blog for quite some time but have never commented. I must take this opportunity to tell you how impressed I am with you! You strike me as a thoughtful, deliberate, bright and talented young woman, and I applaud your efforts to live in the spirit of vibrance and creativity. Merry Christmas to you my dear 🙂 )

  • Reply Caity December 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, how adorable! That is such a super thing to have!

  • Reply maddy December 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Love it! You all look wonderful!

  • Reply Emily December 26, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    That is fantastic!

  • Reply mommy December 26, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Anna, I love this picture! Thank you for putting this on your blog. Also, thanks to Evan for having the bright idea to recreate the scene. And to Bernie for taking the picture as well as providing a place for us all to be together.

  • Reply holly December 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    how fun!! love this. they should be framed side by side!

  • Reply DawnMarie December 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    What a wonderful idea. A very good looking group present day and 33 years ago. A family photo worth the fireplace mantel.

  • Reply Kathy December 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    How cool is that! I think your hair is adorable.

  • Reply Michelle December 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    aww, this is a cute picture. i agree, you had the most difficult part recreating that picture, hehe. =D and i love love LOVE your mom’s hair!!!

  • Reply Richtsje December 28, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Such a funny thing to do! I can’t even remember having a picture with all of us on it…

  • Reply momo December 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    This is fantastic – what a fine-looking family you have. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Anna, and a wonderful new year to you. xx

  • Reply michelle December 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    aww, i love this.

  • Reply Fiona December 29, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Adorable idea! I am impressed by how good your mom looks in both pics. In the bottom one, she has five kids, including a baby, and still manages to look pulled together and cute (and thin!) Impressive!

  • Reply karly December 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    You need to post this (awesome!) set on young me / now me:

  • Reply peggy December 31, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Ha, ha! So cute! Thanks for this post. I got a really smile out of it. I’ve been having a rough day so I needed it. Your mother looks fantastic! She hasn’t aged a bit!

    Happy New Year to you! I love your blog.

  • Reply Lauren December 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Sarah still has perfect posture! Great pic (both of them). Love your blog!

  • Reply Liz January 1, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is so fantastic! My own mother does this with her siblings every year based on a portrait they have of them from the 50s. In the end, this is what the holidays are all about.

    (Happy to have found your blog through Apt Therapy and happy new year!)

  • Reply Taylor January 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Did Gordy mean to mimic his pose?

  • Reply Jan' camera January 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I love these photos. I love the look on your brother’s face in both of the pictures.

  • Reply samantha hahn January 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    so cute

  • Reply Jo January 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This is so extremely satisfying! And you are all so fortunate to still be in each others’ lives after all these years.

  • Reply Courtney January 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely adorable! I love that you all recreated the photo, and yes, your brother did a wonderful job recapturing his expression! I hope that you had a most wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Elisabeth January 9, 2009 at 4:11 am

    How fun to see this 🙂

    Wish you a great 2009 Anna!

  • Reply Amy Hoff January 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    HI There,

    I first wanted to thank you for the nice comment you left on my room before and after on design sponge.

    Next I would like to say that I love you post on your family portrait! Oh I I wish I would have done something like this with my family but I guess my daugther is 15 and my son 21 it’s not to late:)

    I also really enjoyed seeing your image of you in your room your senior year:) So very cool! It really makes me think that I need to visit every highschool seniors home to see what kinda of cool personal spots that I can find.


  • Reply thomas January 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    what a great picture!

  • Reply K&S January 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I love this idea, the pictures are fantastic so novel!!!!
    Take a look at

  • Reply Jagucha February 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Your mommy is beautyful woman!!!

  • Reply heather February 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Wow. This is such a cool picture. I love that all of the women have somewhat similar hair as they did in 1975…

  • Reply sara November 23, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Hello,I am impressed by how good your mom looks in both pics. In the bottom one, she has five kids, including a baby, and still manages to look pulled together and cute (and thin!) Impressive!

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