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Happy birthday, Mommy!


My mother is in Washington, DC, right now for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity this weekend (I am so jealous…I really wish I could go!), so she won’t see this at least until Monday, but I wanted to take a minute to wish her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY before the day is over.

I hope this photo doesn’t embarrass her. I took it a couple of weeks ago at her house, and I really love how unguarded it is. Her smile (mouth and eyes!) is just so wonderful. I also love seeing my awesome stepfather, Bernie, in the background…trying to pretend like he doesn’t know I’m taking a picture. (Hi, Bernie!)

Happy birthday, Mommy. I love you!

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  • Reply Adam October 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    What a lovely Photo!

  • Reply cuppy October 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    That really is a nice photo! Hi Anna’s mom !! Happy birthday <3

  • Reply Melissa October 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    this photo is fantastic and from this shot, it looks like they too have a great house!

  • Reply paule October 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Anna you’re mom is so pretty. She looks very young! how is it she looks much younger then my mom, 🙂 ! (who i thought looked pretty hippie and young for a mom already!) Belated birthday wishes to you too.

  • Reply Miri October 29, 2010 at 1:03 am

    This picture is just wonderful! And it’s so funny that you can really see that your step dad is PRETENTING like he doesn’t know that you’re taking the picture!

  • Reply Avant-Gardenist October 29, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Your mom will have to restore sanity for me too; I spent my wad going to the innauguration.
    At least I’ll have my sign:

  • Reply tamstyles October 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

    beautiful mama…Happy Birthday.

  • Reply maria October 29, 2010 at 3:00 am

    she’s lovely. Happy Birthday, Anna mom!

  • Reply Sarah B October 29, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Awww, Happy Birthday to your Mum – it’s my mum’s bithday on the 28th as well!

  • Reply Benita October 29, 2010 at 4:14 am

    What a great shot!

  • Reply Deborah October 29, 2010 at 4:33 am

    It’s a gorgeous photo. Your Mama is glowing!

  • Reply Liz October 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Anna, this is such a beautiful portrait of both of them; it is full of warmth, joy and mischief. (It reminded me that some cultures think photos steel a person’s soul. Here I think you’ve shared some of their spirit and your love.)

    Thanks for sharing this and belated happy birthday to your mum.

  • Reply Suzen October 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Anna, your Mom and step-dad are perfectly charming! And I LOVE that she went to DC to the rally! Anna’s Mommy, you ROCK! (just like your daughter)

  • Reply Cher@NR October 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Your mom is so cute!

  • Reply Sid October 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Wonderful photo! I love that from the glimpse of your mom and the room beyond, it’s easy to tell where you got your good looks and great taste! Your stepdad looks like a sweetie too. Happy Birthday Anna’s Mom!

  • Reply jodi October 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

    absolutely wonderful photo! happy, happy birthday to your mom!

  • Reply Alejandra October 29, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Let me know if she needs food/restaurant recs! I’m a food blogger down here in DC so I can shoot out a list pretty fast!

  • Reply heather October 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Happy Birthday to your Mommy! That’s a pretty photo – you look just like her!
    I can see exactly where your great taste comes from… next you’ll say she made all of those amazing pots on the shelves…

    • Anna @ D16 October 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      No, she didn’t make the pots. 🙂 They are the work of Nancee Meeker, whose pottery my mother has been collecting since the early ’80s.

      She did make that big painting (and bit hard to see here, but it’s beautiful, trust me) on the wall behind her, though!

    • heather October 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      I agree, the painting is beautiful. I love how minimal but warm this house is – you should do a house tour on here one day. 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 October 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      I’m trying to get her to agree to that! Their basement in particular is really nice.

  • Reply anna October 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    what a lovely foto of your mom! this almost looks like a diptych 🙂

  • Reply celeste October 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    i adore this photo. happy birthday to your mom!

  • Reply kris October 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Your Mommy is soooo pretty. Yay! 🙂

  • Reply Lori E. October 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Awww… Love the picture. She looks like she would always have coffee, cookies and time to chat if one stopped by. Happy Birthday!

    • Anna @ D16 October 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      That describes most of what we do together pretty well. 🙂

  • Reply Sue October 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    lovely photo, I eyed in on that picture in the background right away, you should show us a close up
    happy birthday Anna’s mom!

  • Reply Livi October 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Love this photo – gorgeous Mama.

    Hi Bernie!

  • Reply Jeannette October 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    happy birthday mama! thanks for restoring sanity and while you’re at it, may we tour your basement and see more of your paintings?

  • Reply Avant-Gardenist October 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Here at work, I’m following the rally live online. There’s also tons of reporting from HuffPost. At the beginning Stewart estimated the crowd size at 150,000 but I’ve since seen 1,000,000. Your mom and Bernie must be having a blast.

    Photos and videos here:

  • Reply dagmara October 31, 2010 at 12:08 am

    wow. you folks really lucked out in the amazing, glowing skin department.

  • Reply Muyserin October 31, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I now have a picture of two complete strangers on my hard drive! 🙂 Seeing it this morning, it exuded such warmth. Also, your mom’s glasses rock, and that denim coloured blouse suits her really well. AND she’s going to the rally? How cool is that! Happy birthday form Germany!

  • Reply BODIE and FOU October 31, 2010 at 7:47 am

    They’re very nice photos! My mum would kill me if I was putting pictures of her on my blog 🙂

  • Reply emilie b. November 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Love the light in that picture. How did she react now that she saw it?

    • Anna @ D16 November 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      I haven’t talked to her yet, but I think she’ll probably comment here when she sees the post 🙂

  • Reply mommy November 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Anna, I’m so surprised to see this! How sneaky of you to post a picture like this! Well, with so many nice comments, I’ll have to admit I’m also a little bit flattered. And so is Bernie.

    As for the much talked about rally … It was perhaps not as seriously political as we would have liked, but it was great fun being there and it felt encouraging just to be surrounded by thousands and thousands of real live people with similar concerns as ours.

  • Reply chelsea November 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Wow – that’s your mom’s house?? I see where you get your awesome style. She looks like a great lady!!

  • Reply W November 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    daily beast

  • Reply Jane @ The Borrowed Abode November 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

    What a beautiful lady!
    Hope she enjoyed the rally. I went…and wow, the crowds were as bad as inauguration. Human traffic jams are. . . an experience! But I was still happy to experience it. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa November 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Grattis Annas mamma! I have read this blog for a short while. I love the style, and haven’t really thought about the fact that there is a lot of Nordic inspiration. Then I saw this photo, and I immediately thought Mommy looked Swedish! It’s so wierd, I can’t say what it is, but the looks, the hairstyle, the glasses, the tunic- for me they add up in some strange way. So I looked through older posts until I found the one about the Moomintrolls, where my hunch was confirmed. I guess I have “Swedar”- probably something everyone has when it comes to recognising their fellow countrymen and women?

    • Anna @ D16 November 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      Hee hee! Yes, she is from Sweden. And if you look verrrrry closely over her shoulder, you can see the top of Moomintroll’s head. 🙂

  • Reply victoria December 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I’m really enjoying trawling back through your blog posts and hope to read properly at my leisure (not sure when that will be!). I had to comment on these snaps though – all your photos are gorgeous but these are so lovely – one just knows they’re lovely folk, it oozes out of the snaps.

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