November 13, 2006

Timelines of our Lives

We have a tradition in this house that started by accident when I was a kid.

Every year, school pictures would come and The Great Omnipotent One would take down each kid’s framed school picture that hung in the house, and he would open it. In that frame he saved every year’s photos. So as he would place the new photo to the front, you could see the changes through the years as he splayed them all out from beginning to current… you could see not only the physical changes from one year to the next, but also throughout the years.

And I started this with my children as well.

School pictures came last week. Bones and Mr. T remembered to bring them home… Ringo left his in his locker, which I will confess irritated me as school pictures are expensive. I've seen his locker. I was afraid they'd come home bent.

As soon as they came in the door Bones was bouncing off the walls, “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, put the pictures in now! We want to see! We want to see all the changes! Mom, mom, Mom, now please. Now!”

To which my reply was, ‘Nope. Not until Ringo brings his home too… we do this ONCE.”

The next day Ringo had his pictures. A little peer pressure never hurts, plus he loves this tradition as well.

As soon as he got his pictures out of his backpack, the three of them, "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, get the pictures down! We want to compare!"

There are so many pictures now I have to spread them out on the floor. The kids get a kick out of it.

So… here we go… all in the extended entry:

This is all three boys on my wall.

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This is Ringo the last two years.
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Ringo this year and in Kindergarten.
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This is Ringo through the years.
Ringo through the years.jpg

Mr. T last year and Kindergarten (I don't know why I don't have a two year comparison...).
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Mr. T through the years.
T through the years.jpg

Bones the last two years.

And... I love this one, Bones when he was 8 months old and 3 years old.
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Posted by Boudicca at November 13, 2006 09:48 PM | TrackBack

They are adorable photos Bou. That is a great tradition you all have going.

Posted by: Tink at November 13, 2006 10:45 PM

oh, just too cute!

I like the frames that have a oval of 12 wallet pictures and then the 5x7 in the middle for their senior year.

Great tradition!

Posted by: Sissy at November 13, 2006 10:54 PM

i love your boys. you make me feel like i've got it easy only having two. they are so cute bou. love those sweet little boys.

Posted by: shoe at November 13, 2006 11:18 PM

What a wonderful memory this is for each kiddo.

Posted by: patty at November 14, 2006 01:27 AM

Those boys are not only handsome young men, but sweet as all get-out, as well. No surprise.

You reminded me of one of our traditions: taking pictures of the girls every First Day of School. Now, that would make a great collage...

Posted by: Elisson at November 14, 2006 06:04 AM

What a great tradition! I bet they'll do the same for their children. :)

Posted by: pam at November 14, 2006 07:19 AM

My mom had our pictures going up the staircase in chronologic order.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 14, 2006 08:44 AM

My mom did the same thing with us. I still have all my pictures somewhere. Those boys are gorgeous. Lookout girls!

Posted by: oddybobo at November 14, 2006 08:56 AM

Too cute. My Mom and my Dad had one wall with all of my pictures from 6 months through high school.

I love that they want to see all the pictures :)

Posted by: caltechgirl at November 14, 2006 12:38 PM

I love that tradition. I've done much the same thing with my son. And isn't it amazing when you look back, how much they still resemble their baby pictures!

Posted by: Lori at November 14, 2006 03:27 PM

I once sent Mom a picture of me shooting up heroin. It was cute.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at November 14, 2006 07:47 PM

TN! I told you not to send Mom that picture!

The boys look so cute- I expect to get a copy.

Posted by: Mo at November 14, 2006 08:46 PM

We do the first day of school too!

Putting all those pictures up though... that's a lot of wall space and a lot of framing...

Mo- There are pictures all around come Christmas...

Posted by: Bou at November 14, 2006 08:53 PM

I read this on my cell going into work and was hoping I'd get home in time to see them not knowing if you were going to keep them up.

Those boys are cutie pie's. And they looked so precious when they were young. God bless them!

I do the first day of school, class pictures, and a picture with Santa. Last year I had my son retake his class picture because I swore he looked like a smiling squirrel!

Thanks for sharing these.

Posted by: michele at November 14, 2006 09:41 PM