It's a Photo 10 on Tuesday this week. We're supposed to share the 10 favorite pictures we've taken. I didn't go to my many, many photos taken before I got a digital camera. I also didn't limit it just to the photos I've taken, but I've instead included a few taken by Pete or a friend.
Why are these favorite pictures? Because they all call to mind something about a precious place and time in our lives. Because they can move me to tears by remembering.
Want to see quality photos? You'll need to check out others' 10 on Tuesday pictures here.
Anyway, in chronological order, some photos, and comments.
My all-time favorite photo of a little Ryan, taken while we were driving over to one of those houses with the many, many Christmas lights. He's holding his blanket. The blanket:
Ryan and Sammy, playing in her crib, with Sam just up from her nap, plug-plug (as always) in her mouth). It's how I wanted them to be as siblings. It's not as they are today:
Sammy upside down. She loved that and Pete would do it again and again and again for her. She still asks for it today, but she's getting too darn tall:
She loved the plug-plug. She loved Blue's Clues. This typifies the happy Sammy, the girl who could light up a room with her laughter and joy:
At the old house, Ryan at nearly 4 playing a Winnie the Pooh game on the computer with Sammy watching right along. The good big brother, showing his sister how to do things and playing with her. You won't see that again nowadays, unless its Potter Puppet Pals:
A newborn Luke, sleeping. And Sammy blurred in the background. I think she felt that had happened in reality: that she had been relegated to blurred-out background status:
Sammy as a 7-year-old. What do I like about this? She loves having her face painted, yes, but I like it most because I know it's January and she's in a thin Hawaiian dress. The stares I get when I let my children dress themselves:
The two men with Maria on their cousin's wedding day. They look so grown-up:
Sammy as the maid of honor for Amanda. She was so proud to be asked. She took it so seriously. She loved everything about it:
The Luke of today. Why this photo? He very nearly always makes that gesture when his photo is being taken. 'Cause he's cool. I suppose it could be worse. It could be another gesture: