Christmas Past~1997

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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This was the photo we used on our first Christmas card after Will was born. It was a color photo. I remember having 150 copies made at Sam's Club to attach to our cards. They accidentally scratched the negative (pre-digital) and I cried. I was so upset that our first Christmas card photo was ruined. But some camera shop in Houston "copied" the originals which was very expensive back then and Sam's club paid for it. I love this photo.

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Will's first time on Santa's lap and he is smiling. Well, wait until you see 1998!

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We went up to Pennsylvania for his first Christmas. We were living in Texas at the time and it was perfect to be up north because Will's first Christmas was white! The day after Christmas, Dave and I flew to Antigua and left Will with my Mom for a week. That is the only time we have ever had a week away from the kids! In fact, it is the only time we have had more than 48 hours away from the kids!

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We are tan here because we just returned from Antigua. We had an extremely stressful few months and needed some time as a couple. This Christmas was so special because it was our first as parents but it was scary and sad as well. Dave's Mom had recenlty passed away and we missed her dearly. Also, Will had a "mystery growth" in the layers of his skull. The growth was putting pressure on his brain and his development was being affected. He was not using the right side of his body and even his face was getting very asymetrical. He was scheduled for MAJOR head surgery on January 9th. We spent much of this time worrying about what they would find when they did the surgery. As you can see now, he is perfectly fine.


Since I did not have a digital camera nor a blog when Will and Harry were babies, I decided to do a little series (for the benefit of our family memories) of our past 10 Christmases (since Will was born). This may be very boring to you all... so feel free to scroll along if you wish. I am having a GREAT time looking back at my babies!

42 comments:

  1. GREAT IDEA!!!! I would have cried too. So glad that Will is healthy! What a blessing he is as a son and big brother!
    Can't wait to see the next nine years! Hugs, Diana

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  3. How beautiful! We love to follow the goings-on of the 3 Peanuts. Please don't let the negativity of one poster get you down. You handled the situation with such class and grace...

    Gina in Bellaire, TX

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  4. Ditto dijo's comments! Looking forward to seeing more.
    Take care,
    Kim and Katiebug

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  5. What a cute baby Will was. They do grow up far to fast. Can't wait to see more photos from the past.

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  6. What beautiful pictures - how scary that year must have been for all of you.

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  7. Oh, Kim.... what sweet precious pictures and memories of your Will. This was a beautiful post and it touched my heart. I love your idea.
    I am so glad everything is fine with Will now. I just can't imagine how frightening that must have been. Thank the Lord for healing and answered prayers.

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  8. It will be fun for all of us to see your past! Make no apologies...

    Great idea! Have fun traveling down memory lane.

    Lisa

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  9. What a great idea! I look forward to seeing your boys grow up through pics :)

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  10. Kim,

    What an absolutely gorgeous baby Will was - I not surprised since he is such a handsome little boy! What a blessing!

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  11. Oh, I love your idea! My little ones love seeing what I post about them.

    ~Lynn

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  12. These are the sweetest pictures! Thanks for taking us on your journey down memory lane.
    Missy

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  13. Oh what fun!! I can't wait to see all 10 Christmases. I posted pictures of each of my boys from their 1st grade Thanksgiving feasts, and they just saw them today and were a bit surprised! They think they look funny, but I personally love looking back at the old photos. Looking forward to seeing yours...

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  14. OMG -What a wonderful idea :D Love the pictures of Baby Will & can't wait for the rest to come! I may have to steal this idea :D

    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  15. Not boring at all! In fact, I have done a little"past" blogging myself and plan to do more. I wish they had this when mine were little. But I am having fun blogging now. At least I can start fresh with my grandbaby!Looking forward to more of your posts!

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  16. What a journey you went through that first Christmas with your son. He is a gem. The furry cap photo is precious.

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  17. Wow! That does sound like a stressful first Christmas. I am so glad Will is doing great. I also love your first Christmas picture. Santa hats are the cutest!

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  18. Oh Kim I love these pictures. What a scare with Will, so glad he a cute, healthy boy now! I think I need a scanner so I can put our old photos on our blog for our family.

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  19. what a miracle!
    glad that precious baby of yours is perfectly fine!
    blessings!!

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  20. Love the fact that you are doing this! The first installment was wonderful - Will was an adorable baby boy!!!!
    Can't wait to see the next 9 years.

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  21. What a great idea. I'm sure the boys will appreciate it as much as those of us who follow your blog will :0)

    Valorie

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  22. Great idea! Can't wait to see 1998!

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  23. Oh my gosh - I can't wait to read all of the posts about this! What terrific memories! I can't believe how scared you must have been yet how perfect Will is!
    Where in PA were you from?
    ~Lynn/PA

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  24. What sweet pictures of Will! You look like such proud new parents in the last photo! Love them all!

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  25. Kim,
    Thanks for sharing your past. I am so glad that you are willing to give us cyber friends a peek into your past and what is special to you!!! I see where a comment was deleted, is your rude commenter still lurking around??

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  26. This is one of my all time favorite posts of yours. Could Will have been a cuter baby? I think not! He has grown into quite a handsome young man as well. I am so thankful that scary time in your lives is the past and that he is just perfect. You know I love all the history, this made my evening:)

    Heather

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  27. This is not boring at ALL! I loved looking at it and reading about your beginning as new parents with Will- I am at that time in my life now-

    Look at how many amazing comments you get from people every day!

    I am so happy to see your back to cheerfully enjoying your blog and sharing- I was so incredibly touched that you took the time to thank me for my comment - there were so many- I am truly happy to know I was able to help the situation a bit.

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  28. Oh I love seeing their baby pictures, what sweet babies they were. There's Will and those great BIG gorgeous eyes! Both of the boys have such beautiful and expressive eyes!
    How wonderful and special to be able to look back on old photos and remember the good times and the not so good times....and be thankful.
    How the last picture must bring back so many memories....
    Beautiful post. :)

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  29. Tell Will Miss Danielle says he was a beautiful baby and that he has grown into a very handsome boy :)

    I love this idea and can't wait to see more Christmas photos. I also can't wait to have a family and make these special memories one day.

    I will be in the car for a while on Friday morning so hopefully we can chat then. Leaving town to visit a friend.

    xoxo

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  30. I'm having a great time along with you - you could NEVER bore me!! Keep 'em coming!

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  31. Not boring at all. Love the Christmas card picture. Can't wait to see the next years!

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  32. What a cutie pie! I can't imagine the thoughts that must have been racing through your mind that first Christmas with Will. I keep my old albums close by, I love looking back on how much our family has changed. I am there with you on the vacation comment also, it has been well....never since we have had the kiddos!

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  33. Isn't it so awesome to look back on those old pictures. I had to do a double take on that last one...I though it was Beth Moore in the picture. Must be the Texas hair!!

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  34. I am looking forward to the rest of the pictures too! I love "old" photos!

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  35. I think this is a great idea Kim - I look forward to seeing 1998! I don't think it is boring at all!

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  36. What a good idea for your blog! I really enjoyed seeing all your past photos! I absolutely LOVE the first photo of Will and I would have cried if the same situation happened to me. I also just love the picture of you all holding and looking down at Will in front of the Christmas tree! So sweet!

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  37. Such a wonderful idea. I love family photos and the journey it takes us all on. Can't wait for the rest. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. I love the photos that evoke such strong memories for you. They are so much more alive when there is a story with them. Thank God for His grace with Will. He is truely blessed and no wonder he is such a great kid. He has been touched by the hand of God.
    I love forward to the ten years of Christmas!

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