Tag Archives: throwback Thursday

Raising Eyebrows

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via Lily Collins is basically the queen of the full-eyebrow trend

The full eyebrow trend makes me so happy.  So, so happy.

As you can see from this picture of me in 10th grade, full eyebrows are kind of my thing.  I got them from my Dad.  Thanks, Dad.

my eyebrows

#TBT to when my eyebrows were OUT. OF. CONTROL. And my cheeks were too.

Full eyebrows were not AT ALL the thing when I was in high school.  Back in my sophomore year in 1995, these were the eyebrows you wanted:

drew barrymore skinny browsSuper skinny, penciled-on eyebrows.  Which, clearly, I did not have.  Oh, the waxing and the plucking I endured in pursuit of these eyebrows.

So it is an irony not lost on me that after spending most of my life trying to tame my crazy eyebrows into submission, I am now at a point where I have to fill them in or they look too sparse.

I still have to wax them too, though, because they don’t grow where they’re SUPPOSED to grow.  Of course.

I bought a few eyebrow products recently that I really like.  Thanks to these two products, I have full eyebrows, but not caterpillars-crawling-across-my-forehead, Bert-from-Sesame-Street eyebrows. Which is a good thing.

I’m grateful that full eyebrows are back in style.  It makes my life easier for sure–far fewer waxing appointments, less time plucking, and two minutes of filling-in-and-gelling in the mornings.  It also bodes well for B, who inherited my significant eyebrows (sorry, B, but at least they’re in style now!).

I hope this natural look sticks around for a while (or, you know, forever).

Halloween Costumes: Themes & Sibling Groups

My kids woke up this morning practically vibrating from excitement.  And Halloween isn’t even until tomorrow.

But my parents are coming to visit this weekend and they fly in tonight and they’ll be here for Halloween and trick-or-treating ZOMG and so my kids are already crazy.  God help their teachers tomorrow.

We’ve done themed/sibling group costumes quite a few times, though not every year.  The theme ones are always my favorites!  I try not to buy whole costumes simply because I think it’s more fun to make them, but we do buy accessories we need (wigs, beards, weapons, spray paint, etc).  It forces us to be a little creative about how we interpret the costumes, I think.  And I love the craftiness of it.

Here’s a few #TBT Halloween shots from the past:

LOTR HAlloween

Halloween 2013, Lord of the Rings (Gimli, Gandalf, Legolas, Arwen)

halloween parade

2011, Wizard of Oz

retro halloween

2010, Classic Halloween Monsters


2008, Superheroes (crazy that there were only 3 kids then!)

This year’s costumes were the easiest EVER.  Everyone wanted to be something we already had or could borrow and so I spent exactly zero dollars and time on costumes this year.  Which, AWESOME.  We have no theme, but the kids are all happy with their costumes, excited to dress up, and thrilled that Nana and Pappy will be here for it!

Happy Halloween!

Photos and Memories

IMGP7561Digital cameras make it so easy to take dozens and dozens (and hundreds and thousands) of photos of every little occasion.  But of all those hundreds of pictures we take, how many of them ever actually get printed out?  Too few.

When I was little, my mom had a huge trunk full of photo albums and pictures–photos of me and my sisters as babies, photos of my parents before they had kids, before they met, when they were kids and my grandparents were young.  I loved going through those pictures–laughing at my Dad’s perm and short-shorts in the 70s and my mom’s coordinated Easter dresses and matching bonnets when she was a little girl.

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My Mom & Dad, middle sister, and I in 1983.

I had some specific favorite photos–me standing on the steps of our house in the city when I was about 2, looking like a baby from a Sally Struther’s feed-the-children commercial.  My middle sister at about the same age, wearing some silky pajamas, her blonde hair in pigtails, wearing big, marble-sized clip-on earrings.  My baby sister, sitting in her high chair covered in smashed and mushy oreo cookie.

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Two year old me.

But I realized not long ago that my kids don’t have a trunk full of photos, or even a bunch of photo albums–in fact, we have very few printed photos because every picture we take is digital.  Uploaded to the laptop, stored on Shutterfly…and unseen after that.

I decided I had to remedy that.  I had a few half-started albums tucked away in a closet that I got out, put on the coffee table, and within days everyone was looking through them and asking about the different pictures.  I ordered a hundred prints from Shutterfly that day.  I’m planning on ordering a hundred more every few weeks so I can fill those albums.  And then buy more albums and fill those too.

I want my kids to be surrounded by memories of their childhoods, to be able to flip through a book filled with images of them at age 3 and see how cute and chubby and sweet they were.  I want them to know what their Dad and I looked like when we met, before they were born.  I even want them to make fun of my feathered hair and poofy bangs in the 80s and 90s.

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First day of school, 1990. Oh, my hair. My amazing, feathered hair.

The added bonus of this project is that I get to scroll through thousands of pictures online and relive those moments.  It makes a semi-daunting task–sorting through a decade worth of photos–into an absolute joy.

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