Something about Erin’s entry made me want to cry. Almost every part of it was all too familiar to my own story. The older “annoyed” sister who was too cool or embarrassed of the younger siblings (ok, maybe that’s just what MY sister was embarrassed of! ). The fact that there are 4 girls. The fact that their mom made one of the dresses (does this even happen anymore!! I know its rare!), The smell of BABY DOLLS being her favorite Christmas scent! haha! The very familiar looking dresses and hair styles. Or if it was just being known by their last name rather than their first. It warms my heart to read about this family so similar to my own. Isn’t it amazing how dated these pictures look already!? I never thought they’d look like “old pictures”. But they do! Our kids are going to think we are ancient! (I’m sure they already do!) When I think about Christmas’s with our original family units, it makes me think about how special Christmas’s are now for our kids (and for us of course!!!). But these are the years they will hopefully hold so fondly in their hearts and memories. The times they’ll talk about someday, and look back on as the legendary “best years”. I love thinking that I get to create that for my own kids now!
Ok, here’s Erin’s story:
|Tell me the age order of the people in the photo.||I’m guessing that Johanna was 10, Erin (me) was 8, Hilary 6, and Molly 4.|
|Is there anything about the photo that you want to make SURE I capture if you win?||This was taken at my Grandma’s and every year she would go out and get her own tree from her own land. Some years trees were better looking than others, but most of the time her trees were pretty sparse like the one in this picture. I also love all our Christmas dresses. I know my older sister’s dress was a hand-me-down and loved by all of us girls in the following years. I’m pretty sure my mom made Hilary’s dress (the tan and red one). Headbands were always my thing growing up, so I would love to make sure that was part of the illustration as well.|
|Why is your photo the winner?||I looked at several of our Christmas pictures (as I’m pretty sure we have one like this every year!) I chose this one because of the annoyed look on my older sister’s face. It’s priceless. There was a point in our childhood when she became “too cool” for her younger sisters and it’s clearly evident in the picture. Now that we are older, we can look back on this and giggle.|
|Why do you love your family of origin??|
|We grew up just us 4 girls. We always wanted a brother, but now that we are older, I’m so glad it ended up as just us 4. We were often called “the Prell girls” because often people could not remember which “Prell girl” we were, but new we just HAD to be a Prell. My favorite scent at Christmas is the smell of a new baby doll and it brings back so many memories of growing up in a family of all girls. Christmas is such a special time for our family, as now we our grown with families of our own with spouses added to the mix and kids running around (all boys now… isn’t it ironic?) I look forward to the Christmases to come, but will always remember the Christmases of the past when it was just us 4 girls.|
By the way, even if that tree is sparse, I still love it! Such character! And I love the story!!
If you missed the illustration post yesterday, be sure to scroll down and check it out!! This is the third post of today, so you’ll want to scroll past a couple other entered photos! And vote for your favorites of course! And for those of you posting, be sure to send the link of your photo to all of your friends and family and ask them to vote for your photo so you’ll have a better chance to win!!
Ok, till tomorrow! It’s been a super fun day!! Thanks everyone!! Just one day left of the contest! Then the suspense heightens!!