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Behind The Awkwardness

Baggy

“Mom decided to save money on costumes that “you only wear once.” She tied trash bags on my brother and I and stuffed them with newspaper, smeared brown eye shadow on our faces and pasted big signs on our chests that said TRASH.”

(submitted by Michelle)

Backseat Rider

Christmas of 1982.  I was 2 years old and obviously not the favorite child.  My only option was to take a “back seat” to my sister, Meghan (age 5) if I wanted to sled ride, even if it meant riding on my stomach down the slope.  Apparently this was seemed like a safe idea to my dad (pictured) and my mom who snapped this shot!  This picture pretty much sums up the next 30 years of my life.

(submitted by Kristin)

Merry Christmas from AFP!

“This was taken back in 1971 when I was about 18 months old. My grandmother had one of our cousins dress up as Santa to surprise me and my aunt (who is holding me). I’m not sure what happened to Santa on the way over…..looks like he was run over by one of his reindeer. I think this is where I got my early love of all things scary :)”

(submitted by Heather)

Tape

“My father took this picture of my brothers and I. He’s from Slovakia and English is his second language. Maybe he couldn’t read the sign.”

(submitted by Jessica)

Made To Fit

“This 1984 picture was the result of a Christmas I really wanted to make memorable ! Just two days before Christmas, I set out to make clothes to fit the scene so that the four of us could pose in a family Christmas picture. Since my little girl, Christina, was in her terrible twos rarely setting still for pictures at all, and our six year old son Justin, wasn’t quite as easily persuaded to pose for pictures as he use to be, I just had to take action to preserve our happy faces sharing the moment at Christmastime. This was the first and the last time I could capture a silly, but warm and tender setting with all four of us posing in a holiday picture. Today, this is “our” all time favorite family Christmas picture… and boy would I love to re-create this now that our children have grown!”

(submitted by Dianne)

Countdown To Halloween: It’s Never Too Early

“Halloween 1990. My sister and I are dressed as brides. I’m 5, my sister is 3. My mom made the costumes to reflect her high hopes for our futures.”

(submitted by Averie)

The Drop

“I am that white blob on the table. My grandfather dropped me and my mother captured the action perfectly. Look how much my siblings care about me. My brother is raising the roof, my sister is telling him to raise it higher, and my grandmother is too absorbed by my little sister.”

(submitted by Kristen)

Sunday Best

“This picture is of me and my two siblings after church on Easter Sunday… when we got home, we decided to wake Dad up and have him take family pictures with us. This is how it ended.”

(submitted by Fiona)

Prairie Home Companions

“This is me when I was 2 1/2 yrs old and my sister was 5 yrs old. Our last name is really the Waltons and we loved to watch Little House on the Prairie as a family.  Mom loved to sew and make matching outfits.  This one by far was the most eye catching with the matching bonnets with the dresses.”

(submitted by Becky)

All By Myself

“Our family went on a forest walk Easter Egg hunt at a local farm and I caught this pic. The entire family witnessed the bunny flopping down on a stump in exhaustion or ‘resignation.’ Moments earlier he had posed for photos with the kids. My six-year old looked up at me and asked, ‘Is the Easter Bunny okay, Mom?'”

(submitted by Sarah in Canada)