Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Labor Day Tradition.


 Every Labor Day....
my mother drug all 5 of us sisters to the mall, to have our annual picture taken at JC Penny.
She didn't miss a year. She had a vision.  

Behold... The Tradition.

Sorry sis, if this picture bothers you! But you are incredibly cute! hehe

And now, every Labor Day....
I live to carry on the tradition. And to torture my children.


Someday they too, will think it was the coolest tradition. Thanks mom, for pioneering this special family tradition.

What I love about this tradition:
It's a fun way to see how we grew, looking down the row until we graduated high school.
It's also fun to compare what each sister looked like at the same age, by looking down the column.
I liked doing it on Labor Day, or thereabouts, even though it doesn't really have much to do with Labor Day, but because its the end of summer, we were all nice and tan, not a pasty winter white.
Having a set time of year helps you not forget about your tradition.
There's usually no school that day, so it was an easy time to do it.
These make an excellent Christmas present for all the grandparents.
You don't have to order school pictures!

What I've changed:
To change it up a little, I decided to keep it simple and uniform by having all our kids pictures on a white background.
I've tried taking a few myself, but mostly we use our JCP coupons.
Either way, I insist on a white background, and a vertical picture.
I display these pictures in our playroom. So, I painted my cheap $3 Wal-Mart frames orange, and voila. Someday when I'm tired of the orange, I'll probably paint them a different color. We've got years of pictures to look forward to.

P.S.- Oliver, our good friend in Hungary, once said that it would be the best joke to play on my mom if we mixed up and rehung every single picture on the wall. I am still laughing at the possibility.

27 comments:

  1. This is so awesome! How cool that your mom actually did this year after year. Great idea! And kudos to you for doing it as well. I love it!

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  2. I CANNOT believe your mom's wall of pictures! HOLY COW! ha ha I love it! What a fun tradition!! :)

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  3. WOW!! That is quite the wall!! What a great tradition. It is like a timeline on the wall!

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  4. I think this idea's spectacular!

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  5. This is truly awesome. I love it and wish my kids were small again. Maybe with my grandkids. Great idea.

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  6. great idea! I love it!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com

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  7. So, you still haven't done that. But you know what? The longer you wait, the more the fun will be. :)

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  8. That is such a fun tradition! I love it!! I am also laughing really hard right now. As I was reading your post and saw that picture of your sister I was like wait that looks just like Jesse. Then I realized that you are her sister doing this cute blog! I don't know if you remember me, but I was Jesse's roommate at Park Way Crossing in Orem. Such a small world!!

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  9. What a cute idea your Mom came up with, but I like that you are going to do all the same background (white) and orientation (vertical)

    Nice job!!! (Cute kiddos too)

    Visiting from HouseofHepworth linky party,
    Suzanne in IL

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  10. This is the most wonderful idea! I wish I had done this with my children! We have pictures, but this precise order is cool!

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  11. I think that's awesome! great way to record and compare your children's quickly changing features. I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. I also have an awesome digital scrapbooking giveaway going on. If you're interested it's http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

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  12. I can't believe I'm saying this after all our years of torture from Mom, but that blog post even made me want to start the tradition! Even though it was a pain, it's a pretty cool tradition.

    p.s. the pic of me was a little shocking, but then I thought "I look skinny!". I think Reese and I were stretching for a morning workout.

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  13. Wow what an awesome tradition!! I love it!

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  14. I think thats a great family tradition!!! And I love orange...;)

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  15. Thanks for linking up at Show & Share, friend! I appreciate your support. :)

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  16. I love it! So many great traditions out there. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  17. I love this! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  18. I don't know how many times I've said that I wish I could find a way to cover every inch of wall space with pictures of my kids without it looking tacky! You may have just given me my answer! OMGosh, I love this so much. =)

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  19. Fun! Found you through The Idea Room. I like decorating with pictures too. Check it out:

    http://eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/decorating-walls-with-memories.html

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  20. Your moms wall is insane, but seriously it rocks! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

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  21. love, love, love... if only I'd seen it three years ago... Hmm... how to start now...

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  22. That is such a great idea! I think I might try something like this with my children. My first one is due any day so it would be a great time to start thinking about it.

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  23. Oh the memories! I love mom's wall of pictures too (now that I am grown). I have to say it was a source of mortification when I was in high school. Think my freshman year picture with braces, 90's hair and the teddy bear dress that mom made for all of us. Yikes! I was just too lazy to bring another outfit because she wanted us to wear those dresses for the group picture too. (Yes, we had individual and group sister pictures.) Now I have adopted mom's tradition too! I loved reading the fun post. Heaven help you if you really mix up mom's pics. Make sure you know the order before you do it. I wonder how long it would take her to realize that they are mixed up? Hehe.

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  24. Your mom is awesome! When I was in my 20s, a friend's mom had a wall of photos. I loved how it felt like walking through time when I walked down the hallway. Now that I have a family, I still remember that feeling of home that wall gave me. I came up with the growing up gallery for our son, which is a lot like what your mom did. I put up all the frames at once so the frames would match. And I made inserts for the yet-to-be filled pictures. You can see it here: http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/11/growing-up-gallery.html

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  25. Rachel that is amazing. Love your family. Great job on carrying this tradition on.

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♥Rach H