I’ve reached the nineties in my backward Christmas countdown of memories. I had to do lots of digging to find all of these photos and it is much harder to remember the specific details of each year. I can’t emphasize enough how important journaling about the photos and dating your pages are!
In 1999 my son was 6 and my daughter was 3. I let them help me decorate the tree each year and we used kid-friendly ornaments and Happy Meal toys (from McDonalds) which they loved.
We set out stuffed animals under the tree and even used a plush Mickey Mouse as a tree topper..
Here’s our family at Wheeler Farm on an outdoor tractor ride to see the lights. My hubby had a work party there and that was one of the activities. It was so much fun to ride with other families in the dark, cold night. I remember that we sang Christmas songs as we looked at the lights.
One of the best things about the company party was that Santa was there! My kids always brought a list with them to show Santa.
Alex’s list was much more detailed than Riley’s.
Looks like Santa delivered! Riley got a electronic toy dog Pluto. We all had a great time teasing our cat Figaro with it.
I think we went to my in-law’s house late Christmas morning that year. I remember that the kids were really excited to wear the new sweatshirts I had bought for them at the Disney Store. There was actually a Disney Store in Fashion Place Mall back in those days and it was so much fun to shop there!
The kids each got a new tape recorder with a microphone, but it turns out that Daddy was the one who really loved playing with them!
He hogged the mike for a long time that morning and sang, told jokes, and just made goofy noises. lol! Picture taken by my Mother-in-Law.
This is one of those super exciting opening-a-pile-of-presents-and-not-looking-at-the-camera shots. This is why I really don’t take a lot of pictures on Christmas. This was at my parent’s house. I’m pretty sure we went to my parent’s house on Christmas afternoon that year. My brother Mike (with his head partially cut off) is wearing a purple Weber State shirt which is where he was going to college at that time.
Most of my pictures from that year are not too great, but somehow I captured this one of my daughter wearing a Minnie Mouse Santa Claus hat that my in-law’s bought for her during a December trip to Disneyland.
1998 – Santa always came to visit all the kids at the autism school. He was a special Santa who understood that not all of the kids wanted to hang out with him. I was happy that this was a year that Alex was ok with Santa. There were plenty of years that he wasn’t. It was fun that Riley got to join in as well.
Another company party at Wheeler Farm. We tried to get a Christmas Card “worthy” photo from this, but couldn’t get both kids to look at the camera at the same time. Riley had also gotten ahold of a big sucker that turned her into a drooly little lady.
Alex telling Santa about his wishes.
Riley showing Santa that she’s a cutie.
I wish I hadn’t cropped this next photo this way, because it turned out to be a special photo.
My Mother-in-Law painted the scene and turned it into a beautiful Christmas card.
She also gave me a framed copy of the painting that I have hung up at Christmas time each year since then.
In 1997 my son was 4, my daughter was 1, and I was only 28. And I had lots of curly hair! *sigh*
That’s me at my parent’s house on Christmas Eve. I think I remember that we had lasagna for dinner, which wouldn’t surprise me because I always wanted my Mom to make that for any family dinner. I’m holding potholders that my little brother Zach had made for me. He was such a crafty kid.
There’s Zach entertaining my kids. They LOVED to play with Uncle Zach! I must have brought all of our presents to my parent’s house in that diaper box. Funny how the box is usually of more interest to kids than the presents are!
Riley is standing by my Mom’s decorated Christmas tree with my Dad in the background. That is my Dad’s chair. We all still try to be the lucky one who gets to sit in it when we visit because it is soooo comfortable.
Here we are at our house. At first, I thought this was on Christmas morning but we are all dressed. I almost wonder if we did this on the night of Christmas Day? This next picture is after the kids opened their presents and got to play with their new Little Tikes kitchen. Notice that my daughter is in pjs but my son is still dressed.
I do know that we slept over at my in-law’s house. It is the only time we have done that since we had kids. I’m thinking that it must have been bad weather and we decided to pack up our jammies and just head to their house after my parent’s on Christmas Eve. Both of our parents used to live only a few minutes from each other. Even after hubby’s parents moved in 1994, they still only lived about 10 minutes away from my parents. I’m guessing that is what happened and we decided to do our own presents once we got home on Christmas Day. But really, I have no idea.
Here’s the traditional uninspiring big-pile-of-trash-and-toys-on-Christmas-morning photo. Oh, and my hubby had a goatee that year. I’ve never been a big fan of facial hair (except on Johnny Depp- lol!) but he didn’t seem to care. It was a phase he had to go through. Ah, memories.
Want to play along? Do you have a holiday where you really can’t remember the details? Try your best to piece them together based on the photos or information you do have. I’m going to have to do some asking around about the Christmas of 1997, but I’m guessing that no one else will know either.
Another idea is to document a toy that was given to a child, but ended up being enjoyed more by an adult – like my hubby and the microphone.