Wednesday, July 04, 2007

some favorite old photos



































these are some of my favorite photos from long ago. the first one is of my mother. this is one of my favorites of her... i have another but will have to look around for it. she's such a beauty.

the next photo is of my mom, my sister, jahooni, and me. this was my first perm. oh gosh, how i hated it. my mom had my aunt do it w/out even asking me first... yeah, you wonder how that can happen... well, it did. thought i was getting a simple haircut and look what happened! i wore a hat to school for days because of it and cried my eyes out for days. but.... eventually it grew out.... thank goodness! wasn't my sister such a cute little baby!!! look at that beautiful little smile on her face. funny how having a baby now makes me look at this photo differently! gosh... no wonder she's still so pretty... pretty baby, pretty woman. :)

the last photo is of my sister doing the chinese splits. i could NEVER do them... and it really errrked me that she could! she was a major show off and used to go down in the splits at a moments notice..... btw, she's still a show off.

anyhow... thought i'd share a few of my memories w/ all of you.

today is the 4th of july in the states. i miss that holiday. i love fireworks and it's the best day for being w/ family, bbqing outdoors and just enjoying the weather and life. my sister is having a fun day w/ steak and lobster... probably some beer and maybe my BILs famous margaritas....

Enjoy!!! wish i were there!! :)

24 comments:

Munther said...

God ! Just compared Jahooni's picture (old and new) She still looks the same ! You had a big sister moment there as well :)

Loved the perm :D nothing wrong with it though :D

Hopefully next year you'll be with them and a year old naief ! :) Or even better ! Have them all come here ! :)

From the pics I assume that you have no brothers ?

Now regarding the splits, this looks painful, how can girls do that really beats me :S

Olivia said...

Hmph, I was all psyched up for a 4th of July event today, granted a bit more formal than I would have liked, but also a once in a lifetime opportunity!

*sulks*

Hey, I like the way you and your sis are looking at each other in the photo.

What is your mom's heritage? She looks somewhat dark and exotic in the top photo.

Um Naief said...

munther, actually, i have an older sister and two brothers!! they're older than me and i grew up w/ my younger sister mainly and a while as an only child... before my mom had her. my brothers have all the old pics of them when they were young and my mom, she has some.

yeah, i think the splits look painful too... but they're pretty easy when you're limber.

i hope that next year we'll get to spend naief's 1st birthday there... hopefully. and hopefully, i'll be able to talk them into coming here.

olivia, you know those would have been some nice celebrations... don't be umphed though... there's always next year! :) altho, i know what you mean.

my mom's heritage is native american indian. i get the light skin, as well as my older sister and brothers, from my father. my younger sis gets it from her father who had light hair... i guess that's why naief has the light hair... when you'd think that dark hair would be the dominant gene there.

i was telling a friend about you this past weekend, and i forget what your heritage is as well. i told her that i thought you were part greek but i couldn't remember what else.

Christopher said...

The splits one in adorable. You have a cheeky grin just like Ginger Spice. If that picture doesn't emote the true beauty of childhood, I don't know what does. Thanks for sharing these photos with us...xoxoxo

The Moody Minstrel said...

Enjoy!!! wish i were there!!

Don't all us Yankee ex-pats.

I do promise to enjoy myself at all costs, though.

Jahooni said...

I WANT THESE PICTURES!!!

Especially one of Mom... you need to make me copies of these old pictures (for my birthday this is what I want) to scrap them!!!!

PLEASE.

Isn't she a beauty?

Jahooni said...

I promise to come next year with Mom. PROMISE.

Olivia said...

Yes...1/4 Greek; 1/4 Icelandic & French; 1/2 Guyanese.

As Naief grows his hair may darken, or not, we have yet to see :)
Some features change, as if varied genes switch on and off as an infant ages...

Jahooni said...

I showed Mom and she likes your blog. Says that the dress she had on was the only dress she owned at the time....

She says thank you and she loves you.

ALso, she wants to come there next year and asked me if I would take her. I now promised her too.

Jahooni said...

Hi Aunt tinyu my Mommy and Grandma look very very nice Grandma look,s really really pretty. Mommy look,s really really pretty too and you look really pretty also. Those beautiful picture of you, Grandma,Mommy yougues were beautiful in those picture,s. Well I,m doing fine I think you are doing fine too.Ilove you very much. From, Katelyn

Um Naief said...

olivia, you're mixed like me! :) yeah... i'm waiting to see how naief changes as he grows... so many things could happen or not. he's cutting his first two teeth! and he's prepping himself for crawling. it's all just too adorable and happening so fast... almost too fast.

jahooni, i won't believe anything you say about coming UNTIL you get your passports. once you've done that, then i might believe you. i should blog about this because of how much it pains me... you don't know how bad i want you guys to come here. you have no idea what you're missing. it would be a shopping paradise for mom and i'd love to show her all the old cities and old stores. plus, we could meet you guys either in london, germany or amsterdam before coming here and we all could see the sights. you should take advantage of your sister living in a far off place... it's a great chance to see the world!!

katelyn, hi there sweetness! so glad to see you leaving comments on my blog. i can see it now... pretty soon you'll be having your own blog! ;) hope you're enjoying your summer vacation. be sure to do lots of fun things. i still have your pictures that you colored on my fridge... i think about you every day! :)

Puppy said...
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Puppy said...

Very good photos. Your mom, is very elegant.

Um Naief, you and Jahooni havent changed!!! :)))

Sunshine said...

ur mom is gorgeous *mashalaaahh* :) and u guys look very cute when u were little..

Jahooni said...

How about if we come there instead of you coming here around November or December for 2 weeks.... Mom can stay longer but I can only do 2 weeks.

I will search today on where to go to get our passports.

I really do want to come... so does Mom. Get on line today and find out how much it would cost for us to come.

Katelyn gets time off in November and December from school....

Um Naief said...

jahooni, ok, we'll get online and see what type of prices we can get. you'll have to get your passports asap! don't wait or hesitate w/ this whatsoever!!

Um Naief said...

puppy, so you think we haven't changed?? wasn't sure if i had or not.

sunshine, thank you... i think these pics of her were just beautiful as well.

MSB said...

Happy belated 4th of July.. it did have a special feel in the US. Always did enjoy it..

Jahooni: yes, do come visit.. just make sure it's not during the summer =) as for your passport, just go to the post office. you can get the application form there and they'll let you know what's required. actually, better yet, here's a link:
http://travel.state.gov/passport/
get/first/first_832.html

Lotus Reads said...

What an absolutely gorgeous post, Um Naief, there is nothing quite as wonderful as walking down memory lane even when it is someone else's. THe picture of your mom is just lovely, I agree, she is a beautiful woman and so are her daughters! THank you for sharing those lovely pictures! You make me want to go hunt for mine now.

Ammar456 said...

dont older photos just have a lot more meaning and feeling than the newer ones? i mean, with digital photography etc etc we just snap without thinking about it. no, these photos just have a lot more to say :)

nice :)

Gazza said...

How cool's that to be an American Indian's blood line,your mother must have have told you's wonderful stories?

Um Naief said...

gazza, i'll tell ya... this is one thing that i really regret not doing more of w/ my mom and grandmother. my mom is part indian... my great grandmother was full blooded. my grandmother once did something to remove warts from my feet... an indian thing. my mom has told me some stories, but not tons. as she gets older and as i get older, i find that i talk more about it w/ her. when i was young, as much as though, i really wish i had gotten to know her better. my mom tells me stories but i was old enough back then and wish i had taken the steps to get to know her myself.

my great grandmother believed in signs and omens, and one time my aunt caught a hummingbird and when my great grandmother saw it, she said it was a very bad omen. years later, my aunt died in a fire w/ her cousin.

i wish i had learned from my grandmother... cures for things and such. that would have been cool.

lotus reads, i love old photos. one of my brothers has one of me as a baby w/ my real father, who died long ago. i couldn't believe it when i saw it. only if i remembered... i guess that's why i love old photos. i love the memories and the good feelings they can give you. i'd love to see some of your old photos.

sunshine, thank you my dear! i love the one w/ my sister most of all. i have some w/ my nieces and nephews when i was little... and w/ my cousins... they are some of my most favorite. i only hope that when naief gets older that he'll enjoy looking at his baby pictures and old pictures... i hope i pass that on to him. :)

Um Naief said...

ammar, thank you... and i so agree. i love taking out pics and looking thru them. i'm not so keen on digital, to be honest. hubby takes that stuff all the time.. but i'm one of these gals that likes to have the paper in my hand. there's just something about taking out photos 10 yrs from now, laughing, crying... and remembering.

Lotus Reads said...

Thanks um naief!

I am going to have to ask my dad to scan me a few, will let you know if I am successful. I agree with you on how old photographs evoke good feelings and memories, I really should surround myself with more of them!