Saturday, August 11, 2012

It was 25 years ago today...

...that a baby girl entered our lives and changed us forever.  Our Elaine was born in the late afternoon on a Tuesday, joining her brother Nick.  Here are a few photos of her journey so far.
Healthy and happy at about 8 months old...

Laughing with her Daddy the day she let her brother cut her hair at age 2 1/2.  Nick and Elaine were playing beauty parlor early in the morning while I was busy with their newborn sister Erica. 

Dressed up for Halloween with her sister in matching Jasmine costumes I made.

She had a memorable solo trip with her Granny up to San Francisco at about age 6 to meet up with our longtime family friends. She and Granny wore matching vests I made.

The teenage years were soon upon us.  Here she is with best friend Caitie at about age 14.  We held her birthday celebration at the beach and rented bikes for all the guests.  That was a really fun party.

High school prom was only a few short years later.  She attended in a ball gown I made.  here she is with her friend Tany.  

And later, she went to Senior Ball in a lovely coral beaded gown.  That one I definitely didn't make.  
High school graduation came all too soon; pictured with her Grandma.
A big jump to the beginnings of her own marriage--her wedding shower party and the toilet paper bridal gown challenge.  That was a really fun game!

I told Elaine that the day she was born was one of the best days of my life, and so was the day our gorgeous girl and her handsome husband Chris joined their lives last October.  We are so proud of the way they are making their dreams come true together.  Happy 25th birthday, darling girl!


Barb said...

Happy Birthday...she is beautiful!

Cynthia L. said...

What a wonderful journey. Thanks for taking us along. She is a beautiful girl and I know you are so very proud of her.

Kate said...

Happy Birthday to Elaine. It goes by so fast doesn't it?

Lorraine said...

wow.....lovely pics....Happy Birthday Elaine!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Precious photos, happy birthday to your beautiful girl!

Candace said...

Such a lovely post, Annie - brought tears to my eyes! Happy Birthday, Elaine!

Vivian said...

Thank you for sharing your journey through her life with these special pictures.
One photo especially caught my attention. You and your mother have the same smile. I thought it was you wearing a gray wig in the photo of Elaine and Granny in their matching vests.
Happy Birthday to Elaine.