October 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday – Surfers In The Family

 First came the father. Boogie board, blond hair and sporting that 1991 surfer look on Amelia Island, Florida.

Greg the surfer 1991 FL

It must be something in the genes. Here’s his daughter in 2012, all the way on the other coast in California, looking just as tan and lithe as her father decades before.


Wordless Wednesday: Greg Age Progression


I’ll never be able to do a truly Wordless Wednesday, so just abandon that idea.  And so, I give you our son Greg in a mini-age progression sequence beginning in 1972.  I know the photo says it was in Feb. 1973, but that is when the photo got developed.

Greg was thrilled with the excitement of all the paper and bows and he would have been much more happy with getting just one or two gifts.  This was his first Christmas, and he turned a year old two days later.  Yes, that sleeper was gold.  Picture taken at Jim’s parent’s place in Clinton, IA.


Greg and my mom playing on the floor in our house on 6th St. in Clinton, IA. I think it was around September of 1973 that Mom flew from WA to IA for a visit.  Her first time flying in a jet.  Dad was home playing poker, as I remember.  Looks like Mom was “showin’ a little ankle” in this picture too.  😉 :::gasp:::: Greg would have been close to 19 months old here.  When he turned two we measured his height and he was 3 foot 2 inches.  Of course, we were sure then he would attain the height of 6 foot 4 inches.  Did he?


Another visit to Iowa, this time by both my mom and dad (she was never going to leave him home playing poker again, he lost $$!) so this time they both flew in for a visit.  I don’t know if you can tell it from this picture, but Greg really loved his Grandma Yates and by the look on Mom’s face she loved him a lot too.  I know that look…she’s creating a memory to store of that hug and the smooch that followed. ?


Wordless Wed: Way Back When


Amanda (Bean) and Wesley Loren Wilkerson, Clinton, Iowa circa 1950’s? Wes had just come from work and needed a drink, I guess. 🙂 We seem to have quite a few family pictures taken in bars.

Tennessee Faces In the Woods

My friend Chris on Autofocused had a wood carving photo called Face In The Wood that reminded me of one of my Tennessee cousins. Well, the lady married one of my Yates cousins anyway. And what a very cool name she had. America Roxie Helton. I think you will see the likeness when you look at Chris’ picture . No unkindness meant to Roxie. I am sure she was a grand ol’ gal.


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