Photograph Showcase: Polaroid Surprise

PETERSON, Amberly, July 1978

I visited my parents over Christmas.  While I was there, my mom and I looked through a few different things and this stray polaroid was mixed in with some other random items.  That is a picture of me that I had never seen before.  I was instantly taken with this image of my cute little toddler self.  There is something special about seeing a picture of yourself for the first time.  A happy discovery for sure!


A Nurturing Time of Year


It’s that time of year.  A time for planting and as a mother of school age children, a time for transitions.  Transitions from one school experience to summer.  A saying goodbye, a moving on, a time for nurturing from the mama bird.  And if all of that weren’t enough, one of my fellas is actually preparing to leave the nest.

So I’m busy nurturing my flowers and my people.  My blogging will be sporadic until school starts back up in late August.  I’ll be around when I can.

Here are some images of my porch.  We’re mostly off to a good start.  I have two containers that aren’t very happy.  I think the snails are having a grand old time with them.  Hopefully I can get that under control.

I’ll try to remember to post photos at the end of the summer.  My porch looks AMAZING by the end of the summer.  Well, by June actually, but it just keeps getting better all summer long.

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you make a fabulous genealogy discovery today!!


Ancestral Flower Choices

Frank Duval, September 1946

Frank Duval, September 1946


Yard work has been consuming me for about a week now.  I’ve been cleaning out flower beds and planting flowers in the pots on my porch.  I’ve been down in the dirt working hard to make my little corner of the world beautiful.  The late spring planting is my favorite time of year.  I love to have my yard and porch overflowing with flowers.

Yesterday I transplanted some pansies and cleaned up another flower bed.  As I worked I tried to think of the flowers my grandparents usually planted.  I was able to remember a few things.

My dad’s parents had several rose bushes and they would plant impatiens near the back patio.  My mom’s parents moved quite a bit and I only remember one outdoor plant – the lipstick plant.  My grandma called it that, and so that is the name I called it – fun name right?  I didn’t know for many years that it is actually called fuchsia.  It’s interesting to me that of the flowers I can remember from my grandparents homes, I have planted them all.  I planted one rose bush in the front yard of the first home we purchased.  In our current home I plant impatiens and fuchsia in pots all over my porch.  I often think of my two grandmothers when I tend my fuchsia and impatiens.

As I was caring for my pansies yesterday, I wondered if I had any photos of my grandparent’s flowers and found this photo of my great grandfather near a flower bed filled with pansies and small rose trees.  I have planted pansies every spring since we moved into our current home.  They are frost hardy so they make a good choice for early spring in Utah.  After looking at the flowers in this photo I imagine that next spring when I plant my pansies I will be thinking of my great grandparents.

I wonder what other flower choices my ancestors made?

Do you know what flowers your ancestors planted?