Her Bad Mother

Monday, September 22, 2008


Twelve years ago, today, we married. Twelve years ago today, we were only two, but we held our future in our hearts and we knew that it was bigger, so much bigger, than we two.

Twelve years later, we hold our future in our arms; we clutch our two to our chests and marvel at how we have grown, how our hearts have grown, how our life has grown, how it continues to grow.

Our future is so much bigger, so much bigger than we can know.

(This is the only photo in existence of the four of us together. Which, I know, is shameful. We need, I think, to get our asses to Sears Portrait Studio. Otherwise we may need to resort to this again.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwww!!! Happy Anniversary!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Happy Anniversary!

We're working on getting a picture of the four of us where there aren't at least two of us drooling or asleep.

1:36 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

Yay! Another September anniversary!

Happy Happy to you both! Go out and celebrate!

4:23 AM  
Blogger jenB said...

Man, that mullet family photo kills me everytime.

5:08 AM  
Blogger April said...

Happy Anniversary!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Schmitty said...

Happy Anniversary!

7:16 AM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Still love the mullet photo but this one is a very close second. Happy Anniversary and get thee to a portrait gallery stat.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Run ANC said...

Well, someone always has to be behind the camera, right?? It's frakin' impossible!

Congratulations! On everything.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Amelia Sprout said...

Happy Anniversary. Oh, I hear you on the family photo. I have very few pictures of me with M, and no family ones other than a very bad hair Christmas morning one. We needed one for daycare too, so yesterday I figured out how the timer on the digital camera works and we took a few. We picked the one where we were all looking at the camera.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. Making it 12 years is a feat!


8:35 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Congrats on 12 years!

We have only 1 photo of the 5 of us too.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!! The only pic I have of all 4 of us is the one I bought in a moment of weakness at the aquarium where they catch you as you come out and say stand here and snap it. It was actually pretty good even though neither one of the babies were looking at the camera. And the mullet family photo killed me. OMG it was hilarious. Go get yourselves to Sears soon. I love that place. The photo woman there is awesome with my little dudes.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! You have a beautiful family.

9:32 AM  
Blogger ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Happy Anniversary!

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Our 12th is coming up in October; ALL the cool kids got married in the fall of '96, huh?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I like to say to my husband, if I got hit by a bus today, THEY WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT I LOOKED LIKE because I take every photo. And I've had the same freak out with the daycare-requested family photo. We just didn't have one, until we had to get my parents to take one of us for that reason.

And happy anniversary!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catherine, Thank you for opening a window to your life. I appreciate your sense of humor and perspective on parenthood & life. :o)

Happy anniversary!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Does E ever look like her daddy. Minus the facial hair of course.


Here's to twelve more years of marital harmony and a life filled with love and joy. And twelve more after that.

And Catherine. Don't make me lecture you about putting off the family portrait. We did and now we will never have a true family portrait with Bug gone.

Get thee ass to a photographer. STAT.

Don't let this become one of your greatest regrets like mine.

*Such a cheery thought, eh?*

Now, go give thy husband a blow job or something.


10:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww...even right after a traumatic birth you're still beautiful.

(And I hear you about the family portrait thing. We don't have a single pic of the four of us.)

Happy anniversary!

10:39 AM  
Blogger for a different kind of girl said...

Happy anniversary! My husband and I are bearing down on 14 years, and yeah, we need to do the family portrait thing soon. It's shamefully been nearly 5 years for that.

Enjoy your day!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy anniversary to you both!..love makes wonderful,beautiful things grow doesn't it....

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sheryl (papernapkin) said...

Happy Anniversary!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Pgoodness said...

Happy Anniversary!!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Elan Morgan said...

I second the above sentiments.
Happy Anniversary!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Samuels said...

Happy happy dozen anniversary!
That is a ridiculously wonderful photo of the four of you - all drunkenly happy looking on what I assume is the first day of Jasper's life. Makes up for hundreds of missing ones.
By the way, strangers in the park are usually very nice at snapping a group pic - ditto any nosey, "aren't they cute" person on the sidewalk or in the museum. NOT that I've ever had to resort to that......

11:18 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

No family photo here either. Happy Anniversary!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! A man who supports his wife in being as smart and as insightful as you are every day in such a public forum is a confident one who is a great partner. MAny other men could learn a lot from him....

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Happy Anniversary !

12:04 PM  
Blogger 04kids said...

I was there that day, it was a beautiful wedding, a beautiful day, you both were beautiful in your love for each other. Congratulations for creating an enviroment for your love, that resulted in such a wonderful family.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Niksmom said...

Happy Anniversary!

12:22 PM  
Blogger ~Molly~ said...

Happy Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I share it with you but this is our 18th.

Hope you have many, many more!


12:44 PM  
Blogger Julie Marsh said...

So lovely. Happy anniversary to you both.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jenny Grace said...

Happy anniversary!

There is only one photo in the whole of the existence of the universe that has my parents and all five of us kids. It's about ten years old, and we all look terrible. As far as I know, it's the only one that's ever even been TAKEN, which boggles my mind because my parents are happily married, we siblings are all close, and we're all together all the time.

1:24 PM  
Blogger mommy2twindaughters said...

Happy Anniversary!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

lovely blog and writing, i stumbled across you and have enjoyed reading through your honest posts.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Emma and Jackson's Mom said...

Happy Anniversary too! My husband and I were married 7 years ago today (11 days after Sept 11th!!). I love reading your blog because it reminds me so much of my family. We have a 3 year old little girl and a 4 mo old son. I found you while I was also going through bloody boobie hell and it was nice to know someone else was too. Thanks for sharing with all of us. BTW, I haven't gotten around to doing a picture of all four of us at all yet!! So don't feel bad. =)

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy anniversary!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Karla Zamora, Digital Analyst said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Awwww...what a great post and beautiful picture of the four of you.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the pic of the whole family.

8:28 PM  
Blogger The Mrs. said...

Happy Anniversary!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hear ya on the family portrait... last pic taken of all four of us was in May 2006. It's so sad...

Happy Anniversary!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

Get thee to a proper photographer quickly. You must be represented properly for the generations to come after you.

Other than that, happy anniversary, as a cynic, I can only say, work at it and make it last, never rest on you laurels, it can very easily be lost.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Booba Juice said...

Yes, as another mother who can never seem to get to the portait studio, go...just make the appointment...don't put it off another day...I will try and do the same....tomorrow...LOL

OH, and congratulations... :-)

10:47 PM  
Blogger Angella said...

Congratulations on 12 years!

If I weren't all the way across the country I would be over there in a heartbeat to take a family photo.

11:55 PM  
Blogger BOSSY said...


10:29 AM  
Blogger Issa said...

I don't know, it's an amazing picture to me.

Congrats on twelve years.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Mammatalk said...

My children are the same age as yours! We have the same one and only family photo except hubby's eyes are closed, two year old is in a full back arch, baby is screaming and I am grimacing a post- C-section kinda grimace. Despite all that, it is still in a frame....an ugly/beautiful moment frozen in time...Happy Anniversary!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Happy anniversary!

"We held our future in our hearts...now we hold our future in our arms" is a beautiful sentiment. I am totally stealing it for my hubby's anniversary card!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Anniversary. You have such a beautiful family.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Happy Anniversary!

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a sweet post. you are one adorable family. happy anniversary!

9:11 PM  

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