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Cute Overload dot Carlson 07.05.2009

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This weekend I got to spend some time with my niece and nephew while in Connecticut for the aforementioned wedding. Olivia and Xavier are the cutest:



I also took a few minutes to flip through my baby book. Decades upon decades ago, I was also a cute baby!



Another Motherless Mother’s Day 05.10.2009

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Above: a picture I love of my mom and dad (circa before I was even a twinkle in their eyes!)

Below: my grandmother and mom in Germany, where they were both born and raised. My grandma has been in the hospital this week, but she’s one tough lady and if anyone can live to 100 it’s her.



Ashes 03.29.2009

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When I was in Connecticut recently meeting my nephew, I took a photo of where my mom’s ashes reside at my brother’s house. I think the lei that’s surrounding them is from a big party she went to in our hometown just before she died. I can remember her getting ready that night, she wore a blonde wig and a denim dress, she seemed happy to be getting out and socializing. I’m not sure why we kept that lei.


Baby Xavier 03.21.2009

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I went to Connecticut to see my new nephew, Xavier, today. He’s only 3 days old! He was bathing in the sunlight for a bit…doesn’t it look comfortable?


Another Today 02.19.2009

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My mom would have been 62 years old today. That sounds so young for the amount of time that’s passed since I’ve seen her. This letter she left me was actually written when she went in for a routine surgery about 12 years before she died. The postscript always makes me smile, it says, in part: “Be patient with people. Everybody might not be used to your ways, like the clothes you like.”


Air Mail 02.01.2009

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This letter is from my dad to my mom circa 1970, when she went to visit family in Bremerhaven, Germany (her hometown). He wrote it when he got back from dropping her off at the airport.

Crinkly paper air mail letters are so much better than email.


Hello, Elmo 01.16.2009

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Not too long ago I got to visit Sesame Streetfinally! I don’t really know what could possibly top that, but my inner child is telling me spending some time at Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World might just be a tie. Anyway, while I was there Elmo was kind enough to videotape a greeting to my little neice Olivia. I’m not sure if she really knows who he is yet, so I just bought her this Elmo doll at the store for her 2nd birthday, which is right around the corner. Maybe I’ll give it to her early when I see her tomorrow…or maybe he’ll live at my desk for a little while longer.