Sunday, June 19, 2011


Today, I was inspired to make a few memory collages, after looking through old photos for Father's Day. I grew up in a small town in Maine and by looking at the photos, you can tell most of our activities involved the great outdoors. I remember doing lots of hiking, swimming, gardening, and playing outside. My Dad always loved spending time outside and never understood the point of video games or watching TV. As I look back at pictures now, I appreciate the fact that we were encouraged to use our imaginations and play outside. One of my favorite things when I was little, was having pretend tea parties in the woods, with acorn caps as cups and flat rocks as plates.
This picture describes my childhood perfectly. I have no idea what we were doing, but it sure looks like we were having a good time. I have a rock in my hand and my sister has crazy hair and a funny expression (which, if you know her, describes her perfectly too).
This "Garden Way Cart" was the epitome of our summers. Seriously. I would run around with my siblings and our neighbors in here... I think all day. Every day. I would make them stay in there while I would go make them popcorn and tea. Then they would enjoy their snack in the cart. This is what you do when you have 3 fuzzy local TV channels and no electronic games. For that, I am now grateful.
Here we all are on a hike (siblings and cousins). As you can tell, we were very stylish. Maine will do that to you.
I was brought up around a lot of animals. We always had dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, and other random animals. My first pet was a rabbit. Her name was Velvet. My mom cut ear holes in doll hats and I would dress her up. Now you understand why Lilly has her particular lifestyle.
Thank you Dad, for giving us all an appreciation for the outdoors (even if I do still scream when I see a mouse and am not the biggest camping fan). Thank you for carrying Me, Trina, and Cookie, when we got tired on hikes (Cookie was my Cocker Spaniel- There is a picture somewhere of her getting carried in the backpack too... if only I could've found it). My love for animals and my slight "granola" tendencies definitely have something to do with the way I was raised. Thank you for helping me appreciate the simple things in life... even more now. Happy Father's Day!


  1. Thank you Mariah Jeanne! This you tube is for you Trina and Carey, it says it better than I ever could.

  2. Sooo cute!! I wish I grew up with many siblings like you! Looks like you made it a fun childhood in Maine...I was usually just making games up to play by myself or twirling baton in my driveway with my boombox..haha

  3. Hahaha! Twirling a baton- I love it! It made you who you are today :)