“Life’s a Journey” family stories series

family stories2012 sees the launch of a new weekly series of posts – a chance to involve you in a more participative element to this family stories Blog.

As you know by now, my obsession is the preservation of our family stories and memories for future generations.  Our children are unlikely to ever ask us about our past until they themselves feel a sense of mortality, by which time it may well be too late, as I found to my cost. The photographs of family times past may sit in their box, but they lack narrative and context which I am unable to provide since I was either too young to remember the occasion, or simply not there.

It is a parent’s obligation to capture for safe-keeping the memories which we make with our children each and every day as they grow and learn. Our legacy for them, all laid out in pictures and words.family stories

Each Tuesday I will revisit a memory from some part or other of my life, and the idea is that you join in and do the same! Don’t leave me exposed, man.

There will  be moments of fun, moments of sadness, and probably some bad hair errors, but don’t be put off.

Post an entry to your own Blog  and use the Linky tool  below each of my entries to add your memories into the fray. If you like, just leave a comment and join in that way, but do join in.

If you feel sexy, grab the code too and post it into your Blog entry – that way, everyone can get the list of entries from you too – it’s good to share.
Please visit the other blogs on the list and leave a comment or two – it makes everyone’s day!

In this series:-

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1. My earliest baby photo – 10th January 2012

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2. The school portrait – 17th January 2012

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3. Earliest writings, by Helen – 24th January 2012

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4. Bestest Friends – 31st January 2012

family stories teenage crush5. Teenage Crushes – 7th February 2012

family stories grease movie6. First Movie Memories – 14th February 2012

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7. The Song You Snogged Your Hand To – 21st February 2012

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8. Homage to Grandparents – 28th February 2012

9. Favourite Childhood Books – 6th March 2012

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10. Tying the Knot (again) – 13th March 2012

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11. ‘Blue’. Girl Guides, revisited – 20th March 2012

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12. Cuddly Companions of Yesteryear – 27th March 2012

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13. A Rope, Some Pals and Jelly on a Plate – 3rd April 2012

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14. Pink NHS spectacles, 1975 – 17th April 2012

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15. Regrettable hairstyles of the 1980s : The Mullet – 24th April 2012

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16. The Lo-Tech Times of Childhood – 1st May 2012

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17. Rollermania! - 8th May 2012

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18. Old Teen Magazines – 15th May 2012

19. Becoming a Parent – 22nd May 2012

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20. First holiday without parents – 29th May 2012

Photo of Folly, our pet dog family stories

21. Memories of Pets – 5th June 2012

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Monkey Magic

22. Childhood TV Classics – 12th June 2012

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23. Leaving Home – 19th June 2012

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24. Old Boyfriends – 26th June 2012

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25. Vintage Hunks - 3rd July 2012

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26. The Drives of my Life – 10th July 2012

family stories27. Penny Chews – 17 July 2012

family stories28. The Tooth Fairy – 31 July 2012

family stories29. We’re going to the Zoo – 7 August 2012

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30. A life told in hair! – 13 August 2012

31. Me and my bike – 21 August 2012

family stories32. This was the Summer when we… – 28 August 2012

family stories33. Back to school memories - 4 Sept 2012

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34. Home Movies – 11 Sept 2012

family stories35. Sunday Lunch – 18 September 2012

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36. THAT Photo – 25 September 2012

family stories37. Dear Santa – 2 October 2012

family stories38. The budding artist – 9 October 2012

my home town family stories39. My Home Town – 16th October 2012

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40. The day I was born – 23rd October 2012

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41. Frightful Faces – 30th October 2012

family stories42. Remember Remember – 6th November 2012

family stories43. Learning to swim – 13th November 2012

family stories44. Little Bricks, Big Nostalgia – 20th November 2012

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45. Buying your first record – 27th November 2012

family stories46. Board Games - 4th December 2012

family stories47. Tinsel and Tat – 12th December 2012

family stories48. Christmas Cake Kitsch – 19th December 2012

family stories49. First step on the career ladder – 8th January 2013

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50. Driving Test Nostalgia – 15th January 2013

family stories51. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. – 22nd January 2013

family stories52. Man’s Best Friend – 29th January 2013

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53. Childhood Self Portraits – 4th February 2013

family stories54. Old Valentines – 12th February 2013

family storiesLife’s a Journey series – a year in review – 26th February 2013

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55. Mum – 5th March 2013

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56. My First Date – 12th March 2013

family stories57. Chickenpox! – 19th March 2013

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58. Walking AND Talking? Phone nostalgia – 26th March 2013

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59. The Big Sex Talk – 16th April 2013

family stories60. Hospitalised! – 23rd April 2013

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61. Growing up with cigarettes – 30th April 2013

family stories62. Childhood Birthday Parties – 6th May 2013

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63. Old Game, New Rules – 13th May 2013

family stories64. Strictly Taboo – 20th May 2013

family stories65. We two – 4th June 2013

family stories66. In  praise of Aunties – 11th June 2013

family stories67. Dear Dad – 18th June 2013

family stories68. Close up on a Classic – 25th June 2013

family stories69. Holiday Disasters – 2nd July 2013

family stories70. Sports Days, then and now – 9th July 2013

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71. Leaving School – 16th July 2013

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72. Stuff wot I made – 23rd July 2013

family stories73. Nights under canvas – 6th August 2013

king edwards camp hill logo74. The School Song – 10th September 2013

family stories75. Top (and bottom) 5 childhood foods – 17th September 2013

family stories76. Broken Bones – 24th September 2013

conkers377. Bonkers for Conkers – 1st October 2013

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78. Harvest Festival – 8th October 2013

131 responses to ““Life’s a Journey” family stories series

  1. Pingback: ‘Life’s a Journey’ series, Week 2: The School Portrait « SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  9. Of possible interest to ‘Life’s a Jouney’ followers: My Grandmother May Hill’s WWII Homefront Diaries – Seventy Years On. A blog where every entry is posted exactly seventy years after the original Diary entry. Currently into 1942 when the family is anxiously waiting to see if young Ron in the RAF is going to be posted abroad…

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  19. Pingback: ‘Blue’: Girl Guides, Revisited (Life’s a Journey, week 11) « SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  26. Pingback: Regrettable Hairstyles of the 80s: The ‘Mullet’ (Life’s a Journey Series, Week 15) « SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  30. Pingback: Rollermania! (‘Life’s a Journey’ Series, Week 17) « SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  32. I really like this – I love family stories, the links between what we are and what they were. Trying to archive informal materials, family ‘stuff’ and memories is important – and to do it in creative, imaginative ways adds to our own lives.

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  37. Pingback: First Parent-less Holidays (‘Life’s a Journey’ Link-Up, Week 20) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  45. Pingback: Old Boyfriends (Life’s a Journey Link-Up, Week 24) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  51. Pingback: Penny Chews (‘Life’s a Journey’ Link-Up, Week 27) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  54. Pingback: The Tooth Fairy (‘Life’s a Journey’ Link-Up, Week 28) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  56. Pingback: We’re Going to the Zoo (‘Life’s a Journey’ Link-Up, Week 29) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  57. Pingback: Genealogy Blogging Beat - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | GeneaBloggers·

  58. Pingback: A Life told in Hair! (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 30) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  65. Pingback: Back to school memories (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 33) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  66. Pingback: Home Movies (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 34) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  75. Pingback: Frightful Faces (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 41) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  76. Pingback: Remember Remember (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 42) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  77. Pingback: Learning to swim (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 43) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  78. Pingback: Little Bricks, Big Nostalgia (‘Life’s a Journey’ weekly nostalgia Link-Up, week 44) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  79. Pingback: Buying your first record (‘Life’s a Journey’ weekly nostalgia Link-Up, week 45) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  86. Pingback: Man’s Best Friend (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 52) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

  87. Pingback: Childhood Self-Portraits (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 53) | SaveEveryStep – family stories past & present·

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  94. Pingback: The Big Sex Talk (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 59) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  95. Pingback: Hospitalised! (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 60) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

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  98. Pingback: Childhood Birthday Parties (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 62) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  99. Pingback: Old Game, New Rules (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 63) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  100. Pingback: Strictly Taboo (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 64) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  101. Pingback: We Two (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 65) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  102. Pingback: In Praise of Aunties (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 67) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  103. Pingback: Dear Dad (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 68) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  104. Pingback: Close up on a Classic (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 69) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  105. Pingback: Holiday Disasters (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 70) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  106. Pingback: Sports Days, then and now (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 71) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  107. Pingback: Leaving school (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 72) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  108. Pingback: Stuff wot I made (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 73) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  109. Pingback: Nights under canvas (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 74) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  110. Pingback: My family of other animals | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  111. Pingback: The School Song (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 75) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  112. Pingback: Top (& bottom) 5 childhood foods (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 76) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  113. Pingback: Broken Bones (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 77) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  114. Pingback: Bonkers for Conkers (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia link-up – week 78) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  115. Pingback: Harvest Festival (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia link-up – week 79) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  116. Pingback: Dressing Up (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia link-up – week 80) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  117. Pingback: Band Worship (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Linky, Week 81) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  118. Pingback: Penny for the Guy? (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 82) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  119. Pingback: On the day I was born (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 83) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  120. Pingback: Old toons (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 84) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  121. Pingback: Handmade Christmas Treasures (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia series, week 85) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  122. Pingback: Christmas Commercials (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia series, week 85) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

  123. Pingback: Playing Out (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia series, week 86) | SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present·

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