Family Portrait: Revisited

Last June, I wrote a post about my family portrait. It was nice to talk about how 'dysfunctional' families, are even more of the norm these days. And you know what... it is even nicer to look back on posts like this. I will always love blogging for that reason - the fact that my ramblings and rants are kept in a time capsule in this tiny bubble of the internet. Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful sunday and Mothers Day, whether you're spending it with your birth mother, adoptive mother, surrogate mother, step mother, mother in law, grandmother... or just family in general. I won't get to see my mumma today, but we have spoken on the phone and I have been feeling very nostalgic about family life. What we've been through together, what the future holds, and how lucky I feel to have an 'extended family' of friends, my boyfriend, and his relatives too.

I think my blogging/writing style has change a lot in the past year. But one thing will never change - big pictures and lot's of writing! So you can revisit my family portrait post here. I would love to hear your family story underneath this post. So if you feel like a quick share/summary, please don't hesitate to do so ♥


My Gran and Papa on their wedding day, circa 1960 (mums side, didn't meet my Dad's mum until I was 4, and I have never met my Grandpa on my dad's side)


Wonderful pictures like this give me a little insight into my Gran and Papa's 'courting' days. They were so young, but so in love. Some of the pictures I found up my grans loft are absolutely beautiful - I wish I could share them all on here.


As they started a family in the 1960's, the retro and rather hilarious photos continue. Loved sifting my way through the boxes of photos in my grans attic. Bottom left is my gran and papa, with their 4 children (including my mum) and my legendary great granny lizzy (papa's mum) I only have a few memories of lizzy, but even at a young age I remember her being an absolute hoot, and one cheeky biatch! She kept her cigarettes in a long, glamorous purse and smoked them using a cigaratte holder - Cruella Deville much?


My papa and mum, on the day I was born (11th June 1989)


My mumma and me. She looks so young. Mind you, she was only 23 when I was born.


After being an only child for 15 years, my mum and step dad blessed me with these two wee monsters. Wouldn't change them for the world :)



Since separating from my step dad, I am so proud of my mum for being such an independant woman. Juggling her own business along with bringing up two little ones. Above is my gran, mum, tyler, uncle chris and aaron on christmas day a couple of years ago. Laughter is definately the best medicine whenever life throws it's shite at you :)


I didn't think at the age of 21, I would be a big sister again. That's the only thing which has changed since I wrote my initial family portrait post! My little brother Max is now nearly 8 months old, and is such a happy and healthy baby. Could not be more happier for my dad and my step mum - who constantly support me so much and have actually helped me move house the past 3 weekends. My little family unit over on my dads side are pretty fooking awesome too ♥


So Mumma, happy Mothers Day - I love you so much. The biggest thank you you to my mum, my family on her side, my dad, and my family on his side, my best girls, David, and David's family for helping me to become the little lady I am today. Through the highs and lows (and there has certainly been a fair share of both in previous years) these people have enriched my life more than they will ever know ♥ I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I've not always been the best person, but these people make me want to make them proud.

Ayden x

37 comments:

  1. I love these posts of yours Ayden, they are so wonderfully simplistic and heartfelt. Your mum is beautiful! x

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  2. Your such a sweetie! I love looking through old photos, yours are great x

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  3. 'Dysfunctional' families often mean extra people to care for you and make even more memories with. The photos are beautiful and your writing is so sincere and easy to read, a lovely post x

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  4. This is such a lovely post, sounds like you have a lovely big family that all love you to bits! The photos are so good, definitely keeping my cameras for my kids when i'm older! ahah :) xxx

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  5. Oh Ayden, such a lovely post. You made me cry just a little.

    I won't get to see my mum today either, so very much looking forward to seeing her next weekend when I get back for my Easter break.

    I'm not sure there's such a thing as sa standard family unit anymore. I have my mum and my dad who is in fact my stepdad but I consider him to be my dad completely and made the decision to cut ties with my biological father and his family (save my half sister who has little to do with them too) a few years back. Through my dad I have a myriad of completely barking mad, but wonderful, generous, kind hearted and welcoming family who have accepted my mum and I without question and I love them to bits. I feel Rachel has the right idea- families with extras can be so positive and offer more people to love each other.

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  6. Beautiful post - you certainly have your mama's eyes :) I love old photographs and nostaligia in general. I think it's certainly more common nowadays to have a 'dysfunctional family'. So much so that I think the whole traditional nuclear family is a dying breed. I like having my stepfamily though - it certainly makes family convos more interesting! Hope you're well sweetheart <3

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  7. You look so like your mum! It's lovely to see how proud you are of your family :)

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  8. This is such a beautiful post, the pictures are great! You look so much like your mum :)
    'Dysfunctional' families tend to be bad at the time where everything goes to hell, but once it all calms down, you end up with a larger extended family which can be nice.
    I have 1 side of my family I haven't seen for 10 years, and the other half are great, even if there is always something going on or someone has fallen out with someone else! But I guess that's normal when you are 1 of 7 children! :P
    I feel lucky that I was kind of adopted by my OH's family, they are so lovely and are always there for me. :) xxxx

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  9. I'm 22 years older than my little sister! It's a little strange for me, because my mom still lives in the town I went to high school in, and my brothers and sister are in school with the children of people my age!

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  10. This is such a wonderful post! I love looking back at photos of my family from before I was born. All your siblings are adorable- and you look absolutely GORGEOUS in the photo of you and little Max xxx

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  11. Simply Beautiful Ayden :) hope you are well dude xx

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  12. Aww wonderful post gorgeous! It must be kinda awesome to have such a huge family and so many loved ones around you.

    I love the picture of you as a kid, what a cutie! Your mum does look so young and gorgeous, it's crazy to think that having babies young was the norm. I'm 25 now and can't see me every being ready for children, I still have so much of my own life I need to live!

    Hope you're momma is having a wonderful day!

    <3

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  13. aw this is so cute! I love that pic of your mum and you when you were little its so precious!! xx

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  14. Great post! I love looking at old family photos, even in black and white your grandparents wedding photo looks so glamorous still!

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  15. Great post! I love looking at old family photos, even in black and white your grandparents wedding photo looks so glamorous still!

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  16. awww ayden this post is so sweet! it's not mothers day here until i think first week of may? but lovely post regardless. i love all the older photos you included and your mom is beautiful!
    xx

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  17. Loved this post!
    Your gran and granda look like they had such a fun time growing up, life looks so much simpler back then. love the retro feel of the photos.
    I'm part of a dysfunctional family too, it always makes for an interesting story, always love the confusion on peoples faces when you start a sentence with 'my step-brother in law...'
    xx

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  18. What an attractive family you have, Ayden! Like Ellie, I love these posts you write - it's so lovely to get these insights into your life. x

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  19. This is such a lovely post Ayden, your lush.
    I think dysfunctional doesn't mean bad, my family have had their ups and downs but along the way we've picked up some lovely additions who we couldn't be without.
    Love looking at old photos, Andy's dad has a book of "courting" pics which are just gorgeous.

    xx

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  20. This post made me well up! So well written. My dad passed away in 2009 and it has made me appreciate all the things my mum has done for and the time we have together so much more.

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  21. Loved reading this post Ayden :)
    xx

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  22. such lovely photos - that wedding photo is devine and the one of you and your mammy is gorgeous! x

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  23. Aw pal, this is gorgeous! Your Gran is absolutley STUNNING in those photos - what a corker! I love getting out the old black and white photatoes from my Grans cabinet - totally transports you to another world :)

    My family portrait is also unconventional and dysfunctional, but I don't have a big loving extended family like you - pretty much just me n ma paw (and his burd) or me and the maw, now and again, when we both have a spare hour. That's bout it. But I've created my own family of four amazing girls who, over 12 years, have seen me at my worst and best, put up with all my shite and never let me down - and thats my REAL family portrait.

    Love it :) xx

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  24. Loved reading this post :) Finding/looking back on old photos is the best, what a great insight into the past :) xx

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  25. This post had me almost crying, I love all the photos and hearing about your family. You have such a large network of people round you, that must be amazing. Your sister and little brothers are all sooo cute and I loved that video you tweeted of your sister singing.

    You really look like your mum and dad, I think more your mum who is bloody stunning and she looks amazing for having three kids and well done too her (my mum was a single parent too).
    I love how you excepted your step family too, it can be really hard for some people but it's great to hear you are close to your step mum and that.
    I love, love these photos and I know your family are proud of you too hunni your such a lovely gal and thank you for sharing such a wonderful heart warming post. Love it xxxx

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  26. aw Ayden this post is so beautiful! i think it shows that you dont have to have a generic mother, father, two kids and a dog under a household to get bringing up a happy family successful. plus you dont half look like your mumma! xx

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  28. Wow such a sweet post, love your old and new pictures. You have a lovely family. xoxo

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  29. uch a beautiful post!! You have a lovely family and it is so wonderful that you appreciate and love your family like you do. Some people forget, so posts like this inspire and remind people of what they have.
    Also...

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    You're one of THE LOVELIEST girls in the blog community so I couldn't think of anyone more deserving. x x

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  30. Aw Ayden this is such a lovely post! What a gorgeous family you've got! And those old photos are awesome, love the one of you and your mum, she's so pretty! xxx

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  31. You sound like you have a wonderful family! And the fact that there are so many of you must make for great family getogethers and Christmases, especially with the kids :D I'm sure the ladies in your life know how much they mean to you, it's my resolution to let my lot know I love 'em way more than I tell 'em! jazzy ♥

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  32. P.S. Thankyou again for the mention about my 22nd May Appeal, and of course the donation, you're wonderful!

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  33. Truly amazing post! I love photos, they capture such amazing memories! xx

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  34. ARGHHH I didnt know you were from paisley! thats so exciting! Are you going to the bloggers meet? Yeah it was Viennas mental meantl. but actually really enjoiyed it aha xxxx

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  35. i'm literally in love with this post.
    my blogger dashboard hasn't worked in ages so i always miss out on people's posts :( but i'm catching up!

    your mum looks about 25, and the spitting image of you, talk about winning the gene pool lottery ;)

    love, emma xx

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  36. this post is so inspiring! i love looking at old family photos and am really interested in finding out where my family came from. such an important subject and a great post :)
    lovely blog!

    franky xxx

    p.s awarded your blog "kreativ" blog award :)

    http://snippets-scribbles.blogspot.com/2011/04/kreativ-blogger-award.html

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