Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Remembering The Cabin--Recovery Attempt #54

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great memories! "You mus-ta been a beautiful baby ........."

Michal said...

thanks. hopefully this is you, dad, (not signed in), and not some crazy predator looking at my baby pictures!

Andrea said...

What wonderful memories. It makes me want to have a cabin somewhere away from everything. I am excited to try the rice pudding recipe!

Moriah said...

Oh, cabin sweet cabin. I have so many memories of the cabin. Being an in-law I did not get to enjoy it as much/ofte as you others did. I can remember the first time Jan and I went to the cabin and she made me pull over and let her drive. I always wondered why, but finally relized that it was very comforting to drive on those back country roads. How I loved playing cards with Grandma and enjoying the cool afternoons and evenings out on the deck. We never seemed to lack for food either.

I know that we have some electronic pictures from the cabin. With that said I will look and see if we have any of Grandma. We will also pass the link along to the Yarrington family.

Michal said...

moriah! good to hear from you. i know that you may not have been there in the days of the cousins with 13 kids and 5 adults crammed in together back in the day, but you still got to experience the wonder of the cabin. jared loved it there--his whole family mourned the passing of the cabin out of family hands. what am i thinking? even if you weren't there when we were all growing up, since you are now a part of the yarrington clan, you've probably been there with more people than we used to pack in there.
anyway, glad you enjoyed the stroll down memory lane.

Tyler said...

Great cabin blog Michal. Nothing like an Idaho summer...so long as you don't refrigerate...uh that would be bad I guess

McD said...

Your mom was talking about finding a place that the family can start that tradition again. I have to say I was jelous every summer I heard about someone going to the cabin. I only got to go once, but it was great. Thanks for jarring the memories.

By the way. . .that picture at the bottom of the blog is amazing. The composition, lighting, rule of thirds, everything, the kid is piercing me with those eyes, let Maggie know I think it is great.

Michal said...

mcd,
isn't that shot of ian incredible? i love love love love love it. i don't have it on my living room wall yet, but it will be. maggie is a great shot, and i have to say that i think that ian can be pretty photogenic.