Throwback Thursday Stories: Week 1

by jessicaturner on April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories

Welcome to the inaugural Throwback Thursday Stories. Each week you an invited to link-up and share an old photo + the story of the photo. Sometimes you might write the story of the photo itself, other times, you might chose to write how the photo makes you feel.

The goal is to share a little more about ourselves, our past and have fun while doing it.

Jessica Baby Badger

I decided to kick things off with one of my favorite baby photos of me.

To the average person going through my baby photo book, there is nothing particularly special about the photo, right? It just looks like a typical early 80s baby photo.

But to me, this photo makes my heart burst wide open.

I went to the University of Wisconsin and adore this photo mostly because of that Bucky Badger stuffed animal next to me (Bucky is the school’s mascot). My mom told me that my grandfather gave it to me. I (foolishly) sold it in a rummage sale for 50 cents when I was 9 and have regretted it ever since being accepted to UW in 1999. I even asked the Alumni Association while I was in school if they knew where I could find one. :)

It’s like I was destined to become a Badger.

I also love that I’m the same size as the Bucky Badger. The set-up reminds me a lot of the monthly photos people take today of their babies with stuffed animals (like I did with Adeline). Unfortunately, this is the only photo from my childhood that includes this stuffed animal.

And then there are all the knit toys. My Nana made them for me (her first grandchild) and now my kids have them all.

So while a baby in a playpen might seem like a boring photo, the story behind what is pictured makes it anything but boring.

A photo is always extraordinary because of the story beyond what is captured. 

I’d love for you to join me today (and every Thursday in the coming weeks) to share your Throwback Thursday Stories. Please use the linky below to link your post up. In your post, please link back to The Mom Creative. Feel free to use the graphic below in your post.

And if you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and or Instagram, please use the hashtag #TBTstories.

Throwback Thursday Stories

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} April 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

OMG that playpen and those knit toys… a bygone era! LOL. How did we get to be so old? Ha!


Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} April 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

This looks like fun. I’ll definitely link up next week.

This is my first time here–I was listening to your interview on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast yesterday…good stuff.


Tara G. April 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

I grew up in WI. I remember a girl I went to school with that had head to toe Bucky apparel in jr. high! I wonder how much Tupperware made off those shapes toys- I think all of our moms in that era had them for us! :)


Corine April 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

I LOVE this series, Jessica!

You were an adorable baby! Toys can be such a sentimental part of our childhood. I wish I held on to more of mine too.


Deb April 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

Love the photo, all the memories came flooding back….Now my babies have babies and I am loving this new chapter watching my girls be mommies…Enjoy the journey !


Monica April 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

I love this link-up so much!!! I love the stories behind pictures and this is such a great idea to do for Throwback Thursday pics!!! I can’t wait to read them all.


Kristen April 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

what a fabulous idea – love the story, and that picture is too cute. i will link up next week 😉


Jennifer April 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

Oh no, you sold vintage Bucky? That’s so sad!!! I graduation from Madison in 1999 – best University ever!! On Wisconsin!!!!


Jacqueline April 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Renee April 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

From one 80’s baby to another – I’m pretty sure that I spent a lot of time in the exact same playpen! Love the throwback Thursday idea!


Jamie Ivey April 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

Love this! I’ve been trying to do this more on my blog, so it was fun to link up to you today. I tried to add the button to the bottom of my post but it wouldn’t show up. Not sure if I was doing something wrong or the code was off above. :)


Chris April 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

Love your post and the whole TBT concept!
I plan to write up a post and link later when I’ll be able to grab a small amount of time! Wow, what to write on…summer, Christmas, the everyday, family…love this!

Beautiful memories…thank you for sharing!
Have a lovey day!


Teresa April 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

I’ve been doing a “Throwback Thursdays in Text” this year but I don’t post a photograph (just a graphic for it) and it’s just text. Would it be ok to link up to this? If not, that’s cool. Wanted to ask as I love the idea! Here’s my post from today if you need to see what I’m talking about.


Jenny April 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Perfection! I love this idea and will definitely be joining in next week – I love it!


Robin Troxell April 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

cute pic and story. I remember those playpens :-) and love your new profile pic!


Mary Bernard April 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hi, Jessica.

Thanks for doing this and offering the opportunity to link up.

I am having fits, however, with the cute graphic for my post on my blog. Do you have any troubleshooting ideas? Maybe it’s the theme I’m using?



Cody Doll April 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I am in LOVE with this idea. I so wish that I could link up but I am so not feeling well to do a post–yet.


Julie @ Girl on the Move April 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Absolutely love this idea!!!


Kimberly April 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Such great memories!


Tina C April 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

What a cute idea fort a blog post, I got to try to remember to do this next week :)


shelley aka Mom To Faith April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

If your heart is set on having a “Bucky Badger” like the one in the playpen, check out ebay, there are several listed there that are of the same era. I might warn you though, for a long time my brother commented to me about wishing he still had his old “Beany doll” from his childhood, circa late 1960’s. After looking and bidding on many on eBay to “surprise him for his 50th birthday”, once he saw it his first comment was, “why did you do that!”, followed by “I wish I had MY old Beany but after seeing this thing, it reminds me of Chucky!”. He refused to even take it home with him, so now it sits in my guestroom, a pricey reminder of how you can’t really bring back those days of old.


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