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Monday, January 31, 2011

Awkward/Amazing Birth-Junior High

Okay, so I am not going to front like this post was my idea.
It was wonderfully inspired by Ashley of LMM

She just has a way about her that is inspiring.

As we all know life has its ups and downs, it ebbs and flows.
Childhood is undoubtedly no exception to this.
Some moments, like my first one I am about to share, are combined with awkwardness and wonder.

So to delay no longer.
Let's take a brief journey through my little life.

First the awkward.
I think it is best to just get through the difficult so that we can enjoy the good.

Do you see those ears? Seriously. Yikes!
However, this is one of those Amazing pics too.
Roly Poly looks EXACTLY like this, sans the dress of course.

Oh that grumpy face.
Yet, that is Monster with curls, and at least my two cousins have their eyes completely closed.

Who thought that hair was okay?

Do I really have to explain this?
Outfit = awful
Plus the tag is on.
Blossom hat. 
Oh yes, and we are imitating my step-dad dancing.

The original red and teal. I always knew it went together.
 And how about those knee pads.
I was going to hip-hop class.
Do I look hip?

Okay, so the awkward thing here is I am in 7th grade, my step-brother (middle) is in 8th, and my brother (right) is in high school.
I look older than my big bro.
I am taller than my big bro (at 5 ft 2 inches)
People ALWAYS thought I was his older sister.

Oh, and the arms, not awkward at all.

Making a fool of myself trying to skate.

Who thought that this dance outfit was cute.
And caught mid-step is NEVER a good idea.
This in no way resembles a choreagraphed dance by this photo.

Awkwardness: My mom's Looney Toons shirt!!!!
My eyes closed.
My mom and aunt's hair.
My bra straps! Just because Gwen Stefani was doing it doesn't mean I needed to be.

Now that that is over, and we have all survived (I hope), on to the

How much my brother loved me.
The fact that I have the same shot of Roly Poly and Monster.
The fact that this is me and not Roly Poly.
I swear he is my clone even more than his brother.

Wait! No maybe Monster is my clone. This is what he looks like, but with shorter hair now.
Plus, I just look AMAZINGLY cute.

The six weeks my parents were married while I was alive. If only I could remember them.
Oh yeah, and the fact that my mom is a stick and I am only a few weeks old. Jealous!
(Ignore the smoking. People just didn't know)

My Grandma Pat! Well, she was just AMAZING!
And those ears might be too.

How much my daddy loved me, and I loved him too in spite of the itchy beard.
(If you notice his left arm is always down. He was paralyzed on his left side from a stroke at 22)

Visiting Minnesota and playing on the farm with my cousins.

My cousins and bro. I love them all. My bro (in the front) looks like monster too.
Family is AMAZING.

Loving my mommy who loves me!
That dress I am wearing; it was my grandpa's favorite.
 I wore it to his funeral a few weeks after this photo, and I still have it.

My love of dance from a young age.

My "new" family.
My step-dad for loving me as his own and filling my father's shoes after he passed.
Oh yeah, and those snake skin boots I am rocking.

Living in California where the beach is just a part of life.

My Grandmothers. I miss them both so much. They are my life's inspiration.
(*Crying NOW!)

BOB! She's more than my friend. She's my sister.
This is 8th grade graduation, about 2 weeks after my dad passed.
That's the dress I wore to his funeral.
Yes, I still have that one too.

Well. This is seriously just one of my ALL TIME favorite pics of me.
I love the shirt.
The seat belt belt is a classic.
Plus, it marks the end of junior high and the beginning of high school.

Okay, so now that I have bored you you know me a little better.
Join in and share. It's fun to give of yourself to others.

****Oh yes, just some last minute amazing things from today.
My mom gave me a wonderful book today that will yield many great crafts and baking opportunities.
Go mom!!

And, even more exciting, I got an Anthropologie card today when I made my first Anthro purchase.
It's not a credit card, just the member points card thingy.
I feel official though.

Hearts and stars,


  1. I was hysterically laughing at all the awkward! My hubby had to walk in the room to see what all the fuss was about--you are too funny girl!

    And I LOVED your awesome too!


  2. Oh my goodness -- isn't it so much fun to look back at the pictures? They can bring back some fun and very special memories. You were indeed loved -- that much is obvious. I really enjoyed this post so much!


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