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It's my birthday!

Here's a cute little picture of me in kindergarten, 1968. All my life, I've never forgotten this shot below in first grade (1969) when the photog asked me to say "peaches" and he snapped the shot at the "ch" sound. If you're trying to get a kid to smile, don't tell them to say peaches. It's scarred me for life.
Mom, what the heck happened to my hair? Did I fix it myself? After all, I was in second grade and very capable. My grandma crocheted that groovy vest for me, but who is responsible for the hack job on my hair? Hello, 1970!
Who knows where my third grade picture is. We moved so often, changing schools, that I might have missed picture day. Next is my fourth grade mug shot. I must have sworn off bangs by then. Thank goodness for those plastic barrettes to deal with the in-between length.
Notice how every year I wore green? Yeah, it's been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. I don't have an actual school pic of me in fifth grade (Christopher's current grade), but here's a shot of me with my best friend, Ellen, in 1973. I was taller than everyone in my class.
So today I'm 46. Woohoo! I've been married to Kelly for half my life now, we got married when I was 23. On this day, I want to express my thanks to everyone I know and care for, for being my friend or family member and being a part of my life. Some of you didn't have a choice, but in any case, "I love all y'all!" And for all you youngins', there was a time that foot rugs as wall art was very stylish, as you can see on my wall in my bedroom here. Very in.

Comments

Happy The Man said…
I had a foot rug! Hang ten baby!

So, happy birthday Kelly. A very cool post indeed, it is fun to see these old photos. And that kindergarten photo is precious. You're hair was insanely long there in 5th.

So what happened to the teen pics? Can we hope to see those next year? Gotta love the late 70's and early 80's.

Any way, have a great day today on your special day!
jennie w. said…
Happy Birthday Kelly! What a beauty (except for that one picture . . . ) You've still got it going on!

Have fun today cutting out paper!!!
happy birthday kelly!! you are so adorable. i loved the pictures.my personal fav is the 3rd one. that little flip is so hip!! i hope it's a great day. I hope it's a great year. You deserve the very best!
Lisa said…
Happy Birthday Kelly!!
brinley v. said…
happy birthday aunt kelly!!! wow your hair was awesome back then!(it still is) i love your long hair! so pretty! i wish i had i long hair like that!! cool! that one in second grade is pretty funny with that hair flip and that green vest!!! i like that green plaid dress very cute!!! and the kindergarten and first grade outfits too!
Julie V. said…
Hey sis, I think mom got ahold of my hair in second grade as well. It looks quite similar. I love the retro looks, but I would have to agree with that creepy clown, where are the teen shots?
Julie V. said…
Oh, Happy Birthday too, btw.
You are a fab sis and blogger. I love you!
Megs said…
Happy Birthday. I love the photos. I hope it is a great day for you and I can't wait to read about how you spend it. Just know people are thinking about you in Michigan!!
Lynette M. said…
Happy Birthday!!! I love Birthdays!! Thanks for making me laugh out loud today! That hair with the flip out is awesome!! You could send that into Ellen! Have a Fantastic day!
Sierra said…
Happy Birthday Kelly. I love the pictures, I love looking at old pictures of people. Have a fun lunch, and a fun card camp, and whatever other exciting birthday activities you have going on.
Robin said…
Happy Birthday, Kelly! I agree that this is a great post and I love all the retro pics of you as a kid. Hope you have a great day!
Texas Dimons said…
Happy Birthday!! I had a crocheted vest too!
I love those pictures! They're so cute! And I cannot believe how long your hair was. I think it even rivals mine! (although I cut it several inches yesterday...still long though). Loved the post! Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Kelly! I hope you are having a great one. I love how you posted your pictures from grade school.
Happy Happy Birthday Kelly dear
Happy days will come to you all year

If i had a wish that it would be a happy happy birthday to you from me!
Maryanne said…
Oh my gosh! I am CRYING!! Those pics are the best. The peaches - LOL!! And that flipped out hair. Send it too Ellen. Please! I can't even type this - I am laughing hysterically!!

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Kelly!!!!!
Francie said…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You were so cute and I can certainly see why you grew up to be so pretty. I have a crazy picture in the 7th grade. Everything about that picture was horrible, my hair and my lack of ability to apply make-up correctly. I lived through it but I still don't like to look at the picture. :) Oh well....Hope your birthday was wonderful and please post pics.
Bobbi said…
Happy late birthday, Kelly! Thanks for sharing the pictures, that was fun. I hope it was a happy day and that this coming year is the best for you!
Callisto said…
Yup, that was a laugh out loud moment with the flippy-do. Nice, Aunt Kelly. Hope your birthday was as fantastic as you are!
AimBarb said…
I was totally going to call all day yesterday. It was a busy day. We had to go pick up Macy from the Vet. She had ACL repair surgery on Tuesday (blog post coming today or tomorrow) and she is very high maintenance.

Anyway, I am sure you had a great day. I hope your year is just as wonderful. Love you tons!
Lonna said…
Ahh the memories of looking through the ol' school photos. I think that you have such a great smile.

I hope that you did have a good birthday, even though it was spent running around and sewing cards for other people. You are so great.
Heidi said…
I LOVE the pics! so fun to see you as a little elementary school kid. And the hair in that one photo really is classic.
Heidi said…
O duh and I forgot to write Happy Birthday!!
Holly said…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite Kelly turning 46!! You don't look a day over 35! You are such a FANTASTIC person and I'm so glad to know you and count you amongst my friends. Hope it was a wonderful day!
~ Tina said…
ROLF!!!!
Okay - not until the 4th grade pic did I really see "you" in those photos..., the 2nd grade hair was hilarious! Love it!
The foot rug... tears are falling from my eyes!
(I also agree that the "clown" is creapy!)
keep up the celebration... you've got all month according to my definition!
LOVE the photo progression! SO CUTE! :-D Happy Birthday, Kelly! (I already said that, but it can't hurt to say it again. It didn't hurt, actually.)
Kelly said…
Yay! After 36 years, I reconnected with my BFF, Ellen through Facebook. I haven't seen her or had any idea what she looked like as an adult until now. I've got to show her this post from almost two years ago.
Ellen said…
Hi Kelly!! I am so impressed by you girl!!!Love the page you created! I remember that super cool foot rug! It was always so fun spending time with you!! I am so glad that we have reconnected!! I hope we can stay in touch and eventually see each other again. I am only 1 1/2 hours north of Austin!! It is so wonderful to see that so many people have love and admiration for you, that tells me you haven't changed a bit!! Take care sweetie and thanks for sharing with me!

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