Today is a special day in my family… It is the day, 24 years ago, that my sweet sister was born!
I’m sitting here at 6:30 in the morning (I typically am not functional at this time of day, but was so excited to write this post and I couldn’t sleep) with a large cup of coffee (in my favorite New Orleans mug!) next to me pondering what exactly to write. I have so much I want to say, but I’m not sure exactly how to express it… Welp, here it goes!
Thinking back on the the last 24 years I am filled with joy and laughter – don’t get me wrong there were some rough years in there (my parents would have stories!), but all in all I cannot imagine growing up without a sister. I am so glad that we are only a year and half apart – this allowed us to still be close enough in age to grow up together and be able to relate to one another.
To share a few fun stories…
We would spend summers at our grandparents ranch in Raton, New Mexico and as kids this was the best thing ever! We would get up at 4am just to go with our grandpa to feed the cows!! Ha! It sounds silly, but it was so much fun for us. He would let us sit on his lap and ‘drive’ the truck! We would sit and look out the windows and watch the cows follow the truck as we released the ‘cake’ I guess it was called… They were cylinder shaped pieces of food or treats of some sort. I’m not too sure, but it was fun! We also loved when our grandpa taught us how to drive the lawn mower! They had a huge lawn and one of the mowers that you actually sat on and drove around. We thought we were so cool on the mower driving up and down the lawn as if we were driving to the mall or something! 🙂
My sister and I watched Xena and Hercules when we were younger (I found them on Netflix recently and oh boy – are they corny!) and we loved it! So, when we got to the ranch in the summer it was our own play ground! Our grandpa taught us how to saddle and ride the horses and he even let us ride them alone in the arena! So, of course two little girls that watch too much Xena and are left along with two horses… What else could go on… We pretended that we WERE Xena and Gabrielle (Xena’s best friend). Our imaginations ran wild and we were having our own adventures in that small arena, fighting the bad guys and saving the innocent villagers! hahahaha. We even played on the horse trailer and would take turns locking each other in pretending we had gotten captured and were in prison and the other had to make up a rescue plan!
THEN, on one of our family trips that we took to Hawaii (or maybe Mexico) we spent so much of our time in the huge swimming pool and discovered the Titanic… In the pool!! Well, not really, obviously 🙂 BUT there was a bar in the middle of the pool that had bar stools… So of course we would go under the water swimming in and out of the stools as if we were searching for the lost wreckage of a sunken ship. We would come up for air to make a plan and then head back down to see what we could find…
Anyways, my point with these silly stories – is that if I didn’t have a sister then none of this would of happened and those are just a few of our many shenanigans! I simply cannot imagine not having my sister – it would have just been super lame growing up alone.
Those are stories of when we were little and weird 🙂 We have both grown up (for the most part) and have our ‘big girl jobs’ and whatnot, but no matter how old we get I will always smile and find joy in remembering how weird and silly our imaginations were.
My sister, Amanda Paige is kind and gentle. She is warm and loving and fun and crazy! She has a heart of gold that I am constantly amazed by. She cares so deeply for people! She’s my favorite person to sing every single song from the Grease soundtrack with (we take turns on who gets to be Sandy and who gets to be Danny!) She is smart and witty and I just love her to death!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet sister!!! I hope to have adventures with you for many many years to come! I love you!
Here are some photos when we were very young and goofy looking 🙂
and a few from the last few years… My sister was the BEST maid of honor EVER!!
I love you so much ManDee and can’t image a life where you aren’t my sister!
Again, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best sister a gal could ask for!!!
Photo credit :
Our awesome dad (my fave photographer ever!)
KJ and Rob Photographers (wedding shot!)