Wednesday, January 05, 2011

You Say It's Your Birthday

It's my birthday too, yeah!  That's my favorite birthday song.  I sing it all the time to people on their birthdays, even if it's not mine too.   But today when I sing it it's true.

Today is my seest-er's 40th birthday.  I like it better when I phrase it like that.  My sister's 40th birthday.  Not mine.

O.K. it's mine too.  Blah.  I'm not excited about this one.  I don't want to be forty.  

 I'm not where I thought I would be at 40.  

Where I hoped I would be.  

I'll be perfectly honest, I have cried the last two days over this birthday.  How stupid is that? To cry over a birthday??  But I did.  I am feeling better about it today.

Heck, I should feel lucky to be having birthdays at all.  

Age  just a number. Right? You're only as old as you feel.  Wait, that one doesn't work for me because some days I feel really old.  Whatever.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah.  I'm forty.  And my sister is too.

Happy Birthday Sees-ter!

In honor of our 4oth birthdays, I dug out some pictures of me and my sees-ter over the last 40 years.  I honestly have no idea of some of the dates, so I'll do my best to guestimate.  Some of these have terrible resolution. Sorry bout that.

A few days old.    No idea who is who here

I'm guessing about a year old.  1972 maybe?  I think I am on the left.
 Or maybe the right. 
Oh, I don't know.  One of them is me.  
Any guesses? (Joe says left)

Two(or so) years old.  Really crummy pic. I actually have no idea which one I am in this picture. You know what's funny?  I couldn't tell in a lot of these pictures and Joe had to have a look and tell me.  Is that weird?  That I can't tell myself apart in pictures?  Don't answer that.   I think the answer is Yes.  The quality is so bad not even Joe could tell in this one.

       9 years old I think.  1981 or so.  I loved that ski jacket.  
And who wouldn't?  It's so fashionable.

I think this was the same year. 
 I only put it in here because of the roller skates I'm wearing.  
I never took them off.  I think I even slept in them.

A year older than the last picture I think

Strange but I can't find any pictures between age 10 or so and 8th grade. 
Just imagine 3 or 4 years have passed.

8th grade.  1984/85

Senior year.  1989 grad party

                                        I think this was around 1991 or 1992.  Love Joe's hair!
We had matching bangs for a couple of years.  
             And we had our very own table for Christmas dinner, which is made of awesome.

No idea the date but taken sometime after that last picture but before the next one.

Mid-90's with our horses.  I'm kind of surprised I don't have a ton more of us 
riding together, seeing as those we spent every waking hour from 1984-1994 at the stables, 
 but if I do I can't find them.

This was one of the last Christmases that my Mom was alive, so 1995.   Or 1996.  
I'm really bad with dates.  And math.
Late 90's

This was the year before Cameron was born.
                                                   Christmas 2000, with her crazy dog Junior.

Cameron's first Christmas, so 2001

2003, Disneyland

This was taken in China.   August, 2004, on the Pearl River Cruise. 
 I loved being in China. 
 Except for the heat, it was the best trip of my life.
Gracie wouldn't look at the camera 
because she really wanted a drink of that soda Lisa is holding.

Also 2004, later in the year.  For some reason we decided to go out to 
The RainForest Cafe on New Year's Eve to celebrate our birthdays.  
It was really crowded.  And Grace was mesmerized by the sparkler on the sundae.  

This is one of my favorite pictures. This was our 35th birthday.  

2009.  Scrapbook Expo

Christmas 2009 skating at the  rink in Union Square

Summer 2010.  My friend DeAnn took these great pictures of us over the summer.  
I chose this one because I LOVE the look on Grace's face.  
Can you tell she was done with the picture taking at this point?  LOL.

Feb. 2010  Cruise to Mexico

Christmas 2010

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you!

How lucky am I that I get to share my birthday
 with someone as awesome as my sister?
Hopefully we will have many, many 
more birthdays to celebrate together.



Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Baby

-- Guess Who

Sherri said...

What great memories to share with your 40 year old sister!! Happy Birthday Michelle!

Cora said...

Happy Birthday to you and your sister! Growing up with Twins I know what a special relationship you must have. I loved seeing all the pictures, it reminded me of my sisters' pictures where we all sit around guessing who is who and it is usually the in-laws that get it right :)

Gracencameronsmomy said...

your'e old!

Cyndi and Dean James said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle and Lisa!!!! I hope you both have a great day. I'm glad to know someone who is turning 40 before me. I will be there this May. :)
Cyndi :)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday to you Michelle and to your sister, Lisa. Loved the photos!

And it is not silly to cry over your 40th birthday, especially if you're not where you thought you'd be. Or rather if you're still waiting for your first child. Turning 40 was the worst for me and I cried a lot.

Here's to 40 ending up being a great year for you!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Hope yesterday was awesome!

I love the relationship you have with your sister. I have always been so struck by that! I think I am little jealous!


Carrie said...

Ha ha i love your blog! Happy Bday girly!

2china4S said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michelle and Lisa! Loved the pictures, you two were such adorable little things, I bet you had your cheeks pinched a lot. BTW, that pic when you were about two is just beautiful, your closeness, your hands, cuteness overload. Remember what the very wise SS said on her birthday message. The way she sang your name just cracked us up.

D and S said...

Happy birthday to you!

Kim said...

Happy 40th Birthday...
I will be there with you in a few months..

DeAnn said...

Happy Birthday you guys!! remember 40.. and Fabulous!!!

Kayce said...

LOVE this post and love you!!! Happy Birthday my friend!!!!

Coley said...

Happy Birthday!!! (late here of course but I said it on time on FB!) I love the photos! Happy birthday to your sis too!