Here's a bunch of pictures from birthdays gone by. For those of you who don't know, I was born on my big sister's 5th birthday. It has been so fun for us to share a birthday for 28 years now. We SO treasure the years we get to celebrate together (like last year, even though we forgot to take a picture). As you'll see, our mom did a really great job of taking pictures every year, even though she always beat herself up about her photo taking and photo keeping. I think they're mostly in order. And only a few years of my childhood are missing. As I got older I guess I didn't care as much about birthday pictures.
so...without further ado, my birthdays:
the first one:
the third one: (okay, so I just posted this, and now realize that technically, if I count my actual birthday as the first one, then all these numbers are wrong. but I"m not changing them all. so by third one, I mean when I turned 3, not technically my 3rd birthday. does that make sense?)
the fourth one:
the fifth one: (yes, I wore the same shirt two birthdays in a row)
the sixth one:
the seventh one:
the eighth one: this first picture isn't very good, but the memory is so clear. The Ulmers were visiting us in CA and we got to go to Pizza Hut. It was AWESOME!
And I think (because of my sweet bangs) this was the same year:
the ninth one:
the tenth one: a huge bday in the Smits household. we got to have a SLUMBER PARTY when we turned ten. Here I am with my friends Stephanie, Christine, Rebecca, Darcy (some of you know her!), Julie, and Kelly
We moved back to Iowa. A birthday at the Ulmer house- 710 S. Main :)
Onto the middle school years. I'm pretty sure this is my 13th bday
Check out my very excited friends. :) Aubyn, Steph, and Renee.
Birthday during a camping trip. 15 years old.
AWESOME birthday when I went to visit Ang in Chicago. 17 I think.
My first birthday in college. Mom and dad came to Fern to see me.
Last year. Not sure what I did any of the years between that last picture and this one. There is no documentation at all. weird.
And this is what I look like today! 28! (Lillian picked the smiley face cake, which you can hardly see anyway, but this was the least blurry picture.)