don't we look HAWT? A special happy birthday to my cousin bridget celebrated on saturday the 10th - we are pictured here after - if i remember correctly - a particularily grueling soccer game (complete with snow and freezing cold air - how did our parents sit through it all?!?!) at a tourney in cape with our Florissant United club team (F-U as we sometimes liked to write on our faces.. ok just the one time b/c i think we got in trouble). we are three months apart in age and have always had our bond - really more sisterly than cousinly. we played soccer (and many other sports) together and against each other. she pushed me around in my walker/bouncy/rolly seat thingey b/c i was too fat and lazy to walk when i was a baby. once when we were four, we had a grand old time with some expensive, snow-like powder in my parents bathroom. (we got IN TROUBLE for that one). she used to make me read to her cuddled up in bed or cuddled on a couch. we were carted to day camps, summer school, games, vacations, and many other things crammed in with all the other cousins and siblings in one station wagon or another and we loved it all ;). She once slapped a boy in the face for calling me a bitch in 7th grade. she was a force to be reckoned with - one time a big ole tall girl knocked me over on the basketball court and she went out the next play and very clearly took that girl down. we sang outside the mall together (as we stroll along together... holding hands and walking all alone). we also sang Lisa Loeb excessively and spent countless hours recording (on old school tape recorders) ourselves singing and interviewing our friends and family. we dyed our hair with kool-aid. once she cut off a chunk of her eyelashes. she helped me dye my hair blonder - and then blonder. we talked about boys and wore half shirts and teeeeny tiny shorts in all our skinny 15 year old glory. she made me one of my favorite wedding presents - my family scrapbook. i was in the hospital waiting room when she delivered her son joe but, sadly, not her daughter isabel. we share the month of our marriage (go august!) just a few years apart! now she and i are both married and live way too far apart. she and her husband brian just moved into a brand new house in troy, missouri with her little family... i miss her, i love her, and i wish her the best birthday ever!
weekend updates tomorrow afternoon - stay tuned!