Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Keeping Me Cool (or at least trying) Since 1986

Today is my sister's 27th birthday!  Birthday's were a big deal at our house growing up.  As soon as my birthday was over at the end of March, we started planning Kathryn's - which was almost like a second birthday for me because lots of relatives thought it was only fair to give both of us gifts.  So, naturally, I've been thinking about this day (and this blog post) for over a month now... This weekend we will celebrate together; but, for today, I give you...
 (Clearly, some of these I haven't quite "mastered" yet; but, you get the gist...)

1. Legs always looks better with a tan and in heels.

2. Packing for trips should be done at least two weeks ahead of time.

3.You are never too broke to buy a new dress.

4. It is fine to use a pacifier until you are four, and immediately replace that habit with excessive gum-chewing

5. Skirts should be worn AT the waist with a belt and a tucked-in shirt.
6. If a wedding invitation does not say "and Guest" your guest is NOT INVITED.

7. One is never too old or too cool to be obsessed with Taylor Swift.

8. Going to bed listening to your multiplication tables on a recording can have significant life-long implications

9. Underwear lines are unacceptable.

10. The quest for the most delicious chips and salsa in the world is a perfectly legitimate life-mission.
11. An outfit is incomplete without an awesome purse and jewelry.

12. Products (as in, hair) are a girl's best friend.

13. A well-placed cuss word (or a few) goes a long way.

14. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Steele Magnolias" are the best movies of all time.

15. Maxi-dresses are God's gift to girls-with-hips.

16. There is such a thing as too much blush.

17. Diet Coke must always be consumed through a straw.

18. A straightener is the greatest invention of all time.  (Instead of china or sheets, she gave me my first Chi as a wedding gift.  THAT is what sisterhood is all about folks.)

19. Iphones require updating occasionally.

20. A week is not complete without at least three visits to Target.

21. Bangs should be approached with care. (And clip-in bangs DO NOT work.)

22. Jodi Picoult novels and US Weekly are works of fine literature.

23. Cutting slits in the top of pany-hose makes breathing infinitely easier.

24. There is no such thing as too white when it comes to teeth.

25. Clothes with animals on them rock. (This obsession started with a pink sweatshirt dress with a sparkly cat on it when we were four and six, and is still alive and well today.)
26. I really shouldn't say things like "rock."

27. There is no greater gift in the world than a sister. :)

In all sincerity, my sister is one of the most honest, funniest, beautiful girls you will EVER meet.  She will inspect an outfit and tell you to change without a moment's hesitation, but she will also get in the car and drive to your house in the middle of the night when you have the baby-blues, buy you a treat "just because," and clean out your closet as a surprise while you are at work.

Kathryn, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I am the luckiest girl in the world to have spent the last 27 years with my very best friend!
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  1. I'm a Katherine and my sister is an Elizabeth! How fun! This is a wonderfully sweet post!

  2. So sweet! I agree. I have a sister and there is no greater gift!

  3. I obviously have not known Kathryn near as long as you have (duh), but I have learned many of those lessons from her myself. You are both very lucky to have each other and the relationship that you do!

  4. Such a lovely post :) I do wish I had a sister, and I also wish we had Target here in the UK, haha!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  5. We just found out that Girl #2 will make her debut in early September. We are both thrilled and (slightly nervous) about raising sisters very close in age. This a great tribute to your little sister!

  6. My world would implode without my sisters. I feel so blessed to see my daughters grow up together. They have known friendship from the day they were born and it thrills me. My little sister and I are just 20 months apart, and while we have certainly fought at times, I have a million fond memories of growing up with her. Now she is like a second (way more fun) mom to my girls. I'm so lucky!

  7. This is so awesome!! Your sister sounds a lot like mine-- committed to keeping her nerdy older sister relatively hip and cool!! :)

  8. Totally agree with your sister on "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" being one of the best movies of all-time! Love SJP back in the day :) "And... I love to dance." Ahh, love that movie!!!

  9. I LOVE this! Sisters are the best! :)

  10. shut up this is so awesome. I like how your sister thinks - maxi dresses, white teeth, chi wedding gifts, cuss words, Jodi P... she knows the ingredients of life. My sister and I share the same birth month which makes April the best month eva. party!

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