Here are some life lessons and things about myself that
I learned from an early age:

Here I am with the biggest butterball ever...I bet this is the moment when I thought to say, "Feather, like a bird"
when people needed clarification on my name.
I also learned that no matter the giant facing you...
don't back down..cross your arms and look right in its face...

Me on my PaPa's tractor. This is when I knew that I loved spending time with him. Oh, but if I had only known that in about 8 or 9 years
I'd be doing more mowing than playing...
The funny thing is we still have this tractor.

I think this must have been the moment when I developed the chin down, eyes up look. I am probably thinking, "whatever"...the infamous eye rolling would come into play in approximately 12 years...and yes, folks...I perfected that...and no I am not playing with tampons...pretty sure those are the handles to the bouncy horse that my PaPa is putting together.

This is another picture of my first Christmas. Here my mom is holding me. This is when I realized that I would be in need of a phone that does not have a cord. Man, I was so ahead of my time...if only I had done something with that idea, your wireless service could be Feather instead of Sprint...

It was probably here during my 2nd birthday with the Mickey Mouse theme that I learned it's ok to ask for help when you need it...

I love my birthday...in fact...it's this Sunday...here I am with my Strawberry Shortcake party. I am not quite sure why they let me on the table to open presents...and no I did not take up table dancing as a profession...

This is the moment when I was determined to never let someone cry and take away from my moment...see the look I'm giving her...like who does she think she is? I guess I also learned here that it's ok to wear shirts that aren't long enough to touch your pants...

I learned also at a young age that it is important to pray...and how you pray is up to you...as you can see, I prefer the cover my nose and open my eyes technique..AKA The Peek-A-Boo...It still works for me today as an adult...

I believe it was this Easter when I realized that it is important to search for what you want, don't give up until it's yours and look your best while doing it...

I also knew at an early age that I loved to shop...
I have on lovely Mickey Mouse pajamas
purchasing the best musical wind up
television on the market...
yes, that is a tv on top of another tv..
and I think they are both on...
it's the original picture in picture, folks...

I learned here to look people in their eye when you are talking...It's important to listen to others...It also helps to look people in the eye when you're fudging the truth that you have been an extremely good girl the past year...

I learned at this moment that it is crucial to have make up that matches your skin...and it should go on your face only...not the clothes...

Here I am faced with a major life decision, my cousin has just received pom pons that I would love to have...
her eyes are closed...
do I take them or exhibit self control?


It's ok to always be yourself and let your personality show...

Here I learned that even if the wind messes up your hair...and it will..keep smiling...see even at a young age I loved taking dogs to the park...I promise there was a dog at the end of the leash...and now I go about every week...and yet again with Mickey Mouse...Did we have Disney stock that I don't know about? Also, it's ironic that I am wearing this shirt because Mickey is roller skating...and did I ever learn to roller skate? That would be a no...

This is when I realized that green was my favorite color
to wear to match my eyes...
but this is so not my favorite dress...

Ok...I don't know what I am doing here...maybe I was doing some Jane Fonda aerobics...or showing the photographer that I would like to have a tattoo on my side when I get older...

In this pic are my cousin Jennifer (next to me) and Sara (the baby)...Jennifer is 8 in this picture and I am 4...This is when I realized that I would be tall (5'10")
and Jenn would be short (5'2")
BTW...Smurfette ROCKS!!!

So, moments like these and numerous others helped to shape who I am...I like looking back at these photos as an adult and seeing how my personality now is so similar to then...

69 remarks:

OMG!! Loved this post!! Loved the pics, loved your remarks, and I love that you love your birthday. Me, not so much (my birthday, not yours...I like your birthday). I know you're not near as old as I am but we don't really have to go into all that again do we? ;) Ang

January 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

First of all, I so had that shopping cart and the same Strawberry Short Cake Cake. You can totally tell we were children of the 80's.

Secondly I wasn't thinking you were playing with tampons but more along the lines of; what is the deal with the Krispy crackers box?

Love the photos!

January 19, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

Jean-My grandma was always using various boxes to wrap presents in...we have some sort of cereal, cracker or cookie box in almost every Christmas picture when she was living...

January 19, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

I loved the walk down memory lane and all the lessons you learned along the way. This was an awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing. You were a cutie!

January 19, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

Love your post! I love all of the pictures! I bet it took a long time to scan all of the pictures!

:)

January 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

Haha, love those pictures! Good that you didn't back down from the butterball, hehehehe!

January 20, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

Fabulous!! Love the photos. I liked Strawberry Shortcake and Smurfette at different points in growing up too.
The captions are great!

January 20, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

I tried to comment on this post last night and my crazy phone wouldn't let me! I love love love all the pics of you as a cutie little kid! I had Strawberry Shortcake birthdays (yeah, that's plural...more than one) too! I also thought that Smurfette ROCKED! Too funny!

Have a great Tuesday!

January 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

Loved this post Feather. The pics were great throwback shot and the comments about them so witty!

January 20, 2009 at 9:46 PM  

This entire post just cracked me up!! I think I had that couch..you know the one..brown with leaves and stuff! LOL! Seriously! You were and are so cute!!! Love the S. Shortcake cake! And Smurfette...I have a habit of saying "absosmurfly not"..why? Not sure... I loved looking into your past! That sounded weird..I'm so not a stalker! xo Keli

January 20, 2009 at 10:46 PM  

I felt like I just took a trip through my past! What a fun post.

January 21, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

Hi! I am new to your site. He & Me is my cousin and she told me to check you out so here I am.. .I love that I picked this post because now I know the background and I don't have to ask you about how you got to be "Feather" which I love by the way...Super cool name! I also love that you are staring the Butterball dude down...my kids would be screaming their little heads off!!! Great to meet you!

January 21, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

I love those lessons. That giant bird made me crack up.

January 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

ok

1. you and sarah look alot alike in those pics

2. MY walked in looked at your pics and said....i do not like to eat baby feet -- only big feet

3. I have an appointment scheduled for the child psychologist.

January 23, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

Oh this was wonderful and so creative! I had a rainbow shirt just like yours!

January 23, 2009 at 5:20 PM  

I love the title of your blog! It made me chuckle. Thanks for visiting me on my big, bloggy day!

January 24, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

Visiting from SITS...Love the old skool pics! The one with you standing on the couch and makeup on you face, I swear my parents had that same couch when I was a kid! I noticed your adorable niece and nepheew on your sidebar. You should enter my kid product giveaway for them!

http://therussocorner.blogspot.com/2009/01/kid-giveaway.html

January 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

Stopping in from SITS to say hello. Great post !!

January 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

I was in love with Strawberry Shortcakes!

January 24, 2009 at 10:49 AM  

What a fun post! So many of your pictures brought back memories for me!

Smurfette did rock (I actually still have a few from my collection).

January 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

I totally had a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party {or two} when I was little! Cute pictures!!!

Just seen on SITS that it was your birthday! So I'm stopping by to say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it's fabulous!!!" :o)

January 25, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

What a fun birthday journey...hope you have a great year!

January 25, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

Haha... those are ADORABLE!
Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, and giant turkeys - aahhh, sweet memories. ;)

March 9, 2009 at 1:07 AM  

My favorite is the one with your hair blowing in the wind. Precious! You should blow it up and frame it!

March 9, 2009 at 1:39 AM  

I LOVED this mini-tour of your life! You are so funny too! I may have to stalk your blog!

March 9, 2009 at 1:49 AM  

Cute post girl!

March 9, 2009 at 1:55 AM  

LOL at shirt that doesn't touch your pants and peekaboo prayer! Very funny posts (and you were a cute kid) You may have inspired me to dig out my old baby pics for a post of my own! Fun read, thanks! BTW, love your music!

March 9, 2009 at 3:42 AM  

That's an awesome line-up of photos. VERY classy and cute.

Have a great SITS day!

March 9, 2009 at 3:57 AM  

You are so cute, what a fun post!!! Congrats on your SITS day!!!

March 9, 2009 at 4:59 AM  

These are great! Love the "looks", lol!

March 9, 2009 at 5:08 AM  

Those are so fun! I need to go through all my old pics. Thanks for sharing!

Stopping by from SITS!

March 9, 2009 at 7:18 AM  

Strawberry Shortcake and Smufette were my childhood favorites! Why were both t.v's going at the same time anyway?

March 9, 2009 at 7:38 AM  

What adorable photos! I loved reading about your childhood.

March 9, 2009 at 7:58 AM  

Great post! Love the idea of scanning those old pics!

March 9, 2009 at 8:02 AM  

This is a great post with nice self-reflection!! Very nice. I love the one about rolling your eyes. I think I had the same Strawberry Shortcake birthday cake for one of my birthdays.
Maridith

March 9, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

LOVE this post! I'm going to have to borrow the idea for my blog lol. It was such a fun post. Thanks for sharing your childhood with us!

Happy SITS day!

March 9, 2009 at 8:08 AM  

Great photos! I love the one of you on the tractor...and that's hilarious y'all still have it.

March 9, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Wow! Great commentary on the years gone by. Thanks for sharing.

March 9, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

So sweet. And you know, although you appear to be MUCH younger than me, some of that furniture and decor looks like you were at my house growin' up!! Thanks for the memories and what a great post idea! I may just "borrow" it myself!!

Mary

March 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

What a cute post.

I had that same rainbow shirt when I was a kid!

March 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

Love the pictures! And green is my favorite color too for the same reason.

March 9, 2009 at 8:56 AM  

This was a cool post! That green dress is pretty:) I like dark green, but purple is my favorite.

I was laughing at your picture with the TVs. The original picture within a picture, awesome!

March 9, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

Love the pictures! Takes me back to my own childhood! I too had a Strawberry Shortcake birthday (age 6 maybe?). Happy Birthday Sunday!

March 9, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

Loved the walk down memory lane - I really need to have my mom send me some of my old pictures... :)

Congrats on being Saucy!! Happy SITS Day! ;)

March 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

Your childhood pictures are adorable. The comments really borught them to life.

March 9, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

What a great idea to post pics of your past. Love that! And I love love your name, Feather! How lucky are you? Stopping by from SITS...congrats on being the FB!

March 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

I swear my dad has that exact lawn mower - it's orange, isn't it? Only his is missing the seat now... and it's a bit rusty, but still works!

Loving the multitude of Strawberry Shortcake things and the rainbow tank top with "underwear shorts."

I think Feather is a beautiful name! My niece's name is Pixie. :)

March 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

How fun that you have all those pictures! Now I want to go to my parent's house and look for old pictures!

March 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

I really enjoyed your pictures and what you have learned. Great way to see life. Have a wonderful day.

March 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

The pictures are precious but your commentary had me laughing! Thanks!

March 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Great pictures and explainations of each! Nice glimpse into your life.

Happy SITS day!

March 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM  

Haooy Birthday to come!! These pictures just show how adaptive you are to many different situations. And very photogentic!

March 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

The clothes, toys, and tv on top of tv brought back memories for me too!

March 9, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

Loved this post. I think our moms shopped at the same places. I was sooooooo into Strawberry Shortcake as well. Great post!

March 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

This is the sweetest post! I love seeing all of the cute old pictures! Your blog is really nice! So glad I found you on SITS!

March 9, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

This is such a great post! I love how you structured it with what you must have been thinking at the time.

March 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

What a cute post!

March 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM  

Adorable. I think my sister and I had some of those same outfits. I love that you are recalling all of these formative moments.

March 9, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

What great pictures. I love them. Great post too.

March 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

great post and photos. that gold mirror and floral couch looked a lot like my house in the 70s lol :)

i came via sits.

March 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

What a great post- and my girls had those same toys.

March 9, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

Over from SITS...I felt like I really walked down memory lane...wow...strawberry shortcake and the rainbow top! I had that one too!!

Super cuteeee post!
Hugs!
Tracey
polkadotsandpicketfences.com

March 9, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

Way cool post - brought back a lot of memories with the clothes and the furniture!

Visiting from SiTS.

Angie

March 9, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

I love going back to old photos, lovely post!

March 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

Great pictures! I loved your comments on them.

March 9, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

Awesome blog and comments - congrats on not having a bad hairdo!

March 9, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

Loved how you took us down your memory lane! Isn't it cool to look back?!!

Visiting you from SITS

March 9, 2009 at 8:01 PM  

Great post! Inspiring me to do something similar myself someday!

Happy SITS day!

March 9, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

I totally had that same rainbow-shirt-with-gym-shorts outfit! You gotta love the '70's.

March 10, 2009 at 9:03 AM  

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