Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday To... Me!

My birthday invitation from 3rd or 4th grade

Today is my birthday.
I am 60 years old.

I might start to believe it if I say it enough. 
Yes, I definitely look older... I notice that every day!
But I just don't feel like I have really ever grown up inside. 

Like many children, I had to grow up way too soon in so many ways. 
But I still feel like I never REALLY grew up.

I have gone through my childhood pictures to make 
this post and it brought back an abundance of feelings.

Some good, and some not so good.

If I had to do it over again I would try to know myself. 
To appreciate  what makes me... me.

To feel that I was special.

This is a VERY long post and it is all about me... 
But since it is my birthday I felt that I could indulge myself. 

After all... today should be about me :)

 My first ten years.

I am a natural blond...
or at least I started out that way.

This was my 4th birthday.
I just love that little dress!

1st grade school picture

A true product of the early 5o's with my little "pop pearls". 
Did any of you have those "pearls" that popped together 
so you could have any length necklace you wanted?

At seven I thought I was going to be a ballerina...
but what's with that lipstick and mascara?! 

My mom was an RN and she worked as the camp nurse during her vacations, 
just so I could go to Campfire Girls Camp for two weeks.

My teen years.

7th grade school picture

Time for those bangs to finally go...
and for the braces to arrive.

High School.
I wish I had still had those eyelashes!

My 20's

Honeymoon #1

We backpacked (hiked and slept in the wilderness)  in the 
Olympic National Forest in Washington State for two weeks. 


Nine years later and the start of 
my second (and last) marriage. 
It's been 33 years so far...

My 30's

Two marriages and two sets of kids 
kept me busy as a stay at home mom.

My 40's

At 45 I was heavily into gardening. 

My 4th granddaughter arrived when I was 49.

My 50"s

In my early 50's I worked for Estee Lauder.
That was my first full time job since 
I was now an empty nester.

Then I worked for Ethan Allen
in Northern California.

Then again in DFW, Texas

At 57 I was a nanny for six wonderful months!

This is what my hair looked like 18 mos. ago 
when we first moved to Palm Desert, Ca.

This is how long it is now. 

I just let go... I know it is way too long for my age.
I was planning on getting it cut for my birthday  
but I just don't know how what style I want.

If you look closely you can see that those sunglasses are hiding 
my black eye that I posted about a few weeks ago.  
It is all better now but I haven't yet taken a picture. 
Maybe I will share one as soon as I get that haircut...

That's all folks!

I spent the whole day going through all my old family photographs. 
Since I am here alone on my birthday 
(The Mr. is in North Dakota for a few weeks) 
I thought that it would be a nice way 
to remember some family moments. 

Thank you so much for allowing me to share some 
pictures from the last six decades... yikes!

Bunny Jean

Just a little reminder:
My Bunny Hop Party is still going on until Sunday.


Nann said...

Happy Happy Birthday my precious friend! I LOVE your pictures going down memory lane. And welcome to your 60's. They're a whole lot better than gals think they are. Its nice to have you join the group of us. Hope your day is and will be SO wonderful. You deserve it!

Again Happy Birthday. And you look just beautiful!!

Big Big Hugs and Well Wishes,


Barbara F. said...

Happy birthday! No way it is the big 6-0!! You look so great! xo

kbbk said...

Happy Birthday!! Loved the story and photos so much fun and wow your hair got so long!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You look fantastic for 60..and this post shows you have been beautiful all your life! Your skin looks great must be that skin care you sold:) Your birthday card as a child is adorable--so cool that you still have it.

Happy Birthday!!!

~ The (UN)organized Homeschooling Mom said...

NOOOOO!!!!!! Don't cut it! It looks so good.....and there are MANY pictures I have NEVER seen.......I hope your day was nice....I sure wish I could have been there. ((hugs)) and lots of love!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Happy Birthday, Bunny Jean! You don't look 60 at all! You look adorable as a child and a gorgeously beautiful grandma:)Sending you lots of hug and love on your special day. Have fun!~Poppy

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Bunny Jean! Oh, I've so enjoyed your post! You have been beautiful your entire life. Love those little girl snaps. Gorgeous young lady and into womanhood. Darling, you don't look 60 and your hair is gorgeous! I hope your day is marvelous!
So glad I've gotten to know you in Blogland.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Happy Birthday, Bunny Jean! I enjoyed your trip down memory lane. Have a blessed birthday, Tammy

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy Birthday! Loved tagging along memory lane with you....You are beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Happy Birthday beautiful lady! You were a beautiful child, adolecent and grown woman! Have a blessed new year of life Bunny Jean. Lots of hugs,

Blondie's Journal said...

You were a beauty then and you are a beauty now! I love your hair, please don't cut it! :)

Happy Birthday, sweet lady! Celebrate those sixty years!


Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Happy Birthday! You really have not changed since your early years. I look at your sweet face in all of the photos and you continue to look so youthful. Thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane.


Perfectly Printed said...

Happy Birthday!! Just found your blog! Love the pictures.


xinex said...

What beautiful photos, Bunny. Thanks for sharing. My hair is longer than you and I am older than you so I don't think there is anything wrong with long hair at any age. You look lovely at every stage. Happy Birthday!..Christine

Barbara said...

A very interesting post about the changes in your life and fashions and hair styles etc.

Always Nesting said...

Happy Birthday and I love the photos!!! Your hair is NOT too long. It's beautiful!! Don't cut it. I repeat. Do Not Cut Your Hair. You are blessed.

I have been growing out my curls and I've never had so many hair compliments. One of the young men at church told my daughter "your mom dresses really good for a woman her age" I know somewhere in that sentence is a compliment.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Happy Happy Birthday..What a delightful post..You have always been beautiful! how do you do it!
May all your dreams come true this birthday year.
Really big hugs, Elizabeth

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Aww, that was so cute! Happy belated birthday, Bunny Jean! Welcome to the 60's. I loved seeing you growing up. Yes, I remember pop bead!! I live in the DFW area & have for the past 25 years. Hugs to you!!!!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Birthday! You look amazing :)
Hope you had a wonderful day!
Greetings from Australia♥

Patty said...

Happy Belated Birthday! This was a fun post to read!

Janae said...

You are so pretty. You looked 25 in your pictures that you said you were in you 50's. You look great!

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