Me and Susan in Mexico
Susan, Kate, and me at Kelly's bridal shower in Columbia, MO
Maggie, me, and Susan at Kelly's bridal luncheon in Columbia, MO
me, Maggie, Kate, Kelly, and Susan in Chicago
Kelly, Kate, me, and Susan at Kate's wedding in Ixtapa, Mexico
I thought I had written about my 30th birthday, but I can't find it...so here we go. My closest girlfriends are the Kewpie Girls...a group of five of us: me, Kate (Chicago, IL), Kelly (Columbia, MO), Maggie (Chicago, IL), and Susan (NYC) who have been friends since elementary and junior high. (They all have a blog attached to mine except for Kelly) We are called The Kewpie girls because the Kewpie doll was our high school mascot. I went to grade school with Maggie and Susan and then we joined up in junior high with Kate and Kelly. As you can see we are all spread out around the country, but still make an effort to stay close through email, keeping up with each other's blogs, phone calls, and traveling to visit each other. I could write so much about these girls, but will try to focus on what they did for my 30th.
I've always been freaked out by getting older, even when I turned 17 and woke up to John Cougar Mellencamp's lyrics, "Hold on to 16 as long as you can, changes come around real soon make us women and men." That freaked me out! So you can imagine the big 3-0! I was the first one to turn the dreaded number but that day ended up being one of the most touching days I've experienced.
The morning of my birthday I received a large box addressed from "The Kewpie Girls." I already choked up without even opening the box. Open the box, and tears start rolling. There was the sweetest letter on top with cute drawings of "The Kewpie Girls" on top explaining that the box contained 30 items that reminded them of me. Each item had a note attached with a memory or a reason why a particular item reminded them of me. This was the most thoughtful and meaningful gift I have ever received. I thought, "I don't deserve this and wow I am so blessed by my friends."
The box contained the following:
"Southbound 35" by Pat Green to represent the short drive down I-35 we had to drive from Austin/Dallas to hang out!
acrostic of my name
Sled ornament because the first time we hung out as kids was sledding in our neighborhood
Picture frame w/ Betsy Johnson and Jessica Simpson because Besty Johnson was on our flight back from Ixtapa, Mexico and we always liked to talk about Jessica Simpson.
Bracelets because I like to wear chunky jewelry
Jimmy buffet tape because I hate Jimmy Buffet and a quote from our Senior year cruise was, "Jimmy Buffet is shitty."
Matchbox car because Susan always drove me to school
Reese’s big cup because we share a passion for Reese's and call each other any time we try out a new Reese's product.
Taco bell bucks because we ate a lot of Taco Bell in high school.
Chapstick because I always wore orange chapstick in high school until I saw a picture of myself and realized it made my lips look orange.
Photo album with a camera on the cover because of my love for photography.
Golf balls because we were on the golf team together.
MW blocks for our Midwest gang signs that we like to throw up in pictures.
Compact that says, "You say bitch like it's a bad thing," for my love of cursing at just the right moments.
Key chain because I always seem to get us locked out of Kate's apartment or house every time I visit her in Chicago. This once caused a missed flight....I think?
In Style Magazine
Missouri cookie cutter
Magnet with a sweet saying on it.
Wine glasses and a Bottle of yummy wine
How cruise control works explanation because Maggie drove with me from Missouri all the way to Texas when I moved in my little Ford Ranger truck that did NOT have cruise control.
Gun pin-I think this was because we convinced Brian Lee that my brother's name was bullet.
Toni Braxton tape
Sweet tarts because I always teased Maggie for spending money on such a candy.
Catalog post cards
The cars picture because it was my first concert in the 5th grade
Cd case for my love of music