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Happy Birthday Car!

Happy Birthday to my cute sister Carly! She’s 30 today. Welcome to the 30’s Car! So far they haven’t been too bad. Here’s a fun mini trip down memory lane…

Now you know why my kids pose so much. The apple doesn’t fall too far. While I may be the one posing however, at least my shorts aren’t up to my chin. :)

I love this picture (think we’re in a hotel room?) because we are reading Sweet Valley Twins. Remember those books? They were the BOMB and Car and I worshiped them! Yes, I’m the one with the pasty white legs. Carly and I look and act completely different. She is 21 months younger than me but has always been taller and tanner and older looking (thighs I would kill for!). The looking older thing always bugged me when we were little and people mistakenly thought I was the little sister. Now that we’re BOTH in our 30’s…payback time!!! :) Ok Car – you still have the tan skin. And the thighs.

Skiing Brian Head with mom

College Graduation (Car – I know you’re going to complain about your left eye in this picture. Sorry. I couldn’t get the “red eye” tool to work on that eye for some reason. Still wanted to use it because I like the picture. I’m laughing right now because I know how bugged you’ll be. My blog – remember!) :)

Mean game of Poker

Christmas 1998

Car’s Wedding

Soon after Claire (Car’s baby) was born

Car with my girls (Addie left & Ellie right)

More of Car with Ellie

5 Things I love about Carly:
1) She is FUNNY. There is no better way to say it. Carly is just funny. Her sense of humor is hilarious and she can have anyone laughing in minutes. Everyone who knows her loves this about her. Car and I don’t talk without breaking into laughter at some point. Doesn’t matter what we’re talking about. She and I have so many private jokes and know each other so well that we sometimes laugh just looking at each other.
2) Car knows fashion. She has always been on the cutting edge of style (even in Elementary) and while she used to NEVER let me borrow clothes (unless I swore I’d tell everyone in the halls at school that what I was wearing was a Carly original), she has loosened up a bit. ;) I now call her with any and every question about what to wear and how to wear it.
3) Speaking of calling Car with any and every question….another thing I love about my sister is that she knows how to handle me. I am extremely indecisive. It’s something I hate about myself, but I can’t change. I really struggle with making decisions (big and little) and Car is always there to rescue me! I constantly call her and drive her nuts asking if I should do this or that…buy this or that…then return this or that. She laughs, teases me, tells me I’m making her crazy…but in the end she helps make my decision for me, spends an hour assuring me I’ve made the right decision, and the next day when I call and tell her I’ve changed my mind – she understands. My mom and Kenny refuse to put up with this, but not Car. In the end she is always my ‘go to’ girl. I do have to say though that I payed her back for all of this by making a pretty important decision for her a few years ago: YES! You have to go on a date with Shawn Hazen. The rest is history. :)
4) Carly has been an AMAZING Aunt to my girls. She flew out to visit after both of my girls were born and has been a big part of their lives ever since. She loves them, plays with them, and always makes them feel special. Ellie adores Aunt Carly and gets so excited to see her. I love the way you love them Car.
5) Carly is just plain impressive. She is independent, career oriented, extremely intelligent, a great people person, beautiful, witty, and now she can add “amazing mom” to the list. She has always been there for me and I don’t know what I would do without my sister. I was so excited when I found out my second baby was going to be another girl. Sisters. Just like me and Car.

Happy 30th Carly. Love you so much!
xoxo, Erin
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11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Car!

  1. Ok, total tear jerker! I miss my sister so much now!

    Such a beautiful post, Erin. Love it.

    I so remember the Sweet Valley High books! That’s such a cute picture of you guys reading, although I freaked out when I saw you actually ‘laying’ on the hotel bedspread! heehee. Guess that was BEFORE the Dateline specials talking about nasty hotel bedspreads!

    Happy Bday Carly!!!

  2. My favorite post ever, of course!!!! Mom just called and told me to check your blog (thanks to that “career-oriented personality” I’ve been in meetings all morning) and it’s just the sweetest thing ever. It totally choked me up and took me right back to Sweet Valley High and Boulder Mtn. and seeing my sweet babies Ellie and Addie. I know I always rip on the Blog Movement, but after this loving tribute, I LOVE THE BLOGS! Blog away! Blog daily! So sweet, thanks sis. Love you. ps. Hate my crazy eyeball in that photo

  3. Sisters! You two are amazing. You couldn’t be more different and yet more alike too. I loved the pictures and I remember every one.
    I would have to add that your sister has always been way into music too….and forever makes fun of the two of us…especially me and my love of country music…
    Darling post Erin. Love you Carly.
    You were the best Christmas gift ever!

  4. Happy B-day Carly!!! I can’t agree more with you that Carly can make anyone laugh in no time at all. I remember many a times being crippled with pain and tears running down my face because I was laughing so hard. Love ya Car!

  5. That is so fun Erin, you two look like you have a great relationship. It brought back fun memories for me too just thinking about my sisters. Well put together that is what both of you are. :)

  6. My favorite picture is of you and Carly hugging right after she had her baby! You can just see how happy you both are and how much you love each other!

  7. I think my favorite picture is the one of you and Carly just after she had her baby. Maybe because you had the fun pictures prior that it just peaked when I saw that one. Pure joy. It made me have one of those things in my throat.

    BTW you can submit my birthday post anytime.

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