Friday, March 23, 2012

Memory Lane

For the past few weeks I have been working on turning an unused room in our basement into a craft room. It has been a fun, trying, and interesting process, and is almost over! Last night, on the eve of my 31st birthday, I was in another room in our basement cleaning out some old furniture that I am going to re-purpose for craft storage. In one of the boxes, I came across a book my little sister Jennifer made me when she was 11 and I was 13. It is great. If you want to see it, today is your lucky day :) I am sharing it because there are some really funny things written in it (my sister has spunk that I have had never had!). It was a bit like looking at myself 18 years ago, and then now to compare. It was kinda weird. Before I post these pictures, I must say that I asked my sister if I could post these online, and she said yes. I'm going to make the pictures large so you can see the print-it is really funny.

This is the front cover...its all held up fairly well for being 18 years old and moved probably 10 times over those years!

If you ever read my 20 days to 30 blog (which ended a year ago today!), you know I have had a terrible affair with my hair my whole life. This is proof. Yikes. If I had to guess, this was around 3rd grade.
I so excited to find this last night because I haven't been able to remember what time I was born. Now I know, and was awake for it this morning. Another really funny thing about this is that I remember HATING Ace of Base as a kid...but I must have liked it at some point. Our memory isn't always right! I also remember loving Wayne's World...I got the single cassette tape of Bohemian Rhapsody and playing on repeat for days and days. I'm sure this didn't drive my parents crazy at all! 

Ok, could I be any cuter!? I love this pic of me. It really shows me in all my dorkiness :) This page made me a bit teary when I saw it last night. First, the things I wanted to do with my life haven't changed much. It is really weird to think that I knew what my passions were that early. I am currently working with young people, and even though I am not a psychologist, I am in a very similar field. I still have a passion for teaching, and am doing some teaching in the fall. And I still love animals...just not the brains to take all those bio and chem. classes to be a Veterinarian. 
It was also VERY weird to run across this book on the eve of my 31st birthday, which was written when my parents were both 31. I always thought my parents were so old! Ha! It just gives some perspective...when my parents were my age they had 3 kids! 
And lastly, I want to go back to my 13 year-old self and ask me, "Really? You have had no happy, funny or exciting moments in 13 years!?!" I'm glad I have become more optimistic in my old age :)

Oh, just look at those late-80's/early 90's bangs! What steals the show on this page is the back handed compliment Jen gives me...I won this honor by default!

And lastly, the author herself makes an appearance. Don't miss the last line...remember I told you she had spunk! :)

I hope you have enjoyed this trip down my memory lane. Thank you to my sister for making this for me...18 years ago. It is so very precious to me.


  1. OH My Gosh----- I remember all of those pictures. I did not know Jennifer wrote that book. What a great keep sake for you. I really loved going down memory lane with you Jamie. You have always been such a good writer. And so was Jenn. That was your moms best thing also. The teachers wanted her go into writing of some sort. Thanks for sharing this with me. Love You, Gramm B

  2. Awwwe jamie that is sooo neat to have. I remember when u were little and u would come to my house and I would do ur hair for u lol. That's probably where u learned the ski slope bangs...sorry lol. Love u and happy birthday. Amy :-)

  3. Jenni Berkimer RutkoskieMarch 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I remember those bangs! And I remember hangin out in the streets in avonwood making up a dance to whoop there it is with you and Nikki. Just something that sticks out to me. Oh and Ace of Base, I saw the sign. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and Happy Birthday!

    1. I remember them clearly! What about "Weak" by SWV...I think we had 100 dances to that song alone!