Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy birthday Kayla!

This post is picture overload, but it's super fun to look through all my old albums on birthdays. Today is my youngest sister Kayla's 15th birthday! Happy birthday Kayla! We are 10 years apart, and according to her, my life didn't really start until the day she was born. In a sense, she's kind of right. Ever since Kayla has been born, my life has drastically improved. :)

Just born. 

Buds even as a baby.

Kayla was drug around to EVERYTHING when she was growing up. She attended pretty much every event of all three of her older siblings. What a trooper. (This was at my DARE graduation! Who else had that at their school?)

Playing Pretty Pretty Princess. If you don't know what that is, you need to play it. No matter how old you are. The object is to get all the jewelry pieces first.

One of the many times Kayla poked her head in my room in the basement just to see what's up. :) Usually I liked it, but sometimes I was annoyed. If I could take all those annoyed moments back, I would. Kayla, you can pop over anytime.

Some of my favorites coming up. Here we are on vacation in St. Maarten. 

This one is probably my favorite. Kayla thought she was so funny and cool. Ha.

Michigan trip.


The time Kayla came with me to OC during the summer to visit Kley. We were at the 4th of July fireworks.

Cancun again. 

Home (I don't actually remember what occasion this was for. Maybe nothing!)

My college graduation.

Another lovely trip Kayla joined Kley and I on- the pumpkin patch.


Kayla, you are funny, sweet, kind, loyal, sarcastic, determined, loving, and so much more. You love the Lord, which is most important. I love that you always came into my room- either just barged right in or tried to be sneaky. Either way, I knew you were coming. I didn't love it at the time, but looking back, I love that you always tried to read my texts/journals. You wanted to be around me and know everything I was doing. I hope you still feel that way. I do about you.

When I started dating Kley, you were upset because he was taking me away, but as soon as he came over and did the fist pump dance to "Bet On It" from High School Musical, you were hooked. You never let us sit by each other, "because we could sit by each other all the time at school," you had to be in the middle. I won't not describe affectionate as one of your top qualities, but when I came home from college, you would hug me randomly a lot. You were the first one to know Kley was going to propose, and kept it a secret for a long time.

I remember when you fell off the chair and broke your arm, and mom made me call dad to come home from the grocery store. I got a C on my science test the next day because I was too worried to study. I remember you bobbing for apples in our old basement during one of the "game days" I made up. I remember playing ancient Mario Kart together. I remember painting your nails. I remember your dance classes. I remember running through the sprinkler in the backyard.

Today, I'm so glad we get to come over and see you more while we are living in Des Moines. In the words of one of the classic Lindsay Lohan movies, Life Size, that we used to watch together, "Shine bright, shine far, don't be shy, be a star. Where you live, where you are, be a star."

Ha. Kayla, as much as we laugh at that song, it's true- you're a star. :)


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