Friday, March 13, 2009

Flashback Friday

During my last theme week, Friday was Freebie Friday. Times are tough people, so only one giveaway this week. Brandy and I brainstormed and Brandy came up with Flashback Friday. Now what was I going to do with that? And then a light bulb went off!
And I knew exactly what to do for Flashback Friday. You remember when Brandy interviewed me after the Bloggy Awards and I threatened to show you pictures of me back in the day and make you snort your beverage of choice out your nose?

Today's the day!

Back in the day, there was a sad little girl who had no clue what to do with her hair.

This is the start of what I refer to as the Ugly Duckling stage. This stage lasted a very, very long time. This picture is circa 1974.

And do you remember when I was tagged back last October and I shared many things about myself? Like the fact that I can't smell, and my children insulted my intelligence? Well, I also shared that I was in the Miss Blue Springs beauty pageant, and I told you about the hideous dress I wore.
Oh wait! You mean this one??? Yep, that would be the one. Check out that hair! This would be circa 1981.

I grew and matured and yet, my fashion sense and personal style just seemed to get worse.

Check out these glasses! I think someone sawed the bottom off a couple of coke bottles to make these puppies. It's no wonder I have such a hard time wearing my little glasses-- I was used to total surround vision with these things. Who's the cute little guy? That would be my little Trace, about age 2. That makes this photo somewhere around 1989. Before we move on, be sure to check out the sweatshirt, which I believe I crafted in someway. Goodness, I can't stand it anymore. Moving on!

And here I am with a 3 year old Trace and pregnant with Ross. I do seem to be improving just a bit but I've got a long way to go. Circa 1990.

Ross' first birthday! Trace is 4 and I have more hair then a Standard Poodle. Circa 1991.

A few years have passed and you might notice that I no longer have bangs. This was quite by accident. I was working so much, about 50 hours a week, that I didn't have time to get my hair cut and my bangs grew out. It was then that I realized that bangs were just not for me. It only took me 30 years to reach this conclusion. This photo was before Trace's first communion. He was 8 and Ross was 4. (Ross is being his usual silly self.) Circa 1995

Somewhere along the way I was introduced to a straightening iron. Here we were visiting Darrell's mother in Texas and introducing her to our new addition, Jenna. Ross, 13; Jenna, 18 months; Me and Julia, 7. Circa 2004

And there you have it, the evolution of me. I've come a long way baby! I can only hope eHarmony Guy #1 doesn't see this!

Don't forget to go to Brandy's blog I'm Not Your Average Soccer Mom to check out her verision of Flashback Friday!

eHarmony update: Guy #2 seems to have dropped off the earth. I sent him a message and never heard back, but you know, I'm okay with that. I'm still talking with Guy #1. Several people commented that they would like to send Guy #1 questions to answer. Leave them in the comments and I'll actually send them to him!


Katie said...

How funny! After we got married, we moved far away to another town where we knew N-O-O-N-E! My husband liked to be funny and tell everyone that we met on eharmony and that they should stay tuned to their tv because our commercial should air anytime! Good times. We met at church. Whatever.

Love the pics! :)

Beth said...

great pictures! It is a relief to me to know that we all grew up looking dorky...but back then we were all so cool!

Heather said...

Denise last night I came to bed and the t.v. was on. It was on Manswers. That show in itself is a whole nother story, but the remote was on the other side of the bed so I dealt. After about 10 minutes or so, a commercial came on about LOL! Seriously. I LOL thinking about you. They basically had a comparison of two dates, the eharmony date and the bootycall date. The bootycall guy was getting all sorts of action. It almost seemed like a Saturday Night Live spoof, but no, it was real. What kind of woman would actually sign up for bootycall? Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and your bachelorette dilemna last night. I'll be thinking of a few questions for Mr. Right.

Brandy said...

Oh goodness! Now I know what Julia meant about not making mommies beautiful. (You know she befriended me on FB right?!)

Although you did improve with time...and I assume got contacts.

I'll stop cracking jokes cause I was going through pictures last night for my post, and it's safe to say that we've ALL changed. LOL!

April said...

can't wait to see what q's people come up with :-)

Anonymous said...

Love it! Have you heard that country song that goes, "It was 1970 something..and looking back now boy did I look cheesy"? Well everytime it comes on I crank it up
!!! It reminds me of me lol

My 5 yr old saw a picture of me and his daddy and our then 2 yr old (now 16 yr old) and the 5 yr old David said, "Mommy who is that?" lol I said, "mommy" he then says, "you look so weird, look your hair looks like grandmas" ROFLMAO!!!!! I had a poodle perm lol ahhh the good ole days lol

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Anita said...

I posted some gradeschool pics on my blog not too long ago. My mom's over use of hair spray was just unreal...LOL.
Thanks for sharing, I found the flatiron @ 5 years ago, and I've never looked back!

Jill said...

Denise! You are a HOT babe! Ya know...I had the same ENORMOUS high quality, fashionable, plastic frames were lavender!! Pretty huh?

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

You are way too hard on yourself...but I guess that makes for a funnier post.

You look like such a baby in all those photos. I had the exact same glasses as you...I remember that they used to give me such a headache because they were so heavy on my nose.

Hmmm...a question for Bachelor #1...I'm going to do some thinking and come back to that...

Thanks for the stroll down your memory lane!

Tricia said...

Did you by any chance consult with my mother before she picked out my glasses in the 2nd grade? My whole family still picks on me for those things. It totally looked like I had them on upside down all the time. I am so glad contacts came along.

Teresa =) said...

OMG...those pictures were HILARIOUS!! You are one brave woman to post those for your millions of loyal viewers!! At least you can say you've aged well!

Teresa =)
P.S. The picture with the glasses and the crafted sweatshirt was my all-time favorite...I laughed out loud!!