A Thought on Sisters

Sisters are mean. I have two sisters who I love dearly - now. However, we butted heads more often than not in our younger years. I was on both sides of bullying, stealing, name-calling, tattling, sabotage. Sisterhood is a funny thing. We hate each other with great love. And then we grow up. 
“Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers.” - Pam Brown
Suddenly, you realize that your fights growing up were hilarious and made for an amazing, story filled childhood. Stories like:
  • That time my sister told me that my grandfather's medicine was bubble gum. Of course, she wanted me to try it first… I spent the rest of the day hugging the toilet.
  • Me: I want to come visit your high school to see what it will be like next year :)  My Older Sister: [Runs off crying]  Me: What? What'd I say… (And then she decided to switch high schools the next year. I am sure it wasn't because I was going to attend her previous high school. )
  • Middle School - High School my older sister would lock her door when she left the house so I couldn't borrow any of her clothes. :(
  • She also accused me of stretching out her clothes that I found a way to steal borrow. How rude!
  • Remember land lines? Do people still have those? Well, my older sister used to answer and pretend she was me when my friends called. So mean.
  • Speaking of mean - My friends and older classmates at my school were deathly afraid of my older sister. I didn't get it, but I kind of loved that I could just say "I'm Malone's little sister" and people would leave me be.
These are all stories of my older sister, Malone. It's her birthday today :) There are about a million more stories I could tell about our torturous reign one my little sister, but that's a post for another day. 

Happy Birthday, Malone!

Anybody have any interesting older sibling stories or were you the bullying big sis?
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More on Toddler Photoshoots

First of all, a big thank you to all of the comments + tweets + facebook messages on yesterday's post. I almost didn't post it for fear that I would be crowned worst mom of the year for photoshopping my kids. I'm so thankful that this little blogging community is so supportive.

Yesterday's post really got me thinking about my own childhood photos. I have 2 sisters and my mom didn't have the luxury of a digital camera when we were small. This meant that she had one chance to get the shot and had to wait weeks for the rest of the film roll to fill up before sending the film off to get developed. Pure torture! I don't know how she got any decent shots of us.

In honor of all the mommarazzi out there before the convenience of the digital camera, here are just a few of the great photos my mom captured of our childhood:
That big ol' Michelin baby is me with my older sister, Malone. 
Yep, I'm the weirdo in the purple unicorn costume for Halloween. I sure did love that thing :)
That's me in the blue swimsuit. I absolutely adore this photo!
I'm in the middle with my older sister (Malone) to the left and my younger sister (Carney) to the right.
Also, Bonnie from A Compass Rose has a great post on her blog today about Family Portraits. Run over there to get some great tips and professional insight on how to capture your little family.