I'm beyond excited for today's blog hop... mostly to see what everyone else came up with since I'm basically about to expose the ugliest pictures of myself!
Why am I doing this you ask?
Why am I doing this you ask?
A couple weeks ago the lovely & gingerlicious Katelynn from Inner Vision (who is also my top sponsor this month- go check her out!) approached me and Aunie from Aunie Sauce about this really fun blog hop idea that would showcase our photos and stories from "The Awkward Years!"
We've all had them, grown from them, and now cringe at them. Now that we're grown it's almost painful to watch our friends and relatives experience those years! It's that period of time where you have no idea who you are yet and you're just trying to fit in somewhere... I know that feeling all too well!
I went through many phases growing up, so I thought I would showcase them in yearbook photos!
The photos you are about to see may shock you and cause excessive pointing and laughter. Proceed with caution...
Let's start with 2nd grade...
You may now be thinking, "WTF?!" just as I wonder every time I'm reminded that I once looked like this. I was your classic teacher's pet, always getting A's and spending extra time on homework. I was painfully shy and didn't have very many friends. My favorite things to do were draw, write in my journal, and apparently wear turtlenecks.
I remember getting my name on the board for the first time this year. I got caught humming during a class assignment. My neck got kinked and stuck in one spot for a week. I won 3rd place in a multiplication/times table competition. I think I started playing softball this year.
I specifically remember this year... my teacher assigned me to sit next to the trouble maker kid thinking I would leave a good influence on him. Well, the teacher's brother came to class one day and I whispered that he had a big butt. The trouble maker kid kept teasing that he was going to tell on me! I was a nervous WRECK since that would totally ruin my "good girl" image. I was so upset over it that I had my mom call and tell the teacher what I said. The kid's seat got moved so he wouldn't be able to tease me anymore. Some crazy drama, I tell ya! ;)
Although it doesn't look like it, I actually had friends this year. I came out of my shell and had my first boyfriend (he kissed me on the hand, awww :). It was the first year that more than 3 people showed up to my birthday party. This was also the year we had to take "Family Life" classes with our parents at school and learn about sex. I was SO shocked...
This was my first year of middle school. I'm pretty sure I wore that ugly blue sweater way more that anyone should wear a single item of clothing. I remember being VERY involved in school activities... I took dance lessons, I played clarinet in the band, and I sang in Chorus. I was branching out and making a lot of friends. I met my 1st grade pen pal and we became besties :)
This was the year of cliques, hormones, and becoming a kissing slut. I was part of a very tight group of girlfriends... we wouldn't allow anyone in without permission from other group members. We even recorded our own song thinking we would become the next Spice Girls. I was totally into boys and "going out". I had my first kiss this year. It happened after school and he had braces. From this point on I would keep a list of every boy I kissed... and it would be a lot longer than I ever expected... (sorry Dad!)
I'm pretty sure I was going for a model look here... and failed miserably. My boobs came in, almost all at once. Apparently I was considered cute, because I had my first "relationship" this year... a whole 6 months. That was considered super serious back in the day. I was definitely loving my teenage phase, making any excuse to hang out with friends, fight with my younger sister, steal my older sister's clothes for the day, sneak out at night, vandalize a bit, and go to every concert possible... this was probably one of my most memorable school years!
Flash forward to High School...Oh goodness... I have wayyy too many stories, too many to sum up! Lots of wild nights, parties, fights and experimentation ;) Maybe I'll share another time, since I've probably typed your ears off by now!
I went from good girl to wannabe bad girl, and now looking back I think I've found a good balance. It's interesting to see how school, experiences, and relationships can shape you into who you are today!
This was fun :) Maybe a bit embarrassing, but that shouldn't stop you from participating! Post a throwback photo of yourself in your "Awkward Years" and share a story or two. Grab the button, add your link below, and go find out what some of your favorite bloggers were like before any of us knew what a blog was!