A few of my memories…

by | Jan 16, 2008 | Happy Birthday, My Siblings, Snow | 7 comments

I thought it would be fun to post some pictures from a few past birthdays!! It’s so fun to look back sometimes!

Here is a picture of my mom and I, right after I was born… I was born in a military hospital, and after that experience, my mom decided, from then on, to have home births. My mom did just that, and delivered the next 7 at home. However, when she was pregnant with the twins, she had to return to the hospital since they were a month early and breach, for a c-section. After the twins were born, she went back to having home deliveries and my youngest two brothers were born at home. I wish I was as brave as my mom, but I am not… Plus, I love the little mini-vacation I get when I am at the hospital! 🙂

On to my first birthday… I think my first birthday cake was so cute! Don’t you? My Grandmother had it made for me! I was the first grandchild on my Dads side of the family, so I was just a tad bit spoiled by my Grandma! I loved her so, so, so, so much! She passed away when she was only 61 (I was 13 at the time) and I miss her dearly.

Below is a picture of me with my parents… Mom is 7 months pregnant with #2, my sister Jennifer, at this point!

Following, are pictures from my 2nd and 3rd birthdays… I just love the picture of Jen in the back ground, trying to blow out the candles! She looks so cute! I don’t miss Dad’s mustache though! He looks much better now, without it! I remember clearly the day that he shaved it off, and told us that it had been stolen!

And that’s it, at least for the next 8 years… I asked mom if the camera broke, or if she just got too busy to take pictures. She said it was both! By the time I was 4, my parents had 4 children already, and not much time for taking pictures.

I was looking for pictures from my 12th birthday, but I couldn’t find them. On this birthday, my parents gave me a “real” birthday party, and I got to invite TWELVE friends! I was so excited!

I was able to find pictures from my little sister’s birthday that year… Dad gave us rides in the tractor (in the bucket from left to right: My sis Jamie, cousin Heather, me, cousin Sara, and brother Paul). They even had a clown show up! It was such fun!

For the next picture, we skip forward another 6 years, to my 18th birthday. I got the best present ever on that birthday! My parents asked me to be the godmother to my little brother who was born the day before. I was so excited!

And the last birthday picture I found, was from my 21st birthday! Look at that big family! It is missing my brother Sean who was away at the time… In fact, for that birthday, my mom invited my hubby to join us… We started dating right after that!

Oh! Here is a great picture, taken on Jan 16th last year, that illustrates well how I was feeling…

(Chiquita just stuck her hand in the snow, for the first time ever… She didn’t like it.)

You see, last year, we had an unexpected snowstorm that hit at 10am, dropping tons of snow, and closing the freeway. NORMALLY, I LOVE getting snow… However, this time, hubby ended up getting stuck in town for the night. The kids did enjoy the snow though, other than Chiquita!

Overall, such wonderful memories!


  1. Anonymous

    Happy birthday, Jessica!!! God bless you!!

  2. Margaret

    I have many happy memories at your home with you guys when I was little! I loved coming to your house because there was always someone to play with! I have some pictures around here somewhere of me holding you when you were born. I’ve always loved my cousin Jessica!

  3. Amy

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love seeing the pictures of you and your mom and all your siblings! It is so funny how I can tell right off without a doubt who is who! Scott especially!

  4. Trina

    It was fun to see the pix! Since I don’t get to see your siblings very often, I still have them pictured in my mind how they looked when they were younger.

    You have always been beautiful…all down through the decades! And you’ll probably age like your mom, in other words, you’ll always look young!

  5. Anonymous

    Haha…Ive never seen like any of these! Theyre soo cute! Jenny looks so funny! haha. And its so cool getting a run down about each picture 😉 Like your twelth birthday, how cute! That birthday cake Grandma (JoAnn) made for you is soo cute too! I wish i could’ve met her! AAw, poor “Chiquita”. :S hahah.

  6. Anonymous

    lol my teeth are so messed up in that last one! geez! lol. Jessica i miss you being home ur simply the best ..and have grown up to be the coolest and biggest role model ever! (espacially in the mom category!)
    <3 mary

  7. Shelly

    oh Jessica! happy birthday sweetie! May God bless you dearly this year and always. You’re such an inspiration to us all!


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