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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ce-le-brate Good Times, C'mon!

I am a planner. A bonafide Type-A, here's what we will be doing for the next four months, list-making type of girl. Given this, it should not surprise anyone that I have been planning for today since January.

I went back and looked at our old posts from this time last year. Somehow, we managed to skip over July 1st altogether. I have no idea what we were thinking. How could we let Kacey's birthday slip by without some sort of tribute? What we needed was a grand post in honor of her big day. What we gave her was nothing, nada, zilch.

I swore I would not make the same mistake twice. A few week's ago, I did what any good friend would and I got in touch with Kacey's mom and sister for photos.

I could not let my friend down again; not after the many, many years we've shared...

There was Kacey's Hawaiian-themed birthday party back in the early '80s.


Brownie Troop 301.


More Halloween costumes than I can possibly count.




There were dances, and boys.

(That last picture is for you, Barbaloot.)

But really, what I love most about our friendship isn't the history. Instead, it is watching my friend more recently.

Standing by her side as she got married,


Watching her with her beautiful baby girl,


And simply being amazed as she went from being my childhood friend...


to my lifelong friend.


She really is quite a girl.


Happy Birthday, Kacey, from the many friends and family who love you!


May your 39th year be your best yet! :)
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57 comments:

forever folding laundry said...

To my dear, sweet Aiko - Happy Day to you! You have always been one classy gal (and how is it that you even managed to avoid that awkward stage in the 8th grade photo?) and are now one of the coolest women I have the pleasure of knowing. Have a terrific day today!

xoxo
Keri

Kristina P. said...

Happy birthday to Kacey! She doesn't look a day over 38. :)

Karen said...

Such a sweet birthday post! She's lucky to have a friend like you!

And happy birthday to Kacey!

Barbaloot said...

Happy Birthday! And can I just say, the second you said there were pictures involved I was expecting good things:)

Alicia W. said...

Happy Happy Birthday Kacey!

Randi Troxell said...

happy birthday and wonderful pics!!!

Susie said...

Old friends are the best!! Those are GREAT pictures:-)

Riddle Girl said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday!
I just LOVED the tube of toothpaste costume! (A true classic!)

T~T said...

this is so lovely - I wish I was close to a childhood friend still!

Mindy said...

Happy birthday kace!
Fran - you are too sweet - I thought you were going to mortify her!!! :) next year (wink wink).

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awww! Happy Birthday to Kacey!! LOVED the pictures!!

Lara said...

Aww! Happy Birthday Kacey!

Life long friends are the best!

Deb said...

Happy birthday to the lovely Kacey. May this year be your best yet.

carin davis said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KACEY!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful friendship. Those are memories you will treasure together forever. I have a small handful of friends that I can't wait to sip lemonade with and watch our grandchildren together (MANY years from now! lol).

Happy Birthday to Kacey.

Jen said...

what a great tribute to a wonderful woman.

Sevibabyyy said...

This made me teary eyed a bit. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KACEY!! You've got a great friend in Francesca. I hope she starts planning on doing my birthday posts this year....September 25. JK JK!

The Blonde Duck said...

What a sweet tribute! Happy birthday!

Kimberly said...

That was awesome! Happy Birthday! My BF has been there for me since I was eleven. Now that I almost 30 we definitely have those remember when moments. Nobody knows me better than she. To Lifelong Friends!

peewee said...

AWWWW!!! THAT made me tear up :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! WHat an awesome post!

I can't WAIT for mine (NOV 17)

We may not be lifelong friends from childhood, but let's not be nit-picky, shall we?

Kelly Deneen said...

What a sweet, sweet post! And I LOVE the pictures!!! :)

Alicia said...

What a sweet tribute to her!!!

Happy Birthday, Kacey!!

Friendships like that are priceless!!

Tranquility said...

Happy Birthday Kasey!
I loved the 'life in photos'!

Courtney and the Boys said...

What a sweet post! Happy birthday, Kacey! :)

Nana said...

Happy B Day Kacey! I hear 39 is the new 19. Good for you!

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

What an awesome tribute!! Happy Birthday, Kacey!!!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

LiLu said...

39????

I hope to look half that good when I am...

Happy Birthday!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Kacey....

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Happy Birthday! The Crest costume is the best!!!

Kristin said...

Happy bday to the lovely lady! Yeah-hooooooooo!

Grand Pooba said...

Holy my cow I can't believe you guys have been friends that long! But that was a joke there at the end right? Kacey's not really turning 39 is she? Good, I thought I was going to have to punch you Kacey!

Booklover1212 said...

What an awesome friend you are to do such an awesome birthday tribute!! Great job!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

blueviolet said...

Awwwww...happy birthday, Kacey!!

lov said...

have a wonderful birthday! :)

Jen said...

What a lovely tribute to what sounds like a very good friend. Loved the photos. It's always fun to see the older pics and how one grows over time.
You are not too shabby yourself.

Helene said...

What a beautiful post!! I loved all the pictures from the past! It's so wonderful that, as childhood friends, you are still such close friends. I've lost touch with most of my childhood friends, which makes me sad.

Happy birthday Kacey....you obviously are very well loved by your friends and family!

Joanna Jenkins said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KACEY!

What a fantastic tribute. LOVE the photos from over the years and the wedding-- Wow, so beautiful!

It's great to see long-time friends celebrate one an other. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown Mami said...

What a lovely tribute! What a lovely friendship!

Feliz CumpleaƱos!

Meg said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a good one!

Heather of the EO said...

Happy Birthday, Kacey!!!

Sheesh, you guys have been friends a very long time. Does this make you old?

NOOOOOO.

Hit 40 said...

How fabulous!!! Just adorable pictures of your friend.

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

Willow Tree said...

love, Love, LOVE the photo tribute. Who took the last one of all 3 of you? It's fabulous and might just get framed at my house, but more importantly, Do You Still Have the Strawberry Shortcake Hat?? Awesome.

Happy Birthday and Many Blessings,
Carolynn

Mrs. Fish: aka Two Fish said...

Awwwww!! That is the sweetest post, I am all misty. Happy Birthday Kacey! So awesome to have your friendship after all these years, how so very rare and special.

karie

BTW - No hopping on the twin train...must pass the I am Super Crazy Test in order to ride. LOL

Kristen said...

aww that is so sweet! How awesome that you have been friends for so long!

Lolli said...

So so sweet! Happy birthday, Kacey! 39, huh? ;) I love the fact that you guys have been friends for so long. I have moved around enough since elementary school that I don't connect with many people from my childhood or even high school anymore.

Jennifer said...

Kacey! Today is your birthday?! Well, goodness be, happy, happy birthday! I hope you're enjoying your day and that your birthday wish comes true! :-)

SO said...

I hope Kacey had an absolutely amazing birthday!! Love the pictures.

angie said...

This just might be the nicest birthday post I've ever read. I LOVED the photo history, but I loved your thoughts on your friendship better. Happy Birthday, Kacey.

Cindy (and Brian) said...

What an awesome birthday tribute! I loved reading it :)

funky bag freak said...

Happy Birthday!

parentingBYdummies said...

I know I'm late (it's actually becoming a really annoying habit of mine), but I'm here and I'm gonna sing that funky Stevie Wonder happy bday song that everyone loves to hate (at least I do). So here goes: Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to ya. Or, maybe it would be better if Stevie sings it to you himself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rszcDrVeu3Q. Hope you had a super special day:)

He And Me + 3 said...

Kacey,

Hope you had a fabulous birthday! Have a blessed year too!
Mimi

Kameron said...

That is so great that you have been friends for that long! Happy birthday Kasey!

Scary Mommy said...

Happy Birthday, again, Kacey!!

And seriously, Francesca, you are like the best friend EVA. That post was beautiful. :)

Juls said...

Happy Birthay

wendy said...

you're aging us all fran, careful there.
happy birthday friend.
xo

Wifey said...

Happy Belated, Kacey! What a beautiful post and friendship you three share.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey