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Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today is January 8th. It is a very big day. A very big day, indeed. You might be thinking, of course today is significant. It is Sean Paul's and Elvis Presley's birthday! Everyone knows that.

But do you know who else is celebrating a birthday today? What if we were to show you a few pictures? Would that help?

Yes, today is our dear friend's, Keri's, birthday from Forever Folding Laundry.

Kacey and I have known Keri since junior high. By my calculation, that makes us friends for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years.

Looking back over our two decades of friendship, there are many memories that still make us smile...

During our freshman year in highschool, we were not allowed to ride around in cars with boys. However, since our highschool had an open campus policy and we were very much into junior boys, we took the chance and rebelliously cruised around town. At one point, Kacey wrote Keri a "note" about this experience, Keri's Mom found it, read it, and grounded our poor friend.

Keri and Kacey made up a coded language in highschool. It was basically hieroglyphics. Their thinking was that if a note written in this language was found during class, then the teacher would not be able to read it. Sadly, the language did not last much longer than about two months.

Kacey and Keri both went to prom with seniors during their freshman year and both had very strict, embarassing curfews, not to mention dresses. Oh Kacey, the horror of the tiered, teal dress prom dress!

In highschool, Keri's nickname was Ariel, and, for the life of us, we can't remember why!

As we have gotten older, our reasons for celebrating have changed.

We have celebrated one another's weddings and our children's births.

We have gotten together for silly reasons, such as luau's and pig roasts.

Through our many years of friendship, we have been laughing most of the way. I imagine that we will still be doing the same after another 20 years.

Happy Birthday, Care-Bear. We love you!

-Thuy, Kacey, and Francesca

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Counselormama said...

This is such an awesome post! Priceless. Oh, one question, is that Kent Whitting in the pic with Keri?

Barbaloot said...

And why are there no pictures of said teal prom dresses? :)

Jo said...

Long term friendships like that are rare and precious. Happy Birthday!

Unknown said...

awwww Happy Birthday to Keri! friendships are priceless!
today is also OU Sooner day-

Mainly a midwife said...

Happy Birthday Keri.. I would not have pegged your for sneaking out during open campus.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Awww, that's awesome! Keeping a long term friendship like that is priceless and a rarity. Happy Birthday to Keri!

Peaches said...

LOVED IT! I too had a tribute to my sweet friend, although in my 2+ years I have not acquired as many funny photos of her. (Of course, Peaches knew about Elvis, but not Sean Paul!)

Heather of the EO said...

I have friends that are still my besties even though we've known each other since we were five (they still like me-weird) It's the BEST.

Happy Birthday!

Kristina P. said...

Happy birthday to Keri!!

Becky said...

It's so great to have (and to read about) friendships like these.

Happy birthday to Keri!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wonderful pictures. It's so nice when you can say you have a friendship that spans that long and will continue on!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fun post. I love looking back on HS. SOmetimes. Memories like those are great. Happy Birthday to Keri!

(Come vote for me if you have a chance!)

forever folding laundry said...

You gals are the best, BEST girlfriends ever. I love you. I am now on a mission to find a picture from prom of the teal and hot pink prom dresses.

Thank you for this!!

XOXO, Keri

Anonymous said...

That is such a sweet post! Happy Birthday to Keri!

Kimmy said...

How sweet! Happy Birthday Keri!


I saw Keri's post and ran right over to see the pictures; the post was SO beautiful! How amazing you've stayed close over the years; you ladies are the best of the best. ...and seriously? Would Love to see that prom dress, lol!

Blessings, Carolynn

gmhash said...


What color is that skirt/dress that you are wearing in the picture with M. Onsum? (I set up an account just so I could post this).

Tulip Row said...

Girlfriends are the best!!

wendy said...

happy day to keri!
since before junior high - like fifth grade yeah?
love those photos.

forever folding laundry said...

You will burn for that stunt, G. Hash....BURN!!!! =)

gmhash said...

Happy Birthday!