I WAS THE KIND OF KID WHO....


I have been reminiscing about childhood a lot recently. Man, those were the days; a non digital world, carefree and time, so much time. Fun meant being outside, scrapped knees from bike wrecks, Popsicles dripping down our chins and stress wasn't even a word on our radars yet. I often miss the 70's and 80's and sometimes even wish my kids had experienced our childhoods instead of the world we live in today. Here are some found remembrances of my childhood and the kid I was before double digits....

WAS THE KIND OF KID WHO:

Washed her banana seat bike in the driveway like it was my Mercedes. 

I had one just like this..


Wore gingham, flowers in my hair & jewelry before age 5.


Mother/Daughter pics at Olan Mills were huge!


Put sponge rollers in my doll babies hair because if I had to endure sleeping in them, so did she.


Got married at 5 to my Boy BFF, Ryan and my mom performed the ceremony. We got "married" at least once a week, lol


Lived for Saturday morning cartoons, favorites were The Smurfs, The Bugs Bunny/ RoadRunner Hour, Land of The Lost, Chip & Dale....(still watched in High School, only it was Pee Wee's Playhouse)

Organized all the neighborhood dodgeball games, fort building, and Tadpole catching adventures, etc... Type A ya know!

Dressed up my dog and took pictures of her with all my stuffed animals. 

Mixed every perfume and powder my mom had and called it my "concoction."

Traded stickers like it was the stock exchange.
One of my actual sticker books

Got, as my mom would say, "brown as a berry" with my tan every summer because I lived outside & played softball.
5th grade

Gave a one girl concert belting out tunes and dancing everyday in the dining room or on the driveway. 

Lifted those swing set poles right outta the ground

Sent a letter to Family Feud host Richard Dawson begging to let my family be contestants. Yep, mom, dad, Aunt Linda, Cousin Jimmy and me.  I even had planned out what we'd be wearing. Imagine that!! 

Told my first grade class teacher that my mom just had a baby named Heather (lie) .....because I desperately wanted a sibling...Read my post on Being An Only Child called Only....So Lonely

Had "Collections" of everything: stickers, candles, key chains, rocks, etc (now it's shoes, lol)


57 comments:

  1. I think of the time when I was a kid too...you're right it was so different and it was so nice to not think about technology!! You and your mom are so alike - I love that photo of you both! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. This is such a super cute post, love the pic of you and your mom Andrea!! I'm hosting a giveaway today so pop by to enter:)
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  3. Olan Mills photos, remember very well. My babie photos were always done from there along with our family portraits. I was the mixed up kid who wasn't sure if I wanted to hang with the boys (being raised with 6 brothers) or the girls (longing to have a sister). So I hung with both sides.

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  4. Love it! We were outside all of the time, too! My mom didn't allow us to have a tv in our bedrooms and it used to make me so mad, but now I understand--we were together as a family all of the time!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  5. You are as precious now as you were then! You and your mom are both gorgeous!

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  6. I think fondly of my childhood too, we LIVED outside, had bike races, played with my Barbie's and cabbage patch kids. Such a different time. I loved this post and all your childhood photos. Happy Monday! XO - Kim

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  7. I do wish our kids could experience the same type of childhood we did before all of the technology! I always wanted a banana seat bike when I was younger! One of my favorite shows was Land of the Lost too! Loved seeing all of these throwback photos! Have a great week!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  8. Oh my goodness--you were just too adorable!! You look SO much like your mom--both absolutely beautiful! I once lied to a girl when we were on vacation and pretended I had a twin sister. I went back to our hotel room, changed my swimsuit, came back out and said I was the twin....only children problems!

    Happy Monday!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  9. Love this! What a trip down memory lane!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  10. Aw you were such a cute child and what a fun post! I definitely mixed up some beauty concoctions when I was younger too and the smurfs and chip and dale were some of my favorites! :)

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  11. Ha- super cute post. I did a lot of things you did- including the crazy ball tans and organizing neighbourhood shindigs. Great post!

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  12. I LOVE this!!! YES smurfs!! lol
    I also love that you write to Family Fued AND especially that you planned your family's outfits, you're amazing!!
    Also, no wonder you're so gorgeous now, you were the cutest kid AND your mom is soooooo pretty!

    Simply Shaunacey

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  13. First off, you look just like your mom!! Beautiful ladies. I love all of these old pictures too. I remember having sticker books and watching cartoons. I remember watching the Smurfs, He Man & She-Ra, and when I was little older Pee Wee's Playhouse. We also used to make up plays and swing on the swings for hours. Those were the days!!! Chris was an only child so he can relate to how you felt sometimes I'm sure. Thanks for sharing Andrea and I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! :-)

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  14. I LOVE this post and also love the fact you made up "Heather"...sounds like something I would have done because I was tired of my brothers!!! Hope you and your family had a great weekend!!!

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  15. yes to so many of these!! i swear parents were never around. we were always by ourselves playing. i miss my sticker book!! loved that thing. and never traded, lol

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  16. I love all of this! And could you be any more gorgeous as a child? (of course you still are now too!). We dressed up our dog too many times too :) Hope you had a great weekend, and a perfect week ahead! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  17. This is too funny!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  18. This is so cute!!!! Nodding my head yes for many of these!!! :)

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  19. You are so innovative! I love this post. LOVE IT. And yes, I remember doing most of these things...no gingham for me though...

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  20. Oh my gosh I definitely had a sticker book haha! I loved getting new ones.
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  21. What a cute post, Andrea! I think about my childhood a lot as well -- what did we do without cell phones, Internet and all the technology?! Life was so simple, I miss it! Love all the pictures and that you put curlers in your doll's hair...I did too!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  22. I loved this post, Girlfriend! It brought back so many memories of my own growing up. I just knew if we had known one another back then, we would have totally been BFFs for sure! Enjoy your Monday!

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  23. Andrea, this is such a sweet post!! Love the picture of you and your mom, and the fact that you got married by the time you were 5 years old...HOW ADORABLE! You were such a cutie, well YOU STILL ARE! Loved the post!!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  24. Ahhh banana seats and The Smurfs! Awesome memories, and yessss to swinging so high the poles came out of the ground. Truly the good ol' days <3
    Green Fashionista

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  25. I really wish my kids had the childhood I did - well the fun parts of it. Riding bikes until dark, fishing, playing in the dirt, only watching tv for an hour or two, softball because it was the only summer sport for girls, mud pies! I miss it for my kids. I try to recreate it but they always end up with technology at some point. PS You look like your mama!!! Love to you!

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  26. So cute! I was a child in the 80's and it is just SO different these days with my kids. I seriously ran the neighborhood with my friends, rode my bike everywhere... even walked pretty far away with a friend to a candy store. No way would that fly these days! I remember Saturday Morning cartoons, I wish they had them still so I could sleep in! ha!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  27. Ahhh yes being a kid of the 80's, it certainly is quite different now then it was then. I really liked back then, we all had imaginations because we were forced to do things like go outside. Haha! I totally remember swinging and the poles coming up, I loved the smurfs!!!! And I totally had a sticker/stationary collection and used to have pen pals. You were such a cute kid!

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  28. What a fun fun post idea, lady!

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  29. This is so great! The lifted the swing-set poles right out made me laugh out loud! Those were the days!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  30. Things have changed so much...Saturday morning cartoons were the absolute best! I remember riding my bike every day like there was no tomorrow.
    You were such a cutie!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  31. This was such a fun post to read, and I loved getting to know you better! That's too funny that you and your BFF got married all the time and that your parents would perform the ceremony!

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  32. What a great post, Andrea. My favorite part is you writing to Richard Dawson!!! Too funny! Enjoy your week.

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  33. SO CUTE!! You were such a doll! And wow was your mother a beauty. A banana seat bike would be the best to have even now. Olan Mills pics :) So many memories.

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  34. Your pictures are adorable! I love this - I definitely was obsessed with stickers and loved washing my bike. The neighborhood girls and I would put on "shows" for our families...such good times!

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  35. Love your pictures! Haha I'm dying about the sibling thing to your teacher! I never did that but I always wanted to change my name to Jennifer so i started second grade with that name :)

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  36. Brings back memories. Making mudpies with my best friend for our dollies in my parent's Scotty camper...don't ask me what my mom's reaction to that was! LOL And, it is a miracle we never actually tipped the swing set over.

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  37. You sound like such a sweet young girl and so fashionable before the age of 5. You're skin complexion is so pretty with a tan. Lucky you cause I just turn bright red and that's not pretty. lol You had to sleep with curlers as a child or was that by choice?

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  38. Oh so sweet and I love the old pics, Andrea. I was an only child too!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    Thanks so much for being a part of My Refined Style Link Up!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  39. Of course you were accessorizing before kindergarten! My cousin and I loved to make concoctions too. Any kind of makeup or powder or lotion we could get our hands on had to be mixed together. We made our parents suffer through a lot of impromptu living room dance recitals too!

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  40. OH life before technology, how did we ever survive with sitting on our parents laps while they were driving. Or even going to the local movie rental place owned by a sweet local family. I loved browsing all of the movie titles, hoping that something new would pop up :) Love this post!

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  41. I absolutely love this post! What a fun way to reminisce about childhood and share old photos. I totally was all about sticker books too lol!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  42. I love this, you were just as gorgeous as a little girl! Olan Mills pictures -- yea!! I loved swinging. We had a playground size slide that my dad purchased from a local park that was renovating and it was huuuuge. In the summer we would spray it with the hose and put a tarp at the botto to make it a giant water slide haha and we rode down it on wax paper to go really fast! Oh man this post just brought back so many memories. Love love love!

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  43. I loved trading stickers! I think I still have my sticker book somewhere :)

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  44. You and I would have totally been friends back in the day! I had a bike with a banana seat just like that! You were such a pretty little girl - no wonder you grew up to be a gorgeous lady!

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  45. I had a purple banana seat bike! I was a Navy brat so I didn't grow up with Sat morning cartoons. But we did have a swing set and I was afraid we were going to flip that thing! I played outside all the time, especially when we lived in Puerto Rico and our house was right on the beach! Talk about brown as a berry!
    ~Sheila
    Making the Most of Every Day

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  46. We obviously grew up around the same time - I laughed so hard at the jumping swing set!

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  47. Andrea this is adorable and OMG....friend we had so many things in common. I seriously was obsessed with Land of the Lost! and I was forever making a concoction or love potion and putting it in a locket to wear around my neck. haha We totally would have been fast friends.

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  48. I love this post. Yes, I did forget about swinging until the poles shifted, but now I remember thinking that was awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  49. I just talking about this the other day with my friend - how we'd be outside, riding our bikes around and we just needed to be in shouting distance of my house in case my grandmother wants us back home. I hope in a way I can recreate that for my kids and make sure they have that type of independence. Looks like you had a great childhood! I love the bike you treated as a Mercedes - too funny!

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  50. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic post. I loved my banana seat bike, land of the lost, making "concoctions", Saturday cartoons, and lifting the swing set poles outta the ground. I think we could have been best friends. :)

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  51. I was the kind of kid who always wore gel shoes or Dr Sholl's. I rode my banana seat bike everywhere and ribbon barrettes in my hair. My arm usually had a good 15 or so Jelly bracelets and I loved making friendship bead pins for my sneakers.

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  52. OK, it's very obvious to me now that I'm a good 10 years older than you because you watched The Smurfs!! We can still be friends though, right? I also wore pink rollers, gave concerts, and made concoctions. Also had a banana bike then a 10 speed. ;)

    Thanks for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday! This post is fun. :)

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  53. Aw...this was so fun! I loved it, those sweet and happy days.
    Well, I rode my blue Schwinn bike up and down the country roads. Swam in a local swimming hole. Was a Girl Scout and loved my Momma and Daddy!
    Thanks for joining us today at TOHOT!

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  54. Haha great post! I can relate to quite a few of those :)

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  55. I'm looking at a pic of my sons at Olan Mills. Fun trip down memory lane. Love this post. I think I may borrow this idea to use as a future post! :) ~Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants

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  56. What a lovely post. It has me going down memory lane myself!

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  57. Ha ha I can relate to this I remember Olan Mills, and I also had stickers coming out of my ears and use to swap them with my friends. Very much a trip down memory lane, thank you and for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again this week x

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