Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy 21st Birthday

21 years ago today, this beautiful young lady made her first appearance into the world. I don't know how that was possible since I'm only 26 myself? LOL

Wow, it's hard for me to believe that she is 21 already! We are very proud of her. She's a junior in college..hoping to graduate sometime in 2010, right Jannelle? This picture was taken yesterday with her Guitar Hero guitar.

Let's do some embarrasing pictures now. I'll go first. This one was taken 10 days or so before she was born. It was the night before I went to the hospital "in labor" the first time. After spending all afternoon in the labor area, they sent me home.

Talk about embarrassing... This was taken on Christmas Day 1987. My husband and I had just received our Teddy Bear shirts in the mail a couple of days before. He was such a sport to wear it just because I like teddy bears. Outside of labor itself, this was one of the most uncomfortable days I've spent alive. I just remember being soooo tired, but I couldn't sleep. I didn't have an appetite, and I fell down a couple steps (landing on my backside) going from the parking garage to my SIL's apartment. But it was Christmas, so I guess it really wasn't too bad. The most important thing about Christmas that year was it was my due date. She was born the next afternoon so we can't be mad at her for coming late... it was only 12 hours or so.

This was our birth announcement.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of her over the last 21 years.

Six days old. The next one is 5 months old.

This was taken while I was in the hospital having our second daughter.

3 years old.

She still loves to read. I was doing some spring cleaning and donating clothes, while she read.... upside down.

Rocking her baby brother to sleep...

She played flute in the middle school band.

Cheerleader in High School.

This was last fall when her dad went to a football game at her school.
Happy Birthday first daughter... I'm still working on her card. I'll post it tomorrow.


Monica Hunter said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl. Happy Birthday Jannelle! What a young face -- which will be such a blessing when she's 26 like the rest of us. People might actually believe HER! LOL

Sarosa said...

What a lovely young woman!

But I got the greatest kick out of the sweatshirt picture! Too cute ... your beaming dh looks so young and beaming!

KardKrazy said...

Jacki, what a beautiful young daughter you have! I love the way you post all these pictures.
(My favorite is the three year old one -- oh, my goodness, what a face:)

Trena in Naperville said...

What a sweet, sweet family you have!
Every age is fun and it's wonderful to have snap shots and video! God Bless you and family!

Hugs from Naperville! XXOO

Take care and STAY POSTIIVE!

Cindy H. said...

What a handsome family you have. Jannelle was a *beautiful* baby and she grew into such a lovely looking young lady. I got a kick out of the sweatshirt pictures. Something tells me your DH adores you and would do anything for you. All of Jannelle's pictures are gorgeous, she is just adorable!
Happy Birthday, Jannelle!!!

Laurie in MN said...

Beautiful daughter.

Happy Birthday.

Karen Merc said...

What Great Photos. THanks for sharing and Happy BELATED BIRTHDAY to your beautiful daughter