Saturday, November 7, 2009

My Little Sister is 30 Today

Happy Birthday Ashley! Here are 30 things about Ashley. If you are really desperate and you want to read 29 more, you can go here and read what I wrote last year.

1. She a cat. I guess it is more a contented sigh but she does it a lot.

2. She is messy. I know that is like the pot calling the kettle black but I'm just saying...

3. She is a fun mom and takes her boys to do fun things regularly.

4. She is also the fun aunt who plays games with my kids, builds forts and teaches them potty humor.

5. She loves pizza more than just about any other food on the planet.

6. she doesn't like to spend money on herself but is very generous with others.

7. Growing up, her bedroom was peach and blue with a duck theme.

8. Ashley and I played a ton of board games growing up--everything from Monopoly to Sorry and Clue to Mall Madness and Guess Who.

9. We also watched a lot of tv--Golden Girls, Three's Company, Growing Pains, Facts of Life, Brady Bunch, Mr. Belvedere, and all the game shows.

10. Ashley even dressed up as Mr. Belvedere for Halloween in college complete with a nasty cardigan and a diary.

11. After that, she swore she would only wear costumes she felt cute in.

12. She has two boys and has decided to only have girls from here on out. I really hope she has a girl next.

13. Speaking of her boys, they are adorable red heads who are 16 months apart and she likes to dress them alike.

14. Yet she gets offended when people think they are twins.

15. She loves Oreos as much as I do.

16. She loves the show "The Biggest Loser."

17. She also loves "Glee" because of the cheerleading coach.

18.She is very creative and enjoys making things. She just made this garland:

19. She and her husband like making Halloween costumes too.

20. She is very smart, especially at math. When she was in Jr. High, she tutored college guys in algebra, trig and calculus.

21. She is a retired lawyer and loves being on inactive status because it prohibits her from giving legal advice. I think you have to be a lawyer to appreciate this one.

22. She is a die-hard diet coke drinker and has one for breakfast each morning.

23. She once calculated that for what she spends on coke each year, she could sponsor 120 cleft palette operations. She feels like a monster for choosing a cold one over funding those operations. So she sponsors two kids a year to get the operation. She is a good person.

24. She hates broccoli--vile weed!

25. She has very specific opinions about everything from baby showers to phone etiquette.

26. She has only gotten stitches once in her life. When she was about four, she came into our room naked from the bath and shook her behind at me. I kicked her in the bum and she flew into our dresser and cut open her eyebrow. She got stitches and a new Barbie McDonald's that I wasn't allowed to play with. That lasted about a day and then she had no one to play it with and so she let me play with her.

27. She is always cold. Always.

28. She is good about taking a lot of teasing. She has never, never called my house without my husband picking up the phone and saying in a deep voice "Hey, Hey Hey." It's short for "hey, hey, hey, big Ash comin' my way."

29. She loves to sleep more than anyone I know and can sleep until an obscene hour if she is allowed.

30. She is the best sister in the world and I'm so lucky to have her. Check out her blog. I only link to it about every other post because it is so great.

Happy Birthday Ashley. 30 is the new...well it's still 30 but it ain't so bad.


Christie said...

Reading this really makes me want a sister just like her. What a perfect tribute!

lindsey said...

Ash rocks. Seriously. I am so lucky to have her as a friend.

Also, that pizza looks SOOOOOO good.

Ashley said...

Ahhh you shouldn't have! I have no idea what you are talking about about purring like a cat. I think you are thinking of someone else.

Why did I choose a peach and blue duck theme? Your pink and green hearts were much cuter.

The Mr. Belvedere thing in college is a perfect example of why I didn't get a lot of dates when I was 20.

I was messy. Very messy. But today when I woke up I decided 30 year-olds aren't messy. That was the old me. The new me is clean, works out every day, and totally has her act together.

Thanks for the list!

Jill said...

I love the dynamic between the two of you!

This is a great list.

Kimmie said...

I love the Warner girls...I regularly checkout Ashley's blog guys are my true source of comedy! Happy Birthday Ashley!

Josette said...

haha. this list made me laugh especially because it brought back good memories.
i totally remember the peach and blue duck motif and watching golden girls and mr. belvedere over at your house.
#26 made me laugh out loud. i don't think there was ever a time when i went over to the warner household where one sibling wasn't beating down on another sibling at some point. i loved going to the warner house.

Laura B. said...

Aww...Ashley is the best. And so is this list. I never grow tired of lists like this!

Linda said...

I have TWO amazing (hilarious) daughters!!
A couple of things. . .first, Ashley, you DO purr (I kind of thought that you weren't aware) and I picked the blue/peach ducks and they were SO-O-O cute!!

marta said...

brooke, you are such a sweet big sis. i just remember how awesome she was because everyone called her Smart Ash. takes a clever little thing to pull that off. happy birthday ashley.

Tyler said...

I've lived with the woman for over 5 years and I've never noticed a purr. You'll have to point it out next time she does it, because I have no idea what you're referring to.

Sam said...

"Hey, hey, hey," is in reference to Fat Albert, who always wore a sweater with a Big A. I believe Ashley, in a moment of self deprication, once called herself Big A and the Fat Albert joke was born. I can only use it because she's skinny; if she were actually fat, I'd have to come up with another line.

"Hey, hey, hey," Happy B-day!

brooke said...

Tyler and Ashley, maybe I described it wrong. It is less of a purr and more of a contented sigh. She does it in the car a lot and when she's sitting still. She goes "mmmmmm."

Toria said...

I don't even know Ashley and you still have me cracking up! Love it! Mr. Belvedere takes the cake. That and the stitches incident. You had me laughing out loud.

The Mostess said...

This reminds me so much of my sister! The board games, the stitches, the silliness. I miss my sister, and I'm so glad that you get to spend so much time with yours--even though it means I have to go weeks without a visit from A and the redhead boys!

Er, twins. Er, not twins, just 2 boys barely any age apart who dress the same and look the same.

Just last night my friend told me her mom didn't allow them to watch Mr. B because she thought he was pervy/inappropriate with the kids. What the???

sheryl said...

What a great tribute that shows so much love! Aren't we lucky to live in a time where distance does not mean no contact!

Elizabeth said...

This was a wonderful birthday sister post. You guys are very lucky to have one another.

Tyler said...

I get confused every time I come to your blog and see a big picture of me. I think I'm on my blog!

Ashley said...

That was me.