Friday, March 6, 2009

Where it All Began....+ a 30th Birthday Celebration

Ok this is gonna be a long one. Mainly because of the pics but the odds of this many of us treking down to Carbondale where we all became friends may not ever happen again so bare with me....I have to recap.

Mid February Ann, Tamie, Liz, Heather and I travelled down to Carbondale to visit Nina at her parents home. Where we met up with Jessica and BIRTHDAY GIRL, Meah who came from St Louis to gather together and celebrate Meah's 30 year milestone. We started a "30th Birthday" gift tradition since 30 is a biggie. As a group we purchase the David Yurman cuff bracelet with the colored stones on the ends. Here's birthday girl admiring her new jewelry celebrating her birthday!
And here's a pic of birthday girl celebrating her 21st birthday! Haha sorry Meah :-) Couldn't resist!
Whoa too many shots on the ol' 21st huh? You can't even keep your eyes open, LOL
For some unknown reason we felt the need to write all over Meah with marker to help her celebrate her 21st birthday. We were obviously young and dumb and it must have seemed like a fun thing to do at the time? Poor Meah can't keep her eyes open, probably doesn't know her own name and then everyone who claims to be her best friend is writing all over her....
Here's a great shot below I'm sure towards the end of the evening at Gatsbys, marker on her chest and she looks like she's ready to go home, I'm about three sheets to the wind as well. Of course Ann is all smiles ready to take on the night!
More of the group from Meah's night out that started at Tres. Kelli, Me, Rebecca, Meah and Jill
Ok enough pics down memory lane, back to my post. Most of us met back in 1997 when we pledged Sigma Kappa and have remained great friends ever since! Below is a pic circa 1997, I took the liberty of circling those who are in the pic further down circa 2009! Kinda hard to make my purple circles out but you can if you look close. We have all agreed we look WAY better in 09! In 2019 we may beg to differ but this year lookin' good ladies! I must note in the 1997 pic we are still very close with Lindsay Barr who is front and center with the short blonde haircut and Donna far right second row. They were unable to make it down for the birthday weekend :-(

Our first night of the weekend we gandered down memory lane with a night out at Pinch Penny Pub and Copper Dragon, two ol' great hangouts of ours back in the day. Tamie used to work at Pinch and was glad to be back at her old stomping grounds, she even scored a Pinch "alumni" sweatshirt which she was very "happy" about, haha (inside joke).
I thought this pic below was hilarious and so typical, everyone "posing" but SO funny that Mandy is looking the other direction "saying hey! why are you all looking that way, aren't we posing this way?"
The next day we took a visit to the Sig Kap house and had a photoshoot of everyone in front of their old door. We all at one time or another lived in those wonderful but tight quarters, but we were together EVERY single friggin' day so we loved it. I put in three years of living at that "lovely" home. Here below a pic of my old door and my other room I lived in upstairs, and low and behold Heather and Ann have lived within the same four walls as well. A tradition was to write your name, year and pin number somewhere within the door frame to stake your claim that you did the duty. That is what we are pointing at....

After our Sig Kap house visit we were off to our favorite pizza place, Quatros and settled back in at Nina's house in their theater room for a movie!

Next on the agenda was dinner at the Global Gourmet for Meah's Birthday Dinner, after dinner we couldn't do another night out because we are old ladies so we went back home got in comfy clothes, talked and played games.
Here's the girls in the 30 club so far (missing Donna), Guess who's next?


Andrea said...

Great re-cap! I love the old pics. My hair and outfit are soo sick! :)

Anonymous said...

This was a great recap and I second the liking of the old pics but why is it that you are always posting BEYOND SICK pictures of me in cyberspace? The face I'm making in the picture w Meah taking the shot is horrific! Great work jenny!

SMULSKI said...

Great pics ladies. You all have held up very well for being 30 or approaching 30. I think you all are just getting better looking with age. I really wish Jenna would have brought back a Green Dragon for me!

PreppyBumpkin said...

Y'all make 30 look like the new 20! Thanks for sharing!

Mandy Rose said...

Loving the recap! I still haven't done a full recap of that fabulous weekend yet, but I still plan to!

Your old pictures are soooo hilarious! I think it is great that you have all stayed so close! Thanks for letting me hang with you girls when you come to SO IL!