I Was a Senior Hottie

I’m somewhat reluctantly linking up with A Belle, A Bean, and a Chicago Dog 
for her #SeniorHottie 2012 contest. 

Have you heard about this fun little contest?

Where you post pictures of your senior year of high school? 

My senior year was 1994-95 and wow. 
That was *does math*… half a lifetime ago!
Shit. I’m old. 

But before I learned how to deal with my curls without bangs… 

Before I knew what a tweezer was…

or how to smile without showing allllll of my teeth…

and before Angelina popped her leg, I did.
That’s right, bitches! 
I *heart* Angelina AND her leg… but I did it first, dammit! 

I still love my prom dress, even with the completely dated gold & diamond-like straps & matching gold shoes; it kills me that I can’t find it anywhere. 

I don’t have very many pictures of my senior year, unfortunately. 
The bedroom I lived in during my teenage years was in the basement, and the summer after my senior year, our basement flooded. My senior pictures, yearbooks, everything I ever saved was gone. My prom-dress was probably destroyed in the flood too and I blocked it out.

Thanks to facebook, I’ve been able to rediscover some gems… and let’s face it – hold my breath – when I’m tagged in old-school photos. Here are a few more from my senior year…

Me and my then-boyfriend as Kim & Conrad in the musical Bye, Bye Birdie. 
Dare I say I’m popping my leg, sans-slit? What a trend-setter, huh?

Here’s me at the Bye, Bye Birdie cast-party with my then boyfriend… and still current best friend. 
Kel & I just met a few months prior to this photo being taken. We bonded instantly in our select 15-girl 6:55am choir, and the musical solidified that bond. Today, she’s the Godmother to my oldest, and still someone I know I can always count on. 
I look terrible in this photo… yet, Kelli (yes, we share the same name) looks ad-or-ab-le!!! 
The next photo is a real doozy and quite possibly the most embarrassing picture of the lot… 

That’s me wearing a bathing-suit over shorts (wtf?) and a hat [I never remember owning] to collect my choir’s winning trophy with my then-boyfriend (yes, I had two boyfriends my senior year of high school… I was such a slut, huh? HA!) at the North American Music Festival in Atlanta. Can I go back and ask my 17-yo self why the hell I chose to wear a bathing suit to an award ceremony??
A few days after I graduated high school, I was cast as the lead in Gypsy, and my love interest? 
The hubs. 

Yes, the picture quality sucks, but… 
How sweet are we as Lousie & Tulsa? 
I will always cherish this.
Even if I was still totally dating someone else (see prom & choir photos) at the time. 

Jump to today… and I look more like this:
Oh wait, maybe you’ll recognize me better with a beer or two in hand… 
Yup, still a dork.
And the hubs & I? 
We still make music together… 
and created this family… 
 Guess I still need to learn how to cut back on the toothy-smile. 

Wanna join in on the fun? 

Grab your photos from your senior year of high school, 
grab a photo of yourself in the present day & LINK UP!

I Was a Senior Hottie: Then & Now runs through midnight on May 20th

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  1. Posted May 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ll play along…. haha

  2. Posted May 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    DId you say bathing suit OVER shorts?!?!?! Wow, that’s something! Ha!

    I think you are ADORABLE now! You might fall into the “Are you really the same person” category!

    Thanks so, SO much for joining in! This is so fun seeing all these old photos!

    • Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah. I had ZERO style in high school. It’s amazing my prom dress was as awesome as it was.

      Thanks for hosting such a fun contest, Liz!!

  3. Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Great post! Coming by from the link-up. Your photos and descriptions are fantastic! Gotta love the 90s.

    • Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by, Julie!! The 90s were full of great photos, weren’t they? To laugh at!

  4. Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I love the whole story you’ve told here! And that prom dress is awesome. Bathing suit + shorts – at an awards ceremony – totally made me laugh. You look so different now, I think – and you look great!

    • Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Katie! I’m so glad I didn’t peek in high school!! I’d rather be a Momma-hottie than a Senior-hottie any day.

  5. Posted May 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    My brother at prom! And another picture of him with bleached hair! HA! Awesome!

    • Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Oh yes, Jolene… my memories are a little rusty, but I do believe he had his bleached hair color-corrected for prom!! Can’t remember if you had anything to do with that… but, I do remember thinking that was sweet of him. Was a very good prom.

  6. Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    you are adorable..then and now! I would be crushed about the basement flooding.

    • Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Robbie!! Yes, that flood was a terrible experience… yet, one of growth. The first couple of hours that I could finally get down there (after 3 days of waiting for the water to subside) I balled my eyes out, trying to figure out if I could save any of it. When I finally came to terms with it, I realized it was all just “stuff” — and it made moving out of my folks much easier a year later. Didn’t have a ton of “stuff” to pack!

  7. Posted May 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful then, beautiful now…both inside and out. Fun post. In addition to my Vintage Me photos, I’ll have to see what else I can find from high school senior year.

    • Posted May 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      You are too sweet, Alissa. I hope you do join in on the fun! I’m sure you could dig up a few doozies yourself having done your fabulous Vintage Me series!

  8. Posted May 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous family. And don’t stop the toothy smile.

    I almost included a pic of playing Widow Corney in Oliver but the quality wasn’t good enough.

    • Posted May 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thanks, Jennie!! Why were pictures back then just so… bad? I realize we didn’t have digital yet, but wow. It’s crazy how out of focus most of my old pictures were unless they were done professionally.

  9. Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    This is hilarious! I wish I had some pictures handy!!!

    • Posted May 17, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks!! Blasts from the past are always fun, aren’t they?

  10. Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I think your smile is gorgeous. Your whole face lights up and it’s stunning! I graduated in ’95 too. I feel so old. Sigh…

    • Posted May 17, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      You are so sweet, Delilah!! Thanks so much. It is hard to believe we were in high school 20 years ago. Pure insanity.

  11. Posted May 17, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I love the legbomb! You look so cute – then and now.

  12. Posted May 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    That picture of you popping your leg is killing me! Hilarious- what a trend setter : )

    • Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      HA! Thanks, Lauren. When I watched that happen live on the Oscars… I thought “Hey! That’s my prom-photo-pose!!” and couldn’t believe the craziness one leg caused in the aftermath. You have a slit in your dress for a reason, right? Why not show it off?! 😉

  13. Posted May 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    GIRL. That pic of you with the beers made me fall in love. I am putting together a beer girl vs. wine girl post and asked for input on my FB page. I’d love for you to chime in on the beer girl side. I’m a beer girl, too and we need to stick together because you know, we ARE the minority.

    • Posted May 21, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      HA!!! Thanks so much!! I’ll have to check out that beer vs wine poll for sure. I do enjoy both wine AND beer, but I absolutely prefer my beer!! CHEERS TO YOU!

  14. Posted May 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    You are so adorable! I think that you need to be my new BFF. I a totally a beer girl! And I adore your hair. I miss my curls.

    • Posted May 21, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Aw, shucks… thanks, lady!! Did your curls disappear with age? My curls have gotten curlier over the years.

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