On Tuesday afternoon I rounded up the kids and we made our way to my friend/hairdresser’s home salon in order for me to get my hair did. I don’t know about you, but the feel of my hair after a good cut and color is enough to make me happy for an entire week before my crazy, naturally dry, very grey, voluminous hair starts morphing into the same look that the “Mom” from Tangled sports when she’s aging and (extra) crazy. It had been almost three months since my last trim and, by golly, my hair was starting to form its own atmosphere.

I had thrown out on Twitter the idea of going red and I had multiple shouts of “DO IT.” I called Matthew to see what he thought and he cut to the chase: “No.” I told him that I’d consult my friend/hairdresser and when she explained the extra maintenance I decided to stick with the usual. I told Twitter that I had stayed with the same color but that my hair felt SO GREAT after a cut and color and they asked for a photo. I obliged and sent it to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

People were sweet as they always are when you post a new photo (THANK YOU) and I had a number of people say that the loved my curls. This was a “ME TOO” moment, not because I’m a self-centered butthole, but because I didn’t have curly hair until I was a teenager. I said as much and then Kerri Anne DM’d me and wondered how she had missed this about me. Was there photo evidence somewhere?

I jumped at the opportunity to share yet another awkward photo from my youth. Long-time readers may remember my ninth grade photo but if you don’t want to click on the link, here is the gist of it:

So, there was that stage. I have no words. I have many words. I don’t even know where to begin. The head tilt seems to have stood the test of time, though.

There was also the Kindergarten photo I shared.


The photo I chose to share on Tuesday was me in fourth grade, age eight. Exactly the same age as Graham is right now (I skipped third grade).

Apparently bibs (and bows)(and flowers) were HUGE in 1983.

Carrisa posted a photo of her bad self in fifth grade as a comment on my photo on Flickr. Then Jen commented that I should do a post asking people to link to fourth or fifth grade photos. Heck, any grade school awesomeness is fine with me if you want to share links below.

Or, feel free to mock any of the above photos. Because SERIOUSLY.

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  1. Hannah May 19, 2011 1:23 am edit

    I don’t think I’ll be sharing photos from my equivalent of 4th grade (now called Year 5 here, but we called it Standard 3). I’m not that brave.

  2. DawnA May 19, 2011 6:53 am edit

    Adorable! At every stage and now.

  3. angella May 19, 2011 3:53 pm edit

    Thank you! :)

  4. K May 19, 2011 7:44 am edit

    Looking back at my grade school photos, my hair was much like yours. I can’t believe how straight my hair was in some of the photos!

  5. Carla May 19, 2011 8:32 am edit

    Isn’t it rather…alarming? that those large glasses are totally back in style again? I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I could wear them again!

  6. angella May 19, 2011 3:54 pm edit

    They’re back in style??? Makes me extra glad I had Lasik eye surgery. :)

  7. Brittany May 19, 2011 9:11 am edit

    Angella, you can mock your own photos if you want, but man, that’s some radical 80s cuteness goin’ on there! Love the red hair, too. Try to reason with Matthew for next time.

    My own 80s/90s school photos are under lock and key (the ones I didn’t burn to spare posterity from the blinding awkwardness). But here’s a candid shot from 1993, which isn’t quite as awful as the rest. Enjoy! :)


  8. angella May 19, 2011 3:46 pm edit

    You = adorable. :)

  9. Sizzle May 19, 2011 9:21 am edit

    As someone who dyes her hair red, it’s not so easy to keep up. It fades fastest of all colors and requires serious maintenance. I love your current hair color (and curls).

    I don’t have any photos of me uploaded from when I was younger. If I find one, I will send it to you.

  10. Laura Radniecki May 19, 2011 10:52 am edit

    Is it just me or is the bottom photo TOTALLY Emily? I know she’s younger than that but holy moly, I saw it and like WOAH! That’s Emily in there!! :)

  11. Angela May 19, 2011 11:40 am edit

    YES Laura! I totally saw Emily in there too! Bang on…..

  12. Sherry May 19, 2011 11:21 am edit

    I don’t think I have any of my 5th or 6th grade photos scanned but that’s okay because you can go laugh yourself silly at my grade eleven graduation photo.


    You’re welcome.

  13. angella May 19, 2011 3:47 pm edit

    That. Is. AWESOME.

  14. kakaty May 19, 2011 1:09 pm edit

    I cannot mock because:

    That last picture cracks me up…it looks like you are wearing a dickey on the OUTSIDE. Lord, early 80s fashion was fierce

  15. angella May 19, 2011 3:48 pm edit


    And that post? PURE GOLD, lady. :)

  16. Kristabella May 19, 2011 2:16 pm edit

    I didn’t know you didn’t have curly hair your whole life either!

    I also don’t think I ever knew you were a red head!

    Man, G and Emily look just like you!!

    I might have to take a trip to my mom’s this weekend to get some bad photos! THERE ARE A LOT!

  17. angella May 19, 2011 3:50 pm edit

    DO IT. I love seeing old photos. :)

  18. hillary May 19, 2011 2:29 pm edit

    adorable! also? hilarious :)

  19. Lisa May 19, 2011 3:00 pm edit

    I’m gonna have to dig up some photos to share. That was awesome! My mom insisted on curling my hair for photos and airplane rides, etc. into these Farrah Fawcett-esqu wings. I hated the wings. Why didn’t my sister have to get wings too? Then enter the poodle headed perm stage… followed closely by the 8th grade bob, a fatal mistake that had the boys calling me the new boy. Good times! I’m glad to say that I have grown to love my (now curly) hair.

  20. Madge May 19, 2011 3:11 pm edit

    I need to dig up my kid pictures. My hair was very thin and straight as a kid. In fact, I didn’t even have any hair until around the age of 4. It just wouldn’t grow. When I became a teenager I got the curls too and now I blow dry it straight. Whatever, haha.

    I love seeing all of your pictures and I see all three of your kids throughout them!

  21. Alyssa May 19, 2011 3:15 pm edit

    I love your hair! My hair is curly too, but not until I was in middle school. Can I ask what type of hair product you use on your curls?

  22. angella May 19, 2011 3:50 pm edit

    I use KMS Curl-up shampoo and conditioner and, um, Herbal Essences mouse. (Don’t tell Sarah (Whoorl) – I promised her I’d stop using it two years ago.) :)

  23. Mrs. Wilson May 19, 2011 9:40 pm edit

    Okay, I finally found a photo.


    Hideous glasses included.

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