Sharing is Caring

In junior high and high school, my sister and I had separate bedrooms, but a shared closet. It was a large room – seriously 10 times the size of a normal closet – between our two bedrooms, with more than enough space for both of us to store our clothes and shoes. But its enormous size did nothing to prevent EPIC battles from breaking out over the contents of that closet.

You see, Jenn and I are basically the same size, but neither of us wanted to share our clothes with the other. Naturally, this led to a bit of clothing “borrowing” while the other sister wasn’t looking. How could I resist that cute khaki miniskirt, in my size, hanging right there in front of me? Why should Jenn ignore my Abercrombie halter top (eesh, remember Abercrombie?) when it so clearly belonged with her favorite pair of jeans?

The arguments were intense. Jenn liked to exact revenge for my borrowing by locking me out of our shared bathroom. I preferred to storm dramatically into her room, search through her drawers for my missing clothes, and leave a mess behind. Maturity at its best, people.

And then, one day, we had a brilliant revelation. Or perhaps not brilliant, but we at least finally embraced the obvious. If we voluntarily shared clothes, our wardrobes would double in size. We would have TWO times the clothes. And if you have ever seen Jenn’s wardrobe, it meant so many cute clothes for me.

It was kind of a shock to move away for college, and suddenly find myself without half my favorite outfits. During phone calls, we would ask after favorite clothing items in each other’s now-divided closets. “How’s that green sweater?” I would say sadly. “Did you take your red dress?” Jenn would ask. I came home on breaks with tiny suitcases, claiming I didn’t want to pay the baggage handling fees. Really I wanted to wear my sister’s clothes for the few weeks I was home.

Now, we’re even farther apart, but that has not stopped me from raiding my sister’s closet from a distance. I’ve attended a lot of weddings in the last year, and at least half of my dresses came by mail from Jenn’s Closet. See the proof below.

It’s better than any online shopping 🙂


Let’s Get Together

I’m sorry if I have now lodged this song in your brain until the end of the week 🙂 but I absolutely loved this movie when I was little. Hayley Mills kind of rocked my socks as a kid…

But on the sister end track of things I thought I’d share a tradition that my sister and I started about 4 year ago.

Elyse and I realized the difficulties that come into play as we grew older, managing time, living in different places, jobs, etc. Finding weekends or holidays that work to get quality time with family and friends gets more difficult as more life factors appear. When I was a junior in college my sister was a fresh-faced college grad starting work in DC.

We always saw each other at holidays and big family events but depending on the time she had off from work these visits could be few and far between.

Being that in our family there are only two kids, and we happen to both like each other (yay :-)) we decided to have a dedicated Sister’s Trip each year. Each year we’ve planned a 3-4 day weekend that we can meet up and enjoy exploring together.

The first inaugural trip was to Vegas…

A quick weekend in the City of Sin allowed us to shop, eat, enjoy a show, and hit the night life.

But from the city that demands you to be 21, we went the opposite way… It was time to revisit our youth…

Disney World!! We researched the crap out of how to conquer all three parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom). I can tell you that hitting Disney World in your twenties, free of strollers, nap times, and big groups was a magical experience. We power walked our butts off and hit every major ride in the parks. We were Disney Champions.

And yes we also made homemade Disney shirts. My sister’s featured Belle because that’s her girl, and mine was Tinkerbell. We were epic and wore them with pride.

This last year I had the real treat of visiting the city to beat all cities. Elyse and I conquered New York…

From the sites to the shows, we packed the weekend. Book of Mormon and Anything Goes were our theater treats, and I even saw someone famous while there…

Oh Heyyyy Mr. Taye Diggs 🙂 He was at Anything Goes with his mother (awww) and yes he is as good-looking in person. And yes I squealed and said “oh my god that’s Taye Diggs”… I live in Alaska, let me get excited when cool things happen to me!!

We usually plan the big Sister trips for early spring-ish and have plenty of time to dork out and research our next locale. This year we’re talking about a possible Canadian location? Or Seattle… oorrrr who knows!

Its one of my favorite traditions though. It’s just my sister and I keeping tabs on each other, having a weekend to just be sisters. Since we both enjoy restaurant treasure hunting, and exploring its a special weekend that is just about us.

Do you have any family traditions? Sibling activities that mean something to you?


Sister Act

I have something exciting to announce.

My lovely, awesome, gorgeous, and much more literate sister, Elyse will be joining Tadwell!

First things first… Yes we are related. No we do not look alike. Maybe a glimmer here and there. But the general consensus is at best we look like cousins.

Thankfully even though she got the cute nose, we do share some of the best qualities.

First we are both sarcastic. It runs thick in our blood. This fact alone bonds us for life.

Secondly we both love us some food.

We both love finding new recipes, scouting out fun restaurants, and most of all getting our hands on great desserts.

Finally my older sister is a genius. I say this as begrudgingly as I can, but also with a lot of pride. Elyse is one of those natural smarty pants that is made to get 4.0s. It was entirely irritating in high school. But she’s not the snobby valedictorian type. She’s patient and caring with her higher level thinking. She even taught my how to write in cursive in first grade(this was totally ahead of the 2nd graders! Suckers).

So I hope you all enjoy some book reviews, daily life stories, but mostly that you get to know my big sister. She will hopefully be up and running with us next week!

And be nice… I was known to pick fights with anyone that wronged my big sister!!! 🙂