Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Take a Walk With Me Down Memory Lane...

When I saw Andrea’s prompt to take a trip down memory lane, I knew I couldn’t resist.  I am a sucker for looking at old pictures, reliving old memories, and just being… nostalgic.

I am a child of the 80s and therefore, a teen of the 90s… the first high school graduating class of the new millennium to be exact. 

I remember when the TV only had nineteen stations.  I remember when neighborhoods were safe enough for kids to run wild in all day during the summer.  I remember when the only thing you wanted to do on a Friday night was go to the skate center with your friends, and I remember the days when MTV actually played music videos. 

I remember the days before Facebook and Instagram and Snap Chat and texting ruled the world and instead kids passed notes in class and locked themselves in the laundry room for hours to talk to their best friends with the long spiral phone cord clamped in the closed door in an attempt to have a little bit of privacy. 

It was such a different time back then, and while I wouldn’t want to live those days without technology again, I’m grateful to have known the time before the “digital age.” 

This post could be reeeeally long if I let it, so to ensure that doesn’t happen, I’m pretty much keeping my trip down memory lane to the eighties and nineties.  I also wasn’t sure how to proceed with the formatting of the post, so I figured the easiest way to do it was to divide it up into categories. 

But first, a few pictures to show you what I looked like during these decades.  EEK!







Favorite Shows

One of my earliest memories is sitting in between the rungs of an old bar stool turned sideways in my Daddy’s studio and eating a bowl of fruit with chunks of cheese tossed in.  (I couldn’t have been older than four years old.)  My mom was a stay at home mom at that point because she had just given birth to my first brother, and some days during lunch time she would allow me to watch my favorite shows while I ate. 

Pinwheel
Today’s Special
Picture Pages

Any of those ring a bell?!  They were all on Nickelodeon and they were just the best ever!  I actually don’t remember much about Pinwheel except for the theme song (Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around.  Look at my pinwheel and see what I’ve found.) but I know I sure did love it!



Today’s Special was a show about a mannequin in a department store named Jeff who came to life when you said “hocus pocus alimagocus.”  The lady Jodie was the department store manager or something like that and then there was a security guard named Sam who was a puppet, and a mouse named Muffy who was also a puppet.  Guys, this was my favorite show ever as a kid.  Do any of you remember it??



Picture Pages was a show hosted by Bill Cosby where he would draw and write all sorts of things on a big workbook to teach kids and it had the best theme song!!



One I got a little older, my little bro and I watched Inspector Gadget, the cartoon version of Ghost Busters, and the cartoon version of Beetlejuice that came on for Saturday morning cartoons.  And KIDS INCORPORATED!!  Y'all!!  My favorite!

And in the evening, we of course, loved Full House, Perfect Strangers, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World, and all of the other TGIF faves.  Why don’t they do TGIF anymore?!  Somebody needs to bring that back!

We also loved The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Home Improvement, Saved by the Bell, Clarissa Explains it All, The Wonder Years, Doug, and Rugrats.

And then in my teens I really got into My So-Called life, Beavis and Butthead (even though my parents hated it), TRL (Total Request Live on MTV), and Friends. 

One show that also sticks out in my mind from way back is You Can’t Do That on Television… I always remember hating that show, though.  Haha.

Games

We, of course, played all of the traditional games like Life and Monopoly and Trouble, but my personal faves were the girly eighties games like:

Girl Talk – nothing says fun like taking a “dare” and having to let an ice cube melt under your arm pit!  And watch out, if you don’t do it, you’ll get a zit sticker!



Mall Madness – “There’s a sale at the CHI-TCHEN store.”  Did anybody else’s mall madness sound defective when it tried to say KITCHEN?  Haha.


Sweet Valley High – I never read the books (blasphemy, I know) but I sure did love the board game!  Somebody gave it to me as a gift and my friends and I always had a blast fighting over who GOT to be Lila or Jessica and who HAD to be Enid.  Let’s face it… nobody wanted Winston Egbert for a boyfriend!  Ha!


If y’all know what I’m talking about then y’all are my peeps!

Books

Baby-Sitter’s Club – Y’all, I was a Baby-Sitter’s Club FREAK.  I owned literally every single one and there were over a hundred!  Not only did I have all of the books from the regular series, but I also had all of the mysteries and super specials.  I mean, I could not get enough of Kristy, Claudia, Mary-Anne, Stacey, and Dawn!  Oh, and those other two that came later.  What were their names?  Mallory and Jessi?  Yes, yes, because I specifically remember the book Mallory Hates Boys (And Gym).  Lol.  My very favorite was #8 Boy Crazy Stacey... I wanted to be her so bad... minus the diabetes, of course.  



Fear Street by R.L. Stine – Did anybody else read these books?!  I owned all of these as well and they were a favorite in my early teens after I outgrew BSC.  My favorites were The Betrayal, The Secret, and The Burning.




Music

New Kids on the Block was my very first musical obsession (and also my very first CD – or compact disc as people called it back then – LOL) and I had posters of Joe McIntyre all over my room.  He was my very first celebrity crush (or obsession, maybe?).  I never got to see them in concert as I was only in second grade when they were popular, but that didn’t stop me from adoring them!  


I was also a huge fan of Tiffany and Debbie Gibson… ya know, staples of the eighties.  And I think my very favorite song that came out of the eighties was One More Try by Timmy T.  I don’t have a clue who Timmy T is or what happened to him, but he was a one hit wonder who completely spoke to me with his romantic lyrics in third grade.  Haha.

I have always been a huge music lover, so I can’t possibly discuss all of my faves in this post, but just know that I have loved my fair share of boy bands as I gradually moved on to Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Boyz II Men after NKOTB left the scene. 

Movies

Staples when I was little...

Fievel 
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
Lion King
Pocahontas
Home Alone
Mighty Ducks (the second was the best one!)
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Sandlot


As a teenager...

Clueless
Romeo & Juliet (the Leo version, of course)
10 Things I Hate About You
Can't Hardly Wait
American Pie
Varsity Blues
Cruel Intentions
Titanic

Y'all, I could go on FOREVER!

Toys

I can’t possibly elaborate on all of these, but here’s a list of my faves:

Care Bears (this is the exact one that I had)




Cabbage Patch Kids



View Master


Maple Town Dolls (Do y’all remember those??  Nobody ever remembers those!)


Pound Puppies (this was the exact one that I had)



Fisher Price 1-2-3 Roller Skates (everybody had those!!)




Fashion Plates (remember how you could switch out the plates, rub over them with a special pencil and then color them in?!  Best ever!)



Spirograph


Dear Diary (you guys, I don't think I have ever wanted something so bad in my entire life so bad as I wanted a Dear Diary!!)



Ribbon Dancer (fun fact, my BFF and I made our own out of sticks and crepe paper until we were finally given our own… I kid you not)



AAAALLLL the Sanrio Surprises stuff... this was my exact Spotty Dotty case!  OMG!


The Heart Family (they were like Barbies, but not!)


Big Wheels (I loved my pink one so much!)


And some toys that I always wanted but never got…

PJ Sparkles (I still remember the entire jingle, y’all!  PJ Sparkles shine the light on me, SHINE SHINE SHINE!)

Popples



A clear telephone (you were SO flipping cool if you had one of those)


Fashion and Beauty Trends

Ooooh my favorite part!  I have always been a slave to fashion, even in the eighties when I was tiny!  Some of my favorites:

Side ponytails

Crimped hair


 Sebagos with the laces twirled up


Junk Necklaces (they were literal junk, y’all)



Wearing two different pairs of colored socks and layering them so you could see both colors



Spandex shorts with lace at the bottom of each leg (I remember when I got my first pair of these, y’all.  They were electric blue and I thought I was the hottest thing on the block!)

Kissing Potion (I’d still use it if they still made it – ha!)



Keds without socks.


Wearing socks almost up to our knees in high school.

Colored tights with denim skirts.

Big colorful sweaters with turtlenecks underneath!


Colored socks with white tights and tennis shoes.  And perms... eek.






Random Memories

Going to the skate center and tying neon plastic streamers in our hair so they would flow behind us as we skated.  Unfortunately I have no pictures of that.

Ordering “suicides” as our drink of choice – all drinks on the drink machines mixed together… oh, except for diet coke.  ;o)

Wanting so badly to have professional Glamour Shots taken, but instead doing our own.  On several different occasions.  Ha!



Wearing a pager in high school.  I mean OMG.  (It's hard to see in this picture, but it is very obviously there!  Oh, and while we're at it let's talk about that She's All That movie poster on the wall behind us!!!!)


Well, I don’t know about you, but I have had the very best time reminiscing!  I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts!

And now I'll leave ya with one of quintessential Lindsay... denim skirt, big socks with tennis shoes, and sunglasses on my head!  Not much has changed!  Well, except maybe the socks...



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31 comments:

  1. Loved this! I also remember pinwheel and the heart family. Like you, I don't remember what pinwheel was about just the song :) we could have been friends when we were kids!


    Also your son looks a lot like you in your first pic :)

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    1. Thank you, Natalie! That's so awesome that you remember all of those things! I wasn't sure if many people would remember The Heart Family.

      And yes, he looks EXACTLY like I did when I was little... just with less hair. Lol.

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  2. Beautiful then and now!!!! Ahhh the crimped hair. My mom would put my hair in little braids every night and then the next day..wala crimped to perfection, lol!!! Loved taking this trip down memory lane with you and kind of missing a world without all the technology of today.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! And LOL, YES! Sleep in braids and the next day - perfection!

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  3. Best blog topic ever! I love all of your childhood pictures. I had the see thru phone and the the Heart Family! I also wanted glamour pictures so bad but instead my mom took me to the wannabe glamour shot people - they were horrible pictures. Have a great Tuesday!

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  4. Oh my gosh how fun was this post!?!?! We're pretty much the same age so almost everything hear rings a bell! Girl Talk, yes!! Babysitters club, umm yes! Me and my friends started our own babysitters club LOL! And NKOTB was my very first concert!!!

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  5. I LOVED Fear Street, too! And that clear phone...always wanted one!

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    1. EEK! Wasn't Fear Street fantastic?! And my hubs totally informed me that they had one of those clear phones growing up. LUCKY!

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  6. OHHHHH I love everything about this post and it looks fairly close to mine today as well. I loved that clear phone. I remember always wanting the lip phone from Full House. And NKOTB had my heart. The Babysitters Club books were my favorite and now my daughter reads them and loves them. All the shows your listed were amazing and YES to talking on the phone. Kids these days will have no idea what it is like to call your friend and have to speak to their parents and then have a full on conversation while having to stand or sit next to the wall for your family to hear. Ha!

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  7. Ok...I loved all the memories but holy moly..seeing you with dark hair it is so much clearer that your kids look more like you than I initially thought. The glamour shot pictures are the best!

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  8. OMG I can't believe there is someone else who remembers Pinwheel!!!!! I thought I was the only one! And I totally had the Sweet Valley High Board Game too!

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    1. YES, GIRL! It was THE BEST! I still remember the entire song!

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  9. I love all of this!! So many great memories. I actually have a running list of memories that I've been keeping in my phone and now you prompted me to finally put a post together too. Your parents really did such a great job of taking so many pictures of you. I was care bears, cabbage patch kids, and strawberry short cake obsessed. Beautifully Candid

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  10. I LOVE this. I remember all of these things. The pager, the double color socks, the denim skirts, Mall Madness, RL Stein books and so much more. Thank you for bringing back the memories.

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  11. Yup. I remember all of this too! Today's Special was the best! I had that fashion plates toy and I loved it. Girl Talk...such a silly game. And I did the double socks thing too. I saw Debbie Gibson in concert when I was 12!

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  12. This was too cute! I loved it!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  13. Story of my life right here! The Easter Bunny brought Ari a ribbon dancer this year, and she told us she was going to be in the Olympics as a ribbon dancer! I wanted Girl Talk so badly but never got one!

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  14. I could have written this myself! Seriously...the games, the books, the toys, the jewelry, the ribbon, the phone...I had it all! But I also have to say that Jacob looks JUST like you!!!

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    1. Yes yes yes! And yes, Jacob totally looks exactly like me with much less hair!

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  15. Oh my gosh-I remember the dance ribbon!!!! And seeing these photos I cannot believe how much I see your kids in you now! WOW!

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  16. I had the Spotty Dotty pencil case too! Fashion Plates were my absolute favorite!! LOVED my PJ Sparkles doll! #NKOTBFOREVER!!

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  17. Aaaawwwww!!!! Little Lindsay is so freaking cute! I feel like I just walked through my childhood friend. That Dear Diary was the best, ever!

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  18. OH wow, this is awesome! Love all the pics of you and the memories. I didn't take part in this one, but I feel like I could have copied you. I loved me some Cabbage Patch dolls, Care Bears, pound puppies, Girl Talk...well, the list could go on. Too fun!:)

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  19. Okay I was giggling and shaking my head yes to the majority of this. And I agree...why in the world isn't there TGIF anymore? That was awesome!

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  20. Oh my goodnes!! All the yeses!! I loved Today's Special as well! And Baby Sitter's Club, and RL Stine!! Oh my goodness!! I totally want to do this now.....

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    1. You definitely need to do one! I would love to see what you come up with!!

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  21. View masters and fashion plates were the best! I also had a Skip-It, which I LOVED. I would skip-it for HOURS in the driveway lol! And it had the little counter on it so you could always try to beat your best number! Those were the days. I loved TGIF too. Why don't they do that anymore? Also, your kids look JUST LIKE YOU!!!

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  22. Gah! I remember alllllllll the things! I wish things were as simple now as they were back then! I swear we grew up in the best time frame!

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  23. Oh how fun to take a stroll down memory lane! I adore all of the little Lindsay photos. Pinwheel! YES! I loved that one. Did you watch Kids Incorporated? That was one of my favorites, too. And Punky Brewster! Girl Talk and Sweet Valley High were favorites among my group of friends!! I was a Baby Sitter’s Club freak as well. I wish I would have kept them! My New Kids on the Block obsession was something fierce. I had everything; curtains, sheets, pillows, bedspread, clothes, barbies, a phone, I mean everything!! I still remember my first Cabbage Patch Doll (I was like 2 or 3) and her name was Barbara. She had curly blonde hair and red corduroy overalls. I do remember the Maple Town Dolls. My aunt had the biggest collection of them and she would let me play with them when I visited! I am pretty sure I had everything you listed here! I thought I was so cool with that clear telephone. Junk necklaces! A friend and I were trying to remember the name of them the other day. I used to love those! I can’t tell you how much I loved this post and reminiscing.

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  24. OH my gosh lady, I do believe that we lived the same life, everything on this post, so much yes! But I had the swatch phone, remember those? it was two phones in one? Oh man I loved my swatch phone, it was the coolest thing ever when you had a friend over and both of you could be on the phone at the same time, in the same room, talking to a third friend. Oh memories, just loving this prompt this week!

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