Throw Back Thursday - High School Edition

I discovered too late that today's TBT has a wedding theme. Whoops. I'll get around to gushing about our wedding another day. 

Being home has brought more than a built-in baby-sitter (thanks, Mom!). I've had plenty of time to reflect on how great this little Iowa town really is.

Growing up I was in such a rush to leave. Often, the words, "I can't wait to get out of here," would fly from my lips. It's funny, because now I look forward to coming home.

Leaving at the end of the month is going to be difficult. More difficult than I ever imagined.

If only I could go back to my teenage self and tell her to slow things down, enjoy the ride a little more, that this town, this state, really does have a lot to offer.
Please excuse the poor quality of photos. When I came across the stacks and stacks of old photos it was obvious most had been taken with those terrible disposable cameras. To add insult to poor-photo-injury, my folks scanner isn't working. So, I had to take photos of photos. Whomp whomp.
I had some of the best friends (and still do!). I participated on some really great sports teams. I was having the time of my life, and not fully understanding it. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the short hair. I had really, really short hair. Yikes. Why?!

Amy, over at The Story of Us, is hosting this fun linkup. Head over to say hi, and check out other fun TBT pics!


  1. Basically I could just put my face on your body in allll of these pics because I have the same. exact. ones. Like awesome prom pics and a killer USA shirt. Your USA shirt actually looks really stylish compared to the one I had. And is that Hard Rock mixed in?? I had a great Hard Rock tank I liked to lifeguard in. So there's that too. Love these!!

  2. Great pictures. I just love looking at old photos and reminiscing.

  3. I was the same way when I was younger, always wanted to get out of my town. And then I couldn't wait to move back, and finally did over a year ago!

  4. I 100% agree. Not necessarily want to go back to my hometown (which is only 20 minutes from where I currently live), but agree with the slowing down. I long for the days of being able to do whatever I want and not having a care in the world!

  5. I could have written this post word for word. I was the exact same way growing up. I couldn't wait to get out of my small town. I especially couldn't wait to get out of high school. Now, while I still certainly feel the same way about high school, I miss my small town. There really is something to be said for that kind of life.

  6. i could totally tell these pictures are you! throwbacks are so fun. you will have to go back to iowa again so i can make a trip to you!

  7. It is so much fun looking back at old photos. I would have definitely enjoyed high school more. Talked to more of my classmates and worried less about my clothes/appearance.

  8. i think we all often wish for the next stage of life and always think the next thing will be better and forget to enjoy where we are now!! fun looking at old pictures!