Terrifying in the Extreme

Halloween is this weekend.

And I’m usually not one for the gross or horrifying parts of Halloween (please do not let one of my children ever want to dress up as “person with a bloody axe in their skull” or something).

But then, sometimes, by coincidence, you find something that truly is terrifying and it’s right around Halloween and so you put aside all your personal convictions and you post it.

Before the horrifying picture, though, let me show you the top two photos of a photobooth strip I came across in a box this week:

Cute, yes? I’m not exactly sure what year this is, but I’m guessing it was around 2001. My dad had a dental seminar of some sort in California and he took Merrick and me along where we ate an embarrassing amount of donuts at the breakfast buffet at the hotel and sat around watching TV while he was gone during the day. I also remember some very intense games of Skip-Bo. In the evenings, he’d come back and we’d go off to some grand adventure (I specifically recall the go-carts and how we made it our mission to beat the really smug and competitive girl there. I believe we succeeded).

Tragically, this nice photostrip is marred by the gem that holds the #3 spot in the strip:

The braces aren’t helping, certainly, but wow, those eyebrows. Are they eating my face? Also, I appear to have forgotten to pack a comb on this trip.

(Go check out Merrick the Vampire, too). 

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  • Reply Heather October 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Oh #3 you brought a smile to my face this morning. Thank you for sharing. At what age SHOULD girls with dark thick eyebrows begin plucking? I never have, but fear I will need to know this pertinent info in the future.

  • Reply Kimberly F. October 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I actually don't think your eyebrows look bad at all there!

  • Reply Miriam October 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I remember you at that age – you were the cutest!!

  • Reply Jenny October 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    just awesome!

  • Reply Chelsea October 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I always tell people I was born with Sesame Street eye brows that I inherited from my Higginson side. I think you look adorable….as always.

  • Reply emandtrev October 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I think it is a great picture! Fun memories, too. A friend of mine that I've known since elementary school just showed me a picture she found of us in the fifth grade spelling be. I was horrified by my bangs and matching red turtleneck and socks, complete with denim jumper. EEEK!

    Happy Halloween!

  • Reply Jess October 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I think you are actually kind of adorable! But I can't believe how young you look… 2001 feels like it wasn't that long ago. Can't believe it was almost 10 years!

  • Reply Ralphie October 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Oh me oh my. Your youth as just become forcefully apparent. 2001!!!??

    I was dating B who was home from his mission! I was a JUNIOR in COLLEGE!

    Excuse me while I go put some ointment on my bed sours.

  • Reply Ashley and Dave October 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Yes. I agree with Chelsea. We did get some awesome eyebrows from the Higginson side…and a handful of other awesome traits that are just as awesome.

    I really actually like this picture of you. I think it is super sweet.

  • Reply Packrat October 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    You look like a normal kid. Too cute.

  • Reply jillian October 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    That is so fantastically adorable. Good ol' braces…I certainly don't miss 'em!

  • Reply Kayla October 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I have so so so many pictures just like that. It's such a horribly awkward age during a horribly awkward decade. Blergh.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy October 30, 2010 at 5:01 am

    My age 12-15 pictures are locked in the vault. You are the bravest person I know.

  • Reply Katie November 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Dude, that picture is so cute.

    Pictures of me at a similar age would terrify young children.

  • Reply megan November 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Ok, how did you guys manage the cool photo strip photos at all? Last time I tried, the first 2 pictures didn't have anyone in it, because I was scrolling the camera down (the arrows were backwards). Then only parts of faces. You have real talent, and you aren't scary either. Not then, or now.

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