That’s right, I have a sister! She’s younger than me, but I guess I have a baby face, because everyone always thinks I am the younger one. Growing up, my sister and I were not close at all. We are 3 1/2 years apart and I was always “stealing her friends”, or getting to do stuff she wasn’t old enough to do. It caused a lot of ripples in our life. Even when we were getting along, we were often way too loud and then we would get in trouble for that as well.
As a special treat, I’m going to include a lot of really horrible photos of us as children. It’s totally worth it and you’re welcome.
Katie was born in late July. I was 3 1/2. I don’t really remember much of my mom being pregnant, or Katie being born, so as long as I can look back, she’s been in my life. We’ve had our ups and downs as children. Katie used to have really long, strong fingernails which she used to dig into my skin when we fought. That was fun… I’m glad she doesn’t do that anymore in our 30’s.
We also use to have some really ridiculously bad haircuts, like seriously the worst you could imagine. I mean, just LOOK at those bangs. Ugh.
The 80’s were a cruel time in our house for us girls. Lots of dance shows and neon clothing. And more bad haircuts. I apologize to the Bower girls for subjecting their embarrassment to you, my readers.
The 90’s weren’t so good with the clothes either. Check out my awesome Costco Bill Blass mom jeans, black turtleneck and matching denim button shirt. Katie is rocking some atrocious thick white socks and boat shoes. What what! That’s our dad and we’re standing in front of Alcatraz in San Francisco, in a rare moment of us getting along. My mom was always behind the camera, making us pose for touristy photos, but I appreciate the gesture in my later years.
As we got older, we drifted more apart. We lived very different and separate lives. We couldn’t be more different – she was in college and I was jet setting around the country, working and living the single life. Then I moved back to San Diego and everything changed. I met Charlie, I had a baby, I settled down and started a family.
We finally became close. She was an Aunt. We had a different connection in our life.
My kids transformed us into different people. We grew
She was Maid of Honor in my wedding. I finally got to be the big sister she needed and she was the little sister I always wanted. It took us almost 30 years to get there. Sometimes people just aren’t made to be close all the time. I am so happy that we share such a good bond now.
We go to shows. We get coffee together. We have lunch. We share advice and just this past March she had her first child, a son named Miles Robert, after our late father.
Gratuitous hospital selfie!
I feel so blessed to have my sister in my life. I get to call her my friend – and she’s one of my best friends. She’s the only person who really understands everything we’ve been through in our lives because we went through it together. I also find it hilarious that even though we are so different, we are so much the same. Her life mirrors mine in the strangest ways.
So in honor of my sweet and sassy sister, I am sharing this delicious and light summer cocktail, made with fresh peaches and Middle Sister Wine Sweet & Sassy Moscato!
Middle Sister Wine is crafted by award-winning winemaker Nancy Walker (a middle sister herself), the portfolio includes a wide variety of delicious red, white and sparkling wines from California and Argentina. They just got a brand makeover and now features “Drops of Wisdom” which are a dose of inspiration right on the front label. Check out the fabulous new look!
To make this simple Bellini inspired cocktail;
First create a fruit puree using fresh peaches!
- Peel and dice 3 ripe peaches into small cubes, add peaches, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small sauce pan.
- Simmer peaches, water and sugar over medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes, and let cool.
- Pour a bit of peach syrup into the bottom of a wine glass, top with Sweet & Sassy Moscato and enjoy with your favorite sister!
Sisters by chance, friends by choice!
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