Because It's President's Day...

In 1986, I was the self-appointed president of the "Michael Jackson Fan Club."  As an uber hip six-year-old--with jelly shoes AND a Care Bear--I would put on my blue Rainbow Brite t-shirt and dance, dance, dance to "Beat It" in my parent's bedroom.  Why there?  Because they had a vanity dresser--you know, a dresser with a big mirror attached--and I liked dancing in front of it and checkin' out my own sweet dance moves.

His piano t-shirt in that music vid was pretty rad, right?

From 1989 to 1994, I was the president of the "What in the Hell is Wrong with Your Teeth?" club.  I ran the embarrassing (and often physically and emotionally painful) gauntlet of head gears, retainers, and braces.  I did not campaign for such a position, being unwilling to put pictures of my buckteeth on posters and flyers.  Rather, I was "appointed" to it.  By genetics.

When I started attending the local university, something strange happened.  I became president of the "Hippie Revolution" club.  I owned a pair of olive green corduroy pants and Birkenstock sandals.  I would wear them with vintage t-shirts I'd find at thrift stores.  I wore lots of hemp.  I listened to folk music, and wrote poetry in a notebook that had a cover made out of bark.  I would regularly visit a small and obscure shop downtown called "Earthly Awakenings."  They had the best selection of incense, and my favorite one--Dragon's Blood--was always in stock.  (Don't even ask...I have NO answers.)

Other "clubs" I have been president of:

*The "Big Hair Club for Women" club.
*The "Hugh Jackman Fan Club"--y'all know how I feel about that man.
*"Bookworms Annonymous," for those obsessed with reading and highlighting books, frequenting book stores, and obtaining library cards.  (Dudes!  I'm a lifetime member.)
*The "Diet Coke Makes Me Happy" club.
*The "I Only Date Nimrods" club--OF COURSE, McMan is the exception to this!
*The "Barbra Streisand Fan Club."  (I know, I KNOW...but she's like buttah.)

Currently, I'm the president of the coolest club I've ever been a part of.  The "Lilly and Camren Rock My World" club.  Because they do.  They rock it and bless it and shake it right up.  I find myself working and "campaigning" and laboring to be the best mother I can possibly be for them.  Days are long, nights are welcome, and boogers are endless.  Sure, it's a tough gig.  But I am in it for life.  (And longer.)  For when it comes to being the sweetest, funniest, loveliest, craziest, smartest, cutest kids ever...

They've got my vote.


  1. i wish you could see my face right now! ok, maybe i don't. i look horrendous right now...but i am smiling so big and laughing and aww-ing!
    you were adorable when you were in the "what in the hell tooth club" and in the "hemp/bark notebook club!!" and you're mega ravishing in the "mama leisha" club! :)
    i love reading about your "stages" in life. i had so many too. yours are so much classier! LOL
    (if you remember my nickname)

    so much to comment on...
    i love your old photos...the long blonde hair...the tooth gear (hey, it was worth it. i always tell you you have gorgeous teeth!)
    i love your chunky colorful scarf and dark hair...and just that photo itself.

    i love the pics of camren and lilly! they look so much alike. especially, when seen side to side!

    i love love love jellies!!
    and i was pretty much insanely in love with michael much that i wanted to marry him when he came out with his "History" double cd. yep...even when he was wackoweirdo michael. i had 13 girls sleepover for my 13th birthday, and we danced like crazy and wrote names like tito, jermaine, and latoya on our styrofoam cups full of soda!

    speaking of soda...guess what tacohead was sippin' on earlier??!!!??? i won't even speak of it... you can guess!
    yep! i gave myself a week of the cold/dark/fizzy scary stuff. it's my present and i have to stop...
    unless of course i come to utah and have to cheers with a certain lady!

    ok, i wrote you a short novel!
    i hope you get some sleep and have a sweet monday!!

    i love you <3

  2. Oh my hahahahahahaha I love that you shared these photos, you are one cool chick!! I think you were very pretty with your braces, I had them too and I'm thankful :) You were so cute, I had to smile real big though with that hippy picture hehehe (is that a perm?) you are too funny but yes you absolutely do belong to a very cool club you love you love you xoxoxo

    1. Kerry! NO PERM!!! That's my naturally curly hair! Crazy, isn't it? Great hearing from you, and thanks for stopping by. Loving your Aussie guts forever! HA HA!

  3. Love the pictures! You are a hot mama at any age. I am president of the Boogers and Farts club, but I'm not proud of it. Gotta love boys!

  4. I love your braces pictures. You are the cutest! That first one reminds me so much of Lilly.
    I went through an incense phase too. I am very surprised that I didn't burn my parents house down. Led Zeppelin blasting, incense smoking up my room, lights off, trying to create my own laser show with a flashlight. Good times! I had this big oriental type paper ball light hanging above my bed. It had little burn holes in it because I would touch it with the incense stick and watch the paper burn a tiny little holes in the lamp. I think about that now and it makes me nervous just picturing that big paper ball going up in flames. I think you and I would of got along just fine back in the day. I loved Michael Jackson, had braces and head gears and retainers galore, and wanted so badly and innocently to be a part of Woodstock. The music was the best.

    1. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!! I am cracking up about the paper lantern and burning holes in it! TOO FUNNY! You made my day, hon. Thanks so much for stopping by, for reading, and for leaving me a comment. I love you! (p.s. Crazy that pic reminds you of Lilly...I ALWAYS hear that she is ALL James!)

  5. So much about the post that I adored~~not to mention how much I adore YOU! Personally, I was the Karen Carpenter Fan Club, the David Cassidy Fan Club and (briefly) the Bobby Sherman Fan Club (does anyone remember him?) I'm STILL a huge and lifelong member, however, of the Aleisha McD Fan Club!! Love you girl!!!

  6. Awwww....I love the last part. Your kids are absolutely adorable and they are super lucky to have a mom like you.

    This post had me giggling. I am definitely with you on the 'Diet cokes make me happy club'...I'm a full fledged member.

    I'm actually having one now. :)

    You are the best Aleisha. Truly just amazing. THANKKKK YOOOOU for the sweetest comment anyone has ever left on my blog. EVER.

    1. Tami Marie! Thanks for stopping by! You are absolutely GORGEOUS! Have a great weekend!

  7. Rainbow Bright ... wow ... haven't heard that forever! You are brave to post these pics! Love it! Stopping in from the hop today … would love a follow via Google+ and GFC … BTW … I could really use some answers to my post today – if you have the time please stop by and comment  thanks!

  8. I love this post. I'll never give up my Birks.

    Stopping by from the Tuesday Hops.
    Have a great day!

  9. Your kids are so adorable. And so are you! To this day, whenever I start a new book, I think about you "introducing" yourself to books before you start reading them. Something you once shared in book club. Hope things are well. Love your blog!

    1. HOLLY!!!!!!! Oh my goodness, I love you and I miss you! How are you? Hope you are doing well too, honey. Thanks for stopping by and for means the world to me.

  10. Hi!! I really enjoyed your post. Hopping by from a blog hop. I am your newest GFC follower. I hope that you can follow me to. Thanks!

  11. i really love your post! thanks for linking with us at Mommy Moment every Friday :) i look forward to reading what you have to share with us every week.

    you are blessed to have lived a full life! :) fun and colorful life too!

    can i just say that your kids are adorable :)

  12. I found you through heartfelt balance. I really love your blog. I read through a bunch of it today. Nice to meet you

  13. HAHAHA! Oh my word - this was so funny. Gotta love that permed hair. What were we thinking??

  14. HAHAHA! Oh my word - this was so funny. Gotta love that permed hair. What were we thinking??

  15. I am laughing my arse off right now! I have also been the president of a few of those clubs! Love it...I am currently the Prez of the Cameron and Mary-Kate fan club! Thank you for linking up to 4 Real Friday!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real


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