Happy birthday to my "fraternal twin"

Today's post is dedicated to my dear and wonderful cousin , Montana, whose birthday is today. 
She is 1.5 years and 4 days younger than me, but who is counting ;-) 



First off, I said fraternal twin because our moms are identical twins, so growing up we were asked 
frequently if we were fraternal twins.
Sadly no, but that bond has been forever created and it will never be broken. 


She has always been there for me, helping me navigate the first year of marriage and encourage me through the tough times. She was there as my maid of honor and listening to my rants and raves about the stresses of planning a wedding. She is there to ride bikes at the beach, visit Santa Monica, check out cool and unique shops. She is just there, not out of obligation because we are family but because she cares, 
she is considerate and she is loving. 


I can't say enough wonderful things about my cousin. I am so lucky to have born into a family with a mother who is an identical twin so that strong bond was already formed years before I came along. I am lucky to have a cousin who I consider a true friend, and only wish I could be with her today celebrating
in true fraternal twin style!
First us when we were younger growing up in California.


Sorry for the white mark, the photo was stuck to the frame when I took it out


At Hearst Castle


At a music festival and yes we are wearing the exact same outfit, cue laughter :-)
Us at my senior prom, she came to visit me in Japan 




Montana doing my make-up for my wedding, she did an awesome job!

How beautiful she is!

Helping me get ready

Again, she is so gorgeous

A great cousin and friend!
Montana, I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with lots of love!

23 comments:

KT @ KT's Refinishing School said...

You guys do look like you could be twins! My sister and I are five years apart but because I looked young for my age and she mature for hers, we got asked if we were twins a lot growing up. It used to drive me crazy :)

Lauren said...

I always wished I was closer to my cousins - that is awesome that you guys are so close, like sisters really!

Holly said...

What a great post! Happy birthday to her :)

kira said...

The two of you look way more alike than I do with my actual fraternal twin!

Jenny in Ohio said...

oh cute pictures! :) didn't you love having a cousin/friend growing up? It is the best.

HazelandMare said...

That is so sweet!!! You guys are so beautiful, and you really do like like sisters! One of my cousins and I were always asked that growing up, I think because we were the only ones with brown hair :)

Nichole said...

SO cute! I think this was a really nice birthday tribute! xoxo

Alexa said...

Awww what a sweet post!
xo
alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Happy Birthday to your cousin! It is so special to have someone so close to grow up with and depend on, such a sweet post for your cousin.

birdie to be said...

Very sweet post! She is very lucky to have you too!

Becca said...

Sweet post! You guys do look alike, how cool!

Carrie @ Laugh Love Eat Ice Cream said...

How sweet, you two are lucky to have each other. I know all about being asked if your a twin, my sister is 2 years younger than me, but we get asked that all the time!

Stephanie said...

You guys look so alike!! What a sweet post! Happy Birthday Montana!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

That's very sweet! :) Happy birthday to her!

Becca

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Aww, that was such a sweet post! I love all of the photos - you guys do look like sisters!

Kimia Kline said...

i have a cousin that i also look alike, but not nearly as similar as you two gals! so precious.

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

I love that your cousin is like your sister! So sweet! Hope she has a fabulous bday! Thanks for following my blog! Following you back and look forward to reading! :)

Raven said...

so cute! I'm super close to all my cousins too (there are like, 7 of us girls, all no more than 3 years apart) and my sister (who is a twin) is not pregnant with twins!

Kellie Collis said...

You look so much alike! Both gorgeous! Happy birthday to her! Have a fabulous weekend ahead, Kellie xx

Amanda said...

AWWW! Happy birthday to your cousin! You guys have a great bond. I had a following out with a cousin like that, for better (her health), but for worse (our closeness). Oh well, such is life.

jess said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! You two do look like twins... both so beautiful! I have a cousin thats 11 days younger than me so growing up everyone thought we were twins! I'm sure the matching outfits didn't help either!

Megan said...

Such a beautiful post!! Thanks for your sweet comments over on my blog

www.StarHughes.com said...

Aw such a sweet post! I always wondered what it'd be like to have a sister or a cousin that I'm close to - none of my cousins are within a decade of my age! But that is so neat you two share such a special bond. Beautiful pictures!