On September 25, 1982 my beautiful sister Amy was born and I had an instant best friend. Thirty-one years later, I still consider Amy to be one of my absolute best friends in the entire world and a woman that I aspire to be like. Today is Amy's 31st birthday and I am super bummed that I am not going to be able to spend the day with her. To make up for my lack of birthday fun, I am going to share 31 random facts about one of the coolest girls I know.
1.) Amy absolutely hates her middle name. Like for real, legit hates it. Personally I think it is cute but I can't seem to convince her of that. I know that you are probably curious now about what it is but I'm going to keep it a secret for her...at least for today anyway.
2.) My sister becomes friends with literally everyone she meets. For real, that girl can walk into a room, smile that huge beautiful smile of hers and instantly have ten new bff's.
3.) She is a group exercise instructor who has a way of making you feel like you are not working out but rather hanging out with 30 of your best friends in a hot sweaty room. Her energy is contagious!
4.) Amy tells a lot of dirty and inappropriate jokes! I like it!
5.) She is a military wife who supported her husband through two tours of duty and also gave birth to one of their children while he was deployed. I am constantly amazed by her strength.
6.) Since her husband wasn't around during her first pregnancy, guess who was in the delivery room? Yeah, ask me again why I don't have any children!!!
7.) Amy is a breast cancer survivor!
8.) If you asked me what my sister does for a living, I'm not sure I could really explain it any other way then to say that she is a Fitness Guru. She has her hands in a million different projects and is always adding something new.
9.) Amy is the mother of two amazing, brilliant and gorgeous girls. They are so lucky to have her for a mom!
10.) In 2011, Amy and I ran the Richmond Marathon together and had an absolute blast. I'm pretty sure we laughed and talked the entire 26.2 miles.
11.) In 1998, Amy and I went to London, Liverpool and Wales together. I have so many great memories from that trip.
12.) Amy is a huge Steelers fan. I don't understand her love of football or Pittsburgh but it makes her happy.
13.) My sister is absolutely beautiful...and I'm not talking about on the inside! Seriously, she is one hot mama! Total heartbreaker!
14.) However, she is also really beautiful on the inside. Her heart is HUGE!
15.) Amy, our sister Mel and I all have matching tattoos...well, sort of matching but with our own unique twist.
16.) I have learned more about forgiveness and unconditional love from my relationship with Amy, than I have with any other person in my life. She has stuck by me through some really horrible situations and has loved me even when I didn't deserve it.
17.) I love that I get to share being a middle child with Amy...she feels my pain!
18.) That girl can dance! From twerking to line dancing and everything in between, she has rhythm and isn't afraid to use it.
19.) I have always been jealous of the way Amy can handle stress.
20.) Amy writes a really cool blog called Fit To Grow. You should totally check it out.
21.) As adults, Amy and I were roommates for three years in RVA. That was an interesting time in our lives and it was filled with drama, fun, arguments, giggling and very little sleep.
22.) One time at band camp...
23.) I feel really lucky that Amy is my sister because it means that she is sort of forced to be my friend. I feel like the dorky kid who hit the friendship jackpot because she is so much cooler than me.
24.) Our mutual love for Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon proves that intelligence runs in our family!
25.) The first time Amy and I ran a race together was in Virginia Beach at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. We had a great time until about mile 8 and then one of us became a little testy and started calling the other one bad names!
26.) If you know Amy, you just can't help but love her.
27.) Besides the "sister tattoo", Amy has two additional tattoos of her daughter's footprints. She is bad ass in a tender, loving sort of way!
28.) The girl has got some guns on her! Ask her to flex sometime...go ahead, I dare you!
29.) You will never catch Amy in mom jeans or looking frumpy. She is definitely a MILF!
30.) I love that Amy is always up for an adventure. No matter what kind of crazy plan I come up with, she is always willing to be a part of it and that is sort of awesome!
31.) Even though she has seven toes on her left foot, she still manages to walk in a mostly straight line. Ha ha ha!!! Just kidding...she totally walks crooked!
Happy birthday Amy McNeil! I love you so much more than I could ever explain and I miss you every single second that we are apart. I hope you have the most wonderful birthday imaginable. Tell Jack I said hi! Love you sister friend!