Awkward Family Photo Goals:: Happy Birthday to My Hunky Big Brothers


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Ziajka family, Stephanie Ziajka, Ben Ziajka, Tony Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante

Growing up, I always thought my brothers were twins because their birthdays are a day apart. I even tried to bring them in for Show and Tell once, but my mom wouldn’t let me. It wasn’t until I was 8 or 9 that I realized they just look freakishly alike and accepted that Tony is actually a year minus one day older than Ben. To be honest, I’m still not 100% convinced. Regardless, today I want to wish both my big brothers the Happ, Happ, Happiest Birthday! I love you both, and all childhood torture memories aside, I’m somewhat happy to be related to you. Just for kicks, here are 10 fun facts about my brothers and me:

one | All of our first names have 3 syllables (Anthony, Benjamin, Stephanie).

two | When we were little, our picture was on the cover of the Orlando Sentinel. A family friend/local news reporter wrote a featured article about our opinions on the Orlando theme parks, and we were local celebrities for approximately 48 hours.

three | Both of our parents are doctors, and both of our parents talked us out of becoming doctors.

four | All of our middle names are Knight, which is our mama’s maiden name.

five | My mom made all 3 of us join our Lower School choir. Both my brothers got kicked out. I did not.

six | We are descendants of Charlemagne. Our last name also means Wheezer in Polish.

seven | We were all adolescent victims of short shorts and tube socks. No, we don’t want to talk about it.

eight | We all take pride in our ability to insert weirdness into random conversation to intentionally make bystanders uncomfortable.

nine | We can all quote Episodes IV-VI of Star Wars. We all choose to not be able to quote Episodes I-III.

ten | All 3 of us played tennis for over 10 years. My brothers quit in middle school to stay home and watch Pokemon. I quit shortly thereafter because the older boys picked on me too much when they were gone.

Happy Sunday, y’all!

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