20 Signz You Grew Up In The 2000z, From Webkinz To Silly Bandz

20 Signz You Grew Up In The 2000z, From Webkinz To Silly Bandz

A time when the coolezt kidz had multiple Webkinz and were loaded on Silly Bandz.

Picture this: It’s 2007. You slip on your gaucho pants and Abercrombie shirt as you get ready to take your Razor scooter over to your neighbor’s house. Together you watch "That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana," the year’s most anticipated event. Everything in life was good.

Childhood in the 2000s was marked by very distinctive trends, and most of them were fun (but quite cringe-worthy and the letter Z was overuzed a lot).

If these 20 trends relate to you, growing up in the 2000s was your time!

1. Webkinz

Before there was social media, internet time was spent taking your online animals to Dr. Quack and the Curio Shop.

2. Club Penguin

After your round of Webkinz, you’d meet your friends on a Club Penguin server to play the sledding game and decorate your igloos.

3. Fashion Phase 1

All the coolest girls in school bought their graphic tees and platform sandals from Limited Too, pairing the look with some earrings from Claire’s.

4. Fashion Phase 2

Once you were too old for Limited Too, everything you owned came from Abercrombie or Hollister, unless it was a matching Juicy Couture sweatsuit.

5. Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was the best and most anticipated week of school, where kids could spend the $6.25 they brought to load up on Smencils and clicky pens.

6. Shoes

You were definitely cool if you rocked Crocs, Ugg Boots, or Toms.

7. TV Shows

"Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "That’s So Raven," "Lizzie McGuire," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Zoey 101," "iCarly," and "Drake and Josh." That’s all I need to say.

8. Movies

The songs from "High School Musical," "Camp Rock," and "The Cheetah Girls" will forever be your anthems.

9. iPods

You used this to play music from your iPod or MP3 player.

10. Silly Bandz

The more of these you had stacked up on your wrist, the cooler you were.

11. Disposable Cameras

You took a Kodak disposable camera on field trips and vacations, and then you went to Target to get the pictures developed.

12. Nintendo DS

You spent hours training your Nintendogs for agility competitions and talking with your friends on Pictochat.

13. Wii

You killed the game at Wii Sports and Mario Kart and spent hours making Miis.

14. iTouch

Before every kid got an iPhone, you played "Doodle Jump" and "Cut the Rope" on your iPod touch.

15. Flip Phones

This was definitely your first phone.

16. Lockers

Your middle school locker really was this extra.

17. Feathers

You probably had one of these in your hair for at least one summer.

18. Colored Braces

Kids with multiple colored bands in their braces were the coolest.

19. Lunches

Your packed lunch for school definitely contained Lunchables, Gushers, and Fruit Rollups.

20. The Pacer

You spent every school year dreading this exact moment in P.E. class.

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With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

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Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

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A girl who is sad to go

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Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

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