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Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino just posted what might be the sweetest "Throwback Thursday" photo we've seen in quite some time.

Alexis seems to have a ton of friends, but we love whom she refers to as her best friend in a caption for an Instagram photo she posted on September 26.

"#tbt My lifelong best friend...my mom," Alexis captions the shot of herself and her mother. "She was even hot in 2004! #throwbackthursday #momanddaughter#family #foreverbond." How sweet!

Indeed, both Alexis and her mom look beautiful in this pic, as we love the wide smiles on their faces. And they both have lovely necklaces on, too! 

So how old was Alexis when this was taken? Well, given that Alexis turned 36 in February 2013, we're guessing she would have been about 27 in the photo. She was a mere child!

And part of why we love seeing this photo is because we're rumored to not be seeing much of Alexis on TV in the near future. Multiple sources are claiming that both Alexis and Gretchen Rossi have been let go from the show prior to the start of Season 9, although Bravo has yet to confirm this speculation.

Regardless, we hope Alexis keeps the adorable photos coming!

Source: Instagram