Friday, December 11, 2009

30 is the new black

I was surprised to realize how much time had gone by since I posted. Not that there hasn't been plenty to post about, but sometimes I write posts in my head and then forget to download them into the computer. :)

However, I am going to abandon my usual hang up of having to post everything in order and just post about the most recent.

I turned 30 on Dec. 9! THIRTY! The BIG 3 -0!

I have been slightly apprehensive about this birthday for about a year now. Logically, I KNEW 30 wasn't that old, but for some reason, the thought about no longer being a twenty-something twisted up my world a bit.

I finally figured it out the day before my birthday. I vividly remember being 10 and thinking, "Great! Only 11 more years until I get to go on a mission!" So you see I was counting down to my 20's for over a decade. Then I went to college and started learning the lessons I thought I was only going to be able to learn on a mission. When Kevin came home it was very apparent that any mission for me would involve my husband and I could not have been more pleased.

From there, I graduated from college, had 4 babies, bought two homes, a few cars, watched Kev get two degrees and experience most of the "big" defining events of one's life. All in my 20's. I think I was feeling lost. What was I looking toward if I turned 30? That kind of thing.

But, I have come up with a brilliant plan.

I will have one HUGE goal a decade.

Good right?

That way, for me, I will always be growing and learning in a very tangible way. I want this goal to be a real challenge for me. Something that scares me spit-less when I first contemplate going after it. Something that really might need a whole decade to achieve.

This decade's goal I have already shared, but I am moving the deadline.

In my 30's I would like to have a fabric line manufactured.

Instead of a one year time line I now have 10 years to realize this dream/goal.

It makes me excited to be 30 and work toward something I want so much.

For my birthday the kids and Kevin made me breakfast in bed. It was fun to see how into it the kids got.

My best friend Tobi came and spent an hour with me and gave me the cutest card full of 30 reasons why she is happy to be my best friend. It was darling and I will cherish it forever!

My friend, Sabina, took Beckham and Tennyson to her house for a few hours so my mom and I could enjoy an actual conversation while we had lunch, which my mom had picked up from Chilli's.

My visiting teachers Judy and Jo'elle stopped by with yummy treats.

I got phone calls or emails or facebook posts from the people I love.

When Karaia got home from school I was shoveling the driveway. She ran past me saying," I'll be right back mom." I thought she was running to the bathroom before we headed to piano lessons. She came back with the other snow shovel and said, "Why would you want to be working on your birthday? I will shovel for you!"

That right there was one of the best things I received all day!

Latter she also said, "I should have done your hair today."

"Karaia, I did my hair. Can't you tell?"

"Yes, but I was going to do your hair for you for your birthday. It was going to be really pretty."

What a sweetheart.

Kevin took me out to dinner and then kid free shopping ( my favorite kind). I like shopping with Kev, and he hates shopping, so it doesn't happen very often and I am always aware at what a big effort he is making for me. He even acted like he liked it. Thanks!

It was a wonderful day and I felt very loved.

Seems as if 30 isn't so scary after all.


AmyPoll said...

I am glad you had a great birthday...see, 30 isn't so bad...especially when you are with good, who is also 30!!!

Chrissy said...

I'm glad you had such a great day. I think you make 30 look good!

Emily said...

Well, happy birthday!

I am so glad that you had spectacular time. That sounds just about perfect to me.

And by the way, I somehow missed the post about the icky interview, but for the record, I think your designs are beautifully and wonderfully geometric.

Lawson Family said...

Some of the best gifts are always free! What a sweetheart Karaia is. She knows how to pamper those December birthdays! I think I could sure use a hairdresser on my b-day.

April said...

You will love your thirties. That is a wonderful goal to have a fabric line too. (not to burst bubbles, but even if that doesn't happen, you will have still grown and become even better than you are because you will have helped four children become better than they are.)

Brianna said...

Happy belated birthday! I think you will enjoy the fruits of your labor in your thirties. You've worked so hard to have your four wonderful children, and now you get to do the fun part of nurturing them, loving them, teaching them and help them grow. I think that alone will leave you feeling very accomplished after this decade.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!

meleah said...

I loved this post. It is funny how everyone seems to feel a little apprehensive about their 30th b-day. I turn 30 on Friday. I'm still not sure what I think:) I do have to say though, I am grateful to not be "little" anymore.
BTW- Happy Birthday!!!

Greg & Lyndi Daly said...

SO GLAD 30 IS GREAT! Love you!

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