So I’m 30. Inside I still feel like a teenager, but I guess I am a real life grown up now. That sometimes still amazes me because I don’t feel like a grown up. I wonder if I ever will. You would think that having a husband and 3 kids and a house and all the responsibility that comes with adulthood would make me feel all grown up, but it doesn’t. I’m still that same spazzy, hyper, happy, emotional girl that I was 15 years ago (and probably 20 years ago…and 25 years ago…I think I’ve always been this way!)
I had a really great 30th birthday. There is just something fun about my birthday falling on a Saturday! It feels like the sky is the limit for a birthday celebration. I must have changed my mind 5 or 6 times about what I wanted to do for my special day. I finally settled on what I think was the perfect mix of family time and Derek time.
I got to sleep in while Derek got up with the kiddos, and I managed to stay in bed all the way until 7:45. Ha. My body is so untrained to sleep in! After a breakfast of my favorite donuts, I opened my presents. I didn’t think there would be any because my iPhone was an early birthday present, but Derek took the kids shopping and they each picked me out something. Logan wanted to get me a new kitchen (I wish! I dream of new countertops, appliances, and cabinets!), but seeing as that would be a $10,ooo gift, he picked out a cute spoon rest instead. I’ve been needing one of those, so it was the perfect gift. Connor wanted to get me some scrapbook stuff, but then he decided that a better gift would be a big stapler, staples, and a staple remover. So that’s exactly what they found. Again, it’s really something we’ve been needing and a very thoughtful gift on his part. The boys also picked out a wooden Welcome sign, which they decided was from Camryn. I loved all my thoughtfully chosen presents!
By 10:30, we were heading out the door for some birthday fun. The first stop was the grocery store to pick up food for a picnic. D and I had sushi and the kids picked out lunchables. We also picked up a birthday cake, although much to Logan’s dismay, it was not Hannah Montana. At some point, Logan got it in his mind that I needed to have a “girl” birthday and that meant a Hannah Montana theme.
The next stop was the park. We had a picnic, the kids played on the playground, rode bikes, and I followed them around and took pictures. It was really fun…well, there were a few tears shed, but that’s not too unusual.
We got home just in time to put Camryn down for a nap, and about an hour later our baby sitter arrived so Derek and I could go out on a date. We did a little mattress shopping (well, mattress browsing…picking the perfect mattress is no easy task!). We went to see Up in the Air and went to eat at a delicious Italian restaurant. It was the perfect date night, and the perfect end to a great birthday.
Lots of pictures from the day…
I wouldn’t let anyone eat cake until they took pictures. Mean mommy, but it worked!
Then it was cake time. The kids were adamant that there be 30 candles in the cake, but it was too windy to actually light them.
And finally…time to play.
She is trouble! I wonder what she’s thinking about…
Everyone was tired by the time we headed home. What’s funny is Logan wasn’t really the one struggling, but this picture pretty much sums up how everyone felt.
All in all, it was a really fabulous start to this new decade. Bring on the 30s! Can’t wait to see what they have in store.