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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Today my parents are celebrating their 33rd (i think) anniversary.  Wow!  What an accomplishment!  In 1980 the avarage marriage life span was about 37 years, and today its about 24 years.

I hope my parents are enjoying their time away from work and enjoying the Florida sun!  My parents have been such a rock for me over the past 30 years.  They have shown me what it is to stick together through thick and thin and how to wade out the storm in my marriage.

I love you guys and am so thankful that you have stuck together for 33 years and look forward to watching you stick together for 33 more years!!!

Love Ya,

Monday, October 5, 2009

30 years! Wow!

Well, not use is delaying the inevitable...today I am 30.  My friends and family have made me feel special yet again, with all the birthday wishes and presents and love!  Got the best family and friends in the world!!!

So here is a little before and after for ya:

below is a pic of me in 2008 on my b-day...

and below is a pic from today - 50lbs lighter!

What a difference 365 days makes huh!?!??!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pre Birthday Celebration...and turning 30!

My awesome Mom and Sister have planned a "pre-birthday" celebration for me tonight!  I am so excited and can't wait for 6:00pm.  My actual birthday is monday, Oct 5th.

Evening plans are a girl's only dinner and movie.  They've invited my closest and best friends and family to celebrate my turning 30.  Yes, I did say 30!  I can't believe the time has arrived for me to graduate to my 30's.
I have mixed emotions about turning 30. 

Part of me is excited because I feel like the older I get, the more confident I become in who I am.  I feel confident in who I have become and where I am going in life.  I feel confident in my looks.  While I acknowledge that I am not a super model, I also realize that even supermodels aren't really even supermodels.  I've started viewing beauty in different aspects other than looks.  Beauty is so much more than that.  For me, it's strength, god'grace, honest people and integrity. I have also noticed that my emotions have settled down a little bit.  I don't take things so personal and I've noticed that I can handle rejection a little better. I appreciate and love my kids more and more every day.  I am thankful for the way my parents raised me and how they've supported me through many good and bad decisions, yet still loved me the same. I am thankful, that while my marriage has been a journey, that James has hung in there with me.

The not so happy part of me is thinking "Oh man, I'm not in my twenties anymore.  It was always so nice to say, " I'm twenty----something."  I have also heard things like:  your metabolism slows down one you hit 30 (which in my case was 20!) 

It's ok though.  I am entering a new phase of my adulthood and I will embrace it!  Besides, I don't really have an option, it's coming for me ready or not! ;-)