Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just Beginning at 30

I turned 30 on August 16th and I am ready to begin blogging with this new chapter of life. Being 30 really is great! I am the smallest I have been since High School and I am loving it! It has taken work, but I feel great! I have a great husband and 3 darling little girls. We have great extended family and friends. I really am very blessed!

I was a little worried about the big 30 but I really felt spoiled and loved throughout the birthday celebrations. Bart likes to point out that I had 4 (I felt there were parts of 5) different days of a birthday, it's only because of great friends and family, Bart included of course. About 2 weeks before my birthday, my mom invited all my family with August birthdays to enjoy lunch and an afternoon at the spa. Bart passed up on the invitation, he didn't feel like he should miss work. Erica, Mom, and I began the day as a part of the Good Things Utah Studio Audience. I had given my Mom the gift of attending the show for her birthday one and a half years ago December, so I made the necessary arrangements to get there, finally. We had a great time at the show, then we met up with Ben for lunch at Olive Garden and Mom left us for a doctor appointment (she is recovering from carpal tunnel surgery, in addition to seeking medical attention for neck and back problems). Alicia joined us for the spa as an early November birthday present. We all received massages. It was heavenly! This was my 3rd annual massage, I intend to keep this an ongoing tradition. I sure enjoy them.

The day before my birthday, 3 friends (Christy Cummings, Mary Loertscher, and CJ Alldredge) and I took a day off from kids and headed to Salt Lake to celebrate. We attended Good Things Utah together (my sister Alicia and a friend met up with us for the show), they helped me purchase home decor for my front room at Tai Pan Trading, we ate lunch at Chili's, performed initiatories at the Provo Temple, and shopped! We had a great time! (I had a great time, that is...aside from my eye burning throughout the whole day. I must have scratched my eye and my contacts kept irritating it. By evening I looked like I had been crying, HARD, my eye was puffy and the right side of my face was red. Thinking back I'm sure my friends had to hold back the laughs whenever they looked at me.)

The day of my birthday, I ran 6 miles pretty much downhill in 55 minutes. It was motivating to have had such a great run the week before the Top of Utah Half Marathon race in which I had signed up. When I got home the front room mirror was decorated with colored balloons and a sign that said "Happy Birthday Mom" (Gracie's creation!). Bart and the girls made a great breakfast. We went up the canyon for a picnic lunch and then napped before Bart and I went on a double date with Greg and Sue Roper to Salt Lake. Loyal and Tonia brought a gift and yummy brownies and watched the girls overnight. The Roper's, Bart and I visited the incredibly delicious Ruth's Chris Steakhouse! The food was PERFECT! It really was a great dinner...pricy yet fabulous! Afterward we enjoyed a walk around Temple Square.
Sunday and Tuesday were also highlights. Friends and family stopping by on Sunday and Tuesday was a night out with the ladies for dinner to celebrate another friends' birthday as well as mine.

The day of my birthday Bart started spouting off a lot of things I have done in my first 30 years, various trips including Europe, New York, Boston and New England Cruise, Mexican Baja Cruise, education, temple marriage, running races, 3 beautiful girls. I'll have to add more to my list later, I really do feel very blessed to be where I am right now. I am thankful for the Lord’s tender mercies in my life and the feelings of encouragement I feel along the way when it’s really needed.


Melissa said...

You look great for being 30! It feels like forever since I have seen you. Congrats on your half-marathon. Your time was awesome! I am so glad you started a blog. It will be a great way to keep in touch!

Jenalee said...

Yay! I love that you are in the blogger world. It's so easy to check on you and everything that's going on with your family.

I am so proud of you for running the half marathon! You are so gorgeous and do everything so well. I really admire you. In fact, I can only think of two things you don't do so well....make a decision and remember something. Other than that, you are perfect!

Love you!