Friday, March 29, 2013

30th Birthday

My 30th birthday was a few weeks ago. It feels a bit strange to be thirty years old. Being thirty means I graduated high school twelve years ago (how did that happen??). I've been married nearly nine years. I graduated college eight years ago. I've been a mother for six and a half years. I do grownup things like buy cars and teach children. My kids are getting old enough where I vividly remember doing things as a child that my children are doing now, and that is surreal. But wasn't I a kid, like, just a few years ago? How is it that I'm a grownup and have all these little people who think I know everything (at least for now)? I feel like an impostor pretending to be in my thirties.

In the months leading up to my 30th, I wondered how I would celebrate. Would I have a huge 30th bash? Would I have a romantic dinner out alone with my husband? Life happened and we never got around to planning anything. But in the end, I had the perfect birthday: my sweet sister-in-law brought me a happy birthday mocha early in the day. I had a picnic lunch with my peeps at my favorite playground ('my' favorite because of the beautiful blossoming trees all over the place). I sipped my mocha, read a book, and watched as my children frolicked happily (seriously...there was frolicking). In the evening I dressed up the little people in their finest and our family of five went to a nice restaurant for dinner. The kids' present to me was behaving well through the meal. Afterwards we came home for cake and a very special happy birthday song sung by my sweet kids. It was simple, yet wonderful. And maybe I'll start to feel like I'm in my thirties one of these days.


  1. Happy birthday!!! my word, I've been out of high school as long as you've been alive!! :) that's funny, right there.

  2. That sounds like a wonderful birthday. You are very young! Look at all you've done before the age of 30... amazing!

  3. Happy belated birthday! It's very similar to what I had for my 40 - no big plans, just hanging out with my family, Oh, and closing on our house as a very expensive birthday gift :)