Happy Birthday to Me!!

Yesterday was my 32nd birthday.

Gulp! .. 32 .. how is that possible??

I had a sort of, itty bitty, little bit of a rough time accepting the number change this year .. but just for a few seconds.

I actually caught myself a few weeks ago lying about my age for the first time to some 23 year old trainer at the gym.  She asked me how old I was and I said “Thirty – 20 second pause before I caught what I was doing – one!  I’m thirty one!”    I didn’t know this girl at all and I’m sure she couldn’t have cared less how old I was or how old I thought I was.  But I (almost) lied to her anyway.  If I couldn’t believe I was 31 how was I going to believe I was turning 32?  Time is going by way too fast!!

But then my grandfather posted something on my FB wall the other day that made me stop .. He wrote “Monday will be the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be, so enjoy the day while it lasts.”

It was so simple but it was what I needed.  I need to stop worrying about the past and longing for anything I would have or could have done differently in my 20’s and embrace that I am in my 30’s – a decade that, I’m confident, will be my best yet.

And for the record I feel that I need to clarify that I am not implying that 32 is old by any means so if you are over 32 and reading this please don’t be all ‘Oh no she didn’t just say I was old!’   Because I didn’t.  🙂

Yesterday was absolutely the most perfect day.  It was a cool, breezy, not-an-ounce-of-humidity day and all I wanted to do was spend the day outside with my family.   We packed up food and met at Rocks State Park (Falling Branch Trail)   There we hiked, waded in the freezing water (at one point fishing Davey out of it), climbed rocks, enjoyed the view and soaked up the sunshine.  We picnicked in the park, ate homemade cupcakes and skipped stones in the stream.  It was peaceful and perfect.

Now I’m enjoying this windy, rainy day reliving the photos from yesterday with a cup of tea .. life is good at 32.

These photos of Tony and I are all taken by my dad and I’m IN LOVE with them.  I need, want, simply must blow up the image below for our wall.  

Oh how I love these peopleAll the photos of me, or me and Davey were taken by Tony.  I love them all!Davey’s first hiking experience 🙂I love the below image of me and Davey!   And a few iPhone photos processed with Instagram below.. If I’m in the photo, then Tony took the photo  🙂
My amazing sister made Mum Cupcakes .. she cut mini colored marshmallows in half, dipped them in matching sprinkles and arranged them to make the flowers.  And last but not least, my birthday present from Tony.  I was secretly hoping he would make me something for my gift.  (I LOVE handmade gifts the most)  And he did!  It’s a bright yellow, 9 foot shelf made from a live edge piece of wood from an Osage Orange tree.  The yellow of the wood is 100% natural.  These trees are amazing!  He made it to house my vintage camera collection.  I love it!!  He’s the best!!!
32 is off to a great start …
  • Ricky - Wow!

    These pictures, the water, the trees, cute Davey, that shelf, the cameras and OH MY these cupcakes and flowers. Must’ve taken HOURS!

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • cat - oh happy day! i love gilgore falls, as it is officially known. many happy trails to you in your “33rd” year!

  • David Oliver - This is awesome; as usual!

  • Karin - Happy birthday, you! It will be hard to top 31 (I mean that’s the year you met me…) but I am quite sure that 32 will be a wonderful year for you. Now a couple things… let’s talk about how incredible those cupcakes look, and let’s talk about how much I also LOVE that shot of you and Tony for your wall, and let’s talk about how precious you and your nephew are, and let’s talk about how much fun to celebrate your bday with the fam in the woods! Love it.

  • Petra - Such wonderful photos! I feel like I’ve been there with all of you!

    Happy birthday again from me!

  • krissy - Happy birthday! You spend so much time and devoation documenting other people’s lives it’s about time someone documented a momentous occasion in your life! 🙂

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