Friday, December 18, 2009


I remember a time when thirty seemed OLD to me. When I was in high school, thirty seemed so far away. I never imagined what it would feel like to be thirty. Today I am thirty-four.

In many ways, being in my thirties doesn't feel old. I feel more secure, more confident, more aware, more experienced, more understanding, more patient, and a little wiser. I use the word "wiser" very loosely, because I know that I have a long way to go still in that area!

I still have a lot to learn and I am not afraid to admit that there's still a lot I need to work on. I'll be the first to admit that older doesn't always mean wiser or more mature.

In celebration of my thirty-four years on this planet, here are thirty-four things about me:

1. I love with my life
2. ...even if my life sometimes frustrates me and feels overwhelming at times.
3. I have a wonderful husband who loves me very much.
4. I have a beautiful, healthy, happy baby girl.
5. My baby is growing up way too quickly! I can't believe she's 13 months old!
6. I love being able to take time off work to be with her and raise her.
7. Part of me is looking forward to teaching again in a few months.
8. Part of me wishes I could just stay home and take care of Little One.
9. I haven't had a nap since I gave birth to Little One (except for the day I was so sick that I thought I was on death's door)!
10. Despite the zero downtime and exhaustion, I wouldn't trade in motherhood for anything.
11. There are so many things I now realize I have been naive about (that's an entirely different post all together).
12. I didn't think I'd get so emotional at the thought of Little One self-weaning. She's down to two nursing sessions a day, but it seems like she's going to wean herself soon. She keeps BITING me!
13. I'm one of those moms who carries liquid hand sanitizer in her purse, diaper bag, vehicle, etc.
14. I'm afraid of the dark.
15. I'm afraid of spiders and snakes.
16. I live in the country.
17. It's dark in the countryside and there are lots of spiders and snakes in the countryside too.
18. My favourite colour is Cerulean.19. If you ask my husband what my favourite colour is, he'll say "blue".
20. Cerulean is a shade of blue.
21. I really should spend more time with my dog, Chance.
22. I feel guilty for spending all my time with the baby and less time with Chance.
23. I love cooking and baking.
24. I don't really like eating baked goods or sweets.
25. I'd rather bake decadent treats for other people because I enjoy the pleasure they get from the treats I make.
26. ...I secretly like that others eat my baked goods so they gain weight and I don't.
27. #26 was a horrible, horrible thing to write. I should take that back.
28. I've got a very bad memory.
29. I'm very social, friendly and outgoing.
30. I love hosting dinner parties at our house.
31. I also love just spending time at home and having a quiet night.
32. My biggest problem is that I always try to please everybody. I like it when everyone is happy.
33. I have a hard time saying "No" to people.
34. I really don't need or want anything for my birthday. All I want is for my loved ones to be happy and healthy.

Ohhhh, okay. Though I have everything I need, I would like a dishwasher so I don't have to scrub dishes every day. A front-loading washer and dryer would be great too! Our washing machine and dryer are on their last legs and front-loaders are more energy efficient! Hmmmm....a van would be great too! Having a two-door SUV is not very practical when you have to load a baby, her car seat and all her gear in and out all the time. Not fun at all.

Yeah, that's about it. ;)

Hubby, are you reading this? LOL!


Cherry said...

Happy Birthday!!

This last year has been such a big and eventful one for you. Thank you for sharing it with us! I have a feeling this next year will be full of even more exciting days and discoveries.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Don't worry about #26...we all have a little evil in us!!!

hotmommy said...

lol happy birthday!! i love #26 and fancypansy is right, there's a little evil in all of us!

C said...

Thank you, my friend! xoxo

C said...

Thanks! Hehehe! I know! Terrible, eh? :)

C said...

So true!! See? I'm not always that nice! LOL!

merinz said...

Thank you for sharing all the facts with us. And a very happy Birthday.

I am always amazed that as we age we stay the same on the inside but the outside changes! (At 34 that won't be happening to you yet!)

I still feel like I am in my 20's sometimes but the mirror tells a different tale!

VE said...

You don't have to say "No". Just say "Yes" but don't do it...

Karen MEG said...

Happy birthday girlfriend!! I am so glad that you've kept up with the blog, and that your life is so fulfilled with your little one and your wonderful hubby.

I remember 34 well as that's when I first became a mom (never mind that the baby is 9.5 now... don't remind me ;)!)

caninecologne said...

Happy Birthday GIRL!!!!!!

Enjoy your 30's!!!!!

30 is the new 20!!!

word ver:
whines (ha ha)

Frau Guten Tag said...

I hope you had a great birthday!!

I remember when I was a teenager I felt like 30 would be soooo far off in the future, although I didn't consider it old. I have to admit I had a really hard time turning 30, but once I was there I got over it fast & haven't had any issues with any birthdays since (I'm now 37).

I feel more comfortable with myself, less self conscious in my 30s. Still a perfectionist, but less self conscious & more secure with myself.

Uncivil said...

Happy 34th!!!!!
75 was a good year!!!!!
I graduated highschool that year!!!LOL!!!!

Anonymous said...

C - I hate to break it to you, but 19, 20 an 27 are not about you! You need 3 more things on your list! LOL!

C said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes :) BTW, I was going to send you a Christmas card, but we ordered some custom made cards with our family photo and they haven't arrived yet. Looks like you'll be receiving a New Year's card!!

C said...

LOL! I should do that!! ;) Hey, sorry for being such a lame blogger. I have been so bad at keeping up with my fave blogs. My New Year's resolution is to visit your blog (and everyone else's on my side bar!!!) more often!

C said...

Thanks so much, girlfriend!! Holy smokes! Liam is almost 10 years old?!?! Time sure does fly by, eh? Crazy!!

C said...

LOL! Sooo true! Now that I think of it, I really didn't know anything when I was in my 20s!!! 30 is so much better. 20 was fun. Innocent, naive, stupid and fun. 30 is not so innocent, still a little naive, still stupid, and fun...for the most part! LOL!

C said...

You are sooooo right!!! I agree. I know it sounds silly, but I'm just so fretted with anxiety about the reality of getting closer to death. LOL! I know. I'm weird. I could die getting hit by a car tomorrow, so I don't know why I worry about getting older. I think I just want to spend every moment possible with my baby girl and my husband. Time seems to just fly by all too quickly. I've lost a few friends in the past three weeks (natural causes for their deaths...two were due to cancer and one was something else). I guess I've been extra sensitive to this because of what has happened recently.

C said...

REALLY!? :) Yes, '75 was a good year! How have you been? How are Ab and Em?

C said...

LOL! I know! I was waiting for someone to say something about that! LOL!!!

D said...

sorry i'm late on this...but hope you had a great birthday!! J is sweet for planning a party for you! i doubt i'd ever get that!
amazing how having a LO really changes everything!! every little detail of ones life is never the same once baby comes along!!

Deb said...

happy late birthday, dear!!!!

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