On Saturday I said good-bye to my twenty-somethings, and hello to my thirties. For a decade, I have been twenty-something. Now, for the upcoming decade, I will be thrity-something. Wow. It is a little unreal. I haven't mastered my confident tone when I say outloud, "I am 30," but, I will. I am proud of my age. I do find it a little scary, that is pretty typical of change, I am mostly excited for what this new decade will bring into my life. Lots of learning, love, and laughter - just like the past 30 years have already been.
Twenties represent something very different then thirties. Twenties is fun and provoked mischief, at least the first half was for me anyway. After Brayden, I became the home body that I always knew I was. I no longer thrived on the social activities but felt daily gratitude from surviving a baby and having a clean house. And now to date, I still feel that way. If I can make it through the day with no injuries or illnesses, a happy toddler, and a tidy house (most likely there is dust in the corners and toothpaste on the mirror) then I am satisfied. I am happy.
I feel as though there is a new chapter of my life that is beginning. It isn't just because I am now 30. It just so happens to be coinciding with new life events - getting married and making plans for a growing family and growing business. All of which is exciting, and a little nerve wracking too.
It feels a little like the first day of school. There is some unknown territory - and a few new faces. Schedules are different and lessons are harder - there is a lot to learn. But, as the days come and go, the anxiety sways and comfort sinks in. The day will come and it will feel like I have always been here, until, of course, I turn forty-something. Then the cycle will repeat, I assume.
I will be thirty-something for a while - my confidence and my blessings will grow along with my age. I can't wait!
We spent my birthday celebrating at an indoor water and amusement park. Brayden had his cousin Maxine with him - they are besties (i love that). It was fun to see them have fun - it isn't the most relaxing thing for parents to do - but, it is all made worth while to see that smile on our kids faces. We got another complimentary upgraded room (just like our summer vacation) which was wonderful. The kids enjoyed the whirlpool in the condo almost as much as they enjoyed the big pool!
video from Chris Bland - thanks Chris!