G knows how old I was turning, but twice, he told me I was turning 22. I thought about that briefly...would I want to be turning 22? The answer is a solid NO. That decade was such an uncertain time...where was I going to work? Where was I going to live? Was I going to get married? Was I going to have kids? Of course there was fun, too, but it always felt like I was waiting for the next big thing to start (career, home, relationship, family, etc.)
I don't remember much of my 30's...probably because we were busy shaping our careers, building a house, figuring out marriage, and producing children. It was exhausting! But I'm thinkin' that the 40's might be a good time. We have settled into our jobs (and are looking forward to retirement at some point), we've made this house our home, we've figured out the best way to make our marriage work (and yes, it's definitely work...and love), and one of our kids is somewhat self-sufficient, so...we're on the right track to having a life after raising small children!
And Ava is on track for a full uni-brow and mustache, as well...
This was a rare birthday...it always, ALWAYS rains on April 21. The only time I recall that it didn't rain was on my golden birthday...that was a beautiful, sunny MONDAY, and I celebrated with my first hangover, so...not the best. But THIS birthday was a Saturday, and the first gorgeous spring day we've had in, well, months! And there isn't any rain OR snow in the forecast for the next 10 days. We've had a long winter and it feels like spring is finally here!
We enjoyed cake and ice cream with my parents on Friday night!
Ava and I spent time outside with her school's health fair and color run yesterday morning. We had a good chance to chat on the 2+ mile walk around the school, while getting blasted with shots of color. It was so great to be outside in the sun, getting exercise, and spending one-on-one time with Ava. When we got back home, and cleaned up, Ava even prepared my lunch for me...it was so sweet, albeit not super healthy. Haha!
Our squeaky clean shirts quickly went to colorful!
G was a sweetie and gave me lots of hugs, kisses, and birthday wishes, all day long! This is the first time that he's been old enough to understand what a birthday is, and what it means to celebrate with the people you love. He was distraught that he didn't have a box for my birthday present but all I really wanted was to spend time with my family!
Scott surprised me with a beautiful plant garden...and we were able to enjoy a nice dinner out, while my parents watched the kids. We finished dinner early and really didn't have any plans for what to do afterwards, so we drove around the back, country roads of Rosemount, looking for deer in the fields (that may have been more for Scott than me, but still...it was peaceful, which I appreciated.) I was so full from my yummy dinner that I didn't even want to go to a bar for a nightcap...there was no room for anything else in my belly! So, we drove home and chatted with my parents for a bit. The kids went to bed, and then Scott and I vegged out on the couch, with the plans to watch a move...and nope, it was sleepy time instead!
Tasty creme brulee and coffee for dessert...
And that was fine...we both got a good night sleep, and were up early to enjoy another beautiful spring day in Minnesota...should be in the 60's and sunny today. Amazing! What a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!