29... Almost 30.

8:59:00 PM

29... seems like such a small number when looking at it on paper, but in the case of my birthday this year... it was huge. I celebrated my 29th birthday this past weekend. I celebrated all weekend. Maybe because I just love birthdays and my parents used to make such a BIG deal out of them when I was little or maybe this year it was to get my mind off of the reality of this milestone... that I am now only one year from being 30 :) 

On Friday nights we LOVE going to listen to music at Mayfaire shopping center.  Just music, beach chairs and a picnic is all that is needed to make this girl happy.  This Friday night was extra special.  Instead of our normal picnic we went to dinner, sat outside so we could still hear the music and then before heading on over to the grassy lawn, we made a quick stop to my favorite home decor store.  That's where I picked out my birthday present.  My new bedding. 

This is what I ate for breakfast Saturday morning.  Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  Enough said.
The rest of Saturday was spent on the beach.  I could sit on the beach all day.  Everyday.


Went to our favorite mexican restuarant.  So good.


Got a surprise in the mail from Tori.  Love the saying, Love the wallet.
 

This was Sunday Morning before church.  I know that when they get older they are going to find this extremely annoying, but I just love to dress them a like.  These cutsie dresses are from Memaw.  


Emma Jane is catching on to the idea of "posing" for a picture.  Lela, however, is still clueless.


After church we went to lunch downtown at Dixie Grill where we had a delicious Fried Green Tomato BLT sandwich and a Treehugger Burger.  Oh my goodness... it was heavenly.  We then went home and I laid the girls and their daddy down for a nap.  I, in the meantime, decided to either partake in some shopping or a solo beach trip.  I couldn't resist.  I packed a bag, a towel, a bottled water and a good book and off to the beach I went.  There I was on the beach all by myself for the first time since probably college.  It was nice, but I do have to admit I did get a little bored and even though beach trips with the girls are far from relaxing... I still cherish them.   So after some good reading time and "people watching" I decided to pack up my few belongings and make the walk back to my car. 
So here is the big surprise.  I walked back to my car without my cover up.  Okay, for all you ladies out there... you know how big of a deal this is.  I figured what the heck... I am almost 30.  Who cares anymore?  I was surprised at how much fun and freeing it was!  I probably wont do it again, but that's okay.  I did it.  All in honor of being older.  Becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

When I got home I hurried and cleaned up all of the evidence of having been to the beach by myself BEFORE Emma Jane woke from her nap.  I kinda felt like I was cheating on my daughter, but there was no way I could tell her that I went to her favorite place without her.  :)

Sunday night... 
It finally hit me.  It was the last night as a 28 year old.  Up until this moment, I had anxiously waited my birthday, but now I was suddenly saddened at how old I was.  How time has flown by.  How my kids are getting older.  I went to bed, prayed and was fast asleep by 9pm.  Just like an old woman.

My Birthday.
I woke up refreshed.  Met some awesome ladies at a splash park that was totally awesome, enjoyed a great day with the kids and boycotted ALL housework for the day. 
Had TONS of cheerful Facebook birthday wishes which absolutely made my day and then looked forward to Wade coming home so we could spend the evening at the beach.

With Chick Fil-A drive thru and beach gear in tow, we headed down to the scenic end of Wrightsville Beach.  The sun was setting, the humidity was low and the ocean was high tide.  The beaches were near empty, so it literally felt like paradise.  That's when I realized.  It is so not about the number.  It's about how you embrace life.  Here I am living in one of the most beautiful places that God could have ever placed me and I am worried about turning another year old?!?!  I should be praising the Lord for every wrinkle, crinkle and dimple on my body and enjoying what really matters...

My God, My Family, My Purpose. 







So here is to another great year.  My prayer is that as I grow older, that I grow more into what Christ has made me to be.  That I teach my kids through example that it is not what is on the outside that matters, it is who you are.  To love yourself just how you are, no matter your age. 

Then it was time for FunFetti Cake...
my favorite.
  



That was a trick candle! 

So thanks again for all the cards, the calls, the texts and the FB messages. 
I am thankful to be 29.  Almost 30.

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  1. Sounds like such a special weekend. You are right, about all of it. Thanks for your wise words! Love you!

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