Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30

My sister made me awesome birthday hats with my most awkward pictures.
See the yellow fanny pack in the bottom left? FASHUN.

I always thought 30 was so OLD.

I remember watching '13 going on 30' (one of my all-time favorite movies), and thinking, why did Jenna want to be 30? Why didn't she pick something like 24 or 25? Those are the prime years in a person's life. But then, here I am, now 30 years old. It doesn't really feel any different than the twenties. I don't feel any more mature or wiser, though I can tell that my metabolism is slowing and I'm starting to get grey hairs, and that kind of sucks.

I had an awesome birthday weekend, spending time with my closest friends and family and cuddling with my little ones. I remember back in the day, I felt birthdays were so OMGIMPORTANT and even cried once when no one at work acknowledged it (mostly because at the time I was the designated birthday-cake-buyer and bought everyone in the office birthday cakes for their birthdays but no one remembered when it was my turn). Now I'm starting to understand that birthdays are not so everyone can congratulate the fact that you indeed lived another year, but rather it's just a chance to spend time and eat delicious cake with those that matter the most. Maybe that's what growing up is all about.

I can say though, that I've been super blessed this year, with adorable kids and a wonderful husband. Life is challenging with two kids, but so rewarding and I would not trade it for anything in the world. I'm pretty sure 30 is going to be the prime year of my life.

PS. As for a follow-up of my winter coat shopping post, I ended up picking a birthday coat that wasn't even on my original list. I really liked the J.Crew coat with the belt, but the notion of having to tie a belt every time I put on my coat sounded too troublesome, so I ended up getting the J.Crew Lady Day coat in black. It may not be the most exciting of coats or colors, but it's a classic and I'm sure will last me years and years down the road.

37 comments:

  1. hope you had a great birthday! i feel so similar about my birthdays. i don't really care to do anything special except eat good food and cake ;)

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  2.  Thanks, Elaine! MMM FOOD MMM CAKE.

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  3. Glad you had a wonderful 30 birthday! I totally understand how you feel... I'll be turning the big 3-0 next year in Feb. yay......... I can tell my metabolism is slowing down and my back aches getting out of bed. Sounds like I need a walker soon. hahaha.. j/k!

    I stopped looking forward to my birthday after I turned 26-27.. it's like I want to slow down time so I won't be in denial of aging another year. :P But like you said, you're with your loving husband and kids and that's the best! 

    Great choice on your winter coat! I love the simple look of a peacoat, it goes with everything!

    xo - Sheila

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  4.  Kimmie, happy birthday!!! I hope it's a great one. So far my 30's have been WAY better than my 20's, so hang in there. Although admittedly I refuse to tell people how old I am now. ;)  And great minds think alike - I'm currently deciding between those two exact coats, and am leaning toward the belted one in the light mint color. The lady day coat is gorgeous, too - will look forward to seeing pics!

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  5. Happy Birthday!! Your sister is hilarious! Love you positive outlook on the future. I'm turning 30 next year, and body is definitely feeling it! lol 

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  6. I hear ya re: '13 going on 30' should be '13 going on 25'. I stopped with the big birthday celebrations after I turned 25, but I still love birthdays nonetheless. Anyway, happy birthday! Cuddling with not one but two little ones sounds like an awesome birthday to me. Enjoy the prime year of your life. 

    The J Crew Lady Day coat is an excellent choice. It's gorgeous and, as you said, it's classic. Can't wait to see pictures of you in it.

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  7. Thanks, Bonnie! That's good to know that I have a lot to look forward to :)

    I really liked the belted one. I tried it on in-store and really liked the shorter length and sleeves. The belt was nice in creating waist definition, but I just couldn't see myself bothering with it every time I put on and took off my coat, so it just wouldn't be practical. Both are great coats though!

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  8. Thanks, Sheila! hahaha yeah, oh man, getting old does suck sometimes. I can barely function when I don't get enough sleep, and I definitely would NOT be able to pull all-nighters like old high school/college times. :)

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  9. Happy birthday! My 30th is just a couple of months away, and I'm looking forward to spending it with close friends, too. Good choice on the coat!

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  10. Happy B day! I cried when I turned 25. It was a terrible day. I enjoyed my 30. Im sure I will dread my 35th in a couple years.

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  11. Happy late birthday! I kinda understand how you feel. I'm 25 right now, but I'm already feeling older (I'm in a young program at school). But you're right -- it doesn't really matter how many candles you have on your cake, so much as who helps you eat that cake! :) 

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  12. Happy 30! Welcome :). It will certainly be the prime of your life! I am more confident and less self-conscious at 30. I am more sure of myself and where I want to go, personally and professional. Congrats on the JCrew purchase! Having to tie a belt is rather cumbersome :). Did you get Thinsulate?? 

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  13. I didn't even realize it was your birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I would buy you a cake, but I'm afraid it won't make it over there in 1 piece!

    I love that coat you choose - I agree that you'll get heaps of wear out of it! Can't wait to see it on you :)

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  14. Happy birthday Kimmie!  I'm glad you also feel that 30 is going to be the beginning of something even better than the 20s, I'm in the same boat!  And I love the lady day coat, great choice! :)

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  15. A little late, but Happy Birthday! Hands down, my thirties have been better years than my twenties, so I highly recommend them. Welcome to the club!

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  16. Happy birthday! Glad you had a good day. :)
    I can't remember the last time I celebrated my birthday. :) Other than a kidless shopping day - which only happens once a year. That part is pretty awesome. :)

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  17. Happy 30th birthday! I turn 30 next year, and I'm sure hoping it's the prime of my life too! I think you made a smart choice on your coat - I have that in camel. Bought it about 5 years ago, I think. It's still in heavy rotation, and it's held up well!

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  18. Sounds like an AWESOME birthday! I like the embarrassing photos on hats idea... might have to borrow that one for future birthday parties haha

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  19. I guess '13 going on 30' has a better ring to it. Plus, it allows Jenna to be more established in her career as opposed to an entry level job out of college. :)

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  20. Hahha, yes, it helps when it's your sister and she has access to all your childhood photos :)

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  21. Yay! I wanted to do a 30 before 30 bucket list like you have, (but would have made it 31 before 31) and I could not for the life of me think of 31 things that I wanted to do. I made it to like... 5.

    Ahh the camel color is so pretty! I currently have a camel coat (from Old Navy though) and I had a cream coat too, and decided that the light colors just get dirty way too easily :( So black it was!

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  22. Really? Kidless shopping days only happens once a year?? Poor you! Make your husband watch your little guy! or go while he's at pre-school! :)

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  23. Thanks, Laura! Glad to know I have a lot to look forward to :)

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  24. Thank you, Laura! :) For me, the 20s was fun, but with finishing college, starting out with my career, not really knowing what I wanted in life, so it wasn't exactly smooth sailing. I know the 30s will be better because I'm more established in life... I hope!

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  25. LOL MMMmm do they eat German chocolate cakes in Germany?? :)

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  26. Thanks, Lisa! :) I totally agree! I was still so unsure of everything in my 20s. As for the Thinsulate, I think in the years past they had the option to buy with or without, but it looks like they just come with Thinsulate with no option without... at least for the Lady Day coat.

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  27. Aw, I'm sorry about your 25th. I'll probably be dreading my 35th too in a 5 years! :(

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  28. It isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. ;) My little guy loves shopping with me and for the most part is great company. The biggest issue is that other than Walmart and Cato, any shopping is at least an hour away right now. (I hate living in a small town!) So going during preschool is just a big rushed stressful event. For me a 'shopping day' is literally a full day event. ;) Hubby will happily keep the kiddo if I ask him to, but most of the time my little dude wants to come with me. ;)

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  29.  Oh, I didn't notice that Thinsulate was "standard". Awesome! I'm sure it adds that extra warmth you'll need! :)

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  30. Thanks, Misty! I think having kids makes me less self-centered and birthdays have become less of an ordeal. Kids birthdays are waaaaay funner. :)

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  31. Oh that's good! My son LOVES Target (so do I) but he just spends forever and ever in the toy section, whereas I love the Women's clothing section, which he has no interest in. :) And when we go to the mall, he gets bored unless he's looking at the toy store, so he's not that great of a shopping companion ;)

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  32. I hope so! I haven't actually worn it out yet, so I have yet to see if the Thinsulate stands up to it's claim! :)

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  33. I guess it is a little odd, but my little guy enjoys looking at the clothes and shoes and freely gives his opinion when I try stuff on. It cracks me up. He is however a huge mirror hog in the dressing room! He also gets a cookie when we go to the mall, so that helps. ;)

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  34. I know I said it to you elsewhere, but I didn't on the blog... but I hope you had a very happy birthday! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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