Celebrating Three Decades!

by Josée

Today I celebrated my thirtieth birthday! I thought it would be fun make photo journal of the first day of my third decade of life.

6:52 a.m. Me. Uncensored. First thing in the morning. I am a self-professed night-owl. However, in the last few weeks I have been waking up earlier and going to bed earlier. Is this a hint of things to come? Will my thirties start with a circadian cycle shift? Anything is possible I suppose. I will admit that I’ve enjoyed waking before my little people so that I can enjoy a moment of quietness before the breakfast diatribe begins.
7:00 a.m. I took a quick stroll through my gardens and moved my seedling outdoors to make some room in the kitchen. The seedlings are still being hardened-off, and I hope to plant them soon. 
7:09 a.m. The boys awaken, a little earlier than I had expected, but they both remembered it was my birthday and wish me a “happy birthday” while we had some snuggles on the couch. 
7:52 a.m. It was a beautiful sunny morning. In the afternoon the clouds rolled in and showered us with a spring rain, regardless it was a lovely warm day.
8:05 a.m. A typical morning breakfast in our home: steel-cut oats boiled in milk and generously covered in maple sugar, nuts and fruit. 
8:28 a.m. A surprise visit from the husband. He spilled milk all over his clothing this morning and had to return home to change. I think he should spill his milk all over himself more often (grin). I enjoy seeing his smiling face in the morning. My daughter slept in until after nine, during which I was preoccupied with something or another. 
10:29 a.m. That’s right. This is the year I will finally Get Strong! Since the birth of my eldest, over seven years ago, I have been plagued with aches and pains. After trying various things that have left me in even more pain I have decided to start strength training. In the last couple weeks I have been slowly building strength through mainly body-weight exercises (squats, push-ups, pull-ups). I purchased Nia Shank’s Beautiful Badass Bodyweight Workout Guide (e-book) and have been using it as a guide.
11:51 a.m. There’s my Claire-bear. Always one to take her time in the morning. This picture was taken right after she crashed her head on the stairs.
12:00 p.m. Chili in the slow-cooker. Grilled cheese and veggies for lunch. An endless flow of dirty dishes and laundry. What would be a photo journal without including at least one picture of these daily tasks.
1:53 p.m. Once everyone was sufficiently fed and the kitchen was somewhat tidy again, it was time for a little sit down learning. A few minutes of piano practice, some spelling and math. 
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (No pictures) We went into town for swimming lessons. I managed to register my two eldest into swimming lessons at the same time. While they were at their lesson Teddy and I played in the pool. Every now and again I managed to convince my little guy to dip his toes in the hot tub so that I could enjoy the jet streams.
6:00 p.m. – 9ish p.m. After being rather non-committal about my birthday plans my friends took it into their own hands to throw me a special birthday party. I made a big pot of chili and they brought the rest of the meal: many loaves of garlic bread, a fresh spring salad and a delicious angel food cake covered in lemon glaze. I feel so blessed to have such lovely friends ♥.
7:58 p.m. One candle for each decade and a little helper to blow out the flames.
7:59 p.m. And lots of helpers to eat the cake!
9:42 p.m. Thank you to my friends for your well wishes and kind words. I am excited for this next decade of my life and I am ready to own those grey hairs on my head!

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Jeremie May 12, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Happy birthday my love!

Josée May 12, 2015 - 5:17 pm


Kim May 13, 2015 - 10:48 am

Happy birthday!

Dolcetto Designs May 13, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Happy birthday! Love your photo journal

Josée May 13, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Thank you Kim 🙂

Josée May 13, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Thank you 🙂

Alice McCrea May 20, 2015 - 3:33 am

Happy Birthday again. and very interesting photo journal. Lovce Alice

Josée May 20, 2015 - 5:53 am

Thank you Alice 🙂


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