Friday, October 25, 2013

The Great 28

A couple months ago, I celebrated my 28th birthday. I thought long and hard (that’s what she said) about posting something that explains 28 wonderful things I plan on doing in the coming year, or 28 thought-provoking revelations I’ve had in the past 28 years, or showing you my favorite 28 dance moves (hint: they all include the running man) – but it would have been completely forced.

This is another year for me, another year to push forward with my running, to try and be a better wife and mother, a friend and an overall person. This is just a continuation from the day before when I was only a young 27.

So if you’re hoping for something amazing and ground-breaking here, uh, my bad.

Instead, you get to hear me brag about how my little sister (who lives in Colorado) made it to Texas for the first time in 4 years. This means that she has never met my daughter and I have never met hers. To say I was simply excited – under-freaking-statement of the year.

1240645_10200581275479820_1214275515_n(1) Photo courtesy of my Aunt Shannon.

We offered up our guest room with the only requirement being that she had to hang out with me on my birthday. When I told her we were planning on riding 4 wheelers with some friends that night, she was more than down. We hung out during the day with our kids and then passed them off ever so gently to Lillie’s Godparents (who are also the wonderful people who took us in as teenagers) and got our birthday on.

Photos are minimal because 1. I was on a 4 wheeler most of the time &  2. I was enjoying my time with my baby sister and didn’t want to take photo breaks constantly. Sometimes real life takes the reins instead of internet fun, and it’s totally worth it.



Am is on the 4-wheeler that is sitting in the lake. I do not apologize for the crappiness of the photo.

Overall, it was a really wonderful way to ring in my 28th year by spending time with my sister and niece.

IMG_2047 Tea time is very important business.

I was sad to see them go but grateful for the time we were able to spend together. Being sad didn’t last too long though – a few weeks later she decided she wanted to be closer to family and next thing I know the husband & I are hitting the road to Colorado! 20130913_145127 This was in Amarillo, Texas – home of the free 72 oz steak (that is if you can eat it in under an hour). I’ve never really had the luxury of being a small person (5’10 at age 11 can do that to you) so this is probably the closest I’ll ever get to feeling unlike an Amazon.

Except for when we helped Amber move to Colorado 5 years ago. We had also stopped in the same place when that happened. DSC01085 Oh look, a young Al & Tam. How precious we are.

Beyond having my sister back – here are a few other things that have happened in the past two months of my 28th year.

I decided to run a marathon. Like whoa, right?IMG_2476

I found a pink truck. With half naked girls on it. Then I forced the husband to take a picture of me with it because that’s the kind of juvenile things married folks like us tend to do.IMG_2275


I met a guy with a legit mullet, took a picture with the sexiest face I could muster and then posted it on this blog.

IMG_2329 I mastered the side braid.IMG_2276 IMG_2415 and I painted pumpkins with the kid.IMG_2449 So, the Great 28 is off to a fantastic start – here’s to keeping up the momentum!



Abbey said...

happy birthday way way way way way late! So SO SO cool that you got to see your sister and meet your niece! That picture of the four of you makes me really happy :)

Kate said...

I second all of that Abbey said! (and is it weird that I almost typed "happy" instead of "Abbey"?

Amanda Arr said...

Happy belated birthday!

Genna said...

My favorite part of this is the side braid because I'm pretty sure it's gonne take me the next six years to figure the damn thing out, too -___-

Adrienne said...

Well- it's super late- but better than never eh?


What an amazing celebration! Those all look incredible and I'm glad you got to do awesome things with the people you love :)

Hooray for the marathon! Go you!! Kick some marathon ass!