Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Week Into Thirty

I'm officially 30 years and 1 week old today! Nothing feels different though I never expected it would. I'm just thankful I've lasted 3 decades!

I had a few days of celebrating around some delicious food and great company. Is there a better way to celebrate a momentous occasion? I celebrated an early birthday with my two friends Baylee and Lindsey at a local Mexican restaurant. Michael and I celebrated a dinner together on Sunday before my big day. On my actual birthday, we made one of our favorite dinners - homemade chili. On Wednesday, my mom came in town for Thanksgiving, and we celebrated my birthday together at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Southside. Hot and Hot is famous around here, and I have wanted to go for quite a while, especially when the owner Chris Hastings beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef earlier this year. What better time than my 30th birthday to splurge! We made a reservation at the Chef's Bar that encircles the open kitchen, and we got to watch the chef's prepare all of the dishes. It was a great atmosphere and an unforgettable experience with my two favorite people in the world!

We stayed in town for Thanksgiving because Michael had to work a basketball tournament over the weekend.  Since so many of his colleagues had to stay around town, his coworker Michelle hosted everyone at her house for Thanksgiving.  We thought it would be fun to enjoy a big Thanksgiving feast together.  My friend Baylee joined my mom, Michael and I.  We had the job of making sweet potato casserole, dressing and dessert.  This was our first time making dressing, and we need a do-over next year!  It tasted good, but it wasn't the prettiest thing to look at.  In fact, it got placed at the end of the table for everyone to scoop on their plate last!

Baylee and I at Thanksgiving

After dinner, we hung out together, played in a bouncy house of all things, then tried not to fall asleep!  Mom and I really wanted to do some late Thanksgiving night or early Black Friday shopping, but we didn't have it in us.  Instead, we were in bed by 9 pm Thanksgiving night.  One day, I will engage in Black Friday shopping if only for the experience of people watching.  At 30, I'm proud that I have never partaken in the ritual, so out of pride, I may never give in :).

Mom and I did spend quite a bit of time shopping on Friday and Saturday.  We didn't buy much, but we looked around for hours!  She did get me a few things for my birthday, which was really great of her.  I thought her coming to Birmingham was a good enough present!

I am excited to see some more of our families over the Christmas holidays.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Scarlett Belle!

Our baby turned five today!  She is officially older than her parents, and it makes us both very sad!  We love this girl, and we have so much fun having her around.  Here are a few 5-year-old birthday pics.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day!

Happy Election Day!!!!

Michael and I headed to the polls early this morning.  I was so happy to see the long line of men and women waiting to vote.  I don't know why, but it makes me overly emotional to vote.  I just feel so patriotic and thankful that I have the right to vote!  This is one of the most important elections of our time, and I hope positive changes come out of this race.

No matter the outcome of this election, I hope in the next four years, we as Americans will learn to cross the aisle and love beyond our differences, use common sense, lean on God's authority, pursue fiscal conservatism,  and worry less about being so politically correct.  

I have been reading the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  I am amazed at how the Bible aligns with the history of our world and major events that have taken place.  You can pinpoint historical events to the day that were prophesied hundreds of years before.  God warned the people of Israel, but they chose to live for themselves and ignore him.  I pray that we turn to God's authority and seek His direction, not what the world sees as popular.  We are foolish to live according to our own laws.  Though we are the greatest nation in the world, we aren't too powerful to fail.

I can't say who will make the better president for the next four years.  I am not a prophet.  I voted for who I trust will be the better candidate.  The best I can do is vote and trust that God will place the best person in power.  It is my job to submit to God's appointment, and trust Him as the ultimate leader.

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. " Romans 13:1

Friday, November 2, 2012

Time Flies

How is it November already?!!!   I am officially only 18 days away from turning the big 30.  Can someone tell me how this happened?  This big birthday could not have proven more inevitable than a few weeks ago when I purchased my first anti-wrinkle skin system from Clinique.  I'm trying to age gracefully folks, but when my sweet but honest husband confirms that a wrinkle cream may be the trick to stopping the hands of time around my eyeballs, I decided it was time to pull the trigger.  
I don't really know how I feel about turning 30.  I don't feel old except for the crow's feet, and I have no problem with saying I'm 30.  I just feel like there is so much more fun stuff I wanted to do before 30.  Although, looking back, Michael and I have had a lot of fun!  I get the impression that my 30's will be about grown up stuff and about making bigger life decisions.  I don't know if I'm ready to get serious!

I do hope my 30's will be a decade where I learn to embrace who I am, faults and all.  I hope I learn to better my relationships and deepen my bond with Michael.  I hope I am less anxious and more loving.  I hope I lean on Christ before making big decisions rather than acting selfishly out of immaturity.  I hope that my 30's will be a meaningful and impactful decade!

Speaking of meaningful relationships, I got to spend a great weekend in Tulsa with my best friend Holly who got married!  Holly was my maid of honor, and I feel so blessed to have been her matron of honor last weekend.  We got to celebrate her bachelorette party on Thursday by going out to eat then to what I would call a boot scootin' club.  I attempted to two-step one time, and I'm almost certain someone booed me under their breath from the crowd!  I happily declined a second dance, but I'll do anything once for Holly!


Holly and I have been friends for 17 years, and we have been best friends for most of those years.   I don't know how we grew up so fast!!!!  No matter how long we have gone without talking or how far away we live from one another, it's as if no time has passed.  She is a blessing in my life, and she made such a beautiful bride!