Twenty-Eight

Yesterday was a special day… my birthday!

My twenty-eighth birthday to be exact.

Birthdays have always been fun to me. They are another day to celebrate and look back on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. I have a blurred memory of lots of my birthdays growing up… the first one I remember was when I was 4. I remember getting this big brown teddy bear that I actually may still have in the basement… There was one that was a surprise party on Easter Sunday, that may have been my 7th I think. I had my easter dress, bonnet, and gloves on and heard the loud SURPRISE as I walked in the door and promptly collapsed to the floor. My sweet 16 was another little surprise party with my youth group friends. On my 18th birthday my parents surprised me by pulling a “Pimp my Ride” style stunt and completely redoing my 96 Pontiac Sunfire turning into what was lovingly dubbed the Smiley-Mobile. Think bright yellow, flashy lights, and a windsheild decal that said Smiley (which was my nickname back then)

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Excuse the quality of these pictures… I’m pretty sure they were taken with a disposable camera. And I had to dig them out of an old photo album, like a physical photo album… not one on a hard drive somewhere.

Anyway, that was my pride and joy for awhile. Until she died. RIP Smiley. As I was thinking about all my past birthdays and this one came up I realized that was TEN years ago. Gosh, at 18 I seemed so… young. And yes, I was wearing a tiara made out of silver pipe cleaners…. Oh life. It seemed so simple back then. I remember vividly imagining where I would be in 10 years. Man, was I wrong. And I’m so thankful too. Garth was right when he said Some of God’s Greatest gifts were unanswered prayers.

As I look back on the past 28 years there are so many life lessons and defining moments. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned, especially in the last 10 years, is to not to live life solely based on expectations. Not just your own expectations, but that of those around you and society. I am no where I expected to be when I pictured 28. I’m actually in a much better place than I could have ever imagined.

#familyselfie at the circus! #moolahshrine

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I have a handsome husband and a beautiful daughter.

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I am in the best shape of my life.

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I have the most amazing CrossFit family. I have a wonderfully supportive online community (you guys are awesome!) and I get a new chance to inspire people every single day.

I truly am blessed. Yesterday everyone made me feel so special. I can’t thank you all enough for that.

Here is to another year full of loving fiercely, laughing loudly, and living large.

What’s one of your most memorable birthdays?

 

 

Out of the Ordinary Day

Hey Guys!

How is your week going so far? Seems like my week has been SO long. How is it only Wednesday? Today is a super special day… It’s my husbands 29th birthday! So we decided to take the day off. Payton had school so after working out this morning we went to breakfast with some friends then headed home to clean up before making the trip out to Sump Coffee… Mid-Week Coffee Date for the win!

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Obviously I love coffee, so a new coffee experience is always welcomed. It was a great ambiance. It was really all about the coffee. They buy their beans green and roast them. The flavors are out of this world. It is not a frilly coffee shop. They carry only whole milk and soy milk and have no syrups or cream. Coffee truly is an art to them and I enjoyed it.

After that we went down to the Central West End and found a cool place for lunch. I forgot to take a picture, what kind of blogger am I?! I had a great Chipotle Chicken Salad and lots of chips and salsa. After we picked Payton up we went to get cupcakes. Because every birthday deserves a good cupcake!

When we arrived home I was super excited to see that my text book arrived for my Precision Nutrition Certification Course!!

I have been wanting to do some sort of nutrition certification for a long time now. I’ve looked into lots of different options but when I found this one I knew it was the one. It is not just about nutrition in general, but sports and exercise nutrition. I love that it combines the science and the application. They have a Level 1 and a Level 2 certification. I’m doing the Level 1 now and plan on getting the Level 2 next spring. I’ll share the journey with you along the way, of course.

After sneaking in a little bit of work we decided to go out and celebrate some more. We ended up at the local kids party place. I am not usually a big fan, mostly because lots of small children make me feel stressed… but on a Wednesday evening it was empty! Score!

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We played lots of Ski Ball

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Chris won the jackpot on Deal or No Deal

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And I beat Chris twice in the Sink It game.

It was such a fun spontaneous day! I love spending time with the hubs and kiddo. And I love being able to celebrate another birthday with the man I am lucky to call mine. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. He is my sanity and keeps me grounded. Plus he has a pretty epic beard. I mean, look at it…

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Can’t argue with that, can ya? #BeardStrong

Happy Birthday!

How do you celebrate birthdays?
Are you Pro or Anti beard?

Happy Birthday to Me! {insta-friday #4}

Happy Quarter Century Birthday to me! It has been a fun “birthday week” and the festivities continue today! Weird to think I’m 25… doesn’t that mean I get a discount on insurance? Oh how priorities change… Check out my week in instagram pics! Linking up to InstaFriday at Life Rearraged.

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Cute Baby Courtney… Thanks for sending me this pic, Mom!

Today’s birthday picture… Twenty Five!

In between stormy days we were able to take advantage of working out on the deck at our rental, what a beautiful office view!

We visited In-N-Out.
Gotta have it animal style.
On this hour long car ride we discovered that Payton is prone to car sickness.
Awesome.

Pre-Race Garb.

Read about my Saturday Race Adventure here.

After the race we visited General Granbury’s Birthday Celebration.
Payton got spoiled.
(also, please notice that Payton is wearing a teal dress that she refused to take off, pink leggings and polka dot shoes that don’t match. some battles aren’t worth fighting)

I found this amazing purse on a $10 sale rack.
I have been bedazzled and texa-fied.

Visiting Fossil Rim!

After Fossil Rim Ice Cream Treats!

Lunch @ Hammond’s

Found her wearing Uncle Kevin’s glasses saying “I cool, Mommy!”

Payton was also Texa-fied.

Hot!

Dinner with her friend Chloie!

Fun with Friends at Dave and Busters!

Representing District 12 on our way to the Hunger Games Midnight showing!

Staying out late, totally worth it for a fun time with my hubs watching The Hunger Games. Overall great movie, even if they weren’t accurate to the book.

How was your week? Have an instafriday post I have to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll come check it out!

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