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Just kidding. Don’t. Unless you think I’m 22, then yes, please flatter me.

Tuesday I turned… Oh man, I don’t even want to type it. Ok, I’ll do it… 28.

I know it’s not old by any stretch of the imagination but it’s getting closer to the end of my twenties, and I feel like I’m hanging on as firm as I can.

Maybe it’s because I thought I would have accomplished so much more by this age. Or perhaps it’s just the unknown of entering my thirties. In hopes of breaking out of my hermit funk of barely leaving the house, I decided I’d invite people over for a last-minute birthday get-together.

I wasn’t sure anyone would come, but I sent the invite anyway, got a couple of games, and picked up some dinner. I’m challenged with trying out Boston Market (yes, they’re still around!) 35 ways in 35 days with less than 550 calories each meal, and figured my friends could help with that.

boston market foodThat’s a heckovalot of comfort food, but without all the calories.

I’m fairly used to pulling off my kids’ birthday parties within a couple days, but I didn’t know I’d be doing the same for my own.

It was a lot of fun. The food was delicious, seriously delicious. Corn bread, cinnamon apples, corn, turkey sandwiches, green beans, chicken salad, rotisserie chicken, chicken bowls—It was all some of the juiciest, tastiest home-style food I’d had in a long time. Looking back I should have taken it all out of the packaging and made it look like I had cooked it all. DANGIT. … I still have a few more weeks of this challenge. Totally gonna pull one over on the neighbors… Or maybe the missionaries.

boston-market-food

We had tres leches cake for dessert. I really didn’t want to be sung to, but I guess it’s a birthday staple. I didn’t blow out any candles.—I didn’t want to melt the cake. No, seriously, I was not thinking that was necessary, but poor Lil’ J kept asking where my candles were, so I sorta wish I had done them, if just for her sake. I wished for internet. So far that wish hasn’t come true.

We played Apples to Apples. Which was the one thing I really wanted to do on my birthday, and quite possibly the only reason I really wanted a party. We played, and I won. Good times.

My Birthday 2014Proof that I’m no longer a hermit (though I look like something much scarier).

My friend’s potty training kid did have diarrhea all on our carpet and my cute new playroom rug, but it didn’t really faze me. My husband was freaking out, and busting out the shampooer and all sorts of random cleaning supplies while I was chomping on delicious mashed potatoes. I wasn’t upset cause about five and a half years ago we stayed at these same friends’ house when we first moved to Austin, and our dog Snoop chewed up the molding on the doorframe in one of their bedrooms. Karma is a biotch.

Snoop also kept humping said friend’s leg the entire night. He normally doesn’t hump people so that was weird.

pup-and-baby

After half a bottle of Resolve, several towels and a shampooer rise later, the stain remained, and my husband insisted new carpet and a new rug was the only solution. While he was at work I bought a bottle of Kids N Pets to try. Twenty minutes later and BOOM… Stains gone, good as new. #DramaticHusbands

Anyway, it was good catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while, and making plans to hang out more. I’m even hoping to make a regular game night at my place. Maybe I’ll even continue the “home cooked” dinner tradition. There are quite a few desserts and sides I’m still excited to try. More on my Boston Market challenge soon.

Earlier that day, we went out to breakfast, and saw Frozen again. Though it was my husband’s first time seeing it. I loved it even more the second time. Lil’ J did too, now that she knows most of the songs.

So, happy birthday to me. I’m 28, and normally at this point in the year I’ve usually made a huge list of resolutions and goals. This year I only have a few: Read more (for business and pleasure, but mostly more pleasure), put my husband first (after God), and be an uplifting beacon, spreading positivity. I feel like everything else will fall into place.

I have a long list of things to do before I’m 30, and I’ll do what I can do. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these last few weeks of spending time catching up with family members over the holidays, it’s that 30 years is nothing, and I’ve still got a lot ahead of me.

*Boston Market is sponsoring my participation in the 35 ways to eat right campaign. All opinions are my own. I wouldn’t lie about good food anyway.


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TOI says:

Happy birthday. I don’t even remember how many years ago I was 28, but believe 30s are not so bad :). Enjoy your day!

Faith says:

Well I am 38. Similar feelings but you have plenty of time on your side.

Happy birthday! 🙂 Just wait till you get to the big 30 – it is kind of a shock! Saying goodbye to your twenties feels like a big thing but I know the 30s will be wonderful because I will be homeschooling my kids and the ages they are at right now (5 and 3) are so fun. 🙂 I will be 31 next month, eek! Time just moves on regardless. lol

Olivia says:

I came across your blog when I was pregnant. And I think it’s wonderful. That said, for future carpet stains, take 2 cups hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Shake it all up in a spray bottle, spraying on the stain, let it dry, then vacuum it up. It’s amazing and gets rid of the stain and the odor. I learned it over the course of potty training two dogs. Also, being 30 is awesome. I highly recommend it.

Kathy C. says:

Happy Birthday!! Seriously…28 is nothing!! You’ve accomplished so much already!! Try staring down the barrel of 30…eek! Time flies!

Kenyatta says:

I will be turning 37yr old in April! I didn’t mind getting into my thirties because I had accomplished or was in the process of accomplishing everything I thought I should by thirty. For example, Married, I had gone back to school for nursing, became a labor and delivery nurse, bought a house, at 33 had my son, and now at 36 had our second son. I’m where I thought I should be for my age. Now to loose 50lbs before 20th high school reunion!!!!

Happy Birthday! I hope your last years in the 20’s are memorable. I know mine were!

Little J is just a ball of sweetness. I love the way she’s holding your leg and grining!

Happy {belated} birthday!!!

Thank you! And yes she is my favorite part of this photo! 🙂

Moonsparkle says:

Lol, I’m going to be 30 in March, you’re young! I thought I would have accomplished a lot more than I have at this age. I think you’ve accomplished a lot with your kids, job and this blog. 🙂

Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

You are so sweet. Thank you and happy early birthday to you!! I say the 30s will be the best decade yet!

Moonsparkle says:

Thank you. 🙂 I hope so, I’ve heard a lot of people say life gets better after 30!

Happy birthday! Loved this post. Funny stuff with the poop and dog!!! 🙂

Thank you for the bday wishes! 🙂

Chantel says:

Tuesday I turned 26 🙂 My family all felt the need to remind me the big 3-0 is soon approaching (my baby sis has been reminding me since 20..).

Sounds like you had a good one though, happy belated birthday!

Thank you so much. Oh I remember 26 like it was just two years ago! 😉

The Funster says:

Jennifer
What an inspiring post! No, really. Your desire to do more and keep God first is very amiable! I remember when I turned 28 and I thought my life was half over or something. But as you get older and look back at what you have accomplished, you will be surprised. At least I was. Great post full of heart. Thank you for sharing.

Sharon says:

I’ve invested in oxyclean. That takes out any stain.

I got some of that too. Gonna try it next time!

Jessica says:

Omg, I turn 29 in a couple weeks and I am flipping out…happy birthday to you and you look fantastic…girl you accomplished a hell of a lot…you have a career, family, a successful blog, you graduated from one of the best colleges, you bought a house…count your blessings, you should be proud…

Tamara says:

When I turned 27 I had the same feeling “I thought I would have done more by now.” At the age of 30 I met someone that I highly respect who told me although she held a college degree (something I do not) she elected to stay home with her children for 18 years and did not enter the FT work force until age 45. So now at the age of 31 I realize I have MANY years to accomplish my long list of Aspirations, but for now I am happy serving the Lord and my family.
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