30! I demand a recount!

I’ve turned 30. Um, yeah… THIRTY!

I remember when 30 used to seem so far away and so dang old. It definitely sounds much older than it feels. I feel like a spring chicken. I don’t really know what that means…just go with it.

I remember having my “quarter-life-crisis” at age 25. So dramatic, right? I know, give me a break. I was living in San Diego and going to SDSU (hardly, more like partying and living it up at the beach and at the bars). I was having so much fun and taking full advantage of being cute and young and single BUT I was a floater. That’s what I refer to myself at that time. I wasn’t really established anywhere or with anyone, I didn’t really know what I wanted out of life, I had all these great ideas but had no concrete plans. I wasn’t making a difference in the world or doing anything meaningful. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose and was so unsure of who I was and where I was going. I was sort of waiting for life to happen with my head in the clouds, which is why the word “floater” is pretty appropriate in describing myself.

When my 25th birthday came around, I had definitely decided that I wasn’t where I had always thought I’d be in life at that age. I felt so behind. I cried a lot that day. I hung out in my bed a lot that day, too. I felt depressed and disappointed in myself. I was scared of fully diving into any of my many ideas, afraid I’d fail and be left to start over again. I didn’t know which path was the “right” path for me so I kind of avoided them altogether so I wouldn’t make a big mistake in choosing the wrong one. What a confusing time that was. I think there are a lot of lost 20-something-year-olds out there and maybe we should cut them a break and try to provide a little more guidance, advice and support. It’s almost unfair, life’s order of things. When we’re all in our youth, glowing, energetic, strong and beautiful in our 20s, we’re also naive, inexperienced, ignorant and lost. By the time we’ve got it all together and are much smarter, wiser and have years of lessons and knowledge under our belt, we’re old, tired, busy and going to bed at 9:30pm! If only we knew then what we know now, we’d be forces to reckon with. If only. My job is to pass on to Mia everything I learn and wish I had learned. Too bad she won’t listen to a damn thing I’ll say, just like I didn’t listen to a damn word my mom said. What a sick cycle, right?

I get now why people say that your 30s is a great decade and a much more clearer time in one’s life. I’m sure not EVERY 30 year old agrees, but I think most would. My 30th birthday was nothing like my 25th. I joked that I was “over the hill” and that at my party, everyone should wear black to mourn the death of my youth…but I didn’t feel any of that at all. I’m at a pretty good place in my life, and that there makes all the difference in the world in whether or not birthdays are a positive or negative thing. I’m still not exactly where I want or need to be but I know I’m heading down my right path. I’m married to a great man and wonderful person who loves me, I have a roof over my head in a nice neighborhood, I have a job, I have awesome friends, I have a loving and supporting family and the most beautiful and adorable daughter who’s given me more love than I know what to do with. I’ve currently got 3 plans of attack (that I’ve been actively working on) towards allowing myself to turn into a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) this year and the husband’s business is starting to kick into full gear again. Like I said, we’re not where we need to be in many departments right now, but we’ve got our goals in check and we’re working toward our better future.

I couldn’t be more excited about turning 30. I’m going to rock it’s socks off!

The weekend after I turned 30, we had a party at our home. I think we had about 20 people show up for food, drinks, music, backyard bonfires and some pinata action. I’ve got a few thank you’s to hand out…a HUGE thank you to Jill and Andrew for providing enough carne asada and pollo tacos for the party-goers AND for leftovers for Dom and I over the next few days that followed. AND thanks for my piñata filled with shots of liquor, Mexican candies and adult gag gifts and for the awesome Mexican themed spread of goodies (salsa, chips, jarritos, etc). You guys are somethin’ else and you really outdid yourselves. Thanks to everyone who brought delicious dishes: Carol with the yummy pasta, Nicole with the asparagus goodness, Nichole with the tasty potato salad, Kasia with the ingredients for s’mores making (we didn’t open any of it but rest assured we’ll bust em out at the next party) and Kathie with the box of Porto’s! I’m probably forgetting someone here but it was all good and very much appreciated. Thanks Sam, for the go-gurt style margarita pops and for my rawring dino piñata! Big thanks to Michael for making some tasty flavored margaritas. We’ll be putting your skills to work again at future parties. Thanks to Kasia for the jello shots! They were a huge hit. Thank you to my husband for helping me clean the house and for cleaning up the backyard for the big night.Thanks to Justyna and to Jen & Aron for my gifts and thanks to everyone for coming to wish me a happy birthday. It most definitely was happy.

Unfortunately, I only took a few photos that night.

Starlets and stripes.


My brother and his main squeeze.


I did capture a little of the aftermath though, the next morning.

I found these items in a box in my backyard.


Fire pit #1.30party4

Fire pit #2.30party5

The scene where food platters sat and delicious tacos were made.30party6


I saved baby food jars for tea light candles.30party8

Dominic created jars filled with fish tank rocks, stuffed with squished up toilet paper rolls, dipped in alcohol? These suckers produced some decent sized fire to light up the night a little better. Clever husband.30party9

Whoops, almost forgot to thank Grandma for watching Mia for most of the night so that we could enjoy a kid free night. Been awhile since I’ve had one of those. Cheers to another year!

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  1. I turned 30 last year and my baby girl was born on the same day. This year when I turn 31 she will be one years old!

  2. Happy birthday!!! 30 is the new 18. You youngster :]

  3. yup. sitting on the ping pong table. and no worries, we know the hassle of traveling with the bebe.

  4. LOL – you really found all that stuff in a box in the backyard?? LMAO! Good party indeed! Sorry we missed it, must celebrate soon :)

  5. My husband turned 30 yesterday (march 25)! Happy Birthday! :)

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