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31 is the new 24

29 Jul

This was the best birthday I’ve had in years, maybe since I turned 24.

Last weekend we went down the Cartecay River in Ellijay for the 11th year in a row. It was beautiful but crowded. I couldn’t believe how crowded! We had to park in the second lot, and we were always surrounded by other tubers and kayakers.

But it was still my beautiful river with my beautiful friends! We had two newbies this year. I love introducing people to the Cartecay.

This Saturday we got the house “finished” about 5 minutes before the first guest showed up for dinner and darts. Dave made me a beautiful dart cabinet as my birthday present, which is so very exciting because we haven’t played darts since our wedding. The older we get, the more unpleasant it is to spend an evening at a smokey bar (imagine that), and since Walter arrived, forget about it. We don’t use date nights for late nights in bars anymore.

Dave and I literally met at a dartboard, and it feels so good to get back in to the game again with him. He did such an amazing job on the cabinet and cooked coq au vin for me and several friends. What a night we had!

I’ve been so nervous playing in the house. We made sure to get vinyl tile for the new flooring to remove the horror of ruining freshly done hardwoods. But about 24 hours after the dart board went up, I got my first wall shot. It left a pretty big hole, but afterward I rearranged the bricks so that they’d cover more height. Who knew toddler toys could be so useful!

My actual birthday — pre-party — was spent in a mad rush to get chores done. It wasn’t an unpleasant day, although it certainly was different than your normal rowdy 20s’ birthdays.

My son happily emptied the dryer for me for the first time!

All day Walt talked about birthdays and would counter my “Honey, it’s actually my birthday” with “No, it’s my birthday,” which was fun. But he was his sweet self as usual and eventually wished me a Happy Birthday. We used the day to talk about lineage and what birthdays really mean and that we get to celebrate his in only a few short weeks.

This kid makes my heart soar. I had to go in there to remove the book after he fell asleep. Of course I snapped a quick picture first.

Sunday we had dinner with all the grandparents, but only after celebrating sweet Fin’s baptism. Walter helped me pick up the boxes of coffee on our way to the party. We splurged and got a cookie to eat while we waited.


People gave me lots of wonderful presents this year, and many of them were books! My friends and family must know me really well. One was an activity book to use with Walter: 20 artistic renditions of the paper airplane.


We made the easiest one first: a paper ball.

Walter crumpled it up then immediately wanted to open it again.

I think that because I had no real expectations for this birthday, it blew me away. Thanks again, Life, for throwing all these good experiences my way. Now, back to the dart board for more practice.


When you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…

20 Jan

I think I laughed harder this weekend than I have since high school. I had actually been wondering if that would ever happen again, or if my extra funny had just left me for good. I’m glad to see it hadn’t.

We were playing Cards Against Humanity. Apples to Apples’ funnier, better friend. I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

This has been a really great week. Last weekend Dave took Walter to his cousin’s baptism in Chattanooga and I stayed at home so that I could moderate my first deacon meeting. I also orchestrated a night out with a couple friends since I had no parental responsibilities. Of course I super cleaned the house all day before so I wouldn’t feel too guilty about it.

My view as Moderator before the meeting began. I felt so official.

Jen$ and I found this great bar, The Elder Tree, across the street from Argosy in East Atlanta. We wanted to go to Argosy to chat and meet another friend, but the wait was an hour and a half for a table. There was no way we were going to wait for that. Turns out the Elder Tree has pretty good food (and crazy big wings), no smoking, two dart boards, and $3.50 well drinks. I am absolutely going back with Dave asap so we can play some darts. We haven’t played darts since our wedding, and that was almost three years ago. I can’t believe how time flies by.

The deacon meeting went great and I went home to take a nap before the boys got back. It’s amazing how much I miss Walter after just one day of being away, even if I’m happy to “take a break.”

Silly boy that I love so much!

On Monday Dave and I scouted out the preschool in our neighborhood, and we agreed on the way back to our cars that we want to send Walt there next year. I wish he could start now! He is so interested in other kids and is so good about separating from me now. He cries for one minute, I think just to show me how much he loves me, then has fun with whoever is taking care of him. So far it’s been the best with grandparents, and he is a little worse with church nursery volunteers. So it might take some adjustment, but I’m so excited for this.

The rest of the week we spent enjoying any sunny weather we could find, going to story time at the library, finding new parks with new friends, and making dinners for friends and family. My journey may be busy busy busy right now, but it’s a good one. Lots to look forward to, lots of work and volunteering, and good friends to share life with. I am one lucky woman.

I can’t wait til he’s old enough to ride this crazy slide!

A boy and his nature.