A decade plus one…

A decade plus one…

July is a quartet of birthdays for our family. All the boys are July. And tomorrow the last July birthday takes place. It is tomorrow that I will have been a mother for a decade plus one. My oldest is aging at what I feel like is warp speed.

I have just started reading the Wayward Pines series and when the main character comes across people who have aged years in what seems like days – I totally get it. While it seems odd to main character; it makes perfect sense to me. My own kids are doing that before my very eyes.

How in the world did I go from cuddling my sweet, bubba to him looking in me in the eye? It is world flipping; I will tell you that much.

This July also brought on my husband’s 40th birthday. We were just in our early twenties and planning our lives together – now we manage schedules, and budgets, while talking about college savings and retirement. UGH! I still feel 28 so I am in some major denial that the man I married is 40 and that I will be too in a couple of years.

These moments in these photos seem like they just happened…

Last but not least, this July brought a strange turn of events to our house – there are no more babies. We have had a baby in the house, or a toddler in the house for the past decade and now there are no more babies – all my kids are BIG kids.

Just look at the changes in these not so little ones…

Just an aside no matter how bitter-sweet it is to watch my babies grow –  WE ARE NOT HAVING ANY MORE CHILDREN (again I am not yelling I am just very adamantly stressing my point).

Look at this family it is full and wonderful and just the right size:

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The best thing about my life is my family. I am one lucky girl; even if you catch me on a day like today when the kids started fighting in the line at Target. Because hey, that’s what it is all about – you take the good; you take the bad and there you have a wonderful, bundle of chaotic goodness. Tomorrow as I celebrate my oldest; I am also going to soak up the beauty of a decade plus one more year of motherhood. It has definitely aged me and changed me, but in so many ways for the better.

Thanks for talking a quick walk down memory lane with me.

Until next time,

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Goodnight 35…

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy-the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown.

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Tomorrow I turn 36 years old, so I say goodnight 35….

Goodnight Sweet Chalkboard Drawings…

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Goodnight sleeping toddlers…

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Goodnight 10 year anniversary…

10 year anniversary

Goodnight Favorite Book…Favorite Book

Goodnight Dance Class Afternoons…

Dance Class Divas

Goodnight Silly Cousin Antics…

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Goodnight Teacher Appreciation Supply Cakes and Amazing Art Creations…

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Goodnight First Ever Color Run…

Color Run

Goodnight Scootering for the First Time…

Scootering

Goodnight Kindergarten Graduations…

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Goodnight Beach Days, New Pinterest Recipes and Batting Cage Bravery…

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Goodnight Golden Gate and Summer Sidewalk Chalk…

Golden Gate

Summer Sidewalk Chalk

Goodnight Cardboard Extravaganza, First Kid Trip to the Circus and Our Second Spring Garden…

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Goodnight Pumpkin Hunting…

Found it!

Goodnight to becoming a brunette, Holiday Cheer Inspiration, and Brene Brown Lifeclass Learning…

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Goodnight Newport Beach Thanksgiving Sunsets…

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and Goodnight Christmas Parade Walking and the perfect Christmas Tree…

Christmas Parade

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Thank you 35 for all the wonderful memories, good health, and personal growth. I am so grateful for this year and can’t wait to see what next year brings. Goodnight 35 because…

A day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

35 for a few more hours,

M

36 and counting…

This Sunday I inch closer to 40 than 30…I will be 36 years young. This weekend I am going to do 36 Random Acts of Kindness for every year that I have been alive on this Earth. (36 Birthday RAK blog to follow next week).

So with tonight’s post I thought I would share 36 of my favorite quotes that I have collected for that last few years. Reading back through these has helped me on my being my best self journey – or living out loud journey. I thought some might help inspire you, too.

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35 for a few more days,

M

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