Happy Birthday to Me!!

Last week I celebrated my ::deep breath:: 32nd birthday.  That’s right…32.  Whoa.  When did that happen?  I’m Thirtysomething.  True, it’s been 2 years since the real milestone but still, now it feels official.

In our family it is birthday season.  My little sister, okay not so little anymore, just turned 30 on Sept 23rd.  One of my best friends Kristyn is on Sept 29th.  My Uncle Steve is the 2nd.  My birthday is the 5th and my brother’s is on the 8th.   That’s a lot of cake (we’re talking an extra 5 lbs gained in two weeks).  Apparently in my advanced age things have slowed down and my birthday was not the all-month party it used to be.  We had a very large, funny and crowded birthday extravaganza with my siblings, mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all together, that was my big bash.  The real celebrations centered around Tracey’s Big 3-0 and Kristyn’s Big 4-0.  As these pictures demonstrate, I’ve been inside a bar more in the past few weeks than in the past year and a half.  It was a lot of fun though, but I really truly can’t hang the way I used to.

Mmmmmm….Sugar Shack cupcakes for the Birthday Girl
My sis Tracey makin’ a wish
The Crew…including my Mom
With the other Birthday Girl Kristyn
With my BFF Erin
The Future Babies: Tracey, Me and my little bro Robbie

So after such an exciting week it was finally my birthday, and we took it really really easy.  It was the most beautiful indian summer day, 70 and sunny.  Perfect for Uncle John’s Cider Mill.  Gotta love Michigan for it’s plentiful apple orchards and pumpkin patches!  We went last year on my birthday when I was nice and pregnant and couldn’t do much else but meander around the farm, so I guess this is turning into a Mansour family tradition.  It was really great to spend the entire day with Michael and Cedella.  We both get so busy all week long that we rarely get a chance to just chill out and spend time together without a TV in front of us.  The only thing I regret…not asking someone to take a picture of the three of us together.  Boo.  Oh well there’s always next year.

Happy Birthday to Me!!
Ella and Dada
She wasn’t happy until she had a baby pumpkin in her hands
This smirk says she’s secretly liking all these orange thingys
In the wagon
How tall this fall?  It would help if she was standing on her own ; )
Enjoying ourselves
She loved them so much she wanted to put the entire thing in her mouth at once.  That’s my girl.

So I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions but I do like to think that birthdays are a wonderful time to reflect upon what the year has brought and what you would like the next year to be.  This year has been the most amazing and challenging year of my life.  From being pregnant and preparing to be a Mama and having a successful natural birth experience, to the reality of motherhood.  I have survived the craziness of the first year of marriage, and all of the struggles and triumphs that no one tells you about when you’re picking out a white dress.  I’ve gone from being a working woman and bread winner to a stay at home Mom.  In short…whoa.  A lot of things in my world have changed, and honestly, change really is pretty damn cool.  

In the next year there are more things I would like to change.  To begin I need to restore my yoga practice to three times a week.  I went to a Mama yoga class last week and challenged myself and though I was sore the next day I was so incredibly proud of myself.  Yoga makes me feel good, yoga makes me strong and flexible, yoga makes me calm and yoga makes me connect to something more than myself.  The next thing I want to focus on is getting rid of my baby weight.  25 lbs. to lose to be back at my wedding weight and 40 lbs to lose to be really healthy.  So I’m joining Weight Watchers again, and plan on losing 25 lbs by Cedella’s first birthday (that’s 3 months…wish me luck).  With WW and yoga and walking with my new Meetup group that should be a piece of delicious fat-free cake.  Finally, I want to take the lesson from my birthday and make the rest of the year just as memorable.  The priority will be to spend quality time with my family having fun adventures as often as possible.  Sure, we all say we’re going to do more stuff.  Gonna get out more.  Gonna turn off the TV more.  But this is my mission: our family will be one of adventures and traditions.  Up next: bring on the Howl at the Moon walk and the Christmas tree farm!!


  1. Tracey Sims says:

    Happy birthday again gorgeous. Thanks for making my birthday special–even if we can't hang like we used to. You're the best. :)

  2. Teresha@Marlie and Me says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts about your family, they are so warm and filled with love. Lookout C has a sweet tooth!

  3. MountainWave says:

    Happy birthday Beautiful! I wish you your deepest wishes granted, adventures and traditions, yoga and whatever else is nourishing to You. Big love from Leo and I.

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