The Big Two Nine

Now that all the birthday bid-ness is over I can tell you guys all about it. It was sweet. Turning 29 didn’t really feel any different than the past few b-days and it involved everything from a foot massage with shaving cream (John mistook it for the lotion bottle) to Clara taking her “first crawls.” Holy cow it was amazing. Everyone, including the doc, thought she’d just go straight to walking since she has been scooting around on her butt for a while – and even recently started pulling up. But lo and behold she decided it might be fun to give crawling a go (you know, just for kicks) and we even caught it on video:

So yeah. Baby, baby, baby. Sorry if that’s all I talk about but Clara is kind of awesome. Haha. It was the best present ever.

The weather on Saturday was around 70 degrees and sunny (which is funny because it used to always snow on my birthday when I lived up north) so we went on a nice long walk in one of our favorite neighborhoods (look at that gorgeous house behind me) with Clara and the dog.

We even saw turtles in the river (Clara loved it, Burger seemed ambivalent).

And the whole time I was sporting my new bun/thigh toning Reebok Easytone b-day sneaks that the hubby got me. Oh yeah, I’m styling.

I begged for them and he humored me. They actually didn’t kill me at all during or after the first three mile walk that I did in them. But the next day I did the same thing and I needed a serious break afterwards. So yes, they do actually burn the buns and legs after a while (although my first trek with them made me think they were all hype, my Reeboks had the last laugh).

What else. We went out to a nice little sushi dinner (we have a thing for it)…

… and I got some pretty fun stuff from J and the fam. Beyond my tush toning Reeboks John also got me an awesome book called Love Life (from a local gift store named Mongrel) with a perfect greeny-yellow cover.

Not that you should judge a book by its cover, but it never hurts if it looks as good on the outside as it actually is on the inside. We mentioned a while back that sometimes we struggle with balance (since the internet is a 24/7 thing, sometimes it’s hard to draw the line and unplug) so the book is chock full of couldn’t-be-more-true reminders, like:

  • “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.” – Pat Clifford
  • “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live” – Lin Yutang
  • “I think the most significant work we ever do, in the whole world, in our whole life, is done within the four walls of our own home.” – Stephen R. Covey
  • “It is a great art to saunter.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “I haven’t a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.” -Nancy Willard

But enough philosophical stuff. What is it about birthdays that make you evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re going? Oh yeah, the whole “I’m aging” thing. We were just joking that we’ll have to change our blog name to Middle Aged House Love. Haha. Somehow it doesn’t have the same ring. Anyway, now for the fun stuff. Look at the home-related booty I got from John’s awesome sisters. We always do “wish lists” when it comes to gifting each other (which makes it easier on the buyer and pretty sweet for the receiver) so I moseyed around the world wide web in search of a few prints that I’d love to add to our soon-to-be-expanding frame gallery in the hallway, and found these beauties:

That one’s from here (we love a good road trip) from John’s sister Katie. And John went for extra credit. I begged for those Reeboks and thought they’d be the extent of my gift, but he also surprised me with this adorable bee print (we have a thing for bees too).

So I can’t wait to hang all of my new prints among family pictures and keepsakes in the hallway. Pics when we knock more holes into the other side of the wall and hang that pile of Ikea frames that’s still sitting in the corner of the kitchen. Someday. Oh and my sweet friend Heather sent me these lilies out of the blue:

I love them so much and especially adore that she specifically picked out the lime green vase because she knew I’d flip for it. Affirmative Heather. I went crazy oohing and aaahing and still find myself walking in from the other room just to “visit” my bouquet every hour or so.

So overall, birthday number 29 was awesome and life is good. Who the heck knows where I’ll be when I turn 35, or even 30. I’m just trying to make it count, without going so crazy that I forget to enjoy the little things like baby snorts and puppy sniffs. Man am I still hormonal from birthing Clara 10+ months ago? Sorry if this post is all sorts of personal and corny. I guess that’s just me these days.

Pssssst- For anyone who has asked how we organize Clara’s toys or inquired about the big brown basket next to our sectional, click here to check out our BabyCenter post for the mind-numbingly simple “dump & cover” toy storage system that’s rocking our world.


  1. says

    Clara is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! I turned 29 recently too and now I’m freaking out for the next one! Happy Birthday!

  2. April in CT says

    Happy, happy Birthday Sherry! Mine (36..eeek! How did THAT happen!?) is coming up, here’s to the March babies!

    Thanks for posting the quotes, the one by Nancy Willard really got me with an upcoming move across the country looming. I’m such a creature of habit and being married to the military doesn’t really bode well with that personality. So, reminding myself that I’m right where I’m supposed to be even if I don’t know where that is, really helps!

  3. Melissa says

    Looks like you had a fantastic birthday. Those lilies are just beautiful. That video of Clara is too adorable! :) My daughter Ruby didn’t start crawling until she was 11 months old I thought for sure she would go straight to walking too, but alas we were wrong. She just recently started taking steps the other day at 13 months old and it’s the sweetest thing ever.

  4. says

    Happy Birthday, Sherry! Clara is so adorable and she’s looking more and more like daddy. I am also loving the cute orange teddy bear. Did John made that for you? I am glad you have a wonderful birthday!


  5. Erika says

    Happy Belated birthday! Sounds like you had a fabulous day; that’s the kind of day I enjoy as well.
    I have the New Balance toning shoes, which I thought were hype as well, but I think there is some truth to it!
    p.s. That little bear orange is the cutest thing ever!

  6. Gina says

    Happy Birthday! Looks like you all had so much fun. Does Clara hate socks? My two year old has been ditching his socks every since he could. Too funny! I guess kids like to be free.

  7. Laryn Bellar says

    Good job Clara!!! she is a doll and just made my day :) My last baby (last of 3) is 2 and i needed a adorable baby fix!!! happy birthday!

  8. Barbara says

    Happy Birthday Sherry! What a difference in your life between 28 and 29, huh?

    I’ll be 50 in May, and it’s really a weird feeling, since I still feel 29! I hope you’re still blogging (or whatever it will be called then) when you’re 50 (Clara will be 21!) so I can see where your life takes you!

  9. Carol N. says

    I totally love that look of concentration on Clara’s face as she looks at the orange bear! Kind of like ‘get cracking and give me some of that to eat!’. And the video is so sweet of her crawling. She will be on the move walking and running very soon and it will REALLY take two to watch her at home. You will get good use out of those tennies then.

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