this weekend

was better than i could have ever imagined. rhyan surprised me with my first happy birthday mom cake + told me he had saved his money to take me to the trampoline park — so i could check it off my bucket list. we had the absolute best time together + worked up a good appetite for sushi afterwards. he insisted we stop for candles so he could light up my cake + somehow lit all of them without burning the house down. saturday called for an early morning run + pool time, before stopping by a friends house party for an awesome orange jello shot + being given the most thoughtful gifts from leah and leah. tequila shots flowed + mexican food was consumed. ray lamontagne was slightly disappointing because he played all new songs + only a few old ones. we [of course] stopped by the goat to see friends, wore our sunglasses at night, and i partook in the flabongo. leah got me cupcakes, marta made brownies, and we stayed up entirely too late. sunday started out with rain, but the sun came out just in time to spend the afternoon at the pool with good friends + rhyan. burgers were grilled + more birthday cake eaten, before heading home for bed at a decent hour.

i fell asleep last night with such a full heart, feeling so much love from so many — and have no doubt thirty-three is going to be fabulous!

don’t get me wrong, they’re still fun — but not nearly as exciting + not nearly as big of an event as in years past.
as i roll over another year, i think about the things that have changed over the past 365 days. how i’ve grown as a person, becoming more sure of myself + my decisions. how rhyan continues to grow up right before my eyes + how much he’ll change between now and the next birthday. how some friendships strengthened, while others fell to the wayside. how the dynamics in my family changed indefinitely, for the good + for the bad. how many fun + frustrating dates were had, and how i’m still hopeful that maybe this year the right guy will head my way.
there’s no doubt my thirty third year will bring new lessons, countless fun occasions, and all sorts of warm memories — so bring it on! 

don’t get me wrong, they’re still fun — but not nearly as exciting + not nearly as big of an event as in years past.

as i roll over another year, i think about the things that have changed over the past 365 days. how i’ve grown as a person, becoming more sure of myself + my decisions. how rhyan continues to grow up right before my eyes + how much he’ll change between now and the next birthday. how some friendships strengthened, while others fell to the wayside. how the dynamics in my family changed indefinitely, for the good + for the bad. how many fun + frustrating dates were had, and how i’m still hopeful that maybe this year the right guy will head my way.

there’s no doubt my thirty third year will bring new lessons, countless fun occasions, and all sorts of warm memories — so bring it on! 

friday five

.5   i turn 33 tomorrow + i’m quite unexcited about that. plans consist of spending the day poolside, dinner with friends, and seeing ray lamontagne. drinks will be plentiful + i’m thrilled to finally attend a ray show. [!!!] 

.4   the past few weeks have been a whirlwind; from marta’s wedding in wilmington, to spending the 4th in atlanta, to the impromptu long weekend in wrightsville … it’ll be nice to spend a weekend at home + unpack my bags. 

.3   i don’t want to jinx anything, but i’ve had a third date with the guy i mentioned in this post + i really like him, and he seems to really like me too. it’s pretty stinkin’ adorable, so keep your fingers + toes crossed for me. 

.2   so hard to believe july is almost over, where has the summer gone?! rhyan returns to school one month from today + i can hardly believe it. 

.1   found a handful of amazing dresses [some on sale, some not] at target yesterday + it’s funny how new clothes can brighten your day!