Turning 25

I turned 25 years old this past Saturday.  I was surprised that I didn't really worry about turning older this year--usually I kind of panic.

I mean, you'd think turning a quarter-of-a-century-old would cause someone to pause and contemplate if that was okay or not.  I really just viewed my birthday this year though as a chance to hang out with people I love (on a 3-day weekend no less!) so it was just all happiness.

I woke up, went to the gym and then came back to this lovely scene:
Aaron, Annie and Annie's friend Emily (Annie and Emily are staying the weekend with us) made me a birthday breakfast complete with omelets and bacon!

Then I opened really nice gifts from family and went grocery shopping.  People think that grocery shopping doesn't sound like a great birthday activity but I actually loved it.  I love getting to catch up on to-do list items on Saturday and feeling prepared for the coming week. I also got to cook food and play around with my camera's aperture...I'm learning!
The icing on the cake was having some near and dear friends over for a get together.  I love seeing people that I love all crammed together into one place.  I don't know what we're going to do when we are no longer neighbors with all these people.  We just need to ramp up the "get everyone to move to the Bay Area" campaign we've had going on.  
People started trickling out but Matt and Elizabeth Brigham and LJ Sikahema stuck around and we ended up playing the Name Game.  Moral of the story--we discovered that LJ is waaaay to smart to play that game with (there were a solid eight names in the end that the other six of us didn't know...Romanian dictators??). 
We stayed up till midnight reminiscing about good old times and the crazy adventures of our freshmen boy group.

And then I went to sleep smiling, thinking of all the wonderful people I have in my life.

Thanks to everyone who made it a wonderful birthday.  I received so many sweet calls and notes in the mail.  I love you all :)


  1. Thanks so much for hosting Annie and Emily! I know they had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with you guys (when they weren't with the other guys!)

  2. Such a fun party! So glad to celebrate with you!