There are parts of my life that have dragged on and when I really think about it, it seems like I’ve been here an awful long time. Then I realize that soon I will be thirty years old. How did that happen so fast? Not a teen. Not a young adult. Or a twentysomething. Thirty. It is still tough for me to swallow. Most days I have to remind myself that I actually do have a real job and that this is my real house and I have a husband, and I did go through eight(ish) months of pregnancy and that really is my child. I still feel like it is just me and my sister playing “house” and that one day I’m going to wake up and realize that I am still 13, not THIRTY!!!
If I were to think back to when I was 13 or even 18 or 20 when I thought about these types of things and wondered where I would be when I turned 30 or where I wanted to be when I turned thirty, then I would be pretty pleased with myself. I’ve been happily married to my high school sweetheart for almost seven years. We still enjoy each other’s company, make each other laugh and I can’t imagine being with anyone else. We have a home that we both really like and we’re in the process of moving into our dream home (or as close to a dream home as you can get when you’re thirty). We have a child that we couldn’t live without and a dog that makes us happy. We both have jobs that we really love (95% of the time, which isn’t bad at all). We both even work for great companies in the area. We have been to a bunch of really cool places. We both still have our health and there really isn’t anything I would change. So I don’t know why I am having such a tough time turning 30.
Everyone keeps telling me that their 30s are the best. Eventually I will come to accept it. I keep reminding myself that any day on this side of the dirt is an accomplishment whether I’m 10 or 100. Until then, I’ll enjoy the last couple days of my 20s (and they really are numbered).
We’re not very good at moving. After the inevitability of moving every single year in college, we did a pretty good job of settling down after graduation. We lived together for nine months, got married, bought a house 6 months later and I sit writing on a couch in that same house six and a half years later. We’re quickly outgrowing our “5 year house,” but the economy tanked, my job became a little less secure, and I wanted to make sure we could actually start a family before we moved into a house suited for one. But the time is upon us, we have found a home.
Unfortunately, this moving process isn’t as easy as it should be. We are renting our current house out starting in the middle of April (money talks, people), and the sellers of our new home are renting it back from us until the end of May. That leaves us homeless until the beginning of June. Of course, we aren’t homeless at all, we’ll be moving in with my parents, which will prove to be an adventure, I’m sure. It will be wonderful to have built in babysitters, but it will double my commute to work and the sitter isn’t “on the way” to Brad’s office any more, so I think I will be doing a lot of the picking up and dropping off. Plus we are used to having our own space, time and privacy. Brad is traveling most of the time we will be living there, so he will have his own reprieve and I will appreciate the help while he’s gone, but I think it will be a long two months.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited about this new house! Chase will have a playroom, Foster (and Chase) will have a backyard, I will have an ENTIRE PANTRY just for my baking stuff, we will have an attic, a room for an as yet conceived second (and third?) child (not to make an appearance until LATE 2013 or early 2014), and a fireplace in the master bathroom. Yes, in the bathroom. I am so excited to get in the house, I can hardly stand it, but we do have mere 79 days in between now and then. Not that I’m counting.
Wish us luck. We are going to need it.
This past weekend was disgusting! An entire weekend of rain and mud and cold. I’m supposed to get in at least two more long runs before the half marathon in two weeks, but it was too gross to run either day. Oops!
On Sunday I was tired of being cooped up all weekend, so I fixed one of my favorite treats, Triple Chip Blondies, then dumped a scoop (or two) of ice cream on them while they were still hot and they warmed me right up from the nasty weekend. Next time it’s yucky outside, whip yourself up a batch. They are super easy and super delicious. Oh, and I promise they taste just as good on a hot summer day : ). Enjoy!
Triple Chip Blondies
1 c. butter
2 c. packed brown sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 c. chips (you can use 2/3 c of 3 flavors of chips, but I usually max out at 2)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla, mix well. Throw in flour (ok, you don’t have to actually throw it) and salt, mix until just blended. Mix in chips. Evenly pour into 9×13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.