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March 24, 2004


I think today was the happiest birthday I ever had.

My oldest woke me up this morning with a hug and "You're beautiful, Mommy.

I smiled.

"And you're thirty.

R5 wrote "Mommy's Birthday" and drew a picture on a card for me. Throughout the day he brought me presents he had wrapped up in socks, backpacks and scraps of paper.

I went out for lunch with some girlfriends and was reminded of how beautiful downtown Kyiv is in the spring. (Today is the first day I could go out without a heavy coat!)

The boys together put on a lego play, complete with Queen Mommy, King Daddy and my four knight princes who protected me from a shipful of pirates as I cheered them on from the tower.

And hubby took me out for yummy fajitas, guacamole and tortilla chips, and strawberry daquiris at Kyiv's Tequila House.

I feel content and peaceful. What a way to start a new decade.


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Happy Birthday! Turning 30 was a little traumatic for me, probably because I was single (still am). You're blessed to share the Big 3-0 with family, contentment and peace. Enjoy the decade!

Posted by: La Shawn Barber at March 25, 2004 12:51 AM

Congratulations! You had a lovely celebration day with those closest to you. You're so young! Wishing you many, many more years in health and happiness.

Posted by: FLGrandma at March 25, 2004 01:03 AM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: amy at March 25, 2004 01:07 AM

Allow me to add my best wishes regarding your birthday! I had a long list of things that are good about getting older, but by the time I got here, I had forgotten 'em. ;-)

Anyway, feliz cumpleaños, y muchos mas!

Posted by: Eric at March 25, 2004 03:59 AM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Andrea at March 25, 2004 12:20 PM


Thanks, y'all!

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 25, 2004 12:59 PM

Happy birthday. Now you are a full fledged adult.

Posted by: Paul Baxter at March 25, 2004 01:26 PM

happy, happy birthday! :)

Posted by: stephanie at March 25, 2004 02:17 PM

Happy Birthday! Embrace your thirty-ness :)

Posted by: dawn at March 25, 2004 02:57 PM

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad it was a good one. It amazes me though that you're only a year older than I am, because you seem a lot more together (and you have four kids to my two) than I feel.

Posted by: Jordana at March 25, 2004 03:05 PM

Happy Birthday.

Wow, thirty...I think I can remember that far back.

Seriously though, for me it was like a line of demarcation into that territory that some call "old enough to know better" - which I guess, goes along with Paul's comment. However, as Mrs. A can attest, just because I'm old enough, doesn't mean I always act it! :-)

Posted by: LittleA at March 25, 2004 03:27 PM

Awesome, what a great story.

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Matthew at March 25, 2004 05:05 PM

Happy belated birthday!

Posted by: Chris T at March 25, 2004 05:28 PM

Happy birthday to you my dear! The thought of turning 30 still weirds me out but I've still got a bit of time to get used to the idea.

Posted by: Samantha at March 25, 2004 07:10 PM

Happy Birthday! The thirties are a great decade! Your family treated you to such a special day, it sounds like. The boys sound so sweet. Many happy returns of the day!!!!

Posted by: Kathy at March 25, 2004 08:44 PM

Happy belated Birthday! 30. Hmmm...enjoy your youth and don't blink or you'll be 50 like me!


Posted by: Barb at March 25, 2004 10:32 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: kristen at March 25, 2004 10:39 PM

Happy birthday! What a wonderful day! I especially like the Queen Mommy and King Daddy play.

Posted by: Lee Anne Millinger at March 26, 2004 12:14 AM

Happy Birthday!!! Spring is a wonderful time for a birthday.

Posted by: Kelly at March 30, 2004 09:19 PM

Awww. . . Thanks, y'all, for all the birthday wishes.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 31, 2004 04:52 AM

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