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30 something- Jyl

“It was the best of time, it was the worst of times”…man, that Snooki sure says some wise things. My 30s have been filled with amazing ups and crazy downs.  If I had to pick one word to describe what my 30s are all about, I would choose “discovery”.  With the birth of both of my children happening in this blessed decade, I have discovered how far one’s heart can truly be stretched. I’ve discovered the real meaning of patience and gratitude.  I have re-discovered my imagination and passion for creativity.
Pregnancy with my firstborn was the beginning of some of the worst lows in my life. I was saddled with ante-partum depression, which turned into part-partum depression, complete with some psychotic episodes.  I also live with high anxiety, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, all brought about from those lovely pregnancy hormones, which ultimately altered the nature of my brain.  I have discovered that my husband is one unbelievably patient man. I have discovered that just because…

30 something- Carmen S

This is what I've come to believe as a stay at home mom:
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (In Greek Mythology: As a punishment for his trickery, King Sisyphus was made to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. Before he could reach the top, however, the massive stone would always roll back down, forcing him to begin again). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour’… So your job is the one for which all others exist…” (Letters of C. S.  Lewis, pg 447, 1988 ed.)

30 something - Carmen H

Life in my 30s- 
-bandaids/runny noses/COFFEE/toys/snacktime/never ending laundry/yogapants/twins/errands/cleaning/COFFEE/playdates/toddler/groceries/romance/casual jobs/suppertime/bedtime/WINE

This pretty much sums it up: "You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it"

30 something- Jessica

What is 30?
30 is putting lotion on your neck as well as your face. 30 is running a ½ marathon for the first time. 30 is falling in love with myself and treating myself accordingly. 30 is wearing comfort and not settling for less. 30 is pride in being one of the oldest on a team. 30 is injuries lasting a little longer than they used to. 30 is hitting one out of the park for the first time in 15 years. 30 is drinking wine and fine dining. 30 is the reflection of self and a journey towards betterment. 30 is learning to go out without make-up on. 30 is rejoicing in the patience of finding the perfect match. 30 is admiring smile wrinkles. Most of all, 30 is understanding that I know less than I thought I knew in my 20s !

30 something- Sara

I'm finding that being in my 30's is kind of freeing.  I'm no longer self conscious about petty things. I'm happy to be in the front at Zumba class cause I don't care how ridiculous I look and it doesn't matter what everyone else is doing on a Saturday night cause I'm happy doing what I want to do.  The people in my life are people that I choose to be around. I'm living the life I dreamed of in my 20's and while it's not as carefree as it once was, I wouldn't change a thing.

Summer read 9

Matched  by Ally Condie was my 9th book this summer.  This was a quick read, teenage sci-fi style.  It made me think of Divergent, the Giver and Unwind with it's own original ideas. It's the first book of the trilogy but I'm unsure if I'll read the others.  I didn't leave me curious or missing the characters when I'm done, however I did really like the idea of the book.  It was good, but not my favourite.  When I read Divergent, couldn't wait to get to the second and now that the 3rd is coming out in the fall, I will definitely be rereading the series. (Mostly because I've forgotten everything).  I guess that's the difference between a good book and an outstanding book for me.  The great ones, I want to reread.  The good ones leave me satisfied but not really longing for more.
Have a great weekend!

30 something- Monique

I am looking forward to this decade of life.  I feel that 30 is perceived as old enough to have some relevant experience, yet young enough to have new ideas - and plenty of years to carry them out.  In my teens and 20's I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want to do "when I grow up". Now I realize that being able to grow, change and adapt is part of the fun, and I hope that will continue to evolve for the rest of my life.  Everyone's experiences of "being 30" will be different, and developing respect for the significance and beauty of your (and others) ability to choose what we do with our lives is powerful.

30 something- Liz

The day I turned 30 I knew it was going to be a totally different chapter of my life. I was 7 months pregnant with my first baby and was nervous and excited to be a mommy. Most of my 20s was spent dreaming and planning what my 30s would be like, so I was ready!! 
When Carter was born, it changed who I was. I guess it wasn't just Carter or even being a mom. I have my struggles and days when I feel like I am doing a shitty job, but I feel so blessed to have had the journey that has led me to where I am now. My grandmother just passed away and that has caused me to walk down memory lane. My childhood memories, people that have been a part of my life, influences, decisions and ultimately, growth. Never before in my life have I been as confident, assertive, connected, happy and content as in my 30s. I do have to say that I am a bit nervous about getting closer to 40 though. Having said that, I feel as though my 30s has been about raising my babies and now that they are getting older I a…

30 something- Abbie

"Quand la peau de ma vie sera creusée de routes et de traces et de peines et de rires et de doutes, alors je demanderai juste encore une minute."
-Carla Bruni

My name's Abbie and I HAPPILY joined the ranks of 30 somethings this January. As a definite newbie, I see this post as an opportunity to discuss what I am most looking forward to in the upcoming decade.
The 20s are a happy disaster. Am I right? I don't know about you, but in my early 20s, I made enough terrible relational choices, dealt with enough personal insecurities, and wasted enough money and time as I blundered around post-secondary education to make me anxious to not waste any more time EVER!  It also made me realize how many choices we have and how many hats we can wear as grown ups. There are so many facets to explore that make us who we are. That feeling propelled me to throw myself into my passions like my faith, travelling, and languages and to develop new passions like teaching, biking, hiking, and r…

30 something- Kim

Life in my 30's.
I love that I am finally out of my 20's. The lessons learned will forever be a reminder of how much I have grown, who I want to become and in what direction I would  like my life to go. The biggest thing I walked out with from my 20's is: to stay young at heart!!! I continue to look forward to raising my daughter and growing up together. I have a new list of exciting travel destinations I hope to visit in the future. Along with a few more goals in terms of keeping my self healthy and strong. Our family has expanded, a new relationship in my life has formed and I can hardly wait to see where this journey takes us. Reflecting on my past I’m totally comfortable in my 30's and I truly believe that things happen for a reason and one should always follow her heart.

Summer reads 7&8

I finished these books awhile ago and have gotten behind in my postings with our 30 something series.  I thought I better cover a couple reviews as I'm starting Read #11 tonight.  So here it goes....

#7  Talk before Sleep (Elizabeth Berg)

Another great read
It made me feel sorry for women who don't have friends.  Everyone should have a good friend to hold on to through this crazy life.  You can share so much with your friends and it makes everything easier knowing you have a support system or reliable people to laugh with.

This book reminded me so much of the feelings I experienced when we lost Kelly- except we didn`t get to say goodbye to her and in the novel, the protagonist drops everything to be beside her friend in her last months.  I remember a moment, days after Kelly died, I was in the ratty bathrobe talking on the phone to some guy while in the stinky furnace room at my mom and dads. That room always smelled of cat litter. But it was quiet. I remember crumbling to the…

30 something- Janelle

For someone who doesn't make a big deal out of birthdays, turning 30 is exciting. I know who I am, I know what I want out of life and for the most part, I’ve figured out how to get there.

30 something- Lea

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected”
–Robert Frost

30 something: Jody

The Dirty 30s….
 I actually was very glad to turn 30. I remember being so “done” with my 20s and all the uncertainty that being 20 something brought. I felt closer to becoming the person I was meant to be by turning 30. However, despite being an official adult for 12 years… I don’t think I really felt like a real adult until I had my first baby at 32. I now have 3 kiddos and I am slowly getting prepared to see my 30s from a rear view mirror so to speak… I just turned 38 and I have to say, the 30s have been fast and furious but so awesome.
 I got a great job teaching in Duck Lake, had 3 crazy, beautiful, boisterous boys, said sweet prayers to two souls I miscarried, bought a house, sold a house, built a house, supported my mom through her short but amazing bout with the big “C”, drank a few bottles of vino to make it all happen, shared a tonne of laughs and tears with my nearest and dearest, loved and cried with a dear friend as she so courageously has dealt with the loss of her…

Family Summer Vacation 2

We just spent 3 glorious days relaxing at the lake with the Hamiltons in our yearly family vacation.  Husband was quite quick to inform me that it wasn't yearly yet, per say, as we've only done this last year.  What can I say, when I know something is good for me, my soul and my family- I want it written into our family routine.  I just wish we could get the other families out too. Maybe next year.
Last year (in our inaugural annual family getaway) we hit up Emerald Lake for a rain filled weekend with the Hamiltons and Gates.   I grew up spending camping weekends with either my grandparents or my parents' friends- I think being able to do this provides the kids with some opportunity to really get to know the people who are important in our lives.  It was amazing how quickly Willis, Lucia and Calder got to playing together and how much they seemed to enjoy it.  Of course there was the odd fight- but they were quickly resolved.  The other thing I really enjoyed watching was…

30 something- Jordan

I love being 33. Maybe that's not saying much, since I remember loving being 12 . . .17. . . 19. . . 25. . . 28 - Actually I pretty much have loved every age I've been! But 33 is pretty darn good.

One of the best parts about 33, over any part of my 20s, is the stability in my life. My husband. My job. My permanent residence. I am so over having my eyes peeled for a potential mate and wondering where I should move to so that I could find a suitable job - that was so 24! I also like the confidence I am gaining in my 30s. I know way more about myself today than I ever have before. Twenty year old Jordan had no idea she was introverted, a writer, a runner or a banana. I watched this Rachel Ray where they talked about body shapes. Twenty year old Jordan thought she was the curvy pear - all bootilicious. Actually so did 32 year old Jordan. Turns out I am a banana! Wait, maybe I was a bootilicious 20 year old, but somewhere along the lines I lost my booty? Hmmm. . . Happy to be 33. .…

30 something- Carly

I think my thirties will be my best decade of life because currently I have everything I've wanted in life which is a happy and healthy family. Now it's time to enjoy and create memories.

30 something- Bridget

Why I love my thirties : It is a time of knowing who I am and having full acceptance and appreciation of the person I’ve become. It is a time of love, friendship and family.

Willis turns 6

Our little guy is now a six year old, which I find somewhat hard to believe. He is growing up far to fast and when I look back even a year ago, when we were preparing him for kindergarten, he has changed leaps and bounds. There are moments when he seems so mature and so grownup...but at the same time, I can still seem remnants of a young boy, struggling with his emotions. Wishing our sweet little man a very happy birthday. We love you very much!
Willis is 6 from Dee on Vimeo. It seems almost impossible to recall a time when we didn't have a Willis lighting up our lives. 6 years, hey? Well, Willis- if you happen to be reading this far down the road- all you need to know is that you are loved and supported unconditionally from your family. You are a blessing in our life. And just in case you're having problems remembering how cute Willis was- here's a video from when he was just shy of 2.
Untitled from Dee on Vimeo.

30 something- Sarah

“Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty." - Robert Frost
Although I’ve only been 30 for a short time, I love the fact that I have everything in this world that I need and want – an amazing husband, my sweet baby boy, a fabulous mom, the best of friends and family, my loyal pet, a home that I love, and the career I envisioned – and ‘wise’ enough to enjoy and appreciate what I have.  I just hope my thirties don’t go as fast as my twenties!

Summer vacation 1

We are back from our first little family getaway of the summer. This leg of the race had us heading to Dinosaur Provincial Park (in the middle of nowhere, not in Drumheller).  Dan had camped there as a kid and had great memories and I was game for something different.  We were planning on camping there on the way to Calgary and then on the way home in order to break up that horrible drive- but the mosquitoes were so bad that we cancelled our second night.  So bad.  Not even exaggerating- they were immune to bug spray and were in your face the minute you sat still.  We managed a hike up one of the hoodoo mountain things, but had to spend the rest of the time in our tent.  I wish the mosquitoes were extinct, like the dinosaurs.  I think the kids had fun though and I would go back provided we could spend some time outside.

The kids were awesome on this trip and I'd like to thank Pinterest for that.  I had made some craft stations for them so they were entertained on the road.  Favo…