Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Big 3-0!

Saturday was not only the day that Masanari left, but also my Birthday- the big 30! My parents flew into town to celebrate, which was wonderful. We lost Masanari, but we gained my parents, and it was awesome!!!Of course, the real reason they came was NOT for me- it was for Audra! Is anybody surprised???

We went up to the mountains to look at the Aspen trees and also took them to Garden of the Gods which was awesome. Colorado is such a beautiful place to live (even if it doesn't have the Seattle rain!).
My parents took us all out to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, which is one of my favorites, on Saturday for my Birthday! We left incredibly stuffed, with enough leftovers for dinner the next night, and we had to take our cheesecake home because we were too full to eat it at the restaurant! What a great treat!!!
October 4th is also my sister-in-law Beth's Birthday, and on Friday night my mother-in-law was very thoughtful (as she always is:)) and made both Beth and I Birthday cookies. It was very sweet of her (no pun intended- ok, maybe a small pun intended).

People have asked me if it is weird reaching the 30 milestone, and I have to say that it is not. I love Birthdays- it certainly beats the alternative! But, it does give one a good chance to look back at their life and realize what they have accomplished, what goals they want to reach in the future, and such. I have to say that I am incredibly happy with where I am in life right now. I look at all the Lord has blessed me with, and I am truly amazed at the love He has for me. I have an incredible marriage to my perfect match (insert all the old cliche's here- he completes me, I can't live without him, etc.), I have a beautiful daughter, I have traveled the world and spent a year of my life waking up every morning to go and just do service to those less fortunate. The list goes on and on of how grateful I am for the life I have been blessed with. I know all of you feel the same about your lives- and I guess turning 30 has allowed me to go back and reflect on that life and look forward for the future!!!!

Oh, and just so you all know- Ben has something special planned for this weekend, he decided to surprise me this weekend with my Birthday gift since we were so busy with company this last weekend. I will keep you all posted!!!


  1. Happy Birthday Christina! I'm feeling OLD!!!

    We LOVE The Cheesecake Factory. Next time try The Grand Lux, it's outside next to the food court at Park Meadows. They are owned by The Cheesecake Factory but have a slightly different menu. We go there whenever we go out.

  2. Christina, happy birthday! you are one of my favorite people and 30 is so young and what blessings to be 30! wow, I think that is really so great. You really do serve A LOT, it's just who you are and one of the many reasons I think you are so great. I'm sad I won't get to see you on Friday night, but I look forward to hearing about your fun weekend with your hubby! have fun!

  3. YAY for starting your 30s!! Happy Birthday!

  4. Happy Belated! Turning 30 is much better than turning 31. That birthday to me is just a filler until you are 35! (I just turned 31 so I wouldn't know about the 35 part but that just seems like it to me!) :) Sounds like you had a fun time!

  5. Happy Birthday Christina.
    Welcome to your 4th decade of life. Yes, turning 30 doesn't feel much different from your honeymooning 20's does it. But beware, sometime this next year it tries to catch up with you in,oh so, subtle forms: NPR and KSL will become your favorite radio stations, you'll wear earplugs at the movie theatres, removing those once stray gray hairs will require an electric razor instead of tweezers, you'll use words like little rascals, hokey, hooligans,and because I said so, and lastly, you know your finally in your 30's when you ask that once happy question to a young person...How old do you think I am? And they reply without even hesitating...30.
    Ah,you're lucky; I long for those days long past. Believe me, it's better to look 30, than to look 40, or worse 50....