I am finding myself lacking in time and inspiration to blog. I used to do it a lot, years ago. I thought I would start a new blog and the words would come tumbling out again. Alas, I am out of practice, as they say.
Today’s blog post is inspired by the fact that I will be oh-oh-the-big-three-oh within the month. I don’t have any plans to celebrate it at this point, so I thought I would take a little trip down memory lane of how I have spent my last 29 birthdays. Come along with me?
2011: I got to wear my rave green Sounders jersey and go to [then] Qwest Field to catch the Sounders beat Chicago in a 2-1 victory! The sun was shining and I was with one of my best friends. Another good friend joined up with us at the Pacific Science Center where we went to the Star Wars Exhibit. Pretty cool. Next was dinner at the Space Needle. It was a great day!
Also, for 2011, one of my oldest and dearest friends threw me a surprise birthday party (a few days before) which I almost did not attend. She invited me to dinner but I was gonna go play soccer. She ended up letting me know about the surprise (how lame am I?) and I skipped soccer. My closest and dearest friends met up with me for dinner at the Olive Garden and I enjoyed an evening of laughter and good fellowship I am a blessed girl indeed!
Also, ALSO, said old and dear friend shares a birthday around the same time as me, so we celebrated her birthday at Azul’s, which was surrounded by people I love too!
2010: I got to dine at The Cheesecake Factory with good friends. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Seattle. A few of us went to Seattle’s Underground TheatreSports for a late night evening of improv!
2009: Went to the Cheesecake Factory (are you noticing a pattern here?) and was surrounded by about 20-25 amazing friends and family who came to celebrate with me! Afterward, we headed to the Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill to get our Salsa dance on! Alas, birthday girl had not fully digested her food, so all of the spinning made for one sick chica who had to go home early. Boo!
(Sorry, I don’t think I got any pictures this year!)
2008: I hosted a Mexican fiesta at my home! Who knew that you could fit so many bodies in a small 680 sq ft apartment! Taco salad and avocado drinks galore! This was followed by figure skating…er, sliding across the ice on our hineys!
2007: I went…SKYDIVING!
2006: My memory is starting to get a little fuzzy. Looking at MySpace and Xanga (whoa, snap, y’all remember those social networking sites!?) it would appear that I spent my birthday weekend at my parent’s house and got to lay down some piano and vocal tracks for a demo CD with some friends of mine. Hmm, I should go see if I can find this and take a listen to said CD! My good friend brought my favorite Dairy Queen ice-cream cake over, and her sister came, as well as my good friend, Kevin (who has since passed away). Oooh, oooh, I think that my friends came over from Spokane and we went to a Mariner’s game on the Saturday and then went to breakfast on Sunday morning and hung out down at Alki Beach. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of all of us but I really like this photo my friend took!
2005: I got to have breakfast with a longtime friend. Then went to a Seattle Mariner’s game with another friend. Finally, I got to end the evening with a few of my favorite peeps at one of my favorite restaurants. Yup, you guessed it: The Cheesecake Factory.
2004: I got to climb the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, and eat ice-cream at a little shoppe with a good friend of mine. No joke! OK, so it wasn’t ON my birthday, it was a couple of days before. But I’ll claim that. Otherwise, I was in Aubergenville (about 45 minutes outside of Paris) and I had a special birthday card from my Mom, Dad, and sisters to open on the morning of! Later finding myself eating at a Chinese Buffet with YWAM friends. (I probably have photos but this was before digital cameras and I don’t have a scanner!)
2003: My co-workers, at the time, treated me to lunch, then I went shopping at Old Navy. My buddy took me to a bar (it was my 21st after all) and I ordered a beer. A root beer, that is. We watched the movie Phone Booth and then walked home
2002: A good friend of mine and I got dressed up and went to the Space Needle for a virgin strawberry daiquiri and dessert. We finished the evening off by watching the movie Riding In Cars With Boys.
2001: I was doing my DTS (Discipleship Training School) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and got to spend it with my YWAM friends!
2000: Went to church with my family and then I headed north to Seattle and celebrated my childhood best friend’s birthday at Buca di Beppo! (Edited on 3/19/12) Oh, oh, oh, my mom just reminded me that my friends threw me a surprise birthday party! It was sooo funny because my friend Laura and I went shopping. It should’ve dawned on me when she got a phone call from my dad (asking her to buy more time). We got back to another friend’s house and walked in where everyone yelled “SURPRISE!” I didn’t even realize it was for me…ha! Sadly, I don’t think there are pictures from that day, though we do have a fun home video!
1999: I was sick and my mom was hanging out with me. We watched Message In A Bottle.
1998: I got my driver’s license on the day of! But that weekend celebrated at our home by having friends over. Mom and Dad bbq’d shish-ka-bobs! A few school friends, my dad, and I went bowling.
1997: I only remember that I got my driver’s permit.
1996: I had a slumber party!
1995: I had a slumber party! And I got my first boombox!
1994: My mom took me with her to an Amway seminar in Portland, OR. We got to spend the whole weekend together, just her and I
1993: I don’t remember this birthday…
1992: I got a 10-speed bicycle and a few of my friends spent the night! (Edited 3/19/12: Here are a couple of photos. I had a ridiculous dislike for the outdoors as a child, hence the non-excited look.)
1991: I spent this birthday with my childhood best friend! (Here is a picture from January 1992 with her. She came and hung out with me during my sister’s birthday party. Since I don’t know if I have a photo from 1991.)
1990: I don’t remember this birthday…
1989: (Washington) My Aunt and I had a joint birthday party at McDonald’s or Burger King. In case you’re wondering, my aunt is just 4 years older than I.
(Here’s a photo of us from a joint birthday party in 2008!)
(Edited 3/19/12: hmm, maybe the McDonald’s thing was actually 1988, not 1989. But here is a photo from 1989.)
1988: We had just moved to Washington and I spent it with my family at my Grandpa and Grandma’s!
1987: I got my first Ken & Barbie dolls. And jellies (remember those shoes?)
And…I’ll stop there because as you can tell, my memory is getting pretty splotchy! I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me!
(Edited 3/19/12: My mom sent me some photos from prior birthdays!)
1986: (Belgium or Nebraska) 4th birthday…
1985: (Belgium) 3rd birthday…
1984: (Belgium) 2nd birthday…
1983: (Belgium) It’s not a 1st birthday without cake smooshed in the face!
1982: (Texas) My Mom and Dad are so cute!
How do you celebrate birthdays?
Is there one birthday that stands out above the rest?