Whew, I’ve made it to Level 39 in the Game of Life!!! Today is my 39th birthday.
(As I did last year, stealing my friend Joel’s “level” reference re: birthday years, because it’s just fun to me! 🙂 )
(Also, I just accidentally clicked something and published this post with 1 1/2 sentences written, so, WHOOPS! If you got this in your email a little while ago looking very incomplete, that would be why. That was a first for me- never had that happen before! A little birthday gift from WordPress. 😆)
39!! My LAST YEAR in my 30’s. This feels…. a little strange, I will say. Part of me still always feels like I just graduated from high school a few years ago. I think the whole period from first having kids through now has been a bit of a weird, crazy, and wonderful blur. I feel like 0-17 lasted approximately 90 years, and 17-39 lasted about 5 years. lol.
No great big plans for today. We got home last night from a weekend away in Wisconsin Dells, aka “the Waterpark Capital of the World”, if you’ve never heard of it. It is a tourist hub in Wisconsin, full of waterpark resorts- both indoor and outdoor. They have tons of other local attractions around the city, mostly just places that you can feel free to spend a LOT of money, if you should so desire. (Think like, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, haunted houses, go kart places, huge arcades, escape rooms, themed restaurants, etc etc.)
It’s only about 40 minutes from our house, yet it’s a place we rarely visit. Not really sure why, as it’s basically a kid’s paradise. But you know how it is- local tourism just never seems to have quite the same allure as faraway places!
However, it’s a perfect place for a little getaway, as it is also located in a very beautiful part of the state. We spent Saturday enjoying some “fall fun”/ hiking and leaf peeping with my parents. 🙂 Then Saturday night to Sunday night we spent at an indoor waterpark resort, which the kids hadn’t been to in many years now. (We used to take them there most years when they were little, but hadn’t been in a long time now.)
I will share more about our mini-vacay tomorrow!! But here are a few sneak peak pics:
Not too much on the agenda, really! I took a slow start to the workday and was up early, enjoying a cup of tea and reading in my dark, quiet office with some soft music playing. Bliss.
After school drop off, I hit the gym for Legs and Abs day:
Again, GRATEFUL to be able to move my 39 year old body, and to be able to put a heavy barbell on my back and squat it! Determined to protect and care for this only body that I have, for as long as I’m allowed to inhabit it. 🙂
Rest of the day = work…. didn’t bother to take off, though part of me wishes I had. Tonight the boys have activities, so I don’t think we’ll do much. But that’s quite alright with me. I already had a spectacular weekend. It’s a COLD sort of snowy/ rainy day here, and I would be thrilled to just snuggle in tonight by the fireplace and maybe watch a show or a movie or something before bed.
I’m just feeling blessed and happy right now to have wonderful people in my life, from my family, to friends, to even casual acquaintances who enrich my life in so many ways, to you wonderful blog readers that fill me up in a way that I never dreamed I would enjoy so much! I feel grateful for the life Ivan and I have built, too. When I zoom out and look at things from a wide lens, I am pretty darn lucky. ❤️
Next stop…. 4-0!
I will not complain, though:
“Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.”
I am grateful for my life- I’m still here, on this planet, still going…. and trying to soak it all up and appreciate it. Not always easy to do every day! But it’s a mission worth fighting for. I don’t want a minute to pass me by. 🙂