Tuesday, February 12, 2013


So, it's happened. We've cruised passed February 9 and that makes me ... FORTY!

I've been doing a bit of navel gazing in the lead-up to The Big Day - doesn't everyone? - and a bit of wrestling with the idea of entering a new decade.

The past few months I've been enjoying a lovely sentimental mental stroll through my 30s again. Surely the 30s MUST be everyone's favourite decade. Almost all of my 30s have been spent in the company of little children and, really, what better privilege is there in life than this? I can't think of one. Hard work at times, for sure, but I have to pinch myself when I think of how much more enriched my life is now than it was when I turned 30. Goodbye the Golden Years of the 30s (sniff) - you were AWESOME.

Funny, I remember my mum being terribly upset at the prospect of turning an ancient 30 years old (I was seven). I wonder if my kids will remember me turning 40?

They may well, because I decided to have a party. With my birthday falling on a Saturday it would have been a bit mad not to.

And I am so glad I did. I had about 50 people over to our local German Club, conveniently round the corner from our place.

There were some friends there I'd not seen for an age. My best friend happened to be able to come, which is quite something since she now lives in Helsinki! And loads of family members were there too. Oh, my family! They are the most beautiful bunch of people I could ever hope to belong to. Honestly, they made my birthday so unforgettable.

And will you look at the amazing cake two of my friends made for me?! I was teary when I saw it - such a thing of beauty! Not to mention utterly delicious.

My Gran was there - that's her there in the purple shirt. She's since had open-heart surgery this week! I was so pleased she could make it to my party.

And here's me with my wonderful fellow. The guy who is my perfect other, who understands me in a way I don't think anyone else on this planet ever could or would. Who adores me daily - I'm so incredibly lucky. He's my everything.

Yep, I'm 40. My 'fifth decade' is off to an incredible start. I'm hoping it brings me more confidence and a bit less anxiety, a bit more permission to not to sweat the small stuff. Plus lots more wonderful family memories and maybe even a few creative projects realised.

It's going to be good.


Super Sarah said...

Happy birthday! It's such a funny milestone isn't it! I hadn't really thought about my 30's as being entirely full of children but you are right, Amy was due before my 30th but only arrived after it.... My husband is turning 40 at the end of the year and for some reason is reluctant about having a party. I am going to remind him that you never regret the parties you throw, only the ones you dont. Xxx

Stomper Girl said...

Happy Significant Birthday! I've enjoyed the 40s so far, although I warn you this is when visible ageing kicks in! In about 2-3 years for you though! And my 30s are the dimmest blur because of all the childbearing and rearing that went on, so I am I pressed that you recall yours with clarity and fondness. I wish you more happiness for your next decade.

M said...

Happy Birthday! I hadn't really thought of this decade as my fiftieth decade, but oh well, I guess it is. I am WAY further in the decade than you and can concur that it is quite a good decade to be in.

petite gourmand said...

Happy Birthday and welcome to the club!
40 is the new 30 you know...;
looks like a wonderful celebration and you look fabulous.

my mom's b-day is on the 9th of Feb. as well.
and I do remember when she turned 40.
I was 20! crazy.

Thrifted Treasure said...

Belated Happy Birthday!!!! Glad you had a great party, just catching up on all my fave blogs now! I turn 40 in November and loved my 30s too :-)