I have a problem - as many of us do - with living in the moment. My problem isn't exactly that I can't appreciate the moment I'm experiencing but almost that I appreciate it too much. Well, I mean that as soon as I realize how freakin amazing and wonderful the moment is, I can't help but stop appreciating the moment and compare it to other moments to come.
For example, last Christmas John and I were having such a good time with his humongous family but then I got sidetracked in my thoughts and all I could think was that all of our nephews & niece will soon be grown up and nothing will be the same. When we were hanging out with my family last Christmas, listening to classic rock and reminiscing about the concerts we've gone to, the thought suddenly popped into my head that one day our favorite artists won't be around any more and there won't be any more awesome concerts. Geez, I'm so morbid!
Anyway, what does this have to do with my birthday? Right, stay on track. After having such a super fun time on my birthday extravaganza last year, almost immediately after the celebration I thought that no future birthday would compare. And so, when planning this birthday gathering I began analyzing what we should do, comparing it to how it would go down to last year. I knew it wouldn't be the same since my sister and her bf recently moved to the beach (lucky bums!) and my buddies Rachel & Eric moved to Portland. Oh and my friend Aisling and her boy couldn't make it either.
I also felt all this pressure to do something big because it was my 25th birthday. But what to do?!?!?!?! After all of my analyzing and comparing and blah blah blah blah blah I decided to keep it low key -- Johnny, five of my best best friends and I would chow down on some deliciousness at my favorite Mexican restaurant and afterward everyone would come back to our place for some board games and drinks. Done and done!
Guess what? I had even more fun than last year! Good food, board games, amazing friends and my boy -- what more do I need?! I didn't have time to get a manicure and I didn't find the perfect dress to wear at my shindig and I didn't come up with an outrageous activity but it was absolutely totally 100 percent perfect.
And now that I'm so freakin ancient, the ripe ol age of 25 (ohmygosh. Seriously SO weird. I didn't ever even feel comfortable with 24. I feel like I should be allowed to be 23 forever. Oh well.) I think I should use the wisdom of my old age and remember from this birthday forth, not to compare moments. No two moments are the same and you can't live in the past or worry about what moments the future brings. It's all about the here and now. So wise!
Wanna see some pictures of my birthday?
me & the boy
me & jimaie
my other besties -- Britt, Dana and Megan
the boys -- Megan's bf Mike and Johnny
Yum! Cheese enchilada, rice & beans. And plenty of chips and salsa! duh! And yes, we were coloring on the paper tablecloth. So what?!
Yum again! Thanks for the drink, Maie! My fav! A strawberry dacquiri! Johnny also got the staff to sing me "happy birthday" and they presented me with another strawberry dacquiri! Whoa! Nice! I wonder what they give kids?!
Megan and Winnie had some fun too
And that was just Friday night. I kept celebrating my birthday all weekend long! On Saturday Johnny and I went for an awesome bike ride and then Jimaie came over and we had a pizza party. Then on Sunday Johnny and I hung out with my parents. My mom made me homemade mac & cheese (best ever!) and yummy salads! She had the table set all fancy and had gotten me some pretty pink tulips too. Oh and since it was Easter my parents also got me an Easter basket. I'm a lucky duck!
We had a wonderful day, hanging out and talking, playing board games, walking the dog and watching Jim Gaffigan's first DVD. Oooh and my dad made homemade icecream and my mom made me a marble cake! Yummers!
On Monday (my real birthday) Johnny and I both took the day off of work. We slept in, then went out for breakfast at Denny's. Oh my yum! Johnny makes fun of me for loving Denny's but they seriously have the best French Toast! We ran a million errands and then came home and relaxed. Next I took the relaxing to the next level and went to get a mani/pedi and afterwards we went out to dinner for Indian food.
Yay for birthdays! Tell me about one of your favorite birthday celebrations!