I am not exactly sure how this happened, but all of a sudden I was celebrating my 40TH birthday. I know you are all gasping and loudly proclaiming that I do not look a day over 30 (at least that is what is happening in my head as I type this), but it is true. I can now start the over 40 books for ladies that are kept on the high shelf at the library, sorry to my younger friends who have yet to join the club.
I was so happy to have my parents visit and if they tell you that I begged them to come when I turned 40, it is true! I begged and then loaded them down with a list of what to bring.
A BIG HUGE thanks by the way.
We has a shindig the Friday before my birthday to celebrate in style. Notice that I am looking up from my cake with a funny "please do not shove my face in the cake" look. That is what they do here, tradition or something. You have to take a bite of the cake while someone who "cares for you" shoves your face lovingly in the cake. I managed to avoid that honor this year. Praise the Lord!
The next evening, my parents treated us to a very nice dinner out on the town. What a joy to show my parents around our new location and spend quality time together. That was the best part of turning 40 for me!
(I want to add a formal apology to my mother who does not photograph well and is much prettier then the photos on this post suggest, I picked out the best ones I could, mom)
Thanks for coming. It is really hard to imagine not seeing you again for a whole year! We miss you incredibly!