Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I Love February!

I know most people think it is a cold and dreary month, but not me.  February is my birthday month.  I was born on the 2nd, which is groundhogs day and my mother's birthday too.  Isn't that cool?!  We are 24 years apart.  I have always found this fun and glad that we get to share in such a special day.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I LOVE my birthday!  Not because of presents.  In fact, I don't like people spending money on me.  I just want your company.  I love my birthday because it is fun to celebrate life.  Getting older is a good thing.  Think of all the stuff you know now, but didn't 10 years ago, the good and the bad.  It is all a learning experience.   Each year we grow, I think, mentally and spiritually.  If you are a parent, you got another year with your children and if you are a grandparent, the same.  You get to see your life live on.  Each year I learn something new.  And the last several years, I have been lucky to add more friends into my life.  Every year when DH and I celebrate our anniversary, I realize I love him more and more.  That is one of the greatest gifts I can give my kids.

This year I wanted to have a big blow out party complete with more food and drinks than one can handle and a DJ that shares my love of 80's hair bands.  But I am not much of a party planner, so instead I made a reservation at one of my favorite restaurants and ordered two dozen cupcakes from Silver Spoon Bakery.  The best cupcakes ever!!!  I will be joined by a few friends and family.

I am feeling pretty good about 40.  After all, the alternative is not so appealing.  I am happy and healthy and my family is too.  I feel blessed to have this life and it is getting better with every year.  Thank you God!

This is an unusual February.  Today it is 55 and sunny.  I love this weather and honestly, if I never see snow again, I would be happy.  My kids on the other hand, not so much.  They are so disappointed that there is no snowman in our yard,  I almost wished for snow for them, almost.  Hee Hee

I told you Monday that I was going to the gym everyday this week.  So far I am on track.  My back is doing better and I think I am on the mend.  I am hoping I will be running again by March.  Today I biked 8 miles and walked for 1 1/2 and yesterday I biked 11 miles and walked 1/2 mile.   Just two more days and I will take Saturday off.  On Sunday, I will be walking in the Super 5k with my husband and kids.  It was supposed to be my first running race of the year, but at least I still get to participate.   I think it will be fun that all four of us are going to do it.  I hope the kids think so.  And to top it off, the weather will be really nice. Did I mention that it is the first weekend in February and it is going to be nice?!

So tell me, how do you feel about your birthday?  Do you get excited or dread it?  How do you usually celebrate?  What is your favorite kind of cake?

I hope that where ever you are, you are having this wonderful weather too.  Get out and enjoy it!  I also hope, that next time your birthday comes around you embrace it.  Life is short and goes by so fast, so live every moment!

Run strong, think big!

14 comments:

  1. Hey Nicole, What a great blog you've got here and I never knew what a good writer you were! Well you know how I feel about my birthday. I do not like getting older but I definitely like getting wiser. I wish I was there to celebrate yours with you! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I wish you were here too. Loved talking to you tonight. Miss you so much.

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  2. First of all, Hi Dawn! Happy Birthday Nicole! I found a "new tradition" for my birthday, as well. Akron Marathon is right at my b-day, give or take a day. We run thru Univ. of Akron campus for about mile or so. Well, not only do I celebrate "getting stronger every yr." by running, but also my life because running thru campus, where my Mom worked and loved her job, i feel her presence too! Fall's also a great time of yr! So, birthdays are good! Then, one yr., spent time at hotel with my husband and dinner with his family in Akron after my race and another yr. had a big party to celebrate my finish in race and b-day. But, fun thing to do! Take care and ENJOY!!

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  3. I turned 40 last year, and so far, it's been pretty awesome! Happy Birthday a day early! I'm not sure I'll be able to pick you out of a crowd, but I'll try to look for you at the Super 5K on Sunday. And good for you for getting out there and walking it with the family - so hard when you can't run a race you had planned on, but it sounds like you have a great alternative, getting out there with your whole family : )

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    1. Thanks Michelle! It occurred to me tonight that they may not allow strollers. Going to have to find out before I pack every one up. I will be there either way but I hope it is all four of us. I have a couple friends running, one of them it is her first race. I am very excited for her. See you Sunday, maybe.

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  4. Can't wait for Sunday and awesome you are walking!

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  5. I also LOVE my birthday!!! I'm all about tacking another year onto my life and seeing all the greatness that I have been apart of and celebrate how much more I will get to see and do!!! I try to celebrate my birthday a good 2 sometimes 3 weeks....as long as my family and friends will let me drag it out!!! CAKE....pretty much any kind.....or even better picking a special dessert at a restaurant, yum....creme bruele or perhaps even Flan!!!!

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    1. I totally get wanting your birthday to last 2 or 3 weeks. Love it! Oh, and i love Flan, yummy!

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  6. Happy 40th! 40 is not bad (I am 41) - especially when you have small children. They keep you feeling young!

    usually I am counting the days to winter being 1/2 over, but with this mild winter, it has been wonderful!

    Enjoy the cupcakes.Yummy! For my 40th, I had THREE celebrations. I did order my cake for one of them - it was the best cake ever - it was so much frosting. Sinful.

    Good luck on your Super 5K. I am doing one up here in MA. Go Pats :)

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  7. Yes, kids do keep you young. Three celebrations! Lucky you! Good luck on your race too!

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