39 Today And So Far No One Has Bitten Me

I don’t normally post on Sundays, some throwback to my Southern Baptist childhood, but today I am 39.

This is one of those gushing I am so thankful posts (for the most part…I will get to the mama biting portion soon) so be forewarned. Also, I thought about completely ignoring the fact that I am 39 today on my blog but I AM 39 TODAY! Yahoo! Also, I am going to ramble.

I have to say this has been one of the nicest birthday weekends ever. Nothing extravagant, just lots of nice little gestures. My mother treated me to lunch and dessert at PF Changs Friday and brought over a beautiful lemon icebox pie and homemade banana bread after church today. My sister treated me at Starbucks this morning and I have gift cards to my favorite stores waiting to be swiped thanks to the hubby and my mother-in-law.

The girls went shopping with the hubby yesterday (after they got my car washed…heck yeah) and brought home chocolate and pine bark mulch, per my request. The pine bark mulch, that is. The chocolate was a nice surprise.

We took the girls to their first minor league baseball game, and although I thought Miss A would get us kicked out, what with all over her hyperactive squirming, we made it through the first game of the double header and then got the heck out of dodge while the girls were in that exhausted, guaranteed to crash in the car on the way home zone. And then I had some red wine. Tonight we’re going to a Japanese steak place where the girls will probably be slack-jawed over the culinary performance. I just hope they don’t ask for chicken nuggets.

My sweet big girl is turning into a fabulous personal shopper. She and I went shopping Friday and I bought her a cute fall outfit. I briefly looked at purses and found a red purse I really liked, but I did not buy it. Well guess what she did yesterday? She told the hubby I had seen a purse at TJ Maxx. Poor Miss A, having watched one too many commercials along with Miss C this summer, asked if that was the place that took your car away, to which Miss C replied, “No, that’s Title Max!” But I digress. At least it’s not another Billy Mays’ infomercial my girls are obsessed with.

Here’s my pretty new red purse (the lining is pink):

Here’s me and the girls last weekend on my mother’s back porch just because I have so few pictures of me with the girls it seems and it’s my birthday so indulge me a little will you, OK?:

The 30s have been quite a decade. I won’t lie to you, sometimes they were really stressful. If you are a single young thing in your 20s or don’t yet have kids, go do some things you might not get around to once you have babies, like joining the Peace Corps or wearing skinny jeans in public.

Now I have absolutely no regrets about my 30s, but the mid-30s did tend to kick me in the booty. Between having two babies (and I know some of you with more than two kids are laughing at me and my wimpy self) and the hubby having his baby (his business) it was quite a ride at times. I feel like the 40s are going to be our “hey we have finally figured this life thing out” decade and I still have one more year of the 30s left to close it out in style and kick 40’s ass.

Right now I have a sleeping naked 3-year-old on the couch, also known as She Who Bit Me Friday On The Shoulder During A Seriously Impressive Temper Tantrum At Bedtime. I never dealt with The Biting with Miss C. It’s just a barrel of laughs, let me tell you. See? Those of you with no children? Remember. The Biting. It can happen. Start fine tuning your taste in wine and it also doesn’t hurt if you can develop a business relationship with a local liquor store owner, so you get a 20 percent discount. I’m just sayin’.

Any way, most of the time I feel the same as I did a decade ago and I’m amazed I am actually responsible for two young human beings. As Jimmy Buffett says, I’m “growing older but not up.”

The sleeping naked 3-year-old is now awake and is summoning me to get her something to eat.

Yeah. 39? It’s pretty damn good so far.


  1. rachel says:

    Happy Birthday sweetheart! That purse is darling! I love it!
    I hope this year is absolutely wonderful for you and brings you many blessings!!
    The pic of you and the girls is perfect!!!

  2. Hubby says:

    It’s a 10% discount at the bottle store.

    Can’t wait for our birthday dinner. If you are good, I will bite you later.

    Hubbys last blog post..I

  3. Ginger says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    May your last year in your thirties be one of GREAT health, joy beyond measure, and abundant life!

    Have fun celebrating with the Hubby later! Rowr! lololol 😉

    Gingers last blog post..Isaac Hayes: Takin

  4. Dawn says:

    What a wonderful birthday. You mentioned mentioned my favorite places, TJMaxx, PF Changs… red wine…Mmmmm. My 40th birthday is literally a few months away. I’m going to ask for what you got. 😉

    Happy Birthday!

    Dawns last blog post..Update on Mii

  5. Christina Lee says:

    Reading your entry made me feel better about not making it through bb games with my little guy. Also getting bit is not so much fun- but wine does help!

  6. Bluegrass Mama says:

    Happy birthday! The beauty of minor league double-headers is that they only play seven innings per game. And trust me, they don’t kick out overly active children. At least never when I want them to!

    Bluegrass Mamas last blog post..All My Pseudonyms

  7. MaryBeth I says:

    I could have posted this exact same thing a couple of months ago as I hit that same milestone. I have dealt with the tantrums, the realization that I can never wear skinny jeans again (unless I wanted to embarrass my kids) and regret at not joining the Peace Corps or trekking through Europe when I had the chance.

    That said, in truth I wouldn’t change a thing.

    My 30th was filled with tears. I was shocked at how hard it hit me. I vowed never to let a birthday upset me again. You know where I will be next year at this time? Vegas!

    MaryBeth Is last blog post..Another Back to School giveaway!

  8. Beth_C (A Mom's Life) says:

    Happy 39th! I’ll be having mine next month.

    The purse is gorgeous. You and your girls are gorgeous. And it sounds like you have lots of loving family members around you.

    39…I have no doubt it’s going to be wonderful!

    Beth_C (A Mom’s Life)s last blog post..Miracle Monday

  9. Jill says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like you had a fabulous celebration. I feel the same as you about my 30s (though they were immeasureably better than my 20s).

  10. Ellen says:

    Hubby posts on your blog? And has his own blog?! I have missed this in the past.

    Most grown men do not know to go back and buy the thing you gushed about but did not buy. You have raised Miss C well.

    Happy Birthday!

    Ellens last blog post..Life is Good

  11. Susan says:

    Happy Birthday! I turned 39 on Sunday too — still figuring out how to make the most of this last year of the decade. Sure it will be a good one for you too!

  12. Toast 2 Mom says:

    Happy birthday (belated)…catching up on my reading. Totally cute purse. I enjoyed reading about your ideas of age and 30’s. When I was young I couldn’t wait to be 34. I will be 34 in a few months…I’m not sure it’ll be what I thought it would be, but we’ll see. My new favorite age seems to be leaning around 42. We’ll see how I feel my accomplishments have gone by then. 🙂

    Toast 2 Moms last blog post..I Like My Veggies

  13. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Oh Happy Birthday! Even if it is a couple of days late, sorry. 🙂 I’m glad that you had a wonderful day and congrats on the awesome new purse.

    I feel kind of the same way about my 30’s – I was pregnant with Abby when I turned 30, so it really has been a completely different decade than my 20’s were. I feel like almost a completely different person than I was back then – not necessarily a bad thing though, I guess. 🙂

  14. Nicole says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one. And hell yeah to the blonde little personal shopper — I KNEW there was a reason we drag them through TJ Maxx with us!

    Hope you have a great time being 39.

    Nicoles last blog post..friday brain dump

  15. Jennifer says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! 39 and still looking fabulous! Your whole b’day sounds like it was really nice. Hope dinner was nice too.

    P.S. On the biting…just be glad you weren’t nursing a teething baby…talk about a stinger…ouch. I sure don’t miss those days…lol!


    Jennifers last blog post..Photo Essay Contest

  16. Amy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Cute purse.

    We were at that same baseball game! Bear made it through a few innings of the second game (amazing), and then he hit the wall and we had to leave and Shark is still pissed he missed the fireworks. Sigh.

    But again – HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!

    Amys last blog post..The Last Days of Summer

  17. Renee says:

    Happy Birthday (a little late), Jamie! Sounds like you had a good one. Lots of fun to be had. I’ll be 39 in a couple of months and I still feel like I could be 29. Or even younger. I may not look it but I feel it!

    Renees last blog post..7th, 5th, Pre-School

  18. Filtering Life says:

    Happy birthday you old coot! Wow 39…teetering on 40. You look fantastic. I love the picture with your two beautiful and stylish ladies. So glad you represent the 30’s with style and grace. Enjoy your last year…i am catching up to you!

    Filtering Lifes last blog post..Keep your eyeballs peeled

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