Thursday, February 24, 2011

Turning 30 - part 1

I'm going to be honest. For me, turning 30 was hard. But not for the getting-older reasons. I was just sad not to have family or friends around... and really, it would have been awesome to have had someone plan me a surprise party for the big 3-0. Selfish? Maybe.

I envisioned many scenarios with being able to fly certain people to come help me celebrate: sisters, mom, mom & sisters, a certain bestest girlfriend... None of them were budget-friendly.

But don't worry. It turned out great. I started in to my 30's with my forever best friend - hubby. He arranged for a special visitor to come stay with the kids so we could "run away" for a night!

So we drove up to the Twin Cities. And you know, the 2 1/2 hour drive seemed amazingly short when there were no kids to tend to! The drive along the half-frozen Mississippi River is just beautiful. But, it was about 10 degrees and stopping to take pictures was NOT tempting at all.

Our hotel was pretty normal-blah-looking during the day, but when we returned (late) that night, it was a lot of fun! You would have thought we'd arrived in Vegas. It was a great hotel, btw, with a huge, comfy bed! (and 15 minutes from everything)

Can I just say, "WHAT THE WHAT?" When did I become SO old that popular stores are using 1981, my birth year, as a vintage-sounding title? Has anyone else seen this?!?
(yes, we were at The Mall of America again!)

We had a fabulous dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. And you know, I would totally make that drive just to go there again!! Can you see the chocolate birthday wishes around the edge of the plate? So fun!
(ps, it was -15 when we left the restaurant and then headed to a late movie... COLD)

I have no explanation for this. But if you lived where it was below ZERO all winter long, you'd need a new hobby to... I guess.

And thank you to the man, Grampa Russ, that made our getaway possible! Everyone was happy and thriving when we returned. (and mostly I mean Russ!!) Those kids can make one nutty.

Thank you to those who made my birthday special, even from miles and miles away.
I love you all.


Sabrina said...

Happy 30th! I am sure it was hard to be away from so many of your loved ones, but it looks like you had a great time celebrating anyway. I didn't freak out about turning 30 as far as feeling old, but I don't know how I'll feel about 40. That really does seem old to me.

Dawn said...

THANK YOU GRANDPA RUSS! I feel badly that we couldn't be with you on your big day, Lindsey, but happy that Russ could help out. It looks like it was fun.

1981 wasn't that long're just a kid.

Amanda said...

I'm so glad you were able to have a romantic getaway night! Since I was born in 1982, I also think it's CRAZY that they use that for "vintage", I guess we're old. Also, I'm pretty sure that ice thing is from running water, like a fountain. At least I've seen fountains here that do something similar although that one is huge!

Erin said...

What a great birthday! Wish we could have been there for a playdate.

You look great by the way! But you always do.

Love ya

Lindsey Montague said...

Ok, what you don't see in that ice-pile photo is the fact that's in the front yard of a trailer home with a ladder and a hose-contraption next to it. It was a homemade ice-thingy bigger than the nasty house behind it.

I don't know what to call middle-of-nowhere Minnestoans... hicks? rednecks? Neither of those seem to fit.


Bart and Michelle said...

HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY!! Looks like a nice get-away. I need to email/call you...I FINALLY met with Esme and meet with her again on Saturday to find out all the results of the blood work we did. I'll have to let you know when I find out more! She is SO SO WONDERFUL!!! A huge THANK YOU for suggesting her...I loved her! :)

Merilee said...

Oh how I wish that I could have been the one watching after your cute kiddos. I miss and love you all and am glad to hear that your birthday was a success and a good time. Maybe when Tom gets back Kate, Tom, and I can come visit? Love you and hope all is well!

Karen said...

Wow, looks like alot of fun! I can't imagine what that would be like, I have yet to leave my kids overnight (except to go have another one). What a nice break for you! :)