8.04.2011

not officially back...

This is my siblings and I on my 18th birthday. At home.

(I had to borrow this picture from my Facebook archives due to the fact that I typing this from Chad's iPhone in our hostel.)

When I was a teenager, our family summer vacation always seemed to take place during my birthday (Aug. 4th). While it completely made sense because of my dad's summer teaching schedule, I always found a way to see the negative. The whiny teen in me used to complain profusely to my dad "I hate that we are always gone for my birthday. We're always home for everyone else's birthday, why can't we be home for mine?" (My dad & everyone else in my immediate family can attest to me saying this).

But as I turn one year older this time around, I'm realizing that it doesn't matter where I celebrate my birthday. It's true that I'll be spending much of this birthday in Heathrow and over the Atlantic, but it truly doesn't matter. I'm glad that this birthday is a little less traditional (although, mom if you are reading this, I can't wait to eat birthday cake out of your metal 9x13 baking pan that has had so many birthday cakes in it over the years). I'm glad because it means that this birthday is just the icing on the cake (pun completely intended) of a truly spectacular and surreal trip. I'm waking up in London and falling asleep in my own bed with my husband by my side. Pretty great birthday if you ask me...

And, you better believe we'll be finding some cake to eat before we leave London. :)

6 comments:

LizzieBeth said...

Happy Birthday Amanda! Hope it is super special- no matter where you celebrate!

LB

Meghan said...

Ahh! So exciting that you'll be celebrating close to your trip! I cannot wait to hear about it!

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had an amazing trip and I can't wait to hear/see all about it.

Ana Magdalena said...

Happy Birthday :) I hope you have a great year filled with much love and many blessings!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a pretty exciting one if you ask me :)

*claire* said...

happy (belated!) birthday!!

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