Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crazy 40th Birthday !

Well Merry Christmas blog readers!  I hope you had a wonderful time shared with friends and/or family.  December is always a crazy time around the Richmond/Turner household.  Largely because there are also 6 family birthdays in the same month!  SO I generally just hand everyone my chequebook from December's paycheques and have at 'er !!

But this year was a little unusual as it was .... my ...... 40th BIRTHDAY !!!!  YAHOOOOOOO !!!!

Now I realize that 'yahoo' might not be the most normal reaction to someone's 40th birthday but I was PUMPED to turn 40.  Crazy I know.  Especially as I was bummed out to turn 30.  But there are a few differences.  At 30 I was pregnant with my second baby and had only just started a regular exercising routine 2 years before when my son was born.  I wasn't as fit as I am now at 40.  I was healthy, but not as fit.  And I feel like I became myself in my 30's so now at 40 I am who I was meant to be.  As I started my 30's there was still that sense of "but who will I become?.....will I be successful?  will I be anything other than what I am right now?" 

But now at 40 I feel like I am my whole-self.  I love my life and am completely happy and at peace about who I am and what I do.  I feel like I've found a good balance between family, work and social life.  And the ironic thing is ..... I still have the exact same job I did when I turned 30 !!!  Or at least the same type of job with the same employer (UVIC).  But I am a woman who is thrilled to be the mother of the most wonderful 2 children in the world, married to the most wonderful man in the world, and who has the most wonderful friends in the world.  Who could want more than that?

Ok.  Well perhaps to be picked up from shopping at the mall on my birthday by a limousine to bring me home?  Yep.  Darrell planned that one.  40 years old and I just had my first limo ride !  It was great fun.  And a beautiful dinner to follow.  I think from now on, whenever I go shopping in the Boxing week sales, I want to be picked up in a limousine........

I hope and pray that 2011 brings you health, happiness and an understanding of how much God loves you.

Happy New Year to you all !!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

British Invasion Sweets & Goods - on Facebook!

My sister's store - unlike me! - is on Facebook!  So sign up to become a Fan of British Invasion Sweets and Goods.  And if you're anywhere near Peachland on Christmas Eve, pop in for some mulled wine from 10am until 2pm!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Moments....

I absolutely love Christmas.  I love the carols on the radio, the Christmas cookie exchanges, the delightful English goodies I only afford myself at this time of year and every musical and dramatic performance my children perform in.

The 'Happy Couple' - hahaha!!

The 'Other Happy Couple' !!

The boys hanging the outside lights
 Last night we had the kids school Christmas concert and this morning went to Brooklyn's participation in her Class's presentation at the Friday morning chapel. We picked up my Mum Wednesday night at the airport so i am feeling completely comforted and Christmasy.