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Sunday, September 20, 2009

50? No Thanks, I'd REALLY rather not . . .

As much as I keep trying to avoid it, my birthday is coming up next week. And I will sadly leave my 40's behind. They have been such wonderful years. Some of my very favorite I think. (Like if I have to pick an era to be the favorite - it's certainly up there in the running.)

So it is with much denial, procrastination and prolongment, that I am hanging on to 49 with my toenails. Which are badly in need of a pedicure by the way. Really, one year shouldn't make such a difference. Just one more year . . . I don't expect to wake up on Sept 28 and feel 50 for heavens sake!~

I think I'll just keep pretending that the amazing lunch we had last week, the one where we ate divine panini's, yummy salads, Paula Deen's Savannah Hot Fudge cake and homemade ice cream (recipe below) was really just another super duper day. And not some big celebration in
honor of my 50th. Even though I was paid some of the highest compliments of my life! My sweet friends, they just made me want to cry. EVERYONE should get compliments for their birthday. I am going to remember that. Anyone have a birthday coming up?

I think I'll just keep pretending that the wonderful friend who took me here (where we experienced heavenly food that I didn't even know existed in the world!) to celebrate my 50th, was really just thinking dinner out together with our husbands was an outstanding way to spend a Saturday evening. Which it was, and not another celebration of that unmentionable 5 . . . 0 . . . anniversary of the day I came into the world.

Oh, and thank you wonderful family, who all gathered together at mom's house today and prepared the most delicious BBQ, complete with all the trimmings, and brought such lovely gifts, special just for me, that I will treasure! I know it wasn't meant to remind me of that unusually high number of birthdays that I will soon (like in another 10 years I think) reach, but instead to express just how much they love me, which I did so much enjoy and cherish and will remember for always.

Oh well, I'm actually feeling so blessed, so nourished and so filled right now. If this is 50, maybe it's not so bad after all.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

3 ripe bananas
juice of 2 lemons
juice of 3 oranges
5 cups of strawberries or raspberries
2 C. sugar
2 C. whole milk
4 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 t. vanilla

Process the first four ingredients in food processor to desired chunkiness (Note - do not process raspberries, but leave whole).

Add sugar and continue to process.

Stream whole milk and heavy cream into the processor and continue to blend. Add Vanilla.

Process immediately according to directions in homemade ice cream freezer with ice and rock salt.


Carolyn said...

I think it might be worth turning 50 to get food that good.

Happy Birthday my dear!

For your present on your birthday I will tell the story of the Vegas wedding. Just for you.

Emmy said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. And happy Birthday!

I saw your photography blog, very beautiful pictures... someday that is my goal, someday when my little ones aren't so little.

Sounds like you had a wonderful day

Kevin and HolliJo said...

Happy soon to be Birthday! And don't worry, you do not appear to be 50! I never would have guessed! We love and miss you guys!

Victoria said...

It would be a bummer to turn 50 fat and ugly. It would be a bummer to turn 50, with your oldest children being 5 and 6 because you delayed motherhood for a career. It would be a bummer to be 50 if you didn't know what to do with your life and you were just sitting home watching soap operas and eating bon bons, aging by the minute. It would be a bummer to reach 50 and be "currently between husbands." Worse yet, it would be a bummer to reach 50 and be alone.

Whereas, attaining that age surrounded by a beautiful family including adult children who will soon present you with grandchildren, not to mention great friends... with a meaningful, service-oriented career, and darn it... looking like a hip 35-year-old... Now that is not a bad thing at all, is it?

AND Carolyn is going to share the Las Vegas wedding story! Happy Birthday!:)

Chellese said...

Kristin, you're so beautiful and full of life. 50 must be the new 35. Happiest Birthday wishes.

Andrea said...

Happy birthday! That ice cream recipe sounds incredible.

Marilyn said...

I don't know what day your birthday is, but I hope you have a wonderful day. And from someone who crossed over that 5-0 line almost two years ago-it really isn't that bad! Just a number. The weather's fine over on this side!

Diana H said...

I'm almost there, but I want to let you know a secret - I heard that 50 is better than 40. The article I read said that you know that you have probably have figured out where you are going, and don't feel the need to push and stress yourself out over the little things anymore. You're more relaxed, and you do the things you want, and don't bother with those you don't care too much about. The kids are grown, and so you can take time to be yourself. I'm looking forward to it.

Joy For Your Journey said...

You need to read my latest blog posting because I wrote it with you in mind.

And about turning 50--okay, I know exactly how you feel. I suffered for months over that. But then it came and went and life went on and other than when people ask me my age and I think "Can I really be that old?" I don't ever think about it. But still--the lady I wrote about gave me a lot to not only look forward to, but also to plan for. I have decided to help my friend start a business. So . . we will see how that goes. :-)

Jeanette said...

Well, why you are turning 50 on the 28th I am turning 30 on the 27th. It is a little weird to be leaving my 20s behind. I just tell everyone that I am going to be celebrating the 1st anniversary of my 29th birthday.

Mommason Hillary said...

I hope your day was amazing - and that wonderful things came your way. You will always be that young mom up the street that I wanted to be like - always. XOOXXXOOOXX

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