December 21, 2012

Forty Two


Forty two! It's official. This is the new face of 42. I woke up yesterday and I just felt different, like full of joy at being 42. Isn't that strange? But wonderful? Sure I had to put my readers on to write this post but they are aqua and make me happy. Balance.


I think I've discovered the fountain of youth...joy! I know. There I go yammering on about joy again but I'm telling you it will change your life. Chase a dream, embrace your weirdness, find something you are passionate about, love someone deeply, live a life that is true to who you are, count your blessings. Do those things and the joy will just show up when you aren't looking.



 I know I say this every year but I really, honestly, with my whole heart believe that this is going to be my best year yet! There are so many possibilities that sometimes I just don't know where to start.


 I spent my birthday being spoiled by my family and friends, opening presents, receiving Happy Birthday wishes, going to Barnes and Noble, shopping, going out for cupcakes, being loved on, eating bad for me takeout and chocolate cake baked by my big girl, singing Happy Birthday to me and playing with my new camera lens. The first 3 pictures were taken with my iphone, the rest are me playing with the lens that I may never, ever take off my camera again. I love it so.


Maddie used this recipe to make my cake. So good. There's more if you want to come have a piece with me.


 Evening reading in my chair.


Maddie knitting the cat a neck warmer. You read that right. Sweet, weird girl.


 Some of my art supplies ready for playtime.

A good day. A really, really, perfectly wonderful way to celebrate being 42.

46 comments:

  1. And what a beautiful 42, I might add!

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  2. what a marvelous day you had. love all your photos. they always make me feel happy!!

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  3. I love your positive outlook on life and I love the idea of a neckwarmer for your kitty! If that is weird, I am going to embrace it! Happy 42 Birthday and many more!~Hugs, Patti

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  4. Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was the perfect day and if I lived nearby I might just be knocking on that pretty door to have some cake for breakfast ;)

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  6. Just now reading this, Hope you had a fabulous Happy Birthday! ♥ {It certainly sounds like you did!}

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  7. happy Birthday! I'm turning 42 today (pretty sure the world won't end, but if it does I hope it's not until after I've had cake:), it's strange this voyage into our 40s, here's to new adventures and a new year:)

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  8. So very nice to see somebody ENJOYING their birthday! I am five years ahead of you in the age game, and I am enjoying my 40s so much. I think it is a great decade for women!

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  9. You look faaaaaabulous, Jen. Joy suits you. Can't wait to see what 42 inspires you to do!

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  10. I so would love to shar a piece of that cake and wish you the happiest of birthdays. 42 looks pretty good on you!

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  11. So glad you had such a perfect day sis!

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  12. Happy Birthday!! You look beautiful.

    You'll have to post a pic of the kit-kat with his neck warmer on. HA!! Too Cute!!

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  13. happy belated birthday, sweetpea (or should that be "lemon scone"),

    i love your philosophy, feel the same and wish you a bright year ahead full of wishes realized and cupcakes devoured.

    let's hear it for us weird girls!

    love and hugs,
    elyse
    xo

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  14. Happy birthday! you look amazing. so inquiring minds {nosy people like me} want to know what kind of lens did you get? i am dabbling in photography and i guess that is what us mom-togs ask.

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  15. Happy Birthday! You look fabulous. Sending you the best wishes for the coming year....
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  16. Be right over. Save me a slice, pretty lady.

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  17. Forty-two looks absolutely lovely on you!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was perfect!

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  19. You made me start thinking about where I was and what I was doing when I was 42 . And it was a good year , as each has been sense .
    Happy Birthday ! Many More !

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  20. 42 looks wonderful! Your day sounds just amazing.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Dear girl! Sounds you had a wonderful day. Cupcakes make any day special, by the way, I decree it! I just got a new camera and one of those lenses and I'm having a field day with the Christmas lights in the background.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday.

    xo
    Claudia

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  22. Happy Birthday! 42 sure looks good on you! I love your photos they always make me smile wide! xo Diana

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  23. You make 42 look fantastic! Happy Birthday! :)

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  24. Happy Birthday! You are beautiful.

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  25. Joy looks good on you! It's also catching! I would love to see your daughter try to put the neck warmer on your cat. he he. Love the color, though. Happy Birthday! xx

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  26. 40 looks amazing on you Happy Birthday. I remember 40! Its such a young age still. Now at 57 seems a lifetime ago. Enjoy your 40's, they are a great decade for a women, everything is not sagging yet and you still have energy of your 30's. after that its all downhill wrinkles,sagging, aches, pains and illness.

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  27. Happy birthday, Jen! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I turned the big five-oh this year and I've been having a hard time with it. Forties? Piece of cake. (No pun intended.)

    PS - you are beautiful. :-)

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  28. 42, your such a baby still! I love being over 40 ;) we can do what we want and yes Joy is so much easier to find with maturity! Happy belated Birthday!

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  29. Oh Happy Happy Birthday! You look fabulous! Yes, Joy is the ticket, and loving life. And doing and being. Enjoy your Christmas! Kit

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  30. The happiest of birthdays to you, Jen. Such a delicious day!

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  31. Good for you! Happy Birthday! I love being in my forties ; I figured out that being genuine and living in the moment ( as cliche as that sounds ) fills me with gratitude and joy at the important things.
    Merry Christmas!
    K

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  32. Happy Birthday beautiful! Oh I remember 42 - it was fabulous...I'll be 51 shortly. : -) Joy is my fountain of youth - glad you found it. Merry Christmas!

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  33. Happy Birthday Jen! So glad you enjoyed your special day! And that cake looks yummers!!! Your girl did a great job!


    XO's,
    Jessie

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  34. Happy Birthday - you do not look 42!! I think it looks like you had a wonderful day! And I want to know what lens you got!

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  35. Belated Birthday wishes and many more! It sounds like 42 is going to be a great year! How sweet that your daughter is knitting for the cat. My sister and I both taught her girls to knit when they were younger. I was so proud to see that my 15 year old niece has finished an infinity scarf. It has certainly been cold enough to wear it too.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a cozy and very Merry Christmas!

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  36. Happy, Happy Birthday, JJ!
    I miss you.

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  37. sounds like a perfect day. Happy Birthday to you and Merry Christmas!

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  38. happy birthday and merry christmas beautiful you.


    love,
    me

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  40. Happy Birthday beautiful! I love reading about your joy, I feel it my friend, I really do! :)
    xoxo

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  41. happy birthday!!!! i'm so behind on your life...but you look gorgeous!!! love and many blessings!!! ashley <3

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