Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18th

So today is my birthday and I'm not going to lie, I haven't really been looking forward to it. Actually I've been flat-out dreading this next milestone in my life like Lindsay Lohan dreads random pee tests. I'm no longer in my early twenties -or my late twenties, ahem - and it's a bit jarring because I can no longer blame my future mistakes, bad judgement or f-ups on my "youth" anymore, it's now time for me to take full ownership and responsibility for my actions for I am a full-blown Grown Up today. But I certainly don't feel my age (which is 29A if you haven't guessed already) or the need to grow up. Or to surrender to the fact that from now on I will be aging and sagging in places I wish would stay taut forever! But C'est la Vie and here I am, one year older. And wiser? I'd like to think so. Although I'm not happy about getting older I am happy about where I am in my life and feel blessed to live the life I do. My boyfriend reminded me of this when he threw me a surprise birthday party (along with the help of my parents) 10 days ago and forty of my closest friends and relatives showed up to celebrate with me. Last week I told you I'd post pictures so here we go. Bear with me, some of these photos are taken from a ways away on my mom's camera and aren't very clear (that and the fact I look like Satan with my red eyes) but I thought I'd share them with you any way. So, the night started out like this:

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I'm wearing my work clothes because that day I went directly to my hair appointment from the office, then to dinner with D. and afterward straight over to my parents house to see my nephew Kayden whom they were babysitting that night. I was itching to get over there because I wanted to spend as much time with K. as possible before he went to bed as it was getting late. Throughout our dinner D. was texting on his phone and I kept thinking, "How rude!" He said he was texting his friend who had a hot date that night but really he was texting my mom to tell her where we were and how long we'd be until we arrived. When we pulled up to the house there were tons of cars parked on the street but I didn't clue in at all. Hence the dorky surprised expression on my face when I opened the door to a choir of friends and family yelling "Supriiiiiise!"

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I was completely shocked. I had NO idea. People kept saying, "C'mon, you didn't know anything?" Look at my face in the first picture, do you think I knew anything with that  "Holy Shit" expression on my face??? D. did a great job of hiding everything from me. And that's gum in my mouth, not slobber.

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My beautiful cousins

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Here I am with Kristin, one of my best friends I've known since I was 8 years old. D. tried to fly in our other best friend who lives in Vancouver - I know, how sweet is he??? - but she had a mid-term that afternoon and there was no way she could have made it. She was there in spirit though and called me ten minutes after I arrived at my party.

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                          The Crew. FYI they didn't plan the all-white wardrobe that night ; )

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I don't drink but I made an exception this one night. Which lead to pictures like this at the end of it:

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That's my friend Jared. He's a lot of fun and was happy I was drinking.

Oh, I almost forgot about the BOOB CAKE!

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What can I say? My Mother has a very ODD sense of humor. Even D. looks confused.

Anyways, the party was so much fun - I let loose and stayed up waaaaay past my 29A bedtime. I felt so loved and so special that night. And in all seriousness, maybe turning thirty (there I said it) isn't all that bad. I was kinda lost and insecure and went through some really rock-bottom tough times in my early twenties, I started to figure myself out in my mid-to-late twenties and now finally I'm starting to feel comfortable in my skin as I enter this next decade. It's taken a long time for me to get where I am right now, to be content and know what I want. I'm ready to start the next exciting chapter in my life with D., my wonderful family and my amazing friends by my side. And some anti-wrinkle cream.
; )

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you a wonderful week!


Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

babes i had a surprise 30th this year too!!!! - aren't they THE best! - i had NOOOOOO clue either! - and it was on the weekend, which ummm thank god i "got myself together" - i tend to bum it out ... u look SO thrilled and happy! - and let me tell ya the 29A is FABULOUS - no one to this day believed i'm 30 and i'm not ashed - i LOVES it!!! .. and u can SO still blame youth - 3o SO ain't ain't! .. 50 is fabulous these day's!

NaomiDee said...

happy birthday!! your expression is priceless...they did a good job keeping that secret! and that boob cake really is awesome haha :)

Nikki said...

Happy Birthday Marie!!!!!
You look gorgeous in the pics!

Hope you have a fabulous day.


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Closet Fashionista said...

Aww how fun!! HAPPY BIRTHDAYYY!!!!
and oh my, that is one interesting cake ;)

Marie a la Mode said...

Cafe Bellini: I'm actually thirty! I call it "29A" to lessen the blow ; )

bananas. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! flirty and 30 and NOTHING to be ashamed of...because duh 30 is the new 20, right? ;)

i've always wanted to be surprised like that but i'm horrible. i would totally catch on and ruin it. lol. looks like a blast! you look so happy, even in front of a pair of teets! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Ah ha... happy birthday! You'll see, life just gets better... the thirties really aren't that bad :-)

Kristy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Gotta love the boob cake! hahahaha.. with a heart tattoo! SWEEETT :)

Caroline in the City said...

Happy Birthday! LOOVE that first photo of you! It's so genuine! Looks like a great party, you're a lucky girl! Enjoy this next year!



daisychain said...

happy birthday x

Pop Champagne said...

awww happy birthday! and lol at your cake!

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Courtney Erin said...

Happy happy birthday!!! And your cake is hilarious - love it.

xoxo ~ Courtney

Marie a la Mode said...



StyleFrost said...

Happy Birthday, wow what a fab surprise! I know exactly how you feel, when I turned 30, I was like 'its all over', how wrong was I! I've had the best time since then! Luckily you do not look 30 at all so you've got a long way to go before you're 'old'! x

Lena said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! That cake is idea :)

Lena xoxo

P.S. You have the cutest dimples ever!

Nikosmommy said...

Happy 30th missy! There I said it too...cuz I'm in my early 30's now too and so you've joined the cool club.
I'm pretty happy with my 30's so far...feeling like i know myself really well..getting to be totally comfortable in my own skin (so to speak).
Looks like a great party..tit-tay cake and all!

Nausica said...

Happy happy happy birthday!:)

collagevintage said...

Happy Birthday Marie!!! I have you had had a great day. You look stunning in pics.

Big kiss

The Zhush said...

Happy Birthday 2 U!

City Cinderella said...

I can't believe my brother was there doing his usual classy pose.
Happy Birthday miss.
I turned '29A' in July and ever since turning 28 I have been going through a realization-of-my-own-mortality kinda thing. I think it's starting to wear off though. I can get back to just living my life.
Check out this post that I wrote about it a little while ago and check out thelink I posted too:

eizzil89 said...

happy birthday. hope it was wonderful and that the next year to come brings much happiness

Tara said...

happy happy birthday!! such great pictures! :)

kindershopper said...

Happy XXX birthday! It just keeps getting better!

J. said...

That is quite the cake lol
I am glad that you felt/feel special on your special day-you deserve it!!!!
:) J.

Kara said...

Aww Happy Official Birthday, Marie!!!
Your party looked amazing and how awesome for you to see friends you usually don't a chance to see!
Hope you have a great day!! :)


genevieve, sandbox romance said...

That's pretty much the coolest birthday cake ever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May you find more joy in getting older, even if it sucks. Lovely photos!

Barttart said...

Yay! Thats so awesome they were able to suprise you :) Happy Birthday!

Natasha said...

Well I'm glad that you were able to celebrate your birthday in the end!! What a great party they planned for you...and I totally love the boob cake!!!

Vans said...

I notice the strangest things... you have beautiful dimples and lovely friends

Cara said...

Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin!!

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StyleFrost said...

Oh, I've tagged you in a post i've just done for blog awards! x

Indie.Tea said...

Happy birthday!
and you are so beautiful...your skin is so gorgeous and glowy!

Holly said...

THAT CAKE! hahahah

happy belated birthday!

this free bird said...

I've been in the woods at work and missed wishing you a Happy Birthday yesterday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I can completely relate to how your feeling - had a milestone of sorts myself in August and would have rather hid under the damn bed.

So happy to see you had an amazing surprise party to ease you into it. Honey - just drink lots of tea and be kind to yourself with olay nighttime wrinkle creme. You look amazing (i thought you were in your early 20's) and those two things will help to ward off the dreaded clock. Bitch that it is. Argh.


Catita said...

Oh Marie! Happy birthday, I usually stretch it so I can celebrate the whole week! In that case, I am still in time! So cool to have a surprise bday and I do love your mom's sense of humor! really amazing cake ;)

My Republic of Fashion said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!!:):) That surprise party looked fantastic, amazing pictures. Remember, you are only 29A years young! :)SarahD

Ms. Emily Ann said...

What a fabulous surprise party! You really look just so shocked! Love all the pictures, and that boob cake is hysterical! Happy one day late birthday!! Cheers to many more :)

Raez said...

ah! happy birthday! it looks like youhad a lot of fun anyways, even if you weren't looking forward to it XD at least you got a cool cake;)

xx raez

Snappy-Q said...

Happy Birthday!!! So fun that you had a surprise party!
Last year for my 30th hubby picked me up from work, and then took me to the airport and we flew out to visit my family for the weekend. I was so surprised!
I hope you have a great 30th year!

samantha said...

happy birthday honey. . you're 30 years old?really?! wow you look 27 and that's true. . Great job! great year ahead of you=)

Princess Feef said...

i dont think i told u happy birthday cuz ive been sick this week =(

happy birthday hun ,, may more to come ,,
hope u had an awesome time ,, hugs xxxx

Anonymous said...

happy belated birthday! Your expression in the first two pics just priceless! ;)

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