|Farrah in Barbara Walters mode - me with a mouthful already|
|Check out this wad!|
|Diane, me, & Angela|
Perhaps any other cake, but not this one, made by my friend Amy, who designed it, baked it, and graciously accepted the praise from every party guest as we dug into this chocolate-peanut-butter ecstasy. I loved the book on top so much (it's made of cake, too!!!), I'm saving it to enjoy on the 13th (my actual birthday), if I can leave it alone till then!
In true Lindsey fashion I wrote a toast, and as I'm incapable of being brief, it stretched the length of one of those super long steno pads. Here is what I subjected my guests to before rewarding them with champagne...
Thirty. It probably seems silly to fear this number - after all, you've all already surpassed this particular milestone :) I've been hanging out in my 20's for so long, what's wrong with staying there and holding onto that college age mentality that says it's not quite time to grow up yet? But as all things do, life progresses, and instead of just planning where we're going next summer, I'm starting to plan for a family - though NOT YET. I'm thinking more about hand moisturizer, the threat of wrinkles, and how the hell do I already have grey hairs?! And just as I'm about to stomp my foot in protest and demand for all this to stop, I have to consider how kind life has been to me so far. And this getting older doesn't seem so bad because I'm so excited to see what comes next.
I celebrated my 20th with Chris at the Roadhouse Grill in Gainesville, FL ten years ago, and how lucky am I to be ringing in my 30th with him still. What I love most about this birthday is not only do I get to celebrate in this beautiful place with my best friend, I also get to do so surrounded by wonderful friends. I'm lucky to have you all, and grateful for the friendship and for the opportunity to know each one of you. As we're discovering more and more, it's the people connections that really make an experience, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making mine.
To what comes next.