Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Today, I am 35 years old.  I have no problem admitting my age and I've never really understood the dread some people face with each birthday.  I guess the whole "I'm one day closer to the long sleep" is kind of depressing in one sense, but I don't know. I don't think of  it like that.

This is what I looked like 35 years ago.
 Don't worry, I'm not all "Grow old gracefully? Why, I'm fighting it every step of the way," either.  It's just another day with the added bonus that  
See? All about me.

Anyways, you may have noticed some changes to the blog.  For my birthday, I have revamped my blog design.  It's an ongoing process, so there may will be some more subtle changes along the way but I wanted to get something up over the weekend.  I'm still learning and I'm not exactly the most visually creative person in the world.  This is a touch out of my comfort zone, but I'm fairly pleased so far.

Dad, Grandpa, Leslie & 2 yr old DANA!

I'd like to thank Kate from Mommy Monologues (& 2711 Designs) for helping me find the tree image in iStock and helping me develop a direction for the update.  (She's on a break from blogging & blog design right now)  I also want to point out that the branded social media links for Facebook, Twitter, etc in the sidebar on the right are free images courtesy of Icon Dock. Eli Rose Social has a great tutorial for adding social media icons to your blog, plus links to other free images.

This is my 3rd or 4th birthday. The frog is "Fleegle."

Later this evening, my sister is babysitting Klaw so that Chris & I can go out to eat at some fancy pants restaurant and just worry about feeding ourselves.  We don't get out much with out HULKSMASH Klaw, so this will be a nice treat.

Oh, my 2nd birthday cake is my earliest memory.  Those Disney characters had different shapes under their feet and I remember licking the icing out of them.  That's it.

25th Birthday in Charleston

30th birthday in Monterey

What's your favorite birthday memory?  I have plenty of terribly embarrassing birthday memories, but I'd like to focus on the positive today since this is some sort of milestone.
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