Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My 30th Birthday!

If you follow me on Twitter, you will probably know that I was most definitly not looking forward to turning 30!

I was really struggling to come to terms with leaving my 20s behind. They have been totally awesome, I married Craig, we bought a house together and had two children. So you can see why I look upon those years so fondly.

We also managed to squeeze in 3 trips to Walt Disney World whilst I was in my 20s, I think that this may well be the reason that I am so sad about leaving my 20s behind. As you well know I absolutely love Walt Disney World, I am obsessed with it, it is my happy place. Deep down, I know that there is no way we will be visiting my happy place as many times in my 30s. This makes me very sad. Short of a lottery win, I am going to be lucky to even visit Walt Disney World once during my 30s. As you can imagine, I am very upset about this!

But there was nothing I could do to prevent turning 30, so I decided to have my Birthday week down at my parents home in Poole, Dorset. I love it there, so knew I would be happy regardless of my age! I will blog separately about our lovely week away, so for now I will just tell you my Birthday story.

My Birthday was on the Monday, and we decided to go down on the Saturday evening after Craig finished work. It took longer than usual because Millie needed two toilet stops, first long trip with a potty trained toddler, and we knew it!

When we arrived my parents came out to greet us, help Craig, Chester and Millie take things in from the car whilst I carried on un packing. I needed to move my car into a parking space so didn't want to go inside first. I could hear Chester and Millie screaming with excitement, and thought nothing of it, they were so looking forward to the trip, I knew they would be excited to get there.

After moving my car, I walked into my Parents, to find my Sister, brother in law sitting there! I was in total shock! Then my Auntie jumped out from behind the sofa! I was so pleased to see them all, they all live close to me, so for them to travel all the way down to Mum and Dads was just lovely!

The Sunday I knew we were going out for lunch. Just before we had to leave for lunch My Auntie, Uncle and cousins family turned up, with my Nan! They all live in Southampton (aside from my Nan), so had to make a bit of a journey to come and see me too! 

I was so happy to see them and be able to have my birthday meal with them! We went to a chinese restaurant, which had a lovely, freshly cooked, buffet. It was a great meal, even Chester and Millie enjoyed it. I love that they are willing to try lots of foods, as I know I wouldn't of at their age.

When we got back to Mum and Dad's my Sister gave me my present, as they were leaving that afternoon. I was handed a great big box, which was packed with chocolate! She knows me so well! She then handed me two lovely new Pandora Charms for my bracelet. I was very happy, but cross with her for buying so much. Then she handed me an envelope, inside was a card telling me that we were going to The Ritz for Afternoon Tea and then to see Wicked the musical! It was from my Sister, my Mum and my Aunt. I couldn't believe it! I have enjoyed lots of Afternoon teas in the past, but never at The Ritz, and I have wanted to see Wicked ever since we didn't get a chance to see it on Broadway when I went to New York about 8 years ago!

I went to bed on a high from such a great weekend! Forgetting that when I woke up I would be 30!

My Dad knows me so well, he made me my favourite breakfast of Eggs Benedict, it was the perfect way to start my 30s!

I was then handed a bag of cards and presents from Craig and the Children. The cards were numbered so that I could open them in order. The first card was from Craig and inside was confirmation of a booking to Center Parcs! OH.MY.GOD he had booked us a holiday to Center Parcs! My favourite holiday destination in the UK! I was so happy! The next card had spending money inside, from Craig and other family members. The next two were from Chester and Millie and came with a present... some Monkey Nuts to feed the squirrels at Center Parcs! We will be enjoying that holiday later in the year, so will tell you all about it then.

Then my parents handed me a bag of presents too! I was starting to think that turning 30 wasn't so bad after all, and that maybe I should pretend I am 30 every year! My parents brought me National Trust family membership, my most favourite Pandora Charm ever... the Giraffe one (because it reminds me of my stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney), a photo book of some of the best Disney memories from our trip last year, a personal calendar with pictures of the children, some smellies and chocolate, and tickets to go and see Lee Evans in Bournemouth later that week! Lee Evans is my most favourite comedian of all time, I can watch his sketches over and over, and still laugh just as hard as the first time!

Because of the new National Trust membership we were going to head to Corfe Castle, but the weather was looking a bit ropey, so we decided to leave that for later in the week and head to the Tank Museum. None of us had ever been before, so aside from the obvious tanks, didn't really know what to expect. The tickets are a buy once use all year type and oh my gosh are they worth it! We spent all day at the Museum and still didn't manage to see everything! I wasn't sure if it was going to be my thing, but it was so interesting, they had so much to keep the children entertained too, with interactive displays and a tank show outside. Chester really enjoyed the Trench Experience, walking the footsteps of the WW1 soldiers. He was fascinated and asked so many questions. He also got to sit in the drivers seat of a tank that was used in WW2 whilst we were being told all about life on the tanks. Mille was happy to just follow her brother! It was the perfect day out.

My two best friends, who I have known since School sent my present down later in the week. They had brought me a new Pandora Bracelet and Charm. It really was turning into a Birthday week full of surprises!  They know me so well, I absolutely love the Bracelet and Charm, I am very lucky to have such lovely friends. 

WOW! What a lovely Birthday, fantastic memories. I have been thoroughly spoilt, I wasn't expecting any of it and I am truly grateful to everyone for the time and effort that had gone into making sure my 30th was magical. I had the most amazing few days. Thank you all very much!!!

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