4.05.2012

STATE OF THE MEG: It's my party and I'll...


It's my birthday and I'll shop if I want too...
It's my birthday and I'll drink if I want too...
Ya know, the important things.

So starting today I have one year left in my 20s. Oh, I mean, I'll be 29 forever...
I literally just got off the phone with my much younger brother and he said, so what are you 28? I said, no twenty niiiiiine. And he was like, WHOA, really!?! 29!?!

Above is one of my childhood (obviously) birthday parties. My mom slaved over that Rainbow Brite cake with a rainbow coming out that she hand frosted. My little ornery sister took her finger right across my rainbow frosting and put it in her mouth. I. WAS. LIVID. You can't see it because it was on the other side, but it's a funny story, and that was a pretty sick cake. And did you know the recently redesigned Rainbow Brite... gotta be honest, a little too Lisa Frank for me. I loved Lisa Frank, but want the old school cartoons to stay old school!

More embarrassing photos after the jump.

About 29. I mean there is a giant difference between 28 and 29. 9 is so... ending of a decade. But it's cool, I'm totally cool. Not freaking out at all. :/

No really, I think most things get better with time and therefore I don't care about getting older (ask me again in 10 years). People, relationships, men. Can we discuss... what is it with men!?! They get more handsome every year (my hot Mr. included, well that's mainly who I'm talking about besides obviously George), and us women well, I mean it's just a lot to keep up with. When I think about the time I spend "getting ready" or "preventing wrinkles" or well, pedicures are pretty sweet so that doesn't count, but it's a lot of freaking time for all that getting ready! Women can't just workout in the middle of the day without a shower, WE HAVE TO GET READY AGAIN! Too much time.

Back to the age thing, every birthday I get introspective. I can be very hard on myself, but it drives me and that's just who I am. My expectations are very high for myself, and I won't be satisfied until I'm there, and I always feel like I could do more to get there. I do need to work on being in the present because I want/need to live life now, but at least I'm aware of that. I'm always looking for personality traits to work on, and I've got several that are my words for this year. That's another entire post.

For your enjoyment I've included a few photos of previous birthdays. Sorry Erin (my sister) this is gonna get embarrassing.


I think this was my 2nd birthday. My cousin Adam's birthday is just a few days before mine, so we frequently celebrated together. Hello Sesame Street party! Again, pretty sweet cake my mom frosted. That must have been the year I received my coveted ginger Cabbage Patch Kid, Francis. I learned to french braid on Francis. Let's be honest, the older ones are way better than the new ones they have now.


I think if any of us pull out our scrapbooks from 2nd grade, it would look similar so... Observe.

1. Remember when ribbon barrettes were all the rage? My mom made us so many!
2. AND we had puff painted jean jackets. So cool. Mine was southwestern themed (I guess that was cool back then?). My mom was obviously crafty, hence the artist in me.
3. We would frequently celebrate with breakfast before school at McDonald's (the glory days of Mc-E-D's in my opinion). Hot cakes of course. I ALWAYS spilled my syrup everywhere, but I refused to let anyone else open it for me and I'd get it all over myself. Pretty sure this day was no exception. Why? Why are kids so weird?
4. Balloon barrettes too! No shortage of barrettes at our house.
5. Why? Why did put the tennis racquet over my face? I was really freaking excited about that hot pink tennis racquet. Wish I would have played through high school... same with piano... hindsight is always 20/20.

There's no number for this, but ummm haircuts? Yikes.

21 comments:

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

Megan, for someone who always seems so completely together and who gives such amazing advice to others (seriously, people, HIRE HER if you're looking for career/blog direction!!!), it's refreshing to see that you're actually human. Sometimes I wonder :)

Love you and celebrating you today!! And probably all the way until NYC because that's when you'll finally get your gift. oxoxo

And also, those photos. are. awesome.

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

Happy Birthday, Megan!! These are such fun photos!! Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, ribbon barrettes (I always wanted those, but had short hair)...trips down memory lane are always so fun!

Enjoy your day and your last year in your 20's!

laura parke said...

happiest of birthdays to you, megan!!! i am loving your honesty in dealing with aging. i never thought we'd be talking about aging in our 20s but birthdays to bring about introspective thoughts. you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. i can't wait to see what this year holds for you. i'm cheering you on the entire way!! cheers and happy birthday!

Sara said...

I can totally relate to everything in this post! I also had shoelace barretts. Happy Birthday!!

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Hahaha, happy birthday Meg! And great post. 29 will be great, and 30 will be even better!

xx

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Happy birthday, doll!! There is so much to discuss here. Prepare for the longest comment ever...

1. Men. I can't even talk about it. Joe gets more handsome every day without even trying...meanwhile for me, lines are appearing and even looking at refined carbs makes me bloat up. I'm lucky to "do my hair" one day of the week. Gah.

2. I'm the exact same way in terms of being the hardest on myself. I can never celebrate meeting any of my goals, because I reach them and think "Cool. What's next?" My expectations propel me forward too, which is good, until all of a sudden I get into the mindset that what I'm doing is never enough. Ya know?

3. My mother never let me have a puffy paint denim jacket, nada. I think she thought it was tacky. I was so mad at her. The most I could get out of her were coordinating outfit sets and slap bracelets. She also didn't French braid, and ergo, I never learned. It was disastrous at sleepovers in elementary school.

colls said...

Happy birthday Megan!! That is so exciting! I felt I had to write because MY 30th was yesterday. I will forever love bdays, with or without Hallmark. :) Speaking of which, I have decided to move on from Hallmark in 2 weeks to make the move to Dallas. I've accepted a new position as an AD and will be moving to be close to my boyfriend and my sister and his sister. I can't wait and hope to keep in touch with you as a Hallmark alum and also because I'm a religious follower of your blog.:)
Hope you have the BEST day! :) Colleen

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

Hilarious photos. I'm 29 too so I know how you feel. I feel as if so much more should be accomplished before I reach 30 but oh well if it doesn't. Happy birthday.

Georgina Si said...

Happy Birthday - I hope you have the most wonderful day! This year going from 25 to 26 seemed like nothing (no huge significance). I guess 30 will seem a bit different?

I look forward to reading more and potentially hiring you for help with my lifestyle blog!

xo Georgina

Type-A(shley) said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy all of the shopping, drinking, etc. You deserve it:)

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

You are awesomeness, Birthday Girl. Love that you broke all this out for us. And I can relate on so many levels on some of these trends... but did you ever have the permed mullet like I did? Probably not. Bold. ;)

Happy Birthday!

la la Lovely said...

Happy Birthday! Live it up girl! And I love the Rainbow Brite Cake...she was my fave!
xo . trina

The Zhush said...

Happy Birthday! Talent obviously runs in your family with those crafts and cakes! Adorable then, Beautiful now...enjoy!xx

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Awe happy birthday, Meg!

As someone who has sadly already crossed over the 30 hump, all I can say is relish this year. You've accomplished so much and are an inspiration to all of us. Keep on rocking girl!

(And I hope I get to meet you at blogfest! We can all primp and pedicure together ;)

designstiles said...

Happy belated birthday now. I'm holding on to my twenties for dear life. I've only got a little over a month until my 30th. Deep breath.

Oh sisters. I just told a story on my blog about how my sister made me feel dumb for wanting to sport an Easter hat.

Morgan said...

Oh Meg--I just love these photos and how introspective you get on your birthdays! i think we all should do the same and i'm not so great about it

By the way, one of my very favorite parts about this post is that your mom is wearing a rainbow striped shirt for your rainbow party! that's pretty darn cute if you ask me :)

I love you, Meg!
Happiest Birthdays to you!
And, coming from your older, yet not necessarily wiser friend, don't be scared of your 30s right around the corner, they've been my favorite years yet :)

Cheers! can't wait to celebrate in NYC baby!

Nat said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! Don't worry I turned 30 this year and surprisingly I'm handling it much better than I thought I would. Everyone keeps telling me your 30s are better than your 20s so I'm hoping its true :)

Nikki Rappaport said...

Hope you have a fabulous birthday weekend Meg! It was great seeing you this week! xo

hollyfoxenwells { threelayercake.blogspot.com } said...

loved this post. Definitely struck a cord with me as I am nearing the end of an era (my twenties). Amazing to look back, knowing the future is so bright :)

xxo
holly foxen wells
www.threelayercake.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

This was a great post! Happy belated birthday. My bday was the 5th as well. Hope your day and weekend was amazing. :)

Erin Wear said...

I only forgive you for posting those horrible pictures because you are older and will be 30 much sooner than me. How do you even have those pictures? Always keep in mind, I live closer to Mom, and if you continue to post embarrassing pictures of me, I will have to hunt some down of you from her and post them on my blog! Lucky for you, only 4 people read it. =)

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