Monday, October 4, 2010

Farewell Age 26

Another birthday has come and gone. Jeremy was nice enough to schedule his vacation over my birthday so we could go back to Utah to spend it with family and friends. It was so nice to be back home, surrounded by friendly, familiar faces. It was a busy trip, bouncing from breakfasts, to lunches, to dinners and we had a lot of fun spending time with people we love.

I've welcomed in the age of 27 and will try to treat it well. As I consider the many things I could possibly do with 27, I'm taking a fond look back at 26.

26 will be remembered as a year of big changes. I got engaged, I got married, I moved to Seattle, I watched Jeremy graduate from medical school.. There were many things that others may not consider to be monumental that were important to me. I spent priceless time with kids that taught me more about life than any school ever could, I visited new places, I said goodbye to people I love, I strengthened old friendships and made new ones, I kaboshed some negative relationships, I donated blood for the first (and second and third) time, I lost my favorite pet, I volunteered with friends.

And sometimes 26 was just plain fun. I went on vacations with girlfriends, learned to shoot a gun, went to an NFL game, learned to carve on my snowboard, appreciated Sunday Fundays, traveled with Jeremy, watched my niece learn to walk, had a denim bachelorette party, smiled everytime Cohen and Bridger said my name, rowed a boat, made up dances with a 10-year-old.

When it's all typed out like that, I realize how lucky I am to live the life I do. 26, you've been good to me and I'll miss you. 27, nice to meet you. You've got some big shoes to fill.


Marcus and Amy said...

What a fun post! I love it!

I had a baby @ 26.
I am learning to be a mom @ 27 (and for the rest of my life!)

Miss you!

Brittany Barnes said...

I dont know why I am crying right now. I miss my Ashley! Bwidger Naffan Barwnes woves you vewy vewy much! He also says your name Ash-wee. Don't know why I never thought of that one....he must be my kid! I miss you tons and tons!

Reid, Megan and Jackson said...

Hello 27 year old Ashley! I am sure you will continue to love life like you always do- that is something I always admired about you. Don't ever change that no matter how much changes!

Oh and are you working again? I wasn't sure if you found something or not.

Happy Birthday!!

Jeanette said...

I too had big changes at 26! However at 32, I know there are lots more to come and welcome most of them with open arms! :) Happy belated birthday! :)

AS Amber said...

Hey cute girl! It's Amber, from The Buckle.

Such a cute blog! I'm a blogger, too. Freaking love it. Anyway, I found your blog from Facebook. I've just been thinking about you for the past few weeks.

Looks like you're doing great! Married and in Seattle. Awesome! Good to see you!!