middle aged, already.

Yesterday was my birthday.  Jonny asked me the night before what I wanted for breakfast.  I requested oatmeal with peaches (frozen ones, cooked on the stove in maple syrup.)  He thought my request was lame because it involved everyday, boring, oatmeal.  I thought it sounded great because it involved peaches.  To jazz it up, Jonny added whipped cream.  Silas dipped his bacon in the oatmeal cream mixture and thought it was great.  Jonny also bought orange juice, but because we aren’t used to having it in the fridge, we all forgot about it and didn’t drink any.  That’s good for today’s breakfast though.

The girls picked out tulips for me and also bought “me” truffles with their own money.  I put “me” in quotes, because actually, they bought the truffles because they wanted them.  It was all a trick, and I played along by letting them eat my truffles.  Keats shyly handed me a wrapped package that contained a box of tea.  He chose the flavor himself, and I proclaimed it my new favorite (black tea with pomegranate.)  A gift from my mom had arrived in the mail earlier in the week, complete with what can only be described as a “Glamour Shot” of me taped right to the front of the brown paper.

Then, at the end of the day:

Jonny baked an apple cranberry crisp for my birthday dessert.  I had no idea that Larkspur had insisted that he buy birthday candles for me at the grocery store.  Jonny helped Larkspur count them by fives, all the way up to thirty five.  That’s a lot of candles!  I can’t remember the last time I blew out birthday candles.  I highly recommend it, although if you are middle aged like me and require lots of candles, you might want to choose something firmer than a fruit crisp for your dessert!

All in all it was a nice and easy, quiet birthday and I am very thankful for another year.  And now, I guess many of you will be celebrating the new year tonight!  Have fun!  I will be going to bed early myself, one of my new year’s resolutions.

p.s.  On Saturday morning, I picked up one of my very best friends and a whole lot of camera equipment, and we traveled north through a bit of snow to photograph a very special wedding together.  It’s not very often that one has the privilege of working side by side with a close friend, capturing the wedding of another dear friend’s firstborn son’s wedding:  maybe once in a lifetime.  I can’t get over it, truly, I can’t.  If you’d like to see more photos of the big day, please visit Elizabeth’s blog.


  1. Just getting caught up since before the new year-how fun to realize we’re the same age!

  2. Thirty-five isn’t that old. I’ll be turning thirty-three tomorrow (Jan 7)…

  3. Sounds like the perfect day, loving and sharing, adding the year with a ‘spoonful of sugar’ and happy smiles/

  4. Happy Birthday! One of my favorite herbal teas is white tea with pomegranate from Trader Joe’s. It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday that was low key and relaxed. That’s what I’d like for my birthday this year. That is if I get around to celebrating it. My daughter turns two, 3 days before I turn 44. She’s the more important celebration.

  5. Happy Belated Birthday – the oatmeal actually sounds wonderful! I loved the wedding photographs and Elizabeth wrote the most beautiful article about that day and your being a part of it, I couldn’t help but cry about the tenderness of it all.
    Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year in 2013!

  6. I always thought “middle aged” means “in your early sixties”?.. Must be some cultural difference, then. 🙂 Happy birthday, and happy New year! Blessings!

  7. Happy Birthday, and Happy New Year! I’m also “middle aged” and my birthday is on Little Christmas! I was always so used to having an after-thought birthday (being so close to all of the other holiday celebrations) that I’m still surprised after almost 20 years when my husband makes a big deal of my birthday 🙂 I wonder if I’ll have a forest of candles to blow out this year ??!!

    And the wedding photos- Oh my goodness, I cried. So beautiful.

  8. Happy Birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday, and Happy New Year!

    And I want to make that breakfast tomorrow – sounds delightful!

  10. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year!

  11. Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy birthday, Ginny! I sure hope 35 is not middle age since I am your senior by quiet a few years! With some of my kids still being quite young, I’d like to think I’m just approaching middle age… and even then, I am going with the old saying, “You’re only as old as you feel!” 😉

    Elizabeth said such kind things about you on her blog… and, as always, your pictures are beautiful. What a treat for you being able to be there!

    May God bless you with many, many more birthdays! +JMJ+

  13. Happy Birthday! Since when is 35 middle age?! I’m a wee bit older and still feeling quite young! What a wonderful birthday breakfast from hubby. That is our family tradition…breakfast in bed!

  14. linda gaylord says:

    happy birthaday,ginny! and many,many more beautiful ones,like all the ones that have gone before….

  15. Happy Birthday, Ginny! Lovely job with the wedding photos.

  16. Jane George says:

    Happy Birthday, hope it was as wonderful as it looked. I am at the other end of your middle age, hoping to get at least another decade. Happy and Healthy New Year

  17. Happy Birthday! I am totally offended that you think 35 is middle aged! What does that say about me! lol, just kidding.


  18. Happy Birthday! How beautiful to be surrounded by all of those blessings.

  19. Happy Birthday Ginny! You bring such joy and inspiration with your blog- love you all!

  20. Happiest birthdays, Ginny!

  21. Happy Birthday!! And all the best for 2013!

  22. Happy Birthday Ginny and those wedding shots are just gorgeous! I bet there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

    San xxx

  23. Happy Birthday Ginny, I feel like writing ‘Happy Birthday my Friend’ as I feel I could sit at either of our kitchen tables with a cup of tea and then stroll through our gardens! I turn 35 in two sleeps! Blessings and love sent across the seas! Rach x

  24. Happy Birthday Ginny! It is really nice to know you! Have a nice evening today! And a happy New Year of course!

  25. Ginny, I can’t say how much I love this, and you! Happy day-after-your-birthday. xoxox

  26. Happy day!!!!! Sounds like your family went all out to make it special!!! (as well they should……35 is a biggy, although not NEARLY as big as the next one I crawl over….I’m definitely OVER the hill, but glad I’m still tripping around the sun.) The wedding photos are spectacular—what an amazing gift you gave your friend.

    Happy New Year!!!

  27. Happy Belated Birthday, Ginny!

  28. Happy birthday, Ginny! I turned 35 on 19th December, nearly the same:-). good luck to your beautiful family in the New year. Katerina

  29. I thought 40 was middle age?? Most people live more than 70 years….at least up here in Canada they do.

    Happy birthday and happy new year!

  30. Still a tiny bit younger than me ;o)
    Happy birthday!
    Beautiful wedding-shots!

  31. Happy Birthday!!

  32. Happy birthday ginny! 35 can’t be middle aged because that means you only plan on being 70. i think middle age is 50. lol you have a long way to go.
    beautiful wedding photos.

  33. Happy birthday, Ginny! You are a blessing to me. And WOW. To be able to photograph the wedding…what an honor! I can’t think of a better person to do it than you. I have no doubt the pictures will be stunning.

  34. Happy Birthday, Ginny! Thanks for sharing it with all of us! I adore you and your blog!

  35. Happy 35th, Ginny! Oh you’re still a sweet young thing!

  36. You’re such a sweet mom to let them eat all the chocolates. Beautiful photos and Happy Belated Birthday!

  37. Happy birthday! The wedding shots are stunning–they made me all teary; I hope we get to see a few more! Happy New Year! (I, too, will be ringing it in with an early bedtime 🙂

  38. You have such a sweet family. I love how the girls bought you chocolate so they could eat it. Athena bought her daddy a kitten calendar for Christmas and of course she hung it in her bedroom for him.
    PS 35 isn’t middle age. I am middle aged at 47. You have many years left before then. 🙂

  39. Happy birthday and I love the bridal photographs! So unique and “un-posed”.

  40. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day with the family. Best wishes for the new year!

  41. Happy Birthday! And what a treat to get to share your talent for photography in such a special way for a dear friend and a happy young couple!

  42. Happy Birthday! I am closing in on 45 so I think 35 is actually young young young!
    I love that baby eating oatmeal and bacon. That would be my perfect breakfast also.

  43. Happy Birthday! Middle aged? Bah humbug! lol
    The wedding looks amazing, her dress glorious. What a special gift to be able to photograph it!

  44. Happy Birthday!! I forgot how close our birthdays are — mine’s the 27th. I rather like having a birthday close to Christmas, don’t you? I mean, now that I’m a grown up and all. 🙂

  45. Happy belated Birthday!!! Happy New Year!

  46. Happiest birthday to you, my dear, and many blessings on your next trip around the sun… xo

  47. Happy belated Birthday and a Happy New Year.

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