all in a week

Ok, so I’m 40. I’d like to be cool and pretend like it doesn’t feel old or like half of my life is over but it kind of does. I’m really feeling it is a turning point or a marker that will measure what came before and what will come after. If my first 40 years were about learning and becoming comfortable with myself than I hope the next 40 years will be about putting the knowledge to good use! I know there are exciting things to come and I’m looking forward to the ups and downs, successes and disappointments and challenges ahead. ¬†Whatever may come I kicked off this birthday in style and stretched it out for as long as I possibly could.

We started the week off with a quick trip to Copper Mountain in Colorado. They didn’t have very much snow but enough that I managed to ski for two days. There is something about being in the mountains that makes me feel right at home.

Even Henry got in on the action except that he takes after his dad and is a snowboarder! I think we will have to make Orla a skier so that the family is balanced.

12, 313 feet high! You can’t beat Colorado for the sunny blue skies and ideal skiing conditions. Wouldn’t you love to have a cabin on the hill like this?

Back at home, I had to rush to get my advent calendar together. Can you believe that there are only 18 days to Christmas?

Finally I have the best sisters, husband, parents and friends in the world. From flowers to clutches to rings to a performance of The National Ballet of Canada’s Giselle they really made my 40th birthday one to remember. Thank you. And to all of you who posted birthday wishes on my facebook wall, instagram feed and on twitter – I’m feeling the love! Here’s to the next 40.

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  1. Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a blast! have a lovely weekend..

  2. Jana
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    Is that the Cartier ring? Cuz that’s what I got for my fortieth as well! It looks like you’re off to a great start for the next 40!

  3. Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! What a lovely way to spend it. Did Henry take lessons? Our little guy is 5…I’m thinking we’ll teach him to ski or snowboard this year!

  4. Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    @Jana – It is! Don’t you love it – such a classic. I like to think that the 3 bands represent Myles, Henry and Orla.

  5. Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    @ Julia – Henry took lessons for two days. We started him on the snowboard but the instructor suggested we try him on some cross country skis then work up to downhill and finally snowboarding. I guess at this young of an age learning to shift your weight on a snowboard is quite difficult for the little guys.

  6. Posted December 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a great celebration.

  7. Jana
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    That’s exactly why John got the ring for me…it represents him, Tomas and Livi. It truly is a beautiful ring.

  8. Posted December 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    40 has it’s ups and downs just like any age,but what I have loved about being in my 40′s is the sense of empowerment,there are no such words as can’t or couldn’t or even shouldn’t,only watch me!!!!!! Congrats on getting here it is a milestone!

  9. Posted December 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    Happy 40 – I will join you in 3 weeks! Looks like you had a wonderful week :)

  10. Posted December 13, 2012 at 1:36 AM | Permalink

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week, would love to explore the skiing at copper mountain some time.

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