Flirty 30

by Lesley on February 14, 2012 · 5 comments

in birthdays

Holy moly, friends. I am really, really humbled by all your sweet comments on Jonathan’s post. Was that a tear jerker or what? I discovered the letter at 2:00am on my birthday morning, and it a perfectly sweet way to start the day.

I wasn’t going to recap my birthday, but I had so much fun I think I need to. Maybe it will inspire you to celebrate your own birthday in a big way. Because, here’s the thing: life is worth celebrating. We can’t take each year for granted. Each year is a gift, and some years in particular are worth the splurge. Like 30.

I’m convinced dancing, friends, sparkles and sweets should be party of every woman’s 30th birthday. I’m not usually a “pink” girl (I leave that color to my sister-in-law) but this year’s bash seemed to beg for a pink theme so I went for it.

I invited all the girls in my bible study to the par-tay which is somewhat funny in and of itself. It was tad bit different than our usual hang out, wouldn’t you say? We met at The Citizen hotel to get ready together–which is the best part about a girl’s night. (“Can I borrow your lipstick?” “Does anyone have a bra they aren’t wearing that I can wear?” “I hate my earrings, can I have yours?” “I need help with my hair! Somebody?!?”)

Speaking of sisters, here is my lovely Allison who came from San Francisco for the weekend. Isn’t she a beauty? After claiming she didn’t bring “anything” to wear, she then whipped out a little black number that was AH-DORABLE. She’s like that. I, on the other hand, had to brave Forever 21 a few nights before the party. It felt SO WRONG to be shopping at Forever 21 when I’m certainly not forever 21. I’m far from it. I’m a mom who is nursing a baby. I felt a little silly in there. But, alas, I secured a very tight and short purple sparkly dress and just went for it. Why not, you know? Just because I’m 30 doesn’t mean I can’t get dolled up for a night. But, if I’m still shopping at Forever 21 on my 40th birthday we definitely have a problem.

Dancing to Whitney’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody as the clock ticked into my birthday was quite possibly the best reminder that my 30s will be just as fun as my 20s.

After rockin’ the dance floor we returned to our hotel rooms, got in our jammies and started debriefing the night. We talked about the great food at The Porch, and giggled about that one awkward guy who tried to dance with all of us, and then decided we needed to do girls night again very, very soon.

On Sunday, the fun continued. Allison, Jonathan, Anna and I walked around the antique market where I bought a cute little ring and a few Valentine’s cards from the 1940s. We ended the night with a date at Ruth’s Chris. Jonathan gifted me a “certificate” good for attendance at a writing conference of my choice. I cried at the table…which…was not the first time he’s made me cry at Ruth’s Chris. I’ll save that story for another time.

I am so grateful that my birthday weekend was all that it was…thankful that Jonathan felt good enough to take care of Anna, and thankful we have friends like the Burch’s who watched her on Sunday night so we could have a romantic date. In the midst of a lot going on with him, I had a very extraordinary weekend when it really could have been so, so ordinary.

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Malisa
Malisa

I keep driving by The Porch and wonder if its good...what kind of food they have...etc. Thanks for the update. I recognize one of the ladies in your photo...but I can't remember her name. I only have seen her on my Instagram feed. (I'm thinking Ashley...) Great birthday present from Jonathan!

Allison Moore (Fuller)
Allison Moore (Fuller)

Hi Lesley, So happy to hear you had a great 30th! The pictures look like so much fun and made me excited for my own 30th in a few short weeks. We're doing it big in Vegas and I have to find that perfect sparkly dress as well. I too feel awkward at Forever 21, but you can't beat the prices for something you're probably going to wear once ;) What a sweet letter from Jonathan! You are a very lucky woman and clearly, he feels like the lucky one. We may not have been friends for years or even know each other super well, but from what I've seen, witnessed and experienced, you are a very loyal, fun loving, positive, hard working, get-er-done type of gal and I'm thankful to have met you way back when on the SMCSac committee. Cheers to future many memories and a rockin' decade in our 30s!

Laura Good
Laura Good

Yay Lesley! I had a similar party on my 30th birthday. I rented a limousine and invited 9 women friends to a party on wheels, We stopped at a number of hot spots in the Bay Area and "owned" the clubs we visited. A limo delivering 10 ladies to the door apparently is a pretty exciting thing for a night club!

Jeff
Jeff

It warms my heart to see my little goils with each other. I can't think of anything much better, than being a parent and watching their adult children truly enjoy being with one another.

Katie
Katie

I love the looks of this party! I was so hoping you would wear something sparkly and you did! I think I will start planning my party now too :) You desire all the best Lesley! Love you!