I turned older on Monday.I’m not a big fan of getting older, but I can’t complain too much when I’m surrounded by these people I adore so much:(Dave made me my traditional b-day favorite omelets for breakfast.)

Check out their cool wrapping jobs:Friends and extended family were nice enough to take me out to lunch and a couple breakfasts, and dropped off some delicious treats.(I must note here that these cupcakes were made with a dry cake mix mixed with one can of diet soda for the batter, that’s it. Good idea, huh?)

My sweet and very thoughtful Young Women heart attacked my front yard and brought me some delicious cupcakes.My seven-year-old gave me my own treasure hunt to guide me to find her gift (Twizzlers…mmmmm):

My house looked like this all day:And I was embarrassed by driving around in this for two days:
Elle made me a delicious b-day cake, we watched my old favorite “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” all together that night.
Yes, getting older isn’t fun, but I’m so thankful for so many nice people to help ease the pain.

Love you guys.


  1. Hi Shawni – you don't know me, but I met you briefly at TOFW in Salt Lake. I just think you're the greatest and wanted to wish someone I find totally inspirational a Happy Birthday!

  2. You don't know me either, but through your blog I feel like I know you! You are an inspiration and the kind of mama I want to be. Thank you for sharing your life & talents with others. You are incredible!
    And you don't look a day over 29!

    *I was in choir & went to college with your sister in law, Kara, which is how I found you. (:

  3. Happy Birthday! Lucky girl to have so many that love you spoil you and appreciate you! I'm four years behind you joys eh! You don't know me but I just love your blog! you are truly a beautiful mother inside and out! A perfect example to so many of us! Thanks for sharing you life!

  4. Shawni—Happy Birthday! I love your blog, thanks for sharing it! I have a question….in one of your pics in the background you have a "wall" of photos in like a collage pattern-love it! Are those shadow boxes open so you can change the photos? Or, how did you do them? Thanks!

  5. Happy Birthday, 'getting older' sure looks like fun in your home.

    I wanted to say I love your word for the year. I think as mothers we are stretched so thin as we try to control and direct all in our care. To be "present" is a worthy pursuit that will, (if we can let go of all the things we have told ourselves we must do here, now and perfectly), bring us joy.

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