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Turning 40

Turning 40 is really no different than turning 26.  If you are stressed about a birthday, it is usually all in your head.  Like the typical cliche, “You are as old as you feel” and I don’t feel a day over 26.  It think that is the age I got married! I feel that I have done tons in the last 4 decades.  I got drunk when I was 4, had a dog when I was growing up, broke my wrist in primary school.  nearly rode my bike into a ditch as a kid, moved across the world to a different country and culture, survived a year of high school in a foreign land, survived 4 years of engineering school, survived working with a bunch of engineers(loved them all), married the love of my life, had 3 kids, worked because I wanted to and not because I had to, and now living in another foreign land doing real estate.  Along the way, I have made detours but that is part of life’s journey.  On this journey I have also met many wonderful people who have taught me much.  Life is always full of blessings and surprises.  I am thankful for the last 40 years of my life and am excited and looking forward to the next 40 years of my life with God as my guide and all my wonderful friends.

This has been my best birthday ever.  I sometimes expect so much on my birthday and if things don’t happen that way I get upset.  Yesterday I made things happen, without too much effort either, just go with the flow.  I never really wanted a big party for my 40th so spending the day with Kyle and the kids was great.  Maybe my 50th birthday but then 50 sounds so old…  I guess when I was 30, 40 sounded old!!

I woke up early to do a little bit of work before the kids woke up.  I have been sleeping in so it felt good to get up and get some work done first thing in the morning.  We went to the leasing office as usual to get our morning cookie and then headed out to the library for Natalie’s story time.  After story time, we went for Thai food for lunch.  It was good but not as good as “Siam Thai” in Winnipeg.  It was nice thought that we had left overs and I didn’t have to cook dinner. Perfect.  After lunch we headed to the Asian grocery store for groceries and bought a guava, freshly picked the day before from Miami.  Love fresh food.  Here are the pictures of the fruit for those of you who havn’t seen it.  You eat everything except the seeds, it is supposed to cause constipation.  Andrew said that it tasted like a cross between an apple and a Jicama root.  Matthew said that it tasted like an pear.

guava

guava

Inside of the fruit.

Inside of the fruit.

We were home for the afternoon and then my friend Paola whom I met at the kids soccer came over to join us for dinner.  Wednesdays are movie nights here at the apartment so we all headed out to the movie theater to watch “17 again”.  We had our fill of junk food and came home.  Another friend of mine that lives here in the apartments also brought me some Chinese dumpings that has to be eaten on your birthday.  Unfortunately we already eaten so we have lunch for today!!  one day late….

My 40th Birthday was a busy day and fun filled day shared with my family and all my friends, ones here and the many that sent me wishes.  I am grateful to all who remembered me and made my day special!  Thanks…

6 thoughts on “Turning 40

  1. Jorge

    Amelia,
    You are a great writer. I enjoy your postings. I wish you a happy birthday and a happy day everyday. Take care !
    Jorge

  2. Marcia

    Hi Amelia,

    I am glad I got to read about your birthday! You are an amazing woman 🙂
    Guava reminds of Brasil and reading your blog made me think of the past. Good memories… I feel blessed that we crossed paths here in Ottawa.

    Wishing you many happy years 🙂

    Love,
    Marcia

  3. Phaedra

    I still wish I could have taken you out for lunch! Missing you and your family. Also missing all the big events in your life when your mom would come and cook for everyone! Mmmmm

  4. Post author

    Thanks Jorge, I enjoy sharing my stories with my friends. Thanks for the happy day wishes.

  5. Post author

    Hi Marcia, I am blessed that our paths have crossed too. One day soon, it will cross again and we will be able to play!!

  6. amelia Post author

    Hey Phaedra, I am going to take a rain check on that lunch, I am wishing sushi. How about you come over to the ‘Peg for my mum’s dinner?

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