Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Turning 30

So I've been working on this post for DAYS.  And I'm at the point that I've given up.  I'm not even going to bother moving the pictures into any particular order even though they are definitely not in the order I would have put them up in.

I turned 30 on Monday.  It seemed like a big deal to me, which is odd because I started rounding up last year.  That's right, for a whole year now I've already been saying, "I'm 30" unless someone asked me point blank how old I was.  Rounding up to 30 was easier to explain the old woman inside me.  Such as, "Don't call after 9pm it's past my bed time.  I'm 30 I can't stay up late."  Or, "no I'm not going to the midnight release of {fill in the blank movie}.  I'm 30, I'm too old for that."  Or my favorite, "I really want a swim suit with a skirt.  I'm 30!  It's time."  

So leading up to my 30th birthday I thought a lot about a 30 before 30 list that seems to be popular.  I even tried to write one.  Then for the past couple of days I've been trying to recount 30 things I'm proud of or that I've accomplished.  It gets pretty boring.  So then I got out my "baby book" which is massive and started looking through it and laughed at some of the old pictures.  So I decided I'm just going to post 30ish pictures that I love.  Yep, that's what you're getting.  

I'm 30, here are a bunch of pictures that I deemed worthy of sharing on this momentous occasion.

1.  In Assisi, Italy. 2008

2. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.  2008

3.  Rhine River Tour, Germany.  2008

4.  Standard cheesy tourist picture.  Pisa, Italy.  2008

5.  Post gondola ride, Venice, Italy. 2008

6. Before going up the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. 2008

7. At the top of the Dumo in Florence, Italy. 2008

8.  Minutes after having Sarah naturally.  Yes, I look rough in this one and there are better pictures of me the next day where I'm not so puffy and looking like, I don't know, I've been in labor.  But this the very first picture of us as a family.  2009  Read More: Sarah's Birth Story

9. First annual company picnic pony ride picture.  Again, there's a better one but this one makes me laugh cause the horse was peeing and I freaked out. 2010

10. Post having Cody naturally, in my car, on the way to the hospital.  I have a bit of a "what just happened" look on my face.  2011  Read more: Cody's Birth Story

11. Half way through the Disney Princess Half Marathon 2013  Read about my race here: Disney Princess Half 2013

12.  Hot date with the hubs. 2012

13.  The zoo keeper talked me into feeding the giraffe by holding a piece of lettuce with my lips.  They call it a "giraffe kiss".  I call it hilarious, and gross. 2012

14. My birthday trip to Disney World last year with my mom, daughter, and friend Cam.  This was one of the sweetest pictures of Sarah (2.5 years old) with a character. 2012  Tons more pictures here: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Play and Dine

15a. Coming down the homestretch of my very first half marathon ever.  The St. Jude Half in 2012.  I wanted to die.  Read More: Race Recap

15b. Some of the signs my friends made for me.  They were cheering me on in Overton park and then met up with my family at the finish area.

16. Favorite picture of Chris and Sarah when we went down for the Princess Half in 2013.  (Sarah is 3 years old in this picture.)

17. Celebrating in Disney World after the Disney Princess Half.  If I had actually made a 30 before 30 list, this race was on it.  I'm gratefully for all my friends and family that made it possible for me to go.

18a. Body marked and getting ready to go set up my transition area for my first triathlon.  Doing a tri was also on my faux 30-before-30 list.

18b. Right after my first tri.  Read about it here: MIM Olympic Triathlon 2013

19.  Married my best friend.  2004

20.  I just think this picture is hilarious for some reason.  It's from Sarah's birthday party 2013.  See cuter pictures of Sarah and friends here: Sarah's Build a Bear Party.

21.  Cody's 8 month photo session.  This is my favorite picture ever of me and the kids. 2012

22.  Again if I had made a 30-before-30 list another thing on it was get my concealed carry permit.  I took the class two weeks ago and filed the paperwork for the permit 5 days before my birthday.  This was right after the shooting test I got a 100 on.

And finally, some pictures I got out of my baby book.  The book is too fragile to take the pictures out and scan them so I took pictures with my cell phone.  My phone was having issues focusing so I gave up after a bit.  But these pictures where was started the idea for this post.

23.  6 week old baby Natalie

24a.  2 year old Natalie

24b. 2.5 year old Natalie got chicken pox.  I like this picture, I can see a lot of Sarah in it.

25. 4 year old Natalie.  My mom made this dress, she saved it for my kids.  Sarah loves wearing it.

26.  Kindergarten Natalie, looking stylish in the middle of the front row.

27.  1 year old Natalie.  I like this one because I can see a lot of Cody in it.

28.  Peter, Emily, and me.  Obviously as the 3rd kid clothes don't fit.  Ha!  I'm really hoping this picture is around halloween.

29.  Can't remember how old I am but I'm modeling the Easter bonnet I made for school.  And by "I made" I'm sure I mean, my mom made and I helped.  When I showed it to Chris he said, "what is that!?"  Apparently not every school made easter bonnets and had parades?  Mine did, and it was awesome.

30.  Didn't look to see the age on this picture.  But clearly I'm a superstar.  I'm the one on the left.

Bonus 1: We took the traditional birthday picture at Sears each year.  I love that my mom did that.  It's great to look back and see each birthday picture.  Here's my 15th birthday picture.  Mom dropped me off and told me to bring home whatever package I can't remember.  Being on my own I thought it would be hilarious to pick the teddy bear background.  I can't remember if my mom was annoyed by my choice or not.  But I'm now 30 and I still think this picture is hilarious.  So clearly my humor hasn't matured yet.

Bonus 2: On my way to Hogwarts.  London, England 2008


  1. I didn't know how that teddy bear picture happened, but it's always been one of my favorites. It's right up there with your senior picture wearing glasses.

  2. Wow, I just read your post on Cody's birth story...wow! You are a rockstar! Seriously. I cannot imagine. Love the Europe pics too.

  3. I love this post, it's one my all time favorites so I just read it again. Very sweet. I absolutely LOVE #30. Do you really think you had to tell us you were the one on the left? :)