Reflections as I turn 35…

There is nothing like a birthday to make you feel really loved!

Today I am 35 – and as the cartoon Cathy would say “AACK!” Side note – I can’t believe that the Cathy cartoon has ended its run as of yesterday – the end of an era!! Now what cartoons will my mom and I cut out and give to each other?? 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has wished me a happy birthday.. .it really means so much.

I really can’t believe I am 35. I must quote my favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally:

Sally: “I’m going to be 40!!”

Harry: “When?”

Sally: “SOMEDAY!” 🙂

I was thinking back last night to when I was 25, 15, 10, and 5 – and where I was in my life at different points. It’s funny, you think you’ll remember all the details of your life – every celebration, every funny moment, but I am realizing you really don’t. Certain things stand out in your mind and then others I find myself scratching my head. This is one of the reasons I started scrapbooking shortly after getting married in 2001 – to record those moments.

When I was 25…

10 years ago – where was I? It was October 2000 – I was working full time as a District Manager for Vector Marketing. I loved my job but was wondering what else I was missing.  I was working in Whittier and living in Seal Beach. I loved Seal Beach – in fact it’s probably one of my favorite places to be. I was living in a studio the size of a closet – no joke, it was probably 400 sq. feet. I had not met Paul yet. I did not know that in 6 months I would meet my future husband and father to my 2 boys! I was not dating anyone… I remember feeling like “gosh I am a quarter of a century old!” I don’t remember who I celebrated with… but I do remember wondering when I was going to meet “Mr. Right” – little did I know, he was just about to enter my life.

When I was 15…

It was October 1990… I was a freshman in high school. Later this month I would meet the boy I dated for 2 years – my 1st love and my 1st broken heart. I wish I knew then, what I know now – that I was smart and pretty and much thinner than I thought I was! I was so self-conconsious – wishing I was as cool as the popular kids – and wishing I had better hair 🙂

When I was 10…

October 1985… Ironically a few months ago I found a VHS tape of my 10th birthday party at my parents house. If you haven’t seen a video of yourself when you were a kid, I recommend digging around to check one out. It was surreal – my adult self watching my 10 year old self. I was watching it and remembering just how I was feeling – awkward, not a little kid but certainly not a teenager yet, and trying to fit in. I looked at who I invited – and I thought “why did I invite so-and-so?” – and the answer was because I was trying to fit in.  All in all though, I am really lucky – I had a great childhood, wonderful parents, and really happy memories. Also, I just realized MY mom was 35 when I was 10. I never thought of that before today.

When I was 5…

How many memories do you have when you are 5? I have scattered memories from when I was 4 and 5 – some of them are kind of like dreams – and others are pieced together from pictures and stories from my parents. I don’t remember my 5th birthday – but I remember being in Kindergarten – I was painfully shy and so attached to my mom. I turned 5 one month after being in Kindegarten, so from then forward I was alway sone of the “younger” kids in my class. I still remember my teacher, my classroom, my stuffed animal squirrel that got lost after bringing it for ‘show and tell,’ my favorite dolly, my bedroom…  5 was a good age. 🙂

So now I am 35, a mom to two amazing boys, married to a great guy who totally puts up with me 🙂 and daughter to the world’s greatest parents.

I have my dream job and I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends. Today I woke up to my 3 year old Owen coming into bed and opening my presents for me (he loves presents), and our 3 week old Luke waking up next to us in his Pack ‘N Play. I am going to spend the day with Luke – still on maternity leave, and enjoying every moment because even in my sleep-deprived and bad hair state – I know these moments will pass by too quickly.

Than you everyone who has touched my life and made me feel so special today and everyday… xoxo

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4 Responses to Reflections as I turn 35…

  1. Marisa Cox says:

    What an awesome blog Katie!!! LOVE it! What a good idea to think back at all those big moments in your life. It takes a lot for me to try to remember that far back!!! You are a great writer, I loved this! Keep it up!

    • Jack Graham says:

      Katie — daughter of my life — that was absolutely beautiful all of your reflections. I cried reading it, all of your personal reflections. It’s amazing how time goes by and you ask yourself, where did the time go? Mom and I are so blessed to have you as a daughter. We wear our new moniker “Grandma and Grandpa” with lots of joy, pride and love to you, Paul and the boys.

  2. katielance says:

    Thank you so much Marisa!! I really appreciate it. I love reading your blog too! Thanks for the feedback!


  3. katielance says:

    Thank you Dad – that really means so much. We are so happy for you guys in this next phase of your life – as grandparents!! Love you so much!

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