Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oh No the Big 4 - 0 !!

Yesterday was the big day - - I turned 40 and still lived to tell about it.

Then & Now:



Here is a picture of me 40 years ago - - haven't aged a bit have I?!?!? I actually tried to find a picture with both me and my parents in it. Since I am the oldest I figured that they would have TONS of pictures and they do have quite a few, but not so many with both of my parents in them. I guess Mom was always taking the pictures and Dad was the designated baby holder.
For those of you who read my previous post about my goals of "Four Before 40" (http://queenredhen.blogspot.com/2008/07/four-months-but-whos-counting.html) Here is an update on just how I did on those goals:

1. Loose weight - 140 by 40. Weelll, I didn't quite make this one (shocker right?!?) I am 4 lbs. away (what's 4 pounds among friends?). Anyway, I am not giving up on this goal. I don't know if I will ever weigh 140, but I would like to be more tone and loose the muffin top/bakery rolls that seem to have invaded my mid-section.

2. Do some cool physical feat. I chose the 112 mile bike ride around Utah Lake. For full details on this adventure click here: http://queenredhen.blogspot.com/2008/08/check-this-one-off-list.html

3. Add some culture and learn a new skill. I have been taking violin lessons since January of this year and will be playing the violin in church in December which is (gulp) only a few weeks away. I have been practicing The First Noel Pachelbel Canon like a crazy woman as I don't want to completely embarass myself and don't want the 12 year olds that I will be playing with to show me up. Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be an update.

4. Don't sweat the small stuff - learn to have fun with my kids. I am doing better at this. I think this is an ongoing thing though. The other day we were out running errands and my kids have been begging to go to Carl's Jr. for lunch for-EVER. We passed it and they asked again and I thought "Why not? The laundry can wait." That was such a small thing and didn't really take that much time out of my day, but they loved it and talked about it for the rest of the week.

I have to say I had a really great birthday. Mark and I went to dinner on Friday night at one of my favorite restaurants - Cafe Trio - in SLC. Then he totally surprised me with a night at the Grand America Hotel downtown! We have a friend who helped get us a really good room rate (Thanks Fred - you ROCK!!) and our room was amazing!

Here are some pics to show you just how much of a redneck I really am:

It had it's own sitting room.


There was a plate of elegant goodies.


Check this out - it's a piano made entirely out of chocolate with chocolates inside of it as well!! What more could a chocoholic want?

Then of course I had to try on the robe and slippers - soo nice!


When we got home the next morning my sisters had done some handiwork on my house.

And Jade added the finishing touch!









8 comments:

Dave & Sherri said...

holy cow old lady! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! That is awesome. I should write important things like this on my calendar! I hope you had a fantastic birthday - and you don't look a day over 1 :)

Karalee said...

Happy Birthday Jana! Forty is fantastic :)

iamwonderwoman said...

I hope you had a GREAT Birthday. We thought about you and it looks like you had a great time at the Grand. I sent you something in the mail that I had to get you when I saw it. You look FABULOUS at Forty!!

Michal said...

i am so proud of how well you've done on your goals. and i remember when you turned 30 and thought it was so old! time flies.

melanie h said...

Happy Birthday Jana!!! I hope you don't mind I found your blog off of your sister Heidi. (she is in my ward) I have loved getting caught up on your darling family. I remember you at 14- how could you possibly be 40??? Time sure does fly by. I'm glad to know you survived because then I have hope for myself in a few months. I know I say this everytime we run into each other but we really do need to get together and do lunch. I am new to the blogging world but you can find me at ry-melhansen@blogspot.com
Have a great day!!!
Melanie Hansen

Jennifer Taylor said...

Your 40 looks a lot better than mine! Great work on your goals!

Hollie said...

Jana, I am so glad that you had a fun birthday. Thank you for being such a great sister. I love you!

Kristin said...

Happy Happy Birthday Jana dear! Looks like it was a great one. My little bro works at the Grand, so we get rooms for special occasions too...love it there. You look fab for 40!!!