I’d blame this entire post on “baby brain” but really? When your youngest child is 8 years old, what’s the real excuse? I still haven’t figured out exactly how this actually happened.
About a year ago, my husband and I started planning our first trip to Europe. We’ve been so excited and I loved that we were able to finally plan that much dreamed about trip to Europe for the year of our 20th wedding anniversary, which also happened to be the year I turned 40.
To make things even more fun, I had the awesome opportunity to partner with Princess Cruises for our dream vacation. As I write this today, we are cruising through the British Isles, having already visited nine cities in three different countries.
We never would’ve visited this many different places on our own two feet. You know how much I love sailing with Princess and as it turns out, this has truly been the best way imaginable to explore new countries for the first time.
All of that said, we’re supposed to be celebrating my 40th birthday at sea tomorrow. (Remember Princess’s Chocolate Lava Cake? Yes, I plan to eat that all over again.)
Which leads me to this text conversation with my childhood best friend. I met Maya when I was ten years old and she’s been a part of my life ever since. I sent the first text (the bubbles in blue) to Maya on HER birthday a few months ago.
To say that we’re still laughing about this doesn’t even begin to cover it. How do you forget how old you are? HOW? This is so absurd and yet so fantastically laughable, I’ve decided to just own it and share it with you today.
(And for those of you wondering exactly how this could have happened, I honestly don’t know. My best guess is that at some point, I had the wrong age in my head for myself and then after time went by, I just didn’t realize it. It wasn’t obvious until my “big 4-0” birthday rolled around and someone actually did the math. Thanks again, Maya.)
I hope it makes you laugh as you can now be grateful for the fact that no matter what else is going on in your life today, you at least know your own age.
I don’t mind finding myself a year older, I still love my laugh lines and I’ve been actively looking forward to 40. I just can’t believe that I somehow missed the fact I have already turned 40.
So, tonight, this is 40, and I will be celebrating the end of my 40th year, and tomorrow morning, I will very happily celebrate my 41st birthday.
My sister Jenny was lucky enough to be with me on a Princess cruise through the Caribbean last year on her birthday. We ate at the Chef’s Table that night and we’ve joked ever since that there really is no better way to spend your birthday.
I’ve been sharing this trip with you on Instagram and to answer the question I’ve heard most often over the past week, Sean and I are cruising through the British Isles on The Royal Princess.
Over the course of two weeks, we’ll visit 9 ports and 11 European cities. London in England, Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Dublin, and Belfast in Ireland, Kirkwall in the Scottish Orkney Islands, Glasgow, Invergorden, and Edinburgh in Scotland, Giverny and Rouen in France.
To say this is a dream vacation doesn’t even begin to describe it. Cruising really does give you the best of both worlds.
You have the convenience of having a home base along with the fun of exploring so many new places. You can bet that I’ll be sharing more of this trip with you when we return home next week.
Until then, here’s to knowing our true ages and not really caring about the number. Let’s just make the most of each day we’re alive.
And just in case you missed my Birthday Project, this is something we do every year and I look forward to it immensely. You can read more about it HERE.
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to share my travels with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information about Princess Cruises and/or to book a cruise visit their website.