So, today, I turn 31. This past year has literally flown by. It seems as if each year goes by faster than the previous one. Gosh saying something like that makes me sound old, doesn't it? It sounds like something my mom. . . or even my grandma would say!
If someone would have asked me what I wanted to have accomplished by this age, I would have basically described the life I am living: be married, "own" my own home, have a kid or two, and stay at home taking care of them. That pretty much is what is happening. I am exactly where I hoped and planned to be at this point in my life.
I spent most of my life reaching, trying, doing, and generally exhausting myself. My goal for my thirties is to try and be content with what I have. . . because I truly have so much to be content with and grateful for. As is the human condition, however, I still have found myself trying to do, to be, to have, to strive for bigger, better, and more. While I think this is a good quality and certainly has served me well in the past, I don't want to lose sight of what's really important. I have truly been so blessed, and can only hope that the next 31 years bring half as many wonderful fortunes.
Will and I have a playdate with good friends this morning and then M is taking us out to one of my favorite places to eat tonight. I am giving myself permission to do absolutely nothing during Will's nap today and might even rent a girlie movie off of cable that I know M would have absolutely no desire to see - or I might just nap. Both sound heavenly. I usually feel guilty if I do "nothing" during his naptime, but today is my birthday after all.
Oh, and cleaning update: They were about average in what I have priced out before and I liked the company representative that came to the house (though she was over 30 minutes late, which wasn't a great first impression, but she was very apologetic). Some neighbors of ours gave us a referral to their cleaning service (and their house always looks clean) and so I set up an appointment for another estimate next week. I always like to get at least two quotes so I can compare and possibly even use one as a negotiating tactic.