30th Birthday

2010 in Photos


30th Birthday Party, January 2010
Snowshoeing in Bend, January 2010


Training! February 2010
Bike Crash, February 2010


Hiking in Seattle, March 2010
Shamrock 8k, March 2010


Training! Training! Training! April 2010


Reach the Beach Start, May 2010
Reach the Beach, May 2010


Hood River Anniversary, June 2010
Hood River, June 2010


Family Camping, July 2010
Brewfest! July 2010


Hood to Coast, August 2010


Photo Shoot, September 2010
Cooking Class, September 2010


Magazine Debut! October 2010
I Cooked a Whole Chicken! October 2010


My First Turbo Kick Class, November 2010
Our First Thanksgiving, November 2010


Lots of Family Time, Xmas 2010
Finally Got a Tree after 8 Years!

Happy New Year!

My 30th Birthday

Another blog I read, Heather’s Dish, was talking about birthdays and I wanted to share how I celebrated my 30th birthday this year. It was back in January (before I had a blog).

I confess that I wasn’t looking forward to 30. The number freaked me out. To remedy the dread I was trying NOT to feel, I decided to plan a shindig to celebrate.

I made dinner reservations at Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon.Β  It’s a very cool old hotel with several different bars and restaurants in it, a spa, a golf course, and a winery.

My friends surprised me by bringing a princess crown, cape, sash, and a My Little Pony doll (’cause every princess needs a pony). It was quite the surprise.

Birthday Girl

There was a lot of good food and wine. Since this was pre-blog, I didn’t take a picture of the food. But Michael and I split an order of crab-cakes, and then I got a steak with mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. So good!


It was a fantastic night and I had a great time with all my friends. The next morning, Michael and I left for a mini-vacation! We went to Sunriver, Oregon (by Bend) and stayed at Sunriver.

Sunriver was amazing! Our hotel room had a gas fireplace in it (my favorite part).

Sunriver is the perfect vacation spot for active people. The resort had miles and miles of trails for running, biking, and walking. We were there in January, so no running or biking. But we walked to their spa several times. I swam in the exclusive spa pool as well (and had it all to myself).

Spa Pool

We ate a lot of really good food. One night, we went to the fancy restaurant nearby (at the exclusive golf course) and ate a wonderful dinner.

Fancy Dinner

The first course was crab fondue. Oh. My. God. So good.

Delicious Fondue

I got the fish for dinner. I believe it was salmon and crab legs.

We also got massages (heavenly) and went snowshoeing on Mt. Bachelor.


Snowshoeing is one of my favorite activities! It was Michael’s first time and he loved it.

Snow Bunnies

If you haven’t tried snowshoeing, do it! It’s such a fantastic work out.

Snow Shoes

We also saw people doing dog sled tours. It looked cool but I had mixed feelings about it possibly being cruel to animals, so we skipped that.

Mt. Bachelor is gorgeous.


Sunriver had outdoor heated pools and several hot tubs. It was really cool to sit in the hot tub outside, surrounded by snow!

Bend has a few breweries as well–and famous ones at that. I drank a lot of beer on vacation. πŸ™‚

Deschutes Beer

We also did some sledding! Fun!

Sledding Backwards!

It was probably my favorite birthday so far!

QUESTION: What is your favorite birthday memory?