Saturday, January 30, 2010

It’s my birthday!!

Hi, today I am 26, I don’t feel 26. I usually find myself reflecting on my birthdays about where I am and where I think I should be…and I am nowhere near where I thought I’d be at this point in my life. You know, career, marriage, house, and a baby. That was all supposed to happen by now….I think. There was no specific plan, I think I just thought I’d be further along. Is that common? Anyone else? 

Well regardless, I am in Brazil with my wonderful husband and living with my gracious in laws. Life has definitely NOT turned out how I planned, but I am so grateful for all the experiences I have had and I am having.

Not only am I 26, but I have also lived in Brazil now for 8 months. 8 months! I can’t believe I have been here that long! So I want to give you 13 things I love about my life right now and 13 things I want to accomplish before I am 27!

1. My husband is my best friend, my rock, and everything I always wanted him to be (except the pooper scooper…but that’s an argument for a different day)

2. That no matter where I am, the church is the same! That I have a calling and the members care about us.

3. That I have gotten to know Sidnei’s family so well. And I now understand my husband a 1000 times better.

4. I am finally understanding the majority of what people say. And for the most part I can speak back.

5. I have lost weight without effort! WOO HOO! LOL Seriously my diet is MUCH healthier now and that is always positive. (The down side is not having clothes to wear)

6. I wear flip flops EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I love it. I only wear close toed shoes when I run or walk. Which isn’t very often.

7. I have a much greater appreciation for my family, my friends, and my country. So much so that you wouldn’t believe.

8. 13 things is wayyyyyy too many. Though there are many more things I love about my life…like Lime ice cream…Im going to skip to goals.

Things to do before I am 27:

1. Decorate our first house! I am VERY excited about this!

2. Travel a little. The first place I want to go is the beach. Next Our Preto. My dream is Buenos Aires.

3. Be able to read and write in Portuguese

4. Learn to put together meals and cook all on my own.

5. Travel to meet good friends who have been a great source of support.

6. Start doing some sort of exercise and stick to it. I think I’m going to start running in the mornings when Sidnei gets up for work…it seems to be relatively cool then.

7. Find a job.

8. Find a hobby. I can’t think of any hobbies I’ve ever had, unless you count reading. But I need to do something a little more productive.

9. Be a better wife and stop beating dead horses. Once I start I just can’t seem to stop myself!

10. Splurge on something that I want..something for me. I haven’t decided what that is yet.

11. And the goals have to stop now too…..just too many!

Happy Birthday to me! Parabens! Feliz Aniversario!

We are celebrating with family today. I had someone make a cake, my SIL ordered salgados, lots of sodas, and I’m going to wear the new shirt I bought myself! Pictures to follow!


Corinne said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a really great day and I am sure you will accomplish much on your list before next year.

Ballerina Girl said...

Happy Birthday!
It certainly seems like you are enjoying your life, with great goals to look forward to and great achievements already!
Congratualtions, Feliz Aniversario!


Keeper of the Skies Wife said...


Hope you have a beautiful day and that you reach all your goals before your next birthday.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday girl!!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

You have many blessings and some great goals.

Lisa Q

Queenie Jeannie said...

Happy Birthday!!

I love the adventure that is life!!! Go for it ALL!!!!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday Stephanie.
I dont know you personally but through your blog i have come to admire you soo much. You are a strong woman with many blessings who despite all of the challenges life has thrown at you, you find away to get over the speedbumps the road has with grace and a positive attitude.

thanks for your blog. and happy birthday again.

Megan said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Such great things to be grateful for and wonderful goals!! I hope you have the best day ever!!!

Sam said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Fabiola said...

My dear Stephanie.... Congratulations. Muita saude, paz e amor!!!!
I wish I was closer to you to give you a big hug.


Lin said...

Happy Birthday!

Betty said...

Happy Birthday Stephanie!
I hope you at least accomplish some of those goals. It´s always good to know what you´re working for.

Wendi said...

Happy Birthday Stephanie!
So glad you have embraced your new life in Brazil and are happy!
Enjoy YOUR day!

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American in Norway said...

Happy Birthday! Everything in due time. It will work out! : )

Shannon said...

Hope it was great! Happy belated birthday!

Mrs. Carioca said...

Happy Birthday! I love wearing flip flops too.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I'm just reading this now to wish you a belated happy birthday.

If you are in fact understanding and responding to most things people say to you, you should try reading some magazines here. You'll be amazed by how much you understand, and also, by how expensive the "revistas" are here. I personally love Veja, but once my reading improved, am liking Epoca too. The "fofoca" magazines are easier to understand (the articles are way smaller, and the content is pretty easy to get) but it's not that exciting to read for me as I know less than 50% of the celebrities they gossip about and photograph. But all in due time I suppose. Don't limit yourself to "kids books" and the like, there are A LOT of English and Portuguese words that are quasi-the same but just different pronuciation.

xoxo Beijos!

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