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34 Things For My 34th Year

You guys. I turn 34 today. Well, 30. The 4 is silent. Obviously. The thing is, my thirties have been my favorite years yet. I feel much more comfortable in my own skin, I care less and less of others opinions, I know what is important to me, Chris and I have found a good balance in our life, and of course…Zoe has brought more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined and I am so thankful everyday for our sweet sweet family.

Shout out to my birthday twin, Kate!!! We were born on the exact same day in the exact same year. How cool is that? We almost managed to have birthday twin daughters, Zoe is just a few weeks younger than S!

I thought I would share 34 things about me. I always like learning new facts about people, and who doesn’t like a list? Danielle shared her 34 things about her recently too.

1.I am originally from Pennsylvania. I have also lived in Missouri and Georgia. I lived in Atlanta the longest and felt most myself there, but Birmingham is feeling more and more like home these days.

2. My Spotify playlists are all over the board. More often than not, you will find me listening to music that is at least 10 years old or more. Isn’t the music from whenever you were in high school/collegeΒ  your favorite?

3. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with my BBA in Real Estate. I still work in the real estate field today.

4. My first memory is of when I was two and walking in my grandmother’s yard barefoot, getting stung by a bee. Still traumatized today, as I tend to run anytime a bee flies near me.

5. My favorite toy growing up was my Care Bear. Love-a-Lot to be more specific. She went everywhere with me. True story, I slept with her in my bed until I was 22 and brought Gracie home. I was afraid that she would try to eat her, so she stayed in my closet after that.

6. On my 18th birthday, my parents present to me is the butterfly tattoo that is on my right shoulder blade. My dad drew it for me. There are two hearts, one on each wing, that are in memory of my Grandma Jerry and Grandpa Carl.

7. The only bone in my body that I have ever broken is my big toe.

8. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast.

9. My first car was a bright red 1993 Jeep Cherokee.

10. I played the flute all through middle and high school.

11. My favorite colors are pink and purple.

12. The only country I have visited is Canada when I was ten years old. My sister was five.

13. I have been to 19 states: Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

14. I never went to prom. In fact, my senior year I worked on prom night.

15. My first job was at Kirkland’s. I started at the one located at Mall of Georgia and worked for the company until my first “real job” after college. I am still friends with my boss who hired me.

16. When I was a freshman in high school, my dad won tickets to a Matchbox 20 concert for me. It was my very first concert, and to this day, Hang is still one of my most favorite songs.


17. I have young parents. My mom always says that we grew up together. I have no clue how she did it, since I am nearly twice the age she was when she had me. She did such an amazing job with Tracy and I. I hope that I can have a close relationship with Zoe. One of my main worries is that I am an “old” parent.

18. My absolute favorite food is my mom’s homemade pierogies. She makes them every year for Christmas.

19. My favorite season is fall. There is something special about that first fall morning. You know the one….where it has a little crisp in the air and you can literally smell fall. All the gorgeous leaves, the cooler temperatures, the jewel toned clothing, football season. I am a fall girl!

20. Chris and I met on a dating site. We prove that they can have a happy ending!!! Today that isn’t so uncommon, but some people gave us a hard time about it back then.

21. For NCAA, I am an Alabama fan all the way. My second favorite team is Georgia. I cheer for the Steelers and the Falcons in NFL.

22. I prefer cookie cake to actual cake. In fact, I don’t like actual cake except for the icing.

23. Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip are my favorite ice cream flavors.

24. We all collect something, don’t we? My collections include antique character glasses and Chris and I have a pretty large vintage video game collection going. Also, I love designer purses and sunglasses and have a little stash of each. Treat yo self, I say.

25. I am an INFJ.I have taken the test several times over the years and always end up with the same outcome.

26. I can decide pretty easily on big life decisions if I like a car or a house, but please don’t ask me to pick where to eat.

27. When I was little, my dad worked two jobs and was a volunteer fire fighter. One of this two jobs was a paramedic. I loved when he would take me for ambulance rides. Anytime we were in downtown Greensburg, I would start saying Angel II Angel II and he would drive me by Angel II, the medical helicopter.

28. My first dog was a Dalmatian that my sister and I named Lucky, after our favorite Dalmatian in the 101 Dalmatian movie. My dad was actually excited that is what we wanted, as he had a Dalmatian named Sparky when he worked as a fire fighter.

29. I have always been shy. So much so, that my Kindergarten teacher tried to hold me back telling my mom that I wasn’t emotionally ready for first grade. My mom thought that was total crap and pushed me on anyways. I excelled all through school with my grades, so she made the right choice.

30. I can’t swim. My mom took me to swimming lessons at the YMCA in the second grade and part of the training was being thrown into the 12 foot end of the pool to do jumping jacks. That scared me for life. I made such a fuss and was so scared, my mom was embarrassed and we quit my lessons.

31. Chris proposed to me at Stone Mountain a little over a month after we started dating. I said yes and here we are over seven years later. Sometimes you just know what you want.

32. My little sister is the strongest person I know. I am thankful for her every. single. day.

33. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

34. I have never been to Disney World. I have been at a resort inside the park for work and got to see the fireworks show at night, but never actually got to visit the park. Now that we have Zoe, we are so going!!!!!!!!! If it is the only place I get to cross off my bucket list places to visit, I will be happy.

In honor of my birthday, treat yoself to something today. Since it is my birthday, the calories don’t count!

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  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World August 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Happy birthday!!! I love these different facts! They’re all so fun. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite too.

  • Reply Heather August 17, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday Nadine!! Mine was on Monday and the 2 is also silent with the 30 πŸ˜‰ Hope you have a great day! I love this post because I didn’t realize we had so much in common!! You’ve been to Canada, I live in Canada…haha πŸ˜‰ No but seriously Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie, my husband and I also met online, I’m an INFJ too πŸ™‚ This was such a fun post to read!!
    Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful birthday with a big cookie!!!

  • Reply Brittany Pines August 17, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Happy Birthday! And YAY cookie cake!

  • Reply Lauren August 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Happy birthday! I didn’t know y’all were engaged within a month! And I think I had that same Belle shirt… or else one of my friends did. It just feels familiar. And I totally still listen to the same music as high school and college!

  • Reply Laura August 17, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Happy birthday bestie! I THINK I knew most of these things about you, except for the swimming thing! πŸ™‚ Disney is going to be so much better with little kids – and it’ll be so fun to experience everything at the same time she is at the same time! Happy birthday again – love you!!

  • Reply Alyssa August 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Beauty and the Beast is and has always been my favorite, too! And I had like 4 or so years when I played the flute in middle and high school, and I didn’t go to prom either. So much in common πŸ˜‰ Happy birthday, Nadine!

  • Reply Teh Megan August 17, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday!

    We had dalmatians growing up. I’m sure that dalmatian breeders LOVED Disney for the spike in business.
    The picture of you and your car.. All the 90s lolz!
    Go to DW without Zoe first!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs August 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! The 4 is totally silent. I hope this is your best year yet!!

  • Reply Biana August 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Happy happy birthday girl! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead girl! Love the special bond you have with your sister! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rebecca Jo August 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Happy Birthday to you amazing lady!!!!
    You know Beauty & the Beast being your favorite makes me instantly like you more πŸ˜‰ haha
    I’m a ESFJ & I get that every time too πŸ™‚ I love those tests.
    I always wanted a care bear & never got one. TEARS

  • Reply Stephanie August 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Dani August 17, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I loved learning all these fun facts about you! I would not have guessed that you were shy haha! I love the meaning behind your tattoo, and the fact that your dad drew it for you. Do I spy an original Nintendo?! That’s awesome! I thought you had a Snoopy collection too? Ya’ll are too cute in your matching hats lol. I hope you get to Disney World! Happy, happy birthday!

  • Reply Alexandra August 17, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Happy birthday lady! I hope that this year is your favorite year yet! I love fall too, and Christmas… and Canada… hehe We do birthday pies at our house! I love all of the great throwback pictures.. I totally want pierogies now.. Xo – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Reply Alexandra August 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Oh and we had a dalmation as kids too! Her name was Dottie, and she was great! We both loved those movies as well. My sister actually has a dalmation of her own now. Her name is Dottie (2.0) heheh XO

  • Reply Amie August 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I so remember care bears and cabbage patch kids!! haha My friend had a jeep exactly like that, same color and everything. You are still young! I am 38..ugh I had Bowen when I was 36 so you are good!

    • Reply Amie August 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Oh and Happy birthday!!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine August 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I have been waiting all day to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY my sweet sweet friend! You are beautiful inside and out and I hope this day treatS you right and YOU ENJOY ALL the treats absolutely calorie free! More to love about you! Care Bear, pink, purple, Fall, Christmas and Lucky was precious! Hugs on your Day and week!!!!!

  • Reply Jess August 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Aww I can totally see Zoe in that pic of you and Chris. I have not been to Disney World in a LONG time, but I look forward so much to seeing Ellie enjoy it one day. I think I will have way more fun watching her there than I would enjoy it myself. Also, happy birthday!! I did not know you were from Pennsylvania. I kinda miss that area and am still getting used to the South. I love the weather up there… it’s so freaking hot here!

  • Reply SMD August 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Happy birthday! I love reading these.

    I also love purple and the music from college and soon after the best.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky August 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! when your’e reading to do Disney, let me know and I’ll tell you alllll the secrets girl. there’s a science to disney both navigation wise, doing it on a budget yet getting the most out of it! I AM DRINKING WINE IN HONOR OF YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm August 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Happy birthday!!! So glad to call a friend! I love this list. Your sock monkey hats are awesome since I collect sock monkeys. Also agree on pierogies – yum! And cookie cake! I’m obsessed. Have it for my bday every year and go often to get a slice throughout the year at Great American Cookie. How cute, I never realized you guys met online and got engaged so quickly too. We also got engaged quickly. Met online March 2012, he moved here and we met in person June 2012, engaged August 2012. Got to love a whirlwind romance! Is most of your family near you now or are they far away since you moved a lot?

  • Reply Darby Hawley August 18, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Yay hope you enjoyed your special day!

  • Reply Allison Arnone August 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Hope you had a great birthday!!! XO

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family August 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Happy 34th birthday, girl!! I love that Beauty & the Beast is your favorite. It’s mine too! πŸ™‚ I’m an ENFJ, but that E is only by a slight bit. I’m really in between the I & E, but lean just slightly toward the E over I. So you know, similar to you! AH! My first dog’s name was Lucky too! Also after the Lucky from 101 Dalmatians! He was a mutt, but I’ve always loved Dalmatians. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Audrey August 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    First of all, Happy Belated Birthday! (Again? Did I already say that last week? Lol)
    I have a bunny that I’ve had since birth. He stays on my nightstand πŸ™‚ Also, I WISH I’d only broken one bone in my life. Ha.
    Your parents sound amazing. I, too, am an INFJ. I LOVE your game console tower!
    So crazy that you’ve never been in to the Disney parks!! And yay for wonderful relationship that workout- regardless of how you meet or what pace things move at!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I love these posts so much because I feel like you can really get to know fellow bloggers! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie too, and I love that you love old school Matchbox 20! I swear their first album was always on repeat for me! Like I said before it sounds like your birthday was pretty spectacular!

  • Reply Danielle August 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I love learning more about you! So cool that you got engaged after being together a month and now have been together for 7 years. I love perogies, but never get to have them. You need to come visit Nevada!!! I love Beauty and the Beast, but I haven’t seen it in forever. I haven’t seen the new one yet either. I saw Matchbox 20 in concert too! We are so close in age and I feel like we had sooo much in common.

  • Reply kristen August 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

    omg i got stung by a bee when i was barefoot as well. i was a lot older than 2 though lol.
    matchbox 20 <3
    yay for happy endings with dating sites! who cares what other people think, if they gave you a hard time that's their problem, not yours.
    yay beauty and the beast! i love that you're wearing a belle shirt in your canada pic lol. and love the pic of you and your first car! so fancy!

  • Reply Carly August 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Happy belated birthday!! I love the story/meaning behind your first tattoo! I’m an INFJ too, and it makes me slightly raging mad that your teacher wanted to hold you back for being shy! Being more outgoing does not mean you are smarter than someone quieter! Can you tell that’s one of my pet peeves? lol. The picture of you and your care-bear is so cute!

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