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My 30th Birthday Weekend...

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

Last weekend I turned thirty, a milestone which to be honest I wasn't particularly looking forward to. I was quite happy in my twenties and as it loomed ever closer I felt a little disheartened about the thought of leaving them behind.

In fact, I had one of the most lovely weekends that I have had in a very long time.  Mr E and I haven't really 'done' birthdays since the girls came along, not properly anyway.  But he went all out for my 30th, and I was spoilt and treated all weekend.  I know that I am very lucky to have my husband and all that he does for us the majority of the time, but he really did make my birthday so special and I am so thankful to him for that.

He had planned the whole weekend.  On Thursday night we went over to my Dads for dinner which was a nice pre birthday celebration.  On Friday, my actual birthday we went to meet some family and friends for lunch in the pretty little village I went to school.  Then Friday night I went out for dinner with my Mum's side of the family.  Saturday we went off shopping for the day while my Mum had the girls and I got to spend my birthday money.  It was great to buy a few clothes as I was in desperate need for some wardrobe updating.  Saturday night we had a double date with Lucy and her hubby which as always was great fun.

On Sunday we dropped the girls off at my Dads and headed off to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire for our first night away since we became parents.  We have been away as a family, or separately but never together without the girls so it was a real treat.  We spent a relaxing day before having some dinner and drinks in the evening.  We stayed in a lovely boutique style hotel called The White Hart in Nettlebed which I would thoroughly recommend.  After a mini lie in, we headed back to our girls on Monday lunchtime and were treated to the best cuddles.

Here is our weekend in a mixture of big camera and iPhone photos...

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Yippee- pressies!

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I was in total shock when I opened my presents, Mr E had completely and utterly treated me.  I got lots of lovely bits, and from the girls I got an iPod shuffle which he had engraved with 'To Mummy Happy 30th, Love Mads and LL.'

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He got me a gorgeous set of stacking rings and a new watch which I was blown away with, and he thoughtfully got it engraved with a lovely message.  Serious brownie points.

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Our little family at lunch.

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This girl was in her element with all the attention.

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On Saturday afternoon after we got back from shopping we took these girls to the park to let off some steam.

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Enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

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Enjoying the river in Henley on our first night away.

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Relaxing.  We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.

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Standard.

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We stopped off at this beautiful little village called Hambleden for a walk in the sunshine.

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Our room for the night was gorgeous, we took advantage of TV watching in the bath. ;) 

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Selfies.

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We sat in a pub for ages reading magazines, one of those silly things you miss when you don't do it anymore.

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Selfies by the river and pink fizz.

All in all it was the most amazing weekend and I feel sad that it's over.  I couldn't have asked for anything better for turning thirty and I feel so lucky to have my husband, girls, family and friends who made me feel so special.

Now it's back to reality with a bang and lots of washing, work and cleaning to catch up on.  

But with lots of happy memories.

 

Comments (67)

  • charlotte

    charlotte

    11 March 2014 at 09:07 |
    Awww. Looks like an amazing weekend. I love those stacking rings - so pretty. Welcome to your thirties - my best decade so far xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:21 |
      Thank Charlotte, it really was!
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    11 March 2014 at 09:17 |
    Aww you certainly had the weather for your trip away! Looks like you had a wonderful time!xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:21 |
      We couldn't have asked for nicer weather, it was just lovely. Thanks Harriet. x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    11 March 2014 at 10:20 |
    Looks like you had an amazing time! You only turn 30 once so it's great to make it something memorable. I love your rings, so pretty and something personal. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:20 |
      Exactly! And we certainly celebrated it nicely. x
  • Actually Mummy...

    Actually Mummy...

    11 March 2014 at 10:22 |
    How lovely! I adore that ring - such a sweet idea. Happy birthday Mrs!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:19 |
      Thanks Helen and yes aren't the rings gorgeous?
  • Carie

    Carie

    11 March 2014 at 11:03 |
    Now that's definitely turning thirty in style! When H and I turned 30 (same birthday) we were 8 months pregnant with Kitty and I think our presents to each other included a buggy and a baby car seat! I enjoyed my 20's but I have just loved my 30's (so far), I think they're a rather wonderful decade and you've definitely started as you mean to go on!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:18 |
      Hehe we don't normally celebrate birthdays like this so it was nice to be treated. And how weird you and hubby have the same birthday! x
  • Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    11 March 2014 at 11:07 |
    Oh you beauty! You're looking really lovely Katie. I love your hair at the moment. It looks different - or is that just me? I'm so glad you had a special 30th birthday. You deserved it. xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:17 |
      Ah thanks Charlotte, I have had my fringe put back in, maybe that was it? And I have lost a bit of weight too since I started this exercise regime! x
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    11 March 2014 at 12:15 |
    Yay! I love that you take photos of your presents all wrapped up! So do I! You look like you had a wonderful weekend and quite right! Hip hip hooray xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:16 |
      Of course, you have to set the scene! ;0) x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    11 March 2014 at 13:37 |
    Well done to Mr E, what a wonderful, thoughtful set of pressies. Glad you had a lovely weekend xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:16 |
      Thanks I know he did so well, I was a little in shock when I opened them all! x
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    11 March 2014 at 15:10 |
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday, looks perfect!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:16 |
      Thanks Bex, it was lovely. x
  • katie

    katie

    11 March 2014 at 15:33 |
    um, bit jealous here, I am struggling to even remember what i got for my 30th but i'm sure it wasn't as good as that haul! The rings are beautiful.
    So glad you had such a lovely weekend, i would definitely have included a bit of magazine reading in pubs too - certainly something i used ot do a lot of in the before time x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:15 |
      hehe thanks Katie, I know, normally I get a little gesture so I was blown away by what he got me. And yes magazine reading in a pub with a nice cold drink is just about the best thing ever! x
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    11 March 2014 at 15:50 |
    I am happy to hear you got totally spoiled! You deserve it lovely.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:28 |
      I did thank you! x
  • Twiceamummy

    Twiceamummy

    11 March 2014 at 16:54 |
    Wow looks like you had a good birthday. We live quite near to Henley it's gorgeous! :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:28 |
      It was lovely, and Henley is so beautiful isn't it? x
  • Donna

    Donna

    11 March 2014 at 20:30 |
    Oh lovely post, glad you had such a lovely and full weekend. Love the photos of yours and Hubby's time alone - You look like young love all over again! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:27 |
      It was wonderful thanks donna. x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    11 March 2014 at 20:40 |
    Wow what amazing weekend! And you had such lovely weather too! I'm 30 in a couple of months, it doesn't feel right, I don't feel like a 30 year old! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:27 |
      I know I still can't believe I am 30! 30! And with two kids. I am officially an adult! x
  • Kerry Dyer

    Kerry Dyer

    11 March 2014 at 20:53 |
    Aw looks like you had a lovely weekend! :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:27 |
      It was great, thanks Kerry! x
  • 3yearsandhome

    3yearsandhome

    11 March 2014 at 20:56 |
    It looks like you had the most amazing weekend. How to celebrate in style! I'm 40 in a couple of years and I have my sights set on an immense celebration ... preferably jetting off without the boys for a few days. With two years to go, it's just enough time to prepare my mum and dad ;-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:27 |
      Yes immense celebrations for 30/40/50 is just a rite of passage isn't it? Yes they will be fully prepared for that idea by then. ;) x
  • Kerry

    Kerry

    11 March 2014 at 20:58 |
    Glad you had a lovely birthday, looks like you had a fantastic time. Lovely photo's as always :) xx
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    11 March 2014 at 21:37 |
    It all looks perfect. Glad you had an amazing special time with your gorge family xxx Ax
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:26 |
      It was wonderful, thank you .x
  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations

    11 March 2014 at 21:55 |
    Sounds like the perfect birthday!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:26 |
      It really was, thanks Claire. x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    11 March 2014 at 22:41 |
    It sounds like such a perfect, yet busy, birthday. So wonderful and so well deserved. So many fantastic presents too.
    The photos are beautiful. The one of you and LL made me say "wow" outloud, it's stunning. You look beautiful, great way to head into your thirties xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:24 |
      Ah thanks Lauren, it was the perfect birthday. x
  • AJ

    AJ

    12 March 2014 at 09:29 |
    Birthdays aren't realyl the same after kids, are they? Looks like you made a great iem of it though! Neither my or my wife are allowed to open any of our own presents any more...!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:23 |
      No they aren't but this one certainly was. He has already said not to expect it on my 31st. ;) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:50 |
      No definitely not the same, but Christmas is even more fun with little ones! x
  • Kirsten

    Kirsten

    12 March 2014 at 09:53 |
    Wow, I am so glad I have come across your blog! What beautiful photos. Looks like an amazing weekend was had. And those RINGS! Are they rose gold? I bloody love rose gold. They are beautiful nonetheless. Yayy I love finding new favourite blogs :) :) :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:22 |
      Ah thank you Kirsten! Rose gold is lovely isn't it? Will go and check out your blog now. x
  • Kelle

    Kelle

    12 March 2014 at 20:05 |
    So glad you had such a wonderful birthday and were so spoilt - you deserve it lovely.
    You look amazing too x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:22 |
      Thanks lovely. x
  • Emma

    Emma

    12 March 2014 at 21:40 |
    Awww sounds like an amazing weekend Katie. Isn't your hubby thoughtful? and excellent at present buying!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:22 |
      He is definitely very thoughtful, he got the romantic gene in our house I am afraid! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    13 March 2014 at 11:14 |
    Happy birthday to you! Sounds like an absolutely perfect celebration. I'm glad you got to spend some quality time away with the hubby. You took some amazing photos, too!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      13 March 2014 at 15:22 |
      Thanks Stephanie, it was a wonderful weekend. x
  • Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    13 March 2014 at 14:28 |
    Happy belated Birthday! Looks like you had a great weekend. Do you think My E could give my other half tips on how to celebrate birthdays? ;)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:53 |
      Haha maybe I should hire him out. ;)
  • Mummy of Two

    Mummy of Two

    13 March 2014 at 20:21 |
    Sounds like you had a lovely 30th - I was pregnant for mine so it wasn't the most fun! 30 really isn't that bad, especially not when you have little ones to look after and keep you busy! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:09 |
      I bet it was lovely having a baby in your 30th year though! x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    13 March 2014 at 20:52 |
    You've certainly celebrated turning 30 in style, and we loved being part of it too. So many lovely photos, what a lovely reminder of a great weekend. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:09 |
      It was great my bestie being a part of it. x
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    14 March 2014 at 16:16 |
    many happy belated birthday wishes Katie
    you were indeed spoilt and rightly so and such thoightful and wonderful gifts you recieved.
    the photos show off your weekend of celebrations beautifully and look at the hotel you stayed in - gorgeous.
    i am envious of you just starting, out your 30's as I (sadly) near the end of mine - enjoy them with your family, you are truely blessed x x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:10 |
      Ah thanks for such a lovely comment Jenny. x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    14 March 2014 at 21:15 |
    Happy happy birthday!!! Looks like a realt lovely long weekend. I love your 3 rings. So lovely!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:10 |
      Thanks lovely! x
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    14 March 2014 at 22:58 |
    These photo's are lovely, looks like you have really celebrated your 30th in style.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 21:10 |
      We certainly did. thank you! x
  • The Twinkles Momma

    The Twinkles Momma

    16 March 2014 at 13:38 |
    Happy, happy birthday lovely girl! It was my beautiful boy's birthday last Sunday — you were both certainly treated to the most gorgeous weather on your birthday weekend! :)

    All 3 of my boys — the Twinkles and their daddy — have a March birthday! I am surrounded by little Pisces fish!

    I loved looking at your pics — we lived in Marlow until a couple of years ago, so Henley and Hambleden were part of our old stomping ground! I felt really nostalgic seeing the photos of where we used to hang out!

    Enjoy your 30s! Caro X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      18 March 2014 at 19:38 |
      We certainly were weren't we, it was such lovely weather last week. And it is a beautiful part of the world, what a lucky thing to have lived there! x
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    16 March 2014 at 22:05 |
    You look so happy, seems like the best way to celebrate turning 30 (mine is coming up this year!) So many thoughtful little touches and such a great to have a night away. I'm glad you enjoyed it xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      18 March 2014 at 19:38 |
      It really was such a wonderful weekend, it made turning 30 not so bad! x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    18 March 2014 at 21:45 |
    Belated birthday wishes beautiful lady. It looks like the perfect start to your 30's xx

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