Two weeks ago Wednesday I turned 27.  The last year has gone by in the blink of an eye (like I say in basically every single one of my monthly updates for Brooke).  My 26th year of life was a crazy one... as every other year for the last 8 plus years have been.

I had my second baby.  Lost our first fur-child.  Welcomed another fur-child.  Moved back home.  Said goodbye to the Army world... the only world my marriage and most of my adult life had ever known.  Baptized our second baby.  Celebrated a third birthday.  Hosted our first holiday for family.  Caught up with old friends.  And truly started to settle into our new normal.

And now I'm 27.

One of my best friends celebrates her 27th birthday in just under two weeks.  She asked me on the morning of my birthday if I felt any older.  I don't.  At all.  I'm another year closer to 30.  Which doesn't scare me.  It scares me how quickly time is flying by.  Sometimes I feel like we just graduated high school and were so excited at college and what it was going to bring and do for us.  Now we are all grown up with marriages, engagements, kids of our own.  We live across the country and are all on our own paths.

But when do we truly start to feel like adults and grown ups?

I was lucky in that my 3 closest friends from high school were all able to be in town the weekend after my birthday.  I had won a gift card to a local spa (thanks to this here blog!) and was able to treat myself and 5 others to an afternoon at the spa.  So we rounded up my mom and sister and all made the drive out to the spa.  We learned quickly we aren't grown up enough to follow the "quiet please" rules.  And when they tell you to stay hydrated, that clearly means with alcohol, right?  It was nice to get away from our new normals and just be us for an afternoon.  Be pampered, relax and chow down on some amazing food.  It was a really good welcome to 27.

Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri | AMAZING.  WORTH THE TRIP.

I'm hoping 27 is good to me.  Lots of good things are in the works and I am still loving every minute of being back in the sunflower state.  We are happy and healthy (finally after a week plus long bout of crud) and spring is rolling in.  All things that make the days just a little bit better.

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  1. How fun! I'm so glad you were able to celebrate with great people! :)

  2. Happy birthday, Amanda! Glad you had fun at the spa!! :)

  3. Glad you had a happy birthday!