First I wanted to say I will be ‘out of the office’ for the next several days.


It is my 30th birthday weekend!

Paul arrived home yesterday to say, “Babe, we are leaving for New Orleans tomorrow through Monday!”

This is one of our favorite cities and we are lucky enough to have a lot of family there!

We try to go at least once a year – to enjoy everything NOLA has to offer.

One of the coolest places for photographs, dining on the most scrumptious [and not so healthy] nibbles, sipping on daiquiris, site seeing, experiencing culture and unique people watching.

I am thankful to be turning THIRTY… having birthed three children, becoming a wife to a strong and wonderful man, being part of a beautiful [BIG] family and building friendships with so many good hearted people – during my 20-somethings, I wonder if 30 will live up to it?

The twenties brought some freedom and fun, with plenty of responsibility early on – as I had my son at 22 – young and single.

I met some of the best people in my life and grew with my old friends.

Lessons were taught, through days that I lived.

The twenties taught me how to be courageous, strong, selfless, kind, giving, while also learning from plenty of mistakes and selfish actions.

My heart grew. Opened up. Wrapping itself around precious lives.  Lives I couldn’t imagine living without.

I cannot dream of what this new decade will bring, but I have a feeling I will be engulfed in a vast amount of LOVE.

Here’s to you THIRTY – It will be an honor… to finally meet you and live as a thirty-something.




.humbled and happy.


“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!”

(NOLA 2010)

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Karin Happy Birthday, Arden! I hope you have a wonderful weekend in New Orleans. :) I’ve never been there, so I’m looking forward to more awesome photos from you. I loved my 30’s and here is something to look forward to…40’s are even better. Seriously. :)September 16, 2011 – 8:08 am

Sharen Happy Birthday! My husband and I got to spend 3 days in New Orleans earlier this year when we had our HUGE holiday to America (we live in Australia) and we LOVED it there. New Orleans just has it’s own energy and we loved exploring around the French Quarter. Our favourite place was Preservation Hall – 3 hours of spectacular jazz music – bliss!September 15, 2011 – 5:14 pm

Tiffani Happy Birthday Arden! Hope ya’ll enjoy your weekend!September 15, 2011 – 3:48 pm

Keri Happy Birthday! Oh have fun. I loved seeing the pictures. Makes me miss home.September 15, 2011 – 1:33 pm

Micah Folsom what wonderful years you had in your 20-somethings. i’ll bet your 30-somethings will be even more rewarding!September 15, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Life with Kaishon So excited for you. You make 30 seem fantastic! I love your attitude about life!September 15, 2011 – 1:19 pm

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