Freckles in April: 26 on the 26th

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

26 on the 26th

Today is my golden birthday. I really wanted to do something big and special to celebrate but, as it often does, life got busy.

Instead, here is a list of 13 things I have accomplished by age 26 (not in any particular order):

1. Got married
2. Birthed 2 offspring
3. Ran a few 5ks
4. Went to college
5. Went to nine foreign countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Belize)
6. Read 146 books in one year (Janssen and I had a friendly competition in 2009. I kept track of my pages too: 45,671)
7. Participated in NaNoWriMo (same year as the book wars. It was a very literary year)
8. Stopped biting my nails
9. Ate an entire Cafe Rio burrito in one sitting
10. Swam with dolphins
11. Overcame my dislike of vegetables
12. Went on a road trip by myself
13. Took (somewhat mediocre) outfit pictures in (a pretty neat spot in) public

Wearing headband by me, Hanes shirt, Gap pants, thrifted wedges
Horseshoe necklace from Target, family necklace gift from my sis, other necklace is hiding but it was from church

Outfit inspiration

Here is a list of 13 things I hope to accomplish in the next 26 years (in no particular order):

1. Birth another child.
2. Write a book
3. Visit more foreign countries
4. Learn how to use power tools
5. Build something cool with power tools
6. Sew something from an actual pattern. Maybe a dress?
7. Run a half marathon
8. Get something I write published (and not on my blog)
9. Celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary
10. Read more good books (and don't bother finishing mediocre ones)
11. Grow my own vegetables
12. Stop being such a nervous flyer
13. Be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher and friend.

Every birthday I tell Aaron that I'm just getting better with age. Each year I feel more confident, more relaxed, more beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I'm kind of excited to see what 40 feels like. But for now I'm pretty happy being 26.


  1. Happy golden birthday! Love your lists, and I totally agree that every year gets better with age.... I do have weird-out moments every once in awhile about approaching 30, but it is pretty awesome being 26 (soon 27 for me!) in the meantime.

  2. Happy Birthday, Kayla! I hope you have a glorious day!

  3. Happy Birthday! I will turn 29 this year and I agree, I am feeling better with age. I'm definitely planning something fun for my 30th birthday, but just enjoying life and becoming a better me until then :)

  4. Happy Birthday! Your photos and outfit are beautiful! I realized that I really love simple, classy outfits like that. Also, I too want to do a half-marathon and maybe, just maybe, a marathon. But I should probably start with a 5k, huh? Haha!

    Have a wonderful birthday!

    North Meets South

  5. Happy Birthday, Kayla. I'm glad you are Janssen's good friend. We all need friends like you.

  6. I'm going to have my golden birthday, too! I'll be 26 on May 26th!! Happy Birthday!

  7. I completely agree with you on getting better with age. Looking back, I feel so much more myself now than I did even 5 years ago.

    It's hard to believe that you, however, are capable of getting better with age. You're fabulous though, and I hope to grow up to be more like you...sometime. :)

  8. Happy birthday! I love this casual, adorable outfit. You look amazing! I like getting older too, life gets better.

    amy day to day

  9. Happy birthday beautiful Kayla!

  10. Happy Birthday pretty girl! Love the location for your photo shoot! You are so brave ;) maybe I'll get up the courage to come out of my bedroom one day!

  11. Happy birthday, Kayla! I'm always jealous of people celebrating their golden birthdays, since mine was when I turned one--boring! But happy golden birthday nonetheless.

  12. Happy birthday! I hope you're getting spoiled. =)

  13. Happy Birthday! What a great list of accomplishments...I am totally impressed by your ability to stop biting your nails. It's been a horrible life long habit of mine and I can never stop for more than a few weeks...bravo!

  14. Love your outfit! I turn 26 this year too...your post made me reflect about my 26 years. Happy Birthday!

  15. Happy birthday, Kayla! I am usually a silent reader (I found your blog through a link from Janssen's), but felt that today was the perfect day to de-lurk and tell you what an inspiration you are. I am amazed by all you do, and how well you do it - from your regular fashion posts/photos, to all the great accomplishments on your list. I also loved the sentiment of getting better with age - so wonderful! Hope you have a lovely golden birthday.

  16. Happy Birthday. For your birthday you get to look smokin' hot in some red pants! Or are they orange? Either way, you look fabulous.

    Ask the Duplex

  17. Visiting from Janssen's blog to wish you happy birthday! You've accomplished SO much already! Good luck with the next 13!

  18. Happy Birthday!
    26 is the greatest birthday number isn't it? ;)
    You're beautiful!

    Just Better Together

  19. happy birthday! you've accomplished so much! congrats and good luck on your next 26!

  20. Happy birthday! Good job on taking pictures in public!!! I tried that this weekend and then would feel totally awkward when someone walked by.

  21. Happy Birthday! I too always looked forward to turning 40. And it was a really great year for me too. Now I'm staring at 50 and can't WAIT!! You're right -- every year just gets better and better!

  22. Happy birthday, Kayla!

    You have such great goals. And these photos are amazing. You're so pretty!

  23. I can't decide if I'm more impressed that you ate an entire Cafe Rio burrito in one sitting, or that you took a solo road trip. Happy birthday!

  24. Happy Birthday. You have some great goals. I hope you are able to complish them.

    Method Clothe

  25. Happy Birthday! No lie, I was in a thrift store today and saw a shirt that said "feliz cumpleanos Kayla!" then a picture of Dora the Explorer, and then "Vamanos! Let's go!" I was confused..but I think the universe knew it was your birthday.

    Also, I have a friend turning 21 on the 21st! Pretty awesome.

  26. Happy birthday, Kayla! Power tools are the most fun ever. I highly recommend starting with a jigsaw, they're a lot of fun and easy to use :)

  27. I love those thoughts. If you will be in UT there is an all girl half-marathon on Aug 27th in Alpine. Just FYI. And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  28. happy happy birthday! i agree, every year seems to get better.

  29. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    26 is a good age...I think I just might stay here for the rest of my life! :0) Lucky you to have traveled so much!

  30. HI. Just came from clothed much and I have looked at every page. I had to comment here cause I'm so glad you celebrated your golden birthday! I actually got married on my 26th/golden birthday. So, I think 26 is the coolest golden birthday to have! Hope you've had a great golden year so far.


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