Hey friends!

Happy birthday to MEEEEEEEEE!!!



I guess because this blog is about my life, I get to tell you that it’s my birthday. It’d be weird to just skip over it! 😉

And because it’s Thursday (thankful Thursday!), I’m gonna share 29 things I am thankful for….because well, I am turning 29 years young.


{these are in no particular order, and were written in stream of consciousness}


1. I am thankful for my adorable little angel, baby Lily.


2. I am thankful for my body for carrying her, nourishing her, and bearing her!

3. I am grateful for any stretch of sleep I can get. (hah!)


4. I am grateful for a husband who loves me so much. And loves me for ME!

5. I am thankful for a husband who can make me laugh….even, and especially during the tougher times.

6. I am thankful for the power of prayer.

7. I am grateful for a family who loves me, cares about me, and likes to be around me!

8. I am very grateful for a strong, healthy body that allows me to teach fitness classes (soon!), workout, birth a baby, and carry me through each day.


9. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father and for His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

10. I am grateful for yoga pants.

11. I am thankful for blogging! You guys are so fun to talk to. :)

12. I am grateful for pizza. Mmmmmmm! Oh and ice cream. 


13. I am thankful for movies. I am such a movie-watcher-I love ’em! And it is a fun way to get in some entertainment while holding a newborn.

14. I am grateful for Swiss chocolate. I’ve been eating tons of it lately, and it makes me so happy!


15. I am thankful for my awesome pillow. Any sleep I get is great because of that thing. 

16. I am grateful for my washer & dryer. 

17. I am thankful for beautiful fall weather that I can enjoy while on walks. It breathes life into me to be able to have that fresh, crisp air in my life!

18. I am grateful to be able to spend the holidays with family! (Jared’s family for T-day, my family for Christmas/New Year’s)

19. I am grateful for fitness clothes.  I can’t wait to wear all my stuff again!

20. I am thankful for the ability to lie on my stomach & type/work/read again. I loooooooovve it!

21. I am thankful for Trader Joe’s. ’nuff said.

22. I am thankful for hot showers, clean water, and indoor plumbing. 

23. I am thankful for high heels & lipstick. Those things make me feel sexy.

24. I am grateful that I am embracing greens again. Salads have never tasted better!

25. I am grateful for my faith, and the eternal perspective it gives me. Families can be together forever. <3

26. I am grateful for nursing bras & tanks–hello wardrobe for the time being!


27. I am thankful for the ability to sing at the top of my lungs, or to hum softly to baby Lily. Having a voice she recognizes is pretty darn cool!


28. I am grateful for beautiful sunsets over the mountains. We live in such a gorgeous state.

29. I am grateful for who I am! I am me, and that is pretty darn awesome. 😉


Well, happy birthday to me!

I will spend it with those I love most. And will probably eat a bunch of foods I love, take a nap, and live it up as best as I can.

Have a WONDERFUL day! <3

When is YOUR birthday???! What is something I MUST do during this final year of my 20’s???! What are YOU thankful for today??

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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRIEND!! I’m thankful for you, my dear friend!! Love you so much!!
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  2. Dotsie says:

    Happy, happy Birthday!!! I know you will have a fabulous day!

    I am thankful for your blog and positivity, that seeps thru the words. I’ve been reading it before I really get going at work, and it’s always nice to start off reading some positive and uplifting, and/or just plain fun!

  3. Happy Birthday Annette!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day! :-)
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  4. Happy Birthday!! Lily is gorgeous!! Hope you have a fantastic day!

    My birthday, as you know, is the day AFTER your baby girls :) High -five to October babies and Scorpios! {Scorpios are clearly the best kind} 😉
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  6. Your life is pretty dang beautiful, as are you. Have the most AMAZING day <3.
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  7. Happy birthday sweet friend! Enjoy your day and in your last year of your 20’s, I think you should soak in every moment with beautiful Lily! 😉
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  8. HAPPPPPPPPYYYYY Birthday!!! I was 28 when I had Kay and turned 29 1 month later! Great list <3 <3

  9. Happy Birthday!!!!! :-)
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  10. Nicole says:

    Happy birthday Annette!! Loved your list of 29!
    What do YOU want to do before you turn 30?? (That’s the more important question!) :)
    Enjoy your special day!!

  11. april says:

    happy birthday!! i hope you have a wonderful day and eat lots of ice cream <3

  12. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have great day. I’m just a couple months behind you… cheers to the last year of your 20’s!
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  13. Happy Birthday!!! I don’t have any recommendations on must-dos to round out the 20s, I’ve been thinking of that myself (I still have a couple more months to figure that out :)).
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  15. Happy Birthday!!!!! Love this list of thankful things! Perfect for a birthday post!!
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  16. Happy birthday lady!! I hope it’s amazing!!!
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  17. Kaitlyn says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, Annette!!! I hope you (AND Lily!) have an amazing day!!!!!!! :)

  18. Chatelaine says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  19. Happy 29th Birthday! I would say 28 was a great year for you :) Here’s to 29 being even better!
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  20. Happy birthday!! 29 never looked so good!

    I hope Lily gives you lots of smiles, snuggles & a few extra hours sleep tonight in honor of your birthday (basically the best gifts any new mom could ask for).

    Eat some cake for me!! Xoxo
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  21. Happy Happy Birthday!! Eat some yummy cake, ice cream, froyo or whatever your heart desires for me! :)
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  22. Happy 29th Birthday sweetie!!
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  23. Happy Birthday Annette! XOXO :)

  24. HAPPY birthday my sweet friend<3 Hope you have the best day ever!

  25. Aww YAY! Loved this post. :) Happy Happy Birthday my dear friend. I hope it’s an amazing day! I’m so thankful for you and your friendship! Love ya!
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  26. happy 29th birthday!!!! you are beautiful inside and out, and I wish you the best for the journeys to come in the years ahead! :) God bless <3
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  27. Happy Birthday Amazing Woman :) I am grateful for you! Enjoy your day and get up to shenanigans xx
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  28. happy birthday, beautiful! xoxoxo
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  29. Happy Birthday! btw Lily has THE BEST facial expressions ever! what a sweetheart!

  30. Happy Happy Birthday Annette! (And you look amazing!)
    Love your list and yes, you are very blessed!! Last year will be hard to top – I mean hello, you had that beautiful baby!! – but this year will be filled with all kinds of firsts!! It’s awesome :)
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  31. Happy Birthday, girl!! :) Hope you have a great day!
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  32. Happy happy birthday!! Hope you have had a great day! Also, the pictures of Lily in this post are just precious! What expressive and adorable faces :)
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  33. Happy Birthday!!! Treasure every moment of this new and fabulous year. And sink into the bed any chance you get. I know I am!! It’s seriously hard to get out of a warm bed in the middle of the night for a boob session – even when the boob muncher is a cutie.
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  34. Happy Birthday( a day late) dear friend! xoxo
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  35. Awww, happy [belated] birthday, beautiful! I had no idea we were the same age! I turn 29 in less than two weeks (December 7th). Love your list and I LOVE Lily’s many facial expressions! I’m cracking UP! She is TOO cute!

    Hmm, something you MUST do in the final year of your twenties? Have you ever ziplined? I went this summer and had so much fun!

    Today, I am thankful for some good music that totally got me pumped for a great workout!
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