Monday, July 8, 2013


31 years ago today:

This morning L, CB and I braved the 75 degrees/100% humidity for a very challenging run. There's no other way I would have wanted to start the day than a run with my boys.

My Daad sent me a bunch of old photos a while back. I absolutely love looking at them. (I forgot to ask my mom for old photos... Next year!)

My grandfather and I.

Some of my favorite moments are the ones I can't remember, but that are preserved in these precious photographs.

My grandmother and I.

Unfortunately for my daad's side of the family, I do not have memories of my grandparents because they were taken off this earth entirely too early. My only memory of them is captured in these photos.

My great aunt and I.

I've had some stellar experiences over the last 31 years which have provided a treasure of memories. There is no doubt in my mind that each year should be better than the last- and so far that has held true.

I am thankful for all the family and friends in my life who consistently are there for me.

31 is the start of a new year and new chapter to my life, and I couldn't be more excited.


I have to say its pretty cool Shalane Flanagan and I share the same birthday- She's a year older than me... Much better than Beck, Jaden Smith, Kevin Bacon, Toby Keith, Anjelica Huston, Wolfgang Puck, or Nelson Rockefeller... Oh wait! They are all July 8th babies as well :)

- xaar


  1. Happy Birthday! Always fun to look back on a birthday. Nothing like a good run to start it off right. Hope you have a good day!

  2. Aww! Happy Birthday! You are such a little cutie! Enjoy your big day!

  3. Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 31 Club! I hope today is just as awesome as your psuedo birthday was! Party on!

  4. Awww, wonderful pictures! You were such a cute baby! I always love looking back on old family pictures, and like you said, especially of things or people that I can't remember on my own.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your birthday, and here's to a wonderful year!

  5. Happy birthday lady!! Those pictures are pure preciousness! Hope you have a great birthday and a wonderful BQ filled year ;)

  6. Happy Birthday!!!! I didn't realize our birthdays were so close (1 day apart)! :) Hope its a great one! Love all the pics!

  7. Happy Birthday!! The photos are so sweet!:)

  8. haha, Tom Cruise and I share the same birthday, I normally never bring this up, but it does explain some of my "crazy". ;)

    Happy Birthday, the pictures are awesome

  9. Sorry I am late! Happy belated birthday! :) I love seeing the pics of young Xaarlin! I want more!

    Did you see the schweet pic Shalane posted of her birthday dinner location last night on Facebook?!

  10. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a great one!

  11. Happy Birthday! Yay! You are slowly getting into ideal marathon age! :)

  12. Happy birthday a day late! Are you still thinking about doing a 50K when you're 31? I think I saw that goal on your blog earlier this year and I thought it sounded like a great idea ...

  13. In addition to my birthday text message, happy birthday via blogger!!! =D Love love love love LOVE all the pictures. So adorable!!! And how cool that you and Shalane share the same birthday. July 8 was clearly meant to be a speedy runner's day. =)

    I absolutely cannot wait to catch up with you and see you not just once, but twice this weekend!!! Between our birthdays and other news, there is SO MUCH to celebrate!!! SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!!