Yeah, I know it’s Wednesday, but this week has flown by. My happy things this week…

1. My birthday. Yes, today is my 40th birthday. I went out to breakfast and got a pedicure. It’s all down hill from here.
2. My quiet house. The kids are all back in school and I am getting some much needed peace and quiet.
3. My wonderful husband and friends who threw me a fabulous 40th surprise birthday dinner last Saturday! I have never been surprised like that, and it was so fun, and so very thougthful. I love having great friends and family. Really, what else does a girl need?

So, in honor of my 40 years, I have come up with 40 things I’d like to do with the next 40 years of my life.

1. Go white water rafting
2. Visit Paris in the springtime
3. Remodel my kitchen
4. Raise my children to be responsible adults who give back to their community
5. Share my happiness with others
6. Lose 40 lbs
7. Run a marathon
8. Climb a mountain
9. See the Great Wall of China
10. Live for at least a month in Tuscany
11. Be a good friend
12. Boogie board
13. Photograph someone famous
14. Have one of my photographs published in a magazine
15. See the Great Barrier Reef
16. Win an award for one of my photographs
17. Have lots of grandchildren
18. Retire young and enjoy it!
19. Own a cabin on a lake
20. Give back
21. Fight for a cause
22. Go on an African Safari
23. See my daughter perform in Carnegie Hall
24. Meet the President of the United States (don’t really care which one)
25. Swim in a lake (a MAJOR fear of mine!)
26. Jump off of a high dive
27. Go on a Disney cruise – it just sounds like so much fun!!!!!
28. Be healthy
29. Finish a scrapbook for each of my children
30. Go see Mount Rushmore – I don’t know why, I’ve just always wanted to see it.
31. Buy a pair of ridiculously expensive jeans that look fabulous on me
32. Make new friends
33. Smile more
34. ALWAYS send thank you notes and birthday cards
35. Learn how to cook really well
36. Be grateful for all of my MANY blessings
37. Keep a journal
38. Research my family history
39. Go snorkling on Grand Cayman Island – or Tahiti would be fine too.
40. Live in the moment each and every day and be happy!!!!!