33 never looked so good

Today is my 33rd birthday, and I’m going to spend it doing two of my all-time favorite things:

1) Licking icing off cupcakes
2) Hanging out with my family

A few weeks ago Tom and I were taking the kids to the park, and as I was walking out the door he stopped me.

Tom: Why are you wearing those sunglasses?
Amanda: Because I can’t find my other ones.
Tom: So you’re going to wear those crazy ones?


Excuse me? I stood in the doorway and started gathering talking points for our walk, which would be spent explaining to Tom why I’m sick of boys making fun of big sunglasses. It’s 2015, big sunglasses are here to stay, get over it. When women discovered that covering half their face made them look like actual movie stars, THAT IS A TREND THAT IS NOT GOING AWAY.

Then I happened to catch my reflection in the mirror.

I was wearing a half a pair of sunglasses and I had no idea.


At my high school graduation (or maybe it was my brother’s or my sisters), I remember the principal saying, “If you’ve ever wondered why your parents are so boring and tired all the time, this is why — they’re exhausted from taking care of you and paying your bills for the past 18 years.”

And then I rolled my eyes because I was only 17 at the time! Shows what he knew!

Even back then, back when I had no idea what it meant to be responsible or busy or tired, I knew he had a point, and I remembered it.

Next time I leave the house with a sticker in my hair or a nursing pad stuck to my pants…or the next time I don’t realize I’m wearing a half a pair of sunglasses, I’m going to shake my fist at my kids and say, “This is all your fault!! I used to be cool! I USED TO GO MOUNTAIN BIKING REGULARLY!”


  1. Lynsie McD August 29, 2015

    Hahahaha! So funny!

  2. Katherine A. August 29, 2015

    This is the best. Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Meredith August 29, 2015

    Oh so true! Happy happy birthday to one of my favorite friends I never see!

  4. Karen August 30, 2015

    I used to stay up until about 3 a.m. every weekend, reading books like “Atlas Shrugged,” and feeling very smart.

  5. Hey, Mrs. Krieger! Happy birthday. Thank you for making me feel like ‘im not the only one …. CRAZY… ‘ and not really, no, not really caring about it! Hope you having a fabulous day. Enjoy being YOU!

  6. Jessie August 31, 2015

    Hahaha! I’m dying over here. Thank goodness your husband was there to stop you. Could you imagine if you would’ve walked out? Oh heavens!

    Happy birthday 🙂

  7. Mrs Tubbs August 31, 2015

    Happy Birthday! They stole our youth and coolness! I’d ask for it back but … #mummy&us

  8. Mackenzie Glanville September 1, 2015

    so funny, oh my gosh that is just classic, love it! Thanks for sharing #mummyandus

  9. Melissa Vera September 1, 2015

    Happy Birthday. I love your take on turning 33. Thanks for linking up on #HomeMattersParty and I hope you will come back and link up again soon.

  10. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family September 2, 2015

    hahaha! My “33rd” (ahem) birthday is in a few days, and I can only hope to celebrate it in such style…

  11. Alexandra @ My Urban Family September 2, 2015

    This cracked me up! Happy belated birthday!

  12. Brittany @ DIY Just Cuz September 2, 2015

    Hahah this is too funny! I hope you have a happy birthday!
    Thanks for sharing at the Welcome Home Wednesdays link party; we hope to see you again next week!

  13. Gina September 3, 2015

    Oh so funny, and true! Hope you had a happy birthday!

  14. Oh this is amazing! Happy super belated birthday! Oh how parenthood changes a person… I wore my sweater backwards to church a couple weeks ago and it made me ask myself, “Where has my cool factor gone?!” ,,, Maybe I didn’t have any to begin with. Who knows 🙂

  15. Liz Grissom August 29, 2016

    I used to go mountain biking regularly!!!! Love this. Happy birthday!

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  18. stefanie stroot May 9, 2019

    Such a funny read!!!!! HAHHA!~ Happy Birthday mama!!!

  19. Lol I literally chuckled at the nursing pad situation. I’ve been there! Yup, I too was cool before my kids. Slowly getting my cool back though….I think.

  20. Trish May 13, 2019

    This was hysterical! One time I went to a PTA council meeting and had a velcro roller in my hair the entire time! NO ONE TOLD ME!!!! WTH?


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