At 30 years old, I know I'm not all that old. But I can definitely see more and more signs of getting older. (Like how the day after I turned 30 it seemed like my back started hurting all the freaking time. It definitely gives me yet another reason to be glad I am married, as Adam gives excellent massages!)
Adam and I had a lovely Christmas (I'll share more on that soon), and we received some nice gifts that we are very grateful to have now. But it definitely made us realize we're getting old.
I can remember in college getting a ton of ADPi stuff. After college, it would tend to be clothes, movies and things of the like. But I remember the turning point. I had been living by myself for a while, and I realized I had a piece of crap vacuum that didn't actually pick anything up. I COULD have spent a little money to get a new one, but what's the fun in buying something like that? So I was delighted to receive it for Christmas. I feel this way about socks, too. I ask for some more every year when mom and Grandma start requesting a wish list. I get what I need, they know what I need, and I don't have to spend money to buy something as boring as socks.
This year, we asked for our family to consider getting us items that we had on our wedding registry but did not receive. So when we opened up quite a few boxes containing all new bath towels, it was AWESOME, to say the very least.
Connor, meanwhile, looked over and was genuinely confused as to why we were so excited over towels. He promptly returned to opening his stack of toys, games, movies and other such fun items that 5-year-olds love.
Not only did we ask for new bath towels, we also suggested Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards when asked. We have desperately needed a new pots and pans set (the bottoms of the insides on ours are scraping off, and we figure that's probably not good). We knew it was a bit too pricey of an item to put on the registry or the Christmas list, so we've been holding on to a few wedding gift cards and added a few more to the collection over Christmas.
So this week when we managed to buy a nice Calphalon set with less than $100 out of our own pockets, we were thrilled! We also still have some lingering wedding gift cards to Macy's, and I think we may use it on a few other kitchen items and complete what we had still been needing for our home.
Oh, and we also bought a nicer shower head at Target tonight because we realized the one we have is terrible. It took showering at my parent's house for almost two weeks and mentioning "some day we'll get a nice one like this" and my mom saying, "It's only $30 at Target - just go get one." Added bonus? We had a Target gift card, too!
So as we installed the new shower head, put away the new towels (and moved old ones to the donation box), and threw away the beat up, peeling pots and pans set... we feel like we have finally completed our task of making our home cozy. We're not ones to spend a ton of money buying the top of the line items, but we do feel like it's time to stop buying the low end stuff that doesn't last... so it's great to feel like we can cook and bathe and just live our day-to-day life with some nicer items.
When we were driving home from buying the pots and pans, Adam said, "Is it sad we're this excited over this kind of stuff?"
"No, we're just getting old."
But here's the thing... I don't mind. While sometimes I feel a bit nostalgic for childhood and while there are days when being an adult is hard, I actually really love being a grown up. I feel so lucky and blessed to have found the perfect man for me and to have started our lives together as a family... to be making our home together... to be dreaming and planning about all we want to do, both together and with future children. So if that means getting excited to get towels and kitchen stuff is a sign of age? Then I'll take it.