Wordless Wednesday Dirty THIRTY

On Sunday I turned 30. THIRTY. I was just turning 20 and then I blinked and turned 30. I think I struggled more with Johnny turning 10 then I did with me turning 30 but it all makes me feel so old. There was so much I wanted to do with my life by now that I didn’t do. Granted, I did many things but I guess I just thought I’d be at a different place by now so I’m struggling with that.

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About Jennifer

Jennifer, the mom behind the Mom Spotted blog, is located in Western Massachusetts. She has three boys, Johnny (17), Gavin (11), & Sawyer (5). She is happily married. On Mom Spotted you'll find a fun selection of recipes, family fun, product reviews, and more! You can also find her on twitter @MomSpotted and Facebook.


  1. Happy Birthday!! Where is that photo from on your cake? I love it!

    My husband turns 30 years old in July, I’m still just turning 27 in August LOL But oh my goodness it will be here before I know it. So weird how 30 seems so old when we were kids and now we feel so young! (We ARE young!)

  2. Happy belated Birthday!

    I turned 30 last September, and I completely understand.

  3. Jennifer S says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!! Turning 30 last year didn’t hit me at all. Turning 31 this year was hard.

  4. Happy Birthday Jennifer!!!

  5. Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma says:

    Happy Birthday! Welcome to the dirty thirty! I felt the same thing about turning thirty as you did. But if you take a look back and realize all the awesome things that you did accomplish it helps take the sting out of the things you didn’t. Plus, I think that thirty is the new twenty. Still young, still can have fun but not as stupid as you were when you were twenty. BTW I’m only 31 so my wisdom speaks for itself – LOL!

  6. Candace says:

    Happy Birthday! I wasn’t at the place I thought I would be at 30 either but life hasn’t been too bad.

  7. I let 30 sneak by this year:)

  8. Katie says:

    I hope your day was absolutely fabulous! 30 was really difficult for me, but in 2 years I’ll be 40 so I’m really dreading that!

  9. Becca @ Mama B says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a fantastic day 🙂

  10. neaaaa says:

    ere is my blog post from when I turned 30 *cough*3yearsago*cough*

    I know how you feel……totally 🙂

    “Dirty Thirty
    Today, I will blow out 30 candles, and make 30 wishes. I will put cake on my face, and act like I have no idea it’s there. It’s what I do. I can’t wait to open presents and eat a scrumptious dinner. I will cheer my Oldielocks on during her game tonight, and secretly cross my fingers that she gets her “hit” that she strives for at every game.

    I don’t know what to think about being thirty. I don’t think it is any different than 29. Am I supposed to throw away my skirts and tanks and start wearing dockers and blouses? Like the real silky see through ruffly blouse things. Should I start wearing my grandma’s Mary Kay pink lipstick, and chewing trident? I dunnno.

    I could sit here and list all my accomplishments that I have had in the past thirty years, but really, who, other than me, really cares? That doesn’t define who I am. I am so much more than a pile of trophy’s, high school honors class, self sufficient girl. Did I go to college? No. Did I build a career in the corporate world? No. Did I marry, wait 5 years and have 2.5 kids, white picket fence?- no, at least not in that order. Did I adopt orphans from all over the world and achieve world peace? Again… no.

    Instead I have surfed in the ocean, planted many flowers, only to have them die and buy new ones…and have them die again. I have danced in the rain and choked on my own spit. I have done somersaults off the back of a horse and heard babies take their first breath. I have met and married my soul mate and gotten 25 staples in my stomach. I have eaten hot dogs in New York city, Beignets in New Orleans, and Indian fry bread in New Mexico. I have watched children take their first step, utter their first word and laugh until they cry. I have lived in a hospital and lived in a tent, in the dirty streets of Mexico. I have jumped with my children on beds in the Hard Rock and watched fireworks in the hills of Ohio. I have ran out of gas in the middle of the night, toilet papered more houses than I can remember. I have danced on balconies in Atlantic City and driven in underwater tunnels. I have sang every nursery rhyme and held onto my children for dear life. I have spent many a nights watching them sleep and many a day ripping my highlighted hair out. I strive to make sure that people know that they matter. I have been on TV, and on a bathroom wall. I have owned a 65 mustang and a soccer mom minivan. I like to say I work at Hooters, but really I am everything I ever wanted to be. I wipe snot off my kids faces (with my bare hand), and wear MAC make up. I jump on my husbands back and prank call him all day long. I’ve laughed as much as I have cried. Attitude makes a memory worth remembering.

    And, at thirty, all this, has always been enough for me. “

    • Jennifer says:

      Nea I love you! You always make me smile when I’m down! And to think you are still wiping snot with your bare hands. lol I’m still so excited you had a boy!

  11. Tammi says:

    Love it!!
    Happy Birthday!!

  12. I’m 35, really old!

  13. Stefany Thode says:

    Hugs Jennifer… it is hard to grow older when we are watching the kids grow too. Be proud of what you have done and make some realistic goals for the future. You are a great woman!

  14. Shanna Bailes says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I hated turning thirty but it’s was better than the alternative!

  15. Awww. Happy belated birthday to you! I love the cake. It will be my turn to turn 30 later this year. Don’t know how I feel just yet.

  16. Mimi says:

    LOL Oh, you kill me. Wait until you reach 40 (I’m 42 this summer). The age that was hardest for me was 25. It was like leaving childhood and going towards being OLD. Oh, and my oldest is turning 20 this year. I break out into a sweat everytime I think of it!

  17. Jenny says:

    Happy birthday! I didn’t feel as old turning 30 as I did when I turned 31 last year. I wonder why that is? I’m starting to feel very old, because my daughter will be 7 on Sunday. How did that happen?

  18. Happy Belated Birthday Jennifer.

  19. Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama says:

    Still loving that cake!

    Actually getting gray hair has been way worse than actually turning 30. I guess I just really feel like an “adult” now. 40 will probably be harder.

    Glad you got to celebrate in style!

  20. Happy Birthday Sexy Mama Hope you had a wonderful day

  21. 30 is not so bad! Happy 30th!!

  22. 30 is flirty!!

  23. What a great cake! Happy birthday!!

  24. Whitney says:

    Happy (belated) birthday!

  25. Happy 30th!! From the looks of the cake it was a fun party. 😀 I turned 30 a couple years ago and it was a tad hard. I think everytime you leave a decade behind it can be difficult. lol

  26. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday Jenn! 30 is still young, but I agree that time flies. That cake is hilarious!

  27. Happy bleated Birthday Girlfriend. Hope it was the best one ever!

  28. Crystal C says:

    First off, great cake! I turn Thirty this year as well..man that just flew by
    Happy Birthday

  29. Deborah says:

    Hope it was a great one! Happy Birthday to you belatedly. Things can only get better believe me.

  30. Dee says:

    LMAO at the cake!!!

  31. Aleks says:

    Oh it’s not soo bad! I turned 33 last month and I’m still alive and ticking 🙂 I think getting my first gray hair will be more depressing than turning 30!

  32. shelly says:

    Happy 30th! I think 30 is fab! I’m sure turning 40 will impact me more in a few years.

  33. Marianna says:

    Happy birthday! 30 was hard for me too but I think 31 was worse. 😉

  34. Avrycrafts says:

    That cake is HILARIOUS!! Happy Birthday!

  35. Rhea says:

    Happy birthday!! I had a harder time with 29 than I did with 30. I think the 9 threw me off. Either way, hope you had a great day.

  36. Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 30 was hard for me but we did very little to recognize it. LOVE that cake !!! 🙂

  37. Allison says:

    Dirty 30, hehe! I haven’t heard that before. 🙂

  38. trishden says:

    Happy Birthday Jennifer, I wish I was 30 again. That picture of you on the cake looks fabulous! I hope you had a great day!

  39. Jennifer H says:

    Happy 30th, mine is coming in Aug. 🙁 I know exactly what you are saying. I am dreading my bday this year, ugh!

  40. Brandy says:

    Happy Birthday! I will be 30 in October and actually kinda excited about this milestone. I am not sure I had a “plan of where I wanted to be” when I hit a certain age. I mean I wanted to be an accountant, I wanted to be a mom, and well the mom part kinda took over, which I love. So when they are all in school I am sure that will be when I think more about me and what I want to be when I grow up 😉

  41. What a fantastic photo on that cake ~ I LOVE it.
    Happy 30th, I had trouble with turning 30, I felt old and it was rough, BUT 40 was even worse.
    Now that I’m 45, I am totally dreading the big 5-0!! YIKES… =(

  42. Maggie says:

    Happy birthday! I love the cake!

  43. Sam says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I loved turning 30! I turn 40 next year and I thought that number would bother me, but now that it’s almost here, I’m okay with it. It’s just a number.

  44. Erica G says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Focus on what you ave done, not what you haven’t. Then figure out what is still important for you to do!

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