30 Years of Me!!!

May.29.2008 | My Life

I have been dreading, anticipating, and then again dreading this day for a LOOOONNGGGG while now. Today is officially my 30th birthday! Instead of sulking in misery, I made a promise to myself that I’m going to celebrate and enjoy every single second of today. While I still can’t believe I’m no longer in my 20′s (gosh..I must admit that it kind of sucks to say that!), I’m beginning a brand new chapter in my life and that is definitely something to be excited and happy about!

My 20′s were filled with ups and downs and all-arounds….falling in love, getting my heart broken, graduating from college, trying to figure out who I was, falling down during that process, and picking myself back up slowly but surely. I remember my mom saying this to me a few years ago and now I can finally utter the same words…I would NOT want to be 20 ever again! Sure I was young, wrinkle and fat free, but I also had to deal with idiotic boys, anxiety over what I wanted to be when I “grew” up and insecure about me not looking like a “super model”.

LOL..don’t get me wrong…I’m still insecure…only now, I’m insecure about the new wrinkles forming around my eyes and my ever expanding waist line! BTW, as an early birthday present to myself, I hired a personal trainer a few weeks ago and I’ve vowed to myself that I will one day weigh 125 pounds. So far, I’ve lost 3 pounds and feeling pretty darn good about it! I’m losing weight the right way this time by working out and eating healthier food…the only way to do it!

Since today is such a BIG day for me, I thought I’d start the celebration of by by taking a stroll down memory lane through the 30 years of my life! I hope you enjoy all the dorky pictures of me…I’m finally at a place in my life where I can show these pictures and not want to die of embarrassment :-)

It all began on May 29, 1978…


My Daddy :-)


My Mommy :-)


I had a big mouth when I was a baby..I still do :-)



I was at my cousins birthday…I peed in my pants that day!


One of my favorite pictures of me when I was younger :-) I love the shirt..I wish I had one now!


I still remember how GOOD this cake tasted!!!


I lived in in Washington state for the first few years of my life…some of my best childhood memories were there :-) Playing in the snow was one my favorites!


Like my grill?…or lack there of? ;-)


Awwww…I remember this Christmas vividly. My parents had just gotten divorced and it was just me and my mom living with my grandmother. We didn’t have a lot of money so she wrapped my old toys up so I would have something to open on Christmas :-( However, my Uncle Lou had sent a surpise…it was a brand new pink bike!!!


I think this was my 10th Birthday…my cousin Farah (Olivia’s mom) is in the yellow shirt, my two step brother’s are to my left, and my BFF at the time on my right. Oh, and my two Cabbage Patch dolls in my lap :-)


LOL…I tried soooo hard to make my hair look “good” that day for my 5th grade picture. Something went wrong…although I’m not quite sure what???


Seventh grade…I really thought my hair and that tie-dye shirt was the bomb!


10th Grade…the awkward stage was almost disappearing at this point.


Okay..the awkward stage was still there :-) Here is me and my sister Nicole trying to smile “really big” for my dad :-D


Same time…Dad took this pic of me :-)


LOL..I nearly died riding that horse! We were all taking a tour in Big Bear. All of a sudden my horse turns to the right and starts galloping off the trail. I was holding on to dear life hoping that the horse wasn’t going to gallop right of the darn mountain!!!


Senior Prom…I must admit..I was a little too skinny here…especially in the face! But damn, I wish my arms looked like that now!!! I was pretty fashion forward back then..the Ivory colored part of my dress was made of rubber!


High School Graduation…my little sister Christine was so small then!


hehehe…my first “professional” picture taken in a studio :-) I think I was either 20 or 21 here.


Almost 6 years ago..me and my BFF LoAnn! Gosh we look so bright eyed and bushy tailed!


I graduated from college on my 25th birthday! Here I am with my little sis Christine and my big brother Tim!

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Doug and I during our first year together :-)


Awwww…our engagement party!


Our engagement pictures we took when we lived in Virginia while Doug was going to business school.



I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this picture or not because it makes me sad but this was a very important time in my life. This was the first and last time Doug met my dad. He was very ill and we knew he didn’t have much longer. We hoped he would make it to our wedding which was just six months away but he passed away just a couple of months later. I love him and miss him so much…but I KNOW he is looking down on me and smiling…he loved photography and I’m sure he NEVER thought I’d follow in his footsteps :-) I’d like to think I’ve been able to follow my passion for photography with a little help from up above :-) I love you daddy!!!


May 29, 2005…the moment I had been waiting for my whole life…to marry the man of my dreams! My wonderful and amazing husband Doug!


Of course I had to post some recent pictures of me taken by the fabulous Jessica Claire!


I worked out like crazy and ate nothing but Lean Cuisines for two weeks straight before this shoot. It payed off because I lost 6 pounds….but then gained everything back plus more in less than 2 weeks! Note to self: do not deprive yourself of your favorite foods or you will go buck wild and crazy and eat everything..and then some!


One of my favorite photographers, Jennifer Skog, took these fab pictures of me just a couple of months ago…





Well that’s it! Can’t believe 30 years have come and gone so fast! Can’t wait to see what the next 30 years hold…Happy Birthday Me! To celebrate, some of my girlfriends and I are going to Vegas this weekend to celebrate. I hope I’ll have some stories to tell when I get back but you know what they say…what happens in Vegas STAYS in Vegas ;-) Just kidding honey :-)

Last but certainly NOT least, I want to wish my handsome, wonderful, super amazing husband Doug a Happy 3 Year Anniversary! The MINUTE you walked into my life, everything changed for the better. You are my lucky charm…the night in shining armor that came along and made all my dreams come true! I love you so much and you are the best birthday gift I’ll ever receive for the next 67 years!!! I love you..infinity and beyond!


Photo by Jessica Claire


Thanks to my FABULOUS friend Drew for the cutest birthday wish ever!!!

nicky: woww...trista i dont know why I never saw this post?! i swear I am an avid followed and I seem to have missed this one! its so beautiful, i vividly remember being at that park and taking all those pictures with daddy, he loved photography and i know he is beyond happy seeing how beautifully you followed in his footsteps..thanks for those pictures..so glad i have you in my life!! love you big sis xoxo April 8, 2009 4:08 am

kelly: this post is belated...but just wanted to say that I LOVED it THAT much!!!  Happy 30th...I just celebrated mine in March.  Whew... July 17, 2008 12:00 am

laura: trista, you´re beautiful, inside and out.  that photo of your dad got me a little teary eyed ;) July 14, 2008 12:00 am

Brittany Parker: wow! i just found your blog from this wedding blog! and I just love your work! These engagement pics of you and your hubby are adorable!! ;-) July 4, 2008 12:00 am

inga: Hi! I discovered your blog today, and I love it! This post was soooooooo touching. And dare I say  it..I teared up a bit..especially the part about your father. Thank you for sharing your timeline with your readers. It was so nice!
Happy anniversary as well to you and your husband! June 6, 2008 12:00 am

Jolene: Happy Belated Birthday Trista! This post made me smile and get teary-eyed. I LOVED reading it. I loved the picture of you, your daddy and Doug...incredibly touching. I can´t wait to have new photos taken by YOU...hopefully soon! Wishing you a wonderful birthday...xoxo June 4, 2008 12:00 am

Katie: Nostalgia!  I teared up at the picture and comments of the first and last time that Doug met your dad.  Both men are so handsome ;-)  You rock your 30-year-old self, Trista!  Happy Birthday!! June 3, 2008 12:00 am

kim le: HAPPY Birthday!!! Love the trip down memory lane!!!  Oh and my sis and I got NKOTB tickets!!! =) June 3, 2008 12:00 am

kristin: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  You are a star!  Thank you for sharing with us! June 2, 2008 12:00 am

Julie: Wow! You have such a beautiful family and your photography "gift" definitely stemmed from your dad, seeing his photraphy skills. Happy belated birthday! May 31, 2008 12:00 am

Jeff Mandap: I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday! May 31, 2008 12:00 am

Jennifer Skog: Happy Birthday Trista!  I loves looking through all your pics - especially the old school ones!  Welcome to the club :)  BTW- you look HOT for being 30! May 30, 2008 12:00 am

Kim M.: Happy Birthday Trista!  I loved looking at your pics.  Have a great time in Vegas! May 30, 2008 12:00 am

tracyk: aww....adorable kid pics and of course you look gorgeous in all the photos.  hope you had a happy birthday!  have an awesome time in vegas!  :) May 30, 2008 12:00 am

june: WOW! What great pictures! :) Happy Birthday, Trista! May 30, 2008 12:00 am

Christine Farah: Happy Birthday Trista!!! I loved all of your childhood photos tooo incredibly cute. Have an awesome time in Vegas!!!

p.s. Happy Anniversary :) May 30, 2008 12:00 am

Syreena B: HappY BiRthDaY!!!!! I can only wish and pray that I look that flippin´ GowaGeous on my 30th birthday.....Hope you have the time of your life!!!!!!!!! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Chrissy: Welcome to the club!  The stroll through your life was fun though I did want to hand you a sandwich when I saw that Prom picture.  Happy Birthday Trista and cheers to you and Doug! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

DrewB: HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday (and anniversary too)!  I love this trip down memory lane.  Too cute!  I love all your old clothes from childhood, especially that green shirt!  But, I think my favorite pic is that black and white that your dad took.  I really love it.  Have a fabulous day Trista! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Yuliya: happy BIRTHDAY! I wish you harmony inside and always be creative and talented as you are! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Jasmine*: LOVED this post!!!  I even got teary-eyed about your daddy.  I LOVE YOU and hope you have the most fabulous day ever!!!  :) May 29, 2008 12:00 am

angel swanson: happy birthday, trista!!  i can´t believe we "e-met" 3 years ago; now look at us.  ;-)  i hope you have a great day and a fab weekend.  we will definitely celebrate upon your return!!  this post was so much fun to read; the 3 photos by jennifer skog are amazing!! xoxo my hapa sista May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Sharon: Happy Birthday Trista!!!  Enjoyed the trip down memory lane.  Your childhood pics are soooo cute. My faves from this post are the Jennifer Skog pics too, so beautiful! Hope you have a fun time celebrating. Also, a Happy Anniversary to you and Doug! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Michelle: Happy Birthday! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

noelle: you look GREAT at 30, very gorgeous!  as are your photos.  Wha t a great blog! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

courtney: Wow, you are gorgeous at 30 :) And I love the picture of you and your husband (then-fiance) with your dad. It just has a lot of love to it.
And plus, he´s wearing a KY jacket. That´s where I´m from :) May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Kim Dang-Rincon: Wow Trista, some of those pictures took me back to when we were at McGarvin!  Holy cow have we all changed.  

Can´t wait to see you at Kylie´s wedding in Aug. May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Lauren: Happy Birthday!! I am 13 months and 1 week from my dirty thirty, and I feel just like you do! Have a good day! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Simply Modern Weddings: Happy Happy Birthday and Happy anniversary Trista! I wish you only the best for a fabulous day. I really enjoyed looking at your photos through time. May 29, 2008 12:00 am

lisa: ok, you are the most gorgeous gal ever! :)  LOVE the bed pic by Jennifer Skog. totally cute pics, love the 5th grade hair, haha. :) May 29, 2008 12:00 am

lisa: oops, forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

sarahkchen: aw, happy happy 30th birthday trista! i LOVE the pictures jennifer skog took of you - so hot! May 29, 2008 12:00 am

Right before I was about to plop into bed yesterday, Doug surprised me by saying that we were going on a little trip to Santa Barbara! This coming Thursday not only marks my 30th Birthday, but also our 3 year wedding anniversary! I told Doug in our weddings vows that there wasn’t going to be any of this “2 for 1″ mumbo jumbo when it came to celebrating my birthday and our anniversary (that also includes no “2 for 1″ gifts Mr. Lerit!) so were going to celebrate our anniversary in Santa Barbara and then my b-day on Thursday :-) So, I’ll be out of the office until Wednesday and will be replying to all emails when I get back! Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Simply Modern Weddings: Have a great time in Santa Barbara, and have a wonderful anniversary & birthday! May 26, 2008 12:00 am

Platinum Weddings by Kerrie: I am so jealous- Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places ever:) Hope you are having a fab time! May 26, 2008 12:00 am