Happy Birthday……to me!!

Hi!  So that’s me in the picture above.  I realized that the two pictures I have on the blog are with long hair……..so nope……I’ve got short hair now.  Today is my birthday and I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about myself.  That’s fun, right?  Personally, I love getting to know people better so I thought you might too!

So, my name is Lindsay Michelle Wilkes and I was born July 15, 1981.  That makes me 29 years old today.  How old did you think I was?  Not sure if it’s a good thing or bad thing that I reveal my age on here, but there you have it – 29 years old!

I was born in Indiana, but moved shortly after I was born to the bay area in California.  I spent the first 13 years of my life in CA, then (due to my Dad’s job) we moved to The Woodlands, Texas (suburb of Houston).

It was during my junior year of high school that I met my now husband (Brett) – he was a senior at the time (an older man, I know!).  After my senior year of high school, my parents ended up getting divorced after 20+ years of marriage…….definitely was big shocker to everyone.

Upon high school graduation, I attended the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music majoring in musical theatre (singing, acting, and dancing).  After a year of being in Cincinnati, I decided that musical theatre was not a practical major and knew that if I wanted to make things work with my (at the time long-distance) boyfriend, I needed to move to Chicago (where he was attending school).  I made the move to Chicago and transferred to DePaul University majoring in Finance.

Before my senior year of college, Brett proposed to me and we got married the summer after I graduated.  A month after we got married we closed on “The Cottage Home” and have lived here ever since.  We will celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary later this month.

After graduation I worked in commercial banking, then transitioned into selling real estate and ultimately ended up where I am now.  I stay-at-home Mom, sometimes work-at-home Mom raising my two beautiful daughters, Savannah Rose and Matilda Jane.

Hmmmmm………what else about me……..

  • My favorite food is shrimp.
  • My favorite color is deep red.
  • My cocktail of choice is gin and tonic.
  • I prefer red wine to white.
  • I LOVE carbs – bread, pasta, ect…..
  • I sleep on the left side of the bed.
  • I love jazz music.
  • I watch trashy TV and am not ashamed (i.e. The Bachelorette, The Hills, Keeping Up With The Kardashians).
  • I sing in the shower.
  • I love Broadway shows.
  • I need coffee to function.
  • I find balancing motherhood, house-work, being a good wife, blogging, and running a small business quite difficult at times.
  • I love being a Mommy.
  • I had a natural birth with my first daughter and a c-section with the second.
  • I had postpartum depression after the birth of my first daughter, but luckily recognized it quickly and did not suffer long.
  • I think my husband is one of the most talented people I know.
  • I truly love my in-laws (I know, rare, right?)
  • I would love to live near the ocean someday.
  • I never feel like I “get it all done”, though I wish I could.
  • I consider my Mom my best girl friend and wish we lived closer.
  • I am Catholic.
  • I love, love, love to create and sew (sure you already knew that)……..especially for my girls!
  • I love all things vintage.
  • I think my daughter Savannah is one of the funniest people I know.
  • I love the feeling I get when my girls wrap their arms around my neck and hug me tight.
  • I feel blessed beyond belief and sometimes take my life for granted.  But when I step back, there is no where I would rather be.

Well, I’m sure that was WAY more than you ever cared to know about this Cottage Mama, but I just thought I should put it out there.  Anything else you would like to know about little ole me?  Hope you all have a happy day!!

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  1. Happy Birthday Cottage Mama!

  2. Happy 29th Birthday…you’re a true 29 I’ve been saying I was 29 for ….. years now lol. I love how you share your life, your talents, your family. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Happy birthday – you have a beautiful life! Thanks for letting us get to know you better!

  4. Happy happy Birthday!

  5. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday today. I really enjoy your blog, you are an excellent seamstress. I am just getting back into sewing again and love reading all the amazing sewing blogs out there. You give me such inspiration!

  6. Happy Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!!!

    WoW, we must be sister’s in another life!

    Gin and tonic is my favorite cocktail ever, I love jazz, trashy TV, and my MIl is my best friend!!

    Hope you have a great day!

  7. Happy Birthday blog friend. Your blog makes me happy!

  8. Happy Birthday and thanks for telling us more about yourself. Hope you have a great day!

  9. Happy Birthday! I love that you told us more about you. Your crafts are beautiful! I love that you admit to watching trashy tv! Happy 29th, I hope it’s a great one!
    P.S. I’m a lurker….I don’t think I’ve posted a comment before 🙂

  10. Feliz Cumpleaños!

  11. Happy happy birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday 🙂 I just visited my sister in The Woodlands for the first time since she just moved there…so nice.

    Hope you made it a great day 🙂

  13. Happy Belated Birthday! Since I am a new follower, I loved reading these facts about you! Where in the Bay Area did you live? We live in the Bay Area…I was born & raised here!

  14. I recently discovered your blog and I AM IN LOVE! you are very talented! I am looking forward to trying out some recipes, and while i only have boys, my heart truly melted at the sight of all the sweet little girl clothes you have created! thanks for blogging your talents! I can’t wait to visit here again!
    –funny mommy

  15. Happy Birthday to you – more than a year later….
    You already know that I love all your stuff – you are so talented – and I wanted to thank you for sharing it here with all of us.

    Something we have in common: I love my in-laws as well! I know I can talk to my MIL about anything, and she is actually the person that I go to with my ‘problems’. They are awesome!