if this blog were a baby...

...it would be headed for preschool. Or pre-K.

Or wherever you send little beings when they turn four. I'm not a mom...I don't know these things.

Sticktoitiveness is not my forte.  I've never even kept a plant alive for four days. So, each year that passes and I'm still writing in this space, I'm a bit impressed with myself. Gabe always says he's glad I've written all this down, so someday our kids can read it. I'm not sure what he's thinking, because I don't ever want my children to have access to this much dirt. Maybe when they're twenty. And on that topic, when I have children and they actually make it to preschool, I'll kick back and think, "Whoa. I did it. I kept little people alive for four years."

I can't even fathom that type of pride.

But now, I'm just pleased that I've documented most everything, big and little, in this space for four years and going: heading back to college, dropping some serious weight, getting dumped three times in three months (that's gotta be a record), applying for my first passport + meeting my husband, getting engaged in Paris, our surprise NYE wedding. An unexpected trip to Kuwait.

...and the adventure that's coming up next. That's right. We've got a job. We've got a date. We've got to move. Faaaar away. That's another day, another post.

For today, pull up a slab of virtual cake and let's party!

Happy fourth birthday, little blog. And thanks a ton for following along + reading, friends. It means so much. :)


  1. awww happy blog birthday rinse repeat!! i love your blog and it makes me so happy to read it each day.

    also - i realllllly wish that cake was here in front of me. it turned out great!

    also also - cannot wait to hear the details of your next big adventure! :)

  2. Happy Blog Birthday to you!

    I am so excited for you and your next adventure! Thank you for letting us share the ride with you.

  3. you are so freaking cute i can't even stand it. well, yes i can :)

  4. Happy Birthday Rinse. Repeat. Beautiful cake. Beautiful words from a beautiful soul. Looking forward to reading the continuing adventure that is your life! Thanks for letting us in and enjoying the ride...and cake too!

  5. Happy 4th blogaversary! So exciting! Definitely sit back and enjoy a piece of cake for all the amazing work you've done ;)

  6. Have no words to congratulate.
    Just wanted to say: I really really enjoy reading your blog! It's like a little sunshine when it is raining and i love the pictures you take!
    Happy Birthday Rinse.Repeat!

  7. Happy blog birthday beautiful!!! {There's a little alliteration for ya on your big day!}

    I am SO thrilled to have found you and your lovely blog out here in the wild internet. Can't wait to see what's in store for you - nothing but big things to be sure!!!

    #glamgang forever!


  8. Congrats! It's been a lot of fun following your blog. I always look forward to reading your posts--they're so great. So thanks for sharing! :)

  9. i'm celebrating right here with you! that cake is to die for.

  10. Congrats on four years!
    So glad that you blog.

    That cake looks super yummy! =D

  11. Happy Birthday Rinse.Repeat.!
    I really love your blog and I hope you'll keep it around until well into its teenage years ;-)
    Can't wait to hear what happens next!

  12. Celebrating your blog birthday with some oranges, apples, and almond crackers. Tonight maybe I'll go crazy and eat the dark chocolate almonds that I have in the pantry! :) Congrats on four -- I've been reading since it was a little thing. I remember it like it was yesterday... :)

  13. Happy Birthday to Rinse. Repeat! I've been here since your little blog was about one year old, and have loved watching it grow up! Yours is one of my very favourite, Bethany. You have a way with words, your photos are always to die for, and you, my friend, are AWESOME!

    Can't wait to hear about the job and the move. You'd better not make us wait too long!


    PS: Now you've got me craving cake! And I have the flu... so that's really saying something :)

  14. yay about the job!
    so happy for you two

  15. Happy birthday to your excellent blog. I've been reading since just before your surprise wedding and have found your stories very engaging. And that cake? Gorgeous.


  16. Congratulations! I'm so glad I've been along for part of the ride. Here's to 4 more years!

    Can't wait to hear where you are headed.

  17. Haha DID YOU MAKE THAT CAKE FOR YOUR BLOG??? What am I thinking, of course you did--that's what bloggers do, we make pretty things and then we blog it. But, it would be extra funnies if you actually baked a cake for your blog's birthday. So I hope that's what happened here. Also, can you fed ex me a piece? Thanks.

    I'm right with you on the being glad for the documentation. I've only just started my blog since the New Year, but I know things are going to get crazy come summer time when I move across the country to New York and experience all that is to experience in that wonderous city. I'll have tons of boys stories to tell no doubt, and hopefully a story about the one I meet who becomes my husband. Ha. Thank goodness for blogging. It's like we're writing our autobios as we go along :)


  18. holy cow, what a 4 years you've had. i'm so happy for you that you have kept track of it all. your kids are gonna love this when they're all grown up. especially your grandbabies!

    happy blog birthday, pretty lady :)

    and congratulations on the job/move/date! what peace that must give you. and so exciting!

  19. I feel like that moment in the season finale of my favorite show when I am left with a cliff hanger. I. cannot. wait. until. the. big. reveal! Congratulations on the blog and big news.

  20. Congratulations on all the accomplishments! Can't wait to hear the next installment of your plans!!

  21. Happy Blog Birthday! Love reading your blog makes me smile :-) can't wait to see what's to come and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  22. Yahoo for turning four! You could be in my classroom with all my crazy kiddos now. Wouldn't that be fun? We love parties there. :)

    Can't wait to hear the exciting job/move news...

  23. Happy Blog Birthday! that cake looks amazingly delicious nom nom...

  24. Happy birthday to you, Bethany's blog! You sure are growing up fast! XOXO

  25. Hehe Cute. I love the thought of that. I've blogged for over a decade and have moved on many times. There is something exciting about having no need to move on.
    Love that cake. Please give. ;)

  26. Yay, congratulations! I love your blog-you've been a huge inspiration for me.

    Also, can we please discuss your ombre cake?? I want to make one, but don't know how/where to begin!! Any tips?


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