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Happy birthday to me.

As most adults know, the magic of birthdays kind of fizzles the older you get. I guess it’s that more candles to blow out on top of the cake isn’t as fun as it used to be (how’d I get to be thirty-three?!). One redeeming thing about birthdays is that the kids and Jack make it exciting with all the pampering, surprises, and special treats.

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The day started out a lot the same way. I got the fire stoked, fed the animals, packed lunches, did my chores, sent kids off to school, ran errands, took a nap, worked on some home improvements…

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Yay! A  new floor vent!
 …painted nails…
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 …baked Christmas gifts for the girls’ teachers…
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…and was happy that everyone made it home safe and sound. After dinner, we had cake and ice cream and I opened presents, which were quickly assembled…

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…and tested. Henry approves.
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Jack always outdoes himself when it comes to presents, too. He picked up on my not-so-subtle complaints about not being able to find decent, comfortable maternity clothes and found a few stylish outfits for me. But, that was only part of his surprise. Wrapped inside my suitcase, along with a few beach towels, while blaring The Beach Boys’ “Bermuda, Bahama, C’mon Pretty Mama…” in the background, I found the travel info for a cruise to the Bahamas for our upcoming tenth anniversary. Talk about a Happy Birthday to me!

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We’re going on a cruise!

Jack apologized for combining a birthday, Christmas, and anniversary present but I gladly reminded him, no apology needed. This is an acceptable instance of gift combining.

(And to think I got him work shoes for his last birthday…)
Thirty-three is off to a great start!

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