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Well, another year has come and gone, so I get to add one more candle to the top of my birthday cake. It’s interesting that as I age, birthdays don’t mean as much though they are still special. There aren’t any birthdays of mine that I’m looking forward to (does anyone ever get excited about turning forty??) but I really do enjoy celebrating, especially with my kids. Everything’s exciting to them–it’s practically like reliving my childhood via observation.
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Though the day started out the same–dishes, laundry, feeding animals–there were several handmade notes and cards for me to open while I ate breakfast.

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The biggest flower Kate’s ever seen!
 Then, we went wild and crazy and ran errands…
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Henry’s turned into a frog. An adorable one at that.
 …then we ate lunch with Claire…
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 …then, with Evelyn. We headed home, worked on editing my Nanowrimo novel, took a nap (a very short one because Henry kept poking me to ask questions and sing randomly composed songs), made some cookies, hung some pictures, and tidied the house.
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When everyone returned home, we ate, Jack brought home a red velvet cake and raspberries, then when Jack couldn’t contain himself anymore, he shuffled everyone downstairs so we could open presents (and yes, I mean we…no mother ever opens her gifts without her childrens’ help).

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Zoey wants a bite!

An elf costume! Yes, a genuine elf costume! It was sort of a gag gift to distract from the real gift but still, an elf costume is pretty hilarious. And surprisingly, quite comfortable. I just might wear it everywhere I go. It seems to make people smile.

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My in-laws sent a nice card and my parents sent me a new bread machine and just in the nick of time. My old garage sale find was on its last leg. Tomorrow, I make bread!

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As usual, Jack took the cake. Though it wasn’t a trip to the Bahamas like last year (I’m not sure he can ever top that), he did get me a swanky new treadmill so I can run to my heart’s content, even if it’s too cold to take the kids outside in the enormous jogging stroller. So, let it snow ’cause I’ll be comfortable jogging a mini-marathon inside!

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It even comes with a FAN.
Of course, along with presents, come excellent playpens.
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Though the day was busy, there was still time to decorate some sugar cookies with the young women at church…

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 …and donate a pint of blood for a good cause (and thus crossed off a goal on my 2017 list). Though I’m not a youth anymore, I am told my blood pressure is as good as a teenager’s. I’ll tell ya, that’s about the nicest thing I heard all day!

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When I was younger, I used to resent my birthday being so close to Christmas. It always felt like my individual birthday celebration was forgotten but now, I rather enjoy being a December baby. Everyone’s more kind, more willing to serve, and are singing of and thinking about our Savior. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to celebrate a birthday!

As usual, it was a busy birthday but I like it that way. So, thanks for all the well-wishes, it was a wonderful day!

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The best present–a cute baby!

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