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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.

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.

The biggest flower Kate’s ever seen!
 Then, we went wild and crazy and ran errands…
Henry’s turned into a frog. An adorable one at that.
 …then we ate lunch with Claire…
 …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.

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).

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.


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!


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!

It even comes with a FAN.
Of course, along with presents, come excellent playpens.

Though the day was busy, there was still time to decorate some sugar cookies with the young women at church…


 …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!


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!

The best present–a cute baby!

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