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April 27, 2015

Happy 38th birthday to me! Birthdays (thanks to my mom who always made them special) have always been simple but fun occasions.

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First up, ice cream tradition continues (thanks to dear friends who passed it along to us) and my husband’s yummy omelets cooked to perfection. What a great way to start the morning!

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Dropped Clare off at school and went for a morning of shoe shopping and a pedicure. So I asked for a specific flower (and brought in a picture). The lady asks, “Does it have to be exact.” Of course, my answer was “no” thinking that she’d at least come close to the picture. I guess all they know are Asian flower designs…not even close to what I showed her. Got to have a great convo with my brother though while receiving a fantastic chair massage and a little after-winter toe pampering also. Lovely! It was a very nice treat to have some quiet time and my hands empty just for a few minutes today. I felt so refreshed and at peace. Thanks Nate and dad for holding down the fort at home.

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I came home to find Katie had made these yummy cupcakes. Cookie dough base. Vanilla cake. Oreo buttercream icing. Seriously rich, but yummy and a treat that they were homemade by my up-and-coming resident baker.

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A little snuggle from my #4. She’s seriously rotten right now, but when she smiles, it makes us all smile. Gotta appreciate it even more in these trying stages of childhood.

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The day itself was low key, but only because we got to celebrate in grand style on Sunday. It’s been almost 10 years since we have played at the Bogan Park Aquatic Center. FUN! I especially appreciate those activities that everyone can do and have fun. They are hard to come by with the varying ages of our family! Even Max loved it. Perfect!!!!!

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Max’s new grin is hilarious. As if the first seven months, his grin wasn’t enough to make us laugh. This kid is so happy. It makes all of us happy!

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I love the ease of using Magisto to piece our videos and pictures together, but sometimes, things get a little silly. Sorry for the random moments in this video, but you get to see everyone at least. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and try to piece another one together in the upcoming days.

Nate grilled us some fantastic chicken for dinner. I so love him at the grill. Dinner is always sure to be great! Less kitchen mess also!

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Michael had a rare evening make-up soccer game. This in itself was a gift to me as I haven’t been able to attend many of his games due to my tutoring schedule. I love it. We haven’t had many of these moments over the years and it makes me happy that this was a request of his own initiative. Sports are really becoming his “thing”. Finally, something that excites him!

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He made my birthday card using the new-to-us Osmo. What a fun picture?! I love it. I do hope I am a worthy hero to emulate. I also pray he chooses a wife someday even better than myself and treats her like a beloved superhero also.

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I love you my boy!!

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Being gone for soccer provided our oldest a long awaited and anticipated few hours to herself. She’s been planning my surprise literally all week. She’s made phone calls to illicit some help, hidden herself away creating decorations, plotting something on the computer, and sneaking around the house also. She made me promise that she could have the house to herself to prepare and that I’d be the first one to walk in the door when we got home. Deal sweet girl. It’s a deal! I never dreampt the details of this surprise. This girl has a heart of gold for sure.

Taped to the garage door.

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On my bed when I walked in the room…pajamas and flowers.

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In the front room…blankets for my choosing.

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Swoon!!! This is what I see when I open the back door to the patio.

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My sweet girl standing in front of our evening theater. She’d borrowed a projector from a friend (Thank you immensely for helping her dream this dream Ms. Kelle!), her daddy had helped her set it up while I was changing, and she’d hung the sheet and decorations while we were gone. The frame was set up for her 10th birthday surprise party (a year+ ago) and made the perfect structure for my birthday surprise. I still can’t believe it!

There was food (mixed in with a few on-going growing projects).

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There was homemade bread (she’d mixed, let rise, and baked all while we were gone). As if that wasn’t enough, she’d managed to figure out how to make and mix me a pina colada!! My favorite and made just right even!! I love it.

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Sweet girl had picked out one of her childhood favorite movies for us to watch…Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. That, alone, was a treat for me. We must have watched it a zillion times when life was less busy. When it was just the four of us living under this roof. This time, we watched it outside, under the stars, just the two of us (well until we were joined by guests just begging to celebrate also). There were countless, “I loved this part when I was a kid…” and “I remember when I used to think…” moments scattered throughout the projected scenes. The sheet actually came off her bed (butterflies and all) as she couldn’t get her hands on the white sheet stored in the linen trunk. Time was of the essence in her evening for sure. I love it!

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Girl, you have made this momma’s heart incredibly full. Your generosity to me, your planning, your sacrifice of your own free time, your love and desire just to be together is the greatest gift you could give me. Seriously! The tears were ones of such pride as I realized just what you had pulled off…almost entirely on your own! Katie Ruth Boster, you are a special young lady. I’m proud to be your mom. Thank you for this gift!! I love you to overflowing.

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