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I love birthdays.  They just make me so happy.  Even at 42, I still love celebrating my special day.

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My students made sure that I knew how much I was loved and appreciated.

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My birthday fell on the same day as our fall festival, so the kids and I went to it while Sean stayed home and prepared an amazing dinner.

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It was a truly perfect day.

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Ethan is 11!

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I cannot believe that Ethan is 11.  It truly seems impossible that I first looked into his amazing blue eyes for the very first time eleven years ago.

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He has changed my life in so many incredible ways. I truly believe that the path of my life instantly changed the day that I was blessed with becoming his mom.

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I think that I am a better person because of him.

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I think that I am a teacher because of him.

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I think that I fight for the best interest of students every single day because of him.

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I think that the world is a better place because of him.

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For his birthday, I took off half the day to spend with him. Summer ended up taking off with us. We went to lunch, picked out some presents, and then returned home.

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Gabriel was not feeling well when we picked him up from school, so I gave Ethan the choice of going to get his cookie cake with Sean or going to the doctor with Gabriel. Ethan chose being with Gabriel, at the doctor’s office, on his birthday.

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For his birthday night, we opened presents, had pizza, watched a movie, and ate cookie cake.

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It was a perfect celebration for an eleven year old who is good and perfect in every single way.

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40 Looks Good on Him

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I am almost two years older than Sean, so, for almost two years, he has been hearing about how much I loved my 40th birthday.  However, I love all birthdays, and Sean is very indifferent about them. I was determined that he would love this one, though, because you only turn 40 once.

We took Gabriel to camp the weekend before Sean’s birthday, so we celebrated with his parents while we were in College Station.

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On his actual birthday, his office staff decorated his office and made him feel special all day.

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Gabriel was at camp, so we just had a mini celebration so that we could have a bigger celebration with Sean.

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Once we were all united as a family, we went out to dinner as a family.

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When we returned home, we enjoyed Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake.

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While birthdays still are not a huge deal to him, he definitely enjoyed his 40th one.