Lucky #13

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Today, I am giddy.

Today, I believe that I did the exact right thing 13 years ago.

Today, I realize that we said our wedding vows for a reason.  We hold them close to our heart, always remembering that it was a promise that we made to each other…and to our future littles.

Today, I smile, especially when I wake up to a beautiful, sweet, heartfelt note.

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Today, I look forward to tonight when we get to make the littles squeal by sharing an anniversary kiss in front of them.

Today, I realize that I would do it all over again and again and again.

Today, I feel lucky and blessed.

Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary, Sean!  You were the first best thing that I did in my life, which then led to so many other great things, most of which are our sweet, amazing children. It has been a beautiful 13 years, and I look forward to the next 13.  Thank you for being my best friend, my soul mate, my husband, and the papa of our children.  You complete me every single day, and when I look at the family that we have created together, it fills my heart with complete joy.  I love you!

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In the Blink of an Eye…Happy Halloween!

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We have had a busy, fun few days.

It is Red Ribbon Week at school, which is always fun because there is a different dress up day each day.

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I decided that we would celebrate Halloween Eve yesterday by having a little pumpkin carving party.  I ran to the store to get sparkling cider, doughnuts, and a pumpkin carving kit. I had it all set up so that we could have a little celebration right after school.

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That is when I realized how quickly things can change.  Gabriel came home feeling a little off.  He tried his best to put on his smiling face but soon asked if he could go take a bath.

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Summer was the next one who started to fade.

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Ethan was the last man standing, and he happily carved away.

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Within an hour or so, Gabriel and Summer both had a headache, fever, chills, and a sore throat.

We are all home this morning, waiting for the doctor’s appointment to see what the verdict is.

Here is a little preview of their costumes, just in case trick or treating is not in the cards for us this year.

Summer is Merida from Brave.

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Ethan is a General.

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Gabriel is Robin Hood.

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Of course they are sad that they are sick on Halloween.  Their nonna has promised to bring them treats if we cannot get out tonight.

This is certainly not the way we had envisioned our Halloween.  We were supposed to have a Character Parade at school, our report card celebration for lunch, our traditional Halloween dinner with family tonight, and trick-or-treating.  However, just as with all things, we will make the most of the day, celebrate as much as we can, and make memories, one way or another.

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Happy Halloween!

Eat Cake and Celebrate – Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake Cake

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As a family, we celebrate.  We celebrate big, and we celebrate small.

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Yesterday’s birthday celebration was small, but it created big memories.

Memories of my littles so excited to give me the birthday card that they had handmade just for me.  It was filled with the sweetest words. Words that captured my heart.  Words that told me how well they know me and that, each and every day, they are my world.  They are one of the reasons why celebrating birthdays is fun.  It means that I have had another year as their mom.  Another year to celebrate our life as a family.

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Memories of opening presents that they had excitedly gone to the store with Papa to pick out.  And, then returned with cute little smiles, because they had secrets.  Big secrets to them.  Secrets that have proven just how much they have grown…because they kept the secrets for two whole days without telling me what they had bought for me.

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Memories of my amazing chef of a husband patiently cooking dinner, while simultaneously explaining everything that he was doing to the littles and then letting them help with the small things.  It was a lesson for this 39 year old momma, as well.  Slow down.  Enjoy the moment. Do not always be so rushed to get dinner on the table. Or, maybe just let Sean cook more of the meals…

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Memories of a special birthday cake that I made myself.  My family was a bit concerned that I wanted to spend part of my birthday day baking myself a cake.  I knew what I was doing, though, because I knew exactly what I wanted.  The best memory of all came when Gabriel took a bite.  When I asked him if I made the right decision by making it myself, his smile was priceless as he said, “Yes!”

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To say that they day was perfect seems so cliche.  But, it was.  It was perfectly as I had imagined it would be.  The pace was slow and relaxed.  The mood was celebratory and festive.  The day that I was born, my last birthday in my thirties, was exactly as it should be. Family.  Food.  Fun.

I found this cake at Recipe Girl.  I used the exact recipe for the cheesecake and frosting, and then, instead of the red velvet cake part, I used my chocolate cake recipe.