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Happy Birthday…to me.

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Happy Birthday to me....it's been a great one.

There are moments in life where you just seem to appreciate the people around you more and more. It’s been an interesting month to say the least, filled with a lot of up’s and down’s.  But as I sit here and finally begin typing away on a blog that has seemed to go far too long without a post, I can’t help but think how lucky that I am to be loved as much as I am by so many people.

Today is my 33rd birthday.  I would have never dreamed that my life would be as it is today, or that I would be so lucky as I am.  First and foremost, I want to say a quick thanks to my wife Traci.  She worked her tail off to put together one heck of a week for me.  It kind of started on Thursday when I got home from work and decided to take the family to Disneyland for the evening. We got down to the park with about 2 hours left in their operating hours, and the kids decided that they were going to take full advantage of the 5-minute wait time on Big Thunder Mountain, riding the popular roller-coaster attraction 12 times consecutively.  It was a fun evening.

Then on Friday, I was surprised as I walked in the door after work by the kids and Traci to a candle-lit tray of brownies and the kids along with Traci singing “Happy Birthday.”  It was a great surprise.  A few moments later, the home game crew from PablosPlace joined for the regular Friday night fun.  It was a fantastic time, and Tim ended up taking top prize.

Saturday the fun didn’t stop as Traci and I dropped off the kids at various locations for the next couple of days, and we went down to California Adventure and Disneyland to enjoy a little date time for just the two of us.  We began at the bar over Ariel’s Grotto and I enjoyed some Lobster Nachos and Tri-Tip Sliders, and a couple of Amber Lagers.  From there we headed over to Disneyland and rode a few rides, stress-free, until finishing the night over at the Blue Bayou for some of the most incredible food I’ve ever tasted.  It was a magical evening.

Sunday was just as much fun as we headed down to see a taping of the TV Game Show “Let’s Make a Deal.”  The program is hosted by Wayne Brady, and was an incredible experience.  We had 13 of us go to the show, and one of us came home a winner (I can’t say who legally, because they said that they could take away the prize…but we may be going over to some more big games at Tim’s house over the next few years….just sayin ;)

After the show we headed over to Stout Burgers and Beer for a late lunch, and then back to the house for some more poker.  It was a perfect way to spend the weekend with my friends.

I want to thank Traci and my kids, Tim, Amber and Chris, Andrew, Kaelia, Manny, Mike, Robert and Janeth, Amanda, and Mike, as well as all of my friends on Facebook and Twitter that have messaged me and continue to do so on my birthday.  It’s been a fantastic celebration and I feel both greatly humbled and thankful to have so many people extend such great love to me.  I’m a truly lucky man.

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