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My birthday ~ I turned 4 twice today – That totals 8

I was lucky enough to be able to spend my 44th birthday in San Clemente Ecuador today.

I usually dont make a big deal about a birthday, but it is fun to have fun with others around you.

Yesterday, my mom called me to her house to help her with a benign task.  She said to come around back, and when I did, POW – right in the kisser!!  A surprise birthday party put on by the students of our English class.  I was truly surprised.

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Eida and Mirella made me a pillow.

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Trying to light the candles in the ocean breeze.  It didnt work.

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They gave me a hat as well and it has my name on the back of it.

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Here is one way to eat the cake.

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The whole crew:  Me, Eida, Fernanda, Nayelli, Junior, Mirella, Noelya, Jairo, Leonel.

I was able to inadvertently neutralize my mothers plans (Sorry, love ya mom!) for a surprise birthday with a preemptive strike of inviting people to lunch at our favorite restaurant, Vivianas.  My mother did not know about the surprise from the class, so 1 surprise worked, 1 didnt! 🙂

Today at Viviana’s:

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Mary showing me the pet rock after telling the story of how I would not let my mother bring a large pet rock to Ecuador when we moved here.  Thanks Mary!  I love the gift!

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Jan drew a nice drawing for me.  I now have artwork for my house!!  Woohoo!

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A clever hand made card with a beer label pulled from a bottle as the cover.  Pretty neat.  Even better, when I opened the card, there was info on how to get a free beer anytime I wanted!!  Woohoo!!

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The picture of the guy taking a picture.

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My mom went overboard and gave me an ipod to replace the 2 that I have had mishaps with.  I was only allowed to open the present after swearing and promising something or another.  🙂

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The usual suspects!

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Another great cake.

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Patricia made me follow the local custom of wearing the cake on my face.  I didnt mind too much.

All previous photos credited to Libby Rush.

dave and libby

Photo credit John MacDonald.

Way too many nice gifts were presented.  I am usually not very good at accepting gifts, but I had a great time and appreciate everyone’s company the most!  Thanks for the gifts (Jan, Nancy/Joe, John/Mary, mom, Gerri, Patricia, Logan/Linda, )

Now, I am off to the ballet / dancing that is in San Jacinto tonight and tomorrow in San Clemente!

Figuring it out… 1 great community at a time.

 

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10 thoughts on “My birthday ~ I turned 4 twice today – That totals 8

  1. You are truly blessed in life Dave. Happy Birthday! Keep it going and milk it for all it’s worth. I love you bro.

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