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Happy Birthday Alyssa!!!

To my little Alyssa...

From the moment you were born you were literally a bundle of joy...

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You are our little laughing buddha...

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Your happiness radiates outwards and brings warmth to everyone you meet...

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Your smile is contagious...

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You love Barbie the Popstar so much...

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You are OUR popstar!!

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I love you my Little Chicken Sausage. xxx

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Happy 3rd birthday!!!!
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Happy birthday to my girls

If you're a parent you know how expensive it can be having a birthday party for your kids.

That's why Nicole and I strategically decided to have a small family birthday party for each of my girls on their birthdays in April and June, and then one combined party in the middle of the 2 birthdays where all of their friends are invited, which happened to be last Friday.

They loved it. There were so many kids and mums on Friday afternoon (along with 2 dads...one of them being me), that the kiddy party venue was frenetic hub of screaming minions.

We did the usual jumping castle and face painter, but what my wife has also been doing for the last 2 birthdays is Clamber Club. The 4 and 5 year olds LOVE it. It's a kiddy obstacle course with facilitators that keep them entertained for over an hour. I won't go into detail about it, but you can find out more about them here.

Tayla Jean is fixated on rainbows at the moment, so she had a rainbow Barbie cake:

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Alyssa is obsessed with "Popstar Barbie" and could not stop staring at her cake:

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But their favourite part of the day was when we got home and they were able to rip open all the presents!

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The girls had a great time. My wallet is just happy that the next big birthday party is only in a year's time!



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Happy birthday to my little angel Alyssa!

I get very emotional when it comes to my kids birthdays. I think back to the day they were born. To all the times they made me laugh and cry. You see, as a testicular cancer survivor, my prognosis of having children was slim to non-existent.

Well, Nicole and I beat those odds naturally... twice! Two years ago my second bundle of joy came into the world. Today is Alyssa's birthday!  To my little Chicken Sausage...

From the moment you were born you stole my heart...
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Even as a baby your smile made the day's frustrations melt away...
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We play silly buggers and laugh at ourselves...
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Right now in your life, you're fixated with Barney. You love having long showers with your sister. You get upset if you can't feed the chihuahuas.  And you draw me pictures everyday...sometimes on the wooden floor.

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When you read this in cyberspace in 15 years time, just know that Dad loves you so much. Thank you for being in our lives. Happy birthday!!!
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It's my birthday!

No matter how old you get, there's always something special about celebrating a birthday. It's great being fussed over!

When I woke up at 3.45am for work, without a single grumble from my wife, she sounded wide awake as she wished me a very happy birthday...before rolling back over to sleep again!

Yep, it's a bit of an early start today. I'm writing this blog at the airport, waiting to board a flight to Cape Town. But I've already paused to indulge in my own little birthday muffin celebration...


Here's to another year. Happy birthday me!


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