Project Alicia : WW: Embracing Forty.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WW: Embracing Forty.

It's been quite a week over here. Yesterday I celebrated forty years of life and with it came an entire gamut of irrational emotions. I do realize that it was just one day after Sunday and I hadn't actually changed, but something about waking with hot flashes and acne on my big 40 messed with my head. I wasn't feeling very fiery or fabulous, so I hit the gym to sweat it out.

And in spite of myself, my day turned out great. I had lots of sweet birthday wishes throughout the day, a lunch date with a great friend, a birthday serenade from dear high school friends and in-laws, my favorite birthday cake, and heart melting homemade cards from the kiddos.
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My daughter made me a card with the words, "dream on" (and $1 taped to the back) and Little Man's read, "You're not 40. You're 18 with 22 years of experience." Gotta love 'em!

They reminded me of why I'm so thankful for the gift of life. The fine lines and achy joints are merely proof of my mortality.

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A couple years ago I decided I needed to document myself more. Every year since then I've done a photo shoot on my birthday. (You can see 39 here.)

No frills. Nothing extraordinary. Just me. Documenting my life.

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This year as I hunted a location for my photos I was taken by the beauty that surrounded me. Such a range of color and depth in the landscape. Even the weeds and dilapidated buildings seemed to speak to me.

Then I realized why.

Ten weeks ago I underwent PRK Laser Eye Surgery. It's been a long haul, but today at my appointment I tested better than perfect for both distance and close up vision and my doctor informed me that I had the eyes of an eighteen year old. What a beautiful gift!
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I'm looking forward to all that these eyes will take in and process in the coming days.
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I hope you'll stick around for the journey.

(And if you're a little camera shy, I challenge you to step in front of the camera more.)

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117 comments:

  1. Lovely post Alicia. Happy 40th! Great news on your eyes too. Love your quotes, both from your daughter's card and by Audrey Hepburn.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Alicia! 40 looks good on you.

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  3. Love this sooo much. You are such an amazing person! I hope to get eye surgery at some point. :) 

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  4. Woooot, what great news about your eyes! I love your son's comment, 22 years of experience rocks! 

    Happy WW!

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  5. Serendipity is SweetTuesday, 29 January, 2013

    You certainly are a fabulous 40! I wish it looked that good on me. I'll be there in July! But, how on earth did I miss your birthday yesterday?  Happy belated!!

    I love your gorgeous images and message Alicia. You are always an inspiration :)

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  6. You look amazing! Happy (belated) Birthday! 

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  7. Happy Belated birthday Alicia!!

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  8. Happy birthday Alicia! Wonderful sentiment. 

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  9. "18 with 22 years of experience" - gotta love it!

    Happy birthday (again) Alicia!

    ~EdT.

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  10. Happy 40th.  I'm 2 ahead of you.  I didn't have any bad feelings about 40.  I was truthfully sadder about 30.  But, in some ways I feel like my life is just beginning.  Although I do feel those aches and pains you're talking about.  LOVE the yellow jeans and the quote by Audrey Hepburn--which is ironic.  ;)  And woo hoo on the eye operation working out so well!  I wish I was brave enough to do it!

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  11. Great photos. I like Audrey Hepburn's quote.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-my-baby-is-twenty.html

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  12. Happy happy birthday!  Your blog is one of my favorites to follow.  I love your photography so much.  This particular blog post resonated with me because the big 4-0 is looming this year for me too.  I love your attitude about it.  Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Alicia! You look fabulous!

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  14.  That's wonderful that you have perfect vision now! Happy birthday =) 

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  15. Happy Birthday! Your soul is beautiful!

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  16. Happy Birthday Alicia!! You look amazing at 40!!!!!

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  17. what gorgeous kids you have! What gorgeous words! happy birthday xx

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  18. a very happy birthday to you! 

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  19. Stunning, as usual, photos... And I LOVED the 'little mans' wording!! hahahaha

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm - In the Navy!!!!
    Have a great day!!

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  20. Happy Birthday! I'm 37. 40 is coming up soon.

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  21. Happy Belated Birthday, Alicia!!  You are looking as beautiful as ever!! 

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  22. Happy belated birthday! You are gorgeous - inside and out! A true representation of the Audrey Hepburn quote :) 

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  23. Happy birthday, dear Alicia - you make 40 look fabulous! And most importantly, I am pretty sure you're as beautiful inside as out. <3

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  24. Such a beautiful collage of photos and Happy Birthday!!  Lovely!

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  25. Hooray! I have always been grateful that I have good vision, and I am glad that you have finally recovered from your surgery.

    Happy Birthday!

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  26. Happy Birthday!  You are looking HOT for 40!  So happy to hear that your eyesight is back and better than ever, and I look forward to seeing photos through your new pair of eyes :)

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  27. Happy Birthday!  Gorgeous photos.

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  28. Forty?!  You're and your photography is striking and beautiful.  Happy Birthday! :>

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  29. I hear 40 is the new 20! Plus you look stunning! Happy Birthday xxx

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  30. I can't believe how young you look. I really really love those clothes too!!! I like your style, it's so fresh - not at all granny look but you don't look like a teenager. :)

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  31. You are so beautiful and totally rocking 40!

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  32. Happy Birthday Alicia. I believe you had a fabulous one. Watching you from distance you are beautiful in and out and genuine and nice person and that is what matters the most. Im happy for you that your eyes are healthy and that you can see beautifully! xxx Sonishka, Far and Away

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  33. You are fabulous! Happy birthday! I was just thinking recently how I remember my mom's 40th birthday — and how much younger she was than I realized then, ha ha. Do you have any tips for getting people to take pictures of you? I get tired of always asking people to (since I'm usually the one behind the camera), but I guess there's no way other than keeping on asking, huh? I love the idea of a birthday photo shoot.

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  34. Stevebethere SteveWednesday, 30 January, 2013

    Fab photos as usual A very Happy Birthday Alicia 

    I thought this was brilliant I must remember that heheh!
    "You're not 40. You're 18 with 22 years of experience." 

    Have a birthdaytastic week :-)

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  35. Lish, you are so beautiful and no one would ever think that you turned already 40. You look much, much younger! I remember when I turned 40. It was kind of a weird feeling.;) Your kids are so sweet! I love the card your daughter made for you. Happy Birthday again!
    Much love,
    Verena

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  36. happy birthday!  you look fantastic.  

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  37. Twisted CinderellaWednesday, 30 January, 2013

    I turned 40 this year as well and you are a much more lovely version of 40 than I am trust me.  LOL

    http://tc-twistedfairytale.blogspot.ca/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-little-prince-and.html

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  38. SouthernGalThoughtsWednesday, 30 January, 2013

    Happy birthday!  The 40's are going to be great. Believe me. I'm hanging onto that last half year of my 40's until July.  Then the 50's are going to be fabulous.  I'm counting on it.  

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  39. Welcome to the hot 40's club! ;)  Happy Birthday - and what a great idea to do a photo shoot each birthday!  Love all the shots! :)


    WW: Silly Smiles

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  40. I love the photographs, and I especially love the idea of documenting yourself more. I am always the phototaker, so unless I shoot a video for the web, I have little to no documentation of myself, and I should definitely have more or I will look back one day and wonder what happened between this picture and that picture.

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  41. Well a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!!  Sounds like it was a fabulous one.  You know- when I turned 30 my son came up with the idea to count backwards from that point on. So by the time I get to zero it will be time to just stop counting altogether  :) 

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  42. Happy belated birthday Alicia! And I'm so happy to hear about your eyes, I bet it was worth the wait/recovery time :)

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  43. Happy birthday hot mama! You are looking fabulous! :)

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  44. What's in a number?  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  My MIL & I didn't like number birthdays.  Her name was Harriette & my BFF. We celebrated "Harriette Day"!  Not a number birthday & the older I get the more I'm likin' it & understanding her logic.  So Happy Alicia Day!  Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!  Hailing from Stacy Uncorked - have a wonderful day!

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  45. Happy birthday!  The quote and the pictures are gorgeous. :-)

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  46. 40 is the new 30. You look fantastic. I am totally pinning that Audrey quote.

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  47. That's wonderful news about your eyes, Happy Birthday to super sweet friend!

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  48. Great post, photos and quote all around.  Thank you for hosting the linky party.

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  49. WIshing you the happiest of birthday!!! <3

    http://www.homeofohm.com/2013/01/wordlesswednesday-warm-winter-day-in.html

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  50. What an awesome idea to do a photo session each birthday! I love that, especially since I'm always the one behind the camera - it will be proof to my family I actually existed. LOL Great post and I hope this is your BEST year yet! 

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  51. Happy Birthday! Gorgeous photos to document an incredible time in life. Enjoy!

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  52. First- LOVE LOVE those pants!! You look so great! I hope I can pull it off like you when I'm 40! I need to go back and see if you have posted more about your surgery. I want to have it done but really nervous. 

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  53. Thanks Melissa! Not an easy task finding these pants in my size, but I do love them. ;) 

    I have given updates via facebook here and there but haven't talked much about my surgery on the blog. The first three weeks were brutal, particularly for what I do. I really couldn't see well at all and I was really sensitive to light. There was some pain the first week or so, but didn't last long. The hardest part was just waiting for everything to come into focus. My distance vision came first. By 6 weeks I was pretty happy and every week since then it's only improved. If you can be out of commission so to speak for about 5-6 weeks, I'd recommend this surgery to anyone wanting to correct their vision. I love not having to deal with contacts or glasses anymore. It really is amazing! Good luck to you! 

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  54. Thanks Kacey! Having not been in many photos and seeing so many physical changes recently, I decided I wanted to make a concerted effort to be in front of the camera more; to document me. And yes, when our mind goes or we leave this earth... it would be nice to have something tangible. Proof if you will. ;) 

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  55. Thanks! I'm looking forward to this decade. ;)

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  56. Thanks so much! 

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  57. Thanks Kristy! I couldn't be more thrilled! :)

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  58. Haha! Love it! That is definitely one of my favorite quotes right now! Thanks!

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  59. Thanks Evelyn!

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  60. Love it! I definitely need an Alicia Day at least once a year. ;) 

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  61. Aww. You just made my day. Thanks for the kind words! 

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  62. Thanks! I didn't love the first few weeks, but definitely worth the wait! I couldn't be happier about the results! :)

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  63. Haha! Too funny! It's actually kinda brilliant though... ;)

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  64. Yes, we need to be included in our photos and our albums so there is proof of our existence. ;) Good luck stepping in front of the camera more... 

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  65. Well, you certainly make the club look fun! I'm looking forward to what's ahead...

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  66. Aww, you're too kind. We are only as old as we feel though, right? ;)

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  67. Don't do anything too crazy because I'm sure the 50s are just as wild! ;)

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  68. Aw, thanks so much Verena! 40 hit hard, but I know it's only a number. And yes, the kids really put some thought and effort into their cards... so touching. ;)

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  69. Leave it to my math kid, haha. It made me chuckle. ;)

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  70. I need to do a post on selfies... Actually my son and hubs are pretty good and usually will take photos when I ask, but some of my favs are ones I've done myself. I use the timer or the remote clicker. There's even a remote and tripod stand for the smart phone as well now... It may take a little more effort to be in photos, but it's so important! 

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  71. Thanks so much Sonishka! I do think beauty comes from within. And yes, so excited that my eyes are finally healed. :)

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  72. Ha! Thanks Desirae! 

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  73. Haha! You're cracking me up! I'm glad I don't look all granny. ;) I do try to stay current... Sometimes it works out, haha! 

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  74. Oh my! I've heard 30 but the new 20?!? Awesome! Haha. Thanks for the kind words! 

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  75. Yep, 40. Hard to believe. Not sure where the time goes... 

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  76. Thanks so much! 

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  77. Thanks Christy! I'm really looking forward to shooting through my new pair of eyes. 

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  78. What a blessing to have great vision! I'm finally free of contacts and glasses! Yah!!

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  79. Thanks Nicole! 

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  80. Aww, you are so sweet. I appreciate your kind words, Annie! 

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  81. Thanks so much Cori! 

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  82. Live it up. 37 was a favorite age for me! ;)

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  83. Yes, he's quite a hoot! Thanks for stopping by! 

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  84. Thanks Tara! 

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  85. Sometimes they surprise me. But they're both definitely keepers. ;) 

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  86. Thanks so much Tabitha! Wish I had a personal stylist to help me along, haha! 

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  87. Thanks for the kind words, Amanda! 

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  88. Thanks Amy! 

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  89. Thanks. It truly is a gift! :)

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  90. Thanks so much Veronica! 

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  91. So happy to hear it Holly! I do think we are only as old as we feel so I'm working hard to take care of myself. Enjoy the rest of your 30s... ;)

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  92. Thanks. One of my favs too. :)

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  93. You are gorgeous, I want to look as good as you when I am 40. Happy belated birthday hun.

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  94. I think I was much better with 30 for some reason. Possibly because of the new aches and pains of 
    late, haha. The line about the irony of loving the quote and jeans cracked me up! lol. And just an fyi... the surgery only took 30 minutes. And the laser was only 15 seconds in each eye. So, so worth it!  

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  95. Yep! For sure! Thanks for the wishes. Again. ;) Appreciate it! 

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  96. Thanks so much! 

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  97. Thanks Tammi! 

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  98. Thanks Jiza! ;)

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  99. Aw, thanks so much! Really appreciate the kind words. 40 really isn't too bad, but enjoy your 30s while ya can... haha. 

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  100. Yes, lots to smile about! :)

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  101. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you do get the surgery, Sarah! It's amazing! 

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  102. Thanks so much! My kid's cards are priceless! ;)

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  103. Oh, and I forgot to mention... the laser part was only 15 seconds in each eye, no lie! I didn't feel a thing. ;)

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  104. Thanks so much Shana! You're too kind. 

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  105. Thanks Prasti! ;)

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  106. You are BEAUTIFUL!!!!Hope you had a wonderful day... you deserve it...
    Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

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  107. Happy Birthday to YOU!!  I say your fabulous :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  108. Happy belated birthday  Alicia! There is an old saying your only has old as you feel. Looking forward to your Journey.

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  109. Happy 40th Birthday!  Every single day of your life has lead up to
    this moment…and as my grandmother always said about getting older “it beats the
    alternative”.  ;)


    I’m glad your eyes are doing so well.  I worry about someday getting the eye surgery
    (at almost 29…I keep wondering if I should wait or not) and hearing your story
    has really helped calm my nerves a bit. 
    Thank you for sharing.   


    Love your third picture with the Audrey Hepburn quote.  Perfect tone…simply lovely.


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  110. Happy birthday Alicia! Sounds like the perfect day! I'm so happy for you about your eyes! That must ben amazing!! You look gorgeous, as always! Love your outfit!! :) 

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  111. Happy birthday :-) Don't know if I'm embraced 40 as much as I just thought…. well, another year. Next!

    Visiting you from Wordless Wednesday Bloggers and The Jenny Evolution! Here's my post - http://thejennyevolution.com/2013/01/29/wordless-wednesday-local-baristas-missed-me/

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  112. nice picture of yours! :) beautiful! 

     

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  113. Twisted CinderellaTuesday, 12 February, 2013

     that's true!

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  114. Glad that your eye surgery went well. I'm sure that it was buttressed with many prayers. God bless, and enjoy the great new eyesight!

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