Thirty Six

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I am 36 today.

Thirty six years old

3 days before 36, new hairdo!

I am grateful to be alive so I shall not complain about getting older.

As I enter the ‘other side’ of the 30’s (is this considered ‘late 30s’?), I thought I’d tell you 36 things about me.

Then I realized that you pretty much know me already (right?).

So, on this day I turn 36, I decided to write down 36 things I wish for my sons.

I wish for you both….

1. To always love one another.

2. To like each other, even if it’s not all the time.

3. To learn from each other.

4. To always be there for each other.

5. To share with one another.

6. To look out for each other.

7. To stand up for each other.

8. To challenge each other when it’s necessary.

9. To learn how to cook. It’s a useful skill, trust me.

10. To forever know the beauty of music.

11. To have the opportunity to sleep under the stars.

12. To find true friends, like I have.

13. To want to, and enjoy learning.

14. To enjoy the outdoors, in whatever way you choose.

15. To know true love.

16. To enjoy your own company.

17. To love the written word.

18. To like my cooking, always.

19. To be able to chase your dreams.

20. To know how to respect women.

21. To love to do something your father does – he’s dying to do something with you boys!

22. To forgive me for not being crafty.

23. To learn to enjoy ironing because your mother hates doing that.

24. To look after your body, mind and soul.

25. To have the opportunity to travel.

26. To always have a loving relationship with your grandparents.

27. To always have a wonderful relationship with your aunts and uncles.

28. To please not dye your hair some strange color. Thank you in advance.

29. To not complain when I ask you to clean the toilets.

30. To love desserts.

31. To wake up every morning, excited to start the day.

32. To have a sense of humor. And understand your parents’ sense of humor. This is important. Read #33.

33. To forgive us in advance for any future embarrassing parents antics. Which will happen, it’s a guarantee.

34. To know that you were very much wanted, and you make our family complete.

35. To know that your parents love you fiercely.

36. To know that I have tried my best from the day you were born, to be the best mother I can possibly be to you.

When is YOUR birthday?

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • August 17, 2012 Adrienne

    Happy birthday!!! I love this list. Your values and heart for family and friends, and of course, your boys are so evident here.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Adrienne!

  • August 17, 2012 jamie

    Have a blessed birthday! Mother’s love is the greatest, indeed.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jamie!

  • August 17, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Happy Birthday, Alison! Mine is April 16 . I’m 38 now. Hope you have a great day!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennifer! Eh, we’re still young!

  • August 17, 2012 Kristen

    Happy Birthday, Alison! From what I remember, 36 is a pretty good year and I love that you didn’t complain about getting older. With my recent birthday, I started to go down that path and then I read a post about someone losing someone and I told myself to knock it off and celebrate being alive.
    I love what you wrote for your boys! One can only hope that they get yours and your husband’s sense of humor because it is awesome!!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristen! I have a feeling 36 is going to be an awesome year. I have never feared growing older, to me, it’s a testament of my survival 🙂 I do hope the boys inherit our sense of humor!

  • August 17, 2012 ilene

    Happy birthday! This list just warms my heart. And #33 makes me laugh because I embarass my kids qujte often…simply because I’m “mom.” Hopefully all will be forgiven one day. Enjoy!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ilene! Yes, all will be forgiven one day – when they become parents and understand the necessity of embarrassing their children 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Jessica

    This is beautiful, Alison! Happy Birthday to you!! I hope your day is absolutely wonderful!

    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! It’s been a pretty regular day, which is more than I can ask for.

  • August 17, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Happy Birthday, sweet friend!!! I absolutely love this list. I don’t think your boys will mind if you aren’t crafty 😉 And, I pulled out the iron for the first time in 9 years, and my kids were all “What IS that thing?”…haha, I obviously never iron.
    Hope you have your very best birthday ever!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen, and thank you for making me laugh!!

  • August 17, 2012 AnnMarie

    Happy Birthday, Alison! I hope you have a wonderfully fabulous day (and that we get to read all about it)! My favorites are #19 and #34. My birthday is June 3rd and I have issues with my birthday but starting next year, I will choose to celebrate instead of complain. Great idea (I might have to steal it). 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you AnnMarie! Yes, celebrate! It’s a testament to our survival 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Tiffany

    Happy Birthday!! What a beautiful list! For the record, I think your “early thirties” end the same time your “late thirties” start – at age 39! 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tiffany! I like that, late 30’s starting at 39!

  • August 17, 2012 Katie

    happy HAPPY birthday, friend! And 36 BETTER not be “late 30’s!” I think that starts with 38! you are still “mid-30’s”! 🙂

    I love this list. It’s absolutely the same list I would make for my boys. Right down to the ironing. Because I don’t do that. 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Katie! You’re right, 36 IS mid-30’s!

      I’ve never met anyone who likes ironing. Why does it even exist?

  • August 17, 2012 Victoria KP

    Wonderful wishes for your boys! I wish the same for my own.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Victoria!

  • August 17, 2012 Susi

    Happy Birthday. Hope you had a wonderful day. Love that list. I wish so many of the same things for my children. And also, 36 really… you don’t look a day over 25!!! 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Susi – you’re really too kind!

  • August 17, 2012 Alma

    Love your lists even though I am not good at writing them. I will be turning 40 this year. I am still reflecting on what it means to me. But it is nice to have a wish for your children on your birthday. The gift will be returned I am sure. Although I must say watch out for the kid with the dimples…
    Happy Birthday Alison! Hugs!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Alma! Uh-oh, both my kids have dimples! 🙂

      40 is the new 36, haven’t you heard?

  • August 17, 2012 Bruna

    Aw, those are some pretty amazing wishes for your sons. You’re a good mama. They are SO lucky.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Bruna! I’m the lucky one.

  • August 17, 2012 Jessica

    Happy birthday! What a great list for your sons. I think since I also have two boys, I’ll have to do this when my birthday rolls around this October. I’ll have to try to forget your list between now and then so I can pretend mine is original, of course! Hope you’re having a fabulous day!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! And I know you’ll come up with a fabulous list 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 MamaCassie

    Happy Birthday!! You have an awesome wish list for your sons! They’re lucky to have you for their mama! xo
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Cassie! I’m lucky to have them 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Ma. Teresa Grech Q. Racal.

    Happy birthday to you. You look younger than your age, really. I love this post.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, and you’re too kind 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Amy

    Happy birthday Alison! Beautiful post from a beautiful lady. 🙂

    I turned 30 last month on July 4th, and I’m {mostly} feeling pretty good about this new decade. Seems like I have all sorts of great company in the 30’s. 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amy! 30 is baby! 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Kim

    Happy Birthday to You!

    I turned 35 May 20th, and have to say…my view on Life has changed, mostly for the ‘better’. I am noticing more of the ‘little things’…

    As for your 36?
    These are beautiful words for your boys! Thank you for sharing!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kim! My perspective on life changed when I was 33. When I had my first son. I know, it’s cliched, but it’s true. And thank you for reading!

  • August 17, 2012 Maureen

    Happy Birthday, Alison! You sure you’re 36 coz you can pass as 29! Hope you’ll have an awesome day. Your wishes for your boys are so beautiful, tugging on my heart strings.
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Maureen, and really, you’re too kind!

  • August 17, 2012 Kiddothings

    Happy 36th! Those are nice wishes for your boys. Hope you’re having a great birthday 🙂
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you G! I had a nice quiet day 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Mark

    36 is still a baby to me!
    Happy Birthday Baby!
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    • August 17, 2012 Alison

      Thank you old man! (not really, you’re hot)

  • August 17, 2012 vanita

    wonderful wishes girl. i’m already working on teaching damian to respect women. we all are. surrounded by so many, he doesn’t have a choice. lol happy birthday girlfriend! i turn 36 in ocotber so i’m right behind you. i don’t feel any different than when i was 25 so maybe it won’t be so bad or maybe it will be a terrible jolt. lol
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! Oh, same age! I don’t feel much different either – other than carrying a few extra pounds 🙂 And it’s not so bad, 36!

  • Happy birthday! May all your wishes come true! Especially n°29… and n°33 made me laugh out loud!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Tinne! Have a great vacation by the way!

  • August 17, 2012 Co-Pilot Mom

    Happy Birthday Alison! 36 is definitely still ‘mid-30s.’ After that, I was ‘a 30-something’ instead of ‘late-30s.’ It just sounded better! Hope your day is wonderful!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Yay, still mid 30’s! And thank you!

  • August 17, 2012 Blond Duck

    Happy birthday!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Miranda!

  • August 17, 2012 Kir

    Oh Lady-bug,
    with tears running down my face onto my keyboard…HAPPY BIRTHDAY…Happy, Wonderful, Amazing, Fantastic, Spectacular Birthday to you…

    may YOU always know how loved you are, how much respect and awe I have for you, how your virtual hugs and smiles help me EVERY SINGLE day…may you always know what a GIFT you are to the people who love you..what a PRESENT you are to MY LIFE.

    your sons will know, every single day, that your wishes for them..are things we all wish for them. Love, Laughter, Life and LIVING each day in the WISHES.

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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      I don’t even have the words to reply to your wonderful, warm and awesome comment Kir. As always, you fill my screen with love and my world with sunshine. xo

  • August 17, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I absolutely LOVE this. What a perfect list for your children. 🙂 Happy Birthday!!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Ashley!

  • August 17, 2012 Tricia

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mine’s in March!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tricia! Will have to be sure to wish you a happy birthday come March 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Mamaintheburbs

    Happy Birthday!! What a beautiful post. I should start studying your list everytime I get down on myself. You write beautifully!

    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you as always, for your support and kind words.

  • August 17, 2012 Jaime

    Happy birthday! My favorite of your wishes is the one about liking your cooking always. Haha! But they are all great, and they all are mini-testaments to how wonderful a mother you are.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      One can hope right? And thank you so much for your well wishes!

  • August 17, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Happy birthday my friend!

    And your boys will ALWAYS love maman’s cooking best.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennie! And they better or they’ll go hungry 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 kristin

    Happy Birthday Alison! What a sweet post to write 😀 I’m new to your blog..Kristen K. sent me..I’m a sucker for birthdays 🙂 I hope you have a fantastic day with your boys! xoxo
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kristin! I did have a lovely day. So glad you stopped by, I hope it won’t be your last visit. 🙂

  • August 17, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    Such a wonderful list. I’d like all the same things for my two boys!

    Happy birthday!!!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen!

  • August 17, 2012 KalleyC

    Happy Birthday Allison! Great wishes for your little one, my favorite one is #18. Wishing you many more Birthdays.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Kalley!

  • August 18, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    Ahhh a list for your boys…inspired…and SO YOU! Rather than write a bunch of things about yourself (which I would have gladly read, of course!).

    I hope for nothing but the best for you this year!

    And to answer your question…this coming Monday!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen, and I do remember your birthday!!

  • August 18, 2012 Phase Three of Life


    Happy birthday! I bet 36 will be your favorite year so far.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, I have a feeling 36 will be awesome.

  • August 18, 2012 Elaine A.

    An amazing list and such a wonderful thing to do on YOUR birthday! Hope that ice cream was good… ;P xoxo
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Elaine! The ice cream was ‘Death by Chocolate’, so YES IT WAS.

  • August 18, 2012 angela

    Best birthday post ever!

    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Aw, really?? Thank you Angela!

  • August 18, 2012 Elena

    I agree with Angela – best birthday post ever! I love all the things you wish for your boys!

    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Elena!

  • August 18, 2012 Jackie

    I hope that you have the most wonderful birthday (now that it’s almost done)!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      It was pretty good, thanks Jackie!

  • August 18, 2012 JanBierens

    Happy birthday! Oh, I wish I could remember the time I was thirty six! 😉
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jan!

  • August 18, 2012 Charlotte

    Love love love this. Happy birthday, beautiful girl. You look remarkably gorgeous in this picture 🙂 What a wonderful wishlist for your boys.

    No hair dying?! What if they decide on the COOLEST shade of blue? No?! It’s cool. I get it. Remind me I thought I’d be the cool mom to let my kids get away with this when I have children of my own (I already know this ain’t happening). XOXO
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte sweetie!! And no, no funny hair colors. Unless it’s temporary and washes out in one day. I’m not THAT cool. 🙂

  • August 18, 2012 Natalie

    You will rock 36! Happy birthday…and what a great list for your sons!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      I sure will try and thank you! Hope you’re doing well with the baby.

  • August 18, 2012 Michelle

    Love this!!! Happy Birthday to you 🙂
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much, Michelle!

  • August 18, 2012 Melanie

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Alison! Hope you’re having an amazing day! Wishing you the most amazing year filled with lots of memories, love and new discoveries.

    Love, love, love this list! This mom of boys’ heart melted reading it. And the hair…nice!!

    My birthday is January 20th, btw!
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Melanie, I did have a nice, quiet day with my boys.

      I’ll remember your birthday!

  • August 18, 2012 Leighann

    36? Alison you are stunning
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Leighann, you’re too sweet!

  • August 18, 2012 My Inner Chick

    ((((( H A P P Y 36th
    B I R T H D A Y!!))))

    the world is sweeter w/ you inside of it 🙂 xx
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kim! And you’re pretty sweet yourself 🙂

  • August 18, 2012 Simone

    Happy 36th Birthday Alison!
    What a beautiful post. Simply truly lovely.
    I love your new blog-home. re-found you via your guest post on the SITS Sharefest.

    (PS 36 is totally “mid-thirties”… late don’t kick in until 39. I’m still hanging on at age 42, so, yeah. 36 is looking pretty spring-chickeny right now )
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Simone and so glad you ‘refound’ me (and I, you).

      Totally buying into 36 is mid 30’s. 🙂

  • August 18, 2012 karen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’ll be 37 in October, but I can’t wait to be forty, it seems like a great age. Anyway, love the post, I may copy the idea when I turn 37 and link back to your post.

    Yes respecting women is important as well as to look after your body, mind and soul. I love the list, so many wonderful things.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      I think 40 will be awesome!! Do a wish list for your birthday, would love to read it!

  • August 18, 2012 Christine

    Happy Birthday Alison!! I love this list. Incredible wished for your boys. As for being in your late 30s, my husband insists that 36 (I just turned 36 in June) is late 30s. I don’t agree at all. I think that he’s just bitter because he is firmly in his early 40s. 🙂
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christine! After some thought (and some comments here), I’ve concluded 36 is definitely mid-30’s. 31-34 is early, 35-37 is mid and 38 & 39 is late! Right? Your husband can’t possibly argue with that 🙂

  • August 18, 2012 BusyMomofTwins

    Happy Birthday!
    What a beautiful post. I turned 36 this summer and wish I’d thought to make this list!

    Enjoy your day and your boys.
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    • August 18, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much! You can always do a wish list for your kids for …. Christmas? 🙂

  • August 18, 2012 Jamie

    Happy Birthday. And I just had mine. Or it seem like I did, but it’s unbelievably been over a month. This year is going to be the fasted on yet. Enjoy your day. And your year.
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jamie, and I did!

  • August 19, 2012 Asianmommy

    Happy Bday! What a sweet post.
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!

  • August 19, 2012 c

    That is so sweet! And such a beautiful message for your boys. I’m an August baby too and just turned 31! Great idea to get a hair cut might have to do that too.
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, and happy birthday to you! Yes, do a wish list!

  • August 19, 2012 Sue

    Happy 36th, lovely one.

    This list you wrote for your boys is beautiful. And so full of optimistic youthfulness.

    My birthday is in May. The Twins were born on my 30th birthday, 11 years ago.

    *pregnant pause to do the math*

    And on that day, I relinquished all birthday rights and turned them over to my two first born(s). Swell deal, right? They grow older with each passing year. And I? Simply grow fabulouser. xo
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      Of course you are fabulouser and forever 30.

      How sweet indeed to share your birthday with your twins. If I shared a birthday with either of my children, perhaps my husband will actually remember the day 🙂

  • August 19, 2012 Kristin

    Wishing you a very happy(and very belated) birthday, Alison! Somehow despite following you on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, being friends with you on Facebook, AND subscribing to your blog, I missed this on Friday.


    Hope you had a great birthday! And loved reading your hopes and dreams for your sons.

    (Oh, and my birthday is March 1st. I’ll be 38. Oy.)
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for the birthday wish! So much for social media, eh? 🙂

      Eh, 38 is young!

  • August 19, 2012 tracey

    Happy Birthday! I am 36, too. It’s treating pretty decently, so far. 🙂 Hope it’s a great year for you!
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    • August 19, 2012 Alison

      I do believe 36 is a good age, thank you for your well wishes!

  • August 20, 2012 Tonya

    What a beautiful list! It’s your birthday and you’re handing out wishes. I love it!

    I hope this year is tremendous for you and that all your wishes for your sons come true.

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    • August 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Tonya!! xo

  • August 20, 2012 Sarah

    I’m late late late to wish you a happy birthday! I hope it was just the best and I LOVE your list. I think you are a wonderful human being 🙂
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    • August 20, 2012 Alison

      It was pretty good and THANK YOU! I happen you think you’re pretty awesome too 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 tracy

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday! It just gets better. xo
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    • August 20, 2012 Alison

      I did, I did!! And yay!

  • August 20, 2012 Janine (

    Happy belated birthday, Alison! Such a sweet post. P.S. 36 looks good on you!
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    • August 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Janine!

  • August 20, 2012 Jessica

    I have a feeling your children will love dessert just as much as you do.
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    • August 21, 2012 Alison

      I think you may be right……

  • August 21, 2012 Amarie

    Happy belated birthday! What an awesome post!

    Mine is September, 28th, the big 4-0!
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    • August 21, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! 40 is exciting!

  • August 21, 2012 Kimberly

    Of course your kids will love desserts! Coming from you, that’s a given. 😉
    Happy birthday my twin. xo
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    • August 21, 2012 Alison

      Thank you twin! xo

  • August 21, 2012 Nicole

    Hope your birthday was Awesome! This is a wonderful list for your sons. Each year I grow older I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” I’m glad to see that you are a woman that embraces each precious year 🙂
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    • August 21, 2012 Alison

      It’s the only way I know how to deal with getting older 🙂

  • August 21, 2012 Barbara

    Such amazing dreams for your boys. I think the last one sums it up perfectly! Happy Belated birthday.

    • August 21, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Barbara!

  • August 22, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    I so want these things for my son and his cousins. I hope you are having a wonderful birthday.
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    • August 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, I did.

  • August 22, 2012 Galit Breen

    Lovely thoughts and sentiment and idea and you.

    {Happy birthday, sweet friend!}

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    • August 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, for all of that. xo

  • August 22, 2012 Leslie

    So sorry I missed your birthday…I hope it was a grand one!
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    • August 22, 2012 Alison

      Eh, you have a new baby, it’s totally okay and understandable!

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