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Saturday, November 26, 2011

So long, Thirty-Five.

When I reflect upon my 35th year, I smile. When your birthday follows Thanksgiving, you have already realized all the blessings that made this year so special. So many wonderful things are happening, all at once, it's hard not to smile. I awoke to Michael watching me sleep so he could be the first to tell me Happy Birthday - our kids are sneaky and everyone wants the first "Happy Birthday" - that's how we roll at the Ellenburg House. Madison bursts in at 6:30 am for the 2nd "Happy Birthday" still rubbing sleepy eyes but was eager to call me the birthday girl. It was sweet. HB's were later followed by Jackson then Grant, and lots of great phone calls and texts. When I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, it was simple. "I want to stay here all day and enjoy this hard work" - referring to the main floor remodel that has been going on since the last week in August. There was cake, pizza, amazing gifts and college football. What more could the birthday girl ask for?
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The guys did a really nice job on the cake.
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And Birthday Cake without ice cream is simply unheard of.
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A thoughtful gift from my babes - Yep, I have a collection of nutcrackers that I pull out of the attic every Christmas. This one is just perfect.
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My Mom did her best to fill up my Kitchen's new wine rack. A great idea.
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Michael continues to go over the top with his amazing gifts, not one lens, but 2. So Awesome!
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A real treat is that my birthday starts what is commonly known as "My 8 days of reign" - I am exactly 8 days older than Michael, and he lets me boss him around for the next 8 days. This year he whined like he says I do. That seems inappropriate. I love these eight days.
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Hope your black friday was as great as mine!
xoxo, Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601


  1. Happiest Birthday Blessings to my new found friend! Looks like you are truly blessed with a WONDERFUL family and great gifts too! I'm expecting to see some more awesome images with those new lens!

    I wish you continued happiness and success with your business in the coming year!

    Hugs to you! Catherine

  2. Thank you so much Catherine! And it was so nice to get your birthday card in the mail - it even came on my birthday :-) I'm so happy we've become such good friends.