In honor of Heather’s 36th birthday on Saturday I decided to count some of the ways the kids and I are very lucky to have her in our lives:


1. Her crafting game is on point…

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…which is awesome except for the fact that it leads to this happening way too often:

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2. She has been instrumental in helping us all — and I mean all — become experts on Friends:

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3. We’re also forever indebted to her for introducing us to the undeniable magic of cookie butter.

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4. She’s a terrific photographer, so our family photos never end up like this:

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5. She also has incredible style, and has us all — on a budget — looking like:

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6. Her birthday party planning skills are legendary. From my surprise 30th to James’ 2nd they’re all like:

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7. This has happened three times in the last five years and she hasn’t killed me despite my gloating:

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8. She has also maintained a smile despite having heard this play in our home thousands of times:

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9. She has a beautiful voice, so when she sings in the shower we’re never like:

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10. She is a wonderful cook who makes delicious and healthy meals we all love:

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11. Despite that, she also knows when to do this:

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12. She’s incredibly warm hearted and will always go to the mat for her friends:

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13. This goes double for her family, including Rigby despite the fact she’s like: 

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14. She’s committed to fighting evil in the world.

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15. I’m pretty sure she’s mastered Oprah’s “The Secret.”

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Seriously… she said she wanted to meet Gwen Stefani, then met her twice!


16. She not only gives the best hugs, but invented the Spohr family hug, which looks a little like:

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17. But the biggest reason is because she loves us and we love her!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HEATHER!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!