CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT – MEET “HARPER”!

  Shortly before my sister-in-law, Maura, passed away,

she asked me if I would do a pet portrait of her sister’s dog Harper .

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HARPER

Harper belongs to Missy and Lindsay but one could say…IT IS they WHO belong to her.  She is the quintessential “firstborn” – ADORED , indulged, coddled, spoiled, brilliant and taken everywhere.

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CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY WITH HER COUSIN ELLIE!

She is also about to have her world ROCKED when twin babies arrive in about a month! The babies are a  blessing to this family that has experienced tremendous loss and we could not be happier. And Harper will be the best big sister in the world!

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BIG SISTER

I finished the portrait of HARPER this summer….pretty in pink!

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HARPER PRETTY IN PINK

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I happen to like how it looked in MY house but consoled myself with the promise of painting a pink portrait of Muffin for the Hall…one day!

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Leslie

COUNTDOWN – ART SHOW

MY NEXT ART SHOW OPENS THIS TUESDAY

SEPTEMBER 2!!!!

I am excited to once again be showing at the

King Family Vineyards

6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia 22932.

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I have been painting up a storm, morning noon and night.

Here is a sneak peek of ONE my latest paintings!

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FRIDAY AND MAX

I painted the original “Friday and Max” this summer, and then….I did it again…it was a “failed pet portrait”. It has been hanging around…and one day, …I just started playing… with the colors and putting them right on top of the old painting. This is the happy result!!

I am loving this colorful impressionistic style  and and I have gone on to paint some more of this type for the show!!!

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I also changed my signature with the installation of the UVA Children’s Hospital paintings. I have gotten feedback in the past – that while my old signature, “LU” is fine,mabel 5 COUNTDOWN   ART SHOW

it is a nickname that no-one associates with ME. This way if someone wants to know who painted those “colorful dogs!” ” ..

they can look up “L DeVito – artist” and find ME! at leslidevito.com!!!

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new signature!

Ahhh, the bittersweet long weekend awaits … Summer is bidding farewell … and we will celebrate the last few snippets of the season of sleeping late and fresh cut grass, life guarding, golf and grilling burgers, dinners at 9, chlorine hair and salt water and sand and reading a book or two and flip flops and double, triple sleepovers, the requisite squabbles in the back seat of the car…OH I LOVE summer so very much, and not just because my birthday is in the summer!  I will miss our summer, especially this one, the last one before Tate’s senior year of high school when change is on the horizon…GOODBYE SUMMER.

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My 5 favorite people on earth…

We are off to our annual Labor Day Soccer Tournaments!!! Wouldn’t be labor day without it!!!   I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend…whatever you do…nothing or everything…be safe…have fun and tell jokes.

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….all paintings GO ON SALE- TUESDAY MORNING SEPTEMBER 2. 

…and can be purchased at leslidevito.com

Leslie

LESLIDEVITO.COM MY NEW ART WEBSITE IS HERE!

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I am proud to announce the opening of my ART WEBSITE…
I have wanted to do this forquite some time and I am thrilled to  share my PAINTINGS as they are completed with you…in REAL time.Everything that is available for purchase can be bought directly from the site .
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FAITH

AND You can also order your Custom Pet Portraits VIA the site.
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Simply purchase the sizeyoudesire and I will be in touch to discuss the particulars within 48 hours —usually MUCH less.I look forward to hearing from you!16 500x499 LESLIDEVITO.COM MY NEW ART WEBSITE IS HERE!

and if you are in the area…
SEEING YOU!!!!
SAVE THE DATE!!!
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Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – NEW QUEEN SIZE BED

Almost 14 years ago, on September 11, 2000 we added the third baby, Cooper, to our family…

We also bumped up to a KING sized bed.

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KING SIZE BED IN  OUR MASTER BEDROOM

It really was not a decision as much as survival tactic. Sleep was something I would have paid good money for in those days of diapers and co-parenting…and a bed big enough to house 2 adults and potentially 3 warm little bodies was more a necessity than an option.

But time does pass and  all but one of the kids are now bigger than me and they don’t crawl into bed with us like the old days. That bittersweet fact combined with the desire to have more actual ROOM in my Bed-room…prompted us to downsize to a Queen sized bed. A well made, extra firm one for my temperamental old back……

..and lets just say…IF I could marry my NEW BED – I would.

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nothing special just yet in the way of NEW bedding. It was quite pleased when I found TUCKED AWAY this old Pottery Barn bedding from Phoebe’s Birds Egg blue bedroom circa 2009. I had always loved this quilt set  and think I might try to age it up a bit with some lamps and an upholstered headboard.The white quilt is also a Phoebe hand me down from before the twin beds.  The BOYS LOVE these swiveling lamps and won’t they be happy when I surprise them with them next to their beds!

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I like this aqua lamp…if the backside of it were not covered in packing tape – holding it together I might just keep it there…but it does make me think “aqua”. thoughts ?

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The painting above the bed is one of my new abstracts. I actually am kind of crazy abut the colors in our room…it looks less “sweet” in the room than it does in this photo but I was not going to take any WIDE shots this morning lest you see what is just outside the photo…morning mess!

nice being back with a Monday Makeover!!! Hope you are all adjusting to the season change…back to school, the return of craziness!!! I have a mountain of things to catch up on with you…cannot wait to fill you in on a  few VERY EXCITING things happening for me this fall…!!!

have a great Monday!

xo

Leslie

THE FIRST DAY OF THE LAST YEAR

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September 2003 -TATE ON THE FIRST DAY OF FIRST GRADE –  THE ROSE CEREMONY

Today I find myself at a loss for words. It is as if I have used them all up. I do not lie when I tell you I feel like he just got here. I know HE feels like time has dragged and dragged and that FINALLY he is at the end of his long long journey through school….but I only just digested the fact that his voice changed a few years ago That he shaves.

Parenting, for me anyway, exists in the absence of reflection . Every action I have taken has been for that moment and no time can be afforded to look back..sum it all up…take stock. It all just HAPPENS. I suppose one day…I will have time to pour over the photo albums and boxes of artwork…to look back but right now there is always something new to take it’s place and life keeps on keepin on.

…..so here we are and my little boy is all grown up and a Senior in High School. I could no more fast forward to 18 years from his birth than I can NOW imagine him 36 years old …18 years from now… and while I feel essentially the same as I did the day he arrived , give or take a few wrinkles and pounds… He has grown a lifetimes worth. His skinny 7 pound one ounce self is now a Handsome young man. It makes me just this side of dizzy. I can simply sigh and say Thanks.

This year will be one of BIG BIG changes. I cannot wait to see how it unfolds…and yet…I do not want the time to pass too swiftly. Buckle up and away we go!

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Leslie

FIESTA WARE

Fiesta Ware and I go way, WAY back.

My colorful dishes date long before I became “Lesli DeVito” and acquired the honor of being Tate, Phoebe and Cooper’s Mom. I have used my Fiesta Ware dishes for 25 years.

They are indestructible.

IMG 0683 466x700 FIESTA WARETWENTY FIVE years ago…I was living in New York City…trying very hard to be an Actress but spending most of my days…and nights….waiting tables and catering. In the blink of an epiphany I returned to school and began my studies to Become a Nurse Practitioner. I had not taken a test in years and a science class in longer.

Our first test was in a class called Patho physiology. Patho means “ “suffering,” “disease,”“feeling,” and combined with Physiology which is a study of the living body …Pathophysiology is the study of when things go wrong with the body.

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Our first test was impossibly hard. I studied for hours …. longer than I had studied for any test in my life…I was paying for college this time and I was not going to waste one cent. I made note cards and recorded myself explaining things to myself…in an attempt to optimize my studies. I sat on the front row to insure that I would catch every word of the professors lectures…WHICH often sounded like Russian to me…and I wrote down every SINGLE thing he said.

The test was hard…but I felt prepared. I knew that I had not Aced it, but I was confident that my hard work had paid off…I was actually excited as the Professor began distributing the grade tests. He lay our graded tests face down on our desks for us to flip over. I slowly turned mine over and my heart sank. 67. 67. I made a 67.

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A fat tear hit my graded test and I was embarrassed at how upset a stupid grade had made me. I studied harder than I had for any other test in my life and I had failed. It was official. There was no way I would be albe to pull this “actress – turns – nurse” thing OFF…I was doomed.

I went home that day and as any adult child would do…I called my MOM. Through my sobs I told her how hard I had worked and that I had still failed. She listened and listened and then encouraged me and told me that it would get easier.  “When I was in Nursing school, I had some stumbles too…It will get easier…and I am so proud of you for trying…”

I was still pretty sure I was stupid but my load had been lightened. And I went on with my life.

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Three days later a HUGE box arrived. I had to get my then neighbor…now husband of almost 20 years… to help me carry the ten ton box up to my second floor apartment. I opened the box and there as a note from my Mom.

It read…”I was saving this for Christmas…but thought you could use some cheering up NOW. Enjoy..for all the years and meals to come.

I love you, Mom” .

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My sweet sweet Mom had sent me 6 full place settings of FIESTA WARE….and that is how I got my dishes.

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With LOTS AND LOTS of tenacity and hard work I was able to pull off a “C” in Pathophysiology.

Over the years colors and kids have been added… and I have made the leap from Nursing to Mom to Artist…and all along the way..my colorful dishes have served me well. Get it????

Served me!

Go HERE to buy you very own FIESTA WARE!

 FIESTA WARE

Leslie

HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TATE

On 8-8-96 my firstborn son was born and I became a MOM.

It was the happiest day of my life. It was a day I had dreamed of for as long as I could remember. And…just like they say…I could never have imagined the depths of the love that I felt for this tiny little boy…the baby I had only just met…but felt I had known all my life

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THE DAY I BECAME A MOM

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THE DAY DAMON BECAME A FATHER

They warned me..”It will go fast”…but they always say that. I had a handle on it…for about a day..

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OUR BIRTH ANNOUNCMENT…I MISS THE SIMPLICTY …

And then off it went, his life, the days, the moments, captured in photos Thank Goodness, but replaced the very next hour or day with another amazing feat. Another milestone. all of the “FIRSTS” tatesfirstchirstmas 500x247 HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TATE I remember being dumbfounded and I confess, a little disappointed, when my Mom could not pinpoint exactly when I rolled over..or perhaps she would remember…but then correct herself and say..”Oh no…wait..maybe that was your brother?” How could she not remember every single one of these miracles????

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THE DAYS OF ME AND TATE

…..and then I parented an ACTUAL child, not the tiny baby in my imagination, but a beautiful big eyed boy who arrived fully formed and just needed me not to muck it up.

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Tate’s First Birthday Cake

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Tate at his FIRST Birthday party!

and then he was One…

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My Dad bought a tree for Tate the year he turned one…we planted in in our old front yard…It now casts a giant shadow across the sidewalk and is over 10 feet tall….

I have no less than a million photos…so many good ones…cute ones and I have spent the better part of today trying to scan them into my computer and to put together a wonderful tribute to my wonderful wonderful first born son…. tateturtleneck 411x700 HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TATE

…I am so proud of him…of who he has grown up to be…but right now, if the truth be told…I want to go BACK and do it all again. I want to go back and hold his little hand…and KNOW he will be safe.

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 I want to be more patient…to Hear his little-boy voice and I want to have the faith that everything will work out okay even when things go terribly wrong…I want watch this half monkey half toddler self climb the door-jam and not race to protect him but let him touch the ceiling…

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LITTLE MAN TATE

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I want to be as brave as Tate…kidschristmas 450x700 HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TATEI want to go easier on him when he sticks his finger in his sisters nose or sits upon his brother…I want to laugh at his funny jokes all over again until tears roll down my cheeks…I want to see him climb into his grandfathers lap….tatefluffy 446x700 HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TATEBut I cannot go back…no one can…and my job is to find a way to accept the truth…

that ….kids and puppies grow up much MUCH  too fast…..

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TATE AND BABY CHARLIE

into amazing People…Young men….Happy Birthday Tate…Thank you for 18 incredible years and I get the feeling you are just getting warmed up!!!! I LOVE YOU!

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TATE AND CHARLIE

Leslie

TARGET RUN – PLEASE BE SEATED

I Have been helping my Mother In Law do some redecorating…she recently had her living room painted Benjamin Woodlawn Blue with Linen White trim….

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MIMI’S LIVING ROOM COLORS

She replaced an old sofa with a lovely sectional and….she needed a couple of simple chairs which did not break the bank.

Perhaps a pop of color…pattern and whimsy…

I found THIS –  THE CANDACE UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR

ON TARGET AND COULD NOT BELIEVE THE PRICE!!!!

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Candace Upholstered Arm Chair – Floral

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ON SALE – $135!!! Candace Upholstered Arm Chair – Multicolored Floral

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CANDACE UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR – TEAL MEDALLION

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on sale now! $135
Candace Upholstered Arm Chair – Gray Circle Lattice

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Candace Arm Chair – Red Floral

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Candace Arm Chair – Polly Aegean . a big contender for Mimi…love this pattern!

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CANDACE UPHOLSTERED ARM CHAIR – IMPRESSION GARDEN …. THIS ONE IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!

HUDSON SWOOP CHAIR

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Hudson Swoop Chair – Marabelle Lake

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Hudson Swoop Chair – BLACK AND WHITE HOUNDSTOOTH

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Hudson Swoop Chair – Indigo Ikat

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Hudson Swoop Chair – GEOMETRIC

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Hudson Swoop Chair – Georgeous Pearl  I LIKE THIS ONE FOR MIMI!

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MIMI’S LIVING ROOM COLORS

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HUDSON SWOOP CHAIR – PLUM FLORAL

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HUDSONSWOOPCHAIR – BLUE:GREEN

 

I LOVE THIS CHAIR!!!! WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GO-TO CHAIR?

Leslie

My 10 FAVORITE PALE GRAYS

“Is it GRAY or GREY?”

 This is one of the most commonly asked questions regarding common spelling mistakes!

The answer is :  if you are American it is likely you spell it “GRAY”…..AND  “GREY” is used in Great Britain and areas that use UK English.

Both are correct and both are Beautiful.

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Martha Stewart “GRAY PEARL” from Dreamy Whites blog

Here are some of 10 of my Favorite PALE INTERIOR GRAYS….

….often used as an alternative to beiges and whites….

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Benjamin Moore: BUNNY GRAY, GRAY OWL, GRAY TINT, HORIZON, MISTY GRAY, MOONSHINE, PAPER WHITE, TITANIUM, WICKHAM GRAY

BUNNY GRAY

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BUNNY GRAY – IMPERFECT POLISH BLOG

…WHOOPS GRAY BUNNY!

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GRAY TINT – HOUZZ

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HORIZON

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HORIZON

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MISTY GRAY

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MISTY GRAY

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MOONSHINE

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PAPER WHITE

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PAPER WHITE – ELLE DECOR

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TITANIUM

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TITANIUM

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TITANIUM – FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE …..PS- This home is exquisite…don’t miss a visit to this blog!

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WICKHAM GRAY 

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…..of course…I will always be especially fond of ONE MORE pale gray…the one I INVENTED by missing 6 reject grays together and which I named…(email me for the formula)

“BERMAN GRAY”….

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BERGMAN GRAY

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I LOVED PALE GRAY long BEFORE IT WAS TRENDY….And I will likely love it long after it becomes…”The color of the Twenty- teens”. It soothes me…and I am hard pressed to think of a single color it does NOT flatter…like a good friend…this peaceful shade brings out the best in any tint…black, blue, pink, yellow, green, red and orange…the ultimate cheerleader…PALE GRAYS…are wonderful!!

Leslie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD

Today my Dad would have been 79 years old.

I miss him everyday…but feel him with me in everything I do…

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…..in Coopers unrelenting WIT and his infectious Smile….

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…in Phoebe’s WARMTH and her passion for LIFE!

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…Tate’s HUGE HEART , and absolute laser-like focus on his goals….

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I hear my Dad’s voice,

AS HE encourageS me back to standing UPRIGHT when I feel overwhelmed and exhausted by taking two steps forward and 5 steps back…when I want to just give up…I hear him say…”TOMORROW just might be the day!”….I see his smiling face from the front row of everything I did…and I feel his tight warm HUGS and how very much he loved me and his WONDERFUL life and how NOT once, not even for a second, did he ever give up HIS FIGHT…..

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MY DAD WITH TATE AND PHOEBE

MY DAD inspires me each day to be my BEST self…even if in THAT moment my best self is simply –  letting someone speak first, or saying “Thanks!” or  TAKING the high road…or Painting a portrait of a GIRAFFE AND A KITTEN…he is always there with me, rooted deeply in my HEART, which often aches and misses having a parent…he is with me always….

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…..and I celebrate today the day he was born…..

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PHOEBE’S NEWBORN HAND HOLDER HER GRANDFATHERS HAND

AS a GREAT and GLORIOUS day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

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