I turned the big 24 . I was down in the dumps the night before my birthday and didn't expect my birthday to be anything special, but I should have known better with the husband I have. Jesse came to my school and surprised me in the middle of my class. He brought cupcakes and lit a candle and sang to me with my fourth graders. I then regretfully told him that my kids couldn't eat the yummy cupcakes he had made because you aren't allowed to bring home-made food into the schools anymore (lame I know). You can only bring in store-bought goodies. So Jesse ran to the neighboring store and bought cupcakes and came back to my class. He got to spend a few hours watching me teach and then celebrate with my kids. That was pretty close to perfect for me. My kids all showered me with notes and candy and hugs and I even got to leave work right when the bell rang instead of working a few hours after. At home Jesse had the dishes done, the house cleaned, the laundry done, and all the details of the night coordinated. He had me open my present which was much needed hairspray, mascara, my favorite coconut cookies, and a gorgeous gold watch. He's getting better and better at surprising me ( I'm never surprised because I admittedly am too much of a control freak) and the watch and cupcakes at school were both a huge surprise that really made my day. He always makes sure I know I'm the most important thing in his world. We met up with some family and friends at my favorite local spot, JDawgs, and then headed back to our place for cupcakes that Jesse slaved away making all day. Jesse ended the night massaging my feet and playing with my hair as I fell asleep. 24 is gonna be a good year and my husband made sure it started out that way. He left this morning with my brother to meet the rest of my family at our river house for the weekend. I couldn't go because my kids have state testing and I can't take the time off, but boy does Jesse deserve the break. He's been doing year-round school on top of work and taking care of me, which has been a huge task the last month. I just love that my husband can go on vacation with my family without me there....it's unusual that a husband gets along with your family just as well as you do.