Matea is 12!

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Thursday was Matea’s birthday – her 12th one.

Matea is also now the last one to have a birthday in Africa, meaning we’re coming up on just about one year since we arrived. For some reason – possibly because of spring school holidays – we seem to often be travelling on her birthday – or right around it.  So here is a look back at the previous twelve February 25’s, where she was, and what she was doing. All of these pictures were either taken right on her birthday, or a day or two around it – so there you go- a trip down a 12-year-old’s version of memory lane.

One year ago – we were just about to leave Canada. So it was a family & friends time -and able to spend the day with her birthday twin…Grandpa.

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Plus another birthday with Grandma Watts

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Two years ago, 2014 was her last birthday living in France.  And was also a birthday shared with Grandpa – as they were visiting us in the alps.

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2013 we were in Israel – the day of her birthday we were touring the ancient fortress of Masada, and the kids took a dip in the Dead Sea.

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The year before was a birthday with school friends in FranceIMG_0964IMG_9848

 

 

But later that week we were in Rome

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One year before that, 2011 – Seven years old was her first birthday in France

 

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2010 was in our house in Canada, apparently a large gathering of family & friends

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Six years old!

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5 years old –

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Four years old – 2008. It looks like the reno’s in the kitchen were done.

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.but the bedrooms upstairs were still a work in progress.

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2007 – three years old
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February 2006 – Two years old – we were flying back from California.

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February 2005 – One year old

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Then there was her actual birth-day. February 25, 2004 – in Edmonton.


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Matea Dawn 8hrs old