Four to Forty – celebrating the birthday of our King of Hearts

Today is the birthday of the “Kings of Hearts” from our “Full House“, which also has a King of Spades, a serious and committed 5 year-old boy.

Siding along with the duo of kings, we’ve got three queens: “Queen of Hearts“, pairing with the celebrating King, and apparently the one in charge of anything “household-related”, making sure all parts and processes are in place. Our “Queen of Diamonds“, aka, “drama queen” is a 3-year old going on 13. For the last one, our “Queen of Clubs“, the jury is still out there – we’re not sure yet how she’d embrace her role as part of this full house

Today our King of Hearts turns 36. He’s almost departing from the house of the 30s. I’m sure it’s been a good and fun journey for him. In four years he’ll be joining his Queen of Hearts, and together they’ll rule the house of the 40s…

              From my humble heart to “His Majesty’s”, with all my love,              

Happy Birthday, Leonel!


Author: 3rdCultureChildren

Welcome! Here I am, 'releasing' my thoughts on traveling, parenting, raising TCKs, teaching, writing, working... and who knows what else! I’m a WIFE, 'geeky-stuff' SCIENTIST, TEACHER, AMATEUR photographer, MOM of 3, TRAVELER by choice and by marriage, and of course, a HOUSEHOLD QUEEN!!

39 thoughts on “Four to Forty – celebrating the birthday of our King of Hearts”

  1. CHICO!!!!!!! Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope you have a GREAT day!! Thank you for being such a MAGNIFICENT person, you were my very first friend in DC and my very best friend for life!! I appreciate you and how you supported me in my life!! Lots of love to you and your family….we miss you in DC!!


  2. Happy Belated, Chico. I can say for sure that you’re leaving a good impression on at least one person!!! Once I finish trying to figure out the square root of pi, I’ll try to remember who that is 🙂 Happy Birthday from Craig, Heidi, and Norah.


  3. Leo, I had a fully-cleared Action Memo to the Secretary on celebrations for yr birthday, but D(S) held it. What can you do? Enjoy it nonetheless.

    (State Department joke this year, River Park joke next year)


  4. Happy belated birthday Chico Leo!!! Great to see la familia through the blog. You’ve got a lot to celebrate for your 36th year! Felicitaciones!!!


  5. Happy Birthday Leo! Can’t wait to see you guys back in DC soon. Hope all is well in Recife.

    Best to the fam,
    Bhumika, Sajit, and Seva


  6. FELIZ ARKFL6!!! CHICO!!! I hope you enjoyed your day and am looking forward to see you and the fam. at Paco’s wedding. Un abrazo gigante hermano!!!! –Joe


    1. It’s been over 10 years and I still can’t figure out what you guys mean with the LETTERS!!!! (Raquel, here) I’ll have him respond to you, Joe… Hope all is well… See you at the wedding.
      Much love from the 5 of us… Take care, Los Mirandas


  7. Chico! Aloha from Namibia! So happy that you have survived another trip around the sun with a loving wife and kids around you. It’s been decades (scary!) since that first drop-trou salute but I am sending you another one from across the globe. Hope to see you in Brazil sometime this year or next – or let me know when you come stateside. Have a great (late) birthday and a pint or three on me.
    Love – sucks


  8. Happy birthday and welcome to 40s club!! Look us up the next time you are passing through DC.



  9. Happy Happy B-Day Leoner Dear!!! Enjoy your day with your loved ones !!! We wish you guys a fantastic day!!!
    Sarita, Sofia, Elio, Jeff and Ines!!!


  10. Wish you were here in the land of German beer for your birthday, but since you can’t make it, we’re going to honor you with a game of beer pong…. have a couple of caparinhas for us and we’ll call it a global celebration! All the best, Javy & Julie


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