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St. Augustine Woman Celebrates Leap Year Birthday

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St. Augustine Woman Celebrates Leap Year Birthday

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A Saint Augustine mother is celebrating her birthday in style, but she deserves it.

Her birthday only happens once every four years.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Lisa Burke. 

Burke and her husband are celebrating her tenth birthday with a special vacation.

"I feel really bad for him," she said laughing, "It's once every four years, I think that may put some unnecessary pressure on him."

So, while she's actually been alive for 40 years, or 40 trips around the sun, she doesn't get to experience the actual date on her birth certificate very often. 

She says being born on February 29 can cause some clerical problems too.

"I just recently bought a car and they had to manually put in all my information for tags because they couldn't get February 29 into the computer."

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She says every four years the news comes calling as well. 

She has a stack of newspaper articles and pictures from her previous birthdays.

Her 11-year-old twin daughters, Ashley and Megan, joke that since they've had more birthdays they get to be the mature ones. 

"It's kinda cool," Ashley said, " We get to say we're older than our mom, and people think we're crazy."

"We're really happy for her," Megan said.

And while she gets to say she's only had 10 birthdays, somehow anxiety still creeps in.

"Yikes, I'm in the double digits now," she said, "That's going to be tough to get my arms around." 

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