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12-12-12: How'd You Celebrate?

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Jessica Daley



Today's date only happens once in a lifetime: 12–12–12.

Some people planned on making the day special by getting married while others were surprised with a baby or two.

A.J. Stefani and Michael Volenec's first date was a wedding. More than two years later, family and friends join them at the Polk County Courthouse for their big day on 12–12–12. That should make their anniversary an easy one to remember.

"I'm more likely to forget than he is," said Volenec laughing.

Stefani, also laughing, added, "We joke about it, but hopefully we won't forget it."

Stefani's sister came up with the idea to tie the knot on this memorable day. But because it fell on a Wednesday, the newlyweds will have a big reception this weekend.

"He's born on the third and I'm born on the fourth," said Stefani. "We said, ‘Oh, if you multiply three by four it equals 12.' So there's even more meaning to it."

For two families at Mercy Medical Center, it's a meaningful day and time right down to the minute.

Holly Seehusen gave birth to twins. Owen was born at 12:12 while Elyse was born four minutes later. Their due date was originally Jan. 4th.

"I didn't really think about it being 12-12-12 until we were driving down here early this morning," said dad Mike Seehusen. "I was like, ‘Oh, wouldn't that be kind of neat.' Then it left my mind until late morning when the nurses were all talking about it."

Another baby made his own mark; Gage Richter was born at 12:12 p.m. and 12 seconds.

Mom Candice had a C–section set for 11:00 a.m., but other surgeries were running behind.

"When you think about it, it was a pretty special date and time to fall into place."

Some of you probably have connections to today as well. Tell us your 12–12–12 stories on our facebook page.

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