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LeAnn Rimes: 'We're Ready' for Baby

09/01/2008 at 06:00 PM EDT

LeAnn Rimes: 'We're Ready' for Baby
Dean Sheremet and LeAnn Rimes at their anniversary party
Joe Buissink

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes

With their anniversary fast approaching, LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet knew just how to scratch their "seven-year itch": with a party – and soon, perhaps, a baby.

The country star and her husband invited 30 of their closest friends to celebrate their upcoming seventh wedding anniversary – and Rimes's 26th birthday on Aug. 28 – at the Calistoga Ranch in California's Napa Valley.

"We wanted to remember how blessed we are, and how excited we still are about each other," says Rimes, who was just 19 when she wed Sheremet, now 27, on Feb. 23, 2002. (They decided to celebrate early to take advantage of the warm weather and Rimes's birthday.)

The three-day festivities culminated with a seven-course dinner and an evening of dancing on Saturday night.

"My ankles and my feet hurt because I was jumping around on the dance floor so much!" she says.

Looking ahead, the couple say they are eager to begin a new chapter of their lives together: parenthood.

"We're ready, definitely," says Rimes, adding that they've gotten some friendly nudging from their pal and new dad Keith Urban.

Says Rimes: "He's encouraging us to start gettin' on it!"

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