Turning Eight

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We had a great weekend celebrating Sam's eighth birthday! Can't believe he is now an official eight year old. Have to just pause for a second and let that soak in.  I think it will take some time though...  To celebrate Sam's special day, we had an army party.   And the best part... an army mission in the forest! ( aka Moss Creek Preserve)

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Mike invented the most amazing game and I still smile thinking about all the fun we had that day.... the kids hiked and searched for guns and snacks, bandaged the wounded and also found a POW in the woods. ( POW was my brother!)  It was really funny! Some of the kids even believed that the "enemy soldiers" had tied him up. 

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Gotta love that kid like imagination!  It was definitely my favorite birthday party for our little Sam.... and what is better for eight year olds than being a soldier, carrying a weapon, wearing war paint, and hiking rocky trails and discovering new lands..... then add that special kid imagination and swirl it all together and you get a super magical time.

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And you get army masks too!

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Rosie was a great soldier girl.... she was keeping up with the big kids and loving every minute!

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Soldiers heading to waterfall and finding the POW.

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Da ( aka Army Commander) and Gee Gee were great helpers with our adventure in the woods.  Thank you Gee and Da for all your hiking and support of our birthday adventure:)  We couldn't have done this birthday without you.

IMG_2477 And thank you Brent for being our videographer/ POW.  You did a great job:)  Plus, Rosie was really worried about you when you were captured!

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And from army mission to opening presents.....and of course, lollipops!

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Then later in the evening, campfire time and roasting marshmallows.

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Being with friends and cousins...

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It really was a magical weekend.  And now my little Sam is eight.  So what will this year bring for him?

May it be full of adventures, laughter and love... and lots of imagination!