Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Sam!

Four years ago today I gave birth to my last child, sweet Sam. He arrived 2.5 weeks early, weighing 8 lbs., 5 ozs. He was just precious! We set up a crib for him in the corner of our bedroom, but he slept in my arms or right beside me most of the time. In fact, for the first two weeks, I slept at night in a recliner, holding him all night. Sam has been such a joy in our family! We have really enjoyed celebrating his special day with him.

Newborn Sam

Sam today, waiting to open his presents

This morning when Sam woke up, he came into our bedroom, and said in such a cute way when he walked in, "Does somebody have a birthday today? Is someone 4?"

Sam with all of his gifts

Sam and Mac the truck.

Sam was with me when I bought this gift. I tried to hide it from him under Leah's coat, but he dug around the buggy and saw it. When he saw his presents this morning, he kept saying, "Is this my Mac truck?" as he picked up a gift.

Sam playing inside his Lightning McQueen tent. Olivia, Julie, and Clay gave Sam this tent along with a flashlight, compass, and sleeping bag. Sam played inside this tent most of the day.

The birthday table---Curious George was the theme.

Two Georges--I decorated the table with Curious George books (I read at least two of these a day to Sam) and Reese's Peanut Butter cups--Sam's favorite candy.
The birthday breakfast--bacon, eggs, biscuits, and pancakes.

After a leisurely morning of birthday fun, Jimmy took the boys into town for haircuts. The girls and I met them for a late lunch at McDonald's, and then we all went to Homeschool Skating. Sam rode his bike, and everyone else skated---even Jimmy and me! There were 87 homeschooled children there today. It was a lot of fun!

Sam riding his bike at the skating rink

After skating, we all went home. I cooked "little" hamburgers and homemade french fries for Sam's birthday supper. Next, we sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed a yummy bakery-bought Curious George cake and ice cream.

the cake

Sam getting ready to blow out his candles

Happy Birthday Sam!


  1. Lightning McQueen AND Curious George! What is it about 4 year old boys?? Those are Preston's two favorite things also!
    Happy Birthday, Sam!

    Lisa Newell

  2. he is precious!!! My middle child, Layton will be 4 in about a month :)

    I WILL call you today :)

    Are you part of a homeschool group in Tupelo? Do you know a woman named Jennifer who has four children? Her youngest's name is Luke (I believe).

  3. I love the idea of a birthday breakfast! We didn't end up having a party for Lucie when she turned 1 because it fell on a Wednesday and we all go to church on Wed nights. So, my kids organized a birthday lunch for her and decorated the table. I felt bad my husband wasn't there, but the kids really enjoyed doing it for her. Everyone helped us celebrate at church.

    I wanted to let you know I went right out after your game post and bought Apples to Apples, Jr. and we've really enjoyed it. Last night the green card was clumsy and I submitted brushing your teeth. The judge was like, "huh?" But I reminded them of what their bathroom looks like after they brush. I won! Thanks for the good game tip!

  4. Oh wow!!! I love all those things: McQueen, Curious George, Gifts, CAKE!!! Sounds like a wonderful wonderful day. I remember when Sam was born..I didn't know you that well then, that was right after we joined CHENM. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!!!! :)

  5. Happy Birthday Sam!!! Love Uncle Russ.