Samuel Turns THIRTEEN

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Today marks the day thirteen years ago when I first became a Mom--it was the day of Sam's birth.  At 9lbs. 13oz., giving birth to him was no easy feat, but he was worth every second.  It was my first experience feeling such great love and pride.

Sam, mid-February 2005, 2 weeks old
 Today we celebrated with the whole blended family, and this afternoon, he is downstairs playing X-box with his friends from middle school.  Yesterday, the two of us went downtown and opened up his first savings/checking account, then went on the Underground Portland tour.  It was a lovely day, just the two of us.  We even treated ourselves to Portland coffee and Old Town Pizza in the historic Merchant Hotel (where Portland Tours also begins their walking tours).

Sam at Old Town Pizza pre-walking tour.

Underground Portland Walking Tour--we loved it!
 The birthday celebrations have carried on to another day, with many special family members showing Sam how much he means to all of us.  We love you, Sam--happy 13th birthday--welcome to your teenage years!

Sam on his 13th birthday, with his Papa's birthday sign (we wish he was still here with us).  He was a sign painter, making all his own window signs for his grocery store.
Birthday cake that the girls and Laura made for Sam today.

Sam with his friends on his 13th birthday doing what they love best.  From Left to Right: Ian, Oliver, Liam, and Sam.


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