Sunday, March 1, 2020

Samantha is 8!!!

Samantha may be 8 but I swear sometimes I think she must be older! 
She said goodbye to Barbies and dollhouses a few years ago! And replaced them with a desk and a laptop! 

She's an amazing reader (seriously, how does she know how to read and pronounce all these words??? Steve and I are not even attempting to spell anything to each other for the kids not to understand!), a math wiz (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, etc. she gets it! -  math was mama's favorite subject after all 😳), and a pretty good "athlete" (ball dribbling, ball hitting, bike riding... she likes to be active). 

There are so many reasons for us to be proud of her and who she is becoming!

She's assertive and knows how to stand up for herself!
Confident but humble!
Strong but compassionate!
Girly but a tomboy!
Sassy but sweet!
Driven and ambitious!

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! 
8 years ago you made us mama and dadda, and we cannot even begin to describe how blessed and lucky we feel!
You bring so much joy and happiness into our lives! Your little brother absolutely adores you, even though it may seems like all you two have been doing is bickering ;)

Don't ever change! You are one of a kind!

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Samantha and I ventured out to a nearby park for a few photos- she looks forward to her
'birthday session' each year :)
Here are a few of my favorite shots as well as some of her last year's adventures!

Being goofy with her brother 🙃

That dress was a big deal, and so was The Hero Dance with her daddy!

Ballerina life

Cherry blossom shoot 🌸

Softball practice

Samantha's dance recital

Last day of 1st grade!

Celebrating Jack's preschool graduation

And Jack's half birthday!

Red, White and Blue for 4th of July

Trip to Hershey's Chocolate Factory

And our annual trip to Avalon

First Day of 2nd grade for Sam and kindergarten for Jack

Apple picking and other fall activities

Halloween 👻

Photos for our Christmas card

Jack's 6th Birthday celebration


Christmas present unwrapping

Fun in the snow!