8 years old

Isabella turned 8 years old Saturday.  I can’t believe it!  Her grandma helped us have a surprise birthday party for her back in our hometown.  Having it in Thornville allowed more family to attend and Isabella had a chance to spend time with her cousins.  Here are some pictures from the day:

We woke her up with cards and flowers.

We woke her up with cards and flowers.

Then we drove until we thought she would start to recognize her surroundings.  We stopped and blindfolded her and then threatened bodily harm to the other kids if they told where we were.  Thankfully she had no clue and was surprised when we walked into the house and everyone was there.  The kids played and danced together, ate gluten-free cupcakes and watched Isabella open presents.  When it was all over we relaxed and spent the night enjoying time around the fire while it steadily snowed outside.

Blind folded first by scarf then we stuffed a shirt in so she could not peek out the holes.

Blind folded first by scarf then we stuffed a shirt in so she could not peek out the holes.

There was a ton of food for everyone to enjoy - thanks Linda!

There was a ton of food for everyone to enjoy – thanks Linda!

Opening presents - she got a lot of nice clothes, crafts, games and art supplies.

Opening presents – she got a lot of nice clothes, crafts, games and art supplies.

Blowing out "trick" candles.

Blowing out “trick” candles.

Dancing and singing with cousins

Dancing and singing with cousins

Chatting with grandma

Chatting with grandma

I love sitting by the fire. I can't wait until we can afford to re-line and use our fireplaces.

I love sitting by the fire. I can’t wait until we can afford to re-line and use our fireplaces.

I think she had a great time.  I have decided she needs to stay 8 years old…I don’t think I can handle her turning nine, especially since she said she was halfway old enough to driving.  Thank you to all who came and helped us celebrate.

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