My youngest celebrated his eighth birthday this weekend! Eight!!! Holy cow, the time flies.

We had two days of festivities that began with a swim at one of the local community centers. I picked up Luke, Nick, and Luke's two party guests right after school. And they were rarin' to go!

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 They swam for over 3 hours straight – no breaks, no complaints. I am so grateful that we took all those years of swim lessons. My boys were like fish!

Here is Luke climbing on top of the giant squid.

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Nicholas even went down the big, huge slide! This was a first for him. He had to climb up many many stairs to enter it. And once was enough to get him hooked. He went down 3 more times before coming back to swim with the other boys.

Look at the sheer joy!

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We went home for dinner, cupcakes, presents, a movie, and a sleepover. The next morning (before a healthy breakfast of Lucky Charms) I took this photo. They were all playing Minecraft on their separate hand-held, electronic devices (so telling of the day and age we live in, right?).

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I put together some goodies for each of the boys to take home. And of course, I used my Stampin' Up! supplies to make the personalized tags and treat wrappers. (See the supply list below for what I used.)

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After the friends left, family came to celebrate with us on Saturday. Grandma & Papa Jandro (my husband's parents) came in time to say good-bye to the sleepover friends. Grandma & Grandpa Tessman (my parents) arrived a couple hours later. And it was fabulous that the grandparents were able to visit with each other for a few hours. Luke was spoiled that afternoon with love and affection (and presents).

I have to say I think it was pretty darn cute that he wanted to wear his crown that he got from his second grade teacher this whole weekend.

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The grandparents were all impressed to find out that Luke can now put together his elaborate Lego sets. In fact, he got 4 Lego sets and had them all put together within 24 hours.

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Oh yes! No full cake this time. I took the easy route and made cupcakes. I found a shark fin candy mold on Amazon so I could make chocolate shark fins. Thank you for the idea, Pinterest!

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Pinterest also gave me this great idea for a watermelon shark. It was super easy to make, too. Luke loved it.

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Grandma & Papa left around 3:30 for their long drive home. But Saturday evening, the cousins and aunts and uncles came by and the celebrations took us right up until bedtime. What a fun birthday! We loved that so many were able to come and celebrate with us.

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So glad Yvie Lu (baby cousin, Yvette) made her presence, too. She was definitely a source of entertainment for all.

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