Our Adin boy {happy birthday}

Today our oldest son turns 8!  Instead of the usual birthday post, I thought I would share photos from Adin’s first camping trip with Brett over Memorial Day Weekend.  After all, at this age, there really could be nothing more special to him.  I can’t even begin to describe to you how overwhelmed with emotion he was when Brett surprised him with a 2-night primitive camp trip.  I was so excited for him to have this “first” experience.

Brett and Adin took turns taking lots of photos that weekend.  Something about this image drew me in….

After working with it I realized why…

It reminded me of this beloved photo below, that we took on a hike when he was 4 years old.

(Oh, my sweet little baby boy!)

Brett and Adin had fun exploring the woods.  They found GIANT mushrooms and of course broke them up, for fun.  When I saw this photo I thought it was Brett’s hand.  Now I realize my little boy has his father’s PAWS instead of hands!

Adin’s sweet little sleepy boy face….

sunrise in back…

Adin loved that he could finally bust out his pocket knife.  At home he can’t really “play” with it much, with two little brothers around.

He played in a nearby stream for hours.  He made little wood “boats” that he raced down the stream.

Until he saw THIS.

Then he HAD to make THIS.

(Boys….love them)

He couldn’t wait until the fire was started.

I just love that he had such a wonderful time with just his Dad.  I’m sure this will not be the last…..

Happy Birthday to our big boy!!!!  Love you Adin!

Mama + Baba

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July 5, 2010 - 10:43 am

Bonnie - That second to last picture? It.melted.my.heart.

July 5, 2010 - 11:41 am

Hans Einspanier - I would like you to be my dad ! ;-) )
Great emotions ! I can smell the forest and the fire in your pictures . And feel the love to your son ! I”m a fan ! Wow !!!

July 5, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Nessa - He (and your hubby) is SO CUTE! I love that these photos capture that heart tug that comes with being a parent. Thank you for sharing these, they made me want to take my kids camping, and I don’t even like camping that much! LOL

July 5, 2010 - 12:38 pm

betsy - Wow, this is so amazing. What an AWESOME experience for the two of them. It brought tears to my eyes. Your husband….what a great dad! John will FLIP when he see’s this post. I know he can’t wait to do the same stuff.

Beautiful photos! Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!

July 5, 2010 - 1:07 pm

John - What a great post. Betsy’s right, I can’t wait to do something like that with Miles. It looks like it was a perfect weekend.

July 5, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Ashie - Happy Birthday AJ! Love you lots!

July 5, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Mr. Blonde - Great post. Fantastic photos celebrating life!

July 5, 2010 - 10:18 pm

holly - i love you, sweet little man. you brighten my life! plus you are WAY cool, dude!

July 6, 2010 - 6:00 am

edie - what a wonderful gift to give a boy!
love to you all,

July 6, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Clary - I always love posts with your family. The beautiful resemblance of you all strikes me. Happy birthday to your oldest boy:)!!

July 7, 2010 - 9:45 am

Katie - I absolutely love this post. What a great experience! And those photos are fantastic. :)

July 8, 2010 - 8:10 pm

patty - loved sharing this camping trip… such ‘boy’ images, captured perfectly. he looks like his dad. happy birthday to him! :)

July 13, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Jill Broyles - Eric strongly suggested that I look at this post. It is so awesome! I am going to cry! I love the photos of Adin and Brett together.

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