well, since sam has "NEVER" had a surprise party (his words; not mine) this year we decided to mix it up a little bit and try something new! my friend melissa and her kiddos helped me lug the bday stuff to the community center while daddy created a diversion at home. they helped me get all set up (or rather did all the work themselves; that's why i LOVE them!! ;) and things turned out awesome. sam was surprised, embarrassed and well, just totally thrown!
here's him after we yelled "SURPRISE"
sam in his birthday chair!