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Last weekend I flew to Boston to attend a momentous occasion -- the 7th birthday celebration of my great nephew Elijah Joseph, aka Eli. My longtime readers remember me posting pics of Eli when he was a toddler. Eli's birthday party was held at the home of his grandparents, Sally and Don, in a quaint little town west of Boston, MA.

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My nephew Ray and Eli at his 7th birthday celebration.

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Eli, his mother Christina, right, and his grandparents Sally and Don.

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Eli blows out the candles on his birthday cake.

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Eli and his mom Christina.

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Eli's sister Jianna and her doting dad Antonio.

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Eli's uncle Joey, left, and his granddad Don did most of the cooking. We feasted on chicken, slow smoked pork shoulder, mussels, hot dogs, rice, potato salad, pasta, a variety of homemade cakes and cupcakes, and more.

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Eli and his Nana Sally who was a great hostess.

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Ray shows Eli how to tie his doo rag.

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We had to cut the aquarium visit short so we could get to the pet store and buy Eli a turtle for his birthday. We must've heard "Don't forget to buy my turtle!" 50 times that day.

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Ray, Eli and me at the Boston Aquarium.


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Photos by Sandra Rose/Sandrarose.com