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August 2017

August was a crazy busy month for us Epic Parents.  Work seemed never-ending.  We had to train 4 new employees due to our old staff heading off to college.  We normally train one new teacher a year but four teachers within days/weeks of each other was insane!  We made it through just in time for school to start!

August around our house probably was not very Epic, there are very few photos taken…

Maddie won a young writer’s award.  She received 1st place!  She wrote a story about girls swimming in a pool and being sucked into a new dimension.  We were so proud for her!

We sent the older kids off to school.

Max had a few more weeks before he started his two day school, Tandem.   We soaked up the sun in our tree house, read books and played many board games.

Although Max didn’t get to officially start homeschool until mid September due to all the training Sara had to do at the preschool.  
We set up our new Bus Lab studio!  We are thrilled this space will be used again and we are even more thrilled with this new adventure!

And, Ethan could still be found shooting hoops until it got dark out.  He wasn’t quite ready to give up the summertime freedom! Usually there is a group of 3-5 boys playing right alongside him.

July 2017

After our quick vacation, John and I hit the ground running with work.  We didn’t have much time to be Epic, sadly and the kids got hooked up to the T.V. again.  We are writing this post on November 4th, even though I will time stamp it as July…  Things are still crazy busy around here and us parents are starting to name this period in time “Epic Fail.”  More on that later!

We did have several great moments during the summer and boy did we soak those moments in!

First up was John’s Birthday.  We had a nice chill celebration at home with just our family and made a delicious new recipe, black bean loaf, for dinner.
 
Fourth of July was next.  We celebrated with friends and family.  We attended the local parade.  Every year I say we are never going again and every year when it comes time I get nostalgic and have to go!

Then we were off to Grammy’s for fireworks!

We enjoyed a few days of swimming with friends, playing at the park and water balloon/gun fights in between all the working.

We were able to take a short trip to Fort Worth.  It was supposed to be Maddie’s big weekend seeing her love of 6 years, Justin Bieber.  But sadly, 3 days before the concert he canceled his tour.  Maddie was beyond heartbroken.  We took the kids to a water park to cheer Maddie up.  We were also able to fit in a Ranger’s game.   We had an absolute blast!

We were shocked that our timid child, Max, wanted to ride this giant slide over and over again!
It was a hot, 101 degrees the night of the game, but we made it through!  The kids loved their first professional game.

Our First Big Camping Trip

For Labor Day weekend, we decided to attempt our first big camping trip since Max was born.  We have camped close to home and in our back yard but just a few times.  We also surprised the kiddos with a trip to the Albuquerque Zoo.

I decided to embarrass the kids and wear this robe in the hotel lobby to check out.  Pranking is a family tradition.
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We didn’t get to see everything we wanted to see but had a great time at the zoo and aquarium.
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Taos Ski Valley is a great place to camp and it is also free.  We are already day dreaming of many more camping trips to this place.birthdayboys_camping 322 birthdayboys_camping 326 birthdayboys_camping 327

We set out for an all day hike but Maddie quickly decided that she was not going to participate.  Ultimately, Sara, Max and Maddie turned around and headed down the mountain while Ethan and I journeyed on.  birthdayboys_camping 343 birthdayboys_camping 349 birthdayboys_camping 361 birthdayboys_camping 368 birthdayboys_camping 373 birthdayboys_camping 394

Sara wanted to prank the tourists.  She actually looked like a local in this outfit.birthdayboys_camping 404

Overall, this was an amazing experience!  We loved spending two nights tent camping and being in the midst of so much nature.  We found that our trip went smoother when we just hung out, read books and played games at the camp site instead of trying venture out.