Our first born turned 14 this week. It is truly crazy how time flies by. I have been a wreck crying over the fact that he only has 4-5 summer vacations with us.
Ethan is a very talented child who we are so proud of. He continues to make straight A’s, has made the football team, basketball team and all region choir so far this year. He keeps us running all over town with all his happenings. Most days we have to shut down something or other that he is cooking up with friends! He has a big love for God and his friends and is working on his love for his siblings. Ethan loves his hair and can still be found fixing his hair many times a day. We know he will be a great man soon and we are cherishing the time we still have with him.
Early morning birthday breakfast
A visit from the grandparents and dinner at Kabuki
He asked for a big home party this year and big it was. He had 19 kids show up for his party! They seemed to have a good time. We loaded up on junk food and pizza. I was shocked that we had so much food left over.
What a sweet, handsome boy!
May you have a wonderful year Ethan and many more to come. You are loved more than you know. I know it is hard being the oldest child!
Our sweet Max celebrated his sixth birthday on the 1st of September. He is and has always been such a little love. He is a caring, sensitive, energetic little one. He loves nature, making art, playing trains, knights, pirates, and he still loves playing with his two baby dolls. He is still quite the momma’s boy and oh, how I love this. I know all too well that these babies grow too fast. I am trying to soak up all his babyish ways before it disappears.
I have been making my kiddos birthday shirts ever since Ethan turned one. As always, I put it off until the night before! I stayed up until close to 2 am finishing his sloth shirt! His expression when he saw it made the long night worth it.
Another tradition with all my babies has been to go to Chuck E Cheese with the cousins and Grammy to play games.
The magic of being little is still here, if only for just a little bit longer.
Max wanted to have a jungle themed party. We had a great time playing jungle games.
We played: Anaconda tug of war, guess what animal is on my back, pin the tail on the lemur, jump over the crocodile, all tangled up like a vine and Legos. Max had a blast.
He got his first ever “big” kid toy, a Nerf gun! He has been too worried about losing the darts to even play with it though, ha! He wore his birthday crown for over a week.
Here is to many more magical years. May you stay caring and sensitive, my little Baby Bear.
As we write this, September is almost over. Our baby, turned 5 on September 1st and our first born turned 12 on the 14th. As always , I (Sara) got a bit emotional the night before their birthdays, recalling all the details of their birth story and crying over the fact that they are one year older, ha!
These boys of ours are each so different, yet so similar. They have a gentle nature about them with quite a bit of goofiness thrown in. Ethan is into football this year and enjoys hanging out with his friends. While Max is really into animals (even though he is terrified of just about every one he comes in contact with) and is also an amazing artist.
For his traditional birthday shirt, Max helped me with the shark design.
Oh, how I love you my little Max. You bring such joy to my days.
They chose to have a joint party at a local gym filled with trampolines.
A sleepy Ethan checking out his birthday table. It is a tradition to have a few small gifts along with a few baby albums set out for the birthday child to find in the morning.
Upon Ethan’s request, we took him on a special lunch outing to a Japanese steak house.
Another birthday tradition is a quick trip to Chuck E. Cheese to play a few games and spend time with family. This must have started 10 years ago!
Ethan on his 6th birthday… My, where does the time go?
Ethan, was able to invite a few friends to play paintball this past weekend to finish up his celebrations. His smile says it all!
We are so blessed to be their parents and to be the ones who get to share this journey with them. We feel so fortunate that they are both homeschooling this year. The extra time spent with them each day is an amazing thing.
Happy Birthday boys. May your year be filled with many adventures! We love you both more than you will ever know.