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.
Easter this year seemed very laid back. John and I both wanted to go to Taos for Easter, but the kids protested! They wanted to spend Easter in town, with family, at their own church. We ultimately decided to stay home. We were all glad we did. Plus, even though it lightly snowed here, Taos was very cold and wet the three days we would have been there.
This year John and I felt strongly against egg hunts. Mostly because of all the candy, but also because we feel it has no place for the Lord’s day and takes away from the reason we are celebrating. Then again, I guess commercialized Christmas traditions could be argued as well (and definitely has been around here). However, the kids really wanted to participate since this has been all they have known. We ended up having an awesome glow in the dark hunt with friends, a simple hunt in the back yard, and a large hunt at the church. In the end, we had a great time watching the kids have fun. We didn’t feel that it took away from Easter at all.
Maddie does not like to have her picture taken. The photos of her below were part of our 2nd annual “pay Maddie $5 for a day of pictures.” Oh how she delivered!
We finished our day celebrating our Grammy’s birthday. We enjoyed visiting with our family, playing games and participating in an egg drop.
Hello there Epic readers,
I, Sara, am feeling rather sentimental today. It was exactly this time last year that John and I felt a major change taking place. It left us scared but oh so excited. How amazing this journey has been for our family. We have certainly put our family first and my goodness, the change is incredible. Being together is such a huge part of who we are, I can’t imagine the old days when we were living in “the fog”, so tired and lifeless. I feel like I am totally back to my old normal self, pre opening a school. I guess three years of extreme stress (mostly internalized) and late hours, really did make a huge difference. I am so thankful to God for showing John the new plan and so thankful to John for going along on this crazy ride with me!
Here we are this weekend hanging our art at our local art museum. We all worked together to paint a picture of our favorite place, Taos, N.M.
I love these guys! Before you think things are always perfect over here, remember this is our blog. We choose to share mostly our good moments here. Trust us we have our fair share of craziness going on! Most of our Epic happenings begin, or end with a bit of chaos. The kids bicker quite a bit and the tv still gets turned on some weeks on a non tv day!
Epic has worked for us though, this plan to get our family back to the amazing family we were meant to be. Our hearts are full and our minds are wide open.
We challenge you to be more present, be still, cherish the ones you love just a little longer.