Sebastian Turns 6

Sebastian is 6 years old. So much has changed with him in this last year. To our delight, his words and stories are always filling our home. Sebastian is sweet, kind, and incredibly friendly to everyone he meets. His classmates and teachers love him and he loves school. On the home front, he has started to flex his independence, his own opinions, and his own interests. As much as it was easier to have a boy before that just did everything that everyone else wanted him to, I love seeing him come into the person God made him to be! God doesn’t want any of us to be a mirror or a robot…we are each created uniquely and for a purpose…and I am so glad that Sebastian is starting to see this and come into himself. He is an amazing reader (can read books meant for 2nd graders!) and can even do some multiplication while most kids his age don’t yet add. Yet he doesn’t seem to know or care that he is excelling in school. He love recess, playing soccer, and making friends more than he loves to know all the answers. He loves to tell you stories. He loves to dance. He is our best at trying new food, although he still really only likes bread based foods. ūüėČ He LOVES LOVES LOVES games….board games, card games, checkers, connect four, and yes video games. He also loves Pokemon and has started quite the collection! He doesn’t like photos…but will stand for one.

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We love our oldest boy so much! We are so grateful for the gift God gave us in him…and can’t wait to see how God will grow this little boy! Happy 6th Birthday Sebastian! We love you!

Games

I don’t know what hit Sebastian recently, but MAN has he developed a crazy LOVE for games.

When I first met Daniel’s family they asked if I liked to play games. ¬†I didn’t know how to answer. ¬†As a youngest who often found myself asking my siblings, “Will you play a game with me” and never getting a affirmative…I didn’t really know if I liked to play games. ¬†“Don’t worry, we will teach you,” ¬†they said.

Quickly I was hooked. ¬†I was so enamored by the fact that he had a family that all played games together….as a whole family…this pretty much seemed like the holy grail to me.¬† I dreamed of having that same kind of love for games and bonding with my kids.

Today is that day.

Recently Sebastian has really taken to games….every kind. ¬†Board games, card games, pretty much any game you can imagine. ¬†We usually play several each day. ¬†He is 5 and he can play games 8+ (thank God, because games get way more interesting when they are 8+) and in all honesty, he can pick them up faster then most adults we have taught. ¬†It is a fun way to teach him math and reading as well as critical thinking! ¬†(We are still working on good sportsmanship)

I don’t know if this will be a forever thing, but we are sure loving this new stage having game playing kids!
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Dayla’s 10th Birthday Party

This year I asked Dayla if she wanted to go somewhere (like Nickle City or Pump it UP) for her party like her friends get to do. She said to me, “But mom, you throw such amazing parties! I want to do my party at home!” I was flattered right into another over-the-top birthday party theme for my sweet Dayla girl.

For Dayla’s birthday party this year she asked for an emoji theme. I wasn’t sure what games could be emoji, or what activities we could do in that theme, or even what food we could eat in that theme…but I always say that I like a challenge!

We came up with some emoji pops (oreos dipped in yellow chocolate), an emoji birthday cake, and an emoji scavenger hunt.

The crown jewel of the party though was the photo booth! I made a background by taping some yellow plates on our wall, Dayla made all the props (that made people look like emoji faces), and then Daniel set up the tripod and snapped away. Instant photo booth! The kids LOVED this activity! We printed up the photos with one hour and photo and got to send them all home with personalized party favors. It was a hit for sure.

That wasn’t all! The party didn’t end at 5pm…for Dayla’s big 10 year old party we let her have all 12 girls spend the night! Phew!

All in all everyone had so much fun and the party was a big hit.

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Work Trip

Every year Daniel has to take a work trip for about 10 days in August.  Every year it makes me:

1. Glad he doesn’t have to travel all the time for work

2. Glad to be married

 

This year I did something I have never done before. ¬†I decided to take Grandma and Daddy’s approach they take when I am gone which is this: “Be so busy and have so much fun we barely notice you are missing”

I am not someone who likes to be busy…but I think this was by far the best year yet. The strategy totally worked. ¬†The kids had a blast (which means less meltdowns which means less time-outs which means a less tired mom!) and since I scheduled in 3 overnights for them…I got some adult time and even some alone time (win-win!). ¬†It was amazing. ¬† Here are the highlights from our time…

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Boys Camp-out

A few years ago Daniel and his guy friends were challenged by the idea of making sure their kids are influenced by other Godly men besides their own dads. They came up with the idea of having a Father-Son camp-out once a year.

This year was the first year that the boys were all old enough to make it happen and we are excited to report that it was a huge success! There was bike riding, fishing, hiking, a dance party at night, and lots of boy time. ūüôā

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First Snow

After our couples trip over the weekend, we snagged the kids from Grandma and Papa’s house and headed up to our friend’s cabin in Big Bear. ¬†The last time we were in the snow, Dayla was about 2.5 years old. ¬†So the boys were excited to experience snow for the first time! ¬†Dreams of snowmen and snowball fights!

 

We did have some snowball fights, built a snowman, lots of puzzle and game time, fun with retro rollerskates¬†we found in the cabin, and visited¬†the local zoo. There was cold moments and tear-filled moments….but there were also a lot of smiles and memories.

 

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