Before the world started imploding with viruses and shutdowns – Steve made it up to Flagstaff to ski with the three older kids – a tradition for the last 5 years. This is something Steve did with his dad growing up and he’s carried the tradition to our family. Steve will tell you teaching kids to ski is a lot of legwork before there’s any reward.
This year was a reward year – all three kids could ski without assistance and could go down large runs. He soaked it up because he knows next year he adds Cannon to the mix and he’ll be back on the bunny hill!
In our family, when you turn 4 years old, you get your first friend birthday party and it’s kind of a big deal. Briggs has been talking about his party for some time – what he wants to eat at this party, who he’s going to invite. It’s been a constant conversation. His birthday was before spring break but his friends were busy so we pushed off his party until after break. Little did I know the world would look a little different.
His party is no longer. I would say it’s postponed but by the time we can actually gather again in groups he will have forgotten about it all together. In fact, already, he hasn’t mentioned it since spring break. So as much as it kills me to not throw the party – its just not going to happen. One of the many things that has change rapidly over the course of the last two weeks.
Luckily, we celebrated him as a family so he’s not totally missing out.
He loved his birthday bucket and all his goods – the best way to start the day!
When friends would ask him what he got for his birthday the first thing he always mentioned was his very own BIG gatorade – a simple reminder that four-year-olds are easy to please!
I’m happy we made it to McDonald’s with a couple of his friends. We’ll look back at this fondly and refer to it as the McDonald’s themed party!
Hallie made a special gift for Briggs. (Let me just say she’s the absolute best). She photoshopped their heads on to a PJ Masks picture – they will forever be Catboy and Owlet – its their thing!
We gathered the Sunday before his birthday with Steve’s family and he got the traditional family birthday song and he loved the attention – but he loved the sugar cookie cake even more.
It’s good to be four!
More beach…more ocean. It’s good for the soul!
Life is a little different than it was a week and a half ago when we landed on the beach. And now that we’re home all day without any obligations I’ve been going through photos.
Spring time in Mexico (where we go) is warm-ish. The water was chilly but that didn’t stop the kids from taking a couple plunges. We spent time searching the tide pools – all sorts of fun treasures and creatures were discovered. Funny enough – the majority of all the kid’s time was spent on a large sand hill on the empty lot next to our beach house. The amount of sand the kids must have swallowed from laughing all the way down is undetermined. The first thing they did every morning was run to the hill – it was also the last thing we did every night.
Even on the day it rained on us – the kids were riding boogie boards down the sand hill. There were some good spills (me included, which there is video evidence of!) – it made for some great entertainment.
We played soccer and football. We had races and long jump contests. The adults stayed up late and the kids got up early. (not a great combination!) We played a lot of games. The little kids colored. We had movie nights.
I looked around the room on multiple occasions grateful for the people in our circle – our little village. They are some great people and my kids don’t like experiencing life without them.
We played hard – we usually do. And we all left dirty, tired and sand in every crevice.
We spent today trying to figure out our new schedule – the pit in my stomach tells me we may be at this for a while. I don’t know how the homeschool moms teach kids that span a large gap because it’s a little difficult. I would get Cannon situated on something and then move on to Hallie and before I could get settled with Hallie, Cannon was already back asking questions or already finished.
The online websites the school suggested kept crashing so luckily we had some workbooks. Our school district is supposed to come out with a curriculum plan by Wednesday – fingers crossed.
Today my kids were excited to learn at home – so I capitalized on it. Two weeks from now I’m sure it will be a completely different story.
I’m wishing I could go back to a week ago when we were on a quiet beach and completely happy in our isolation.
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