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November 2022



Max’s 8th Year Birthday Questions

O M G. It’s November and it just hit me that I never made a bday post for Max. That’s what happens when you’re the 2nd kid ???? But it’s ok…I just have to sift through the copious amount of pictures to jog my memory!

For his birthday this year, we kept it low-key since his one wish was to have a sleepover at his bestie’s house so our friends pretty much took care of his bday celebration for us! I still decorated the hallway with balloons and a sign (the picture was too dark to post), took him to Kura for his favorite sushi and we got him a variety of desserts at 85 degrees that he got to pick. My parents were in town so we all went to the park to play as well. My father who has a black belt in judo loves teaching Max martial arts and Max loves learning from him as well!

Here is Max celebrating his birthday with his bestie whose bday is just a few weeks after his! He had a blast!

Now time to look back on year 7….

This year was the start of Max becoming a voracious reader like his sister! Excuse the mess on our table ????
His friendship with Jackson, his bestie, really grew this past year. He takes this friendship very seriously! :)
Max started 1st grade. I think he was tired because he was used to staying up late over the summer :)
Max joined another season of Friday Night Lights flag football, go team Patriots!
Loved this team. There were even 2 rockstar girls on there!
As a family, we watched all of the Marvel movies in order so of course when Halloween rolled around, Max had to be his favorite Marvel character, Dr. Strange!
Max is the daredevil of the family. He still loves climbing rocks!
We also realized he had a crazy knack for climbing the raptor climb! This penguin joined our collection of 4 ninja balls to my dismay ????
Max is a smarty pants so it was no surprise when he got his annual award in academics. Here he is with his 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Bortz, who absolutely adored him!
One of Max’s favorite hobbies is cooking. This was the year that he added chef to his list of “things I want to be when I grow up”
I think one day he is going to make some girl very lucky! :)
Still kicking butt in Taekwondo. Max made it to the advanced level!
This was the year where Max’s love for his dad really started to blossom too
He went sand surfing for the first time in Death Valley. Doesn’t he look like a pro?
His 1st grade class where he is super popular and made his little friend crew. His friends are Stephen, Jacob, Dylan, Adam, and Harper
I love that he describes himself as “Epic”. I think so too. :)
More pictures with bestie…this time in Palm Springs!
They have this goodbye ritual where they touch feet before leaving lol
Max finally lost his first tooth. He was super excited about the tooth fairy until Dad accidentally threw it in the trash! He made Minh dig through the trash to find it. Against all odds, Minh found it for him!
Max also started playing bball this year and LOVED it. We had him join a few Boys and Girls leagues as well and was the leading scorer a few times on his team! Minh was extra proud of him :)

Dear Max,

When I think about your name, it is so fitting. Everything you do you do to the “max”. Your emotions go from 0 to 100 in a blink of an eye. It doesn’t matter if it’s anger, sadness, or love and happiness. You are also still brutally honest, which I really appreciate (probably because you love me the most so I get to bask in that :)). You truly excel in everything you do, from school to sports, just like your dad! You love traveling, reading, skateboarding, scootering, playing sports, and I can’t leave out…video games! I love that you have so many interests and are always down to try anything. You have the best attitude about everything and are soooo supportive of your sister too! I love to see the relationships that are blossoming between you and your friends. You are such a good friend! This post is a little late so I’ve experienced much of year 8 already and can already see how much you’ve grown and changed. I can see you becoming less of a baby even from these past few months. I love how when I hug you and tell you that “my baby” is growing up too fast, your reassure me that you’ll always be my baby. ?? Even now, I can see that you won’t be but I love that you try because you only want to make me happy :) I can’t wait to see what the rest of year 8 will bring you!



Here are the answers to his birthday questions this year with my comments in parentheses.

1. What is your favorite color? white (wow finally the same as last year!)
2. What is your favorite toy? iPad (no surprise here, it’s also the same :))
3. What is your favorite fruit? watermelon (always and forever! STILL)
4. What is your favorite tv show? Demon Slayer
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sushi (only salmon!)
6. What is your favorite outfit? Rainbow dinosaur shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Basketball
8. What is your favorite snack? Watermelon
9. What is your favorite animal? Snow foxes (last year it was snow owls lol)
10. What is your favorite song? Roar by Katie Perry
11. What is your favorite book? The Wild Robot series (robots!!!)
12. Who is your best friend? Jackson
13. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Flakes
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play basketball
15. What is your favorite drink? Sharetea strawberry drink
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My mom (lol)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? toast with butter
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Sushi
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a scientist