This month we celebrated Asher’s sixth (yes, sixth!) birthday. Since his 5th birthday party, he has known exactly what he wanted for his 6th birthday- a rocket ship party! This year, Asher has really developed a love of all things space, and he really wanted a party that was out of this world.
We tried to meet his expectations. In addition to the pool, we had stomp rockets, parachute shooters, a galaxy water table, a rocket ship craft, and a lunar rock hunt. After all that prep and execution, people were most impressed by the food. Brian made a deconstructed Guacho bar (which in layman’s terms is like a Chipotle burrito bowl bar). People told him it was the best meal they had ever had in Panama. I thought we’d have tons of leftovers, but the trays were wiped clean.
We hope Asher loved his party. This year has been a challenging one for him. He has really had to stretch out of his comfort zone as we made the huge transitions to a new country with a new language, several new schools, and a rotating door of friends. We’ve expected a lot from him, and we continue to challenge him. Sometimes it is too much for him, and his anxiety is overwhelming, almost paralyzing. Other times, he loses himself in they joy of childhood and loves playing in the ocean waves or exploring his natural surroundings. Nothing makes us happier than when we see him truly happy. We wish him year full of growth, confidence, joy, and love.