December has gone by so fast! Asha’s birthday was in the beginning of the month, but since Daddy had to work, we celebrated it when he came home. We had a few cupcakes, opened a few presents. She’s now 2! And you both love her new presents.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but I decided to create a Destination Imagination team for you and your friends. I thought it would be fun to try something different, have a new challenge, learn something new. Your friends Sei, Veer, and Elizabeth are on your team. The tournament is in March, and we have so much work to do!
Christmas vacation started after your Christmas program at Sonshine Learning Center. We left for Richmond to celebrate Asha’s birthday at Nani and Nanu’s house. Grandma, Auntie Anjuanette, Uncle Kashiff, Jayden and Mekai came to help celebrate. Even the neighbor’s daughter came over to play with you, how fun! The cake was the best part, as always.
That night we went to Lewis Ginter’s Botanical Gardens to check out all of the holiday lights. Wow, It was sooooo cold, but the lights were beautiful! And you had so much fun with Grandma, but I think getting hot chocolate was at the top of your list.
Christmas was a whirlwind. Nani and Nanu came to visit while we celebrated Christmas Eve. I think both you and your sister loved your presents from Santa. Your favorites change from day to day. One day you love the Frozen puzzles, the next you love the Ice cream counter that Asha got. The work bench has been a huge hit with both you and Asha. Too bad we couldn’t have enough time to play with your new toys, as we had to leave for our trip!
We travelled to Canada on Christmas day to spend time with our family. The last time you were in Canada, you were 1 1/2 years old! And my aunt, uncle, cousins and nieces had not even met Asha! So it was a fun Christmas party. You got to wear your pretty Indian clothes, which made you so happy!
The day after Christmas, we left for Mexico! You were so happy to hang out with all of your cousins, but I’m convinced that Tara ben is your best friend forever. The plane trip wasn’t so bad, but it was a long day of travel! Our hotel was beautiful, and our room was a suite with a kitchen, patio, king size bed and jacuzzi tub. It was very helpful having all that space, because your sister took a while getting used to her routine in a new place.
All the swimming that we did! The sandcastles we built. The dancing we did with the instructors, the New Year’s Eve part that we let you stay up for. It was amazing that you and your sister lasted as long as you did. You eventually fell asleep in your stroller with your sister as we all rung in the New Year. I think you’d say this trip was the best. The hardest part was leaving our family, but we made sure that we’ll video chat and call every so often. We’re even planning our next trip to see them! Don’t tell Daddy that, because he thinks I’m always thinking of our next trip.
Ariya, you are my sweet, smart, soulful, funny, emotional, first born. You’re having a hard time dealing with disappointment but we’re working through that. Your first reaction is to scream, huff, stomp your feet and slam doors, but you always apologize after you take a time out and some deep breaths. You also have no patience, and love instant gratification, just like your mommy. I know where you get it from. You’re growing up so fast. And I’m trying so hard to keep up with you.
You’re 2!! Where did the time go? How are you now 2??? You are so strong willed, loving, affectionate, playful. You feel your emotions 100%. You learn everything from Ariya. Your love for dresses, for playing dress up with her princess dresses. You want to brush your teeth like Ariya, get your hair brushed like Ariya. You miss Ariya when she goes to school, and you’re so happy when we pick her up.
You loved your Frozen themed party. The cake was a masterpiece, it was a cake of Anna. and it was so delicious! You were happy to have your family around you to celebrate.
Our travels to Canada and Mexico were a struggle.It’s hard, being confined to a stroller, confined to a plane seat, confined during security and customs. But you survived. And had a blast! You watched Moana and Frozen over and over again. You now know how to say “I want Anna!” (Frozen or Moana, I still have a hard time figuring that out) or “I want Mommy” . You were a bit standoffish with meeting your cousins and aunties and uncles, but by the end of the trip, Tara ben and Priti Masi had won you over, and you would go over to them, play with them, sit in their laps. I’m so happy you gave them a chance, because they love you and your sister so much!
Your vocabulary has grown so much. You learned to say “pool”, “goggles” (for swim goggles), “beach”, “boots”, “socks”, “shoes”. And so much more. It’s crazy how much you’re trying to talk. Amazing.
We ended the year in Mexico on an amazing resort in Playa del Carmen. Who knows what 2018 will bring?