Letters to My Children – June 2019

Dear Ariya,

Wow, it’s June already!  A lot of countdowns happening.  Last day of school….. baby #3’s arrival in July.  Lots of summer camps in between. The start of summer.  Pool time.  Lots of great things are happening.

Gymnastics is underway and you love it so so much.  You’ve started practicing handstands and cartwheels.  You’re doing an awesome job.  And the best part is that your closest girlfriend Claire is in the same class as you!  How fun!

You also started a Bollywood Dance class once a week with your friends from Balvihar.  You started learning some classic moves that are in all the Bollywood movies.  I can tell you want to perform on stage.  Maybe for Diwali in November.

The last soccer game happened.  We had a celebration at Sherando Park, where you got to play with all of your teammates.  You got a trophy and had an ice cream party!  I think the coach even realized that dance and gymnastics is more your thing, since you talk about it all the time.  Soccer was fun while it lasted.  We’ll see if you miss it in the fall.

The last day of school happened.  And just a few days later, we took a little road trip to Hershey Park.  You had so much fun!  You and Asha and Daddy rode so many rides.  Got your faces painted, ate cotton candy and junk food.  It was a pretty great day.

The next day, we went to an engagement party for Neil uncle and Melanie Auntie.  They are getting married next year, and we got to see a ton of family.  It might have been overwhelming, but you did make friends with Melanie Auntie’s family, so that was cool.  And we even got to see Nani and Nanu!  You and Asha had the cutest matching outfits on.

June was a pretty busy month for you.  I figured since we weren’t doing our annual beach trip, I’d sign you up for a ton of cool summer camps.  You did one summer camp at the Children’s Discovery Museum, with ms Erica, called Storyland Art Camp.  Since you love art so much and wish you could do it every day, I thought it would be a great fit.  And you loved it.  The only problem is that Asha wanted to join you, or at least stay at the children’s museum to play.

The following week was Grandma/cousins camp! Jayden, Mekai, and Phelix were at Grandma’s house, and wow, you had a blast.  You always have a great time with your cousins and Grandma.  Blowing bubbles, coloring, watching movies, just playing.  So much fun spending time with family.

AND you lost your first tooth!  It’s crazy, your adult tooth is growing in as your baby tooth got wiggly.  Luckily, the Tooth fairy was able to find your tooth, and you got $2 in coins.  How lucky are you!  She said you’re doing a great job brushing your teeth and to keep it up!

Dear Asha,

You had your last session of soccer shots.  And you were so upset when you couldn’t make the goal.  But you went after the ball and ran up and down the field, so maybe soccer is your thing.  Maybe in the fall, we’ll sign you up again, see how you like it.

Cousins/grandma camp was lots of fun.  When you came back, you kept saying for days “I wish I could go back to Grandma’s house, I miss her, I miss my cousins”.  And to think, I was worried that it might be tough for you to be away from us for a whole week.  Of course you did fine.  You loved it!

You even had your own summer camps!  You are so lucky, Ms Abby (who’s Ariya’s ballet teacher, and will soon be your ballet teacher) was teaching a space camp AND creative movement camp, back to back.  So you had a whole morning of Ms Abby, learning about the solar system AND getting your dance on.  I’ve already signed you up for creative movement (intro to ballet) in the fall, and you can’t wait!  You’re such  dancer, just like your big sister.  You two love to have dance parties in the evenings.  Your favorite artist is Beyonce and Ariya’s is Ariana Grande.  And the dance moves that you two put out there are amazing/hilarious/so much fun.

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