Letters to My Children – January and February 2022

Hey girls. I can’t decide if I want to continue these letters. I love writing them, it’s like a journal of our lives and what activities we’ve done, places we’ve traveled, etc. I wonder if you enjoy reading (or will enjoy) reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. I haven’t kept up with it as much as I’d like. I’ve started a new project, a daily photo project, where I try to take photos every day to document our lives. It’s tough, because sometimes I take way too many photos and some days, I might forget to take one. But here’s where we are.

Let’s see, January, we had a few snow storms. So that was pretty cool. It felt like for the whole month, we had a hard time getting back into a regular schedule, because either you had snow days, or 1-2 hour delays. It was tough after the holiday vacation but you all persevered. We headed down to Richmond for a long weekend in January, but had to cut that weekend short because of a snow storm coming. I’m kind of glad we kept it short. The drive down was terrible. Anika is not a fan of staying in the car seat for too long. As soon as we hit the mountains and on 64, she lost it. She wanted to get out. She tried to get out of her seat belt. I had to pull over a few times just to make sure she didn’t get out of her car seat. Man, was I glad to reach Richmond.

Other than that, January was pretty normal. Ariya and Asha, you still had tae kwon do and ballet. You attended Balvihar when you could through zoom. And we went to church when Daddy was off on Sunday.

February, the half days started for teacher planning. Anika was so happy to have Ariya and Asha around for those half days. We went to the children’s museum one of those half days and, wow, we haven’t been there since before the pandemic. So it was really nice to visit on an off day where it wasn’t crowded and it felt like we had the place pretty much all to ourselves.

Ariya and Asha, you finally received your orange belt in Tae Kwon Do! You’ve done such a great job at practicing and you’ve really worked hard to get to that next level. We are so proud of you!

Ariya, you’re my little reader. I can always find you in a book, reading and re-reading your favorites. You remind me so much of me when I was your age.

Asha, you’re my little dreamer. You’re always telling me silly stories and spinning around in circles and making me laugh. You love to read and play and make believe.

Anika, wow you are growing so much! You love wearing your tutu pajamas and your tutu dresses. Some days you love wearing your tutu pajamas during the day as well. You’re having a great time at school and learning so much. You love playing with your friends, your “sister” Simisola, coloring and painting. And you love your teachers so much.