Letters to My Children – March 2021

Dear Ariya,

Another month of homeschooling. We made more of an effort to get outside more, now that the weather was warming up. We met up with friends a few times, went for walks and hikes outside. We tried to switch it up, but it really was us doing the same thing every day. I did ask your ballet teacher, who is also a Montessori teacher and taught school online if she would tutor you in math. You had such a love/hate relationship with Beast Academy and the thought that math brought you to tears makes me so sad. I get that you’re frustrated, and I know I’m not a teacher, so I thought that tutoring with Ms Abby online would help. And she is amazing. I could always hear you laughing on your zoom calls with Ms Abby, which was really great.

Nothing else much changed. We didn’t have an “official” spring break. We just chose the week that Daddy was off, and had some adventures. It gave you a break, it gave all of us a break, and I think we really needed it. Is it summer vacation yet?

Dear Asha,

Another month of doing the same thing. You did have way more play time than Ariya did, and you waited around a lot for her to be done with her school. You did enjoy playing with Anika but it wasn’t the same. Anika grabs all of the toys you’re playing with. And you do the same (huh, I wonder where she learned it from?) You are always in competition with Ariya. You’ve started reading those BOB books, and man, you are so smart! You’re still doing tutoring with Ms Mary, but you don’t understand why you can’t have tutoring with Ms Abby like Ariya does. And you’re still doing ballet, although I think you’re pretty much over ballet on zoom. You miss seeing your friends and can’t wait to be there in person. You’re in luck! I just registered you for Kindergarten, so in a few short months, you will be in school, riding the school bus with your sister, and in a new classroom and making new friends. I know you can’t wait!

Dear Anika,

Stop time, please stop. My baby, you just keep growing and growing. You’re obsessed with my phone, pushing buttons, dragging and dropping, playing with filters on Instagram. I gotta hide my phone from you now, because you’re always changing things on my phone!

When we went on our hikes, you did not like staying in the ergo carrier. Funny, I remember looking back at the time when Asha was your age, she would actually nap in the ergo, no problem. Not you. You want to get down, you want to walk for a little bit, and when you get tired, you want to be held, but you do NOT want to be in the ergo, or be worn. Girl, my arms are tired of carrying you when we’re hiking! Also, you won’t stay in your stroller when the girls are riding their bikes. You don’t understand why you’re not riding a bike with them. It’s kinda cute, and kinda funny, but also frustrating, because you just want to do your own thing. That’s ok, Anika, you keep doing you.

Letters to My Children – July 2018

 

Dear Ariya,

The countdown is on….for beach week!  It’s our annual beach trip with the cousins!  Your Grandma, Auntie Anjuanette, Uncle Kashiff, Uncle Eric, Mekhai and Jayden were with us for most of the week and it was glorious.  It rained…alot.  But there were pockets of time when the sun was shining, and we would race to the beach.  We did spend the day at the aquarium.

The waves were fun.  You tried boogie boarding for the first time and you loved it.  You were so sad that we didn’t have our own boogie board.  I think next year, we know what we’ll need to bring to the beach.

Mekhai introduced us to youtube kids, and you were hooked.  What is up with the obsession of watching OTHER kids play with their toys?  It just boggles my mind.  But you loved it.  Watching the tablet, watching youtube kids, was an addiction.  When we came back home, we had to wean you off of it, because wow, did it put you in a cranky mood.  20 minutes of tablet time was never enough.  You wanted more more more.

 

Dear Asha,

We spent a lot of time at the pool.  You watched Ariya and followed her lead.  You started taking a deep breath, putting your head under water, kicking.  I had to sign you up for swim lessons, because you were getting it.  You wanted to jump off the diving board after Ariya (with your noodle, of course).

The beach was great.  you loved playing with the sand….a  little too much, if you ask me.  You would eat it.  I don’t know what the big deal was with sand, but you wanted to eat it.  Drove Daddy and me crazy, but you loved eating sand.  You were a huge fan of the water and the waves.  Spending time with Grandma, your auntie, uncles and cousins were great too.  You got to stay up late, and sleep in.  There was a bunk bed and you always wanted to sleep up top.  But Daddy and I thought you were maybe a bit too young to sleep up top by yourself.  You were not happy about that, but you did love sleeping with Mommy in the king size bed.  Poor Daddy had to sleep with Ariya because she didn’t want to sleep by herself.  Maybe next year, you two will be able to sleep in the same room together.

 

Next month will be the last bit of summer before kindergarten starts for Ariya and pre-school starts for Asha.  Let’s soak it all in.