These are just a bunch of pictures I wanted to get up before 2013 came to end so that they'll end up in my 2013 family book. I really like the picture below of Sanaa and Layla walking down the sidewalk holding hands. I really hope that they remain good friends as they grow up.
Sanaa and Layla were setting up all their ponies for some kids of party. It was fun just standing at the edge of the doorway and listening in.
Upon closer inspection I saw that all of their bracelets were lined up on the key board.
And all the ponies were very nicely lined up in the front window.
Malakai has started to enjoy scribbling more. He doesn't sit still or work on something peacefully for very long, so it's nice to see him spend some quite time just scribbling.
The kids love doing art and playing with play doh. Malakai really enjoys play doh and will pull it out on his own and try to open the play doh containers by himself. Sanaa of course, loves drawing and painting.
In the summer Sanaa received some sticker mosaics (you put the correct sticker on the corresponding number). I had pulled them out a couple of times, but she would only do a little bit and then lose interest. But on Thanksgiving I took one along to my parents house and she spent a lot of time working on it. The days after Thanksgiving she insisted on finishing all of the mosaics.
Layla tried to hold up the other 3 mosaics that Sanaa made but you can only see one.
I had Sanaa and Layla each hold 2 mosaics so I could get a picture of the finished product.
This year we've had a lot of fun spending time with friends. Malakai and Burke are 9 months apart. Burke's older sisters are some of Sanaa and Layla's best friends (Lexi and Brynli).
Lexi and Brynli spent an afternoon with us while their parents did some house hunting. Malakai really enjoyed himself even though he was the only boy. They may have found a house in a city near by and will still be close to us, but will be far enough away from Layla's preschool that they would end up pulling Brynli out of the preschool. I'm kind of hoping that doesn't happen but I guess we'll see whether or not they get the house for sure. It'll be hard to explain to Layla why Brynli isn't in school with her anymore if that happens.
Marcus and Naomi are the girls' good friends that live right down the street from us. A couple of weeks ago I found out that there is the possibility of them moving to another area in town. What is up with our friends moving to new places right now? They aren't 100% sure they'll move but they could move this spring. If Lexi and Brynli move and then Marcus and Naomi move, I'm not sure what the Sanaa and Layla will do. Thankfully none of them are moving out of state, but we've gotten so use to seeing Marcus and Naomi around that if they end up moving it'll be a big adjustment for the kids. But I guess we'll cross that bridge if we need to. We have had a wonderful time getting to know them this fall. They've actually been living here just a few months shorter than we have but we didn't meet until Sanaa and Marcus started kindergarten.
The girls enjoy having Marcus and Naomi over to our house and they also love going over to their house. They all play really well together. Malakai often gets left out since he's smaller but most of the time he doesn't mind. When he does want to be included he just butts right in to whatever they are doing and most of the time they willingly let him join.