Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 reflections and random pictures

I have never been so ready for a year to end and a new one to begin. The entire year wasn't bad. Just the last couple of months have been tough with December being the worst month of all. Had I known what was in store for our family this fall and winter I probably would have curled up in a ball and begged God to not let any of it happen or I would have tried to hibernate like a bear and hope that it all passed without my knowledge. But I didn't know what was coming and the only thing that helped me (I can't speak for the rest of my family) was the knowledge that God knew ahead of time exactly what trial our family was going to start walking through. He always knew the events of this fall and winter would become a part of our family story even though I didn't understand why, nor did I want it as a part of our story. Nonetheless, God is faithful and I am looking forward to a brand new year with a fresh start!

The new year is going to bring changes for our family. One big change is that Sanaa will transferring from Arco Iris where she's been for the last year and a half to the elementary school just up the hill from us. She's excited but also sad to be leaving her friends. The one huge positive that will hopefully make this transition easier on her is that her best friend from church will be in the same class with her. Both Sanaa and Ally are very excited to be in school together. 

"AHH!!! There's a spider on my head!" In October I was able to help at Sanaa's Day of the Dead party (at the Spanish immersion school they put more of an emphasis on celebrating Day of the Dead and not so much Halloween.)

One of Sanaa and Layla's favorite places to go is the art store in the mall. The employees there help the kids draw and paint any picture they want.

We had gone to the art store just before Halloween and one of the employees asked to paint the kids faces. Sanaa was all for it! At first Layla didn't want her face painted. Then she did. Then half way through she got upset and wanted the paint off. She wasn't happy that I took her picture.

Malakai did not want anything on his face but picked a batman symbol for his hand.

While he's into superheroes, he still enjoys dressing up in the princess stuff.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving Layla and Malakai's preschool had a Holiday festival. We've never gone before because we've had other things to do but this year we had nothing going on. I took the kids and they had a great time! Of course Sanaa wanted her face painted and Malakai wanted something on his hand. Layla, as you probably guessed, wanted nothing on her face or hands.

Malakai inspecting his strawberry jam before eating it.

One evening I was busy with Malakai and Layla disappeared. When I walked into the kitchen I found her squeezing the mandarin oranges into a cup. She informed that she wanted to try fresh orange juice. I have no idea where she even got that idea! But she did say it was the best juice she's ever tasted. I have since bought a small orange juicer so that she doesn't have to squeeze the oranges with her hands anymore.

There are many days I can't drink enough coffee to keep up with the craziness in the house. I took the picture of Malakai on his tricycle today. He came flying into the kitchen on it while wearing his laundry basket. Really? How do you even think up something like that?

Next week Layla will begin ballet class. She is so excited!

Sanaa received a white tea set that she could paint from uncle Ryan and aunt Karen for Christmas. She sat down today and painted all of it. She was very proud with how her new tea set turned out. Once all the pieces were dry she even invited all of us to join her in the living room for a tea party.

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