This season has been one of the worst and coldest winters to date, with forecasts of accumulating snow, numerous school cancelations, below freezing temps, icy conditions, AND strange fluctuations in the temp. The upside was the girls being able to build a snowman and not just sing about building a snowman. They were able to go outside during school snow days and frolic. AND their Tito Fred and Ate LJ, avec les cousins, also went TUBING- yes, their first ever overpaid experience of riding a blown up tube down a pristine mountain. Here some snippets of their adventures. And a video of playing in the snow at a park near our house where they were able to indeed build a snowman.
Emma convinced me to sign up and join her at her school for “Get Fit Night” where visited different stations to introduce various activities of fitness- like Karate, Yoga, Dance, Floor Exercises, and Zumba. To encouge our girls to always move, I decided I’d comply to her request and show her that I too can shake my tailfeather…and do 20 push ups. Good thing I took up working out. I’ve seen a boost in my energy and upper body strength AND endurance. Woot. Here’s a little trailer of what we did last night.
Speaking of Valentines, that morning, the girls were giddy with excitement when Perze came home that they bombarded him. Every year, since we had Emma, he always made a point not to leave them out of our Valentines. They are, of course, our hearts outside our bodies… Girls, your future suitors have a huge task ahead of them. Sorry not sorry.
Every year, the WMU in our church holds a themed Valentine’s Dinner. This year was “The Roaring 20s so we brought the whole family. The whole night, the girls were dancing and running on the dance floor, having fun with each other and friends. It turned out well for Perze and I, who were able to make rounds and have fun ourselves. Ps. We also won King and Queen 🙂 … first time for everything I guess. Cheers to you, Gatsby!
*In the house before lessons*Me: Girls! Girls! Get ready for violin lessons!Elle: Girls! Girls! Girls!Me: Girls, are you ready?Elle: Ready! (starts putting on her shoes)*In the car after lessons*Me: You guys were really great tonight, but there were some spots that could have used more practice. Do not get lazy.Elle: LAZY!Zi: Elle! Stop saying that! Elle: LAZY! So…Elle has learned that she can one up her sisters. #17mo
On Monday, the kids had their rescheduled Valentine’s parties at school. Zi came home with a card she made for us, and in it was a letter her teacher enclosed for us telling the story of Zi bravely singing “Let It Go” in front of the whole class. Her teacher said it had brought her to tears. I love how at such a young age, Zi is a blessing to those around her. Every day, I tell my girls, specifically, to practice their voices. As girls, I know how hard it’s going to be to find their voices- to know who they are, be comfortable with themselves, AND be able to let themselves be heard. You don’t know how many times I’ve been to meetings, classes, in work, in school, in church, in the group of friends where the guys monopolize the conversation because they just feel comfortable and want to be heard. Even during Bible studies, more men lead the teaching and discussions. Even in the educational scope, statistically, men are in the science field, engineering and math. My point is that I’m raising three girls who I hope will one day be strong individuals. Not strong, as in […]
Couples don’t have the monopoly on valentine’s day; love does. So, for the lovelorn, inject love onto areas of lower concentration and you will make someone’s day. So happy valentine’s day to my family and friends. Wish I can hug you all today, esp. My parents…To whom my heart is constantly drawn to, Perze Ababa, my best friend. I knew there would only be advantages when I chose you as the matching genetic carrier to complete my offsprings’ chromosomes. Love you.To my daughters, you tickle my heart daily and are the walking mirrors that force me to become a better person. I love you so much monkey, kitty, and songbird.#vday #90sshoutout