A big milestone birthday for our little babies - the twins would correct us and say "we are not babies any more!" Five in the USA means the beginning of Kinder followed by 12 years of school. Since they are December babies they miss the Texas cut off and will repeat Kinder again next fall so we cherish this time together before the formal school process starts. We have had a lot of changes in the last few weeks - new house, said good bye to our first preschool and will start the new preschool soon (more details in the monthly posts). But what can I say about Aari and Aashi this year that you dont already know about them. They have blossomed into little ladies (5 going on 15). The sass is strong, I mean stronger than its ever been. But under all that attitude are still the biggest caring hearts.
This year in school the teachers focused on having them use their words and firmly address situations that arise in the classrooms. At the parent teacher meet the teacher shared how she witnessed them both stand up to another kid in class when they felt the other kid was not giving them space. I came home and shared this with Amit and quickly Aariya came to the other kids defense and said " even X did good and gave me my space and backed off". That was meant to be a moment for us to recognize that they did well but they always find the best in the others as well. We are doing something right!
Aashna is still our nurturing and loving one. She continues to be a perfectionist, she might be the slowest at her homework but its always perfect. She loves to talk and can carry on an amazing conversation. Our little grandma is always listening and there is no hiding things from her.
Both of them are naturally curious and this year has been a learning year. We are doing our best to instill strong morals and raise them to be humble kids. We have had some very entertaining conversations with them about festivals which lead to conversations about god and understanding how fortunate they are. I know right - some very heavy topics for five year olds! What i LOVE the most is how comfortable they are in their skin. Aashna once told me "you know what the most favorite part about my body is? My baby arm!" Because it makes her different. A big shout out goes to Jessica goes to school and Different is awesome - they quote those books all the time!!
Aari and Aashi you fill our lives with so much love and laughter. We are so grateful to be your parents and cherish every moment with you two. Dont let anyone steal your sparkle little ones. Shine bright and strong and this world is yours to conquer!