About El Momma

Monday, April 26, 2010

Our First Baby Turns FIVE

Happy Fifth Birthday to our First Baby Boy, Bakri!
Our Bakri turned five last month. He loves Mickey Mouse, so he had a Mickey Mouse party at our house with a MM jumpy house, MM cake, lots of friends and family AND an appearance by Mickey Mouse himself. It was a great day and a great way to celebrate our Bakri.

He is a very special and loving boy. When teachers describe Bakri (from his school now and church activities) the first thing they say is how sweet and loving Bakri is. And, it's true. He has so much love to give and flourishes in environments where that love is returned.

Before Bakri's fourth birthday, we withdrew him from the school he was attending at the time. It was absolutely the best decision for Bakri and our family. We spent the entire Summer together. Bakri also did a couple of camps- including a Warrior Prince Camp and Vacation Bible School. We spent a lot of days at the pool and enjoyed the Summer. In the Fall he started at the preschool where he is now. It has been a world of difference from our experience at the previous school. Bakri is doing so well. He loves his teachers and they love him. He does well in circle time, art class, music class and chapel and loves playing outside with his classmates. He seemed to really mature over Christmas time and has had a wonderful Spring semester.

Bakri is fun. He loves Mickey Mouse, Goofy, telling stories, Buzz lightyear, playing pretend, being with his siblings- especially his brother, tussling with his brother, reading books,  counting, reciting facts, puzzles, watching home videos, spending the night with both sets of grandparents, his cousins, talking about camping, sharing a room with his brother, riding his bicycle to the park and back, running the bases, hitting the baseball, being a part of his tee-ball team, and his family. I'm sure there are numerous other things that Bakri loves, but if I wait to post this until I think of them all, I never will.

We love our Bakri and our so proud of the five year old boy that he is. I never want to forget this age. I hope I won't, because like all of the other times in our children's lives, they will only be this age once.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Who's that Lady?

If your teenage self or even college self were to run into you now, would she/he be surprised at how much you've changed?

I realized something about myself this week. I was put in a situation that left me feeling vulnerable, so speaking to the parties first, I composed an email summarizing events that had taken us to this point. I thought I was thoughtful and careful in my words. I even asked the husband to read it over before hitting send. All was well, so I thought. What I discovered in the response that I received was that I am a direct person. Let me say this again, I am a direct person. How did I not know this? I wasn't always so direct. In fact, I remember having so much anxiety over things that convicted me that I did nothing about and it ate me up inside. I'm not like that anymore. My teenage self would be more than surprised to know me now. We are so different. Yes, I am still the same person. But, the fear and anxiety that used to keep me from speaking up, mostly isn't there anymore. The convictions have grown stronger. And, I've learned that being honest and more straight forward gives me much more peace than trying to hide those feelings and keep them bottled up.

When I was told that I was a direct person, it was by someone who loves me and cares about me. It wasn't a dig. I was just surprised. As I've been able to reflect on this during the week, I am thankful to be a direct person. Someone who speaks her convictions, who means what she says, who is dependable and who holds those in authority accountable. There are worse things I could be, right?

And, here we are trying to "keep it together" for an Easter photo. :-)