Not forgotten, just not blogged.
Maysoon started walking in February.
Jenin visited the library for the first time in September. This one deserves an explanation so that you don’t think I’m a horrible mother. Since Jenin was born, my husband has insisted that I speak to Jenin only in Arabic, including reading her stories. With my very limited Arabic I tried my hardest to make up stories to go along with the books she has. (Just because we weren’t going to the library, doesn’t mean she didn’t have books. Sheesh, I’m not a horrible mother.) I never felt like the stories were exciting for her when I kept having to describe everything as “hilew”, literally meaning “sweet”. Soon nice, fun, amazing, charming, pretty, wonderful, fantastic, magical, incredible, adventurous, etc., became hilew. There was no excitement in the words, no rhyming sentences, no imagination provoking lines. Once Jenin started preschool, she was introduced to a world of new words but she had a hard time really understanding them and appreciating what they can do for a story. Finally, I put my foot down and told Rami that the time has come to read to Jenin in English. She adores books and I want to keep that love in her forever. When I read to her now, she has memorized some of the pages. She never ceases to amaze me with how much she notices and observes from the stories. We’ve started going to the library regularly and I’m definitely making up for lost time.
I love when the house is quite and I automatically suspect that she’s up to no good, only to find her quietly enthralled in a book. Melts my heart.
Maysoon has had some serious hair issues since she was a newborn. When she was first born she had a beautiful head of hair. But slowly with each few days, she started balding on the top of her head. Soon she had a completely bald head, save for a few hairs here and there, and a half circle of hair around the bottom of her head. My baby girl looked like my dad. So we shaved her head. I thought for sure her hair would grow back thick and even. Instead she got a mullet. Business in the front, party in the back.
Everyone kept telling me to cut it, but I just couldn’t do it. So Jenin did it for me. Yes, you read that right. My sweet little J used her “safety” scissors and cut a snippet of Maysoon’s mullet. Jenin claims she was “doing a project”. Hello Future Crafter. So I finished it off. Wish I did it months ago.
Jenin with Maysoon’s birthday cake, a pictorial story.
My dear, dear readers, you now understand the phenomenon that is Jenin.
A very spontaneous trip to Disneyland with our very best friends. Yes, this is the Nada! Such a wonderful and memorable trip. Hopefully a yearly tradition.
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