65 Months

65 months! Five years and five months have passed.

[[image:2013-yaya65month-07.jpg:Beautiful smile:center:0]]

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Food status: A few new tastes! Yaya tried hot chocolate (during the snow adventures), finger tasted cookie frosting and also ate circle toast with a little nutella (under a generous slather of regular butter). So three new things. Baby steps, I suppose. But we are pleased with her. Sadly, none of the foods was at all healthy, but on the plus side she did not ask for more after she completed the tastes. Hopefully we will have more to report this next month and in the new year.

Yaya is becoming a great big sister – always keen to teach Adik stuff, read to him, etc. She is still the second most dangerous thing for him (note Adik’s black eye from last month’s accident), but on the other hand, Adik is the single most dangerous thing to himself. I know Hisham certainly did his share of putting me in hairy situations, and it will also help Adik to stand up for himself. So I guess it’s all good.

Yaya is doing great with reading – she can really read simple sentences on her own, but her confidence level is shaky and she is easily discouraged. We are trying to help her and encourage her to be OK with trying and OK with being wrong, but it is still an uphill battle. We had an eventful month with another almost two weeks in Pennsylvania for work. You can read about our hotel adventures here and the snow adventures here. On to the pictures! We begin with Yaya in action!

[[image:2013-yaya65month-01.jpg:Flying karate chop of the helium balloon!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-11.jpg:Helping Papa carry the empty recycling bins back up:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-14.jpg:Riding Sandy the Meijer horse:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-04.jpg:Juggling ramen noodles at the Asian mall checkout:center:0]]

Here are some shots of Yaya and Adik:

[[image:2013-yaya65month-08.jpg:Sitting together on the swivel chair:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-10.jpg:Giggling on the bed:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-12.jpg:Distracted by a bubble:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-03.jpg:Yaya and Adik with Melissa:center:0]]

Some more of the photos that I loved that were taken this month:

[[image:2013-yaya65month-02.jpg:Ready to go outside!:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-05.jpg:Happy at the Asian mall:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-06.jpg:Showing off her new blue hair barrettes:center:0]]

[[image:2013-yaya65month-15.jpg:Dressed up as an explorer!:center:0]]

Happy 65-month birthday, baby girl! We love you!!!

[[image:2013-yaya65month-13.jpg:Love this shot!:center:0]]

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