Friday, October 19, 2012

All About Mikayla... 6th Birthday, Family Day, Ballet!

Since I am over a month behind in posting pictures from Mikayla's birthday, I figured I would just dedicate this entire post to her and include our "Family Day" celebration, as well as some video of her doing her favorite thing - ballet dancing!

Mikayla asked for a very specific gift for her 6th birthday... she wanted an ipod.  Well, not "technically" an ipod since she doesn't really understand branding yet, but she knew she wanted the tiny music player she could use with headphones (she is known for sitting next to our ancient boombox with headphones plugged in and listening to CD's for long periods of time).  So, the first thing she wanted to do when she woke up on her birthday was open a present (of course I knew which one it needed to be...).

Listening carefully to dad's instructions... 

That evening, we had both sets of grandparents over for some more present opening, and ice cream cake!

Eli reads his card he made for Mikayla... so cute!

We let the kids pick an "outing" each year for their birthday as well, so we spent the following evening eating pizza and playing a gazillion games at Chuck E Cheese :)  I think this might have been one of the first times we hung out at Chuck E Cheese with neither child having a meltdown due to insane overstimulation.  Ha!
Love you sweet girl - Happy 6th Birthday!

And now... presenting, Mikayla Ballerina!  Mikayla started ballet classes this fall at an arts school located in the church where Micah and I met (and where we were married!).  She is really enjoying her class and her teacher, and I love the fact that the emphasis is placed on not only the technical aspects of ballet, but also utilizing dance as an act of worship.  Last week she came home and told me they started learning their dance for the December recital and she LOVED the song.  I asked her what song it was and she said, "I don't know, but it's about Jesus!"  Ha ha, love that!

A little video for your viewing pleasure...

And last, but not least... October 9, 2012 marked our 3-year-anniversary of stepping on to U.S. soil for the first time with our beautiful daughter, and becoming a family of four.  Each year, we do something special to celebrate "Family Day," and this year we chose to feast on Ethiopian food at Cafe Lalibela in Tempe.  We all enjoyed the food, but Eli and Mikayla ate the most by far!

The best part was using injera, instead of silverware, to eat!

We love you Mikayla!!  We pray that you continue to grow into the amazing young lady that God created you to be, and that you use your beauty and talents to honor Him in all you do.

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