Nine years later, we still love every minute with beautiful Ahava.
For Ahava’s birthday activity she choose to “Go to the Xining Zoo and play with the baby lions.” We went on Sunday morning to the zoo and you can see the details in pictures below.
But first I wanna say too, that I am proud of her. Her birthday was a Monday this year and we told her she could stay home from school IF she was willing to go up and talk with the teacher the Friday before, tell her she wasn’t coming to school and ask for Monday’s homework. That might not sound like much to you, but culturally in the school they attend here, it’s no small thing to ask a child to do. There was no pressure from us to do it. We totally supported her going to school or not on her birthday, but we wanted to give her the opportunity. She took it and went and talked with the teacher and got her homework assignments for Monday. Doing what everyone else is doing is more natural for her and honestly she’s quite good at knowing what’s expected in various settings and even countries and doing the appropriate thing. But this time she was also brave–willing to do something she was scared to do and I’m so glad she got her birthday off as a reward!
Well, a picture is worth a thousand words they say, so read on 🙂