Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another week has come and gone

Really where is the time going?




The kitchen is finally DONE and open for business! Since this room is pretty much the center of our days, all I can say is it was a major pain in the arrrsss having it such a disaster for the past few weeks! I'll have to post pictures of the rest later, the counters were too messy!




We had one of my favorite nieces come for a little visit this week...It's was so awesome having such a helpful big kid around. The kids all love her like crazy! Will followed her everywhere she went saying "KK...KK...RU????" One of the cutest things I've ever seen for sure. Caroline really loved having Caitlin here too, she pretty much giggled the entire visit.






I received a really sweet surprise this week... A few weeks ago when Rhona, my mother in law, was visiting she was telling me about a book that she just read. She thought I'd enjoy it, she offered to send it to me. I thanked her for the thought but told her it would be silly to send it since, due to a plethora of reasons, lack of time and focus just to name a few, it's been a really long time since I've actually read a book cover to cover. This week I opened this...

the audio version.





I spent a couple of hours one morning with a friend who recently brought home her two daughters from Ethiopia. I was honestly amazed at what a wonderful and extraordinary mother she was. We met through friends and had only gotten together once right before she left for Ethiopia, so really I didn't know her all that well....but wow I was a little taken back at how loving and nurturing she was. So kind and gentle in every touch, and such a loving direct tone when she was talking to the girls. I've seen and idolized some pretty great moms over the years so I know a good one when I see one. Let me tell you, she's a good one!

Last night we had some friends over for dinner. Two couples and all their kids plus us and all our kids....totaled 6 adults and 10 kids ranging from 1 to 13 and wanna hear the crazy thing? We actually had a quiet, delicious, grown up dinner complete with great conversation. How is this possible you may ask? Because we have great friends with great kids! The laughter coming from the basement was pretty great too:)

So, wow I guess it was a busy week! I'm exhausted and sick of painting! And more than anything I am so grateful for wonderful friends.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Memories

I've spent lots of time recently going through several boxes of my moms. They're mostly filled with years of photos and letters... I told her that I would organize them, and make sure all of us kids had some of the photos, but I've only been able to go through them little by little. It's a bit overwhelming.

There are so many incredible memories in these boxes.

Last night I came across this photo that absolutely drew me in and took me back...to what life was.




Sitting in that living room, my dad and uncle were most certainly at the piano singing, my mom (doesn't she look so beautiful?) sitting on that plaid little couch, her glass of pepsi sitting on the coffee table, the ice melting while she visited with my grandmothers.

I miss it. Home. Her. That ugly owl on the wall. I miss it all.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthdays Birthdays everywhere!

Emma is 6 today!







...well, actually while we were in Ethiopia her Birth Family informed us of her actual birthdate, so really she's been 6 for awhile, but as far as she knows today, March 14th is her birthday. We always knew the date was just an estimate...and now that she knows it as her birthday, really it's just not something we want to mess with. (at this moment)

Anyway, in preparation for her birthday post, I looked back to see what I posted last year for her birthday (so I didn't use the same photos) and I was so sad to see I didn't even mention it. My baby turned 5 and I didn't' even mention it.

We had JUST gotten back from Ethiopia.

Life was crazy.

We didn't really do much to celebrate her birthday last year because of all the crazy. And she was surprisingly ok with that. We had a pinatta, a few cousins, I think Jodie and her kids...and of course cake, Emma loves cake. Looking back, I think Emma was just so happy to have us home. To have Will home.


Well this year we decided turning 6 was a big deal. Emma deserved a party, so she had her first big friend birthday party!

Seriously it was so amazing! I don't want to post pictures because I don't know if the parents would like that, but just picture one happy little Emma smiling ear to ear with all her friends around her. Beautiful. I told her she was glowing, she smiled a huge smile and said "and I'm sparkling too!"

It was so great to see her with her friends. To see how much they all adore her and to see how sweet she is to each of them. I was blown away by her incredible behavior....(we've been having some major issues lately, that I can't talk about now of course because birthday posts are simply meant for gushing )

My sweet, sweet baby.

I do love her so.



And I am so proud of her.

Emma is crazy smart. She is reading at a 2nd grade level! (hello, she's in kindergarten!) She loves to ask questions...like deep, deep, meaning of life type questions. She's always got something swirling around in her little brain. She is very guarded with her feelings but once she lets you in, it's like she lets you in on the best kept secret. She is sweeter than sweet. But is also very strong, passionate and determined. She's not afraid to stick up for herself or for anyone else. I love that about her. She has grown and changed so much over the past year. Really becoming a thoughtful and responsible little girl. She is also very silly and loves to play especially with dinosaurs. She loves Will more than anything in the whole world! She absolutely lights up when she tells people that her baby brother is from Ethiopia just like her...

Emma is star of the week at school this week. She asked me if I could come in to talk to her class about Ethiopia, "because you were just there and I can't remember because I was only a baby." I gladly said yes. She's been helping me pick out pictures to share which has given us a great opportunity to really talk about Ethiopia and about being adopted. I love the pride that she feels for Ethiopia. I hope that is something that always remains a part of her. She has already talked about wanting to go someday when she "gets like 13" (her version of when she's older). I can't wait to make that trip with her.









I know I'm biased because I'm her mom, but seriously have you ever seen a more gorgeous 6 year old???

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hair Today Gone tomorrow!




Actually it was gone last week, just haven't had a chance to get to the pictures!

I was really really trying to get Will's hair to loc. For a few different reasons 1) I REALLY love the look of locs, and 2) I REALLY didn't want to cut his hair--I was dreading it in fact. I don't know why but I started to get all emotional whenever I even thought about cutting it... Like I was cutting away a tie to his heritage or something... I'm sure that sounds crazy, and it probably is, but that's me.

So Will was totally rocking the locs... He looked so sweet you could just eat him up!







Unfortunately or fortunately, depending at how you look at it I guess, Will has very soft textured hair.... B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L curls that take a REALLY long time and lots of effort to actually loc. I gave a good effort, really I tried...but considering that I have time to shower myself, only about every third day, and I have four other children's hair to have "done" everyday, finding time to twist and re twist Will's hair (never mind the challenge of getting him to sit still long enough to twisty twist twist) well the time just wasn't there.

Sooooooo....we said goodbye to the locs, washed and combed out his hair




Then a little snip snip.

And....






How stinking cute is he???? I can't even stand it! His curls are even curlier and his hair feels even softer! Plus I don't have to chase him around the house while twisting! The only problem is that he now looks like a full fledged toddler. sigh.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Year


One year ago from today Jud and I were in Ethiopia, meeting our son. Here's what I wrote about our first meeting while we were in Ethiopia. Part of me can't believe it's already been a year and the other part can't believe there was ever a time where Will was not in our family!

I love, love, love, this boy!



I never really shared many of our pictures from Ethiopia...life got a little difficult. I guess the one year mark is a good time to share, no?