Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Now I'm not a super girly girl but I have to admit, girl clothes are fun! Aliyah loves getting dressed and loves her headbands, hair clips, bracelets, shoes and all of that.
In case you are wondering about the bandaids, she has a skin condition called mollescums which is basically a pox virus. They are slowly clearing up and luckily she hasn't developed many new ones. Eventually they pop (lovely, I know) and when they do we cover them with a bandaid to try to keep them from spreading.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The celebration started with a family party to celebrate the three December birthdays in our family. I was assigned dessert and my baker extraordinaire friend recommended a great website that gave fun cupcake decorating tips. The final product was red velvet cupcakes with jelly belly decorations. Thanks for the tip Meg!
The December birthdays. Noah (4), Jordan (12), and Grandpa John.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Two of my girlfriends and their two beautiful daughters came over to meet Aliyah last weekend (she is starting to respond to Aliyah as well as Meseret so we are slowing changing to Aliyah). And while you can't tell from this picture, they had fun playing together! These three girls are only about five months apart in age so hopefully this is the first of many play dates.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Mezi's crib from age 3-15 months.
This is my favorite picture. The kids saw some books in our backpack and had so much fun reading them. I taught them the names of the animals in the books and they were so proud when I could point to one and they remembered the word. I may have also made a few animal noises :)
I look at this picture and there is so much emotion in this moment as we were leaving. We all went to lunch afterward before the long drive home and we practically ate in silence. I think we were all numb from emotions of the day and the whole experience. It was a day we will never forget and we are so thankful for the opportunity to see Mezi's orphanage.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
However, in the interest of full disclosure, Noah then proceeded to bicker with the brother he is so thankful for throughout the rest of the evening. So while it's not hugs and kisses and kum bay ya 24/7 at Casa Houston, we are all thankful for each other and especially to have Aliyah Meseret at home.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Ethiopia has a very high unemployment rate so it's not uncommon to see large groups of people sitting in public areas passing the time.
The traditional coffee ceremony where they roast the beans. It smells SOOO good!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Mezi did great on the flight but it was still oh so looong. 18 hours flying time plus a five hour layover in Frankfurt makes for a very tired travel group. Our dear friend Kate was so kind to take time out from a get together at her home to come pick us up at the airport.
This was the first morning home and the boys were arguing over who got to have Mezi on their lap. She took to the boys right away and follows them all over the house. I think having older kids is really helping her transition because after all, she is used to having lots of other children around all the time. Our goal was to just keep Mezi at home this week while the boys stay in their normal routine. However, this morning it was obvious that she wanted to go with them when they left for school as she put her shoes on while they put on theirs so she may start going with them for drop offs and pick ups sooner than we anticipated.
It amazes us with how quickly she is adapting, it's hard to believe we've only been home a few days! However, for every typical toddler moment like this we have, she also has times were she is obviously scared or confused. She likes Pete and is getting more comfortable with him but when she is really tired or scared she wants me.
She also very quickly learned the game of dropping things for mom and dad to pick up. Right now we are doing our very best to spoil her. A big part of this is establishing trust that we will meet her needs. Nick really seems to get this and tries to find toys to play with her and ways to make her smile. Noah is taking a little longer to adjust to his new big brother role which is understandable since he is no longer the youngest. For now we are just so thankful to be home and how well our daughter is adjusting to her family and home. If you had told us this summer that we would have her home before Thanksgiving we wouldn't have believed it. It's not hard to guess what we are thankful for this year :)
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Mesi came home yesterday. I taught her how to say ball. She is a good little sister and I like to play with her. She is eating a lot. I like having a little sister. She also like lollipops and bread. She likes to play with balls and cars and bracelets.
More to come from mom later...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
It's crazy to think that two weeks ago we were in Ethiopia and that life at home just continues without missing a beat. That means soccer practices, games, homework and of course Halloween. The boys weren't trying for a theme but Noah did get a kick out of saying that he was Nick's father. And I just happened to have a Princess Leah outfit from last year so I joined in the family act.
As much as we are consumed in the day to day routine at home, we are eagerly counting down the days until we can return to Ethiopia and bring our daughter home. We got a very unexpected surprise that our paperwork went through faster than originally thought which meant we could return even sooner! For anyone who has been following this process (which is coming up on three years), delays have been more the norm for us so we were thrilled! The last few days we have been running around buying all of the things that we want to take on the second trip with us. Another adoptive mom had recommended a back child carrier to help with bonding so Pete went and got one this weekend. The carrier can support up to 40 pounds so our very own 40 pounder was willing to help try it out. Noah thought it was hilarous and Nick was wishing he were a few pounds lighter so he could have tried it as well.