Our dear friend Alyssa has a professional photography business and was so kind to take our first family photos. You can head over to her blog at www.alyssaannephotography.blogspot.com for a sneak peak of our pictures. We are so grateful to you Alyssa for these precious photos! Thank you!
Monthly Archives: April 2009
Tigist during school today announced that her named should be spelled with an E because they are very Kohnjo (beautiful). Now can you all understand why I might forsee some homeschooling difficulties with this beloved daughter of mine??!?! Seriously, she’s such a free thinker I’m not sure what this analytical, formula tracting mom is going to do!
Our church organized a free soccer clinic for the next 8 weeks and kids 4-7 can come out for soccer drills and scrimmages. It was so much fun and I think Fikadu and Tigist enjoyed it. Fikadu definitely more so then Tigist, but we think Tigist’s main job for the morning was simply to be the cutest looking soccer player, sporting the best hot pink soccer socks of all time. A job she succeeded at in the fullest. Fikadu went to win and show off his prior Ethiopian futbol experience, he had some pretty awesome soccer clothes too thanks to Aunt Rachel.
Fikadu turned 7 on Saturday. Wooo, somehow 7 seems so very much older then 6 and he even looks older then 3 months ago. Of course he has grown almost an entire inch and gained a couple pounds, but can I really be the mom of a 7 year old??? I’m so lucky, I’ll get to brag that when he graduates high school I’ll still be in my 30’s. =)
Fikadu has been counting down the days since Joshua’s bday when he figured out what a party was. He picked pizza for his birthday meal and we surprised him by doing the party Friday night instead of Saturday. Joshua took him out for a walk after work and my sister Rachel, Tigist, and I went to work turning our dining room into party central. Here’s some video and pictures from our celebration. I think he genuinely felt loved, and Tigist did great even with all the attention on Fikadu. We tried to make it more of a family celebration, and most of the gifts were soccer themed since both kids started soccer on Saturday. We wrapped up soccer stuff for Tigist too and Grammy and Grampy and Aunt Rachel had little gifts for Tigist as well. Fun was truly had by all!!!
Easter was always a fun family holiday at our house growing up. I love the tradition and fond memories associated with this holiday from my childhood. A few years that stand out in particular are an Easter we spent with my cousins the Tarbox family. Our tradition was for the parents Easter Bunny to hide baskets for the kids to find full of goodies in the morning. This Easter spent with the Tarbox’s I was probably 5 or 6 years old (correct me mom if I’m way off). In my goodies I had received an entire pack of watermelon bublicious bubble gum. I remember sitting down behind a chair, unwrapping 3 or 4 pieces and sticking them all in my mouth. My father saw me a few minutes later and asked how many pieces I was chewing to which I replied, “Only one.” Knowing of course that I was only allowed one. Can’t quite remember what my punishment was for all the gum chewing and lying, I just remember it happening. We also had fun Easters when my sister received a rabbit, and another year that we got a baby lamb (real ones). Easter was also always followed up with an egg hunt at grammies and I’m sure we all walked away with more candy then any orthodontists chidren should ever have eaten. The best part though was truly the family time and the shared memories that we all now can enjoy.
This is what we’re tring to create with Fikadu and Tigist. Common family memories and traditions that bind us together and give us a pleasant memorable shared experience. I think we accomplished that this year. With many thanks to Nana Lesa and G & G Blackstone for the wonderful goodies you sent our way. One laughable memory I’ll have is during the day Friday I printed out pictures for F and T to color of Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny. Josh and I hadn’t really planned on sharing about the Easter Bunny,but while we were coloring the kids asked about the bunny with clothes, and why does the bunny have eggs. (Do bunnies lay eggs, mommy?) Hmmm, I hadn’t anticipated these questions so I just shared that there was a story about the Easter Bunny bringing candies and gifts in baskets to children during the night while they were asleep. So obviously they asked if the bunny was coming to our house. Fikadu was very concerned about a large rabbit coming into the house and didnt think it was a good idea, especially if he was sleeping and didn’t get to meet this odd bunny. I tried my best to describe the difference between pretend and real, but that was way to abstract. So I kinda let it go. Well, Saturday morning when they found their baskets, Fikadu’s first words were, “Thank you Daddy, Thank you Mommy! . . . Bunny come? Fikadu sleep?. . . . . THANK YOU BUNNY!!!” Ooops!
Anyhow, here are the photos from our celebrations. . . Enjoy!
Today is Joshua’s birthday and I’m sure he’d love to see a little bday message here since he’s not really into facebook or other social networking sites! Babe – you are an incredible blessing to us all. Thank you! We love you more then we can say.
Yesterday the kids and I painted a Happy Birthday sign and made a family birthday plate. Today daddy had to wait upstairs until breakfast was ready and then got to come down to his “surprise” breakfast! The kids were hilarious, we had to go over and over yesterday that there was no telling daddy, and no showing daddy what we had done in the afternoon. Tigist got it and was all about the surprise, but Fikadu could hardly contain himself! As soon as Josh walked in the door he said, “Daddy, zahray (today) no talking, no looking, ha ha ha, giggle giggle, Fikadu no telling!” Tigist about jumped on him and was like, “Fikadu, ssssshhhhhhhhhh! NO TALKING!” Hilarious! Here’s a few fun photos. . .
Our Fun-filled day finished up with the following activities. Daddy, really wanted to ride the train today for his birthday! (wink wink)
Feeding the Geese . . . err, uhm, or trying to spear it with a stick. “This one yummy mommy? This one food for family?” -Fikadu
Picnic at the park
Riding the train. . . toot toot!
We finished the evening out with homemade Ethiopian food as Daddy’s requested birthday meal
Happy Birthday Joshua . . . We Love You SOOOOOOOOOO Much!