Monday, July 28, 2008

What a Weekend!

First, I want to thank all of you who have passed on your well-wishes and congratulations to our big news, whether on the blog, in email or in person. We are very excited about our new addition, but our joy is exponentially increased by your excitment for us!!! Thank you for all your support! It is nice to know not everyone thinks we are crazy. ;)

I just wanted to take a minute to share about our great weekend. Saturday we had a pool party with other families that have adopted/are adopting from Ethiopia. Many of the same people we camped with, but also some new faces. Although the vast majority were from our neck of the woods, there were a few folks that drove quite a ways to come - which was great!

Now that we have this local support group to share experiences with (and yes, to enjoy each other's company), I'm realizing just how much I need that! There are so many things about adoption and the post-adoption adjustment that can't be understood by those who haven't been-there-done-that. It is just so nice to know we aren't alone and that, generally, we seem to be on the right track with our parenting! We're also lucky that this particular group just happens to be full of some great people too. People I might not have otherwise met or befriended, but those that I enjoy chatting with, even if you take out the adoption component. =)

Back to the party generally - the 3 oldest kids LOVED LOVED LOVED the water.

Grace was in the pool nearly all day. Her swimming is really coming along. She was able to hold her own in the deep end just fine and had lots of fun w/ the water slide! (seriously, who wouldn't?). Unfortunately, she also came home sporting a bit of a sunburn. She was so upset about it that night ("mom, I have 2 parties tomorrow and I look ridiculous!"). She could not understand why Abi and Hana didn't get burned too. Aside from the fact they weren't in the sun as much, I tried to explain the melanin difference in their skin and why it is there biologically, etc. She wasn't getting it. Ah well. ;) fortunately, a little aloe and the burn was much better. So she'll survive.

Abenezer and Hana did great swimming too! I was a little nervous at first - they haven't been swimming THAT much. And Abi in particular is fearless - even when he shouldn't be! So we kept a close eye. But by mid-afternoon, they were swimming everywhere with the assistance of arm "swimees" just fine! They both even got to try out the water slide themselves. Big hit, especially with Abi. Hana really seemed to have a good time socially. Making new friends and playing with the other kids. There were several other 5 year olds, which Hana declared were all her friends b/c they were 5 (even though I'm not sure she even played with most of them!). Abi continues to be a bit of a loner, but he's doing better. The pool loosened him up a bit and he was interacting a lot. Nice to see.

Ally continues her "I-don't-like-the-beach-or-swimming" theme of the summer. However, by mid to late afternoon she wanted in the pool too. Which was a bit exhausting. If you've ever been within 10 feet of this child, you'll see how fiercely independent she is. So, once she decided to swim, she wanted to float around on a tube by herself, absoltely no assistance. Nevermind that she couldn't hold on to the tube... Oh, and she also thought the slide looked fun and was determined to try it out. Even though it was HUGE and definitely not meant for a 2 year old! All in all, she did great (especially given she didn't nap!)

Okay, better wrap this up. Yesterday everyone was pretty tired and a bit crabby. Grace had a birthday party and we all went to a going-away party for our neighbors who are moving. Otherwise, we mainly vegged out. Nothing too crazy.

The weekend just went so quickly! Better get back to work now. I'll get some photos up soon, promise!


Mindy said...

It was super fun to meet your family in person, after reading up on all your updates! Glad that the kids had a good time...Nate said that Hana was one of his little playmates in the water and he loved it. :) We hope to see you again at the next gathering!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I came across your blog on the AAI website.
First of all let me say that your family is beautiful!!! And, secondly, your daughter is quite the poet! Get ready to have her published!
My family is seriously considering adopting a toddler from Ethiopia. We have a 7yr old daughter and want another daughter, but are unsure about the age. I would love to be able to speak with you about your experience with both AAI and your children (if you have the time). Please email me at
Thank you so much!