Thursday, December 31, 2009

Many of you know that because of Dawit's cleft lip/palette we had to send special bottles over for him to be able to eat. Remember that he was 5 pounds in June. Since the bottles got there, he has steadily gained about a pound a month and we expect him to be about 13 pounds or so when we get there. Here is a picture of what it looks like. The nipple is long and made so that we can squeeze it, allowing the formula to come down. I am hoping that we will be able to see the nannies feed him once, just to see how it is done.

Well, my pediatrician has been great...helping us get everything together for our trip. He gave us a prescription for ear infections since kids with a cleft typically have ear problems. He even gave us travel packs of formula. Anyway, the bottles can't be purchased at Babies R Us and he found them for me at a local nursing store. I called about them and asked about the cost...$23...FOR ONE BOTTLE!! Augh! Luckily my friend Christina came to the rescue. She was able to get us 10 or so bottles! Thank the Lord! I couldn't imagine spending that much on one bottle. All that said, I have them washed, sanitized, and in the suitcase. Check one more thing off the list!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This Is Only a Test

I am just making sure I know how to email and post to the blog.  Hopefully I will be able to send updates while in Ethiopia!  12 more days!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Our Christmas

We had a great Christmas. The kids really enjoyed seeing all their cousins and playing with their new toys. Unfortunately, James got sick Christmas Eve and missed out on part of Christmas Day festivities. Then, on Saturday Avery came down with it and is still throwing up. YUCK! Here are some pictures of the holiday...
The girls actually asked for a vacuum. A toy vacuum, I asked? No mom, a real one. Believe it or not, but my kids love to help clean. Dusting and now vacuuming are their specialty. :) So, Santa brought a little vacuum!

Last year the girls and I started a new tradition. We make a birthday cake for Jesus! The girls love to stir the batter and spread the icing. As you can tell, adding the sprinkles is their favorite part. :)

It was fun watching the girls open their gifts. Avery was really excited about each one. (must be the age) Once, she unwrapped a small Kohl's box and said in the sweetest voice,"'s a box!" Too Cute!

Dawit got a few gifts too. Christina got him a few cute outfits.

Kory got him this ornament.

I was really excited to see his name on a tag. :) (I forgot to take a picture of the cute outfits though.)

We had a fun few days. We hope you did too. Now, if we can get healthy, things would be better. (Maybe this is why our trip got pushed back) Speaking of our trip...13 days until we leave!! YEAH! Our friends the Gibson's are traveling this week. As I type this they probably already have their arms around Bennett!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


It never even crossed my mind until last week that I had not sent Christmas cards. Saturday, our dear friends, Brandi and Aaron came over and took some pictures of Lindsay's family and I stuck my girls in the middle of the madness. When I got the cd of pictures Sunday night, I thought "great, now I can send Christmas cards out" HELLO, BRITTNEY, CHRISTMAS IS IN 3 DAYS! So, sorry to say, I won't be sending cards out this year. There was no possible way to get them printed, addressed, and mailed before Thursday. Sorry, I am a slacker. We did get some really cute pictures of the girls though and I want to share them.

I brought a plate of cookies someone made me and put them on a Santa plate. Brandi thought that would make a cute picture. Well, I knew all the cookies had milk in them, but I thought mom would have an Oreo for Avery....she didn't. Look how sad Avery looks!!

Reese on the other hand was very happy I brought cookies. This was just about the only time she sat still and looked at the camera. :)


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dawit's ornament is here

Friday I received Dawit's ornament in the mail. Natalie and JT did a great job. We love our ornament!

I wish he were here to celebrate this Christmas with us...what is the next holiday?? Martin Luther King Day, I think. :) Anyway, thanks guys for the ornament! I was excited to hear from someone at church today that they saw my post and ordered two!

Grandma got Baptized!!

Today was a special day at church. We got to celebrate the birth of Christ and during the service James' Grandma got baptized! We are so excited. Several family members came to celebrate with us, so it was a great day.

I told her she looked nervous...she said the water was really cold. I guess they forgot to turn on the heater! :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Travel Plans

Lesson Learned....don't buy plane tickets and then change them. It is absolutely ridiculous! We are getting to Dawit one way or another though. We leave January 10 and return with our baby boy on January 20. We are actually staying longer now, which I think we are going to enjoy. Who knows when we will get back there. Now we are enjoying the girls and the upcoming holiday. After that I am sure I will become stressed! We are counting down the days!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


As I journal our adoption, I have to include these two stories....

Last week, as I worked childcare at church, a woman who I have met once before started asking about our adoption. (When we leave and that type of thing) We talked for just a second. After the service, she came back downstairs and told me about her friend who adopted. When this friend went to pick up her child, she made sure she had lots of money in one dollar bills so she could easily tip everyone. Then, this woman who I barley know handed me a check and told me she wants us to be able to do the same thing! I told her thanks, but I couldn't take it. She insisted. I cried, we hugged and I thanked her. She asked my name, as we had met only once before and it was a while back. After she walked away, I looked at the check and it was for $100!! Can you believe that? She didn't even know my name! What a blessing! I was just in awe!

Last week I sent an email out to my coworkers telling them about our upcoming trip. I told them I was going to put a baby bottle in the lounge for orphanage donations. I described our plan to take the orphanage staff out to the market so we can get them exactly what they need. Well, today someone came to me and asked if I was still taking donations. I told her I was. She asked if we still planned to take the staff shopping at the market. Then she said that she had a donation for us and handed me a check. I thanked her and glanced down at the check. Then I did a double take. It was for $200!! What? Are you serious? I was blown away! It was from her and her family. I hugged and thanked her as I cried again!

Thank you doesn't seem big enough for all the help we have gotten throughout this adoption. We have been so surprised and blessed by each one. Many of you know about our plane ticket fiasco and know about how ridiculously high our tickets are. Needless to say, we were not going to be able to spend a lot when we take the staff to the market. Look at how God has provided! We will be able to take them out and get them a lot of the things they need! We can't wait to pass along all these blessings in Ethiopia!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gracie's Dance Recital

Last night Gracie had her first dance recital. She started taking classes in September. She had a fun time last night. She was clingy and shy at first, but once I left and went to my seat she got better. Here are a few pictures taken before the show. (look at that frown!)

Once the show started, she got a bit more excited. It was so cute watching all the kids. The younger ones especially were cute! Some just stood there the entire performance! Here is Gracie's performance. James was trying to zoom in at first and realized that wouldn't work. So, sorry ahead of time for the zooming/focus.

She LOVED being on stage. (can you tell?) She is already asking when the next recital is and if she can wear that dress again. She even got a little medal. :) So for now, dance is her thing. I actually thought about putting her in Hip Hop classes because I thought she would like that style. But, on the way home thought better of it. She told us she didn't like the last dance because of their outfits. (they weren't dresses) It was a hip hop routine and they wore jerseys with pants. I guess that's not girlie enough for our Grace.
Here are our girls hamming it up after the show.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


A new family with Arise is selling ornaments to help fund their adoption. Believe it or not, they have raised almost $2000 dollars in a few short weeks selling almost 400 hand painted ornaments. I just ordered one for Dawit. I can't wait to get it. I will post a picture when I do. Until then, check out her blog where you can view the ornaments and buy one.

Another Cool Blog

Ha! I write that title like you all think my blog is cool!

Kari Gibson has a great blog and she is giving away some neat things for Christmas. You should check it out. The catch...if you win because of my referral, you have to give me one of the Simply Love shirts you win. I really want one! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Disappointing News

Today Susan called to let us know that we will not be leaving as planned on December 26th. MOWA has not yet written the letter needed to start the process of getting his visa. I am totally bummed. She called during class and my kids saw a sight! I bawled. I realize that it is not that big of a deal. I just feel sooo close to him now, pushing back our trip to him just sounded so bad. In the big scheme of things, its not that bad...could be worse, definitely. So, I am over my meltdown, still bummed though, and looking forward to leaving mid January. We are trying to work out the details on changing our flights now. Susan said that looking back we will see God's hand in all this. For whatever reason, we are waiting a little longer.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Packing...or lack of packing...let's call this piling. This is what Dawit's room looks like. I don't even know where to begin! I have lots of little piles that I have convinced myself are organized. :) I guess I will get to it soon. By the way, anybody have a suggestion on the number of diapers I should take?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

African Treasures

Here in Louisville we have a fair trades store, Just Creations, that has merchandise from artists around the world. Last night the store hosted a community night for Arise for Children and part of each sale went toward our agency. My aunt and I went. I had hoped to walk away with some Christmas presents, but I only got a few things for us. There was lots of nice things, they had nativity sets and ornaments made from around the world. Really cute things. But, with us traveling to Ethiopia in a few weeks I decided to wait. I have high hopes in finding some neat things for the house and some gifts while we are there. Here is what I did get...
An angel ornament from Kenya

An ornament from Ghana

A basket from Bangladesh for diapers and wipes.

And I got some organic chapstick from Zambia. (I am a sucker for chapstick)

I saw on Whitney's blog that she did a little countdown ring for her court date. I took that idea (thanks Whitney) and the girls and I made one to count down the days until we leave. Gracie and Avery colored the strips and Gracie even wrote numbers on each of them. When it came to gluing them, she got tired after about 13! So, here it is...our countdown on Dawit's door....23 days!

I can't wait to see this thing getting shorter!

And, since this post is a hodge podge of things, I am going to throw in a picture of our family putting up the tree for Christmas. We didn't put much else up because we leave on the 26th. My aunt is helping us out and taking the tree down while we are gone. Here is James putting the angel on top.

Here is a picture of Gracie with her finished letter to Santa. She told her daddy what she wanted to write and he helped her with spelling. At the end it says, "ps can you bring Dawit a truck?" What a sweetie to think of him!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Arise for Children

Tonight we had our monthly fellowship with families from our adoption agency, Arise for Children. I often think about how blessed we are to have a local agency and know the families that are on this wild journey with us. Tonight was a reminder of how special the staff and families are. After we had a time of fellowship and got updates on everything, we had a time of prayer. As they gathered around James and I to pray over us, I knew I would end up in tears. They said such sweet things. Praying for our family, the girls while we are away, safe travel, transition, and (of course) Dawit. I am crying as I type just thinking about it. It was a very special time. Thank You, Thank You for all your prayers. We covet them.

Susan just finished the agency's new website. You should check it out. There is a link on my sidebar. The website has some great pictures that Hollie took while in Ethiopia in the summer. And Susan shared tonight about the China program they are opening.

PS. I did cry.

PSS. 3 1/2 weeks!! And I still have a ton of things to do!

Monday, November 30, 2009


FYI....I absolutely LOVE looking at the ticker to the left that counts down the days to our travel!! I can't wait!! 3 weeks and 5 days!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Travel Tips

My friend who has "been there, done that" directed me to a website that has travel tips and hints for Ethiopian adoptions. It has lots of information. I know several people are planning on traveling soon, and others have upcoming court dates with (hopefully) travel shortly after that. Maybe this will help those of us who no idea what we are doing!! :) Happy packing!

Friday, November 20, 2009

We Interrupt Your Ballgame...

We secured our tickets today for our flight to Ethiopia. As I am thinking about all the little details, James informs me that we will miss the UK/UofL game. (priorities, you know :) We will be landing in Louisville right smack in the middle of the game! I know I am going to have some family and friends wondering why we scheduled that flight! For those of you unfamiliar with this game, I know people who have scheduled their weddings around this's kinda a big deal. I guess we'll see who our real friends are. HeHe. (just kidding)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tentative Travel Dates

Fun Times...our tentative travel plans are to leave on Dec. 26th with our embassy date on the 30th!! Talk about a whirlwind holiday! Now I am off to make some plans with the travel agent. YEAH!!! Dawit, here we come!!

P.S. The Gibson Family passed court! There is a possibility we could even travel the same week. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Isn't that just GREAT news?? Susan called while I was at mom2mom this morning. I was holding my phone and kept staring at it...hoping she would call. When she called I ran out and into another room. The conversation went like this:
Me: Hello
Susan: Hi, it's Susan. (like I didn't know) :)
Me: Yeah...
Susan: How are you?
Me: Good, how are you?
Me thinking:get on with it already!!
Susan: Do you have a suitcase?
Me: YEAH! We passed!! (scream).......

We are soooo excited and rejoicing right now. We should know more about travel specifics in a few days, but right now it looks like 6 weeks. Which would put us right after Christmas. Holding our little boy seems so close now!
We are proud to introduce the newest member of our family...
These first two pictures were taken in June. I love those huge, brown eyes!

Hasn't he grown? This was taken in September.

Here is the video that I love! I love his laugh!

Thank you so much for all your prayers! Our friends the Gibson family have court tomorrow, and we are praying him home too. Baby Bennett is a month younger than Dawit and I know they will be great friends!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Verse of the Day

Most of you know that Wednesday is a very important day in the Armstrong family. We are praying that tomorrow the Ethiopian courts will officially make Dawit an Armstrong! My verse of the day (and tomorrow, and the next day, until we hear something) is Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I will let you know as soon as we hear something....

Monday, November 16, 2009

7 Great Years

So, today is our 7 year wedding anniversary. Without getting too mushy, I just want to say how much I love James! He is such a great hubby and a super dad.
1. I love that he works so hard for our family and I can stay home with the girls.
2. I love that he is a great dad.
3. I love that he watches U of L games with me...and has stopped getting mad when we lose. :)
4. I love that he picks on me when I am in a bad mood and gets me out of my funk.
5. I love that he likes different types of food and we can cook and eat together.
6. I love that on our first date, after he hugged me he gave me a little kiss on the forehead.
7. I love that I get to spend many, many more years with this guy!!

He is such a blessing! I thank God for him daily, but probably don't tell him that nearly enough.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I Am In Love

Today I finally got the video of our little guy that Susan took while in Ethiopia. I can't wait until we pass court next week and I can show you this. (praying we do) Someone is tickeling him and he is squealing...not laughing...squealing! It is hilarious! I can't wait to get my arms around him.

Pray with us that we pass court next week. Pray specifically that all the paperwork is complete and everything is correct. Pray that our MOWA letter is there. Pray for his birthmom, please. She is on my heart so much. She will be there next Wednesday and I am sure it is going to be a tough day for her.

Thanks for your prayers....we feel them.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wonderful Weekend

Well, it is Sunday night and I am pooped! We have had such a busy weekend...but extremely fun. On Friday night, Arise hosted a Prayer and Worship Service to celebrate it's first year of service to the orphan child. James and I started the evening with dinner guessed it...Queen of Sheba. (can we buy stock or something?) Several Arise families joined us. Carla and two of her children actually made the trip from sunny California for the service. She just missed all that we do and wanted to meet everyone on this side of the computer screen. Neat huh? We had a great dinner, everyone liked it!
Here is a picture of the gang.

Afterward we headed to the church for our service. I was so excited to see everyone there. Many families waiting for referrals or court dates, and also families that have brought some real sweeties home. I love seeing all their faces. I think about the next time we all get together...maybe Dawit will be there. Anyway, the service was great and I love that God was given all the Glory. I am so glad that we found a Christian agency right here in town. It is such a blessing! Dawit made the big screen, as he was included in a video they made of the children. The had a short talk by a preacher who brought 2 little boys home and then prayed over all the waiting families. Then it was time for cake, which all the kids were excited about.
Here is Lesley and I. This is Eli's mom, who my kids are totally in love with! When we pass court, she will be the one helping us prepare for travel.

Emily, Donna, and I. All matched with kiddos and waiting.

On Saturday we got up and started working on our portion of the Allen's fundraiser meal. Along with everything else, we chopped 24 lbs. of chicken!! The Doro tips were a huge hit and the fundraiser was a success! Another good day!

Today Carla and her kiddos met us for church. We got to visit one last time before they leave on Tuesday. Then we high tailed it home so I could make another batch of Doro tips to take to our family reunion. James thought it would be a good educational opportunity! :) I am happy to say that I barely brought any home. So if you are counting, yes I ate Ethiopian food 3 days in a row. I think I am good for a while. :) The family reunion was fun, but like I said, I am pooped and ready for bed. (Its 8:30!) I hope you all have a good week!

ps. 10 days until court!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's Fundraiser Time Again!!

This Saturday we have the privilege to help our friends, the Allen's, with their adoption fundraiser. If you are looking for something fun to do or maybe you just want to help a family that is following Gods call to adopt, we would love for you to join us. Here are the details...

Many of you may know that we have been praying about adoption. We feel very strongly that God is leading us down this path and Ethiopia has been where our hearts have been led and where our daughter is. We are now into the process.

In order for us to raise money, we are holding an Open House Chili Supper with an Ethiopian flair! It will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Please feel free to come and go as you please during this time. It will be at the Lake Forest Lodge, which is located at 511 Woodlake Drive, Louisville KY 40245.

To cover the cost of food for the event, a donation of $10 per adult is recommended.

Children are welcome! There will be an adult supervised play area. There will also be hot dogs for them!

A small silent auction will also be held. Checks and cash accepted only.

For those unable to attend, we will also be accepting donations. Checks can be written to Lifesong for Orphans. Please add "Rob & Mandi Allen" to the memo section and mail them to 10714 English Oak Court, Louisville KY 40241. All donations are tax deductible. Please be advised that due to checks being processed by Lifesong for Orphans, it may take a month or two for checks to be deposited by Lifesong for Orphans. If you need a receipt, please let us know.

We thank you in advance for your support financially but we would also covet continued prayers for this journey. We look forward to sharing with you as we follow God's will in adding to our family!

We have enjoyed watching friends go through their adoption journey and look forward to those who may be encouraged by our journey as well.

God bless!
Rob, Mandi & Carissa Allen

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth." Isaiah 43:5-6

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27I

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I Couldn't Help Myself

I have been doing so good at not buying any boy clothing since we 1. aren't sure when Dawit is coming home and 2. we aren't sure how big he will be. But, I caved tonight. I found this cute shirt at Children's Place. I had to get it.

I think we will definitely be doing some celebrating, don't you? I got a 3-6month, which goes up to 15 lbs. That should be good for a while. He wasn't quite 10 lbs a month ago. With that said...he turns 8 months in a few days! (those numbers just don't go together) I just wish he was home so we could celebrate these things with him!

Speaking of him being home, court is that much closer!
Official Countdown:

Which, if we really get technical, there is only 13 days, because it is already tomorrow in Ethiopia! :) Leave it to me to find a way to make it shorter.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

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Before you press play, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and pause the music. Gracie thinks this is hilarious!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Carving and Fall Festival

On Monday my family came over and we carved pumpkins. The girls had a blast playing with the guts. Reese had fun eating them! :) Gross! Tim and I finished ours, but Lindsay's is still down stairs on the table half done. (She chose to do a hard one.) Here are pictures of the girls masterpieces...

And a funny video of Reese... !

Last night we went to the Fall Festival at our church. All the kiddos got to dress up. So I present to you our little orphan Annie's....
Is that cute or what? At first Gracie wouldn't wear the wig, but then everyone kept saying how cute she was. She didn't take it off until the end of the night. You know my girl likes the attention. Avery on the other hand threw hers off immediately!
The girls had a great time jumping in all the bouncies, playing games, and of course getting candy! Here are a few pictures of our friends...
The gangs all here!

Little Reese the ladybug.

Didn't Brandi do a great job? She made that costume!

Anna's big sis was Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz. Isn't she a cute Lollipop Kid?

We had a fun night. After all the sugar though, bedtime was a little hairy.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sold! Gracie

Last night we went on a triple date with Lindsay, Tim, Scott, and Kory to Queen of Sheba. Kory thought we should go there to celebrate! We had a fun night out. Meanwhile, mom and dad took Gracie, Avery and Reese to dinner and to the Fall Festival at mom's school. (what are they going to do when Dawit comes home and Lin has her baby?) Each class at mom's school decorates a pumpkin and they auction them off to raise money. You are probably thinking way....these pumpkins are elaborately decorated into all sorts of characters and bring in lots of money. I wish I had some pictures to show you how much they get into this. So, Gracie got it in her head that she wanted one. I am not sure how it went down, maybe they thought it would be funny to let her bid a few times, so they showed her how to raise her hand and bid. Dad said she wouldn't stop bidding on the princess ballerina pumpkin! (she was bidding against a little boy dad said) $51 dollars later, she got her pumpkin. It was called "Swine Lake" :)

She LOVES it and was soooo excited to show us when she got home. I told her that she needs to write a really sweet thank you letter for that one. It was cute to see her so excited. Thanks mom and dad for letting us go on date night, they girls had a blast!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Susan called this afternoon and we have a court date in Ethiopia on November 18!! We are beyond excited. For those of you that are new to this ET adoption, our power of attorney in ET will go to court for us and the courts will review our paperwork. It is important that all our paperwork is in order and that mom makes the two hour trip. We are ready to get our boy! When we pass court, we usually get an embassy date 6-8 weeks later. In between, we will have to get his visa and he will get a TB test that needs to be negative. A lot still has to come together, but we are that much closer to bringing him home. If all goes well, we are looking at traveling right around Christmas, probably a week or so after.

This is definitely answered prayer!! Thanks to everyone who has said a prayer for us....Keep praying him home!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Got the Pictures!

Today Susan posted some pictures and there were two new photos of Dawit in this bunch. He is growing like a weed! He really looks healthy...still tiny though. It looks as though he got a hair cut, as in shaved. :) We also got two video clips. He is holding his head up great and looks good. I almost cried when Avery watched the video of the baby. When the clip was over Avery waved and said, "Bye Dawit. Bye." I can't wait for the little guy to be home and I know the girls can't either. It was so good to get pictures and video. It is hard having a child on the other side of the world and not know how he is doing. I am still looking forward to the video Susan described where Dawit is laughing. Susan did say that Dawit's paperwork was submitted with the first batch Hope sent once the courts reopened last week and that she hopes to hear something soon. Me too!

Tonight we had our African social with families at church. Since we have so many adoptive families, we decided to do continent socials every quarter. It was lots of fun! Definitely a packed house!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My bad attitude

I hate to say it, but I have had the worst attitude this week. Several things have contributed to my grouchiness. I haven't gotten the pictures or video Susan took in ET yet. And I keep hearing left and right about people with recent referrals getting court dates and I have been waiting four months for a stinkin court date!! The rational part of me is saying, "We expected it to take about a patient!" But it is hard! I know the Lord is in this journey with us for the long haul. He has taken care of Dawit and gone before us in so many situations during this adoption. His fingerprints are all over it. And I praise Him for it! I need to just let go of my plans...Dawit will come home at the perfect time.

And do you want to know the funny thing? Amidst all my grouchiness, a friend from church sent me a really sweet card on Saturday. She said,"God must really be teaching you patience through all this!" :) (that is the funny part.) And she gave me a verse that says...We wait with hope for the Lord, He is our help and our shield. "God will not steer you wrong and you can lean and trust in Him", she said. I do...I just needed a reminder.

Psalm 77:10-12
Then I thought,"To this I will appeal:
the years of the right hand of the Most High."
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.

Habakkuk 2:3
If it seems slow, be patient!
For it will surely take place.
It will not be late by a single day.

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have,
we wait for it patiently.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and
wait patently for Him.

Glad I got that off my chest. Praying for a better attitude this week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our Busy Week

So, we have had a pretty full schedule this week. Let me catch you up on everything....
We put up our fall/ Halloween decorations. Do you like our little scarecrow family? Gracie is the one in the yellow hat, Avery is the other tall one, and Dawit is the little guy! :)

We also helped our grandmother find a new puppy. Cinnamon was very old and had to be put to sleep a few weeks ago. So Friday I picked her up and we looked at lots of pictures of older dogs and of course pups! We ended up driving to Frankfort and picking out a 9 week old female puppy. She is too cute! Grandma is in love!

I finally got the girls Halloween costumes figured out, and they get to be Annie just like they wanted. I found two red dresses at Once Upon a Child. (I only spent $12!!) Avery's doesn't need any work done to it. Gracie's will need a little work. A friend is going to rip off some lace and sew on some ribbon for us. I will show you those pictures when I get the dress back. I can't wait to see how excited Gracie gets!
On Sunday, we celebrated our cousin Riley's birthday. Gracie was sick so I took Avery. She loved it! They had the party at Kazoing! It is a place full of bouncies. All the kids had fun...except Reese...she hated the slide that mean old Auntie B made her go down!

Uncle Alan needed an excuse to go down the slide!

Happy Birthday Riley!

Then, we finally got everything hung in Dawits room. Now all we need is him!

Avery told me today, "Mommy, I want my Dawit." I told her, me too.
Update on that: no news really. I still haven't gotten the pictures or video Susan took a few weeks ago. She has been very sick and in bed. Courts are back to work so hopefully we will hear about a court date soon.