Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Story Telling

G expressed a slight interest in books the other day...

So, we experienced our first story time at the public library. Big thanks to Joanna for the suggestion!

Luckily it's only 30 minutes for this age group, which is perfect because at precisely the 22 minute mark the melt downs began spreading around the room. I so enjoyed today with Gadisa. Granted, he only napped for 40 minutes total today when he usually naps for 3 hours. I have no idea how he kept going all day, but we had a great time together today. Being out and about, getting cooed over by college girls, staying out much later than normal then getting slap happy because he was so delirious from exhaustion. And the laundry that I do on Wednesdays each week...sits next to the washer unfinished. I wouldn't have it any other way!

I wrote his name on his name tag at story time and it got me thinking about his name. Having a birth name and a name we have given him is really confusing. He's always been Gadisa to us since he was referred, but I absolutely love the name Oliver. It's such a strong, classic, beautiful name and I want to use it more. Do I introduce him as Gadisa or as Oliver? I have done both and then have to go into the whole "Well, his full name is Oliver Gadisa Lyric...Gadisa is his Ethiopian name"...and that whole deal. I feared this would happen with naming him. I suppose it will just be one of those things we get used to, but will always confuse everyone else. Still, I think I will use Oliver more so he becomes accustomed to both. Sorry, G...that's what happens when you have an indecisive mama. Poor kid!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Behind our house lies a field that we've adopted as our own.
A little bit of country nestled in the middle of town.
Evening walks.
Silly, happy dogs.
Sunsets over the trees.
Quietness hidden from most.
Coyotes howl and sometimes their young ones cry into the night.
Late summer sunflowers.
Fall morning dew.
A little bit of serenity in only a few steps.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I've got new photos to post. G is getting hard to take photos of because he's so squirmy and all over the place. He's crawling and getting very fast. Even more exciting, he's dancing! He busts a move all the time. He has quite the little moves too I must say. He is getting a great sense of humor and we are full of giggles making faces at each other and funny noises. He especially thinks it's hilarious to laugh at mom when she jumps up to get things. I mean a full belly moving laugh. And trust me when you're 5'0 tall there is a LOT of jumping to do. :)

A crisp, cool morning of porch and coffee time. A hoodie and some socks...what more could you ask for?
I think he loves the new floors and so does his mama! And look at that hair! It's growing so fast.

One of my favorite moments with my son is when he falls asleep in the sling. He is so angelic and precious and I savor these moments forever. Sometimes I just let him sleep here for awhile before I lay him down. I wonder if I can fit him in here when he's 10?

We were making faces at each other during breakfast one morning. Look at that face! I love it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What have we gotten ourselves into?

So, after many years of longing for beautiful wood floors our time has come to have them installed. I am so excited and can't wait to see them! However, I am not excited about this:

This is what our house looks like right now. The installers came on Tuesday and told us that because of the rain that morning that the install wouldn't be able to be done that day. Something about the wood material and the moisture in the air. They asked "The store told you there would be a possiblity of this, right?" Um...NO! So, we have this situation until Sunday. No furniture to sit on and no floor for Gadisa to play and crawl on in our main living areas. So we are spending much of our time on the front porch and adventuring out throughout town. We spent the majority of the time while the installers were pulling up the carpet looking at each other with that look of "What have we gotten ourselves into!" Oh well, I'm sure it will be worth it when the project is done. Thank god the weather has cooled off a little so we can venture out for walks. Come on Sunday...get here soon!