Monday, September 27, 2010


Etta Jane is loving her brothers. And they adore her. She thinks they are hilarious (most of the time). She is completely entertained by them. We wondered if she would be able to keep up with them. Little did we know. She is a spitfire. This girl has some sass and spunk and smarts that will take her far (and probably cause some sleepless nights when she's older!).

(a glimpse into their personalities :-)

I was thinking about how the boys have helped with her adjustment. I think having older siblings has had a huge impact on how well she's transitioned into our family. It's helped her to feel more secure and confident.

Yes....our little girl shines bright!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Loving the Hair

Etta's hair is growing a bit longer so we are starting to have some fun with it. Abra, our incredible nanny two days a week when I work, is a pro at the hair styles. She's been teaching me to do the baby puffs. I don't do mine nearly as tight as when she does it but I'm learning!

I still have not attempted to do the whole head!

And when all else fails, a little flower can do wonders!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Enkutatash - Pictures!

Happy New Year! Today marks the 2003 Ethiopian New Year! We are so lucky to have been able to share it with our wonderful Ethiopian friends. They invited us over to enjoy injera, doro wot, as well as other traditional dishes, good music, and the Ethiopian coffee ceremony. They had a gathering of people so it was great to meet new friends as well. All wonderful company.

Here she is in her traditional dress

Our friends - Addis, Messi & Senait

Our friends had not seen Etagegn since we first brought her home and couldn't believe how much she's grown and changed in such a short time. I feel so fortunate to have them in our lives.

Tonight ended with Etta saying "Iyavoo" while rocking her to sleep. What a good night it was!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Excitement and Tears

Spence started Kindergarten this week. How did the time go by so quickly? It's been an emotional week...many tears shed (by both of us). He has had a tough time leaving me and going on the bus, but then as soon as he gets to school he's good and is having a great time. And I act my behind off to keep it together until he's on his way!

I'm so proud of him and am excited at what this new stage will bring for him. He's growing up. It's hard, but all good.

More transition this week.. Blake starts preschool. He's ready. He's been ready and I know it will be a much easier transition for him and me.