Archive for May, 2007

So, four-year old like jokes.  Four-year old kind of jokes.  Jokes that I don’t find funny (especially when they are repeated endlessly).  Pretend to laugh, and it only encourages him.  It’s best when he can get Lily going, because the two of them are an award-winning comedy duo (in Kindergarten standards).

Yesterday I had this conversation with Dawit:

Dawit:  Why did the chicken cross the road?

Me:  Why?

Dawit:  To get to your head!  (gales of squealing laughter)

Me:  Ugh.

Dawit:  Am I deadding you, Mommy?


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Memorial Day Song

Lily’s school had a nice flag-raising ceremony today in honor of Memorial Day.  Each grade participated:  Kindergarten sang a song.  John attended, but I was at work, so Lily offered to sing for me this afternoon.  Here is her 6-year interpretation of the some of the song.  Imagine, if you will, the hand gestures as this is sung with wild enthusiasm and only slightly off-key:
Proud To Be An American

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you in December  still today. (and defend her)
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Texsee. (Tennesse)
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to Ballet. (LA)
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

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Self Control

Just before bedtime, the kids were waiting for their book as John and I attempted to have a conversation. I said to both kids:

Please exercise some self-control and don’t interupt us. We’re almost done.

We finish our thoughts about job possibilities for the coming year during the next few minutes as the kids are fidgeting around. Dawit has his hands on his hips, twisting back and forth. Lily is rolling around on the bed, her long limbs flopping. Dawit starts jumping-jacks, and quietly invites Lily to join him. Lily says:

Mommy, how much longer do we have to exercise?

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Lily, in yet another effort to stay up past bedtime, offered to tell me a story.  I requested a short story.

Lil:  Well, do you want to hear a story about the planet that Unicorn Girl came from, or a story about Shrek, or a story about the turning spell…

Me:  Lily….just tell the story.

Lil:  Mommy!  I’m just telling you the table of contents!

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We attended an amazing performance tonight by the African Children’s Choir.  (If you’re an American Idol fan, you saw the very same kids sing with Josh Groban on the benefit night)  The children come from several countries in Africa and tour the world for almost a year.  The organization trains them, tutors them, and continues to sponsor them upon their return to their native countries.  They pay for college tuition!   Can you imagine the potential impact they could have on their countries? The main objective is to raise awareness about the orphan crisis in Africa.  AIDS, famine and war have left millions of children without families.   In Ethiopia alone there are 5 million orphans.

These children are amazing.  They understand the opportunity they have in this choir, and act as ambassadors for all of the orphaned children in Africa.  They are gorgeous, hard-working, and awe-inspiring.

We had a chance to say hello to some of the children, and Dawit was shy.  Lily explained to several of the girls (who all spoke English) that we have family in Africa, and maybe someday she could join the choir.  Each and every girl hugged us as we came into the room.  

I just love the fact that Lily understands that we have family in Ethiopia.  And Dawit’s life so far has been so remarkable, that he thinks that his experiences are normal.  This week he saw photos of his family in Ethiopia and met a whole group of orphans from Uganda and Rwanda. And kindergarten orientation is next week.  Nothing boring about it.

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Ethiopian connection…

New-mom-to-two-toddlers, Erin, is home from Ethiopia with her sons.

What an experience it is to meet your children for the first time.  In Africa, on top of that.  Oh yeah, and then meet their first family.  Add to it the 22-hour plane ride home, and it makes for quite  an initiation into parenthood.

While in Addis Ababa, Erin took the time to go meet Dawit’s father and deliver a package to him.  I am so grateful to her.

It is amazing to me that I have adopted a boy from Ethiopia, and someone I *know* has now met his father.  And she was able to describe the father’s reactions as he looked through the package.  She took photos.   What a gift.

This little blogworld is amazing.

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