This morning, Essie was having one of her many bathroom experiences so I opened the window for some fresh air. Chloe says (with relief in her voice) "Thank you, Mommy."
Once everyone was done in the bathroom, Essie runs down the hallway yelling, "Come on JuJu!" JuJu is Chloe's Ethiopian nickname. I love how the girls mix English and Gumuz. I think Chloe will always be JuJu to Essie and I think that's adorable. Chloe now calls Essie by her English name all the time but she still yells at her in Gumuz, which is not quite as cute.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
On Saturday afternoon we went over to our pastor's house to pet his bunnies. Surprisingly, the girls were not really into the bunnies. But they loved the sheep:
After our play date, we had our first experience in the Asbury College cafeteria. It was a little overwhelming for the girls, but they did enjoy their first ice cream cones.
On Friday, some of the families from our adoption support group got together for a play date. We had kids from China, Albania, and Ethiopia. We even had a set of twin boys from Kenya visiting. It was so fun to have so many kids from around the world in one place. For all those who want to know if the girls were interested in another set of twins, the answer is...not really. They were more confused why they were speaking Swahili with their parents. They did love the fact that they had toy school buses.
Friday, April 24, 2009
We had a fun day on Thursday, playing with the Maas family. They only live about 10 minutes from us and have WAY more fun toys outside than we do. They also have 5 children (2 bios, 1 born in China & 2 born in Ethiopia).
Chloe, our daredevil, going down head first
I love this picture of Gabriel and Essie laughing at each other
Chloe, Ethan & Gabriel
Monday, April 20, 2009
Our girls LOVE going to storytime at the library. Last week after we got home from storytime, the girls were playing while I (Amy) was getting lunch ready. I peeked into the living room when I realized they were playing "storytime." (Sorry its a bit blurry, Essie was really into telling the story.) Of course she was telling it in Gumuz, but the concept of storytime was defiinitly there. She did keep saying "sit down" in English. Apparently I said that to her a lot that day. It was cute.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Today we went down to Grandma & Grandpa's house for a couple of hours on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. The highlight of the trip was "helping" Grandpa mow the lawn...
Monday, April 13, 2009
What a weekend we had! Grandpa & Grandma Neild and Aunt Buffy (Matt's sister) came in to visit with the girls. We had lots of fun and both girls actually slept through the night last night, probably because they were totally exhausted. (PTL!)
Essie with Grandma Neild
Grandpa makes a great horse for Chloe
Essie & Chloe
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sorry its taken me so long to post photos from our play date on Thursday with Ellie (adopted from Albania) and John (adopted from Taiwan). We've had a couple of fun filled days with Grandma and Grandpa Neild and Aunt Buffy in town for the holiday weekend (more photos to come). The girls really enjoyed playing with all of Ellie's toys (especially the trampoline). I'm not sure how much they actually played with Ellie or John, but it was good for all 4 to be around other kids. We hope to do this much more often.