Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bedrooms, Easter and Amharic

Here's a few pictures of some of the improvements we've made around the house. Y and M's room is chocolate and pink. The window treatments will look so cute when they are installed. After 2 1/2 months of waiting, Sage and H's bunk bed finally arrived. Madison's loft bedroom is painted in an adorable combination of guacamole/lime green and chocolate brown. We still have pictures to hang on the wall and odd and ends to finish, but these are a few 'in progress' pics.

Even though it is hard to see in the photo, we extended our kitchen bar to make an "L" shape and added new formica and a tiled backsplash.

Easter was fun but the rain limited our egg hunt to the indoors. We all thought out loud about how much fun Easter would be next year with all the kids together!

Sage took hunting very seriously and borrowed an extra bucket to hold his prizes.

Cousins Sage, Jack, Madison and Grayson

We were excited to find a book and cd titled Amharic for Adoptive Families. Some of you AP's may already have this great little resource. The author, Amy Kendall (an adoptive mom herself), has done a fantastic job of putting together basic phrases and key words in a small spiral book. The audio cd has been so helpful to get the emphasis just right on many of the words and phrases. Amy has books in other languages, too. A portion of the proceeds go to help children who are waiting for forever families.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Madison's Second Hospital Visit

This time it was for an outpatient surgery to remove her kidney stone.  We prayed it would pass on its own, but the urologist said the stone was just too big.  

She was a champ and sailed through surgery and recovery.  We had an excellent nurse, which made the procedure so much better.  Madison is really bummed because she will miss a few track meets until she is released for sports.