Life in the Bend

I’m So Far Behind…
February 2, 2013, 10:33 pm
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Have I really let two months go by since I last posted to this blog? The blog that is my only form of baby book for any of the kids? I guess I really have been a little bit busy. My apologies to Facebook friends and Instagram followers who will surely recognize all the photos above. My real camera lies dusty on a shelf and I’m hurting for new original pictures to post.

Imagine I blogged all about Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and a handful of birthdays. We gave Atticus and Norah Razor scooters and Tegegn and Tiruye received balance bikes. To combat the craziness that comes from being cooped up inside during the winter, we’re letting them use their vehicles in the house. It’s been a very popular decision, but visitors enter at their own peril. This is a heavy traffic zone.

Completely unrelated to his beloved bicycle, Tegegn tumbled off the couch and bonked his head on the coffee table and needed three stitches a couple of weeks ago. I thought the emergency room doctor was being exceedingly tolerant searching up and down the arm Tegegn presented to him seeking the boo-boo, and then, after several minutes of looking, the doctor realized that the chart had indicated that the wound was on Tegegn’s eyebrow NOT elbow. It wasn’t the most confidence-inducing moment I’ve experienced in the ER – especially since Tegegn’s forehead was caked in blood –  but the stitches came out with hardly a scar, so the doctor must have done a good job after all.

The big kids are losing teeth at an alarming rate. Norah has declared that she is going to be a tooth fairy when she grows up.

The little kids were not at all pleased by snow when it first fell. Tegegn stuck his finger in it, pulled it out, and exclaimed, “Mama, YUCK!” Tiruye hated how the snow stuck to her mittens and made them dirty. Both kiddos insisted on being carried outside for the first few days. They’ve adjusted, however, and now enjoy the twenty minute process of getting bundled up so that they can wander around in the snow for five minutes and then come inside to have hot chocolate.

Life is very busy and loud. Too busy and too loud sometimes. However, there are so many moments every day that melt my heart and make me grateful to be raising the family we have. The sibling dynamic that has developed between all four children is remarkable to see. For the first few months after they got home, Tiruye was not at all keen on her older brother and sister. Now she routinely follows them around and requests that they help her with tasks like getting dressed. All four of them are generally very good about playing together and the love they have for each other is evident. I can’t adequately express how happy that makes me. They are a very good crew and we are very lucky parents.


I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For
November 19, 2012, 8:57 pm
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Last year at this time Tegegn and Tiruye were still in an orphanage and we didn’t know when they would be able to come home. We had recently been assigned a court date and were thrilled to be able to anticipate meeting them for the first time, but we were also watching other families navigate the immigration process and were terrified of how long that journey might take us. After four months without any new pictures of our babies, we were thrilled to receive some. Looking at those photos tonight, I had to pause for a good sniffle and a chance to go upstairs and watch my little ones sleep.

Tegegn, I promise you that we will do our best to make sure you are always in an environment where you can thrive and be the jolly little person you really are. Your face in the pictures above and the memory of the nannies at the orphanage telling us you just preferred to play quietly by yourself make my heart want to break into a million tiny pieces. You are resilient and strong and one of the sweetest little guys ever. You are so loved and we are so, so thankful to have you in our family.

Tiruye, in our family you will always have an appreciative audience for your sparkle. You charmed the pants off of all of us from the moment we met you and we adore your strong will and devilish sense of merriment. The journey to bring you and your brother home was one of the most challenging and painful of my life, but you two were worth it.

November 19, 2012, 8:08 pm
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We’re Still Here
October 29, 2012, 7:08 pm
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As you can see from the photo dump above, we’re still alive, well, and busy. Most of my thoughts these days just feel more Facebook-sized than material enough for a full blog post. I tie the kitchen chairs to the table to prevent them from being dragged around the house as accessories to mayhem and I bemoan playdates gone wrong. I post adorable pictures of my kids. I bite my tongue and prevent myself from posting too many political things because even though I’m pretty sure I’m right and everyone who intends to vote for the other candidates is wrong, I’m pretty sure they feel the same way about me and have no intention of changing their minds. And so it goes.

Meanwhile, we’ve been occupying our lives with plenty of fall-themed activities: corn mazes, corn boxes, playing in leaves, and choosing pumpkins have all been hits. The bambinos are all thriving. Atticus loves being in kindergarten, though he does get quite tired by the end of the day. Norah is taking a dance class this semester and loves it. Tegegn is smiley and is generally the most easy-going kid we’ve had. Tiruye continues to be into everything, but makes up for it by being the sweetest little girl. Seriously though, the child is into everything. If Tegegn wanders out of the room for two minutes, I will usually find him with his older siblings or pushing cars along the floor. If Tiruye leave the room and is quiet, you can be assured that she’s gotten into my makeup bag and is dumping my new bottle of foundation over her hair (true story). When you discover her, she grins and sometimes blows kisses. I thought Atticus and Norah created a lot of mischief at that age, but Tiruye takes it to a whole new level. With that said, oh, how we love our little newbies. Knowing that they’re most likely going to be our last additions, I often want to freeze time and savor the cuddles, chubby cheeks, and general sweetness. For full disclosure, I’m also a mom of four kids five and under, so I also often want to hit fast forward to a time when everyone’s needs are just a little less urgent and the kiddos are more independent. Why can’t life be like a DVD that can be repeated, rewound, and fast forwarded at will?

October 14, 2012, 9:56 am
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October 14, 2012, 9:52 am
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“Doing the dishes, complete with goggles”

September 30, 2012, 7:20 pm
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If only it were possible to bottle the essence of autumn and apple picking. I think it’s my favorite time of the year. It’s become a tradition to spend an afternoon picking with the Peep-Eye family and I love looking at the photos of our gorgeous kiddos as they grow up (click here for photos from 2011, 2010, and  2009).