Thursday, July 31, 2008

Who are you?

I have been wondering lately - who reads this blog anyway? I am curious and inspired by friends who have done this.

You don't have to comment. Just vote in my poll to the right! >>>>>>>>>>>


EDIT: Ok, so I should have put high school friend too... I didn't really think many of those were out there! Thanks everyone for reading!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Surprised face!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sign of the Times

I mentioned summertime is pretty busy, right? Well, maybe that's an excuse for the following story... maybe.

Josh, Sophie and I are driving down Poplar and Josh and I are talking about whether to pull into Chick Fil A or go on down to the Wendy's. While we are debating, Josh just goes ahead and turns in to Chick Fil A line. Then.....

Sophie: [loud squeal and giggling, kicking the back of the seat] MMMMMMM goooooooood!

Josh and I finally stopped talking and realized what she was saying. And just busted out laughing.

If you're wondering, no, I did not include this little story in my last post adoptive report.

On another note, so many people my age are joining Facebook! I love it! It's another great way to keep in touch with each other. I am actually becoming "friends on Facebook" with a lot of my Ethiopian adoptive mom friends who I've met on our agency's forums or blogs, too.

So join up! But remember it is the World Wide Web, which is PUBLIC. Some people forget that, like this guy I read about online.

Sophie is obsessed with Elmo. OBSESSED. I did not mean for my child to become to attached to a character. It just happened! So now I have given in to it, as has our whole family. She now has Elmo videos at all the houses, an Elmo chair, Elmo books galore, a talking Elmo, an Elmo bib. She even has a little chant/dance she does about "watching Elmo". (Promise to post a video of this soon - hilarious.) Recently I learned to use this obsession to my advantage.

Since she has taken to not eating vegetables, I have been experimenting with different ways to trick her into eating them. Sometimes pastas or casseroles work. But while walking in Babies R Us food aisle, I noticed something amazing.


And guess what, it worked! I brought out the can, showed her what it was, then poured into a container to nuke it.

I figured she would give up on it once she saw it was really just lots of peas, carrots, and corn in a plain broth with some Elmo-ish shaped pasta floating around, but NO she was completely fooled and asking for "more Elmo soup" over and over! Tons of veggies were eaten that day. (probably to balance out all the Chick Fil A). Maybe I should just wash out the can and show it to her before every meal. Nah, I don't want to push my luck. I'll just pay $2 a can if that's what it takes to get good stuff in that belly.

Sometimes I surprise myself with a great idea and it actually works. Love those times.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008

one year and then some

First picture with Daddy

First picture with Mama

Last week!

Well, my "one year home" didn't make it in time... so here's the best I can do.

Sophia Yenenesh Ray has been in our lives since April 5, 2007, the day we received our referral. But it was June 9, 2007, when Josh and I first met her. It is a day I wish I could recount every second of. First, we were brought to the Care Center from the Guest House. We were told to wait in a waiting room there. They took each family separately, one at a time, to meet their new child. Those few minutes of waiting were to me the most anxiety and excitement I have ever felt. Just knowing that in just seconds we would know this very important person, would be able to touch her and not just look at her picture, and would be in our lives forever. When it was our turn, the staff brought us to her room, which she shared with about 6 babies close to her age. There was a cameraman there with us and we had to wait to enter until he had gone in to position himself to capture the moment. Now I am so glad we did. We walked in and her nanny handed her to us and said, "Yenenesh's mama and papa". And then she came straight to us. Josh let me take her first from her nannies' arms. She didn't cry, she just smiled and cuddled, in what we now know is her way. Her eyes were wide open like we had seen in her first picture. They had dressed her in a little dress to meet us. I remember saying something like "she is just so beautiful" while I looked at her. She was so much smaller than I thought she would be. At 6 months old she was only about 12 lbs. Josh had his "turn" and we had both cried and laughed and cried for a few minutes, and then they offered to let us feed her cereal (a giant bowl of cereal, that is). Our first visit was only for part of a day, but it was the most amazing day of my life.

So Sophie Ray Day was born. We were parents. She was our daughter.