Sunday, October 26, 2008

carmel apples

This was the last weekend for soccer at least for outdoor.. Indoor starts in a few weeks. Thank goodness because it was very cold and wet..We even had some snow mixed in with the rain from time to time. All weekend the kids bugged me to do Carmel apples from the apples we picked at the orchard. So we finally did Sunday night. Kai was looking for something in the basement and came across the Christmas tree and lights.. So he has been walking around all weekend saying how happy he is for Christmas coming.. I said wait a bit we still have to get through a few other holiday's before Christmas. He has already picked out his gift he wants and reminds me every few days. Funny boy!!..

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fistula Foundation

Two weekends ago The Grand Rapids Chapter of the Fistula Foundation held a Ethiopian Fashion show at the Hilton. A friend of mine was one of the models in it. I took the kids it was great for them to see. .They had food both Ethiopian and Pizza, and many folks both male and female in Ethiopian dress. They divided up Ethiopia and showed the ethnic dress from each area. Then they spoke about the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa. Some of the folks in my group visited this while we were there. At the end of the night they did dancing and music from Ethiopia. It was a great time had by all. Kai and my girls really loved watching it..Keagan well he enjoyed the food the most. That kid can eat!!!! Anyway they are rallying all over to raise money for the situation in Africa.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

1st place soccer tourament

Ashley's team took first place in the Lansing capital Cup!! Go team

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch today. It is so cool to see the boys so excited over things we take for granted. Kai picked the biggest of the five. He was so proud of it. I asked him why the biggest, his response was so I can get the most candy and fill it up. HE thought because the girls have been telling if you go trick treating with a pumpkin to hold your candy he thought it was this one. They all also picked out their costumes. Kai will be batman (he is really into the super hero's right now), Madison a witch and Shaylee a butterfly. Keagan was going to be spiderman, but when he saw the butterfly costumes my friend gave us..He now wants to be a butterfly like Shaylee. He tried it on and looks so cute. Will see if he changes his mind as it gets closer back to spiderman.

Friday, October 10, 2008

My gang

Soccer Trio


Well It has been a month now since school started, soccer started, and I went back to work. We finally have a routine in our house. It does take some time with 5 kids.
Kai has since started 2nd grade. He is doing great. He is not so excited about all the home work and work in school. I think he was used to a more laid back school in Ethiopia. But he has done well with all the changes. He is very into sports which I love because I am too. He wants to play them all. He doesn't understand that a few of them may be at the same time and he would have to play only one. As Soccer and football. He is great at soccer and loves it but would really like to play football too. He doesn't want to pick one over the other. Having he and Madison in the same class has helped out with studying, remembering what needs to be done etc. He and Madison are also playing soccer for AYSO. They are loving every minute of it. We had to put Kai on a team with 4th graders as he was over whelming the 2nd graders. But we are about half over now. Juggling three kids in soccer, two in girl scouts and Kai in cub scouts has been interesting to say the least, but it has all worked out. Ashley's travel soccer team took 1st place in the Lansing tournament last weekend. They have a great team this year.
Keagan has changed so much, I am so impressed with him. It was pretty tough for him to go to the daycare preschool center he attends after I was off with him for the summer. He cried so much and he looked so scared when I left him each day. He thought it was a orphanage and I was leaving him there and not coming back. It took about 8 days for him to see I came back every day now he loves it and kisses me goodbye and says see you tomorrow meaning tonight. He was having trouble sleeping in his room for about a month too. He told Kai he thought I wouldn't be there in the morning when he woke up. So he would fall asleep in my room and then I would carry him in to his bed after he fell asleep. But it has been one week, now he goes to bed and sleeps in his own room. He has really opened up too. He can be a handful at times ( like any 4 year old can be)but for the most part he is so happy and a very warm loving little boy. He is full of energy but really has started to listen very well. Shaylee is loving first grade she loves being able to go all day now verses kindergarten. I had my first post placement report last week that was good to get out of the way.