We tried to take some family photos one evening last week. Easier said than done. It was also very spontaneous on my part, so I don’t know what I was expecting. I was able to get a few good shots.
I’m so excited that we got together with Manny and his mother Meskerem. I hope we can keep it up. I was just as excited to see them as Afton and Mastewal were. Maybe Meskerem can teach me some Ethiopian recipes (in the future). We started our playdate early at Jackson Park and then headed to Neale School. We were trying to beat the heat, but it got hot quickly. I believe a good time was had by all and I can’t wait for the next playdate.
Manny and Afton
I think he's ready to go
Manny and Mastewal
Myer trying to keep cool
It was back to the Dentist for me. It seems that the bruising on my face was from biting my cheek while my mouth was numb.
I’m thankful for Marilyn and Emily for watching the children on short notice.
Saturday: I finally got my haircut (and caught up with an old friend) I have bangs now, and I’m liking them. I don’t feel as bad when I wear my hair in ponytail now. Maybe I’ll post a pic soon, we’ll see.
While I was getting my hair cut Seth got the kids ready and headed to the MultiCultural Festival to hear the Africa University Choir. I met up with them there and we enjoyed the performance. We stayed for a bit, but the kids were getting hot and we took a break for some lunch and a little drive. We returned and listened to Simple Gifts and Babatunde Lea. After those performances we went home for dinner and downtime. We ventured back out the festival that evening and I’m glad we did. We met up with friends and ran into Meskerem and her husband, “Teddy” (with their son “Manny”). I was so glad (because I was supposed to call her, but hadn’t yet) because we’d met at the doctor’s office a few weeks earlier and I (we) wanted to get the children together to play. Our friends’ friend was also there and it was great to make so many Ethiopian connections that evening–and over the weekend. We (and the kids, despite what Mastewal says) really enjoyed ourselves.
Afton and Mastewal enjoying the Africa University Choir
Myer and Seth enjoying the music
Africa University Choir
Mastewal Hula Hoopin' to Babatunde Lea
Still Hoopin' to Babatunde Lea
Afton Most Interested In: Finding a Shh-nack in the bag
While we were in Kentucky we were able to meet up with Afton and Mastewal’s friends from Ethiopia (although they said they didn’t remember Mastewal). They were all at our agency’s transition house at the same time, we met them when we traveled–and it’s nice that they live only 30 minutes from my family in Kentucky. We hope we’re able to meet often, when we visit family in KY. You can check out more pics from Amy’s blog post.
Afton and Essie
Afton and Essie