Monthly Archives: November 2009

11.28.2009: Lalibela

On Friday, we traveled to Columbus to meet up with Seth’s parents. We did a little shopping at Polaris. The children got to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Mastewal even made a return trip after our shopping to tell him about the Princess Tiana slippers that she had found that she now “must have”.

Saturday we met up with Tesfa and had Ethiopian food at Lalibela.

I think I’ve found (or Tesfa ordered) the closest thing to the roasted tebs I loved so much from my last trip to Ethiopia. Oh my goodness.

We were also treated to a coffee ceremony.

And a machiato. A LOT LARGER than what I was served in Ethiopia.

It was a nice day.

We topped it off by getting some dabo and injera from a nearby Ethiopian Market.

It doesn’t get much better than this.



Some statements and or questions heard around our house on Thanksgiving Day.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


“Are they real?”  (referring the people, floats and balloons in the parade)

“Why is that his name, how do you know?” referring to Kermit the Frog

Me: “Hey we were just there yesterday (Pittsburgh).”   Mastewal:  “Right now?”

Dog Show

Mastewal: “There’s a catdog!”

At Dinner

M: “I’m on tv right now”

M: I’ve never seen a baby eat Thanksgiving Dinner (referring to Myer)

Seth: Have you ever seen ANYONE eat a Thanksgiving Dinner?

The children really enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner. We stayed home and had a lot of food—but just the right amount.

Mastewal helped with the sweet potatoes

Afton sat and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Seth and Myer played

The Meal was Served

We Ate

11.14.2009: Ear Piercing

So the weekend before Mastewal’s birthday, I took her out to get her ears pierced. We also got our nails painted. I let her pick the color. Hot Pink for her Dark Blue/Purple for me. An afternoon of fun while everyone else was cooped up in the house SICK.  Afton also got some new shoes out of our trip. He was in desperate need of new tennis shoes.

So excited

Happy with his new shoes


Because he's so cool

11.22.2009: Mastewal’s Birthday


I didn’t forget about Afton’s referral post (in September). We took this photo the morning I left for my Ethiopia trip.

It’s hard to believe that this is the same child.

11.01.2009: Family Photos

November 1, 2009

Photos from a Sunday afternoon.

10.31.2009: First Halloween