the weekend

was superb. Relaxing. Kind of rainy and gross, but great. Zach starts gearing up for camp this week which means, amongst many things, that we lose lots of quality daddy time. So we soaked it all up this weekend.

We also harvested a bit from our garden. Spinach and lettuce. They both tasted like little bits of heaven the second you bit into them. I think this gardening bit is growing on me.

One month until I head to Colorado to be with some pretty remarkable ladies. Oh man am I excited about that. Especially because I’ve been wanting really badly to reach through the computer and give a few of them true (not just cyber) hugs.

The bigs are done with school next Monday. Littles finished preschool. I am busy scheduling dentist appointments, Kindergarten physicals, and other things we’ve been putting off far too long.

That’s it. Summer is starting and I couldn’t be more excited about that.

Tomas’s day

it’s done. Tomas’s ESL celebration went off without a hitch. He was beyond happy, the kids at school were excited to learn about his country (and most of them disliked injera, much to his shock and horror), and I was happy to be done with it.

The good news: I was able to let myself go at the end and not become overly ridiculous. The bad news: I had just enough time to snap a few photos before my camera ran out of batteries. Facepalm.

First, pics of the night before the big event!

The food. Ohmygoodness I love Ethiopian food.

The happy diners.

And the rather silly diner.

My pictures pre-battery dying of the celebration.

The table

When no one was looking I could find all of my kids stealing some of the injera.

It was good fun. My favorite part was seeing Tomas light up, definitely. My second favorite part was listening to Tomas tell the kids about each thing we brought and about little details from Ethiopia. I was so proud of him.

I need you to do this

go to Jody’s blog. Do exactly what she says.

I signed up my entire family (including kids!) today. It’s easy. It took 2 minutes because I did a pretty basic page.

Here’s the thing, I’m not asking for your money (though I’m sure The Adventure Project wouldn’t mind that ;)) I’m just asking for your time. Mere seconds of your time can do HUGE things to rural farmers in Africa.

Read more about that here.

But please do it. And if you need help, email me and I’ll help you set it up. There really are no excuses why you can be one of 1000. 


— House is clean after…a long time. It feels good. I was tempted to move into a hotel for the night just to make my hard work last more than 4 hours. Didn’t happen and right now there is a dirty footprint on my freshly mopped floors. Such is life!

–I’ve spent way too many hours thinking about this ESL celebration. I want it to go so well for Tomas. I know there are many deep seeded crazy reasons why I’m making such a big deal about this but I assure you they are all rooted in my deep love of this boy. And a deep love for the country that produced 3 of my sons. I get that the country itself can’t see my tribute to it, and I also get that the special people in the country can’t see how hard I’m trying to honor their sacrifice, but for some reason that hasn’t stopped me from trying as hard as I can to do it anyway.

–I bought some injera from an Ethiopian man who lives about 45 minutes away. I asked him if he’d make us dinner for tonight too (I obviously paid him) since I was driving all of that way. Tomas cried when he saw the injera. And then he hugged Dawit and told him he was the best cooker ever. The Ethiopian food tasted so good. I felt totally ashamed at how bad I’ve been at making/buying this connection to their culture. Shame on me, seriously.

–Went to the pool tonight. Summer is almost here. June 3rd is our last day of school. I’m wanting the kids home with me now. They are so much fun. I miss them. Ready to see more of them.

Stay tuned for these 3 boys tomorrow. There will be pictures of them in their traditional Ethiopian garb and, probably, pictures of masses of girls (and some boys) throwing themselves at my adorable sons. And how could they not?

Dailah’s preschool graduation

I’m aware it’s a perfunctory part of having kids, the preschool graduation. Doesn’t change the fact that I cried when I saw my wee girl in her cap and gown. Doesn’t change the fact that I was super proud that she spent the last year making some beautiful pictures and singing some beautiful songs. Doesn’t change the fact that I’m nervous as hell to send her to Kindergarten, and be without my faithful sidekick every day. Doesn’t change the fact that I think she’s the most beautiful girl in the world.

Had some time to take some fun ones too.

Why does he look 20 here?

Same question for this guy.

These two are absolute besties.

They dance.

And they make quick getaways.

Awesome day.

Our school

I know I’ve mentioned here many times how great the school that we ended up at, rather by accident, truly is. I know I’ve said it because sometimes I just can’t get over how lucky we are to have stumbled there.

For the last 2 weeks Tomas has been talking about an ESL (English as a Second Language) celebration. Yesterday the ESL teacher called me to discuss details about said ESL celebration.

On Tuesday night they have invited parents of the school to come learn more about the different cultures that are represented at the school. Wednesday during the day the entire school gets to check it out. Awesomesauce? I think so.

The teacher asked us if we’d bring everything we had that represented Ethiopia. She asked lots of questions about the culture, about some of the food and drink staples, etc. I told her we’d bring all of our goodies. As well as some injera and some Ethiopian coffee.

Got in touch with a local Ethiopian who will be making all of the injera for me (just until I get my injera making pan, then it’s all me!) and it looks like we might be all set.

Oh my Tomas, he is SOOOO excited. So excited to tell everyone about Ethiopia, show them a major part of who he is. So we’re going all out on this one. (Tariku is also excited, as he gets to stand at the Ethiopia table too but he is not in the ESL program).

Because that’s huge to us. A school that celebrates the differences? Doesn’t happen all of the time.

Be prepared for copious amounts of pictures and love espousing on Tuesday and Wednesday. It could get all kinds of ridiculous here at hotflawedmama.