Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Morning 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Home for Christmas

Lily and Anna.
Sisters are the best.

Anna and her adoring welcoming committee.

Jamie G? or Pee Wee Herman?

Jamie felt the need to dress up to greet his big sister at the airport. He also thought it was important to use a handful of styling goop to slick back his hair and "make it fancy."

Everybody's crazy about a sharp dressed man...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Batman Bad Guys and Santa

We took the gang to a family Christmas party loaded with fun stuff for the kids to do. At one of the stations was a very cool and talented art student painting kids faces. Jamie was thrilled and asked her to paint his face like one of the bad guys in Batman. She happily obliged and painted him in the creepiest Heath Ledger-esque evil Joker face.

So here is the insane and evil Joker asking Santa to bring him some star wars action guys for Christmas.

Santa is a really good sport.

Henry thought that Jamie's scary Batman bad guy face paint was a fantastic idea and asked the ultra hip face painter for a different, but still really scary bad guy.
She had just the thing for him and painted him up to look like Two Face... half monster and half man. I was really impressed that she knew two different bad guys from Batman and could quickly reproduce them on an 8 and 6 year old boy.

Henry thought this was just the coolest thing ever and proceeded to freak out all of the less frightening party guests, including his dad and little sis.

I guess we all honor the birth of Christ in different ways... my boys have chosen to do so by painting and owning the two scariest arch enemies of Batman.

Merry, Merry Christmas Two Face and Evil Joker.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I Farted on Your Money

Could our little Henry look any more innocent?
I don't think so...
But now, after overhearing a recent discussion, I know that he does have a dark side and is unafraid to use his very own significant gas for evil.

This is how the first conversation of the day (6:50am) between Henry and his big brother and roommate went...

"I farted on your money."
Jamie..."that's not even possible."
"Yeah it is... I felt gassy so I grabbed your money and stuck it in my underwear and cut a big fart all over it."
"Was it dollars or coins?"
"Coins, mostly pennies"
"That's gross and I don't even care...."

However Jamie did care...I could hear it in his voice.and maybe he was even a little grossed out.
Score one for Henry and for little brothers everywhere for having the quick wit and genius (not to mention control) to occasionally fart on the pennies of your oppressor, just to prove that you can.
His father and I are so proud.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In acknowledgent of World AIDS Awareness Day...

I am constantly in amazement of seemingly regular folks who take on seemingly overwhelming tasks. Carolyn Twietmeyer is one of my personal heroes...she stepped up and reached out to those children in orphanages who need her most. She and her husband Kiel, founded an organization to facilitate the adoptions of kids with HIV/AIDS. Projecy Hopeful is instrumental in bringing these children home where they have access to the medications that all children deserve.

This is the simple explanation of the chain of events that led to the development of Project Hopeful as told by Carolyn.

Our first adoption brought focus to the reality of the number of siblings that are often separated because one of them has HIV. Our second adoption of Selah drove that point home when we realized that her teenaged brother and sister were living on their own in Addis Ababa, ET. We recognized the tragedy and degree of loss that our daughter and her siblings had already suffered as a result of HIV/AIDS. At that point we committed to finding a way to make them part of our family as well. The process to adopt this time took two years. One week before our son Andarge would have turned 18 and been unable to immigrate into the US we finally crossed the finish line! May of 2010, all our children were reunited at O’hare Airport. There was a degree of joy that was unexplainable, the last time Andarge 18, and Sarah 16, saw their sister Selah she was days from death. The looks on their faces when they saw her healthy and whole was priceless.