Sunday, October 31, 2010


The girls have had a week full of activities, not the least of which was all of the fun Halloween stuff. On Wednesday, we went to the library for story-time and all the kids were dressed up and they all had their pictures taken in front of the pumpkins and giant spider.
This afternoon, they got to draw their own pumpkins that came from the pile at the library. We had one larger pumpkin that had grown in our garden and they helped me carve that one. They thought it was pretty cool to see it all lit up. Here they are with all the pumpkins including their pumpkin candy buckets. As you can see, they are really into the princess thing.
Then we drove up to Billings to spend some time with friends and trick-or-treat in a nice quiet neighborhood that was very friendly and not scary. My girls really don't like anything scary and I can't blame them at all.
Here they are at one of the first houses. It didn't take them long to catch on to what to do.
It started to rain and the wind was blowing so we didn't stay out very long, but they had a blast. After we were done, we went back to my friends' for chili and soup and lots of fun.

This display was at one of the last houses we stopped at before we went back for dinner. I couldn't resist getting a photo of the "pumpkin bear." I wish I was talented enough to come up with something like this.
I hope you all have had a fun and safe Halloween this year. Now, we can get on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kidist's Birthday

Kidist turned 4 today (at least according to the Ethiopian court). Since she has never really had a birthday party we decided to keep it small with just 7 of us. That's 5 grown-ups and two little girls. There were enough presents for several kids, but she handled it quite well. I didn't get a lot of great shots, but I am proud of myself for remembering to get out the real camera rather than just using my phone. The girls had a blast experiencing opening presents for the first time. I had a couple for Meskerem so she would not feel completely left out and I think it helped her handle everything else better. It also helps that most of the gifts were things that are much more fun when shared.
Enough about all that. Here are some shots from the party.

Opening the first present.

What was in the first present.

Meskerem getting excited about the present she picked out for Kidist.

Percussion instruments from Papa and Ayat.

Cake. Kidist had her own little horse cake and the rest of us had a big horse to share. It was almond cake from my Aunt Carole's recipe. I am so glad it is what Kidist requested. Kidist also loved being sung to. The basket next to her has all of the new presents in it.