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Ababi Mondays: Gratuitous parent photos…

So yeah, I’m becoming that parent. The one that’s also posting pictures of their kid.

Zinash and I got to go out to eat a lot this week. A good time was had by all and a lot of salsa and french fries were consumed by a little Ethiopian girl (salsa and fries at different sittings).

Salsa… Four bowls worth

Throw in the Starbucks. She drank both her own hot chocolate and a good amount of my smoothie (By the way for as much as we mention Starbucks on this blog they should be shooting at least some free drinks our way. Anyone want to make that happen?)

She was captivated by the model trains.

Then downed most of a large fry and two cups of ketchup at Five Guys.

Now that I think about it, maybe we should start throwing in some kind of exercise routine.


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Ababi Mondays: Design Time!

So Zinash pretty much knows now that when she goes to the doctor they are going to either spray something up her nose or they are going to stick her with a needle. I’m pretty sure we have ruined doctors visits for her. So how much does therapy cost for a lifetime fear of doctors?

It’s not all that bad. At her first pediatrician’s appointment today, she actually did really well (other than me having to pin her down for the shots). Of course we’ll see how much she remembers of the visit when we head back in a month’s time.


What I’ve been working on lately has some updates to the finding magnolia site. Hopefully next week we will have some cool announcements to post with the site. There have been lots of people who have been asking for a list of resources that we’ve used. We are going to take that list to the next level!

So in the mean time I’ll leave you with a couple of things to pique your interest…

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Ababi Mondays: Not about me…

So I got to spend the morning by myself which was nice. There’s not much alone time anymore. Of course those of you with kids already know that. Both Mary and I do value a little alone time and we try to make sure we both get it. After the afternoon nap we went to get some supplies to start to spread a little holiday cheer around the house.

So after this…

And this…

We ended with this…

And just like the hippies we are, you can see we got a potted tree so that we can plant it after Christmas instead of just cutting another one down. Hippies!


What I really wanted to post about today though was the other girl in my life. Yesterday was Mary’s birthday. So as a family we all went to the Plaza and went shopping for some things for “Mami” (sounds kind of like mommy but different, more Ethiopian).

We saw some horses…
Enjoying the scenery

And then we all went out to eat…
Mami's birthday dinner

Mary doesn’t get nearly enough credit for all the work she put in to make bringing Zinash home a reality. She was passionate about every step. She made sure everything was just right. She went beyond her comfort zone to make it happen. She was fighting for someone she didn’t even know yet. At the same time she was fighting for me, and us. Working so hard to make a family. Struggling to make everything perfect for this moment…
happy mami

The moment we became a family.

Happy Birthday Mami! I love you more than can be expressed.


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