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Stripes & Florals

what a stinkin’ cool kids bed and bedroom…the stripes, the colors, the rugs sewn together, and seriously…a ferris wheel? blogged about here.

i must get a photo of the darling bed that Gramma Debby made for you, tegegne. she made you a bed out of an old gray wood slat door with a kids mattress sitting softly on top. it’s just as cute as the bed in the photo above. too bad it’s staying at her house! 

over thanksgiving weekend Gramma Debby and I got to plan some for your little sisters room. i was thinking of vintage florals, and she gathered a great selection of old tablecloths, and floral fabric that we are going to use in Hensley’s room. my dilemma is that you two will most likely share a room (this is in our potentially new house that we don’t own or can’t even think about buying until we get our house sold). i’m not sure how your look and hers will come together, but i do eagerly anticipate getting to put it together soon.


I am thankful for you and you. 

I could say a lot more about why I’m thankful for you two, but I’m feeling like keeping it simple.

Thanks for the extra kiss on the cheek as I said goodnight to you, Tegegne. You are my sweet little guy. 

Michael, thanks for going back downstairs to get me water when we were already warm in bed. And thanks for the extra long hug earlier today after we witnessed that really sad thing on our drive home from the country.

I love you, boys.

Bold Colors, Vibrant Child

Oh little Tegegne, you are so full of life. As I sit here and feel your sister move like crazy (it’s so bizarre), I only imagine how much you moved in your birth mom’s tummy. You are on the move constantly out of the womb and I can just picture your birth mom laughing and having your aunt feel her tummy as you moved constantly.

Right now I am loving these moments:
– Dropping you off at school and hearing you yell to Griffin, Adam, Truth, Finley (etc) as you greet them in the classroom. The other day you handed Adam (your bff) your coat as you walked in the room and he took it and hung it in your locker. It was so cute.
– If anything is broken you say, “Ababayeh will fix it, Mommy.” Things like your bib (a plastic one with the scoop to catch food), our door knob, the printer.
– My greeting when I walk in the door from work M through W is awesome. You are so happy to see me. I love it.
– I love your assistance in rubbing cocoa butter on my growing belly and your acknowledgement that your sister is in there.
– Even though I got sad at first I’m over it and I love it when you insist that Ababayeh will do it. You prefer that he does most things for you these days. He’s your partner and you thrive with him.
– It’s nice that I can have fun dressing you, like in the photos above. Your boots are still too big, and your legs are extra skinny in those jeans. You are so cute. It makes me laugh when women comment on your cuteness, then confirm that you are indeed a boy. It actually happened today. I’m glad you don’t catch on to what they are asking!

P.S. Aren’t the colors of fall so lovely on our street in the photos above?
And here is you and your pal Koen holding hands on the way home from church play group.