Monday, September 15, 2008

I hate to lose a fight... but I did!

EDIT 9/23/08... the blog is NOT private, if you're on it you have the new address!

So first let's start with the icky stuff... in one week We're are going private! I hate to do it and I KNOW that many readers will drop off due to the pain in the neck to sign in but I watched Oprah today (not normal these days for me) and it was all about pedophiles. It made me so sick and the thought of a person/man getting jollies over seeing our videos or pictures was enough to send me over the edge. My friend PQ has mentioned going private to me several times and I just didn't want to do it ~ I thought, "if someone wants to find us that bad then let em' have at us". That quote sounds REALLY bad when I write it but it's like locking every single window in a home sometimes. If a burglar want's in then they'll find a way...

In any event, the show was beyond disturbing, it was disgusting to say the least. This blog has been more of an outlet for moi than it has been needed or helpful for anyone else anyway.

So here's the deal; in one week we're going private! Yikes, I hate it! PLEASE, if you're a family/person following our blog we want to invite you to continue!!! Email me and I'll send the invite, if you're a family/person that has a blog and interest in Ethiopia then I'll be able to see that by your blog, so even if you've never commented etc. but want to follow email me! This means YOU GUYS TOO (you know who you are L.R.N./R.L.A./P.K.P/M.L.G./J.H.C/P.G/S.E.T)!!! Enough of this talk, here are some fun pics and vids of our past week...




My Crazy Girl! Oh, how I love this personality!!! She just cracks me up so much!!!

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She's too funny - it dragged on too long and I gave up on trying to edit it to make it shorter so the only good part is the "strings"!


Yay, happy girl! She's the best girl in the world 97% of the time, but when she digs her heals in, look out - silent treatment for hours!


Lil' Miss and the happy family! This might be one for the Christmas card! Whatd'ya think???? A keeper... She hated my guts when we took this - it's kind of funny actually. We all got dolled up for an evening in Cambridge Mass. for a Enkutatash celebration on Saturday night! It took us a bit to find the location but we did, unscathed! And she recovered from her "tude" soon after!



Why are we going after the day we've had with Ms. Attitude?? I'm glad we did even though it wasn't what we had expected. Music, too loud to even talk! I was lip reading through most conversations! Can you tell I took this myself in the same position (cuz there's a mirror in front of me to see the backside of the camera) as always! You wouldn't know that there are three other semi-capable people who could do this for me! Duh~ And yes, I chopped my bangs in a furry of anger because I had just "had it" with them falling in my darn face when I was cleaning up Tessa's un-accident in her pants, yes, she pee's in defiance instead of venting with words or tantrums! They were all in the car and I ran in to grab the camera and take a snap of myself before my makeup absorbed into my skin from sweating trying to find the place (Boston) and holding her all night! Everything worked out fine, whew. We only stayed for an hour and a half due to the time (7:00pm when we left) and dinner didn't look like it was going to be served anytime soon (way after scheduled). So, we hit the road for the ride home at dusk. Tessa was as expected - very shy and clingy. Why wouldn't she be? Once we were in the car to come home she came back to her normal chatty self and life was good.

Look at those balloons - yay!


Bloggers, she doesn't need introducing, it's Katy and Co. at the Enkutatash celebration. This is Ruth and I must say that the twins are far more beautiful in person (not that they aren't in pictures) than on their blog! Yay family of four! We also met this wonderful family there too! It was funny because Jenn recognized "us" and came over to introduce herself as a blog follower! While it wasn't as big as a blog union it was nice to connect briefly with some familiar local faces.



OK, so today before we picked Nicholas up from pre-school we had a few pieces of jerky for a quick snack. After we ate "the few" I got pulled into Oprah. While I was watching the tube I heard a weird noise from the kitchen, like a wood on wood noise. Tessa wasn't with me so I got up and it dawned on me that it was the same sound that the bathroom stool makes only it wasn't in the bathroom anymore! Immediately following there was a crinkling sound coming from the counter! I grabbed the camera which was right near me because I figured out the situation... I snuck up on her and found this! Gotcha babe! So freaking cute!!! Of course I let her have one more! Precious little girl, just precious! She insists on wearing socks most of the time!

40 comments:

  1. I'm soooo sad you're going private! Of course, I totally understand, but private blogs never show up on my google reader and I'm really bad about checking them :( But, you'll have to include me anyway! I'll just have to visit your blog special :)

    rebeccalynnwinter at gmail dot com

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  2. What a bummer you're going private! Your blog won't work in my reader anymore. Have you considered switching to a new blog/address, and keeping your last name off instead of going private?

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  3. I heard that Oprah show was scary, I didn't see it myself.

    I would love to follow your blog my email is erniesmomma@hotmail.com

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  4. hi
    im a lurker i have been reading your blog for a while im from qatar my name is hamda i found your blog when i was researching adoption
    i would like to keep reading your blog
    my email is
    hamda.althani.8@gmail.com

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  5. Okay, my friend,
    1. She is so cute it kills me (and Eliza- who has not stopped bragging that she made Tessa giggle). I can hardly wait. Who knows maybe we will "have" a little friend for Tessa.
    2. j.jennifermorgan@comcast.net ....maybe I need to watch Oprah...
    3. have a great week
    Jen

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  6. Sorry to hear you're going private but I totally get it. What about wordpress where you can make certain/all posts private and still be readable through bloglines?

    Anywho, I'd still love to follow along - smieja.s@gmail.com

    stephanie
    http://mubarek.wordpress.com/

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  7. Hi Lori, I am Tiffany and Dan's sister, I would love to continue to follow your blog! My email is melissaestone@gmail.com, Thanks!

    Your daughter is a beauty and your son is pretty stinkin cute too!

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  8. dear friends,
    i am a loyal follower but have been a quiet one. i can so understand your need to go private but i hope i can continue to read your story. my husband and i have just started paperwork for an ethiopian adoption and i have learned so much from you. you are funny, modest, interesting and kind and i appreciate that. please email me and i'll provide any info you need so that i can continue with y'all. thanks! mary
    mtfala@yahoo.com

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  9. You know I want the invite, right?!
    Tiff
    P.S. use my yahoo e-mail though, because you know how much my home one loves you!
    thighlight@yahoo.com

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  10. Hi there - I have been following your journey for about 3 months. We are adopting a baby girl from ET as well and I would LOVE to keep viewing. Check out my blog as well - thanks Mindy

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  11. Sorry I forgot to sign in with my ET account - thanks Mindy

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  12. Sorry I forgot to sign in with my ET account - thanks Mindy

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  13. I've been following your blog, and I would love to continue to!! Your family is just too cute!! :)

    -Suzi

    suzi_little@hotmail.com

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  14. I would to continue to follow your blog---and understand the going private thing.

    Our family's web address for our adoption is: www.themonbergs.com

    Melodie

    melodie111@gmail.com

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  15. I want to keep reading! Totally understand about the scaries out there. I am paranoid too and will probably eventually go private...maybe after we pick our child up.
    jesseandjoy at hotmail dot com

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  16. Darndarndarn, Lor! I hate that the bad guys win! But, yeah, I understand, too... sort of thinking about it myself. You know to include me, right? But, your blog won't show up on bloglines and other readers, just fyi. That's a drag. XO

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  17. I Sent you an email. I would love to continue reading about your journey :-)

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  18. I completely understand as I'm still contemplating the whole private issue. I will still stalk and adore your private self.
    Love the updates! She's absolutely adorable!
    XOXO,
    Danni

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  19. i love reading how tessa is adjusting and would love to be a part of your new blog since i am considering toddler adoption. thanks, laura

    lauraligaya at aol dot com

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  20. I totally understand. We'd love to keep following your fam if you'll have us. timsarahmcd at gmail dot com

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  21. Obviously I must continue on this journey! Sad but totally understand.

    I so love her hair down- awesome hair!

    Love to you!

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  22. It seems like a lot of people are making that decision. Your daughter is gorgeous- I love the traditional Ethiopian wear. I think I will have to pick myself up something like that when I am there in feb

    Nikki
    http://ethiopia2009-adana.blogspot.com/

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  23. Your blog has been so helpful and has taught me so much...so please include me in your private blog. We are also adopting from Ethiopia.

    Theresa
    theresaeast1@yahoo.com

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  24. Hey, thanks for visiting my blog...love, love, love your honesty and sweet baby girl's accent...miss that accent!

    Melodie

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  25. Please do not apoligize about the comments on my blog. That is so something I would have done on accident.
    I love watching the videos. She has so much personality. How is Nick adjusting?

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  26. You continue to be a truly amazing mom to Tessa! And, what an amazing girl she is also! Your strength and grace inspires me! You guys look amazing in your traditional Ethiopian garb! I can't wait to get one myself! Going private when you've got little ones is a great idea! I understand not wanting to. But, some people are really crazy and disturbed. So, please include me in your invite! I would hate to miss out on all of the fun!
    zimmer dot jenna at gmail dot com

    Keep up the great work!

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  27. I'd love to continue following you blog!

    ldsimmons69@yahoo.com

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  28. I too would love to continue reading you blog. DBSmith1@bellsouth.net

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  29. I love your blog and would like to keep reading! I am in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and have really appreciated being able to follow along with your journey!

    Heather
    heatrebraid@hotmail.com

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  30. Hi,
    I would love to continue following your blog and your wonderful journey!!!

    Kim
    tickledpink.kim at gmail dot com

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  31. I am a follower of your blog. Please invite me

    mshopkins@gmail.com

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  32. I would love to keep following your blog. We're in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and your blog has been invaluable. I'm an addict!

    Thanks!

    cherchemt@hotmail.com

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  33. Of course you should send me your info! Little girl looks SO SO SO cute!!! What an awesome mommy you are.

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  34. include me please...:)

    amyde63 at hotmail dot com

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  35. you all look so great for Ethiopian New Year!
    We'd love to keep reading your blog.
    jenferg2002@yahoo.com

    xo
    Jen

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  36. Hi. Please invite me. nenatdg@yahoo.com

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  37. Wow, I love her Ethiopian dress! Please include me as one of your invited guests on your new private blog. I love reading your blog!

    leah697@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi, I'm a lurker...also have adopted from Ethiopia (older child), as you can see at my blog: www.SignsOfFaithBook.com

    I have chosen not to have pix of the kids or real names on my blog in order to maintain privacy.

    I saw that Oprah episode too...really yucky. I had no idea.

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  39. Oh Gosh! I forgot to ask you to add me to the list!

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  40. I too would love to continue reading your blog.
    my email: heidiklop@cox.net

    I completely understand about going private, I have a private blog...for the SAME reasons. If you would like an invite, so you know that I am not a "crazy", just let me know by email :).

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