Sunday, April 21, 2013

Proud, proud mama

We have so many reasons to be proud of our boys:

A moved up from "guppy" to "minnow" in his swim lessons at the Y. He'd been stuck for months because of the @#$% backstroke. Luckily, being the most stubborn kid in the world also makes him very persistent, and he prevailed.

D learned to pump himself on the swing. No more yelling Giffee! Giffee! (push) at me when we go to the park (that makes me a little sad too).

A started baseball. The coach pitches and the kids can take as many swings as they need to get on base. He's learning a lot of baseball basics and he LOVES it. Not surprisingly, I've heard a lot of "holy sh*t's" as people witness his throwing arm for the first time.

D is learning sight words and is super excited about them. He asks me to quiz him on the spelling of words like "one," "the" and "you." He's also working on the Reading A-Z books that I used with A last summer.

And the reason I am most proud of our sons... They talked to their family in Burjii this weekend. Our calls to Ethiopia are incredibly confusing and difficult for them. But we gave them the words for "How are you?" and "fine" in Burjinya, and they said them, loudly and clearly. And they had to say them many times, as there was much simultaneous shouting from five people in three languages. We had a lot of information we'd hoped to pass on and some questions to ask, and none of that happened, but A and D heard W's voice and W heard A and D's voices. I am so, so proud of them and of their bravery and resilience.

9 comments:

  1. No pushing on the swings?! I'm pretty sure I won't be sad when that days comes, but I might be surprised. :) This is a great list of things to make a mama proud. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I have the feeling there may be a lot of Ethiopian names in the major leagues in 10 - 15 years....

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  3. Wonderful stuff. So glad to hear they got to connect with family in Ethiopia, and it must be so much fun to watch the sports stuff.

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  4. So happy for both of them. And still jealous of your phone situation.

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    1. And I'm jealous of this situation: http://scoopingitup.blogspot.com/2013/04/speaking-of-home-six-months-in.html

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  5. I can tell how proud you are of them... as you should be! Such amazing things they are doing these days. I *love* that they had that phone call, even though it wasn't easy or straightforward and you didn't get to exchange the information you wanted to exchange. As you said, they got to hear each others' voices, and that's so wonderful.

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  6. WOw, that is a lot to be proud of! Those phone calls must be stressful for everyone, but I'm so glad that they are happening for everyone involved. Awesome. And sight words work is amazing! He'll be super ready for Kindergarten!

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    1. Yes, we definitely made the right choice waiting a year for kindergarten. :)

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