Sunday, September 6, 2009

Home again, home again.

So, we're back. We have gone and returned from Ethiopia. And we have returned with two of the most gorgeous, funny, wonderful, gassy babies you have ever seen. Seriously gorgeous. Like, Baby Gap model gorgeous. And seriously gassy. Farts so loud and rumbley they caused people on the plane to comment. Luckily, they are gosh darn cute when they toot...

Our trip was amazing... in every respect. Everyone we meet, everything we saw, tasted, felt, experienced...the good, the bad, the ugly... all of it amazing. We truly lucked out in many, many ways and for that I am grateful. None of us got sick while traveling (though being at home is a different story). Our twins sleep pretty well for 5 month olds...and were superstars on the long flight home. My best friend Lori went with us so we had an experienced mom to help out, our own photographer to help record the week and a good friend to share this special time with all rolled into one. Our paperwork and embassy appointment went super smoothly. We had a chance to visit with family friends while in Addis (and let's face it, going to a friend's home always makes a trip better). We gained a life long friend in Solomon, our wonderful driver. Even the dreaded rainy season was reduced to only one or two crazy, hard, short storms a day. I am sort of embarrassed to talk about how lovely our trip was over all. I know that Ethiopia can be a hard place to visit under any circumstances and that meeting your children and their family, trying to bond and attach...all that can be difficult and heavy but for some reason we lucked out. I am aware of how blessed we are.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all fairy dust and unicorns. We saw heartbreaking things and heard tragic stories. But even in all the heartbreak we were still amazed and in awe by the country, the people, the experience. I am so proud to say my children are Ethiopian.

We have actually been home for almost two weeks. Sorry to leave you all hanging here in BlogLand but it's been hard to write. Why? Well #1-I think I've mentioned that we have twins now. TWINS. Two parents. Two babies. Kinda hard to hand off a kid when your husband is already holding a kid! #2-they are unnaturally it's hard to tear myself away for a blog. Oh! He made a raspberry noise! And #3-because I'm just not sure what to write. Let me rephrase that...I'm not sure HOW to write this blog now.

I want so badly to post pictures and info on my children. I want to prove to you that they are the world's cutest twins. I want to wax on and on about how crazy soft their skin is (like touching AIR). I want to share every detail of our trip and our return. But... I am hesitant to do that. How can I post pictures and details about my sweet innocent 5 month old children when my own husband chooses to remain anonymous? I could make this blog private but then I'd miss out on all the random visitors. I could make up code names for the twins... Jayna and Zan? And just show you photos like these

Or I could just get over it and out my husband so that we are all equally exposed on the world wide web. What to do, what to do. I'm just not sure yet. I want to keep the blog...I like having a place to put my thoughts and I like your companionship. So I just need to figure out how to go forward. Anyway, that's why I haven't posted until now. But I figured I needed to post something and let you all know I was alive and happily ensconced in a family of four before I got another "WHERE ARE YOU??" comment (which I love by the way! Thanks for missing me!)

Here's something that I can write about now... the other major life changing event I've gone through since we last spoke...

This is what I used to drive. My zoom-zoom, my Mazda 3 hatchback that is perfect in every single way except when it comes to holding 2 rear facing car seats.

This is what I was hoping I could advance to, the Mazda 5, a mini-mini van. Three rows of seats, sliding side doors, great mileage, not your parent's mini-van when it comes to parking or looking cool.

This is what I've ended up with. A Honda Odyssey. The mothership of all mini-vans. Membership to Youth Soccer Leagues included.

Sadly, the Mazda 5 just wasn't big enough for 2 adults, 2 rear facing car seats and the largest double stroller known to man. Or was JUST big enough for those things and nothing more. The Odyssey holds all of us, our gargantuan stroller, two loads of Costco shopping and 15 beverages all at the same time. (Yes, the Odyssey holds 8 passengers, and has 15 cupholders do the math).

Don't get me wrong. I really appreciate a mini-van and what it does...I just thought we had a few more years before we had to get one. I will love it in a week or two, but for now I'm a bit startled to see it in our driveway. And have I mentioned how much I love my Zoom Zoom? I get a little weepy at the thought of The Esquire getting to drive it to work every day. Sigh...I'm counting on the 15 cup holders and automatic sliding side doors to help me get over this pain.

I guess that's it for now. I'll figure out where to go with this blog and be back soon, I promise. But now I have to go watch Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum sleep... they both do this crazy little thing with their thumb that we just can't get enough of...



  1. I'm so happy to hear how beautifully your trip went! Love the glimpses of the the world's most beautiful babies. I hope to meet them, when/if you would ever want to...and Judah would like that too :)

  2. YAY! You're back! You've written! You're all home! I felt the same way with my daughter -- it took me a LONG time to be able to post her sweet, amazing face on our blog. Just putting that vulnerable little face and that sweet-light-of-a-thing energy out there for anyone to see. It takes some getting used to. We'll wait. Welcome back! SO glad you're enjoying all these precious farty moments.

    Blessings, Lindy

  3. Welcome back! You were definitely missed and I was so excited when I saw that you had updated. Thanks for sharing your good news and making me laugh. It is so great to hear that everything is going so wel!!

    I think you also just brought me to a harsh reality with your car/minivan situation. I have a little Saab and love, love, love it but that's just not going to cut when we get our siblings home, is it! 16 cup holders and two lovely babes calling me mom sounds pretty cool, though...

  4. Welcome Home!!! My daughter was 5 months at homecoming too. Such a great age. Enjoy your time with them. They grow up so fast and it is amazing to watch them grow and learn new things everyday. Hope all is well. :)

  5. Welcome home, you gassy little pumpkin flowers! (I mean the twins.) You have no idea how much I love to hear about travel to Ethiopia and how it all goes and such. It does plague my mind to think about it, not being a good traveler, loving my home and not wanting to be more than 10 or so miles away from it generally and all. It really is on my mind so I do love what you had to say, so thanks.

    Oh boy, the mini-van. I know I am going there. You are not alone. They make sense, that's all. And I am a Honda girl, so I am sure I will see one sitting my driveway one day. Maybe you will drive the zoom zoom on the weekends or in the evenings and love it all the more. I'm so happy for you, you sound quite serene and as sharp and funny as ever, love it!

  6. I'm so glad you are back and had a wonderful time! Iwould love it if you kept on blogging, pictures or not. I truly enjoy reading others experiences when I will be going down the road hopefully really soon (we have been on the waiting list for 13 months!) I totally understand your feelings about your Mazda. I had a Mazda 626 almost 4 years ago and I still miss the ZoomZoom! At least you can drive it once in a while when your twins are not in tow! Anyway Congratulations on your new babies! And I hope to read and maybe see more you them!

  7. How very sweet, Kat. You sound incredibly happy and settled in. So great to hear that you had a wonderful trip and are getting used to all that parenting brings, including a mini van! So far, we have been okay with our SUV, but if another joins our family, then we may just have to go mini...van that is (have always wanted a Mini Cooper!)

  8. Glad you had such a great experience. We loved Solomon too (I'm assuming it's the same Solomon because our Solomon rocked). Our trip wouldn't have been the same without him.

  9. Hip, hip, HOORAY!! Welcome home, welcome to the two sweet babies, welcome to the mini-van. We are so happy you're back.


  10. Hey Kat... congrats mama!!!! I am so glad to see you post. It seriously made my day. I can't wait to meet the sweet babes I have heard how amazingly adorable they are... but looks like I will be waiting. No worries though. I am glad you are all home and doing well as a family :)

  11. love the fact that your life is happy....sorry about your zoom zoom....

  12. Wonderful post! I totally understand what you mean about the privacy thing. I think we're going to make a few changes to our blog as well. But, from what I see and read of your little ones, they are amazing! Is it true what people say? Is the world different now? :)

  13. Yay you're posting again!! And, you got a mini van!!! You know about my deep mini van envy!! The sheer joy of automatic sliding doors!! Seriously with kids and equipment and car seats and a stroller what more could you ask for .... except maybe 15 cup holders ; )
    Can't wait to baby hold again!!

  14. Welcome to parenthood (x2)! So glad to hear your whole experience was smooth and enjoyable! And no "sickies"! Praise God! It was nice to meet you in person (however brief it was, unfortunately). We feel extremely lucky (blessed) as well with how everything went and continues to go. Will try to post our thoughts & pics soon! Having 4 kids is keeping me scrambling.

  15. There you are! So glad to see you back in blogland.

  16. So glad you posted! I'd love to see pics of the world's cutest twins. But if you decide to keep it anon, I still believe they are Gap Baby model cuteness! Welcome home and congrats!

  17. Just found your blog! We have the same Odyssey - purchased in anticipation of our eventual adoption of twins or sibs (ok, we actually had a minivan right after getting married - holds a lot of renovation materials & big dogs - then had an SUV - now back to minivan). Anyway - at least the Odyssey has a pretty snazzy dash and gear shift...that made the difference for us between an '06 Odyssey or a new Caravan...happy driving!