Days leading up to trip...
~Packing, packing, packing - for parents to go to ET and for 4 kids staying in 3 different places 2 states!
~Getting snacks together for us, for kids in ET, and gifts for ET nannies and guides.
~Finalizing arrangements where the kids would be staying each day (many thanks to family and several friends).
~Buying some supplies with money donated for orphanage.
Wednesday, November 3rd - Thursday, Nov. 4th
~Went to ET museum at University of Addis Ababa.
~Back to T.H. for more play time and meetings with doctor, psychologist, and social worker. All went well. Great reports from everyone.
~Michael and T played soccer. T was very good and whenever Michael would pretend to "cheat" or tell him the wrong score, T would always call him out on it. It was SO funny! Michael would say, "7 points for me!" and T would say, "No, 6 for you! 6 for you!"
~Delivered care packages and took photos and videos for other waiting families.
~B fell asleep for a few minutes in Michael's arms, but that didn't last long because T woke her up trying to get the cell phone to take more pics.
~A VERY good first day!
~The Grants and us walked to dinner at Zebra Grill. Much fun visiting with them. Power failure. Sat about 10 minutes with no light. Generator started up... power! Lots of visiting. Good food. Cat wandering around inside the restaurant. Electricity still out when we went outside to walk home. Very dark - only light was passing cars' headlights. Not afraid of anything but tripping on uneven sidewalk.
~Met the Whipples!
Saturday, November 6th
~Trip up Entoto Mt. Very steep drive. People and mules carrying things (sticks, eucalyptus, dung, firewood).
~Met the VanCleaves!
~Lunch at Lucy's. YUM!
~Went to T.H. Photos and videos of meetcha for VanCleaves and Whipples.
~More fun visiting with T and B. Michael flipped them again and again. They had so much fun.
~Dinner at Avanti.
Sunday, November 7th
~Walked to Devon photo shop with Grants to get photos of kids and us printed for kids to keep by their beds.
~International Evangelical Church. Pastor is from North Carolina. Great to worhsip with people from ALL over the word! Like heaven...
~Dinner at "traditional" restaurant. Ate traditional food and saw traditional dancing. VERY interesting.
~Lunch at Amsterdam.
~Grants, Pierces, and Whipples to Kaldi's Coffee then COURT! (None of us passed that day, but Whipples received word Tuesday that they passed. Grants have Dec. court date. We have another court date set for Monday, Nov. 15th.)
~Visiting the kids at the T.H.!