Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

I love a certain supermarket near our house- the colorful and exotic foods represent all of the languages you can hear while shopping there (although Italian is definitely the most dominant!). I have to admit I was a little misty and proud to live in this country as I saw Middle Eastern and Russian families buying Thanksgiving turkeys, watched an Indian couple discuss how to make cranberry sauce, and then a cute, young Hispanic family asked us in Spanish to show them sage and rosemary as they grasped a stuffing recipe they had cut out of the newspaper. Not only am I fascinated by the cliente;), but also by the amazing and cheap food!!! So we bought all of the ingredients for our Thanksgiving dinner plus a little feast of "goodies" (ie finger food) for putting up our Christmas tree: pistachios, dried fruit, hummus with veggies and bread, tabouleh, etc. YUM! The kids set up the tree with Tonio while I got the food ready and fed Maya (sorry baby, you go to sleep too early!). With Maya asleep we had fun putting up all of our ornaments- most are from places we have visited, and many from Mexico and China. Tonito loved it!!!! He was so excited when we showed him the dragons from China, and both he and Vivi had a a blast decorating the bottom third of the tree (while we snuck the ornaments higher moved some to the sides and back of the tree;). We listened to Christmas music, enjoyed some wine, watched the kids decorate the tree, and just sat on the couch taking it all in. Everything is new for Tonito, and he and Vivi are at the perfect age to get into Christmas. We have so many activities coming up this month- it is going to be so fun!!!!!

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