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.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Where we are from, kids have "playdates" (ie get together to play at each others' houses). It is questionable if playdates are more about the moms or the kids;). Sometimes the mom and all the kids come over and play and the moms get to chat, or other times we drop off our child at their houses for a couple of hours and are able to run some errands or get something done. So after hearing several names pop up again and again when the kids come home from school, I started sending notes to school to be slipped into the backpacks of their little buddies, inviting them to come over and play. It has been SO fun!!! Most times siblings come with, so even Maya gets some playtime. What I am so proud of is that Vivi and Tonito are making friends on their own!!! I love the look of excitement and surprise on their faces when they open the door and it is one of their classmates. The first couple of minutes they are *wild* and show off acting goofy. But then they calm down and play all over the house, take out every single toy, run up and down the stairs, while their mom and I enjoy tea and conversation:). It is cute to see this other side of Tonito too- he definitely acts sillier around his friends (boys) then when he is with Vivi and Maya.

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