Thursday, July 30, 2009

PARENT - Job Description 

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma 
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop 


Long term, team players needed, for challenging, 
permanent work in an 
often chaotic environment. 
Candidates must possess excellent communication 
and organizational skills and be willing to work 
variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends 
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. 
Some overnight travel required, including trips to 
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! 
Travel expenses not reimbursed. 
Extensive courier duties also required. 


The rest of your life. 
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, 
until someone needs $50.00 
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. 
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a 
pack mule 
and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat 
in case, this time, the screams from 
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. 
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, 
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets 
and stuck zippers. 
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and 
coordinate production of multiple homework projects. 
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings 
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. 
Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute, 
an embarrassment the next. 
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a 
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. 
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. 
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product. 
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and 
janitorial work throughout the facility. 


Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, 
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you 


None required unfortunately. 
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis. 


Get this! You pay them! 
Offering frequent raises and bonuses. 
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because 
of the assumption that college will help them 
become "financially independent". 
When you die, you give them whatever is left...


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, 
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and 
no stock options are offered; 
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, 
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right. 


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A visit with the famous Isa B!

Katie and Isadora came today to visit with us and the day couldn't have been better. Well, we could have done without Solly's meltdown after he woke up on the wrong side of the crib but otherwise we had a famous time. They are off to Ethiopian culture camp tomorrow in California! Have a great time with Porter and Elsa!
Love you guys!

Beautiful, perfect Isa...
Isa's boyfriend Solomon

Isadora cutting a rug

ready for pizza mama! in oven mitts!

always on the go...

playing in the hobbit house

Katie B!

Isa B!

Matilda :)


Playing like ol buddies :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Eleven months old today

Today marks Donna's 11 month birthday, and she full on crawled for the first time :)  She has a funny and cute way of doing it, with one foot on the ground and one knee on the ground.  She doesn't have the full confidence yet that I know will come in the next few days of crawling as she looks very stressed as she does it, and often falls back into sitting position.  I will take pictures of her doing it tomorrow.

Eleven months and here are her words and sounds:

raspberries (blowing)

Also, she waves hi and bye and loves kisses 

Proud Mamma

Funny pants

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Health Care now America!


Adoption is a gift

Six years ago she saved him from a life of unimaginable hardship, as a child soldier in war-torn Rwanda.

And today Emma Thompson beamed with pride as she watched her  African son graduate from university.

Wearing a cream suit and green satin jacket, the 50-year-old actress wrapped her arm around Tindyebwa Agaba as he clutched his ribbon-tied scroll.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson and husband Greg Wise with their son Tindyebwa Agaba, who graduated with a 2.1 degree  from Exeter University in politics.

And along with Miss Thompson’s husband Greg Wise, the family proudly posed for the student’s official graduation photo.

Dressed in a traditional black cloak and mortarboard, 22-year-old Tindyebwa grinned with delight as Exeter University Chancellor Floella Benjamin presented him with his 2.1 honours degree in politics.

‘I admit I found my first year very difficult, the second year was less difficult and the third year was an absolute blast,’ he said after the ceremony.

‘So in a nutshell I’ve been from hell to heaven in three years.’

Miss Thompson and Mr Wise met Tindyebwa, known as Tindy for short, at a Refugee Council party in 2003, when he was 16 years old.

His father had died from AIDS when he was just nine and his mother and sister were listed as missing during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, having probably been abducted and raped by soldiers.

Tindy was forced to serve as a child soldier, but charity Care International eventually helped him flee to Britain, where he met his adoptive parents.

Emma Thompson

The 22-year-old was adopted by the actress in 2003 when he was aged 16. Also seen here are Thompson's mother Phyllida Law and daughter Gaia

‘He didn’t have much English, but we just got talking,’ Miss Thompson has previously said.

‘His experience had been awful and when he finally got to Britain after tremendous suffering, he told us the authorities didn’t believe him.

‘He spent two nights sleeping rough before they finally did. It was the only time he considered suicide.

‘He’s such a lovely, enchanting boy, so I said “Come and spend Christmas with us”. And he came for half the day. Slowly he became a permanent fixture, went on holidays with us and became part of the family.’

Adopting Tindy also helped the actress, who had tried and failed to have more children after undergoing IVF to conceive daughter Gaia, now eight years old.

Wise has described the process as ‘brutal’ and admitted it left him requiring therapy.

‘You try your hardest and, if it doesn’t work, it’s not your fault,’ he said.

After learning to speak English, Tindy studied GCSEs and A-levels before winning a place at Exeter University.

He said he chose Exeter because his surrogate family had told him of the ‘stunning beauty there, where they shot Sense And Sensibility’ - the 1995 film on which Miss Thompson met her 43-year-old husband.

From September, Tindy plans to attend London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he will study for a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Brunch at Anthony's in Gig Harbor

We all met up for brunch yesterday, it was so fun and the babies were great:) Tara and John head back to San Fransisco today but it was SO nice to see them and spend time catching up and laughing...
Here are some pics of our family morning.

The Gang

Gam and Zack

The teenagers arrive

Lil girl :)

Emily, Auntie Tara and Uncle John


Gam and Pa

Senor Solly


checking out his make up in a butter knife