2010 in Pictures (and a few captions)


December 30th, 2010

January 2010

Lexi Coloring

Ready to Mail

The earthquake that tore through Haiti spurred Kevin and Lexi into action. They opened up Color4aCause and Lexi drew pictures for people who donated to help in Haiti.

************************************************

It's my ponytail, and I like it!

It's my ponytail, and I like it!

Lexi fell in love with the book Stephanie’s Ponytail and insisted on wearing one of each of Stephanie’s ponytails. At the same time.

************************************************

Lexi's Circle Cakes

Lexi's 4th Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Lexi. This year’s theme: Circles.

************************************************

February 2010

Found Dog

This guy wandered into our garage. While we tried to locate his owners, I named him Steve. Super-friendly, super-sweet. Took most of the night, but he ended up back at home.

(Good example of why you need to microchip your dog – he got out and slipped his collar.)

**************************************************

My New Hat

I taught myself how to crochet. First thing I made? A new hat for Kevin.

************************************************

March 2010

Lexi & Milo

Milo & Lexi

Milo in a Box

We celebrated a full year home with Milo. Hard to believe how tiny he was just a year ago.

***************************************

The Book Arrives

Reading My Book

Kevin wrote a book about our adoption and the profits helped fund a well in Ethiopia.

(The full amount was raised by September 2010.)

*************************************************

April 2010

Milo's Baptism

Milo's Baptism

Milo was baptized in April. Loudest baptism ever. Lexi ran circles in the front of the church while we talking and then Milo proceeded to scream at the top of his lungs during the actual baptism and prayer. As you can see, he completely wore himself out.

There are no pictures but it’s also the month we decided to start the adoption process once again.

**************************************************

May 2010

Goal!

The Red Wings were in the Playoffs.

More importantly, Milo learned to say “GOAL”

*************************************************

June 2010

Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday Kevin!

************************************************

Waiting for Yeshumnesh

Barely two months after we started the process to adopt we got very unexpected news….a daughter!

(We were thinking our next child would come home summer of 2011.)

**************************************************

July 2010

The Mohawk

$100 was donated to charity:water if Kevin got a mohawk. He did it the same week I was in Alaska meeting our preteen daughter who would be mortified to hear her new dad had a mohawk.

***************************************************

On the Way to Alaska

Nicole and I arrive in Alaska.

Abby & Yeshumnesh

Met Yeshumnesh for the first time.

At the Airport

Nicole and Yeshumnesh waiting to board our flight home after a long week in a hotel room in Alaska. There’s really only so much Hannah-Montana a person can take.

Family Photo!

Finally home. The whole family together.

************************************************

August 2010

Mall of America w/ 4 Kids

This month we a) learned how to parent a preteen and b) introduced Yeshumnesh to the insanity that is the Mall of America.

*************************************************

Opening Presents

Happy Birthday Yeshumnesh.

Presents in the morning.

Going to Fasika's

Heading out to Fasika’s for dinner.

*************************************************

Milo's Mess

Oh, and Milo discovered how much fun it is to shred a whole roll of toilet paper into the toilet.

*************************************************

September 2010

Yeshumnesh's First Day of 6th Grade

The required First Day of School picture.

*************************************

Ethiopian New Year

Ethiopian New Year

Ethiopian New Year Celebration at Phalen Park.

************************************************

Abby's Birthday

Happy Birthday to me.

Mark Horvath Talking to Ka'e k'e

This is the second year Mark came to visit on my birthday. One of the most selfless people I know, Mark travels the US interviewing people who are homeless and letting them tell their story.

Milo & Mark

He hung out at our house for most the afternoon and I’m amazed at his ability to tune out the insane noise level.

***************************************************

October 2010

Birthday

Opening Presents

Happy Birthday, Milo! This year we celebrated Milo’s birthday in Green Bay with his Great-Grandma.

************************************************

<Halloween 2010

Halloween Part 1. Lexi and Milo getting ready to Trick-or-Treat at Byerly’s. Lexi went as Princess Tiana (I made her costume) and Milo was a hockey player.

Halloween 2010

Halloween Part 2. Trick-or-Treating at the Mall of America. Kevin, Milo and I were a hockey team, Yeshumnesh was a 50′s girl, and Lexi was still Princess Tiana.

************************************************

November 2010

Writing Love on Our Arms

Writing Love on Our Arms

Writing Love on Our Arms

<TWLOHA Day: Love in English & Amharic

We wrote love on our arms.

Milo still asks for me to write on his arm when I have a marker.

*************************************************

Madden Family 2010

We went to Kansas for Thanksgiving and a pre-Christmas.

In this photo

Back row: Emelia, Thomas, Tom, Tyler, Briean, Abby, Milo, Pam, Tamera, Carl, Kerry

Middle Row: Liz, Alaina, Yeshumnesh

Front Row: Colton, Lexi, Kayden, Wanda, Bill, Kevin

**************************************************

December 2010

Decorating Our Christmas Tree

Lexi learned the joys of self-photography.

************************************************

Decorating Our Christmas Tree

Getting the house ready for Christmas.

**************************************

New Piano

My Christmas present from 2009 arrived this month.

*************************************************

Twin Cities Blizzard of 2010

Huge, giant, freakin’ snowstorm. 5th biggest ever. Biggest in 20 years. 17+inches of snow. On a Saturday.

For the 3rd time this season. (I’d just like a snow storm to fall on a weekday.)

************************************************

mohawk1

Our Christmas cards this year. Yes, they included Kevin with a mohawk, much to the horror of a certain pre-teen who shall remain nameless.

Christmas #1 was in Kansas. Christmas #2 was at our house. Christmas #3 was in Green Bay.

**************************************************

We're Married>

Kevin and I celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

**************************************

So that’s our year. How was yours?


3 Responses to “2010 in Pictures (and a few captions)”

  1. Julia on December 31, 2010 8:59 am

    Awesome year!

  2. Cindy on December 31, 2010 11:07 am

    Heck of a year! Great post.

  3. Christina on January 28, 2011 8:12 pm

    Wow, what a year! And we must have anniversaries near one another. Ours is January 8th. :)

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

Speak your mind