Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!
Miles Family - October 2011 - Northern Ethiopian Trip in the Tigray Region

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Went to the Movies!

Hooray!  The movie "New Moon" came to Addis after all.  I hear from the web and tv that it is crazy popular in the states.  I have seen it twice now.  Once with fellow twilighters and then I dragged (literally) Mitch there last night.  He kept making silly comments and giving me the "eye rolling," but he was there.  He was a good sport since the movie is really for all the crazy girl fans out there and he will not read the books.  It was great to be able to see the movie though!  I can't wait for the third movie....Eclipse!  200 more days to go, but who is counting!  hee, hee, hee

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The Christmas tree and the Lioness!







Sophi is one and good at it, so this year the Christmas tree is now on a table. She has been like a lioness stalking her prey trying to see where she can attack the tree and grab an ornament. Hopefully she will NOT be successful! She can't quite reach the bottom branches. Hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.

Even Sophi has a car!


Just thought this was a fun picture. Big brother sure loves his little sister. He would push her around all day in this little car if he didn't have to go to school everyday. Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Never say Never!


We NEVER thought we would EVER have a family member wear ANYTHING that had to do with Idaho Vandals......or Vangals is what a friend/co-worker would say. However, our good friends that used to live in Addis made and sent these AWESOME Boise State blankets to us. We love them and use them all the time. Then we noticed something else in the box and wouldn't you know it........an Idaho Vandal onesie for Sophi. Hmmff! Mitch was distraught and I thought it was hysterical!! So this is the ONE and ONLY time we will have vandal paraphenelia (sp?) Thanks Sombke's and to my wonderful friends in Idaho who are Vandals.........Enjoy and have a laugh!! However, be assured we are true blue bloods and have been watching Boise State all season when we can get the games on ESPN!! Even at 3 am! Go Broncos!

Shocked! I am......I just logged onto blogspot for the first time in months. Hooray! I am going to see if this works. Here is just a cute picture of the girls! Sophi loves her sister and brother and loves to make a mess.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lake Langano Trip!

It has been awhile since our last post.........the internet connection and speed here is downright........UGHH!! Anyways...onto more pleasant experiences. At the end of March, the family headed out of town for 4 days to Lake Langano. It is about 3 to 3 1/2 hours (depending on traffic) and is out in the country. We had a wonderful time! It may not look like much in the pictures, but it was a little bit of heaven compared to the overly crowded city of Addis. We stayed in a small cabin and tent. We had a kitchen and fire pits to cook our meals. We also had a restroom facility. We were not roughing it at all like we had expected. We played and swam in the water, played volleyball, played bocce ball, fished, played card games/board games, seen lots of different kinds of birds, and enjoyed every minute. It was really nice and we were able to go with some friends who knew the ropes. You will see that Eli caught the only fish of the weekend and it was capital U for ugly. Then Eli beat us all in Bocce Ball....never doubt that beginner's luck idea. Glori and Eli collected shells on the beach and played all day from sun up to sun down. Sophi did well. We had her playpen set up and she played, played, played and slept. All in all a great time and we want to visit again. Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Daddy's Girls!!


Mitch and his girls.........well, one girl is taking the picture! I thought this was a cute picture.

Found a new friend!


Our friends found a turtle walking by their gate drinking some run off water. Here are some pictures and video of this curious fellow. Eli said his name should be George!! video

Baking and Cleaning





In December, I unpacked the Bosch mixer and started putting it to good use. I use it several times a week making bread, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns and scones. I know what you are thinking......no way!! I used to occasionally bake from scratch and now it is a necessity. Honestly, it has been fun. One of my friends here makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur. She is an awesome baker and cook. She gave me some tips and some of her high altitude recipies and they are great. The other pictures are of veggies and fruits bought on the local market. They are drying out from all the "cleaning prep" that needs to be done. However, it is worth it! The fruits and veggies are delicious. Fresh mangos, papayas, plums, oranges, strawberries and sweet melon. the lettuce is out of our very own garden. Yummy!!

Guess Who?


For our family in Idaho....look really closely to this picture. Who do you think the man is in this picture? We will give you a hint......he is from Germany........it is Dirk!! Surprise Daniel Son!! It is such a small, small world. He was visiting Ethiopia for business and came to our small church branch one Sunday. So after all these years, we have to see him again in Ethiopia. It really is a small world. Daniel, I need you here.........Dirk and Mitch are speaking German and I need a translator!!

Running, it may be in the genes!

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Glori loves to run........either being chased by her brother or chasing her brother. For family that may be watching this......does she look like someone...oh about 30 years ago! Hee, Hee, Hee

Look, no training wheels!

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In the last month, Eli started to ride his bike again. After a few wipe outs and scraped knees, he is riding his bike without training wheels. Hooray! He loves his bike and rides it every chance he gets. Now, he rides like a pro. video

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Glori's ribbons!

For those of you that know Glori Sue........she loves silky tags even the ones in the back of her pants. So, Grandma Anita had a great idea to keep her hands out of her pants. She had a blanket made with all these pretty, silky ribbons all around it. As you can see, it has been a hit! Glori loves it and we do too. Thanks Grandma! Now, all we have to do is work on the thumb. Ughhh!!

Sophi's Growing






Here are some new pictures of Sophi Marie. Today she is 3 months old and everyday she smiles, coos and kicks her feet. She is for the most part a very happy baby. Both Eli and Glori can make her laugh most of the time. Eli loves her soft hair and wants to touch it everyday. Glori says...."my sister is so cute!" Sophi also does not let mom out of her site for too long. She will follow mom with her eyes anywhere in a room. Mitch says that she always keeps one eye on me. She is a lot of fun! Some of these pictures were taken by Eli. He is getting pretty good at taking pictures, don't you think?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sophi's Blessing



Sophi was blessed at church in her beautiful white dress on January 4th. She looked like a little angel and was very quiet during the blessing. Members of the Branch Presidency stood in during the nice blessing with Mitch. Now for the rest of her life she can tell friends and family that when she was a baby, she was blessed in Ethiopia.