Let the fun begin!

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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Girl Power in Abuna Yemata (Tigray Region of Northern Ethiopia)

In October, our family with some friends took a trip to Northern Ethiopia. Fantastic trip! The girls did some great hiking and free climbing to a church built into a cave. It is said that the church started being built in 800AD. There are also 14th century Frescoes inside.

However, in order to get to this church (which served as a refuge for many years) you have to climb 45 meters from the base to the final ledge mingling through these footholds and shear drop offs.

This was a true highlight for me and my friends. It was incredible. I did it and Mitch is still very proud since he knows I am a scaredy cat of heights. Yikes!!!!

Enjoy the pics!

Poinsettas Growing Wild!

In October we took a trip to the Northern Ethiopian Region known as the Tigray Region. It was a fabulous trip.......one of our "highlights" of being here for 3 1/2 years. More pics to follow from this trip. However, I took these pictures when we deplained in Axum, Ethiopia.

I thought it was fitting to post a couple of pictures of the Poinsettas that grow in different parts of Ethiopia on the first day of December. We are getting ready for the holidays.........Happy decorating!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today was a special day for our "Lone Scouters" (cub scouts and boy scouts) in Addis. The day after Thanksgiving, the boys were able to learn about the American Flag, what does it mean, how to take care of it and also how to hang and fold it. The group was also able to "raise" the flag above the US Embassy with the Marines.

Eli's American Flag now has a certificate that it has been flown above the US Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was a neat ceremony and we wanted to share with you.

We thought it was a wonderful way to end our American Thankgiving Holiday. Hope yours was great too!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Eli's Cross Country Meet

Eli had his first "official" cross country meet in Addis. The entire ICS high, middle and elementary team competed with 4 or 5 other schools. ICS finished 1st place in the team division.

Eli placed 4th place with a time of 3:51 for 1k in the elementary division consisting of 4th and 5th graders. Eli is in 4th grade. He improved his time by 14 seconds from two weeks ago at the fun run. He almost passed the boys in 2nd and 3rd place......they were only 1 second apart. Sooooo close!

We are so proud of him. He really did enjoy his first year of cross country and I enjoyed being a parent volunteer coach. :-)

P.S. Did you see his Boise State hat on? Go Broncos!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

We hate saying Good Bye!

Today, we said goodbye to our friends and neighbors in Addis Ababa. The Whitts have been our neighbors for over 2 years. We were their sponsors when they arrived. Now, we are watching them leave and we are STILL here. sniff, sniff They are a wonderful family and we wish them well. Take care and safe travels. We love you guys and will miss you tons!

This part of the Foreign Service stinks. I am quickly learning that there are two types of ways you "deal" or "cope" with the goodbye situation. One way usually consists of a group of veteran, foreign servicers who have said so many goodbyes over the years in so many countries that they AVOID (at all costs) goodbyes and say SEE YA LATER! No tears and no drama!

The other way of coping is to say goodbye, hug, shed some tears, and sulk the rest of the day. Well, I am in this category. What can I say? I am a newbie and sometimes you just need a good cry! Eating Halloween candy is also part of the "coping" process.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Marine Corp. Ball - Thanks Marines!

Last night was the Marine Corp. Ball in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was a very nice evening with an emotional Marine presentation, guest speakers and ofcourse the social aspect of dancing, eating and mingling.

Here are some "candid" pics from the evening. Mitch was in the states on training, so I went with friends. We had a group of gals at a table. We danced the night away to some oldies and some goodies.......like Lady Gaga! My Zumba dance classes have come in handy. hee, hee

Happy Birthday Marines and THANK YOU for all that you do around the world!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Kids Love Horseback Riding!

Wow, we have great internet today so I am blasting through some blog posts. Hooray! I know I have been sooooooooooooo behind, but what can I do?

The Latest..........the kids have been taking horse riding lessons since August. They love it! Eli just went off leash last week....meaning that he controls the horse and not the instructor. Glori Sue has been doing great as well. She looks so proper when she prances around. Even Sophers gets to have a pony ride around the track. Enjoy the pics!

Go Eli Go!

As an after school activity, Eli joined the 4th and 5th grade Junior Cross Country Team at his International School in Addis Ababa. Fourteen practices later, he continues to improve and get stronger. Last Thursday he ran a 1 mile time trial in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

On Saturday he had his first "fun run" at another international school and ran a 1K in 4 minutes and 5 seconds. He placed third for the elementary runners with a course that was quite hilly. He is only in 4th grade, but shows a love for running. Way to go Eli!

p.s. After the race, he wanted the pain to stop in his legs. hee, hee, hee How I wish I could take the pain away. I know (very well) that running hurts sometimes or better yet most of the time! Yikes!

Halloween Fun in Addis Ababa!

Look, it's Velma, a Jailbird and Princess Leia! Even the adults had fun this year! The Sophinator was Scooby Doo! She loved it!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth!

Glori Sue just lost her 2nd front tooth.  We hope the tooth fairy remembers to leave some birr (Ethiopian money) under her pillow?  Other parents have already told Glori that the tooth fairy is quite generous in Addis Ababa.  Ughh!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Taco Night w/ the Missionaries!

It has been a week since we have been home from summer vacation.  We went to church today and wanted to have the missionaries over for taco night.  We hope they liked it.  At least it is a little taste of home.  Not that we want them trunky or homesick!  hee, hee, hee  They are a neat group and some are moving on to Uganda.  Good luck Elders and take care! 
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