Sunday, August 30, 2009

Football, Vacation and Ethiopians....LIFE is good!

We have had a busy month! This month, Tegegn actually attended his first COLTS game. We had to start him early...he lasted through 30 minutes of pre-game action and through the first quarter and then he was done. We met up with Syd and Katie Nicholson and then walked around for a bit. He loved the cars and tractor in the Lucas Oil Stadium. We had a great time and we are glad that he could experience COLTS football at such a young age.

Tegegn taking it all in at the Colts game.

Go Colts! The Ponsler's are cheering you on - LOUD and PROUD!

This past week we were able to spend some time on vacation with my family at a lake not to far away from our home. Unfortunately we had a chilly and rainy week, but we still had a great time. The kids enjoy playing with each other and really enjoyed the kayaks and the sand. Tegegn LOVES the water and wanted to be in it anytime he was outside.

Our nephews, Nathan and Aaron in the kayaks.

Our nephew, Eli, playing in the sand.

You know how Tegegn loves his car....he loves it so much that he would not go into the water without it. Luckily, it floats!

He also experienced his first wave runner ride with Daddy. We think he enjoyed it; however, he was really cold when he came back to shore so we called it a day.

On Friday, we had the opportunity to experience The Wiggles firsthand. Tegegn really enjoyed the show. It was very entertaining. His favorite part was when the octopus and the dog appeared on stage. He waved to them like crazy. It was fun to experience this for him. I know that he probably won't remember it when he is older; however, we had a great time watching him enjoy the moment.

This is Tegegn at the Wiggles. He really enjoyed the show.

On Saturday, we met up with three other families in the Lafayette area who have adopted from Ethiopia. We are so blessed to have formed friendships with others whom have experienced adoption. We continue to get to know them and we always look forward to meeting the children who come home to their forever families. I often wonder if the children will form friendships like us as parents have formed friendships. I can only hope that this will become a reality in the future.

Here are the precious faces of the children. They are all so precious.

This is Isaac. He turned 1 today! Happy Birthday!

This is Jamin. He is 11 months.

This is Jamin's brother, Emet. He turned 2 in June.

This is Abeba. She just tuned 2.

Tegegn has allergies and has a runny nose right now. I hope he gets better soon. Since we have been at home, he had to find something to do to entertain himself. What better way...he cleared a space to put his truck in the fridge.

When Tegegn is sick, he likes to cuddle and sleep on us. He fell asleep on me this afternoon and I ate it up! He rarely sits on our lap so we take advantage of the times he does!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Life as a Single Mom

The last week of July I was on TLO again. I think I am getting spoiled being off so much this year, but what a great year to be off work and with Tegegn. I had never been to the Fort Wayne Zoo (which is much better than the Indy Zoo) so Tegegn and I met our friends Ashley and Audrey. We had a great time catching up and Tegegn loved the tiger and the carousal.

As Tegegn would say, "choo, choo!" We rode the train and he loved it. I thought this was a really cute picture of Ashley and Audrey on the train.

Chris is in Florida this week for his business sales meeting. We miss him bunches. Everytime Tegegn hears a sound at home that he thinks is the garage door, he runs (he does this a lot now - running that is) from the living room, through the kitchen to the laundry room yelling "dada, dada!" He is a daddy's boy. Luckily, he will see him on Friday.

I am not sure that I have mentioned this recently, but Tegegn is a pretty good traveler. He loves bringing all his toys with him to keep him entertained. We are on the go a lot and he doesn't seem to mind. You can always assume he will pick a toy with wheels to spin. It keeps him entertained for long periods of time.

I have enjoyed my time this week with Tegegn, but it will be nice to get back to normal. I find myself waking up early in order to make sure that I have time to take a shower before he wakes up for the day. I am known to fall asleep when putting Tegegn to bed and this week I have fallen asleep with him every night. One night, I must have been really tired because I didn't wake up until 11:00 pm and I only woke up because he started mumbling in his sleep.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Loads of Fun

We love the summer. We always think that the summer means more time...however, we are always non-stop. We thought that having Tegegn join our family would slow us down a bit. Nope. Not at all. I actually think that we are busier now than ever before. What a great busy though. The past couple of weeks included a trip to Chicago (Tegegn's first time to the city, but not his last). We went there with Chris's sister and her family. We had a great time. Tegegn LOVED the subway. We also took a boat ride and a bus ride. What a great time!

After Chris and I get home from work, we are usually outside because Tegegn literally takes our hand and drags us out there. He would live outside if we would let him. Silly boy.

My boys. I love them dearly. I never knew that I could love these guys as much as I do. I would do anything for them.

Tegegn still loves bath time. He loves having bubbles in the tub with him. As soon as the bubbles form, he sticks his mouth in the bubbles and creates a crazy ring around his mouth of soap. It makes us laugh everytime. Again, he is so silly and he doesn't even know it yet.

I thought this was a cool picture. We were in the backyard and he was going in an out of his pool. He currently likes the hose better than his pool. Maybe that will change next year. Who knows?

So, I thought I had a great deal at a garage sale in town. I found this Power Wheels 4 wheeler for $1. Great deal, right? Well, Chris ran into Walmart to purchase the 6Volt battery and $38 later it was working. Seriously, people. Who ever thought a battery would cost that much. I could understand $20, but $38. I am in the wrong business.

Tegegn still has some amazing BIG brown eyes. We call these Baby Einstein eyes because it reminds us of the first time he saw something on DVD.