Sunday, July 22, 2007


We are so lucky to have such good friends and family!

On Friday some of our friends (even Chryssi & John who are patiently waiting for baby Jack to decide it's time for his birthday!) braved the idea of eating without utensils and had dinner with us at the Ehiopian restaurant...

Luckily, everyone loved it! They all told Kevin he needs to learn how to make injera. The crowd favorite was the avocado and tomato wrapped in injera.

My brother Ryan and his girlfriend Danielle joined us for the yummy food. They brought us two cutie outfits from Gymboree - so soft and comfy for Micah!

Kevin loves injera!

This is one of my college roommates Jim (our other roommate was there too - she took the group picture). I love that he was a part of our celebration. :)

My family also had a shower for me today that was so much fun! Of course, I forgot my camera, but I was promised pics from those with cameras, so I'll post some as soon as I get them. The lowdown - we got both of our carseats, the umbrella stroller I've been dreaming of :), our cute little wagon for Micah, lamps and great stuff for his room, his pack n play, a cute hand-made quilt, and some other great stuff - diapers, cute clothes, towels- all the necessities.

Thanks to everyone for a great weekend! Now I really have to get to work - tomorrow night we are making lists of what we need to pack and what needs to be done before we leave. Any advice? (HELP! :)


  1. Sounds like a great fun weekend!!

    We received our travel guide this weekend - so I've been reading about all that you no longer have time to read about and must do!!! hooray!

    I'll look forward to seeing any advice given to ya, too!

    :) Jenni

  2. Congratulations on getting your travel dates! I just watched the video on the CHI blog, it was very touching. Micah is a beautiful boy.

  3. Congratulations again. I used a list pieced together from prior travelers. It at least is a good start if you do not have one. Happy packing!

  4. Stacie, can't help you with what needs to be packed but I had made a list of things to get when I go to Uzbekistan. I figured I would be so overwhelmed with everything I would forget. I don't know if this will help or not so take it with a grain of salt.
    1. a bible from Uzbekistan. Even if it's from the hotel room. I want one from her country that will travel home with her. This will be hers for now and for her to pass on to future generations. We'll use it for her communion, baptism, etc. bible.
    2. Tons of fabric art, crafts, etc. from Uzbekistan to decorate her room and the house. Keep her culture alive in the household.
    3. Little carved trinkets, even if touristy. Will drill hole in them or glue string to make into Christmas ornaments for the tree. They don't need to be of the Christmas theme. Just of her homeland.
    4. A nice piece of jewelry such as a gold chain or charm, something I will wear daily so she knows that I am proud of where I got it and that it has a special connection to her. She can see it daily and realize that mommy wears a 'piece of her country'.
    5. Seeds of perennial flowers. Try to plant them to grow a garden that connects Uzbekistan to our backyard.
    6. An empty baby food jar to put dirt/sand/leaves/shells/ or flowers in it from near the babyhouse.