Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mekla Genna

Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which is about 7-8 years behind ours. Because of that, their Christmas falls on January 7th. In Ethiopia, it is a very religious holiday, which they celebrate with a 40 day fast which is broken on Genna.  They spend the day traveling from church to church, with a 3 hour mass. Traditionally it is called Lidet, but the word Genna comes from a game (similar to hockey) that the boys play every year.

How did we celebrate? By joining 20 other adoptive families for a meal in Portland at The Horn of Africa. We also decided to spend the night in Portland, so the boys could go swimming and just make a big deal of their first Genna as Americans.

It was funny, with all the talk about how much they miss injera, Ethiopian food, Tegan was not all that impressed. I guess he is to Americanized, and pizza, french fries and chicken nuggets have become his favorite food!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 94

Showing off their new Spider Man pj's. Thanks Grandma!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 93

Celebrating Mommys birthday

Day 93

Tegan and friend at his schools Christmas production