Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Today we had the privilege of “re-adopting” Mikayla in the state of Arizona.  Although our adoption was finalized when we passed court in Ethiopia, we chose to re-adopt here in the U.S. in order to protect Mikayla’s rights as a U.S. citizen (she can now get her AZ birth certificate, and we can apply for her certificate of citizenship), protect her rights to receive an inheritance, and to officially change her name to Mikayla Aynalem Hutchison. :) 

We were thankful to have Grandma, Nana, GG, Jen and Em there in the court room to support us today!  Thanks so much for making the drive!


Judge Georgini was amazing with the kids, and even let Mikayla and Eli take turns to “practice” being the judge.  They each demanded they wanted ice cream and then banged the gavel.  Mikayla was a bit shy about the whole thing, but Eli grabbed the microphone  yelling “ICE CREAM” and then slammed down that gavel!

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We appreciate our wonderful social worker Marsha – she has helped us so much in our transition home!  It’s crazy to think that we are officially done with our social worker visits!  Kind of sad :(


The three cutest cousins EVER. 


Woo-hoo!  It feels great to be done with our last “hurdle” of the adoption process.  We love you Mikayla – you have been worth every “hurdle!”  Many people like to say how lucky you are, but the truth is that WE are the lucky ones.  Our lives are blessed more because you are a part of our family.

Okay, so now what? Who’s ready to start the process again?!?!? :) :) :)  Hmmmmm….

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pinal County Fair

I had to work at a booth representing our school district at the county fair, so we took advantage of the free entry and Micah brought the kids out when my shift was over. 

Checking out the 4H cows and sheep…img_0083 img_0086

This was the “Champion Swine” (Eli told me he liked the “winner” animals the best)img_0088

Thanks to my friend Nicole, the kids enjoyed pony rides…. just look at that princess on top of her stallion!img_0072  








And the handsome knight in shining armor!img_0077 

It just wouldn’t be a fair without the food!img_0089 img_0090

A family ride on the ferris wheel :)img_0096  img_0094

Can you say car driving DIVA? img_0101

Eli in his green “monster truck”img_0102

Making sure she is buckled in tight!  img_0113

He takes his driving very seriously.              img_0121

They were happy to play the frog game at the end of the night and they both win paddle balls :)img_0124

Mikayla’s Hair – Box Braids


Mikayla prays every night for God to “help” her hair get longer.  She wakes up every morning and tells us, “look! my hair is longer!”  So far I have tried small puffs, big puffs, and two-strand twists… but hadn’t yet done any braiding.  I attempted to try some cornrows this weekend, but her hair just wasn’t quite long enough to hold with my fingers and have room to maneuver in order to cornrow.  So, we ended up just putting in a bunch of small box braids with flower snaps on the end.  I think it turned out pretty cute :)  Next time I know I will plan out the parts differently, I wasn’t happy with where each row ended up.  I also plan to make each section of hair smaller so that the braids can “stack” on top of one another more and give her hair “full” look."  We completed this style yesterday (it took about two hours) so the braids are a bit looser today, but I’m hoping they will hold throughout the week with just some touch-ups each morning.  We’ll see…

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For those who are interested… we first co-washed with Blended Beauty Tug-Me-Not Conditioner, then moisturized with Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier (diluted with water), and used Taliah Waajid Lock It Up gel to help hold the braids in place.  We purchased the cute flower snaps from HERE.

I have tried TONS of different hair care products on Mikayla’s hair, and will post soon regarding my thoughts on what has worked well and what hasn’t.  It’s definitely a process of trial and error!  :)