Happy Fourth Birthday Aram!
You are so so loved.
On this day, you had your (very scary) early start at life:
But look at you now!
NOW THAT is worth celebrating!
When Samuel first arrived home it was very important for him to get a sense of our roles as a family. This is another way to build attachment and help him grasp that he is part of a new family. This was initially difficult for us to do, because when Samuel first arrived home he showed signs of indiscriminate friendliness.
I.F. is a common issue among adoptees (especially in orphanage or multiple caregiver settings). We haven’t completely worked through this … Keep Reading!!!
Well, I finally watched all the interviews I did the day the TIME cover was released. Brian said it was important for me to see. I can’t stand hearing a recording of my voice, so you can imagine how horrifying it was for me to hear audio accompanied by video! Being shell-shocked is not the best way to be interviewed, I’ve decided. Where was my Xanax when I needed it?
Here are my thoughts on what I just witnessed. Nothing … Keep Reading!!!
I have been reluctant to bring the boys to The Getty because I did not feel they were quite old enough for the experience. However, my views have changed. My friend Alexandra and decided to brave The Getty with our preschool-aged children.
Admittedly, we did not make it into the building. However, we bought snacks and spent hours in the gardens. What a beautiful and inspiring place for children. It is like Alice in Wonderland.
Today I will be spending my morning at Homeboy Industries.
Last week, I brought my friend Shannon on a bit of an adventure (the girl is up for anything fun) to check out what Homeboy is cooking up- and apparently that would be baked goods and salsa (among other things).
… Keep Reading!!!
Homeboy Industries serves at-risk and gang involved youth with a continuum of services and programs designed to meet their multiple needs, and runs four businesses that serve as job-training
Here is the last in my Katherine Dettwyler series. Part of a lecture from one of her Anthropology classes, which I’ve done my best to convert into a post.
(shared with permission)
The Anthropological: Breastfeeding & Weaning
Humans are most closely related to Great Apes. (Organgutans, Gorillas, Chimpanzees)
Great Ape Nature: Social, reliance on learned behavior, and able to make and use tools.
Human Nature: Humans nature differs from great … Keep Reading!!!
When I first started this blog my intention was to keep our family informed during the adoption process. I had no idea blogging would connect me with so many like-minded people, as well as provide an outlet for my thoughts.
Here are the top reasons I love to blog:
There are no rules-
I can dedicate an entire ridiculous post to why I have a phobia of blood pressure cuffs, and no one can stop me.
Okay, there are rules- … Keep Reading!!!
The Butterfly Pavilion was created for observation, education, and research. As each butterfly dies, the researchers will mark and record the data to determine the natural lifespan of each species. I have to say, I am not sure how reliable the data from this project will be. There were at least a few casualties during the thirty minutes we spent in the exhibit. … Keep Reading!!!
My husband lost his mother to cancer when he was only eight years old. He still vividly remembers the wigs she would wear during the time of her treatment.
A couple of months ago we started talking about his mother and what he remembered about her when she was ill. The conversation ended with Brian deciding to grow out and donate his hair to Wigs for Kids.
Brian has been successfully growing out his hair for months, but he … Keep Reading!!!
My husband and I always knew we wanted to raise our children with a global perspective. We knew we could do this by traveling with our children. However, the education doesn’t need to stop when we are home in the US.
One of the best resources that I’ve discovered which teaches children about other cultures is Kid World Citizen. They have in-depth country information (organized by continent). Get snack ideas and recipes from other cultures, learn how Christmas is … Keep Reading!!!
My name is Jamie Grumet and I am writing this post because one of my best friends is also the SEO and editing genius on this page and she has persuaded me with her grammatically accurate words to write this post for SEO purposes. I’ve succumbed to the pressure, so here we go-
I have been instructed to write my name, a lot. Jamie Grumet <— My name. This is so when people google “Jamie Grumet” my blog comes … Keep Reading!!!