Today I took Dimples and Ladybug to the Health Department where all three of us were vaccinated. The kids finished up some routine childhood vaccines, while I updated my tetanus and began my Hepatitis A and B series. Last time we traveled I chose not to be vaccinated, with the exception of a gamma globulin shot which gave me temporary protection against Hepatitis A. For years I have avoided vaccines because I have an autoimmune disorder (currently in remission) and we have been concerned that vaccines could trigger an unhealthy reaction in my body. However, I had to have a couple of vaccines last year and I tolerated them well, so we decided that I would go ahead and be vaccinated. The Hepatitis A and B vaccines are supposed to give lifetime immunity (which remains to be seen), and since I hope to travel to Ethiopia in the future, I will be glad to have that protection. We’ll probably go ahead and do the oral vaccine for typhus as well since we plan to travel to some rural areas and eat in people’s homes.
AHOPE work is very busy. Our t-shirts are done and look fantastic. We are working out a few final details before we begin offering them online. I have a picture of Sweet Pea, N., and S., modeling them which I almost put on my blog last night, but I decided to wait until we are ready to launch our sales. Shirts are also going to be sold at the Mile High Music Festival and an Ethiopian Adoption Picnic that is coming up. We hope to have them at many other gatherings in the future. We are also working on another very exciting project…but I can’t reveal it quite yet.
If you have a blog and would like a “badge” that will act as a hyperlink to a page where shirts can be purchased, send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll give you directions as soon as Rusty has it set up. All of the proceeds go to support the children at AHOPE, and I can’t think of a better cause than that.
Mimi is having a grand time in Denver. N. is working hard washing windows and moving people’s belongings. S. is busy designing a play structure for his Boy Scout Eagle project. Rusty is creating a Facebook Causes page for AHOPE and helping us with all kinds of techy details for our various projects. Tomorrow Ladybug is going to begin learning Spencerian handwriting with Sweet Pea. Dimples and Boo are spending lots of time in the sandbox creating a “bakery”. Eby is eating, growing, and playing, and Little Man has discovered that he can go potty in the potty seat and get a gummy bear each time! We think he is a prodigy.
Russ and I are sleeping a little, working a lot, and trying to fit moments of fun into our days. Tonight we sat on the hammock and watched the kids play after dinner — it was great.
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