That time has arrived.
When Evangeline comes home, everything in her world will be different. Even though we have been staring at her picture for months, falling more and more in love with her every day, we will be strangers to her. Strangers who will take her from her current caregivers to a place where everyone looks different, speaks an entirely different language and eats different food. We hope that learning some basic Amharic phrases will be one way that we can ease this transition... and offer her reassurance in a language she understands.
But there was no time for language lessons this morning. We were too busy making Newborn King Crowns. I got this idea from Rebecca of La Dolce Vida: The Sweet Life. She had a whole newborn king themed party!
For us, this craft required lots of help from me. We didn't have the stick-on jewels to make it super simple for the little ones. The kids did pick all their own shapes and colors and Jude colored his crown.
I added elastic to the back for a fit that was more snug.
The kids played king and queen for a full hour afterwards, proudly wearing their crowns. I was able to cook lunch in peace all the while playing along, pretending to be their personal chef. The kids thought this was hilarious. When I asked them to pick up their toys before lunch, Jude cleverly decided to use the situation to his advantage. "Kings don't clean up after themselves", he insisted. This was a great opportunity to remind him that the Newborn King who we are celebrating, the King of Kings, taught us it is better to serve than to be served.
[This last photo was taken by Jude.]