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We are the Ducommuns! There are 4 of us now-Craig, Laura, Zamara, and now Mahashavah, our 1 year old son. We adopted Zamara from Ethiopia in 2008. Our son is also from Ethiopia and we are hoping to bring him home soon. We live Flagstaff Arizona. We are so glad you found us. Take a look around and don't forget to leave us a message.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First Ballet Class!!

Yesterday was Zamara's first time at ballet class. Her good friend, Kate, has been taking ballet since last fall and has loved it. In December we all went to see the Nutcracker together and ZiZi has been excited about ballet ever since. So we decided to give it a try.

First off, it was very cute to see a 3-year olds ballet class. They tend to roll around on the floor and look in the mirror more than they dance, but it was so adorable to see them in the class wearing their tights and ballet slippers. There were only 4 girls in the class and I think that helped to keep them focused.

I was so proud of our little Z. She was not nervous at all and just walked right into the room when class started. I think it helped that she had her friend Kate there with her who already knew the ropes. Her teacher was amazing and did a lot of fun stuff while teaching them some basic techniques.

Zamara was so proud of herself when class was over. We let her wear her "ballet costume" (as she calls it) home and while I was making dinner she danced around the house doing some of the moves she learned in class. Every few minutes she would come running into the kitchen to show me her dancing and then run back into the living room to practice some more.

So, I think we will sign her up for the semester and see how it goes. I am including some pictures of the big class.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jesus Conversation!

At bedtime, once teeth are brushed and jammies are put on, we snuggle in the lazy boy rocker and talk about the day, pray, just plain snuggle.

The other night I was snuggling with Zamara and we were talking about the people we loved. I told Zamara that I loved Jesus the very best and she asked me "Why?" I said, "I love Jesus because He loves me and took away all my sins."

She asked, "What are sins?". I said, "Sin is when we do something naughty."

Zamara said, "Oh, OK" then asked, "He takes ALL our sins away?"

I said, "Yes. He takes all our sins away if we ask Him."

To this she said, "Actually, He only takes some of them away, though."

So we went on for a few minutes with me trying to explain that yes, Jesus does take all of our sins away. It was a very cute conversation and so purely simple that it almost brought a tear to my eye. She has also been trying out some new vocabulary like, "actually" and "though". She tends to add them on to almost every sentence.

The whole conversation was very adorable and I wish I would have had a tape recording all of it. These are the conversations I want to remember for forever.