Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!


Happy 4th of July everyone! Today we celebrate the independence of the United States of America. I wasn't born here - my family and I emigrated when I was just a baby - but I am proud and thankful for both the countries I call home. This is a great day to enjoy time with your family and friends, too. Do you celebrate American Independence Day? If so, how are you celebrating today?


Friday, June 7, 2013

Ethiopian Music

I listen to all the types of music that any other girl my age does. Yet, I don't think any of my classmates listen to Ethiopian music along with the stuff that's played on the radio. Since I always like to talk about my culture, I thought I'd share with you about Ethiopian music!

Many languages are spoken in Ethiopian and of the most common is Amharic. I speak a little of that but my mother tongue is Tigringa, the language of the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopian. My family is from Mek'ele which is the capital of this region. We speak mainly Tigringa at home. We also listen to lots of music from Ethiopia, both Amharic and Tigringa!

The first song I am showing is Gual Hagerebseb. It's a Tigringa song and my favorite.


Here is some traditional Tigringa music. You can see some interesting instruments here and you'll see some of the pretty costumes that the Tigray people wear.


This is some children doing the Tigringa Kuda dance.


Next, I'll show you some Amharic music. This song is my favorite Amharic song.


And because its too cute not to share, here are some adorable Ethiopian dancing to a song I found while looking for videos to show you.


Thank you for watching! Are you or your family from a different country or culture? Do you like to listen to music from that culture? Share in the comments below!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Meet my friends!

Hello everybody! It's Mellesse. I haven't been on the blog in for-ev-er but now that school's out (today was my last day!) I think I'll have time to post more.
Today I wanted to introduce you to my four best friends.

This is not the best picture because my little sister Seble wanted to take it. No offense, Seble!

From left to right, this is Elaine, Vera, Yumi, me, and Nina. Nina is my closest friend but we are all very close.


This is Elaine Peterson. She loves music and fashion and is very lively. We've been in the same class almost every year since Kindergarten. I've known her the longest out of anybody!


Next is Vera Ivanova. When I first met her, she was so shy and reserved. Later, I learned that it's because she's been through a lot. But now that we are friends, she's very fun to be around and exciting to hang out with. She is obsessed with writing and reading, always with her nose in a book or in her journal.


Third is Yumi Mitsuwa! She moved here recently from Japan for her dad's job. She is very artsy and creative, with an outgoing personality.


Last but not least is Nina Robledo, who I mentioned before is my bestest bestest friend of all! She is very kind and compassionate and her passion is dancing. Sometimes I feel intimidated or a baby because she seems so mature, but I know I can talk to her about anything! We've been best friends since 3rd grade.


Yours truly! My hair is quite a mess. My mom wants me to get it put in braids again for the summer but I like it to all be loose or in a ponytail or just two braids like the picture. What do you think?

Seble got up on a step-ladder to attempt an aerial shot but none of us were looking and it didn't work.

Sometimes I'll let my friends make blogposts here, too. Elaine especially wants to give you fashion advice and Vera wants to write about book reviews. I don't know about that, but maybe they'll share about their daily lives. It may sound boring, but do any of you want to hear how to make a poofy blue scarf out of a too-little sock? 



Thursday, January 17, 2013

My New Cat!



Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas and a great start to the New Year. As I mentioned in my last post, I celebrated Christmas on January 7th - I meant to post about it, but I got too busy with friends and family. Anyway, I had a very good time and ate lots of traditional foods. 
You'll never guess what my best friend, Nina, got me for Christmas - my very own kitty! His name is Murphy.
Nina volunteers at the animal shelter a lot, which is how she came to adopt this cat for me. He was found wandering around with an injured leg. He was rescued and nursed back to health, but he had no home to go to. Nina thought I would be the perfect owner for him. She's such a good friend! 


Isn't he just adorable? Really, I've never had my very own pet before. My family used to have a golden retriever when I was younger, but since then, I've had no animals to take care of. I have to try and be to best owner I can for Murphy. My mom told me it will take a lot of responsibility but she knows I can do it! 

Do you have a pet? 



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Actually, my family doesn't celebrate really Christmas for two more weeks. We celebrate on the Orthodox day of January 7th - this is when most Ethiopians celebrate.

However, we do celebrate a little on December 25. This morning my siblings and I found our stockings filled with candy and small gifts. My little sister, Rahel, still thinks Santa Claus is responsible for leaving them - especially since my parents had an Elf on the Shelf  "visit" her this year. It was very cute.

In my stocking I got some of my favorite treats like chocolate, Laffy Taffy, Sweet Tarts, and Fruit roll ups. I also got a book, some hair accessories, and jewelry. I was so confused when I found earrings in my stocking - my ears aren't pierced. Then Mom told me she was taking Rahel and I to get our ears pierced really soon! I'm so excited but a little nervous too. I'm afraid it will hurt.

Dawit and I made cookies. Mom says we have enough sweets with all the candy we got, but what's Christmas without baked goods? We made sugar cookie stars and chocolate chip gingerbread men. It was delicious!

Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rainy Days & Christmas Cards


I don't like rainy days. The drab weather brings my spirits down and it always feels like there's nothing to do. Playing outside is not an option, I can't do much playing indoors since Mom likes to rest on rainy days, and my siblings are all busy so I have no one to play board games or watch movies with.  "Now would be a great time to start on your math homework," my older brother teased. He's right, actually, but I'm in no mood to solve fractions.

My mom had a better suggestion. "Why don't you go make a craft?"
I often forget about the big art set my aunt and uncle sent me for my birthday earlier this year. I'm not much of a crafty person - I'm too impatient to take time to make my crafts look good. But, I admit, when I get into it, it's fun.
I shrugged. "What is there to make?"
"You could make some Christmas cards!" Mom replied.

That sounded like a good idea, so I set down to start.


I thought it would be good to start off with the people who sent my art set - Aunt Sahay, Uncle Yosef, Merhawit and baby Mesfin. I drew my best holiday decorations on the inside - including presents, a Santa hat, and the star that led the wise men. The Nativity is very important in Ethiopian Christmas, more so than in America it seems. I also added some snowflakes - even though we rarely see a white Christmas here in the Carolinas. 


When I was finished, I addressed the card to my relatives and added confetti on the front. I slipped it into an envelope and set it aside, ready to continue making more cards. 

Do you make holiday cards for your family and friends? Which holiday do you celebrate?
What do you do on rainy days? I need some more ideas!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hi!



Hello! Nice to meet you, and I'm glad you found my blog. My name is Mellesse (mell-EE-say), and I love adventuring and exploring. I'm 11 years old and my family comes from Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, but I've been living in the USA my whole life.  We speak mostly Amharic at home, though, and celebrate our culture through food, celebrations, and such.
Unlike a lot of kids my age, I love school! I especially like History and Science. I think being able to learn is such a great opportunity and I'm glad that I get to have an education.
Sorry this post is so short - I've got homework to do! But if you follow this blog, you'll be able to read about many more of my adventures. See you soon!