Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bow-legged no more

Right before Daniel came home, I got this picture of him:
I was worried about his legs. The dr. noted it on his first visit and said we would watch them.

Now, look at them! They are super fat but very straight (not unlike my own).
And, yes, I realize that my son is wearing pants on his head again. The trial size hair product we were given yesterday didn't work as well as we were promised and I think he was feeling a little self-conscious.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Smell my feet

Andrew and I have been playing a game for a while called "smell my feet". lol I smell his foot and then pretend that the smell is sooo bad that it makes me pass out...which is not always something I have to pretend. He has to give me a kiss to wake me up. (this was started as a way to teach him how to be gentle...he used to just haul off and smack me in the face.) Whenever Andrew tries to pretend that he is sleeping it cracks me up because he can barely keep a straight face. Today, he wanted to play the game with Daniel who had NO clue what his role was.

Smell my feet from Ruthanne Focht on Vimeo.

Two Goofs

The boys were being silly before bed last night.

Any chance you could pull those bottoms up a little higher, Andrew?

Andrew has been dressing himself for a long time but he still always says, "ta-da!" when he's done.

We get this face a lot when he's doing something he knows he's not supposed to do:

Hey kid...suck it in or go to the gym:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dancing fools

We were playing Ethiopian music for Daniel tonight. He loves it. You'll see the 'leg in the air' move at about 10 seconds and some belly dancing from Andrew at 26 seconds. The Chattanooga Lookouts even make an appearance in the form of a foam finger.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Daniel insists on feeding himself...he even uses his spoon like an airplane to get the food to his mouth.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pants on your head

Of course, this one started it...wearing his pants on his head:

And this one had to immediately get in on the action.

Yep....I'm cool.

Monday, April 19, 2010


So far, the two things that Daniel loves from his country are the music and the injera. He would eat injera every day if it was available (but it's not because Mommy really likes it too). Tonight, I showed him how to pick up his chicken using the injera. He began doing it immediately. He was so cute stuffing his face and snuffling and growling like a little bear the whole time.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Most Ethiopian children are afraid of dogs when they come to the U.S. Dogs run wild there and are not generally kept as pets. Daniel was very afraid of them but has come around. He wants to like them...wants desperately to pet them...but still screams whenever he sees one. For a while, he thought the rocking horse in my room was a dog and would scream every time he saw it. Now, he barely notices it...until today. For some reason, he decided to 'pet' it and then started screaming. Andrew and I egged him on because it was hilarious (and we wanted to get video of it so you could join in the fun.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010


We went to Chinatown today for Ellie's birthday. The food was delicious but I will admit that eating with a 1 year old is not relaxing. He is all hands and nothing was safe. Having a gigantic lazy susan in the middle of the table did not make anything easier.

He looks so innocent until you put him in a high-chair:

Ellie says that she is "Chinese in her heart".

Andrew was very good at dinner:

We stopped at a little bakery there to get some cakes to take home. They were so cheap and so amazing. We could not stop eating them or talking about them. There was a green tea mousse cake that I have to have again. Jill has decided that the next time we go downtown, we are eating at the Ethiopian restaurant and then stopping at Chinatown for dessert.

We are going to need one of these:

and some of these:

After dinner, we walked around the little mall area while Ellie shopped in the Hello Kitty store. She got some great things to decorate her room. The boys ran around outside and posed for me on the bench (yeah, right).

I love the look on Daniel's face...like he's saying, "my brother is nuts".

and so am I:

Grandpa Joe bought some poppers and the kids had a great time throwing them at the people walking by. (oops)

Harper showed Andrew how to step on them so he wouldn't hurt anyone:

I think he got the hang of it pretty quickly:

You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around...

Fist bump:

Thanks for showing me how to scare strangers, Grandpa Joe!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Rosey Posey

My mom has just started a blog. She is selling adorable crocheted hats and the best crocheted dish cloths ever! You can find her blog by clicking on "The Rosey Posey" button over there on the right or by clicking here.
If you have a little girl in your life, you're going to LOVE these hats. And if you have any dirty dishes in your life, you will LOVE the dish cloths. You can also get them in cute colors to use as washcloths. Andrew and Daniel have them in blue and brown and we love them.
I'll give you a little sneak peek of her work here but make sure you go over and check out all the other great things she has on her blog. (besides, she's obsessed with her stat counter...like all new bloggers are...and loves to see the numbers go up). Oh, and while you're there...go ahead and follow her. :)

This one is my favorite but I also love the ones with the gerber daisies on them. Oh, and the ones with the crocheted flowers. And the ones with the band in a complimentary color. lol Good thing I don't have girls. Gramma wouldn't have any time to make hats for you!

These are just a few of the colors available. Mine are red. :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Cracker Barrel and Carousels

We went to one of the local malls today to ride the carousel. On the way there, we stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel. It doesn't sound that exciting does it? It is if you're a toddler.

Hanging out on the bench:

A quick game of checkers on the porch:

Daniel was not sure about the carousel at first but by the third ride, he was loving it.

We even rode on the second story. Andrew loves a good carousel ride.