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May 21, 2010

Random Thoughts: Strawberries, Dummies and Wieners

The Statue of Kiderty

We are driving down the road on my birthday and Hannah says to the other kids, "let's sing happy birthday to Dad!". Everyone breaks out in song...

I keep looking in my mirror and I see Landis staring, frozen, mouth open as wide as he can, bug-eyed... not moving, not moving, still not moving. After the song is over I ask "Landis, what in world are you doing? How come you didn't sing happy birthday?"

"Because I'm a statue Dad."

Well aren't I the dummy.

Speaking of Dummies

Hannah (our 11 yr old from Ethiopia) is still learning alot of American ways and seeing many things for the first time. She was helping me put together something and noticed little stickers with letters on them.

"Why are there letters on every part Dad?" she asked.

"They do that to help you put it together. That way even a dummy can do it," I replied. Yep, you know what's coming next don't you? Completely innocently with not a hint of sarcasm, she responded sincerely:

"So that even you can do it?" I never bothered to tell her she just called me a dummy. Do you think she knew? Don't answer that.

Roses Are Red

Hannah loves to make up "roses are red, violets are blue.." rhymes. So she and I are going back and forth one day while driving and all of sudden Landis (4 yrs old) chimes in "I've got one Dad..."

"Roses are red, the sky might fall but it can wait until I get home and tell Momma." I couldn't agree more. I have no idea how he came up with that but I couldn't agree more.


The strawberries this time of year are wonderful. We are eating a bowl of them the other day and I was telling the kids how good they are for you, and all the vitamins they have. Landis set me straight:

"Dad, strawberries make your head light up and then you know when you need to go to the bathroom."

So now I know the real value of strawberries.

She's Growing Up

The kids and I were horse playing the other day. Hannah (11) was skillfully pestering me and as we tumbled around on the floor I just couldn't pass up the exclusive Dad-ordained-opportunity to give her a little wedgie. I mean, there was little glimpse of undies showing above her pants, I couldn't pass it up, could I? Could I?

So I give her a little tug but the gloating would be short lived as she stood up and informed me, "Dad, I'm on my p_____d!" (you can fill in the blanks if you are old enough to understand)

You know they are growing up when you get hit with that one. You REALLY know they are growing up when she spins around right before exiting the room and says with a smirk and a wink, "just kidding. Gotcha."

Hot Dogs and the Birds & Bees

We were eating the All-American lunch of hot dogs and chips the other day. Abby informed Momma that she wanted a wiener with her hot dog lunch.

Landis, being the good brother he is, quickly reminded her earnestly, "girls don't get wee-ners, they get 'buh-jie-muhs'".

What do you say to that? I mean, he's right, isn't he?

Hannah is such a joy. She is growing up FAST!

I love to see Abby and Landis play together.
They are truly best buddies and more like twins than
adopted orphans from different families.

Landis got blindsided with silly string and
didn't quite know what to make of it (had never seen it before).
Kind of puzzling for SpideyLandis who had only
done pretend web-slinging up that point.

This is Abby right in the middle of a hard chemo week.
We grownups could sure learn some attitude lessons from her.


TIFFANY said...

Thanks for the smiles today. Kids are so much fun! It's good to see Abby smiling!

Glad the tornadoes passed you by this week. My kids were so excited to finally get to go to the cellar-until we actually got in there. :)

Hoping for a weekend of nice weather in OK!

as written by Barbara said...

Kids are the best!!!

Listen... their thoughts: clear, concise, simple...

I'll listen to children ANY day!

Barbara Lyman :-)
Marysville, WA

Jules said...

I love your kid stories. I wish I had a blog back when our kids were little.

Abby looks so great in that last photo. She is a true inspiration.

Karen said...

i love this post. i love the little stories--the inside teasing and snapshots. thanks for sharing.

Kim M said...

Oh, what beauttiful children and a delightful post. I often think of Abby and wonder. God has given her a depth that surpasses what many adults could know. Thanks for giving us a peek into your everyday lives. I'm continuing to pray for Abby and her challenges - especially praying she can attend school through the rest of the year.

Chris, Tammy and the gang! said...

I see now she was kidding with you. Good thing, I would have blushed for a week if you were my dad! :-)


Kelli said...

I just hurt myself laughing over "buh-jie-muhs", and probably woke up the neighbors!

Shannon (CA) said...

How should do a weekly post of all of the hilarious things that come out of the kids' mouths!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you are aware of this but this:

amazing girl's family has requested that donations be made to Abby's Wish in her memory.