Archive for May, 2006


Today the kids put on a singing and dancing show for me. Lily did a fabulous version of “Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee”, and Dawit sang “Twinkle, Twinkle” in Dawit-ish:

Sprinkle, Sprinkle
Yellow star,
Happy Birthday
What are you

Where’s the video camera when I need it?

A few nights ago, Lily and Dawit wanted to sleep in the same room. Dawit has a toddler bed, not quite big enough for both of them, so I was dragging Lily’s mattress into his room. When he realized what I was doing, he was so excited that he yelled “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” Apparently it’s an all-purpose happy expression at this point.


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Thank goodness for my sharp interpretation and charades skills. I can understand most anything Dawit says to us in his own version of English and wild hand signals.

(imagine the trilled r’s)

Dawit: “Dawit all-over banana yes. Dawites hun-gar-ree yes. Lily food two, Dawites one. Cereals, no. Dabo, no. Milk, no. Bacon, yes. Ummm, bacon licious.”

Translation: I ate all of my banana, and I’m still hungry. I noted that Lily had two types of food for breakfast, and I only had one, because I like to keep score. (I’m three) I don’t want the usual stuff: cereal, bread, milk. You will make me bacon. If I give you this adorable smile and say “licious”, I know you love it and the bacon will be mine.

Yes, I made bacon this morning.

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It’s Muddy!

Dawit has created some adorable terms as he learns English. He’s learning most of it from Lily and books. His favorite book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a story about a mouse and chocolate chip cookie. Now all cookies are Mouse Cookies.

Another book he likes is called Duck is Dirty. One page reads “Uh-oh, it’s muddy!” Now, if he (or anyone) drops something, he’s the first to call out, “It’s muddy!”

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