Weekend Part I: Ben & Marsa

Holy cow!!! We had the best weekend ever! Ben and Marsa visited us from Durham, North Carolina and it was such a treat. Ben and Michael went to high school together and we hadn’t hung out since their wedding four years ago. We were able to pick right up where we left off, which is what a good friendship is all about! Thursday night we hung out in the back yard with some tasty lentil tacos with good corn tortillas. Friday we ate lunch with Michael’s new 3rd grade class and made an appearance at the Liberty High School football game. 

(Ben & Marsa, Tegegne asked if you can come over again. He loves his new magnetic doll, Joey! We love you guys!)


Hensley Ruth: 6 Months!

Hi Happy Hens! It’s true. If you are not tired, hungry, or needing a diaper change you are a happy baby. This age is so much fun! 

So far you’ve eaten avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, homemade hummus, and spinach mixed with sweet potatoes. Ha!  You are about to crawl. You laugh, especially at your brother. When new friends want to hold you, you are going through the “I’d rather be held by mom or dad” stage. I hope you get over this soon, because other people get much joy from holding you! 

Your favorite things are playing outside on our picnic blanket, talking one-on-one with us, eating food, and swimming. 

Happy 6 Months Little Lady!

Tegegne: Conversations (with GaGa)


(Note: R’s pronounced as w’s.)

I’m gonna put Ababayeh’s armpit thing on because I look stinky. Now I’ll put your armpit thing onnnnn…..I’m a giwly, giwl!

Mommy, do you know what GaGa did? It was expensive. He went out in the storm and boom, crassshhhh. He fell. Now he is with the policeman. 

Mommy! GaGa is in Ethiopia! Isn’t that silly?

(I’m ease dropping on his play time w/ GaGa…)
It’s Missouri. Get in Missouri. Get out of Missouri. Ohhhhh, it’s okay. I’m sorry.

T: Mommyeh, guess what I’m making for GaGa?
M: What are you making?!
T: His “first food.”

Cousins: Hensley & Orien

Hensley, you and your cousin Orien are going to be good pals, just like your mamas are! (Isn’t that video hilarious and cute!) We had a lovely night at Aunt Donnas playing in the back yard with your grandma’s, cousins, and auntie. Andrea, Bob, and Orien moved outside of the city to live a more “self-sustaining” lifestyle.  They are building a house, have a large garden, and other cool stuff like rain barrels and purifying systems. Can’t wait to visit and camp on their land!  

Gotta go because I am making lentil tacos for our dear weekend guests that will be here tonight! Tegegne keeps saying, “I can’t wait for Ben and Marsa to come!”

Taryn: Bachelorette Weekend

What a sweet weekend with dear Taryn and all ten of her bridesmaids! We laughed ’til we cried sharing fun stories and memories. Her bridesmaids are three friends from childhood, three friends from college, three cousins, and one travel buddy! It was so fun to connect all of Taryn’s life into a night of storytelling. 

On Saturday we visited Van Till Farm and Winery in Rayville (just 45 minutes outside of the city!) It was a blast! We toured their gardens and picked fresh vegetables and herbs to put on our custom brick fired pizzas. While our pizzas were baking we had a wine tasting. Whoot, whoot! I was so surprised that all of those amazing wines were from Missouri!  I highly recommend Van Till Winery to you if you are in the Kansas City area. We will definitely be back! 
 Cousin Angie and Taryn

Taryn’s Mama, Tammy, and Aunt Debbie

Thanks for the great weekend, Taryn! The wedding countdown is on and we cannot wait!



Hensley: Baby’s First Food!

So green, so good. It’s baby Hensley’s first food. Avocado! Hooray! Video is 7 minutes, but glad we captured this moment with her! Tegegne fed Hensley her first bite! It’s day three (now) on avocado and she is enjoying it. No more gagging, like she did in the video!

We have frozen ice-cubed portions of carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Then bananas, apples

Here is a clip from a great article by Hensley’s pediatrician, Dr. Natasha Burgert…

So, what are my general guidelines when it comes to starting infants on solid foods?

  • I encourage the families of healthy, normally-developing children* to start solids near or after 6 months of age.
  • I want parents to give babies a great variety of real food, in a safe way.
  • I think of pureed foods as practice and play to develop the skill of eating; nutrition is still from breast milk or formula.
  • I try to challenge my families to think outside of the Gerber-defined box and give babies interesting tastes, but no raw honey until after the first birthday.
That’s it. Go. Eat.

Wait a minute…. There has to be more. What about the rule about veggies first? Babies can’t have dairy, right? What about spicy stuff? They aren’t supposed to have strawberries or oranges, either!? My mom wanted to give her yogurt, and I told her “no.” Please don’t tell me she is right!?! And you have said nothing about rice cereal.
OK, so maybe there is a little bit more. But, likely not what you expect. When continuing the food conversation with families, some common myths creep to the surface.

Thanks Dr. Natasha for all of your good information!