Saturday, June 30, 2007

What Hamas Thinks is Appropriate Children's Programming

A Hamas-affiliated children's program aired its final episode yesterday. The show, which was taken off the air to allow for new programs, featured Farfour, a Mickey Mouse-type character. In it, Farfour was beaten to death by an actor playing an Israeli official, who was trying to take away Farfour's land.

Somehow the Teletubbies don't seem so evil anymore.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Recall - Laceration: Toy Barbecue Grill

CPSC.GOV -- Oddly enough, Target is selling a toy barbecue. And apparently someone was paying attention because this $20 "Play Wonder" toy grill, made in China by Schylling of Rowley, Mass. is dangerously sharp, a laceration hazard. Return them to Target for a full refund. More...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Handheld Ultrasound

ENGADGET.COM -- This is kinda cool. Captures video and stills and fits in a labcoat pocket. More...

Baby Being Born in Japan


Heh heh.

Hi There, Lady!

Rachel was singing with me. Apparently I was getting the words wrong, though. According to her, it's:

London Bridges Falling Down
Falling Down
Falling Down
London Bridges Falling Down
Hi There, Lady

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Recall - Entrapment: Fisher-Price Swing

CPSC.ORG -- $65 "Rainforest Open Top Take-Along(tm) Swing" from China imported by Fisher-Price. More...

Recall - Lead: Toy Drums

CPSC.ORG -- $15 "Elli" and "Liberty Toy Drums" have paint with high levels of lead. Imported from China by The Boyd's Collection. More...

Recall - Lead: Silver Stud Earrings

CPSC.ORG -- $3 "Accessories" silver stud earrings imported from China by Crimzon Rose Accessories for KMart. More...

Recall - Choking: Jackets

CPSC.ORG -- $35 "England" jackets imported from China by Nordstrom of Seattle. Zipper pulls can detach. More...

Recall - Choking: Children's Sandals

CPSC.ORG -- $27 "Calypso" sandals imported from China by Nordstrom of Seattle. More...

Recall - Lead: Necklace Clasp

CPSC.ORG -- $2 jewelry sold at souvenir stores. Imported from China by GeoJewelry of Napa, Calif. More...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Recent Rachelisms

Tonight after returning home from small group, Lori was checking her email. Rachel kept saying "Can I see the baby show? Can I see the baby show?" When we asked her what "the baby show" was, she said "The one where the baby laughs really hard and her dad says 'perfect.'" She cannot get enough of this video.

Lori relates another recent story where Rachel asks if she can watch TV. When Lori tells her yes and turns the TV on, Rachel then asks "Can you tell me what my options are?"

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Recall: Lead - Wooden Thomas & Friends Train Toys

CPSC.GOV -- Another Chinese-made toy, another lead hazard. This time, with the paint.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sweet comment

One more thing Rachel said yesterday - We went to her room to get her up, and we told her "It's your birthday today! Happy Birthday!" Rachel said "Who is coming, to celebrate me?" with the biggest smile on her face. It was the sweetest thing. We had had a party for her the day before her birthday. On her birthday, the three of us were able to spend the day together, celebrating Rachel, and I think she had a really good time.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Has It Been 3 Years Already?

Today is Rachel's birthday. She opened her gifts from us this morning. One of them was a little VTech "laptop computer" that has over 30 games on it for her to play. She loves to use the real computer, so we thought this was a good way to transition her so that she understands more how a computer works, how to use the mouse, etc.

She opened that one up and said "A computer! It's a computer!" then turned to James and said "Good job! I'm going to smack your hand!" and gave him a high-five. It was pretty awesome :)

Happy Birthday, Little One!

Little one, you're now three. Almost. That was a long night. But by morning, there you were. And life has never been the same. It's raced by a breakneck speed and it's been wonderful. Day One, One and Two seem like they were yesterday.

Thank God for the joy and blessing you are to us. After watching you run around with your friends today at the party, it's all the more clear to me how much I want you to have two siblings. God willing.

(Note to other people: Still not an announcement, but you can join us in praying!)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Recall - Choking: 1st Birthday Party Hats

CPSC.GOV -- These little party hats, adorned with "1st" on them should represent a happy time. Sadly, they have the potential to make for bad memories. The foil "Fringe" on the bottom can detach and cause a choking hazard. Made in China and available at Party and Discount Stores for about $4. Throw 'em away and contact the manufacturer for a full refund. More...

Recall: Fall/Choking/Strangulation - Simplicity Crib

CPSC.GOV -- Simplicity's "Nursery-in-a-Box" (nox also included changing table and clothing organizer) had incorrect instructions that resulteds in a critical piece being installed upside-down when instructions are followed, potentially resulting in the side being able to fall and locking pins to come out. More...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

"I'm sitting right here!"

I'm sitting across from Rachel and Lori's sitting next to her, we're all eating dinner. She asks for more juice. Rachel asks for more juice. Well, no, she demands it. We make her try a few more times until she properly asks politely. Then Lori tells her no, but she may have milk if she'd like. She says "I'll ask dad. Dad, please can I have some juice?"