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Civil War

  • August 29, 2009 8:41 pm

Every year for as long as I can remember (like say maybe 17 years now?) my dad and I have gone to the annual Civil War Muster in Jackson, Michigan.  It’s a Civil War reenactment.  We head down in the morning, save ourselves nice viewing spots with our chairs, then have a BBQ chicken dinner.  After that we wander through the exhibits and shops (read: tents with things to buy in them) and at 2:00 we head up the hill to watch the battle reenactment.  It’s a nice end-of-summer tradition.

This year Kira got to go.  She was really so good all day long.  She wasn’t even bothered by all the cannon and gunfire.  In fact, she would bounce vigorously on my lap and seemed to enjoy watching all the action.  My dad and I also had fun posing her with various props (like cannons) and having her try on hats.  She was a good sport.

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8 Months Old

  • August 22, 2009 12:59 pm

Another month has come and gone and Kira is already 8 months old.  She’s got two little teeth now, can stand up very well (although she can’t pull herself up yet), and is on the cusp of scooting around/crawling.  Her hair is really filling out and getting long and we’re starting to have to clip it back to keep it out of her eyes because we can’t bring ourselves to cut it yet.  She’s still the most awesome baby ever and goes to bed at night giggling away. 

Summer is nearing an end already and soon it will be time to break out the fall wardrobe.  That’s a good thing in this household, as Kira has almost outgrown every summer outfit she’s got and I don’t want to pay for anything new this late in the year.  Life is pretty routine for us, working during the week and resting on the weekends.  We’re trying to sell our house in New Zealand so we can pay off our house here, then hopefully be in a new place next spring. 

On an awesome news note:  In just over a month, Joseph’s sister from New Zealand will be here for a nice visit.  It’s been over 2 years since we’ve seen her (when we left New Zealand) and Kira can’t wait to meet her Auntie Simone.  Hopefully she’ll have gotten over her stranger anxiety by then, because right now she cries at most strangers who try to hold her (Kira, not Simone) 🙂






Teeth, a Trip, and Other News

  • August 3, 2009 11:54 am

Okay, I know I’ve been totally lax at keeping this blog updated lately.  I partly can blame Joseph, as he keeps commandeering my laptop for his own use and since my computer is never where I need it to be, I usually forget to keep up with things. 

IMG_1155Seven months have come and gone.  Sigh.  My awesome little baby is definitely growing up.  I love watching her develop and learn new things.  You can actually watch her face when she’s doing something and see her slowly catching onto something new.

StandingSTANDING UP!! Yes, indeed.  She is standing up, by herself, and playing at her little activity table.  She’s still very wobbly and can’t pull herself up, but once I put her in position, she’ll stand and play for quite a bit before she either drops to the floor or lets me know that she’s ready to sit for a bit.  She stands very flat-footed though, instead of on her toes, so it won’t be long before she’s doing this herself.

 TEETH! Kira cut her first two teeth. The bottom left came through on July 31 and the bottom right one came through on August 2. So far, aside from a bit more dribble and a bit more spitting up, teething has been very easy. 

Bath1Bath2Afterbath BATHTIME.  She loves her nightly bath.  I usually put her in the kitchen sink so I can get some tidying done at the same time, but she’s almost getting too big for it.  She also has now learned how fun it is to kick water out, which makes quite the mess.  I tried her one night in the big tub with her bath seat, but she didn’t like it at all.

PartyPARTY! Last week at work they had a surprise birthday party/luncheon for three of us supervisors whose birthdays were in June & July.  Part of the surprise was that they had our children brought in to participate, so when I walked into the room, there was Kira sitting in a cute party dress with a party hat on her head.She did so good with all the strangers at the party.  She occasionally cries at strangers (mostly white-haired ladies), but most of the time she just fixes a serious Joseph-stare on them and watches them intently.   She’s just in the beginning stages of stranger and separation anxiety, but so far it hasn’t been too bad.

SH1SOUTH HAVEN. This past Saturday we went with my mom & dad over to South Haven, a little town on Lake Michigan.  Basically it’s just a nice little day trip, where we get coffee, wander the shops and canal, walk out to the pier and on the beach.  Kira was all dressed and ready for her first trip to the beach.

Well, that was optimistic.  Sigh.  Even the end of July/beginning of August in Michigan cannot be counted on to be warm and sunny.  The day was slightly overcast, but by the time we got to South Haven it was raining, windy, and chilly.  So we bundled Kira up into a sweatsuit (winter clothes!) and went for dinner.  After a nice meal of perch and shrimp, the rain had finally stopped.  It was still REALLY windy though.  When we walked to the beach, the sand stung our legs and faces.  Kira did really well, she liked to try to eat the sand and seemed to enjoy the wind whipping through her hair.  It was a nice day, but unfortunate the weather didn’t cooperate.  I guess she won’t get to dip her toes in Lake Michigan until the next trip.