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Playing in the Dirt

  • October 12, 2010 7:03 pm

They’re digging the foundation for a new house next door.  Kira discovered that the big mounds of dirt on the border of our yard are pretty neat.  She scampered up really easily, then accidentally lost her footing and slid all the way down on her tummy.  Well, it turns out, that is FUN!  So she continued to climb up, “accidentally” lose her footing, and slide back down, giggling the whole way.  What a scamp!

Just to show that she’s pretty sometimes…

Keeping your toddler busy!

  • October 5, 2010 10:54 am

Some would say that keeping your almost-2-year-old busy is a challenge.  I say that it’s nearly impossible!  I will say that if I was not trying to work full time from home and entertain a busy little girl, it would probably be a bit easier.  In fact, I know it would be easier because on my days off, it’s not a problem at all.  But Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm, trying to work with Kira pushing books and magnadoodles and other things in my lap every five minutes begins to take its toll on my sanity.

Yesterday, out of desperation, I dragged out the pots and pans and spoons for the first time since Kira’s been born.  She has a great time banging away.  Today, I unrolled a long sheet of Christmas wrapping paper (upside down) and plopped her on top of it with a big box of crayons.

How long will this last?  Hopefully longer than it takes to write this short blog post!

In other cuteness, here’s Kira in her new dress and tights on Sunday.  She also had a coordinating denim jacket with purple trim, but the battery in my camera died right as I tried to snap the photo.  Sigh.

Talking! And talking and talking…

  • July 7, 2010 2:44 pm

Kira is finally starting to talk.  Real words.  Words that you can understand and are in context.  She still jabbers up a storm, but real words are finally starting to emerge.

Latest words:

  • Eye
  • Baby
  • Daddy
  • Where’s Daddy?
  • Where the ball?
  • Please
  • Football (grin!)
  • There he/it is
  • Thank you
  • Ball
  • Shoe
  • Sock
  • Animal sounds: Meow, Moo, Tweet Tweet, Baaa

Talking on the phone

Just some Kira pictures…

  • June 23, 2010 9:59 pm

She’s 18 months old now.  I can’t believe she’s been around for a year and a half already.  She’s so awesome – I could just watch her for hours.

Watching daddy mow the lawn

I think I'm pointing at daddy

Back from a walk, getting ready for supper

See my elephant?

Pretty sure I can get into this cabinet

Or maybe not

Mommy put all my toys away, but I found this box



Here’s a video clip of her trying to get into the cabinet.

Great Wolf Lodge

  • June 20, 2010 7:55 pm

Due to the weather (seriously hot and humid, 89 degrees) forecast, we decided to scrap the beach idea.  It probably wouldn’t be much fun for any of us, and Kira wouldn’t really enjoy it enough to justify the 90-minute round-trip drive.  Instead, we took an impromptu trip up to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for a mini-family vacation.  Our first trip to a kid-friendly family place.

It was a really good time.  We found that kid-friendly family places are actually fun when you’re a family yourself and not just a childless couple wondering why these kids are so noisy!  LOL  The room was really nice.  Kira had a little wolf cave in the corner where we put her port-a-crib so it would be secluded and dark.  She wasn’t so sure at first that she was going to sleep in it; she just kept running from end to end.  Finally, since Joseph was tired too from working the night before, I left the room so all the lights could be out and she took the hint and went to sleep.  I went down to the bar & grille and had a hot fudge sundae and hung out for an hour or so.

In the morning we had breakfast at the kid-friendly family buffet.  Kira didn’t eat very well; she tends to eat horribly when there’s too many distractions.  But at least she was good and got a little bit into her.  After breakfast we changed into our swimming duds and checked out of the room.  The waterpark in the hotel is really nice.  I can definitely see kids about 3 and up just wearing themselves out over an entire day playing in there.  Kira seemed to like it, but it was a tad overwhelming.  She “swam” and played in the water for a little over an hour before she was finally wiped out.  We had a bit of lunch at the snack shop while we dried off and then loaded up to go home.  Kira was so tired.  I tucked her into her carseat with her pacifier, blankies, and new stuffed baby wolf and she was asleep within 10 minutes.

All in all, it was a fun trip.  It was our first family adventure just the three of us to a family place and we decided that it’s going to be fun repeating the experience as she gets older.

Here are the pictures:

Checking out the hotel room

Daddy's in my bed

Look at me!

Who says I'm too little for this bed?

Having a bedtime snack

All pretty and ready for breakfast

I'm heading to the waterpark...anyone else coming?

Wow - look at that!

Waiting for elevator

Gonna steal this from the gift shop if no one catches me

This lifejacket is too big

This is more like it

Floating on daddy

Vacation makes a baby so tired, but I love my new stuffed baby wolf. (Was asleep within 10 minutes)



And now my little baby is 18 months old!