Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
After a challenging bike ride, Kenzie announced she needed to cool off. Funny, since she just rides on the seat behind me ordering me which big, GiGaNtIc, STEEP hills to turn down next....
A backyard water park adventure cooled her off just fine.
But, left me more than a little sweaty, still.....
We're off on our lakehouse adventure tomorrow.
A place where even Mama's get to stay cool!
Labels: playing outside
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
kenzie's doodle #4: A zebra
Today, Kenzie was practically begging to do our art project...by 8:30 a.m. As you can tell, I usually don't have her hair combed by then. She changed into her painting shirt on her own accord and forced me right into:
A Zebra. She said with this coy little expression.
The outcome is:
As usual, I let Kenzie do all the painting, which again resulted in a big pile of stuff all toned in the same color. Sadly, aside from flowers, which I didn't want to include this time - I couldn't think of a thing to do with the other junk. So, I scrapped it and kept it simple. We have some pieces that aren't the color they should be (eyes and ears), but, I do want her to enjoy and be free in the process.
As Kenzie painted, I busied myself with sorting another junk pile which sits on the counter in a basket. I found this little picture of her in her lion get-up and decided to include it.
So, we have a cowardly zebra - hiding out from the mean, mean lion. Said lion is licking their chops. :)
More collaborative art done by parent & child can be found HERE.
***we are headed for a week in a lake house at the Ozarks. I intend to do this with my neices, for next weeks project! (so FIVE little pieces of junk-art will be made. The nephew (age 1) will have to watch and be inspired). Kenzie is so excited for some time with her cousins. We can't wait!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Kenzie often announces "choices" for us in a similar fashion that we supply them to her. Counting out three specific options on her fingers and allowing us our choice.
Today, she supplied me with:
"Mama, how about we:
1. Go bug hunting.
2. Take Zoey for a walk. OR,
3. Play in the dirt."
Um, I'm game for the below (better known as Choice #2).
Let the beauty of what we love be what we do. ~Rumi
This quote was fed to me as I completed the montage above. How fitting.
Labels: playing outside
Friday, June 15, 2007
We continue to find endless life learning opportunities out-of-doors. Today, we found this little birdy. We told him good night and headed in for a nap after a gazillion photos that all looked just like this one. Sadly, he didn't make it. It seems I was recording the last moments of his life.
For some strange reason, Kenzie seems rather fearless when it comes to most facets of her life, however, when it comes to rolling about on wheels - she wants nothing to do with the experience. She has never ridden a tricycle for more than three seconds. Her big girl two wheel bike, with training wheels, has gotten even less time. I thought for sure - that this Beetle would be the rolling ticket...but no.
She put on her "helmet" and then reconsidered the ride all together.
Kenzie will ride with another child in control for endless durations. But, when it comes to personally manning something on wheels - she'd rather pass.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Kenzie's doodle #3: A hippo
Another piece done in interest of The place where little and big art meet:
A Hippo, she ordered. Our junk pile included two umbrellas at her insistence (is it bad that I keep the accumulated junk collection in the liquor cabinet??) Kenzie painted. Mama arranged. Oh, and the background was Mama's fault too.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I've fallen behind on my kenzie's doodles documenting, so a condensed version will bring us up to par:
...long walks::the pool is open::swimming lessons::parks::new camera lens for Mama::some adult fun::followed by more of the aforementioned kid friendly fun....
Onward into summer!! May it treat is all very, very well....
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
"Flutter, Flutter...Look at them go!" (is a chant we picked up from a movie we borrowed from the library, and say waaaaaaaay too often.) But, it applies to what occurred this weekend.
It was the GREAT home-grown butterfly release day!!
At a birthday party for my own grandfather, we met Nana in Topeka and brought the butterfies along, so that she could witness the finale (since they were a gift from her).
I was nervous that Kenzie would be appalled at setting them free, but with ample talking up JuSt HoW ExCiTiNg It WoUlD Be! - she was ready. She suggested that she hold each one so that they could "fly off into the bright blue sky."
The only problem...was that they didn't seem to want to go. They sat on her finger for the longest time, took off....came back...landed on the ground & she picked them back up. And, then finally they were all set free. It was amazing.
And, another irony is that since we released our butterflies, we have been attracting them every where we go. We've had butterflies sitting on our shoulders, heads, and interrupting our outdoor dinners ever since we set these bugs free!
I was hoping for eggs to be laid as we DID see mating, or, well...a "butterfly dance party" as Kenzie exclaimed. Now that the boutique is empty, I don't see anything that resembles eggs. This was a fantastic experience. I do think we'll be ordering more larvae in the future so we can witness the process again.
I highly recommend this project for kids!
Labels: Bug Hunts
We added some lovely to Kenzie's fingers and toes. And, then at Kenzie's insistence - to Mama's toes too. (I don't "do" nails. Just don't like my hands enough to draw attention to them. :)
For a fun pedi and/or mani -- use the non-toxic paint markers to dot, stripe, or smiley face on those nails. It's worth a giggle for the wee one. And, it's good distraction from a bad paint job.