Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
"Play-over" is a term coined by Kenzie which is how she refers to playdates. We've been having LOTS of them. So many, in fact, that I am absolutely certain in our decision to stick with just two kiddos. Yep. Three kids makes me crazy. Quite quickly. Waaaaay before the play-over is over.
This little girl is as sweet as can be. She plays the "I'm the guest!! I get to go first/choose next/boss you around" card at every opportunity. Including through the entire junk-a-doodling experience going on in this picture...
**a funny aside - her mother called to ask me how to do these with her at home...and having forgotten the name, called them "crap-a-doodles." he.he.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Kenzie is taking Private Swim lessons for the second summer, in our neighborhood pool. I think her favorite part is riding her bike to the pool. (here she is minus her helmut which was accidentally locked in our neighbors garage. I made the exception on this one occasion. I'm a horrible mom).
Kati is a college student who teaches lessons and coaches swim team all summer long. She has some amazingly creative ways of teaching kids basic strokes and water safety. However, Kenzie manages a stealth death-grip on Ms. Kati anytime there is potential for a sneaky hand removal. She can float, doggy paddle and self sufficiently make her way through the water - but doesn't yet have the confidence to go it on her own in the adult pool.
I think I perhaps over-instilled a fear of the water due to my inability to jump in the water with her (since Rylan is always with us). Ms. Kati and I have some good laughs at Kenzie's expense watching her THROW herself amazing distances from the side of the pool -- right into Ms. Kati's arms. Kati keeps scooting back, and yet - Kenzie always manages to land almost on top of her.
It's really fun to watch Kenzie - especially when I see the negotiating begin and -I- do not have to manage it. :) I can see Kenzie asking to shorten the length of the next swim, distracting Kati by pointing out floating lobster play toys...and always, always getting distracted herself by a random bug that floats by. If I wasn't so busy trying to get a tan on my legs, I'd crack right up!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Kenzie and I commissioned a Doodle Tag as a Father's Day gift. We thought that was awfully fitting.
Kenzie drew a little doodle, which of course, she enjoyed very much. The doodle was transferred onto this tag which we added to a key-chain for the most perfect little gift. The doodle is a picture of her daddy. Wearing a crown. I thought that was hair on his head..but apparently he is wearing a crown. Or so she says..
Along with the doodle tag comes a stamp made out of the same image - which we plan to have lots of fun with as well.
The gifts wrapped up and given with love during a pretty fantastic camping trip - sealed the deal.
It was his best Father's Day ever.... He's one Grateful Dad.
Labels: Father's Day
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This is one of Kenzie's many smiles. She has a I'm having so much fun smile, a I'm-about-to-get-in-trouble-but-maybe-this-grin-will-get-me-out-of-it-smile, an I love you smile, and then there is this one....the Mama.has.the.camera.again.&.I.will.humor.her.smile....
Friday, June 13, 2008
This summer, Kenzie's taking a great interest in writing and reading. For awhile, she showed very little or perhaps zilch..interest in it. This was another lesson in "move at your child's pace" for Mama.
Labels: Growing up
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
The little screamer better be nice to her one day. This big sister is the most patient, gentle, loving sister I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She stays calme even when the mommy gets flustered. Here she is helping me entertain Rylan with double slobbery kisses, which made him giggle for a good long while.
Labels: Big Sister
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Like mother, like daughter...
Sunday, June 01, 2008
...a fun surprise lay in our complex fountains. Someone went a little too heavy on the soap. She had more fun there than at our park!
Labels: playing outside