Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
She enjoyed the hunt for the perfect tree, especially because it included a tractor ride up the mountain.
|Sad side note: I lost that absolutely adorable hand-me-down puffy vest from LL Bean while shopping earlier this week. |
I am so disappointed in myself.
I know she loves the holidays because she gets to do things that we never let her do, like eat handfuls of candy while making a gingerbread cottage. We had intended this gingerbread-home-making session as a photo opportunity for our Christmas card, but we weren't able to pry the candy from her death grip and every time we asked her to smile a mouthful of purple/yellow/orange drool leaked down her chin. Not exactly what we had planned.
|Her hands and mouth are full of candy.|
|Her chin isn't always that color.|
Friday, November 5, 2010
At the first house the owner placed a bowl full of candy at Kenzie's level and she just stared at it in amazement. The woman put FOUR pieces of candy into Kenzie's bucket. As Dustin and Kenzie walked back to the bottom of the driveway where I was waiting she couldn't stop looking into her bucket.
|They just gave this to me? I didn't have to beg? Didn't have to whine?|
|This is crazy!|
|Come on daddy! There's chocolate up there!|
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Next year I'm hoping she'll dig right in.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
We celebrate when,
- McKenzie pokes her fork into a piece of food and then takes the food all the way to her mouth. Woo Hoo! (she claps for herself everytime she successfully does this now)
- McKenzie does something we ask her to do, although she usually does things on her own terms. She may not give me the pen, but when I say, "please give the pen to daddy," she does so willingly. Good job!
- after coming up with an elaborate plan and timetable to make binkies "only for bedtime," Kenzie surprises us by willingly throwing her pacifiers into her crib before we take her out each morning. Yes!
- without any prompting, Kenzie announces she's "ah da" playing with the cardboard box, brings it to the cupboard, opens the door, and puts it with the rest of the paper recycling. Nice work!
- instead of hitting us or Kona, Kenzie is able to "do nice" and give just hugs and kisses. Good girl!
- after much practice, our little climber figures out how to go backwards down the stairs on her own...not that we want her to, but it's better than the just-step-and-hope-someone-catches-me method. Chee Hoo!
- the last ring is placed on the "Rock a Stack." Not an easy feat when it is floating around in the bathtub. Yah!
- any body part is correctly identified. You got it! When asked, she consistently points to her mouth, belly button, feet, fingers, toes, and hair. She can find my nose and eyes, but can't seem to locate them on her own body.
- Kenzie says a new word. Go Kenzie! This happens almost everyday now. She says over 20 words (including animal sounds) and is really good about telling us what she wants and needs. She has perfected a vigorous head shake while saying "no, no, no," and always has an appetite for "boo bawee, boo bawee" (translation: blueberries).
Monday, July 26, 2010
We are so lucky to have lots of time together over the summer and we try to get out ever afternoon to do something fun.
We had a blast cooking out and swimming at Bigelow Hollow with Alan, Leigh and kids. (Kona had fun, too)
Monday, July 19, 2010
I try to catch some of these things on video, but she isn't a fan of speaking on demand. Here's what I have been able to record.
all done, quack, elephant noises
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
She'll always be my baby.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Woman: Wow, she looks just like you!You all know that Dustin and I do not, in fact, look anything like each other. McKenzie and Dustin, on the other hand, look very similar. Kenzie's hair is getting longer and when it's humid it curls in the back (so cute!). Baby pictures of Dustin look just like Kenzie. It makes me wonder what she will look like as she grows up. What does the female version of Dustin look like?
Me (knowing this to be false): Thanks.
W: You must get that all the time.
Me:Actually,people often tell me she looks just like her dad.
W: Oh no. She has your eyes. She has your chin. She has your cheeks. (etc, etc)
Me (smiling politely): Thanks.
W(after a few moments of silence while I paid for my groceries): Well, maybe you and your husband just look a lot alike!
Me (humored): haha,maybe.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Ped: Does she stack things?
Me: nope, but she likes to nest things, does that count?
Ped: Can she pull a tab on a toy to make it go, turn a dial to make something pop up, push a button to make a noise, etc?
Me: We have toys like that, she just doesn't show much interest in using them
Some of Kenzie's other talents include:
- following simple commands such as "throw the ball to Kona," "put your Binky in the cup," "spit that out," "go find the rubber ducky," etc
- finding her belly button (as well as mommy's and daddy's)
- pointing to her toes when asked
- running away when I say "come here Kenzie, I want to change your diaper"
- spitting...water, milk, saliva...it's just so fun!
- dancing to the music
- listening to one or two pages of a book before taking it back (that's two pages more than previous)
- making that blub blub noise by moving her fingers across her lips
- climbing the stairs...thankfully she shows little interest in doing this
- indicating what she wants by pointing and saying "eh, eh"
- signing more, all done and eat (although this is no longer consistently done)
- clapping when excited or at the end of a song
- petting Kona (and climbing on him, hitting him, feeding him)
- hugging (one of my new favorite things she will do when asked)
- laughing... at herself, at Kona and especially when tickled
- cuddling (YAH!)...she seems to be learning that it's okay to take a break every once in a while
- making me laugh out loud at her utter silliness
Thursday, April 8, 2010
We spent hours in the sun and neither of us came home with a sunburn. I call that a success. On the way home the thermostat in my car said the outside temp was 90 degrees!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Unfortunately, with increased mobility comes increased risk. Kenzie is now sporting a bloody gash on her nose (I'm probably exaggerating here) from a fall she took this afternoon. Didn't phase her, though, she was back on the horse (or behind her push toy) in no time.