Saturday, November 29, 2008
This is pretty much how we all feel - tired and worn out! We had a great Thanksgiving holiday but we are exhausted from being up late and going constantly. As you can see, I'm just now catching up on my blog. I actually took this pic. of Kay-Kay a few days ago. We were in Wal-mart and I thought she was asleep. She had been like this for about 10 min. and I hadn't heard a peep out of her. She apparently wasn't completely asleep because she heard my camera when I turned it on and opened her eyes. You can probably see that it looks like her eyes are only partly shut here. Her head popped up and she said, "Say cheese!" I said, "Oh, I wanted you to close your eyes so I could take a picture of you with your eyes closed." So she promptly turned toward the camera, closed her eyes tightly and said, "Say cheese!" with a big smile on her face.
I am thankful for her every day of the year not just on Thanksgiving. I know I didn't blog on Thanksgiving day but I constantly feel overwhelmingly thankful for my life right now. I have so much joy in my heart even when I may not be happy at the moment. I am grateful for Kevin and Kaelyn, a great job, a great house and car, for awesome friends and family, and for the fact that I am an American. I didn't want to "skip over" the meaning of Thanksgiving on my blog but honestly, I feel so blessed and thankful on many, many days besides Thanksgiving. I don't verbalize it a lot and go on and on so as to lead people to believe that I have a perfectly, put-together life, but I am thankful every time I feel overwhelming joy in my heart over the various blessings in my life. So on that note, I will say that I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving also and feel as blessed! Good night!
Mickey and Donald going for a ride.
The other evening, I had been playing and then I got up to do something and left the computer up and running. When Kevin called me over to see her a few minutes later, I got a couple pictures so here is Kaelyn playing "hewwos".
She looks like she knows exactly what she's doing
I had gotten Kaelyn a Little Einsteins rocket decoration. I had this great idea to wrap it up and then let her open it when we got the tree up. She, of course, then would be all excited to open it and hang it on the tree. Unfortunately, she didn't get the memo about what she was supposed to do. She WAS very thrilled to open a present and she was VERY, VERY excited when she saw it was rocket. She didn't want to wait while Kevin put the batteries in (it plays the Einstein's theme song). However, that's where she decided not to go along with the plan. She could NOT understand why we kept trying to "take it" from her. (She had already been traumatized earlier when Kevin was trying to get her to go pick the wrapping paper up and throw it away because she thought he wanted her to throw her rocket away. She was almost in tears over it by the time we realized she wasn't understanding that she was supposed to throw away THE PAPER that rocket was in not rocket itself.) Suffice it to say, I don't think rocket will make it onto the tree this year but she sure loves it a lot!!
Opening her "special" ornament for this year.
Taking Rocket out of its box
Waiting (very impatiently) for Daddy to put the batteries
Hot cocoa - need I say more? (It was yummy!)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Anyway... this is Kay-Kay's first Christmas. She was 7 months old and she was pretty wide-eyed at everything. The first 2 Christmases that Kevin and I were married, we flew to NY before Christmas and stayed Christmas eve at the Desmond in Albany. It is a very, very, very nice hotel that typically costs a lot more but because there was almost NO ONE staying there we got really good rates and free upgrades to whole suites both years. We did our own Christmas at the Desmond on Christmas morning and then we went to family's for the rest of the holidays. The pictures you will see toward the end of the slideshow were taken at Upper Canada Village where there is a whole pioneer village that is turned into a festival of lights at Christmas time. We took a horse and wagon ride around, bought fresh homemade bread, and ate in a restaurant there. Every single building is completely outlined in LED lights and sometimes they are coated with ice. It is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL - and ABSOLUTELY FREEZINGLY COLD! By the end of the slideshow I think maybe you'll see why we decided to keep her(Kaelyn)! :)
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Later in the evening, we started a fire in the fire place. You all can go ahead and laugh but it was under seventy degrees outside - probably like sixty-seven degrees. (The un-written fireplace rules say that as long as it's under 70 you can build a fire). :) We roasted hot dogs over the fire (mmmm) and marshmallows for s'mores (double mmmm)! It was quite fun and cozy and Christmasy!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Epilogue - I am now almost finished with everything and yes, I read every single page and clicked on every single little thing there was to click on on the online part. Although the following pictures might make you want to feel pity for me (I doubt it) for having to work myself so hard that I just can't stay awake, you really should just take it as a life lesson - "If you procrastinate, you may just have to read till your eyeballs fall out of their sockets!" :)
Don't you like MY classroom management ACTION
Friday, November 14, 2008
Letting Kay-Kay climb up into one of the
military helicopters on display.
Kay-Kay in the helicopter
Kevin and Kaelyn
Tribute to the different "eras" of military planes (this
is an old P-50 Mustang and the more modern F-14 and
Fun in the sun! :)
This was a picture Kevin took. Not sure what the
particular attraction was at the moment but it probably
had to do with an airplane. ;)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Well, my blogging has become an interesting process. Kevin is letting me use his computer to blog but I have already loaded most of my pics. to my computer so... I uploaded all the pictures on this post to blogger from my computer. That took up a lot of my battery time so I just saved the post, then jumped onto Kevin's computer to type the post. This is going to try my patience!
Friday night my school had a family "social" which [this time] was bowling. When they did it last year, we had quite an issue because Kaelyn wanted to play with the balls which for obvious reasons, didn't work very well. This time, we paid for the lane beside us and Kevin got her the smallest bowling ball they had, which was still very heavy but she COULD lift it - barely. For those of you who do not bowl, the balls come back automatically. Once she figured out the process, she did it for the WHOLE TIME we were there. She would peek down into the machine while she waited for her ball to return, then she would hoist it up, put it on the (?) rack thingy (not sure what it's called but it's for kids to use so they don't actually have to roll the ball down the lane) and then repeat the process. She did it over and over again and never seemed to get bored with it! We shouldn't have been suprised though as this is the same child who likes to (over and over) make various objects "slide" or roll down anything she thinks things will slide off of.
This was when Kevin was first showing her how to
put the ball up on the "whatever".
Watching it go!
Letting it go all by herself.
Watching for her ball to come out.
Lifting the ball off the ball return (we were sure she
was going to drop it and break a toe!)
She quickly learned which ball was hers (by the color
of it). (Each ball return is for two lanes.)
Watching it roll down onto the lane.
The crazy thing was that she got SEVERAL
spares, which is where you knock all the pins
down in two tries.
P. S. Forgive my lack of knowledge of bowling terms for any of you who might bowl. This was only the second time I have ever been (the first time being at the last bowling family social last year). I am more familiar with trying to get an orange ball through a hoop rather than rolling a "too heavy" ball just to try to knock some little white things down!