Thursday, August 28, 2008

Remember When?

I have had a few requests for some "remember when" type pictures so I thought I would post a flashback for your enjoyment....

These photo's are from August 2006. Anyone remember when Kayley was this small?
She is such a beautiful baby.
She is 6 weeks old in all 4 photos.

This one cracks me up...that pacifier is HUGE on her tiny face...

Here are photo's from August 2007....I can't believe how much Kayley has grown!

Enchanted Land play area...

Kayley got the chance to meet up with her friend Tate at Enchanted Land play area in the mall. The kids had a blast...until the tantrums started... Here are few pics.

Kayley at the top of the slide...

Sharing some goldfishy's with Tate!

Kayley's busy day

Kayley's morning began with this amazingly HUGE tangle on the back of her head. I mean, really, how does she do that??

Then we learned how to "peace out man"...which is actually not true...she learned how to say "I'm Two!!"

Then we learned the value of saving money... Here she is putting pennies in her Princess Money Bank...

"Heavy! Heavy!!"

Then we discovered that we can stand on top of our princess step stool... She got up and down...up and down....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tate's Birthday Party

Kayley had a great time at Tate's 2nd birthday party. As you can see it was a Splash party; she wore her best bikini. =)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Road Trippin' or Maybe this wasn't such a good idea with a 2 year old?

Ok, so here are some photos from our Road Trip...also known as "Traveling 800 Miles with a 2-Year-Old."
Here is Kayley all ready to go. She packed her own little bag, brought Ernie and a sippy. Of course, anyone who has ever hung around a 2 year old knows that the contents of that bag were boring before we even got to the highway...

Luckily, we were so Smart! We bought a DVD player for the backseat! It cracks me up! Everytime I looked back at Kayley's face, illuminated in the dark by the DVD player. She was SO abosorbed.
All I could think was, "Yes!, Yes, little podling, gaze into the crystal...feel your life essence draining...."
It was impossible to get a photo, but we tried.

Our first night out we stayed in a cabin at a KOA. Here is Kayley and Mommy cuddling in bed.

One of Kayley's few naps on the trip. She wouldn't sleep in the car. Too much going on I guess. One of our biggest problems on the trip was Kayley kept getting a "budgie" (diaper-wedgie). We were constantly trying to pick her bum for her while she was locked into her carseat. Poor baby.

Kayley at On The Border with her cousin Elijah. They got along pretty well long as Elijah didn't touch anything that was Kayley's.

We even convinced them to hug eachother. Aaawwww.

The On The Border tortilla makers gave Kayley and Elijah a dough ball to play with. Elijah mostly ate his...Kayley shoved her crayons into hers and pretended it was a birthday cake. She had fun blowing out her "candles."

Elijah just looked at her like, "What in the world is she doing"? and "Why is she blowing spit all over her dough ball?" or "Are you going to eat that?"

The next morning we met up at Gunther Toodies with one of my greatest friends, Carri. We have known eachother for probably 10 years now. We were little Airmen in the Air Force together back at the Air Force Academy. It is always fun to meet up with a friend you haven't seen in ages.

Here is Kayley licking Jelly out of those little jelly cups.

Back in the car! On the road again...time to head back to Arizona!

A rest stop in New Mexico. We took some pictures on these ancient rock carvings...or not...They were just rocks...but it was a nice place to stop and ease the stiffness in our backs.

Kayley and Daddy. She loves to pick those dead dandilions and blow their fluffies all over...She usually requires help.

Kayley see's her shadow. Great, now we are probably going to have 3 more months of summer. Oh, wait, we live in Phoenix...we are definately going to have 3 more months of summer.

Parched...better get a drink of water from the well...

Hanging out at the rest area...not much to do there.

Oh, dear....back in the car again! Every time we got in the car Kayley wanted to watch Cars. Or Nemo...or Lilo and Stitch. That DVD player was a life saver. I highly recommend them to everyone.
It was also funny...we would tell her, "we are going to stop in a minute. Just a minute.." Pretty soon I'd hear her babbling to Elmo.."In a a minute..."

We stopped at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico. Here Kayley picked another flower.

And we got stamps for our National Parks passport books.

We walked around for a while and looked at the ruins of Fort Union, until we hear thunder. Then we RAN all the way back to visitors center because it was very flat out there. We weren't in the mood to get struck by lightening.

Kayley thought the thunder was very scary. She wouldn't get off my lap. We kept telling her it was "Mr. Brown" from the Dr. Suess book, "The Wonderful Sounds of Mr. Brown." In the book it says,
"Oh,The wonderful sounds Mr. Brown can do
He can sound like a cow! He can go Mooo!
Boom Boom Mr Brown is a wonder
Boom Boom Boom Mr. Brown makes thunder.
Mr Brown can make lightning go splatt splatt splatt!
It's very very hard to make noise like that!!"
She felt a little better after that and we all agreed that thunder is a little scary, but it's ok...

Here is Kayley waiting on a bench at Pecos National Monument. We stopped here to get another stamp in our book and to take a break from our travels.

We finally made it to our KOA in Albuquerque for the night and we ran over to Denny's to get something for dinner. We were starved. Kayley took this picture of us while we were waiting for our food. No really! Without help even.

Kayley's self portrait. She is going to be a great photographer someday...

Kayley hanging out with Daddy in our KOA cabin. I even managed to get Kayley to take a shower while we were here. It was very exciting to try to take a shower with a 2 year old, in a 4 x 4 foot space with NO lock on the door. She was VERY cooperative... I dont' think either of us got very clean, but we were very hot and felt a lot better after.

The next day we stopped at Petrified Forest in Holbrook, Arizona. Here is Kayley looking at leaves in a gutter. The whole time she was yelling, "Leeeaaaves! Leaaves!!!"

Here is Kayley and Elmo sitting on a petrified log.... Look, Kayley found a rock!

This trip was very tiring for everyone. Here is Kayley dozing off on the table at Denny's.

Kayley's Flower Girl Debut!!

We drove to Colorado Springs this past weekend to see my sister-in-law Mary get married! It was a crazy whirlwind trip, but it was a ton of fun. Kayley served as a flower girl, and she was positively adorable (of course).

We had traveled 2 long days in the car leading up to this day and Kayley was very tired...and a tiny bit crabby.

It was pretty cute. Whenever she threw the rose petals out of her basket she'd say, "Oh no!" and stop to pick them up. Needless to say that wasn't going to work so well during the actual ceremony so we were satisfied with Kayley just walking down the aisle and carrying her basket.

Being a flower girl is exhausting!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Things we did this week...

Here are some fun things that happened this week...

Kayley gave her baby doll a bath in her toy tub. She had fun taking off her clothes, splashing in the "tub" and drying her off with a towel. Then she would dress the baby and start all over again...

Here is a naptime photo. I can't believe that we let Kayley take so many toys to bed. It's getting ridiculous. Yes, there are 4 Elmo's in there, 3 baby dolls, a teddy bear, 2 blankets, a tiger and her big blanket...

Which, as you can see...doesn't stay on her at all. I'm not sure why we bother to cover her up? I have no idea why she is all smashed up in the corner either...

We also discovered this week that Kayley could reach doorknobs and open and close the doors. She shut herself in her room, our room, and the bathroom. Usually she can get out on her own...but after a while sometimes I'll hear her saying, "Help!" "Out!" "Mooommmmy?"

Oh, and is Kayley wearing some panties! Shhhh... We are NOT potty training yet... Although we probably should because Kayley is VERY interested.... Maybe next week after we get back from Colorado we will give it a go.

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