Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Potty Prison

We haven't left the house in three days. Kaiya has been doing this... And getting these... In hopes of earning this... We've met with moderate success, but I know we still have a ways to go. I just can't believe my baby girl is old enough to do this already!

This video is kind of weird and possibly gross (considering the subject matter), but hey, it's cute when it's your kid.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer epitomized

We finally made it up to the splash pad at North Park last week. Kaiya was fearless. I had a hard time keeping track of her in the sea of kids. Most of the time, I just caught fleeting glimpses of her ruffly bum.

She's not the most sensitive to others' feelings. Here she is laughing at her cousin Vance.

Ben was super curious, but I kept him on the outskirts. Next time, I'll have to wear my suit so that I can take him in.

I have a feeling we'll be visiting this park often!

Has it seriously been a month?

In the words of Inigo Montoya, "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

School ended.
We went on another roadtrip to the Great Northwest (this time with the Carters).
I turned 27.
Ben can now crawl like a wounded soldier.
Ben now has one tooth.
Kaiya will start potty training next week (wish us luck)!
We've spent the last five days watching the Lillywhites' kids. Five under the age of six. It's been loud.

Back to that roadtrip... We crammed all eight of us--four of whom are in diapers--in our Sequoia for the 16(ish) hour drive to Camas. We are nuts. But surprisingly, I would probably do it again. Once there, we had fun hanging out with DeeDee and PopPop and bumming around town. Here are some shots from my parents' front yard, you can see in the background that they were pouring a new front porch. It now has a really pretty red brick trim that matches their house. I love it! Ben was having a blast playing with the leaves of this tree. I snapped this priceless picture of Alicia holding him...

And then I got jealous that is wasn't me holding him in the picture... so we tried for another. None of them are quite as good as the first one, but they're cute.

We spent my birthday afternoon out on the lake. Kaiya was hilarous in the tube. She kept saying things like, "PopPop is nice for us ride in his boat." and "We're going so fast!" and "Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy!"

Yes, those giant, translucent things are my legs.

She also enjoyed watching Jake and Alicia take their turn.

Ben just enjoyed the scenery from my mom's lap. I know I'm his mom and all moms think their kids are cute... but seriously... Ben has got to be the most handsome baby I've ever seen.

We had so much fun and I'm glad we got to go with Alicia and Blaine. These last few pictures were taken during one of many bubble-blowing sessions on the deck. Here's Jake.

There's a good reason I cropped him out of this one... who does that crabby kid in the blue belong to?

And here's Sarah, who (as evidenced during several games of Just Dance,) does a far better "shimmy" than I do. It's kind of the cutest thing ever.