Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The other day at the playground, Kai decided to play "carwash" (because she had recently been through the carwash with Nonnie). I drove my "car" up to her stand, and Kai said "Hi - what happened to your car?... Did you go camping?"


Later the same day at the playground, Kai was spinning her way down the corkscrew and started talking to herself, "I don't know why I do this everyday!"


Kai carries around a little purse, and we were sitting outside after a hike and she started going through it. "What would you like? I have ALL sorts of things in here!"


Driving to school earlier this week Kai announced, "when I grow up, I'm going to college" (we think she got this idea from Toy Story 3... ahhh, such good parenting. Introducing the concept of college through Pixar). "What's college?" I asked her. "I don't know!" she replied. Well, at least she's going!


We have started playing Uno with Kailey -- she is great at it. The first time she saw us shuffling the cards, she was fascinated. "What are you doing?" she inquired. I told her I was shuffling. About a week later, we were playing again and I started shuffling and asked her, "do you remember what this is?" Kai paused, scrunching up her face, then replies, "Flappering?" Well, that would be a better word for it.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Summer Vacation

I am back dating this post because I want our camping pictures up and I was completely remiss in posting them or writing about our awesome camping trip this summer. We had such a great time. Kai and Penny spent a lot of time pretending they were camping and using the cars as their pretend tents (despite the fact that the real tents were pitched right next to the cars!) Everyone loved swimming, cooking meals together (especially the salmon that we roasted over the open fire... yummy), and exploring. The threat of a forest fire didn't drive us out (although, it nearly did) but the rednecks with their ATVs and semi-automatic weapons did! We ended up having to pack up a night early and spend the last night at a developed campground (the other nights we were deep in the national forest).

It was really a fantastic trip -- hope we can do it again next year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


(this picture really has nothing to do with this post... just like the picture!)

Kai pulled out an old toy tonight -- the one that has five pop-up doors, each hiding a different animal, and you have to do something to open each door (push a button, turn a key, flip a switch from side-to-side, flip a switch up or down, etc). She hasn't played with the game in well over a year. Obviously, at this point, she has no trouble getting the little animals to pop-up. But she was trying to close all 5 doors at the same time by laying on top of all the doors at once. She tried it several times, unsuccessfully.

Finally, exasperated, she shouted, "This toy is ADORABLE."

"Kailey, what do you think adorable means?" I asked her.

"It means this toy is NOT WORKING." She said.

"It means cute. Adorable means cute." I told her.

"No it doesn't. It means I don't like this!"

Ahhh vocabulary. It's so adorable!