Sunday, November 20, 2011

Big Kid Haircut

Kai has gotten a couple of haircuts in her 3.5 years -- but, prior to the last one, they were just trims. The guy didn't even charge me the first time, he cut so little of her hair. And the second time, we freaked at the last minute and told them to just trim it. So, really, Kai has been growing her hair for 3.5 years. It hadn't gotten that long, considering, but was at her shoulders.

This time, the cut it back to her chin. She looks so grown up now!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Let the Games Begin

I come from a games-loving family. Growing up we played lots of cards -- both the kind with a standard deck of cards (hearts, spades, etc) as well as specialized card games (Uno, Skip-Bo). We played Tripoli, board games (Sorry, Risk, Scattergories), and word games (Boggle, Scrabble). I love playing games. And, in our early years together, Eric and I played a lot of games together. But, most games are better with more then 2 players (except a few like Rummy... but, I never liked that game much).

Over the last year, Kai has gotten more into games. It started with Candy Land (boring!), Zingo (better.. but still not too exciting), simplified card games (like Go Fish -- with cards designed for the younger set with pictures to match), and Memory (which is OK -- but makes one feel old and wistful for the memory you possessed as a child). Given these choices, we didn't suggest playing games that often -- but would pull out a game in a pinch.

Over the last couple of months, though - it seems the world of game playing is beginning to open up. It started with Uno, which Kai is pretty good at (she gets the concept -- has trouble holding all the cards in her hand, so it's hard not to cheat when playing with her). Still, it's a fun game to play and we've been having fun playing. Whenever someone plays the "skip" card she says it's the "no for you" card. As in, no turn for you.

Tonight we expanded to Go Fish with a standard deck of cards. She did great! She is so funny -- she clucks her tongue against the roof of her mouth as she ponders what to ask for and leans way back.... and then, finally, will make her selection, " you... have.... a KING?" And she totally got that she was trying to collect the sets of four -- and would holler, "THAT'S FOUR" anytime she got the fourth card in a set. And, she got that the J is for Jack, the K for King and the Q... well, the Q was a little tricky. Sometimes the Q was a King too. But, still. Pretty good! She kept the sets she was working on in little piles, face down, in front of her and would peek at each pile while trying to decide what to ask for. The only thing she didn't really get is that she wasn't supposed to announce what card she had fished from the pile when drawing a new card. But, her enthusiasm for her new card was always amusing... and it was a good opportunity to teach her some of the strategies of the game.

Tonight, while we were playing Go Fish, she said, "Next I want to play the NO game." We tried to clarify, "do you mean you want to play a NEW game?" "I want to play the new NO game", she repeated. We didn't understand what she was saying... what "no" game? I asked her, "what is a "no" game... how do you play it?" She looked exasperated, "I don't know. YOU have to tell me how. The NO game you got. At the store." I realized what she was talking about and asked, "do you mean the game SORRY?" (I had mentioned to Eric a couple days ago that I thought we should buy SORRY). A flash of recognition came over her face, "Oh, yeah. SORRY. That game."

Of course, most every time we say "no" to her we make her say "sorry" to us... so, I suppose it was a good guess!

Whatever they're called -- let the games begin!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Betty Crocker

Before Kai came along, I don't know if I had ever made cookies, cupcakes, cakes or muffins from scratch. In the last month? I've made all of those things. Kai is obsessed with cooking videos -- she likes to watch people make and decorate cakes, cookies and cupcakes. I've written about this before -- in posts debuting her first ever creation, the butterfly cake. But, that was from a mix. I can bake from a mix.

But, since the butterfly cake and the flip-flop cake, I've gotten a bit more adventurous, and now Kai and I tackle recipes from scratch. Over the last month, we've made banana muffins, blueberry muffins, cupcakes that we frosted with an orange frosting and decorated for Halloween, and chocolate chip cookies. Kai likes to help mix the ingredients together, although, she needs constant reminding that it is not mix, lick, mix. Just mix. No licking. She really likes the licking more then the mixing.

And, she tends to think she knows the recipes, so if I turn my back on her, she's likely to have attempted to stir in a new ingredient.

But, despite those setbacks, Kai is a good helper in the kitchen. And, she loves to help bake and cook. And, these days, I like baking and cooking too!