Friday, March 16, 2012

Kai Musings

Kai says so many funny things every day -- I have to start writing more of them down! It's hard to remember the things she says for very long... by the time I get home, I have often forgotten. This evening, as I pulled out the computer to write down her anecdote from today, my mind went blank.

"What did Kai say tonight while we were driving home?" I asked Eric. Kai chimed in, "I told you about Lucy and the number 5." She remembers everything!

So -- the story. Kai came running up to us at daycare this evening and thrust three pictures into my hand. She was really excited about them. "I drew Penny and Sarah and Doug!" she exclaimed. I looked at each one.




I love these pictures! And I love that the people she draws are ANOTHER family. Thanks, Kai (just kidding). Then, driving home, Kai announced from the back seat:

"I tried to draw Lucy (Sarah and Doug's dog)... but, then I saw that it was just a FIVE! Clara and I laughed and laughed. And I tried to draw Lucy AGAIN but it was still a FIVE!" And she started cracking up.


This morning driving to daycare, we stopped at Starbucks (as usual) for our morning coffee. Eric went in to fetch the beverages as Kai and I waited in the car. Sometimes we get her something too while we are in the shop. Sometimes not. This morning, after Eric left, Kai yelled, "I WANT GUMMIES." I told her that wasn't how she should ask for something and she began whining, "I wannnntttt them. I wannnntttttt gummmmmmmmmiiiiiiieeeeeesssss."

I told her she couldn't have gummies because she was whining and that was not how we asked for something.

 She paused a moment and then said, "But, Mom... all kids whine!"

She didn't get the gummies.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A little song and a little picture

Our camera (or at least the video function on our camera) is on the fritz... which is so annoying because this video is one of Kai's most adorable.... and would be even cuter if you could hear it better. Oh well.

Also -- Kai is suddenly coloring in the lines. I am not sure when this happened. In fact, I didn't believe she had done this picture when I took it out of her box at school, but they assured me it is her work (and they were chuckling about how intense she was about it and told me that a lot of the other kids just stare at Kai as she does her art projects because her intensity is just that captivating. Funny!)

Monday, March 12, 2012


On the ride home today, Kai declared that Ava and Clara had "cut her out" at school. We've been listening to that new Goyte song lately -- you know the one that has the chorus that goes, "but you didn't have to cut me out... make out like you never knew me and that we were nothing..." Yeah, that one.

So, Eric was singing it yesterday and said, "but you didn't have to take me out" and Kai corrected him and said, "no, the song says you didn't have to CUT me out."

And then, today, she decided to try the phrase out in her real life. We exchanged glances and then asked her, "what did they do?"

"They cut me out," Kai responded.

"What does that mean?" we asked.

"It means that I wanted to play and they said I couldn't... they cut me out. Like that song. Remember?"

She must get so sick of explaining things to us!

Also, from the same song, the end of the chorus (and the name of the song) is, "now you're just somebody that I used to know." Driving to soccer a few weeks ago, Kai asked, "what does that mean?" We told her it is when you used to know someone, but you don't see them anymore.

This week we were driving to soccer and I explained to Kai that she was starting a new class today and would have a new coach. "Not Coach Dominique?" she asked. I told her that Coach Dominique was teaching a different class, and she would be with Coach Sara this time.

"So, Coach Dominique is someone that I used to know?" she asked. I chuckled... yes, something like that.

At soccer, we saw Coach Dominique and he said hello to Kailey. On the drive home she said, "Coach Dominique was at soccer.... I guess we still know him!" I guess we do!

Nice to know she's picking up new phrases from KFOG!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eating my words

When I was pregnant, and found out I was having a girl, I was adamant that my daughter would be anti-princess and anti-pink. No daughter of mine was going to be some damsel-in-distress obsessed with beauty and finding her prince charming.

I've re-evaluated this stance. Because now I have a little girl and she LOVES pink. Pink and red. And she loves castles. And princesses.

She also loves cranes, blocks, trucks, and dirt.

She likes soccer and gymnastics and will tell you she is going to be a ballet dancer when she grows up, even though she's never taken ballet and has only seen a single ballet in her life. It's the tutus.

She loves playgrounds, especially swings. And, she loves to climb. The higher the better.

She loves to play monster, doctor, and teacher. And, she especially loves to re-enact every movie she has ever seen. Which is a lot of movies. It's embarrassing.

She is quite interested in nature and loves all animals. She loves to camp. And, the other day we spent an afternoon building an airplane out of legos and then pretending to fly to Sacramento to "give a speech" so we could save the "broken Clavey river" that had all the "gluppity-goo" dumped into it. It was a combination of a game involving my work, Eric's work, and The Lorax. We couldn't be more proud.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I've realized pink princesses and castles do not make an anti-feminist, girlie-girl who is obsessed with nothing more then tutus, tiaras and bubble-headedness.

It turns out, pink princesses and castles are more synonymous with being three. Just three. Strong-willed, determined, independent, fun-loving, imaginative three.

Or maybe I'm just trying to justify this:

p.s. we've held firm against princess movies (except Tangled)... you have to draw a line somewhere, right? I suppose at this point it's more smudge then line.