Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Three things

In response to the question, "what are three things you love about mommy?" Kailey replied:

1.  "I love that you don't have a beard"

2. "I love to rub her nickle" (that is the mole on my neck right under my chin.  She calls it a nickle.  I don't know why.

3.  "I love when she gives me tickies" (that's when we lightly rub her arm with our fingers -- she calls it "tickies" as opposed to tickles).

No beard, a mole, and tick-ies!  It sounds like some sort of start for a witch's brew... but, really, that's love!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Trials

Eric's mom was in town over the 4th of July weekend, and stayed at the Claremont (this is the 3rd time we've been at the Claremont in 4 months... Kai is starting to have a sense of entitlement over the place!)  We had a great time, and Kai's swimming continues to improve.  In fact, despite my earlier insistence that she was done with swim lessons, I've signed her up again for some lessons at the end of the summer (she LOVES the water, and a little instruction would be so good for her).  I may be kicking myself over this decision -- but, maybe she'll love it.  This place is an outdoor pool, so I'm thinking it might be a better environment for her (the noise of indoor pools really gets to her).

Anyway, our trip to the Claremont this time was right on the heels of the Olympic Trials, which we watched with Kaiely.  At one point when I looked over at her, I could tell she was in her "uber intense" mode (this is opposed to her usual state of being, which is just regular intense.  Kai does most things with quite a bit of energy!)  She kept diving under the water, popping her hands out of the water and then thrusting them back under (it was clearly a new stroke that she was trying to perfect), and when she would hit the wall, she'd slap it and then turn around, walk back to her pre-designated spot, and start again.  This went on for quite some time.

After about an hour, she came running over to me, really excited and yelled, "Mom!! I WON the Olympic Trials."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Little Hot Rock

Kailey loves singing songs.  There is a music teacher at school, Jane, who gave each of the kids a CD of her songs, and we listen to it in the car all the time.  "Jane songs!" Kailey pleads as soon as we are in motion.  She knows the words to most of the songs, and belts them out from the backseat.

In addition, she likes to make up songs.  This morning she was singing something about the ocean and a plant growing on the sea floor.  Eric said to me, "I've never heard that song... do you know it?" Kailey, listening as she does to everything we say, piped up and said, "that's because I made it up!"

One of her favorite "Jane songs" is Little Hot Rock, which is also one of our favorites.  The lyrics are:

Sometimes I wonder
Oh yes I do
Sometimes I wonder
About me and you

We travel together
Around a firey sun
On a little hot rock through the cold and darkness everyone

In outer space
Between the stars
It's even colder
Then the coldest heart

We travel together
Around a firey sun
On a little hot rock through the cold and darkness everyone

Try a little kindness
Try a little sweet love
We're so very far from 
The pretty stars above

We travel together
Around a firey sun
On a little hot rock through the cold and darkness everyone

I really love the song -- and love to sing it with Kailey as we travel together.  When Eric's mom was visiting over the 4th of July, we all went to Kai's music class together, and Kailey requested that they sing the song -- allowing me to capture them on video.  

Here they are: 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Then and Now

Kailey - February of 2010.  Climbing trees, loving her skirts and dresses, and exploring the world: 

Kailey in June 2012 -- same tree, same fun-loving spirit, still loving those dresses... but look how she's grown!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Half of July

While Kai was getting ready for school, she announced that she was going to a wedding at school today.  I asked her, "what is a wedding?"

"Wellllll..." she replied (I love how she starts sentences with "wellll....") "a wedding is where there are dancers."

"OK.  But why do people have weddings?" I asked

"Ohhh... to celebrate!"  Kai replied.

"And what are they celebrating?"  I asked.

"The half of July!"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fancy Things

The other day at daycare, Kailey was admiring the dress one of the other girls was wearing.  "Ohhhhh," she cooed, "your dress is so fancy!  Did you get it at Target?"

Playing Kailey

When we were picking up Kai from daycare tonight, one of the other mom's said that her daughter, Ruby, asked her if she wanted to "play Kailey" last night.  Her mom agreed and asked how they play.

Ruby said, "OK, you be Kailey's dad and I'll be Kailey."  Her mom agreed to the roles and asked what was next.

Ruby explained, "You say, "Kailey, Let's Go!" And then I'll run the other way!'"

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Paddle to the Sea

Eric's organization does an annual event called Paddle to the Sea.  As the name implies, they paddle the Tuolumne River from source to sea, involving dozens (or more) paddlers along every leg of the journey.  In addition, they always have a few folks that paddle the whole thing.  And, there are riverside events and parties along the way.  

Paddle to the Sea started the year Kailey turned one and we've always gone to several of the events --so, in many ways, it's an annual event in her life as much as it is in Eric's working life.  She loves the riverside events and watching the paddlers.  

 This year, for Eric's birthday, we went out to where the paddlers would be launching to see them off and then spent the day playing in the river, familiarizing Kai with the canoes (next year she can probably paddle one of the calmer legs), and playing games while we waited for the paddlers to arrive at the end of the leg.  It was really fun.  What was amazing is how much Kai remembered from the year before -- she kept asking where the dancers were, would there be a jumpy house, what about face painting, and was Daddy giving a speech.  That's because last year we went to the riverside party in Modesto (which they didn't have this year) - and so Kai was expecting to a party.  However, she was really happy to just play by the river and watch the paddlers come in.

When the paddlers arrived -- Kai had her Paddle to the Sea flag ready and was greeting all of them (they had just finished something like 10 hours of paddling into a strong wind and paid little attention to her, but we thought it was adorable!) 

This year at the finale party, which takes place at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, we went with Sarah, Doug, Penny and Max.  It's a cool spot for a finale.  There's a grassy area where you can set up blankets and chairs and hang out.  They had a band playing music and food.  Then there's the beach, which is a great spot to splash around because it's a cove and there aren't many waves.  Great, except the fact that it's San Francisco and the water is quite cold!  But, that didn't stop Kai and Penny.  At first they were just gathering buckets or water and playing in the sand.  But, pretty soon, they were knee deep (in their clothes).  And then they were rolling around in the water, in order to submerge their whole bodies.  They had a total blast.  It was fun to see Kai playing in the ocean. 

The other day, we were talking about things we love about each other and with regard to Eric, Kai said "I love going to Paddle to the Sea with you!" 

She's already excited about next year.