But, before that happens, we still have a few more weeks of summer fun -- and, of course, I have to report on the going-ons of the last few weeks.
Three weeks ago, Nonnie and Papa drove from Oregon to our house with Kailey to start the week of Nonnie and Papa camp - Sacramento style. This was following the week of Nonnie and Papa camp - Vancouver style (where Kai stayed with them for a week). It was really weird having Kai gone for that week. Felt like I was missing a limb the whole time. Alden missed her terribly, too. He would point at her room every morning and yell, "AI" "AI" "AI". And then he'd go into her room, climb up the ladder to her bed, and peer around asking for her.
But, Kai had an amazing time with my parents and didn't seem to get homesick at all. They said she behaved beautifully and had a blast. She's already looking forward to going back next summer. And, it was really nice to get to follow up the week of one-on-one time with her grandparents with another week with them at her own house. Alden was SO excited that Kai came home and brought Nonnie and Papa with her. He really loves being carried around by Papa -- and my dad indulges him, pointing out all the different things in the world.
Alden took off with his walking skills while they were visiting -- he practiced and practiced, walking the loop of our downstairs over and over. And then, when he had that down, he took it to the next level by walking the loop carrying an object. And finally, he took on the really big stuff -- dragging the beanbag chair around behind him.
By the time we got to DC the next week, Alden was a skilled walker. He walked everywhere in DC, and was quite upset when confined to a stroller. Of course, he rarely walks where we want him to walk, so it often meant just chasing him around a museum or the hotel -- as he screeched and tried to run away. Cute, but exhausting.
My parents, Kai, Alden and I spent one day at the state fair. We discovered the state fair for the first time last year, and had a blast. This year didn't disappoint. The kids rode the ponies, met a bunch of animals, explored a bunch of great exhibits, watched performances, ate fair food (including the amazing corn dogs), drank fresh squeezed lemonade, saw a science show, played with giant bubbles, and spent about 45 minutes playing with the giant light board (Kai was intent on grouping all the colors together. Alden was intent on taking out any peg he could get his hands on. Kai rolled with it, increasing her speed to try to get the pegs in before he could get them out, but not minding that he was disrupting her work... such a good sister). In short, we had a blast. We were there for about 8 hours and didn't even make it to half of the exhibits. It's such a fun fair -- can't wait to go again next year!
Kai also got really into fake injuries and she and Eric had a blast using water colors to paint nasty bruises on each other. Kai accompanied Eric to work one morning to show off her handiwork. Make-up artist in the making!
We also spent time harvesting the lettuce in our garden. I have to say, our first forays into gardening have not been entirely successful. But the tomatoes and lettuce have been great -- so, it isn't all for naught. Next year, we will do even better!
Next up... Washington DC! Hopefully I'll get to that post before returning to work on Monday. Otherwise, it could be awhile before I get back to the blog... sigh!