Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rye Bread - Yum!

Ms. Beth wrote...
Kaylie was very busy today.  I suppose she had a lot of activities that had to be done before the new year :-) We baked rye bread together and Kaylie had a piece she was responsible for kneading.  Unfortunately, after forming the lump into a variety of farm animals she managed to eat them all!  I guess they were good!  Personally, I look forward to trying my loaf baked and spread with butter!  (Don't worry Kaylie--I'll share)

Monday, December 28, 2009

The ABC song

Ms. Beth wrote...
Today at lunchtime I offered Kaylie some fruit.  She loved it so much she started singing:  "mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm..." to the tune of the ABC song!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Office

Ms. Beth wrote...
All of a sudden Kaylie seems to want to kick Greg out of his office and "work" in there by herself like he does. So I created an office "just for her" in the kitchen at the little table. She has her "play" laptop, her "cell phone", a pen and paper and water (her sippy). She also has "magazines" (kid's activity books) and even her own secretary (that's me). Kaylie set to work immediately typing important emails on her computer. Next her phone rang (though I didn't hear it so she had to pick it up herself). The call was not confidential so I will relate her side of it:

"Hello?" (Business-like)
"Yes" (Nods head)
"Bye!" (click!)

Perhaps one day her dream will come true and she really will be just like her mom and dad. In the meantime there is one thing missing: Kaylie needs to hire a Nanny of her own to help her while I play secretary, because she kept having to get up and leave the office to help her stuffed dog (Siya) go to the "potty".

Later I opened a cupboard in the kitchen and Kaylie saw the Halloween candy and reached for it. "No thanks, Kaylie!", I told her and I closed the cupboard. So Kaylie looked back at the cupboard and said, "trick or treat!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Ms. Beth wrote...
Today I said to Kaylie: "We will go outside soon. Where are your shoes?" I usually have her bring them to me. I turned around a moment later and she was by my side again -with her shoes ON! She had put them on herself.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cherry Tea Ring

Ms. Beth and I baked again today on this beautiful autumn day. Our new recipe was a Cherry Tea Ring. I especially loved to eat the cherries. Yummy!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Auntie JoAnn gave me the spider costume for Halloween. Mama and Obachan bought me the Lady bug jacket with matching red poke-a-dots leggings. Insects are the theme this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Grandma's Molasses Cookies

Today Miss Beth and I took a long walk outside enjoying the colors of the leaves, came inside to play with the play dough and then made molasses cookies. I actually helped roll the cookie dough in sugar! Yum!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I'm still not understanding the concept of Halloween, but I do enjoy dressing-up. Kaitlyn and Lauren had "amazing" (word I learned from the street, Sesame Street) costumes which we all paraded around the All Seasons room. The entire family gutted and carved pumpkins, both little and small. Grandpa was spicing and roasting the pumpkin seeds. I was fascinated with Grandma's fake, plastic pumpkin, which I carried everywhere. Some of the many great moments that weekend were playing bumper cars with the green bean bags, hiding in the evergreen tree fort, carrying brussel sprouts in a basket followed by dogs, and climbing a tree for autumn photos!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Down Dog

This afternoon we drove down to Ohio to spend the weekend with Grandma Debby & Grandpa Steve for the annual pumpkin carving. My cousins, Kaitlyn and Lauren, will be arriving on Saturday evening. So until then, I kept Grandma and Mommy busy with yoga poses.

Halloween Party

The St. Francis play group Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Homemade Playdough

I had the most wonderful day today. Ms. Beth made green play dough. Her mom used to make it for her when she was my age. We had the best time being messy and creative. By the end, I had a whole farm on my table complete with snake, chicken, and pig with a cap!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

This evening I'm finally making an effort to catch-up on Kaylie's blog. Greg has been able to experiment with Tim's camera since the end of August so our system of getting photos loaded off and stored has changed a bit. I am a water buffalo and like to stick one system, the one I know. I am now learning our new method...more to come tomorrow...

Monday, October 19, 2009


Ms. Beth is showing me how to make homemade bread. This she says will be a fun activity during the winter days when we can not go outside. Today I helped her knead the dough. And I required lots and lots of water. OK, well... Ms. Beth told me that we will continue to work on my baker skills.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Harvest Festival

Adventures at the Pittsfield Township Harvest Festival 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Year Of Inspiration

Aunt Karen invited us to be her guests at the children's play, Aesop's Fables. Following the spectacular puppet show, we all met for a pizza party where I could play with my cousins. It was quite a magical day! Thank-you Aunt Karen for including us in your Year of Inspiration.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bronner's Christmas Store

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way...and Elmo!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Empire Trail

Today the sun was trying to peek out from behind the clouds so Mommy and Dada decided to take a drive to Empire, Michigan and find the trail to the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. What a great adventure! I only fell once leaving one thin scratch on my cheek.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Children's Hand-On Museum

The Traverse City Children's Hands-On Museum was the best "house" ever. I was able to explore the large cylinder play set with slide, color acorns and squirrels, cook a meal for Mommy, splash in the water table, climb the blocks, and drink from the water fountain. Fun, fun... I was exhausted after all that.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Grand Traverse Commons

Today was a bit eerie. We visited The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a fairly new concept of re-fitting older buildings for shopping, eating, and living. The Commons used to be part of a very large hospital for the mentally ill, an asylum. I usually like to run and explore on my own, but today I wanted Dada to carry me. I was really feeling insecure. Even Mommy and Dada mentioned that there still was the lingering of many years of unhappiness. I felt much better when we returned to our room at the Pine Reef Resort -- Loved playing in the kitchen!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pumpkin Patch #2

The winery gave us directions to the second pumpkin patch where we got our pumpkins for carving. The farmers were not around, they just marked the price on the pumpkins (large for $6 or $7) and left a can to deposit the cash.

It was not until later that evening that we all went to the park near the bay. What a great vacation this is!