Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Days

Frogs, swings, and sun...what more do you need for a perfect summer day?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mama AND Dada

Today I briefly escaped the careful watch of Ms. Beth and walked into Dada's office saying "Dada and Mama!" You should have seen the expressions on their faces when I spoke my first phrase!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bubbles and Grandma and Pappa Peters!

Grand"papa" Peters came on Wednesday night and stayed with us for a couple of nights while Grandma attended an overnight forum in Lansing. Today with both of them here, I requested that they blow lots and lots of bubbles from the deck outside, in hopes that I would be able to catch one in my hands before it popped. We tried and tried but was not successful. It just turns out that bubbles are very fragile things but Dada said that we will try capturing one in the cold of winter when blowing bubbles in January takes on a whole new kind of experience.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


What a beautiful day for a swim. I love CSA days! Every day now I say to Ms. Beth "Emma, Morgane, Gabe?"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Put That Stick Down or You'll Poke Your Eye Out!

Ms. Beth wrote...No child was actually harmed during the events I am about to recall.

Has any child ever really poked an eye out with a stick? Having been a child, and having played with sticks of all descriptions, and having, most importantly, never poked an eye out (or even seen it done) I tend to smile tolerantly whenever I hear a grandmotherly type repeat the famous works: "Put that stick down or you'll..."


No, I mean it. They may actually be right! In fact, I'll take it a step further. I now think children's eyes may sometimes function as stick "homing-devices" . I know because Kaylie found a stick today in the yard that was three times her height and at least three times as fun as the sort she usually picks up. I let her hold it. I watched closely as she staggered about under its weight. That's when I noticed something: if that stick was going to poke Kaylie anywhere, it would be in her eye!

Imagine for a moment holding a long stick with two hands out in front of you. Imagine that it is paralled to the ground and that the ends are pointing well away from your eyes to your right and left. Imagine yourself walking slowly forward. Now, without taking your hands off the stick, try to poke yourself in the eye. Can't do it, can you?

Well, as Kaylie staggered the stick seemed to have taken on a mind of its own: lundging unpredictabily, its pointier end was coming frighteningly close to its intented mark! Sorry to spoil the fun, yet aware as always of my responsibilities, I took the stick away and let Kaylie think I was the bad guy!

Happily, the wrath of Kaylie was short-lived. She seems to have the attitude that "life is too short to bear grudges", or at the very least that you "don't bite the hand that feeds you". And if you're beginning to wonder whether those grandmotherly types are always right after all, let me end with one last piece of evidence: "life isn't fair". Sorry, Kaylie! :-) :-(

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Dada's Day!

I guess that Dada has priority today, however, I just had to be the first one to test the raspberry coffee cake! We had lots of laughs today with Uncle Tim and Aunt Kim as we celebrated at Raja Rani. Then I got to play in the backyard and every once in a while I would climb the steps to the deck where Auntie Kim would blow bubbles for me to catch. Happy Dada's Day. I love you!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pig Tails

Today Ms. Beth put ribbons in my hair and I did not have the urgency to immediately pull them out. In fact, I would look into the mirror and babble to the little girl with the pig tails looking back at me. The pig tails were still in when Ms. Beth and Mommy went to the Bag for $1 rummage sale at St. Francis!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Slides and Sand

One of the best parts of my day is in the evening when Mommy, Daddy and I walk to the Esch Park. I love climbing, sliding and feeling the soft sand between my fingers!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Busy, Busy

Ms. Beth wrote...
Kaylie would be happy to spend hours taking pens out (or coasters, or blocks) and putting them away. So the questions is...can we translate that with putting away toys?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Out, out!"

Ms. Beth wrote...
Kaylie loves the outdoors so much! Today she gave me her hat and jacket before she'd even had her morning bottle of milk. I came in the door and made it about one foot inside when she ran to sit on my lap: we sat for a moment on the floor and then she popped up to hand me her outdoor gear: Ah, ah!" (out, out!).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Friend Gabriel

It must be "CSA" (Community Supported Agriculture) day. That's when I get to go with Ms. Beth to pick up the garden vegetables for the week and we get to play with Morgane, Emma, and Gabriel.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Today Ms. Beth took me over to Milan to spend the day with her. I ate a nice big breakfast at her house before meeting with her sister and my friends, Morgan, Emma and Gabriel. I have to eat before I see them or I get too distracted. We all went to the Milan CSA to pick up our vegetables of the week. We received a box of lettuce, potatoes and a bunch of green onions. Unfortunately, no fruit :-(

Monday, June 8, 2009


Ms. Beth wrote...
Every day it seems Kaylie is learning new words or refining pronunciation of old ones. The word of the day? Hippa. :-)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Red-winged blackbirds and cattails

Ms. Beth wrote...
Today we saw a pond with red-winged blackbirds and cattails. Kaylie especially loved the fountain in the middle: "wow!" At the playground she pushed me on the merry-go-round. Amazing! She is growing up :-) :(

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Climber

Ms. Beth wrote...
We had a great time at the park today! Kaylie is an excellent climber. Bold, but not reckless. She spent most of her time today on the slides, but really she loves everything there. Today she played in the sandbox for the first time. Luckily there were no other kids there because she has s tendency to throw the sand pretty far. I guess I know what we'll be working on next!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nap Time

Ms. Beth wrote...
Instead of sleeping at nap time, Kaylie practiced yoga in her crib. This was accompanied by yawning, and several rather peaceful attempts at escape. Every once in a while she'd flop down and throw in a bit of fake snoring (presumably to keep from falling asleep while she was there).