Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time to combine

It's getting harder to have posting time for ANY of the blogs, let alone three of them. And since most things Kinlee does at this point include the rest of us, I've decided to transfer her news to the JustRK blog, with appearances, of course, on BraskaBear as well.

I'm going to be having her blog printed in book form to have for her first-year memories. So this will be the last post on this blog. I hope that if you're a follower here and not on the others already, you'll join us over there.

Thank you for following Miss KiKi through her first year!! She's sure to continue adventures worth blogging about, so don't miss them in their new home!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Birthday books!!

I found this picture today and realized it had been missed!

The girls are enjoying new books that KiKi got for her birthday from Aunt Chris. They LOVE them! Kinlee cannot get enough of books with pictures of real babies on them, so this is right up her alley. Both of the girls are BIG fans of books, though are super tough on them when left to their own "reading."

Thanks, Aunt Chris and Uncle Don! These were perfect!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1st Birthday Party

Kinlee’s 1st birthday went pretty well considering the snags in the planning and schedule that happened in the days prior.  Thanks to everyone who made it, and we missed those who were not able to come due to illness or schedules.  I learned a lot of mini life lessons, and things will be different for the next birthday party.  We didn’t do anything for Braska’s 1st, so we were in new territory.   As many of you know, birthdays have never been a big deal in our families growing up, so I don’t really do themes, matchy-matchy decor, etc.  Maybe when the girls are old enough to notice…which will be soon.

Here’s a couple little pics of the day and the party.  Check out the video below for lots more great pics—including my little pastry chefs at work on the cake—and the famous cake eating.

Here’s the video…one of the projects I got done this week.  Even got it burned on a DVD that can be watched on the TV! Fun for years to come!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

12 months

I’m a little late with the comparative diaper pics, but that’s ok since it’s the last one.

She has started to close her eyes every time the camera gets ready to snap.  Little booger.  I have dozens of closed-eye pictures. 

Still, she’s pretty cute, and sometimes even sweet. 

Highlights this month: She is standing for a second or two by herself, but she’s not too interested in attempting to walk.  And that’s ok with me.  She’ll get there, no doubt, and I’m fine with her taking her time. Less chasing to do.  Our house is going to get even smaller when she starts to walk.

She has a few signs: more, eat, milk, daddy.  She does a lot of babbling and has some word approximations: more, mommy, daddy, belle, sissy, shoe, milk.

She loves her straw cup, and she eats almost everything set before her.  Unfortunately, she likes to eat about anything she can find, including coins, junk on the floor, dog food, etc.  We’ve had no issues yet to cause great concern, but you really gotta watch this girl.

One year down.  It sure went fast!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuckered out

I’ve got lots of pics from the birthday to share, and I hope to get those up tonight or this weekend.  But for now, here’s one fresh from my phone…kikisleep

We spent the morning running errands while Braska was at school, then we went to the mall after school for lunch in the food court—she enjoyed chicken and waffle fries—and a very good stop at The Children’s Place where we hit a monster sale and snagged some things for the girls, especially some things for Braska for next year! Yay!  By the time we got back in the van, KiKi was out in minutes on the way home.  I didn’t even take her out of her new jacket when she got home.  Cute, huh?  And only $2.99!  Gotta love a gift card!  I didn’t spend a “real” dollar anywhere.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

1 year old


It doesn’t seem like it’s been 12 whole months, and yet, it seems like she’s been hanging out with us for years. 

Kinlee is a silly girl.  She loves to laugh and make others laugh. She is a drama queen.  She is very sensitive, VERY sensitive, especially to reprimands.  She adores her sister and her daddy, but she is a Mommy’s girl.  She will climb anything and has no fear.  Until she gets up there and can’t get down.  Then her world crumbles in a second.

She is lots of fun to play with and less fun to take on in a battle of wills.  She will be a great sister and a challenging daughter for years to come, I’m quite sure of it.  But whining and instant tear-spilling skills aside, she is a pretty good little girl, and we’ll let her hang around a while longer. 

Happy Birthday, KiKi!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Did you see that?

That’s what I say alot. “Did you see that?”  Kinlee is everywhere.  Suddenly she is climbing off the couch properly.  She is attempting to get on the couch, but she can’t quite make it.  She likes to climb up on little stools or pedestals or upside down boxes to stand on.  She can get up in Braska’s little wooden chair properly, though.  It’s weird how she can just do something one day that she couldn’t do the day before.  There’s not alot of pomp, there’s not alot of practice, she just does it.  I can’t get used to that.  Silly kid…

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chillin’ with Uncle Patrick

Kinlee went to visit Auntie Rachel and Uncle Patrick on Thursday while Braska and I had a meeting to go to and Daddy wasn’t feeling well.  Uncle Patrick and KiKi are big buds, so she is always ready to go visit there.  Rach took these and I thought they were pretty cute.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Her first bounce house

We had a great time with Jason and Sarah and their girls on the 16th. Kinlee enjoyed the bounce house for the first time. She wasn’t sure what to think of it.

Here’s the four girls..KiKi, Katelyn, Braska, and Amber.

We also came home with a completely to-the-roof full van, toys, slides, picnic tables, etc. Thanks guys!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Messy face

I am not great at letting Kinlee get messy when she eats. I’m just not used to it. I never had to deal with it with Braska since she’s not into food and all. So it’s very hard for me to let her cover her face and so often her hair, too, with who knows what. I keep her meals pretty unmessy in their content, but she does love pizza, so I let her go at it on her own the other day, not even sitting by her with wipes ready. I’ve come so far.

It is still amazing to take a food, cut it into small pieces and give it to her…and she just eats it! What a process this is, having a kid who eats. Way to go, KiKi!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hand-me-downs: HalloDuck

First, I realize it’s not Halloween.  You don’t have to call the crazy police on me.

I just couldn’t put this away without trying it on her.  She’ll be far to big by October. Truth is she is too long for it now, but we got it on her without too much tugging.  I just had to have these cute comparison pics.

Kinlee 1/23/10 at 11 1/2 months.

Braska 10/31/08 at 23 months 10 days.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fashionista in training

Kinlee is looking so ready to take on the toddler world lately.  She sported her cute new outfit from Miss Linda on Saturday, and she was rewarded with new shoes by Auntie Rachel.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

11 months

I’m a little late with this, but I kept thinking I’d retake the pics.  Why??  Well, this is the best one we got. 

You see my dilemma.

She is moving more and faster than is easy to deal with, and she made clear very quickly that this photo shoot thing is uncool.

Highlights this month: She’s not all that interested in walking, so cruising is still her thing right now.  But she does like walking with a push toy or anything else that she can walk behind…. laundry basket, chair, toy box, Braska’s tricycle. She is very into climbing and has been falling from small heights left and right.  She’s a very tough cookie, but you wouldn’t know it from her the-world-has-ended drama cries after she bonks her head even the slightest bit.  Heaven forbid someone walk away from her when she wanted their attention.  She will throw herself dramatically on the floor and cry as though she has been abandoned forever, never to be cared for again.  We are hoping his drama queen thing is a phase, but we’re a bit concerned this may be her way for a while.

She loves to play with her sister, even more than the sister would like.  They often tackle each other, Kinlee yanking Braska’s glasses off, while Braska screams “Noooooo!” and swings wildly at her, and Kinlee clings to an arm as she falls over.  Sometimes it’s not a violent interaction, and they giggle and roll around on the floor together.  Those are fun times.  KiKi loves to play with Jack and Braska, especially at Jack’s house where they can run all over like a little train—Jack running, Braska crawling fast behind him, and KiKi bringing up the rear as fast as she can go.

This month brought some new eating experiences. She is loving a straw and prefers it for every drink except formula.  She had grilled cheese, cheese pizza, and peanut butter sandwiches this month and loved them all.  She loves peas and really hasn’t rejected any foods, vegetables or otherwise, though she definitely prefers finger foods, so she doesn’t have to bother with being fed with a spoon.

She’s very close to 20 lbs, getting within about a pound or possibly even less to Braska’s current weight. 

Kinlee is signing more consistently and saying “moh” when she does.  She also signs done along with “duh.”  Other verbal words are mama, dada, beh-beh (for Belle), and sis-sis for Braska.  She says hi and bye along with waving, too.

KiKi is very very busy, never slowing down, and that has included her nights.  She sometimes will sleep through the night once or twice in a week, but she is usually waking at night still, rarely putting herself back to sleep.  But we’re working on a new plan of tough love this week, so hopefully she’ll get the picture.  I need sleep badly.

I can’t believe it’s almost been a year.  Guess I better get to thinking about a birthday party!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Open doors are more fun

PaPaw and Grandma C have a fun place to play that KiKi discovered this weekend.  She’s looked into these places before, but suddenly she decided she could actually enter!

Notice that her sister is more interested in watching Bears football than following her.  And no, we don’t let her watch this closely, just had to capture Kinlee’s adventures before we redirected Braska to her chair.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Exploring new heights



No it’s not that high, but still…  I was doing dishes and her banging in the drawer got quiet.  And there she was.  I grabbed my phone and snapped the first pic, then she took a moment to figure out how to get in and up she popped. Like “See, I can do it!”

I’m afraid this will mean that we find her in all kinds of places now… any guesses on where might be next?

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