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Kaia has some CRAZY hair sometimes. Here it’s sticking up on 3 sides of her head.

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Angry Bird

Britton made this Angry Bird all by himself, from memory. He cut and glued it together.

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Friends

Kaia with her friend Donald, walking arm in arm. It was soooo cute!

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She has a hard time not kissing her sister ALL DAY!

And, I needed some pictures of the kids, so shot these this afternoon.

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Can’t believe how grown up my little boy has gotten. He’s such a sweet, loving guy.

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My silly girl. So smiley, dramatic and mischievous. Loves to help out with Cambry and just about everything else too.

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B and his friend.

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What can I say. She’s our little doll face. Long eyelashes, blue eyes and an adorable smile. Love her to pieces!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

We were home for Thanksgiving this year and the kids were invited to participate in a little race Thanksgiving morning. It was organized by a girl from church, so there were a lot of familiar faces and friends who attended, but also people I didn’t know too.

Britton was really excited since lately he’s been thinking he’s the fastest boy in the world. Kaia likes to do anything he does.

Getting ready. Very official with numbers and everything.

About to start

Finish Line

Medals

They had so much fun! Britton ran “so fast!” and Kaia ran with Daddy.

Later that day I made dinner and we just relaxed and had a nice time. We’re so thankful for all of the many things we are blessed with–it’s a lot! I”m so thankful for these little guys. They are so much fun, hilarious and definitely keep us on our toes.

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Turning 2: A Party

 

I had Kaia’s party theme picked out months in advance–ever since we visited our friends in NC and threw their daughter a rainbow themed party–so I didn’t plan ahead a whole lot. I figured it’d be easy to find everything I needed or wanted. Plus, I was keeping it really simple. Until I actually started getting things and looking around on Pinterest and seeing all these fantastic ideas. It was hard not to get totally carried away.

We invited just a few friends. Kaia’s favorite people–her nursery teachers Bob and Reija being at the top of the list. Not everyone could come, but it turned out perfectly.

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The kids ran around having a balloon fight with Bob and Rieja

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Kaia got a snuggle from Reija–on her way to work.

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The Sweet Rainbow Spread

We had tacos–very colorful–and also a wide array of rainbow colored sweets.

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Spider Girl Costume

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Book with personal reading included

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Hugs from Bob

She got showered with gifts that she loved.

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Blowing out her candles

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Partial Family Shot

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Cupcake Deliciousness

And she did really well blowing out her candles and of course, ate her cupcake all gone. It was a fun party with good friends and lots of colors.

The next day on her actual birthday she opened presents from us and others and loved them too. Especially her pink things.

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Spider Girl Costume--but NO mask!

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New Bike!

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Pink Coat

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Hugs with Mom

I think she had a fun day. She got to go to Nursery, which she loves. We tried all day to convince her that she was two, but she insists she’s 1 or 3. Never 2. I think she’ll get it sometime…

Happy Birthday little Angel girl. We love you!

 

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Cowboys

B loved it. E and Shae got way better pics than me, but both of them didn’t want to take turns or get off.

When they weren’t riding, they liked the fields and hay.

They really do like the horses. Good think Aunt Shaela has a farm for them to visit.

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Misc Utah Trip

 

Did I ever mention that my camera got ruined in Hawaii? Well, it did., so all I have is my phone. Not the best quality, but at least we can document.

Here’s more fun we had on our trip…

Visiting Bookdocks with cousin Kaylee. Britton always gets so excited at the mere mention of her it’s so cute. And we haven’t heard the end of Boondocks since either.

Kaia loved the carousel.

Then we went with Shaela and Ethan to the aquarium.

She liked the frog.

Shaela’s cat had kittens while we were there. Britton had fun holding them.

We visited the Mt Timponogos Temple too. They weren’t really happy about looking at me, but it was a nice little visit. Though, the one cool day we were there, so we didn’t stay too long.

Next up…horse back riding.

 

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Here Fishy Fishy

fishing

Britton’s been wanting to go fishing for a while. So, my dad took him–us–to the Bountiful Pond.

We didn’t catch any fish, but there was lots of other fun going on.

duck feeding

Chasing ducks

eating grapes

Eating grapes

worms

Playing with worms

He was just excited to have a pole and put it in the water. He’s excited to go again. Surprisingly Kaia liked it too–mostly just watching the ducks and sitting in the chair.

We’ll have to go again some day.

 

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First Hair Cut

I wasn’t sure there about giving little K a hair cut since hers has taken so long to get any length anyway, but it was a bit scraggly and Aunt Shaela thought it could use a little evening out.

She sat so well

And got just a trim.

And looked super cute in the end.

Now–2 months later–her hair is growing great and she has so much more of it. Yay!

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Puppy Love

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My sister got a puppy just before we came to visit. Kaia LOVED it. We were sometimes concerned for its safety because she just wanted to hug and hold it all the time–in rough and intense Kaia fashion.

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Happy to report the puppy made it…

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Kaia Mya Girl

The stuff below was written about 2 months ago. Her talking is vastly improved–she’s starting sentences now. Hair is longer and curlier and she’s even more independent and full of energy.

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I just have to write about my little girl. She is at once the sweetest and most intense little girl I’ve ever seen. She loves to give hugs and kisses and tries to shower them on us frequently. Often to Britton’s dismay. She’s got quite a grip and can be a little overpowering to him. Especially when she switches to intense mode–then it’s a little dangerous with the hair pulling and banging and wrestling. If she wasn’t so into shoes, clothes and makeup I’d be thinking we had a major tom boy in the making on our hands.

 

 

 

cowboy KaiaIn the past month her language has really taken off. she used to only have a few words. But now she says: Mama, Mom, maaaaaam dad, dada, Brit, dog, Jack–as in Britton’s friend whom she loves so much, and jack like a jacket. socks (ocks) Shoes, eat, rock (ock) mouse, wawa, milk (ilk) cookie (ook), bush, book–favorite, up, down (ow) baby, drink (dink), me, door, push, bed (be), duck, yes–with the cutest little lisp, no, cracker (ack),block (bok) banana, nut, apple (app), cheese, Dora, Boots, map, backpack, go, shirt(irt) eye, mouth (mou) hand, toes, dress, (dess), back–both the body part, and as in to put something back or go back, juice (oose), hi–huh, bye–buh, buh+ lots more. Her talking is pretty contextual. Several words sound the same, so you know what she wants depending on the situation.

She loves to think she’s a big girl and do everything Britton does. She pulls the stool up to the counter and gets what she wants. If I leave the locks off the cupboards for a minute she gets in there and gets out whatever she wants. Usually candy. Something else on occasion. She likes to feed herself and does pretty well, especially with the spoon. She’ll only wear her bib if I tell her she can’t feed herself. She can open the fridge and point–or get–what she wants.

Reading timeShe LOVES books. It’s her favorite word and she’ll sit with me for like an hour with me reading different ones. A wide variety, but she does like the Little Critter books the best. She knows the whole story and can insert the right word into the sentence if you pause.

She loves to laugh, and often covers her mouth with her hands. It can definitely be fake, but she thinks that’s what you do. she is great at fake cries and is the biggest drama queen. Seriously, I call her a wambulance like 5 times a day. She just milks it. She loves to brush her teeth and wants to do it herself. We have to have both of our time. She likes picking out her clothes too. sometimes she does pretty well, but needs a bit of help.

Oh my goodness I just love this little girl. She is so fun and has this smile that just lights up a room. she is still struggling to grow hair. It’s getting a little longer, but still pretty thin. she loves to eat–like, more than Britton. I don’t know where she puts it all. She has candy/sweet radar and I think she can smell it somehow, because she just finds it. I give her a lot more than Britton, but she eats so well and so much that I figure it’s not ruining her appetite. Though she doesn’t get it whenever she wants either.

swimShe loves to swim and is like a little fish in the water. It’s all I can do to keep her out of the pool while Britton has his swimming lesson before her. She just loves to splash, kick and even puts her face in the water. Britton has goggles and she likes to wear them too, saying gog-gog over and over. For such a small girl she is incredibly strong and can walk her hands along the pool wall all by herself, pull herself out. She likes to jump in too.

As cute and smart as she is–very aware of everything going on and watching all the time. But she is also a cheeky little stinker. She likes to do things that she knows she isn’t supposed to. Like yesterday when I told her not to eat something–a little magnet for a game–and then she just looked at me and popped it in there. We’re learning that we can’t tell her what to do (or not to do) as she gets older or she will definitely be going in ways we don’t want. We’ll have to figure out how to guide her to come to her own decisions that are good ones.

 

super KaiaShe does love to love on Britton, but sometimes is too rough. She’ll pull his hair and try to climb on him. But, then she loves hold his hand when we’re outside. Sometimes she gets a bit too intense and bangs her head on a pillow–luckily not something harder. Not sure what to do about it.

But she is Super Kaia. Our little adventure girl.

 

 

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Walk? I don’t think so

Kaia decided that she would show us she could walk on Thanksgiving Day.

Then she was done. She has no interest in it. Other than walking on her knees. She does that a lot when she wants to carry something.

She didn’t do it again till my birthday 4 days later. Tried again? Nope. When she doesn’t want to, she just kneels down when we stand her up.

UPDATE: She has started to take a step or two away from us or the wall every once in a while. Hoping for progress this month or the doctor wants to see her again since at 15 months she’s in the last 10% to do it.

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