Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One year old!!

Kyle has officially turned one year old!! I can't believe how fast that year went by. He had his first birthday on August 12th. He didn't quite know what to do with those presents though. Luckily he had a big sister and a cousin that were more than happy to help him open them. He just watched with this look on his face like "what in the world are they doing". It was pretty cute.

I think Haylee and Hank were having a whole lot more fun opening these presents than Kyle was. But he is one so you really can't expect too much from him.

After his presents we got him all ready to get messy in his cake. First we lit his candle and sang happy birthday. He didn't know how to blow it out himself but Haylee was happy to help him. After that we got him ready to get messy. I even took his shirt off of him in anticipation of the big event. I handed him his cake though and he didn't quite know what to do but he sure didn't want to dive into it. He just kind of poked it with his finger a couple times and then looked at me like he wasn't sure what I expected him to do. He eventually got the hang of it but he never really got that messy. Haylee was the same way when she turned one. I broke some of the cake off for him and put little pieces of it on his tray and he picked them up and ate them. Afterward I thought I should have given him a spoon. He gets messy when he eats anything with a spoon. I think he would have liked that a little better. I think he liked his cake though he was happy eating it, he just didn't want to get real dirty.

They change so much in that first year that it just seems like you can't keep up. He is not quite walking yet, but I think it is only because he is afraid of it. He stands on his own and he can take a few steps as long as you are right there to catch him. He is so much fun though. He has only been a part of our family for a year and already when I look at old pictures I think to myself "where was Kyle?" It feels like he has always been a part of our family.

He and Haylee play so good together too they are the best of friends and I hope they always will be. They have there moments don't get me wrong and I am sure there are many more to come. But she is a really good big sister and they have fun playing together. I actually find that I can get more done with two kids then I could with just one because Haylee will play in her room with him instead of needing me to play with her all the time.

First birthdays are happy but always a little sad to me also. Its like he is not a baby anymore. But I also get excited for the things to come. It is so much fun watching them grow and discover new things.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our summer adventures

Well we have had some good times this summer. We were able to drive to Lodi California, near Sacramento for a family vacation. I was able to visit with my Grandma which was really nice. We stayed at a KOA campground. We got a cabin and a campground. The kids and I stayed in the cabin while Seth stayed outside in the tent. We did some fun things while we were there. We went to the Jelly Belly factory. Haylee unfortunatly missed this because she got sick that day. We also went to Lodi lake and rented some paddle boats. The next day we were off to fairytale town, which was really fun for the kids. We also went to a little Zoo and a fun park that was right next door.

It is always fun for the kids to see there cousins that they don't get to see very often. This is Kyle with his cousin Matilda, who is only three months younger than he is. They had fun playing together in the play pen. It was fun to watch them use eachother to pull themselves up.

This is a picture of the whole family in the paddle boat. It was pretty funny seeing Kyle in the little life jacket they gave him. Haylee was bummed that she didn't get to paddle but I think she still had fun.

At the campground that we stayed at they had this big jumping pillow that looked like a big marshmellow. Haylee loved this thing, she had a lot of fun jumping on it.

Kyle and I even got on there and had some fun.

Fairytale town was really neat. They had slides and fun stuff for the kids to play on that went along with all the fairytales.

This is Seth and Haylee sitting in the throne at King Aurthers castle.

The slide at owls house at Poohs corner was really fun. Seth even got up there and gave it a try.

Seth and Haylee ran the crooked mile. Well Seth ran it one time, I think Haylee went four or five times.

They had some animals to look at. And we were able to find out how tall Hayee is.

Kyle mostly just rode in his stroller. Evey now and then he would get out and go down the slides or play on the stuff. He was a real trooper.
I thought this was a cute picture. Haylee has a little catching up to do if she wants to reach Daddys huge wingspan. I think his arms reach about as long as the California Condor.

At the Zoo, Haylee got to feed these birds that were really friendly and had really weird lookin tongues. I thought they were really pretty, but they were really loud. It was cute though they would come right up to you and eat out of the little cup. The instructor even told us to hang onto our cups because they will try to take it from you. I saw one bird do this to Haylee but she held on tight.

We tried to get the little guy out of his stroller whenever we could and let him play a little bit.

After the Zoo we headed over to this cute little fun park that they had next door. There were little rides for Haylee to go on.
She got to drive the car all by herself. I think she has reached a big milestone because she is now taller than that sign they have outside all the rides. She is happy to do it all by herself too. In fact she doesn't want any help. She is little miss independent.

The roller coaster was a little scary though so Uncle Kevin went with her. She was a little scared at first but then she loved it so much she wanted to do it again. This time Daddy went with her and bye the end she had her hands up and was yellin and screamin.

She had a fun time on all the rides. I think this was probably her favorate thing that we did.

It was a fun trip and it was good to see some of my family that I hadn't seen in a while. Family vacations are the best.