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observations at the park

April 20, 2010

Poor Kellen.

Being the second child she has not gone to the park nearly as much as her brother did. I have all these cute pictures of Jay at various ages enjoying the park, but poor Kellen has maybe one picture at the park on a swing when she was almost a year old.

So this morning while Jay was at school, I decided Kellen needed some time outside at the park. We packed ourselves up and headed to my favorite park about a mile and a half away. As soon as we got there she took off running towards the play area. She had a great time swinging, climbing, sliding, running, hanging, jumping and exploring.

One thing I like about this particular park is there are always people around. I think one of the loneliest things is being at a park with your kid and NO ONE else is around. I prefer being at a park where there are other moms and kids, as if it is a “hot spot.”

Being at the park alone (just me and Kellen, none of my girlfriends) gives me the opportunity to observe all the other moms and their friends. It seems that the park culture consists of groups of moms that all know each other, and a few smatterings of moms by themselves with their children. It was so interesting to listen in on conversations, and quietly compare or judge other moms.

Yes, I admit it, I judged other moms at the park. When I hear a mom tell her daughter she can’t go on the “high slide” because it is too big, and her daughter is at least two years older than my kid and my kid has been down it 4 times already, it makes me think, “geesh mom, let your kid have fun on the “high slide.” Or when I hear another mom tell her girl not to dig in the dirt because there are worms, and its dirty, and there are germs. Germs? Really? That’s what you want to teach your kid?  Isn’t getting dirty and exploring nature part of being at the park?

But then I had to take a look at myself and wonder what other moms might be thinking about me, if they even noticed. I’m sure people could have had a lot of interesting thoughts directed my way. I am in now way perfect at this mom thing. I really don’t know the whole story of the other moms situations. Maybe these moms have had experiences that have made them cautious with their kids. Whatever the case, it was quite entertaining to observe all that the park culture had to offer today. All I really know for sure is that my kid had a blast, got dirty, went on the “high slide”, fell down a ladder that I got to just a tad too late, (but got right back on the ladder). Then she ate a really good lunch and had a really good nap that would have gone on longer if I didn’t have to wake her up to go get her brother at school.

Here she is on the swing for the first time at 10 months old.

Here she was today at 2 years old.

a young reader

March 14, 2010

Yep, we start them young over here. As you can see, Kellen held story time in her rocking chair with all her “babies” today. A little Good Night Gorilla was enjoyed by all..

a baby + her baby

May 4, 2009

A few weeks back we got together with some of my mother-in-law’s extended family for a little visit. They were cousins and second cousins and to tell the truth I couldn’t keep up with exactly how everyone was related. But they were delightful to meet. I especially enjoyed chatting with Tracy from Atlanta that works for American Girl. She had some funny stories to tell, and I shared with her how I’m looking forward to going to the American Girl store when Kellen is older. Well wouldn’t you know a few weeks later a little “bitty baby” (American Girl’s baby doll) arrived in the mail especially for our little doll, Kellen! It was love at first sight!

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out takes

March 8, 2009

Here are some of those “out take” moments trying to get Kellen’s monthly picture with her bear. Starting with one month old, you can see how it got more and more of a workout trying to get the cute baby girl sitting with her bear!

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12 Months

March 6, 2009

I did this for Jay and it was fun to do with Kellen. Starting with one week old, then every month on the 20th I would take a picture of Kellen with her “bear” to show her growth. As the months went on, it was no small feat to get a decent picture of her with the bear, but I’m so glad I made the effort. What a great 12 months it has been.

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9 Months

November 23, 2008

Happy 9 months, Kellen! To think we’ve had you as long as I was pregnant with you . . . 

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For Katie

November 13, 2008

When Kellen’s cousin Katie traveled to New York earlier this year, she brought her back a few souviners. Thanks Katie for the cute onesie!

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Thank you, Aunt Pat

November 9, 2008

My wonderful Aunt Pat crocheted this beautiful dress for Kellen. It turned out so well, and fits perfectly. This particular pattern was the hardest pattern my Aunt has done . . . and she’s been crocheting for a long time.

Thank you Aunt Pat for your labor of love for my little girl. We will treasure it always!

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Good Morning Kellen!

October 21, 2008

This morning I decided to try and capture Kellen waking up. When I went in her room, the photo shows how I found her. Then I opened her blinds a little and you can see how my sweet one wakes up! (Oh by the way, I’d do this for Jay too if he didn’t get up so dang early! I’ll have to wait until he sleeps past 7am one of these days!) Kellen is officially 8 months old as of yesterday . . . it is going way too quickly. (P.S. this is Julie posting under Mike’s name . . . it’s the whole uploading and cross-posting of the video thing that makes it easier for me to do it with Mike’s info.)

 

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Raspberry Delight

September 4, 2008

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Not to be out done by her brother’s new skill at whilstling, here is Kellen showing off her skills.