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For the conclusion of our fabulous anniversary weekend getaway, we went to the Kansas City Zoo for the afternoon.

daddy and daughter zoo watching

Kivrin and Dan watching a monkey together.

meekats and kivrin

Kivrin liked to watch the meerkats. And to stand on her own at the fence, with the animals at eye level.

pointing to monkeys

Kivrin and I admiring some monkeys.

waving to the gorilla

Kivrin giving the lowland gorilla a friendly wave hello. (He was lounging, which I’m sure she admired!)

new baby zebra at the kc zoo

This was the view from our lunch (peas and tofu for the baby, nachos and pretzels for the parents) at the zoo. The farthest little animal on the right is the brand new baby zebra.

kivrin and the lion

Kivrin and her daddy went to admire the lions and this one was right up close!

end of the zoo trip

It was pretty obvious when Kivrin was done for the day! We went through the new rainforest exhibit while she was sleeping, and she slept the whole way home to Topeka. It was a wonderful weekend away, but Kivrin was happy to see her bath toys, her trucks and eating in her high chair while watching the cats. All her favorites!

love the monkey

Behold Kivrin’s absolute joy at a bizzare monkey toy she charmed out of our waiters  at the Mexican restaurant near our house (El Agave)…she left a huge mess of rice everwhere, we left a big tip to compensate for the mess and then they gave her a present!

pushing the stroller

Kivrin discovered at the big Barnes and Noble on the plaza that she could push around the stroller herself!

mother daughter trains

At the same store, Kivrin and I discovered TRAINS! neither one of us is very good at playing trains yet — Kivrin throws them and Lissa tries to hook them together backwards, but we both had a good time.

on the big bed

This is a naptime reenactment of how Kivrin hogged the king sized bed all night for our big anniversary trip. Although she does not sleep across the pillows at the top (yet) I think she gets this bed-hogging from her Aunt Leigh Anne!

kivrin and mom swimming

Although the water in the outdoor pool was cool, Kivrin loveed swimming and splashing.

lounging around

This picture doesn’t look like much, but it illustrates three of Kivrin’s newest hobbies — the first, holding socks. She likes to carry around socks (clean, dirty, doesn’t matter to her) like little dolls. The second activity is dragging around grownup shoes by the laces. She likes to carry a pair and walk around dangling them with her. The third activity is lounging. Kivrin likes to lounge on mommy or daddy, or course, or on the bed or the couch. Here she is lounging on the floor, with her feet up on the stroller.

Kivrin entertaining herself (an iphone video during dinner)

Lissa and Daniel took a special weekend trip for their 5th wedding anniversary, and Kivrin came with us! We ate dinner at Buca di Beppo on the Kansas City Plaza, figuring (correctly) that at a busy family style restaurant, Kivrin would enjoy herself and fit right in! She even got to sit in a booster seat between us in a big comfy booth. All of the waiters and waitresses stopped to get smiles from the baby, and Kivrin had a blast!

action shot of signing more

mashed potatoes at buca di beppo

Kivrin signing her version of “more” and getting a bite of mashed potatoes.

my monkey eats at the table

i love bread

Kivrin chewing on the heel of the bread and playing with her monkey.

daddy cakes

Kivrin and I got Daniel some “daddy cakes” for his birthday. Kivrin didn’t get any of the supersized deluxe glamorous cupcakes for herself, but she eyed them with interest.

helping with green beans

Besides all of the other valid reasons for child labor laws, let’s face it, babies are not good helpers. Here Kivrin is helping me snap green beans that Carrie’s dad grew for us. While Kivrin likes to pull things out of the bowl even occasionally put things back into the bowl, she decreased the over productivity of our task by a large amount.

helping with ribbons

Kivrin was equally unhelpful with the ribbons of my fairy-skirt-making project, although she enjoyed them A LOT.

kivrin snuggling mommy

This was supposed to be a picture of Kivrin walking, but she came in for a cute little snuggle instead.

kivrin not walking at the zoo

This is also supposedly a picture of Kivrin walking at the Topeka zoo on July 11th (about a week after she took her first steps). We figured she would want to toddle around a bit,  so we didn’t bring in a stroller or sling, but every time we set her down, she plopped down and refused to move! So, we lugged her around the zoo the old fashioned way, in our arms.

waving to the elephant

I’m sure we’ve posted similar pictures before, but look, Kivrin’s waving to the elephant. That never gets old.

until I have time to sort through the 3.7 GB of photos and videos we came home with…

at shaws garden

kivrin in fairy skirt

See all of these pictures on flickr here.



playing in the fountain

family at the gardens

watching a sparkler dud

feeding the koi

feeding ducklings

at the mall

We were at the mall on Saturday to see and be seen, since Kivrin is quite the social butterfly. She loves the food court best, since she can maximize her smiles-per-square-foot.

kivrin through the mail box

Kivrin was playing peek-a-boo through the garden house mailbox at school last week when I snapped this picture.

I’m all caught up on pictures taken with my phone now — you’ll notice a sad sad absence of QuadCam photos — the application broke with the new iPhone OS 3.0 update and there hasn’t been an update released yet.


Here is one I took with a new app called ColorSplash

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