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halloween card redone

kivrin and mama at boo at the zoo

kivrin and daddy boo at the zoo

kivrin unicorn

unicorn in the natural habitat

See a few more Halloween pictures here.

kivrin at the park

Kivrin is learning new things every day! But they don’t all photograph very well. Since this is basically Kivrin’s online baby book, here is list of things she has been enjoying doing lately at 13 months old.

  • Pointing to her nose or ears when we ask. Pointing to our noses.
  • Pulling up her shirt to show her belly button. Wanting to be tickled on the belly!
  • Sticking out her tongue when we talk about tongues or we stick out our tongue first.
  • Playing chase by tagging us then running away and looking back at us expectantly
  • Shaking her head “no” and sometimes saying “nyeh”
  • Vocalizing more, although not specific words
  • Pointing and vocalizing when she wants or does not want something
  • Singing/shouting along with music, dancing and clapping
  • Almost making the animals sounds for goat “meh” and lion “rawr”
  • Trying to run or walk really fast
  • Crawling up on the couch
  • Trying to carry all of her dolls at once
  • Stacking all of her dolls in her lap
  • Cuddling her baby and rocking it
  • Pointing to animal pictures and enjoying mama and daddy making animal sounds
  • Pointing to the cat, the rabbit, etc. in the book when we ask her to
  • Collecting animal magnets or other small items in bag or bucket and carrying around
  • Understands that doorknobs and the baby gate handles are the key to opening things, also knows keys are needed for door and car
  • Opening her mouth wide and saying “aaahh”
  • Bringing a book to mama or daddy and sitting in a lap to read, repeatedly
  • Walking around the library looking at all the books and people and playing in the kids areas
  • Going down the slide and swinging high on the baby swing at the park
  • Stacking things, fitting containers inside each other
  • Riding in the stroller on walks outside or inside
  • Throwing balls across the room (and throwing toys and food too)
  • Sometimes eating part of her meal with a spoon or fork, especially with some assistance
  • Climbing up on the step stool to wash her hands in the bathroom (she would do this all day and is upset when she has to stop)
  • Fussing when she doesn’t get her way, with a peculiar “whinny” noise sort of like a horse
  • Drooling (hopefully new teeth are coming, she still just has 4 on top and 2 on bottom)
  • Standing up in the bathtub, every bath, the entire time
  • Drawing with crayons, markers, ink pens, anything…
  • Sticking stickers on paper
  • Petting the cats, trying to snuggle the cats, chasing the cats trying to pet them more
  • Fake talking on the phone (or anything small like a booklight, remote control, iphone, toy phone, etc)
  • Drawing on the magna doodle

Current favorite foods that she seems to enjoy include frozen peas, plain tofu, whole wheat rotini with red sauce, whole wheat waffles, graham crackers, bananas, pieces of cheddar or colby cheese, cottage cheese, almost any pureed baby food vegetables, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, blueberries, raisins, sesame crackers. We only offer her water or whole milk to drink and she likes both.

art gallery from the new room at school

Some of the artwork Kivrin has made at school lately

piles of dolls

Piling her baby dolls around her on the couch

hugging her dolls

She had a big pile and I asked her to hug her baby dolls for this picture. She was happy to oblige.

pushing the button herself

On the popup toy, she can now push the center buttom to make the panda pop up all by herself, but she likes it better when someone sees her do it and cheers for her “You did it! You pushed the button all by yourself!” and claps for her.

smushing playdough

Our first attempt with playdoh was not a success — Kivrin kept trying to eat the playdough. After I showed her how to smush it a dozen times, she finally got the hang of it, at least for a few seconds.

excited about new tmbg cd

“Here Comes Science” by They Might Be Giants came in a package from Papa Staley this week — and has been played constantly ever since in our kitchen!

helping in the kitchen

Kivrin wants to help in the kitchen now, and one of her favorite ways to help is by making music with the pots and pans!

kivrin and her dolls

Kivrin showing off her dolls

kivrin cute closeup

Huge grin and showing off her “girl truck” which is like a car but shaped like a happy ladybug

kivrin in her pumpkin hoodie

Cute kiddo at the library in her Halloween jacket from Aunt Gloria

little librarian

Kivrin helping out at the library with her mama

kivrin loves swinging high

Collins Park swings go nice and high, just the way Kivrin likes them! Grandpa and Grandma Fogt even got some high fives from the swing.

playing peekaboo with mama

Kivrin playing peekaboo with mama at Collins Park

playing with the pumpkin window clings

Kivrin playing with the gel window clings and rearranging them. This was before she figured out that she could rip them into small pieces and destroy them.  🙂

sunday afternoon walk

Taking a Sunday afternoon walk with Grandpa and Grandma Fogt visited from Kansas City.

kivrin with her pictures from papa staley

Kivrin showing off the animals pictures than came in the package from Papa Staley.

View all of the pictures on flickr here.

Leigh Anne and Colin flew in from Milwaukee and we drove from Topeka to meet up for a fun weekend at Papa Staley’s house in Collinsville!

We visited Nana Herring for lunch on Friday, and although we missed her Cahokia Mounds retirement party by a few days, both great-grandkids enjoyed playing with her party balloons! Uncle Lee brought out his remote controlled helicopters which were a HUGE hit with everyone. Kivrin even got to color a picture for Nana, and I don’t think we got crayon on the coffee table!

helicopter 4x6

kivrin coloring at nanas hosue

On Friday night we met the Staley Family at Alfonzo’s in Maryville for some pizza and fun! Kivrin enjoys the flashing lights and sounds of course. She isn’t exactly skilled at the games yet, but she has fun trying to play!

colin and kivrin winning tickets

kivrin playing air hockey

kivrin playing skee ball

Into an already full weekend we added some extra excitement on Saturday, including a trip to Shaw’s Garden for a children’s fair and to meet up with Dave’s family, a baseball game (the Cardinals beat the Brewers which made Colin happy at least), and a visit from Kate’s family in the evening.

family at shaws gardens

kids meet up at shaws garden

kivrin and mama at stadium

kivrin and grandpa

family at ballpark

girls kissing goodbye

girls playing

We enjoyed walking to Woodland Park together, and playing on the playground. Kivrin is a brave one and likes to go down the slide on her own, she just needs help getting up the steps sometimes and getting seated before she slides, so she doesn’t go head first! The weather was warm enough to play baseball outside in Grandpa’s yard, and enjoy his flower garden. Kivrin especially loved playing in the back of Papa Staley’s pickup truck. Her hard soled shoes made a satisfying loud noise when she stomped her feet, she was tall like the grownups, and Mama kept playing peek-a-boo over the edges and through the windows.

kivrin on slide face first

backyard baseball5

excited kids


grandpas truck

collinsville flickr 1

collinsville flickr 2

A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

  • Kivrin can count to ten! And she does. Frequently! 11 years ago
  • Later, no thank you, now, one more time, almost done, excuse me, please. All powerful words from the mouth of a toddler... 11 years ago
  • Kivrin is two years old today! Happy Birthday baby girl, we are so impressed and amazed by the person you are growing up to be! 11 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Blowing on the outside air on a sweltering day will cool it off enough that mommy will agree it's not too hot for a walk. 11 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Kivrin skinned her knee, therefore her baby doll needs a bandaid. 11 years ago
  • Kivrin switched from the terse "hi" on her play phone to a more elaborate "ay-yo" hello style greeting. Verbal skills increasing daily!!! 11 years ago
  • This morning Kivrin choked on a cracker and made a mess of her shirt/carseat on the way to school. She named the incident her "big cough." 11 years ago

RSS See Colin Grow

  • October 2, 2010 - Apple Holler with the Reas! February 20, 2011
    Colin started his Apple Holler adventure with a donut the size of his head! Brendan, Katie and Colin in the corn husk mazeColin and Mama in the apple orchardBrendan and Colin, buddies since they were born! Who doesn't love bowling with pumpkins?!?

RSS Kate & Family

  • March 14, 2009--St. Pat's Parade
    One Saturday while I was working, Aaron took the girls downtown to see the St. Patrick's Day Parade. They both seemed to enjoy it and have been playing with the beaded necklaces they received ever since. Addison loves looking at all the balloons!

Flickr Photos