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Kivrin’s school had an Easter Egg hunt this morning. She only picked up three eggs from the dozens available to her, but she enjoyed herself quite a bit on the playground!

W went to St. Louis this weekend (to see The Guthrie Family Rides Again concert and visit relatives!)

Kivrin liked watching animals at the children’s zoo.

Also at the children’s zoo, Kivrin made friends with this meerkat. They played peek-a-boo together for a long time.

Classic St. Louis zoo picture at the hippo statue! Why do we think it is funny to have animals eat our kids? Maybe because they think it is funny too.

Kivrin wasn’t too sure about the goats, but she liked using the brush to comb their fur coats.

Kivrin and Mama and Dada all rode the carosel together. The best part was waving at Papa each time we circled around.

On the way out of the zoo, Kivrin took Papa’s hat and put it on her own head!

At the new church gym!

Science Center Overpass — look at those cars speeding by underneath me!

At the Butterfly House, Kivrin and Mama climbed inside a display bubble — see those brown things around us? Those are giant cockroaches!

Kivrin really likes things in the sky right now. Helicopters, airplanes, and water towers are favorites. When she sees a water tower she says “ball” and points excitedly. Papa parked on the side of the mall especially for Kivrin so she could see the water tower up close when we went to eat at Olga’s.

Back at home again —

Kivrin decorated her shirt with Easter stickers and then had to check herself out in the mirror.

From Dan, Sunday, March 21, 2010 1:55 PM

“Our daughter would currently live off waffles and raisins.

Also, she totally added a word sounding something like “raisins” in 
the last two days, so we’d know what the heck she was asking for, 
every time.”

From Dan, Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:49 PM

“Put all the babies and blankets in one at a time, get in herself and 
play 10 minutes, then ???”

From Lissa, Saturday, March 17

From Dan, Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:43 PM

“Walk, saw cat, birds, squirrels, plane, almost a helicoptor, people.

Ate Greek yogurt, which she loved and cried about. Accidentally got 
pomegranate which had seeds, exciting >.>

Cried pointing to the pantry, no cheese or crackers or cereal or trail 
mix. Dried fruit okay, for a while. Raisins okay, for a while. Lots of 
crying about communication.

Vegetables not okay. Bread not okay. Fish crackers not okay earlier, 
but now she’s scarfing.”

Kivrin and Mama out for a walk with the mei tai as a back carrier. We mostly look for dogs, and birds, and sometimes squirrels.

Outside in the yard playing soccer in the sunshine…

Trying out the big girl swing at the park

Kivrin watching out her bedroom window at her birdfeeder, looking for robins, black birds, blue birds, sparrows, finches, cardinals and squirrels!

Kivrin likes to spread out ALL of the blankets over her dolls, or in the case, her mama. Sometimes she gets 30 blankets all in a neatly spread pile, and then spreads them out over another doll, or panda, or snake, or Dada!

Kivrin tried to eat her first apple, but she lost interest after a few little bites.

Kivrin hasn’t been eating as much lately as an active toddler, but she does like to carry her food over to her kitchen to “cook” with it.

“Mama? You want me to wear this easter hat?”

Kivrin and Papa playing with the blanket

Peek-a-boo is hilarious!

“Now Papa, you lay here and I’ll be here and Mama can cover us both up and it will be an awesome game!”

Kivrin and Dada helping Papa rake leaves in the yard. Of course, most people rake in fall, but when you have a toddler, you feel lucky to get someone to help you do the job in March! (and by help, I mean, the three of us offered Papa lots of moral support while he did all the work!)

Thanks for a fun visit Papa!

Kivrin is loving to work puzzles right now. All of the simple wooded puzzles we have, every day.  At first she just matched the pieces and expected us to fit them in, but now if we hold back and encourage her, she can usually get the pieces all the way into the puzzle by herself!  – January 26, 2010

A special package arrived from Nana and Uncle Lee — an eyelet handmade dress, two colorful slips, a bunch of ribbons for the waist and two fancy spring coats to wear over it!

Unrelated, while we were playing dress up, Mama got out her old “silkie” nightgown from when she was a toddler to see how it fit Kivrin!

After all of the cute poses in her new dress, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, our dress-up time turned into a Valentine’s Day photo shoot. Kivrin doesn’t really ever cooperatively smile for the camera, but we did get her to look happy while playing peek-a-boo, and that became the theme of our card.

Just when the ground was nice and dry, here comes more snow to ruin our chances of outdoor play. At least this was a beautiful snow to wake up to on a Friday morning. – February 5, 2010.

I think I’m caught up again on photos for January, so for anything I didn’t blog, I posted the originals on flickr here.

Kivrin decided to finger paint with only one finger at a time! – January 22, 2010

Temperatures in the mid 40’s meant no more snow on the ground and a fun afternoon walk to Boswell Park with Mama! Everything was a bit muddy but we managed to play with the swings and some of the slides too. Daddy was at work but we took advantage of the warm afternoon while we have the chance! – January 23, 2010

Kivrin and Grandpa playing on the couch with many many baby dolls.

As the first helicopter has taken a beating, losing half the landing struts, use of the tail rotor and having all wings replaced, Mama took the precaution of picking up a back up helicopter from Target to keep helicopter-related sadness at bay. The first helicopter started out as much more fully functional with many neat features, but now the cheaper backup helicopter has become a favorite for the all important task of “flying without crashing.”

One the outdoor temperature hit 40 degrees, Kivrin and Mama were ready to enjoy the pleasant springtime weather, or at least to pretend for a few minutes at a time. Kivrin had refused to walk on the sidewalk during all of the weeks of icy wet and dreary snow, but she was happy to run around and drive in her car since the sidewalks were finally dry! These photos show how much of the Christmas blizzard stuck around until January 17th!

By January 6th, the effects of the Christmas blizzard of 2009 were still quite visible.

Kivrin and Daddy watching the remote control helicopter fly around the kitchen. This is a daily occurence in our household.

January 9th – waiting for the Saturday morning storytime at the library with Kyler to begin!

Kivrin and Daddy playing in a box that came from Gramma Mary. Sometimes the box is just as fun as what was inside!

5 days later. Still flying the helicopter in the kitchen. At least I got the helicopter in this shot…

Beware the rhetorical questions with toddlers. “Should your bulldozer help clear the snow?”

This is how Daddy ended up on the front porch with a yellow plastic bulldozer on January 13, 2010, 15 minutes PAST bedtime….

A group shot taken the same night, so that we could wish Kivrin’s cousin Colin a happy birthday on Jan 14th (from all of us!)

(more pictures to come as I have time! I think I’m about 20 GB of photos and videos behind right now!!!)

Kivrin wearing the new Christmas dress that Nana sewed for her. Unfortunately, she was tired and crabby and she refused to look at the camera for a picture. The dress is adorable though!

Colin and Kivrin both sitting in Papa’s lap to read “Twinkle Toes” by Karen Katz. Papa was such a good reader that he had to keep reading more and more books until he almost lost his voice!

Kivrin loves to open the cabinets and drawers in Papa’s kitchen. She discovered that his bottom drawer has dish towels and potatoes, then dragged the bag of potatoes all over the house before I could catch her. Here she is taking them into Papa’s bedroom and offering them to the vaccuum cleaner that is just to the right inside the door.

On Sunday morning early, Colin and Lissa snuggled on the couch under some blankets. Then Kivrin got jealous and insisted on joining us. She wasn’t very sleep though, so it was more of an aerial attack on our nap!

We drove to Kansas City just ahead of the snow storm, hoping to start a restful holiday— instead, Kivrin started throwing up on Christmas Eve with a 24 hour stomach bug! We still braved the Christmas Eve service at Dan’s parents’ church, and made it back to their house safely in the heavy snow.

Christmas Morning, Santa brought two bags of presents for Kivrin to open! One had new Playmobil  trucks and cars and the other bag had a new baby doll. Thankfully, she threw up for the last time on Christmas morning in between opening her Santa presents and was her cheerful self the rest of the day.

 On Christmas Day, Kivrin’s cousin Thomas and her Uncle Jon and Aunt Sara came over to celebrate. Kivrin and Thomas had a blast playing together, although since they are both under 2 years old, sharing their new Christmas toys was not at the top of their list of things to do… The 6 grown-ups to 2 toddlers ratio worked out just about right to keep the peace!

See a preview of the rest of our Christmas 2009 pictures:

See all of the full size Christmas pictures on flickr here.

Thanksgiving visit to Nana’s house means flying Uncle Lee’s helicopters around the living room. Note the phone in Kivrin’s hand here, we had to get Nana’s bedroom handset for her, so that she would leave the other telephone alone.

Thanksgiving dinner around the Fogt family table with Sara, Thomas, Jon, Steve, Lissa, Kivrin, Daniel and Sandy.

Papa Staley, Lissa, Kivrin, Colin are dropping leaves over the bridge into the stream, then rushing to the other side to lean over and watch them on their path down the stream.  At Shaw’s Garden in St. Louis.

Cousins Kivrin and Colin enjoying a warm day at the Missouri Botannical Gardens.

Lissa and Kivrin enjoying the Van de Graaff generator at the Magic House in St. Louis.

Kivrin L-O-V-E-S to ride on Uncle Jim’s special John Deere tractor. She can’t reach the pedals, or the ground, but she likes to be pushed all around the driveway.

Kivrin modeling her fancy party dress that Lissa found for $18!!!! at the Black Friday sales with Leigh Anne.

See the rest of our Thanksgiving pictures on flickr.

A verbal snapshot of Kivrin’s life

  • Kivrin can count to ten! And she does. Frequently! 12 years ago
  • Later, no thank you, now, one more time, almost done, excuse me, please. All powerful words from the mouth of a toddler... 12 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! 12 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. 12 years ago
  • Toddler logic: Kivrin skinned her knee, therefore her baby doll needs a bandaid. 12 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!!! 12 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." 12 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