Dec 30, 2013

Kins is 4

My favorite things about Kins this year:

1. The cuddles. She loves to cuddle. I asked her if she's going to still cuddle with me when she's 20 and she said yes. I'm going to show her this as proof and demand those cuddles.
2. That I can explain just about anything to her and she listens so intently.
3. That she can be reasoned with easily.
4. That she's starting to understand well how to stay safe.
5. Her drawings.
6. That even though I still have to bribe her to eat, she actually does it, and we never have any stress over it anymore.

Kins has packed on about 5 pounds in the past year. She is very close to making it to 30 pounds. That puts her at about 10th percentile for weight. She is 37" tall, so about 7th percentile for height. She is showing the most interest in food that she ever has. Which is to say, she might possibly not starve to death if I did not bribe her to eat. She would certainly lose weight, but she might survive. It's the most I've ever been able to say, I'm pretty pleased.

She usually doesn't nap these days, although she seems to need to. She will fall asleep during afternoon stroller rides or else I'll catch her trying to nap at 5 pm or so, late enough that she's up late if she is able to get in a nap. She falls asleep by 8:30 ish if she doesn't nap. When she napped regularly she'd sometimes be up until 10, so I guess she's just in a weird phase where she allllmost doesn't need one at all. Sometimes I have her spend an hour or so of quiet time in her room, and she is good about playing quietly, occasionally sleeping.

She is pretty easy to reason with these days. Having to leave somewhere she's enjoying or stop playing with a toy, if you can explain to her why it needs to happen, she will be ok with it. If she starts throwing a fit at home, I just tell her she's welcome to scream and cry, but she's gonna have to do it in her room because it's too loud. That usually dries the tears right up. Occasionally, (usually in late afternoon when she really should've napped) she can't get it together and I'll have to actually follow through and take her to her room. When that happens she either wants to stay in there awhile and have some alone time, or else she calms down fast and she'll call down, "Okay, I'm all done throwing my fit!". 

Here's a  quiz that I filled out for her in her 3 year old blog, thought I'd see how the answers have changed.

1. What's the first thing you like to do in the morning after you wake up? "Read." My answer would be do a project. She likes to get up in her high chair away from Big Mac and color, paint, draw, things like that.
2. What's your favorite book? "That book that I wanted you to read me." (Calvin and Hobbes... she has not read Calvin and Hobbes for a year at least...)
3. What is your favorite color? Gray
4. What is your favorite toy? "Um... that one" Looking at one of Big Mac's toys that she doesn't use.  In reality, I'd say art supplies.
5. What is your favorite food?  "Orange." (On this one she and I agree)
6. What is your favorite TV show?  "Dora" She doesn't like watching Dora usually. She doesn't seem to have a favorite right now, something different each time.
7. What is your favorite game? Hide and seek
8. What is your favorite animal?  "Giraffe" (I don't usually notice this being true, but it's funny that this was her answer last year.)
9. What is your favorite song? "Frosty the Snowman... but, (sadly) I can't sing the words right. See? Frosty the snowman, gully golly gummm. See? You just heard me sing it wrong, so that means I can't do it."
10. Who is your best friend?  Big Mac (awwww)
11. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Bubbles.
12. What is your favorite drink? Pediasure (same answer as last year.)
13. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? "A big truck." I told her I've never seen her do this and asked her what she really likes to take to bed at night. She says, "A big, big, big GIANT truck!" She laughs. This is hilarious.
14. What do you want to be when you grow up? How are you going to make dollars? "I'm going to press buttons," she says. I asked her what kind of buttons. "Laptop buttons." Well, this is possible.
15. What is one special thing about you? "Having activity books." Then, she adds, "Standing in wagons is my favorite way to get hurt."
16. How old are you? "Four."
17. What do Mommy and Daddy do after you go to bed? "Go to bed." Sadly, pretty accurate.
18. What do you like best about Max? "Being naughty. That makes me laugh."

An example of a drawing she did. She wanted to see a picture of a mermaid so she could draw one.
 Dressed up for her dance class's holiday party. It ended up snowing so much it was cancelled. She took it pretty well, but then she did get to open a present early to make up for it.
 Being sweet with little brother.
 Posing with Papa after painting both of their nails.
 Taking tips for me on how to smoulder.

 Dress up at Bear's house.
 I thought it was neat that she thought to draw a thought bubble for Eva (Wall-e character). Eva was thinking about something here but I've forgotten what.

 A birthday date with Mama. Her first movie theater movie since Big Mac was very tiny.

Dec 14, 2013

Kins' Art

She's gotten a lot better at drawing recently. Thought I'd slam you with some 4 year old art. Some of the pics need to be bigger to see the labels, you can right click and choose open in a new tab to see them better.

I do know know who Priscilla is btw.

This guy  has seven arms and three legs. She laughed about how silly that was as she told me. He is flying a kite.
Tim's shirt. Notice poor pentagon doesn't fit in. Kins thought this was upsetting and she wanted to draw a picture where he had a spot. The next morning Tim helped her draw a new picture. He said he helped her with the pentagon shape and the triangle, but she did all the rest.

Dec 8, 2013


Decorating the tree has been a popular activity around here. They like to remove and put the ornaments and tinsel on again over and over. Many of our plastic ornaments have had the hanging hooks ripped off. We have very few left. The bottom half of tree is looking a little sparse.
Ta da! She did all the tinsel and ornaments herself.

Giving Zeus a check up.
 He was stoic about his check up. He definitely wasn't thrilled, but he didn't leave either.
Feeding the baby. Neither of them actually used bottles more than a couple times, so it's nice that they're being used for something.
I guess Tim needed safety glasses in case the floor ripped apart from high speeds.
Big Mac likes this show on Netflix called Mighty Machines. Big mechanical items drive around and the narrator discusses what they're doing. It's pretty dry for a kid, but he really enjoys it.

Ah, the days before the snow fell. Those were the days. They're checking out the scarecrow. We almost always have to check out the scarecrow on walks.
 She got to have a big owl costume put on her during a class at the Children's Museum. She was thrilled.
 Big Mac's favorite book. Goodnight, goodnight, construction site. He knows the names of the different vehicles in the book and loves to point at them and identify them. He won't listen to the actual story though.
 Sometimes, Big Mac will watch cartoons along with Kins. They'll compete to see who gets to sit in my lap. So cute.
 I got him a set of 5 construction vehicles, featured in his Goodnight, Goodnight construction book for the airplane ride to Georgia. I presented them to him when I wanted him to sit down to be buckled in for take off, and they were a pretty good hit, as you can see. He's pointing at the dump truck here and identifying it loudly.
 Kins not looking forward to the kiss Big Mac is attempting to lay on her.
 Getting some good cuddles from Daddy.

 Kins' drawing of Casper.
 Big Mac was being super cuddly this day. Kins took this picture.
 She is getting good at focusing during library story time.
 Painting Big Mac's nails. He is holding on tight to his truck to counteract the girly factor.

Dec 6, 2013


We went to Atlanta for Thanksgiving to hang out with my family. Everyone was able to come, which is a rare occurrence these days.
We attempted some family pictures, I kinda liked the crazy faces one the best.

Just my little family. Note Kins is wearing a dress that I did not put on her. She and her cousin, who is the exact same size as her even though she is a year younger, enjoyed playing dress up together. I came into the room and they'd both put on pretty dresses the day were were having our Thanksgiving dinner. I made Kins put on some pants under her dress because it was chilly. It's the same dress that her older cousin wore to my wedding, on a side note.
Kins and her dress up partner.
The morning before we left Kins wasn't feeling too well. She got very cuddly with uncle Eric, it was pretty sweet. Here she is remarking on his beard. Tim contemplates the meaning of life in the background.
Chloe likes being read to just as much and Kins does. They kept both wanting to cuddle up in my lap and read. Kins was leaning her head on Chloe's shoulder here. After about an hour I had to cut them off when Big Mac woke up from his nap. Neither of them were pleased.
On a short walk. It was surprisingly chilly in Atlanta, I'd expected warmer weather.

One day we visited the Atlanta Aquarium, that place is massive and incredible. You'd need hours to see it all even if you were there by yourself. This whale shark was impressive.
 Here is Tim demanding to be fed his Thanksgiving dinner. Note the beautiful table arrangement. I was not involved in it, but thought it looked great.
Big Mac didn't get a nap one day, so he fell asleep in the stroller. He slept for a good 1.5 hours this way, while we walked to a restaurant after the aquarium, ate a whole meal, had ice cream, and sat around talking. It was very nice how that worked out, because sitting around talking when Big Mac is awake ain't happening unless you're in a confined space.
Kins was holding her cousin's arm like they were an old fashioned couple while he played a video game. She clung on to him like this for a long time. Then, she announced that it was her turn to play. She wasn't able to really play so her character just sat there. We ended up taking the battery out of her controller and putting it into a controller for her other cousin who was old enough to really play. It made me a little sad. Poor Kins thought she was playing. At least she got lots of compliments from Jackson, a year older than her, who was in the dark about who was really playing and kept telling her how she'd finally figured it out and was doing great. Oh, and in retrospect, I realized she was clinging to his arm this way because she was afraid of the game, which unbeknownst to me, had some scary parts. She woke up that night after a nightmare about a dragon.
She and Chloe sharing the ipad. It was adorable watching Kins explain to Chloe how to play and watching them take turns playing.
Big Mac watching some heavy machinery on youtube.
Grandma and Big Mac at the aquarium.
Big cousin reading to little cousin.

Big Mac on the plane ride home. He did better than I thought he would on the plane. Luckily, he didn't realize getting out of our seats and wandering around was an option. He was tired enough on the way home to sleep half the ride. After his nap, he desperately wanted to be held by daddy.

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