Archive for October 22, 2010

A Few Cute Stories

October 22, 2010

Kalyn said a lot of adorable things today, so I thought I would share.

After lunch today I was burping Garrett when Kalyn asked if she could help. Her way of helping was to get in his face, look in his eyes, and command, “Burp Baby Garrett!”

We went to a singing/play group this morning at the church (not an official activity, but a get together for the moms and some of the preschool aged kids). Kalyn was getting a little bored so she stood up to the podium and yelled, “Everybody! Everbody stop singing! I need to talk for a minute!”

Tonight we went to a trick or treat at The Farm here in Fort Collins. They had a bunch of wooden booths with doors where the volunteers would open the door and give out candy. She enjoyed interacting with the volunteers even more than getting the candy. She would ask, “What are you?” (They were all dressed up.) Or, she would say, “I’m a butterfly.” Or she might make some observation about their booth, such as “You’re wearing a pumpkin,” or “You’re standing in the grass.” It was a little rainy and cold and crowded, but she had a blast.

Harvest Farm

October 16, 2010

Last night we went to the Harvest Farm in Wellington. We had a ton of fun, as you can see in all our pictures and videos. Click on the pictures for captions.

A Lefty

October 10, 2010

A couple weeks ago I noticed that Kalyn was coloring with her left hand. Since then I have been watching carefully to see what hand she uses, and every time she has used her left hand for coloring or eating or any one handed task. So, we are thinking that Kalyn is probably left handed. I cannot remember any of Kalyn’s relatives on either side being left handed, but maybe you can think of someone?

We are excited to find out yet another thing that makes Kalyn special. 🙂 Of course, she would be special to us no matter what.

An Update

October 3, 2010

Sorry it’s been so long since our last update! We are still keeping plenty busy here in the Wessman house.

Kalyn has started taking preschool, a 1 hour class three times a week. She loves it! It’s a pretty simple class just for the 2 1/2-3 year olds. They sing songs, read books, paint pictures, and run around in the gym. You can see Kalyn’s first “homework” in the pictures. We made a T-shirt with pictures of all her favorite things on it, which was designed to help her introduce herself to her class.

Lately Kalyn’s favorite thing to do is to dress up and play pretend. She got a ballerina skirt for Christmas last year from Aunt Rebekah that she has worn pretty much non stop for the past couple months. She also enjoys dressing up as a dinosaur, a princess, a butterfly, a bat, a bee, a cat, and whatever else she can imagine. Her default animal, though, is a frog. It’s kind of funny when she gets into trouble for jumping around or being excessively rambunctious (usually involving her baby brother) she becomes a frog. Often she recruits Mommy to dress up with her, which makes for double the fun.

Before her dress up and play phase Kalyn was in love with puzzles for several weeks. She still enjoys puzzles, but for a while that was all she wanted to do, all day long. We are quite impressed with her prowess at puzzles – with a little practice she can put a 48 piece puzzle together all by herself.

Garrett has learned to crawl. He loves to explore! Whenever he sees something interesting he does whatever he can to grab it, which keeps Mommy on her toes.  He is not as speedy as Kalyn, but he makes up for it in grabbiness. The thing that Garrett finds most upsetting, other than getting hurt, is having some interesting thing he has managed to get a hold of taken away from him.

Garrett’s current favorite activity, though, is pulling up to standing on every available person or piece of furniture. While he is intent on climbing up whenever possible, he has not yet learned to get himself down. This means there is a lot of climbing up then crying for Mom or someone to help him get down. This is also is keeping Mom very busy. 🙂

Kalyn and Garrett are starting to develop a real relationship with each other. Sometimes this takes the form of fighting for possesion of some favorite toy (the weekly free balloon we get at the grocery store is one common item). Sometimes, though, this means giggling as they growl at each other or take turns jumping up and down.

As I am writing this I realized that I have not posted since Garrett learned to crawl, and I don’t think that is a coincidence! I have two awesome children who keep me very busy and I am lucky to be their Mom.

Last weekend Tim and I also got to attend HHC2010 (aka: the calculator conference) which was a lot of fun, and included a tour of NOAA and NIST. We got to see the Denver National Weather Service station, the Space Weather Observatory (where they keep an eye out for solar storms), their science on a sphere demonstration (which is much more interesting than it sounds), some laser thing (which is the only thing I saw where I didn’t understand what was going on), and where they are working on building quantum computers. It was a great trip and I was so glad I got to go. They will be posting a collection of pictures from the conference, which I will be sure to share with you once it is up.

I hope you enjoy this random collection of pictures. We haven’t had as many exciting trips lately now that summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t as busy as ever!