Now, what has happened in my little girls life since a last posted.. almost a YEAR ago? My last published post was in September, and the most immediate thing after that was her two year birthday. Since she’s shown to be our little artist, we threw her an Art themed party. We did some crafts (model magic was a big hit), ate some pizza, and had lots of fun. She has a group of great little friends, and their moms are a blast too, so it was a pretty rowdy party.
She’s learned so much in the last year, to ride a trike, a scooter, the alphabet, her numbers (it gets shady around fifteen), and she’s always wanting to learn more. Marshall loves teaching her about the stars and planets, they’ve even gone a couple of times to the UNT astronomy center when they have open houses to look at the planets in telescopes. Since she always wants to be learning or active in general, we enrolled her in Montessori school in May. It lets her learn, play with friends, and have new experiences. She only goes for 3 days, but she loves it. Marshall takes her in the morning, I pick her up, and usually I’m dealing with an upset child crying “stay here!”, all while I am holding the baby carrier. Not the easiest job. She even asks to go on days she doesn’t typically go, and wants to show her teachers stuff she’s done. I’m happy she likes it.
She still also loves to draw and paint, she is super interested in “mixing” colors right now. You can sit with her while she paints and get asked “What color it is?” several times (The answer is usually “brown”.) Most of the stuff she draws or paints you really can’t tell what it is, but happy faces with big noses and legs and shoes sticking out of the mouth are pretty common.
She’s starting to use her imagination too. I’d say it was “good” but most of the stuff she makes up are about scary things. “The white dog bit me!” when we’re inside and the white dog from across the street is still locked in their backyard. A monster lives in our fireplace, and there is a scary cave somewhere in our formal living room. At least according to her. Most of this happens right before bedtime, or she wake up in the morning screaming about it from her bed. I usually try keep her from watching anything that tries to teach kids about not being afraid by showing there isn’t anything to be scared of, right before bed because I think that has something to do with it. Although it is funny to see her duck behind the coffee table when there is something “scary” on TV. Shows about cleaning up and getting sick have also made her a bit of a germaphobe. It’s quite amusing.
My baby girl is growing up so fast, learning so much, and looks like me when I was her age, so I know watching her grow up will be fun.
You can see more pictures of Kayla from the last year, or take a stroll down memory lane and go see her baby pictures on Flickr.