Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Week at the Cottage

Last week we were invited to hang out at Uncle Ted and Aunt Dorothy's cottage in Coboconk. It was a good week spent lounging on the dock, touring around the Kawartha Lakes region, and watching the summer Olympics. Admittedly, as I've told a few people, vacationing is not the same as it was pre-baby. Jeff and I basically kept passing Kaiya back and forth, trying to give each other breaks. The result was often more alone time than together time. But that's okay. I really enjoyed quiet mornings on the dock, staring out at the glassy lake, finishing off my Tony Campolo book. Oh, and as an added bonus, Jeff decided I needed a break from making meals, so he took care of most of the meals for the week. It was really great!

  Here's Kaiya on our first night at the cottage. Doesn't she just think she's such a big girl, hanging out in her Muskoka chair! This is one of the pictures where I see her face changing. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but somehow she's just looking a little older...
 









I included this one just cause I think it's funny. Kaiya, in her pajamas, all ready for bed. Doesn't she look like she's watching a horror movie at a sleepover party? Maybe it's just me...
 











We went to Fenelon Falls one day, just to go for a walk and of course to give Jeff a chance to take some photos. We found it worked best for us if we took Kaiya out in the afternoons. Otherwise she became a little antsy. Our social bug needs lots of little outings! I love this picture of her. What a little person we have! She's sitting all by herself now.
 







And here's Kaiya with her daddy, hanging out on the dock.

Karen and Rich joined us on Thursday, and we had some fun with them (filled with Rich's super-yummy meals) before we left Friday night. Thanks Dorothy and Ted for opening up your cottage to us!
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P.S. I am planning on blogging on our less-than-successful camping trip soon. My energy levels just aren't up to par at this moment. Most of you have already heard the story, but I'm sure you'll agree it's well worth a post!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Seven Sweet Months

 Our little monkey was dedicated at church today, on her seven month birthday. She was as good as gold (due mostly to a well-timed nap) and lots of friends and family came out to see her on her special day. It was great to have so many people stand with us and share words of encouragement. Thank you all.

Here she is shortly before we left for church, "playing" her little piano and smiling up at dad.


 


After the service, seventeen of us went to Swiss Chalet (can we say "barely controlled chaos??") to celebrate. Kaiya sat in the middle of everyone and was most definitely the star of the show. For a long time she alternated sucking on this toy and the table. After a time, she got tired and a bit cranky, but even so, she kept trying to entertain and interact with the crowd.

I really can't get over how social she is. She would rather hang out with people any day than play with her toys. Being home with her can be exhausting because she demands attention all the time. But as soon as we're out with a crowd, she's happy, and I can relax. Funny girl.

I also can't get over how much she's changing. Sometimes when I look at pictures of her, I wonder who this sweet little girl is. She's changing and growing so much, and she's such a wonderfully unique combination of her mom and dad. It's amazing to watch her little transformations.
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Monday, August 04, 2008

It's August

The summer is just flying by... as I knew it would. We are keeping busy with all the home renos. Both bedrooms now have ceiling fans, my closet has a light, all the kitchen electrical has been redone, the back door has been replaced, lots of stuff that I have no clue about in the attics has been done, and the back roof has been replaced (a reno job that was very much unwanted and unexpected, but very much became a necessity the day it started dripping water into our kitchen!)

Whenever Kaiya sleeps, and I don't have a million other things to do, I have been putting primer on all the baseboards and trim in the house. Just five more pieces, and I can finally move on to the first coat of paint!

And Kaiya continues to grow and change. I took her to the doctor last week, and she's a whopping 20 pounds! Off the charts! But surprisingly, her head size is only in the 75th percentile. I guess they weren't measuring her cheeks... Kaiya finally started getting interested in solids last week, and we've been trying lots of yummy fruits and vegetables, and now oatmeal cereal too. Feeding Kaiya solids has brought a whole new level of commitment to our cloth diapering... ahem. Wow. Who knew?! Kaiya is finally showing more interest in sitting up on her own. She does it here and there for short periods of time. And she's getting a heck of a lot more wriggly! She's going through an incredibly social stage, and it can be frustrating at times since she doesn't want her toys; she only wants PEOPLE! I get very little done before the whining begins. Sigh. But at 8:30 every night, I put her to bed, grab my book and a beer, and enjoy some quiet time on the porch. I really can't complain.

I'm acutely aware that it's August, and I have to force myself to focus on each blissful summer day instead of thinking ahead to September and Jeff being back at work. I love having him home. Love, love, LOVE!!!

Well, that's that for now. Nothing too deep to say here. Just thought you'd all enjoy an update on the Epps. I'm continually amazed at how many of you visit us here at our humble little site, and I hope I can manage to keep y'all entertained. ;)

I also hope to add more Kaiya pics soon. In our busy-ness, we have been woefully neglectful of the camera. Who thought it could be possible?!