Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall Days

Fall is in its glory here. This past weekend we ended up at St. John's Conservation Area not once, but twice. We went on Saturday simply to get out of the house and go for a nice walk amongst the leaves. And then on Sunday we went there again, as Jeff was giving a couple of friends a "photog" lesson, and Kaiya and I came along for the ride.
The leaf photos are not as glorious as they could be... once we got there on Saturday, Jeff was very disappointed that I had only brought along the "point and shoot" and had disallowed the big boy camera. He did, however, bring it along on Sunday. Some new photos should be coming to his Flickr site soon (scroll down and look left). Although he is getting a lot more busy these days. Ah, look at the site anyhow. ;)

Kaiya has been continuing with her screaming phase, and I had to keep her busy on Sunday in order to keep from entirely disrupting the photog lesson. We walked around the little pond many many times. In the midst of her screaming we met another mom who sympathized, saying her son is presently going through the same phase. Let's hope it's a short one.

Oh, and I discovered, somewhere in the midst of entertaining her, that she actually has two teeth coming in! How exciting!

And here's the munchkin looking tired but curious, as she watches some kids walk by. When did my baby turn into such a big girl??

Friday, October 17, 2008

9-Month Photo Fun

I know, there are so many pictures. But how could I possibly choose?! This is the dilemma of the digital era. Today's babies are very well documented. But I'm not complaining!

Kaiya and I spent a bit of time out in the front "yard" today, her sitting on a blanket, and me lying around, snapping these shots. I'm sure people driving by found us to be an interesting sight. But I didn't care. These are the things we do to get the good pictures!

I can't believe Kaiya is 9 months old. The time is just flying by now. The past week has presented some new challenges, as Kaiya's first tooth decided to make its appearance Thanksgiving weekend. Great timing. Kaiya's worst day was Sunday, when she had a runny nose, spiked a fever, and generally frowned more than usual! Oh, and she developed this new, sad, soft cry that absolutely breaks your heart.

Kaiya's sounds are really changing. Unfortunately, in addition to all of her fun sounds, she's just this week developed the habit of screaming. Very loudly. And repeatedly. She thinks it's funny and doesn't get that I'm not smiling. Her cry has also changed, and I can't read it anymore. I'm not sure if it's a pain cry. It'll start as a happy sounding scream/squeal but then change and become a whine/cry. Very confusing. And frustrating, especially since it most likes to make its appearance in the late afternoon. Every parent's fun time, right? ;)

We still don't have any crawling action, but that's fine by us. She has been doing a lot of rocking and bouncing, so I don't think it's too far off. Better get those baseboards on!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

About a Month Ago...

... We spent a special weekend celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, which was September 19th. We wanted to go away somewhere, but were limited in both time and money. Being tired of the usual southern Ontario destinations, we decided to venture into the States. This was done with much trepidation. Neither of us had been to the U.S. for years. I mean, many, many years. We had no idea what to expect... how bad would the borders be? Would the natives be friendly? Would the cops pull us over at the slightest bit of speeding, attracted by our Ontario plates?

I'm happy to report it was a highly uneventful weekend, in terms of the above questions. We sailed through the border (a slightly fussy baby helped), everyone was very kind, and the cops didn't stand a chance, as Jeff carefully monitored his speed the entire trip.

We chose to go to the Finger Lakes region, about a 3 hour drive from home. We chose Skaneateles Lake, somewhat randomly. I think it was mainly because we found a hotel that looked good (just outside the town of the same name.) And then we spent the entire weekend trying to figure out how on earth to pronounce the name of said lake and town. We finally figured out that everyone made it sound something like "skinny atlas," so we tried to stick with that.

Our weekend was good, although it certainly made us appreciate our growing need for babysitters. Kaiya found it hard to settle the first night, especially since we were in the same room as her, and she was excited and just wanted to play with mom and dad. Poor little Kaiya couldn't seem to realize that mom and dad kind of wanted some of their own play time. Ahem.

During the days, we toured the town (remarkably Niagara-on-the-Lake-ish) and drove around to check out nearby towns and scenery. It was really pretty. We realized how tired we get of flat Niagara. I know, I know, we have the escarpment, and Fonthill is slightly, well, hilly, but it's just not the same.

We were also a bit perplexed and slightly disappointed at how quickly people realized we were Canadians. Only 3 hours away, and they already have a slight twang in the voice. And it didn't help that we are both shamelessly addicted to saying "eh." We had barely spoken two sentences to one couple before they said, "You're from Canada, aren't you? Ya, you said 'eh.'" What?! How could it be?

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the following pictures, all taken from our little weekend away...

Jeff and Kaiya at breakfast on Saturday morning.
Kaiya playing in a water fountain.
And a nice family picture by Skaneateles Lake, taken shortly after uttering "eh."