Monday, June 30, 2008

Bathing Beauty, II

It's the last day of June and Kyla is loving the naked time in the pool. I tried to be circumspect while shooting this clip.

Wait for it , wait for it, oh, there it is!

Kyla's smile is as sunny as the day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bath Time for Two!

Kyla really wanted Piper to join her bath. How can a mother refuse such a face? Or resist asking her husband to get the camera and snap a shot.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Grandpa's Toolbox

As Grandpa hung a swing for Kyla in his front yard, Kyla explored his toolbox. This entertained her for a long while, and she managed to only reorganize the tools (for efficiency, you understand), and did not lose or break a one. Oh, well, I will have to teach her that when she's older, I suppose.
It was while Kyla was spending the weekend with Gramma and Grandpa that she saw "dead-heading" some of her plants. Little imitator that she is, she found a beautiful daisy to decapitate. She brought over the flowers to the yard waste can---just like Gramma!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bathing Beauty

Is Piper not the sweetest baby? She's smiles at everyone and has won a lot of hearts at the grocery stores. At least until Kyla's attempts to jump out of moving cart distract said admirers.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Nature abhors a vacuum...

...and a toddler detests a clean room.

Kyla's room after she work up early and happy after a nap.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lights, Camera....Interruption!

Piper turned 4 months yesterday, and she is doing amazing things! Today, she was holding and chewing on her toys in her baby gym. When I began to record her, Kyla wanted in on the action. Kyla has been funny; after I pick Piper up from the floor after a bit of "tummy time,"Kyla takes over the vacated space, showing me how she can do tummy time even better than Piper.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Since she caught a cold a week ago, Piper has been taking morning showers with Daddy. It helps clear her up a bit (and gives me a chance to get dressed with only one child-interrupter).

Father's Day Outing

Grandma and Grandpa Kruger joined Dwayne and I and the girls on a little pre-Father's Day outing at Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah. Grandpa took all the pictures, so of course, he's not in any of them.

Friday, June 13, 2008


There are definitely nights Kyla resists bedtime. She's allowed to stay up as long as she wants to, as long as she stays in her room. (I can put the child to bed, but I can't make her sleep....). I always peek in before I go to bed, and tuck her back in from where she finally collapsed.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day at Grandma and Grandpa Kruger's

The girls and I are at varying stages of a particular cold, so I fled to my parents for some help. Mostly, we just took a lot of pictures of the girls.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Daddy Time!

It is hug- and tickle-time at the Need Ranch.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Piper Rocks! Piper...


Tonight, Piper rolled from tummy to back for the first time. The performance was Oscar-worthy, had Mama had the camera on hand. But Piper did perform her acclaimed solo act four more times before an enthusiastic audience.

Mama Learns a Lesson

I was feeding Piper on in the living room today when Kyla brought me the bag of Craisons to open. She ate some but left several on the (just-vacuumed) carpet. Then she brought me some crackers that she wanted me to open for her. And, being a good parent wanting to set up parameters and consequences, I matter-of-factly told her that I would give her two crackers after she picked up the Craisons from the floor. My very intelligent daughter understood and carefully picked up every single Craison! Then she moved to the middle of the living room and dropped them all there.

Did I really ask her to pick them up and then not tell her what to do with them?!?! I deserved that.

Kyla got her crackers.

Here, Kyla is breaking Shoe, Dolly, and herself out of jail.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sisters: The Movie

The lovely stain Kyla is sporting comes directly from this morning's treat of freshly squeezed orange juice. Despite appearances, she did actually manage to drink quite a bit of it.

As usual, I need to apologize for the neck cramp you will undoubtably get as you try to view this. I wish our camera had a "Hey, Stupid!" feature on it.

Monday, June 2, 2008


A better investment we could not have made. Though perhaps Piper disagrees.