Saturday, October 22, 2011

Irvine's Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Kyra loves riding on Daddy's shoulders
Kyra loves the "big orange balloon," which is currently decorated for Halloween. Kyra says it's "happy."
Arts & crafts, carnival games, a pumpkin patch, trick or treating, a train, & a petting zoo! There was definitely a lot to see!
Taking it all in.
"Mommy, look at what I found!"
Testing out pieces of her Hello Kitty Halloween costume, with a custom-made skirt by Grandma Carol. That Hello Kitty mummy Halloween fabric is so cute!

"C'mon Mommy, keep up with us!"
Posing with my little Halloween cutie!
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We took Kyra to the 1st annual pumpkin harvest at Irvine's Great Park. It all looked like a lot of fun, but it was honestly so insanely crowded that we really couldn't enjoy ourselves. I'm sure it'll be more fun in the years ahead when Kyra is old enough to patiently wait in lines to partake in the various activities. Kyra's favorite part of the outing was our shuttle rides to and from the parking area! She was on the bus saying "wee wee" over and over again! It would've been great to participate in the trick or treating, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, and everything else, but the lines were just too long! For some reason, the city of Irvine planned this big event to only be on one Saturday afternoon from 10am-3pm, when really it should take place all day, every Saturday and Sunday, for at least the entire month of October! Hopefully they'll wise up next year!

In other news...Kyra has been surprising us so much lately with all that she's learning and doing! This week, colors are her new thing. She's suddenly identifying colors and already knows red, pink, blue, purple, orange, yellow, and white (and I think she knows green too, but can't say the word "green"). For the most part, she's correctly pointing out or identifying the correct color when asked, although she sometimes mixes up pink and red.

Kyra is talking so much these days and it's so much fun to hear what she has to say. She's so full of energy and is so genuinely happy! She's definitely loving life, and we love being her parents! She's gotten a bit clingy lately, wanting to hold on to Mommy and Daddy (mostly Mommy), and she likes to hold our hands and lead us around. All the hugging is just so sweet! I know there will certainly come a day when she doesn't want to be held, so I'm taking advantage of it now while I can!

We're looking forward to Halloween and the official start of the holiday season! Is it too soon to start dressing Kyra in Christmas shirts as soon as Halloween is over?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

Dear blog-o-sphere, we've missed you!
Kyra & Natasha at Zoomar's, a children's petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano
"Kyra, someone wants to be friends!"
(or maybe he's just looking for some food!)
Enjoying the animals!
That's a big turkey!
"Quick, take the picture before the goats get us!"
...And here come the goats...
"Look Mommy, a big pumpkin!"
(or "puncky-o," as Kyra calls pumpkins)

Playing in the play structure
"Look Mommy! A choo-choo train!"
Riding on the "choo choo"
Yes, she loved it!
Checking out the "ZeDonks" (zebra-donkeys)
Playing in the corn kernel pit

Sitting on the toy tractor, pretty proud of herself!
Contemplating the big-kid swings...
Giving it a try!
When did she get so grown up?
Goofing off during lunch at Ruby's Diner
"Tickle, tickle Tasha!"
(or "ticka ticka," as Kyra says it)
"Talk to the hand"
Such giggly girls!
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No, I didn't quit blogging! Just been a bit busy these days...I went back to work last month, so making time to blog has been a bit tough, but I'm hoping to be better about it.

Natasha and her Mommy invited Kyra and I out for a fun morning at Zoomar's, a children's petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano. The girls had so much fun looking at all the different animals (they have bunnies, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, ponies, llamas, and "zedonks" (zebra-donkeys). You can feed and pet the animals, although Kyra was more interested in just looking at them. They also have a fun little train, so Kyra was thrilled about that! There's even a play pit filled with corn kernels to play in.

After a fun time at Zoomar's, we went out for lunch at the nearby Ruby's Diner, and the girls continued to entertain each other in their high chairs. Those two have so much fun together!

Thank you Shaunna and Natasha for a fun morning!