Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Daddy-Daughter Fun!

Last week, Geoff and Kyra went on a fun Daddy-Daughter outing to the Long Beach Aquarium.

Guest Blogger: Daddy!
I had such a fun time last Monday with Kyra on Daddy-Daughter Day.  Kyra was talking about going to the Aquarium (Kyra speak = Akarium).  It was empty and we were able to move through the exhibits as fast or as slow as we wanted.  She loved looking at the big tanks and even sat right down for the scuba diver presentation at the biggest tank right there in the middle of the aquarium.  She loved watching the sea lions jump out of the water.  She was watching from the in-door glass tunnel under the tank so to her the sea lions would disappear and then dive back in and she would giggle every time.  She also had a great time with the birds, the jelly fish, and most of all the play structures by the touch tanks.  After the aquarium, we had lunch at Boston's nearby.  When I asked her what she wanted to do next, she thought for a second and said, "More akarium, more fish in big water!"  So, we went back for a second walk-through.  By the way, she has been talking about going back to the aquarium ever since. 

Kyra in front of the first tank.

Sitting with Daddy in front of the big tank watching the scuba divers feed the fish.

Playing Captain in the boat.

Last weekend, Geoff took Kyra on her very first Ferris Wheel ride at the Balboa Fun Zone.

It's Daddy again!
We took Kyra out for dinner at Newport Landing (they have a great Happy Hour upstairs).  On the way there in the car, on the ferry, and even at dinner all Kyra could talk about was the Ferris Wheel.  "Round and round, up and down, lots of seats."  Jackie had some trepidation, but Kyra seemed convinced that she wanted to try it.  So, daddy decided to give it a try.  I was ready to end the mission at the first sign of panic on Kyra's part.  But, much to everyone's surprise, Kyra loved it and showed no fear of any kind even when it would stop at the top and our car would rock.  Daddy was way more nervous than little Kiki Bear who kept saying, "More go faster" every time the wheel would stop to let another rider on or off.  My guess is that this will not be the last time. 

Daddy checking one last time that Kyra actually wants to go through with this.

Getting loaded up.

Here we go!

Round and round we go.

Look Kyra, there's Mommy.

Disembarking after a fun ride.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Big Girl In A Restaurant Booth!

We took Kyra out for lunch today at Sharky's at The District in Tustin. All of the high chairs were being used, so we let Kyra sit on the bench of a booth, and she did great! She really seemed to enjoy sitting there, and she was looking and turning in every direction! She did listen and follow directions pretty well when we told her to turn around or sit down. And she ate a lot of her quesadilla, so maybe just maybe she'd be willing to try some new things when sitting like a big girl at the table!?!? I'll have to try that. I wonder if we'll have trouble getting her into restaurant high chairs now that she's experienced a meal like a "big kid." She's definitely seeming more and more like a little girl and less like a baby. I know she's been acting and looking like a little girl for a while now, but I guess I'm finally getting used to it and accepting it! I miss my little baby, but I absolutely LOVE my little girl and think she is so much fun to be around!
 Kyra's 1st time sitting in a restaurant booth
 She was instantly comfortable and made herself right at home!
 More fun at The District's big fountain!
Spinning and twirling - doing "The Crazy Daisy" (a dance from Yo Gabba Gabba).
She was running at the camera when I took this.
   She's already attracting attention from boys!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kyra & Daddy

I love taking pictures of Kyra and her Daddy when we're out and about. I should probably have Geoff get me in a few more photos here and there, but I enjoy taking and looking at pictures on my cell phone. And Kyra and Geoff are so cute together! Last night, we took Kyra for a ride on the "neigh neighs" at South Coast Plaza. We discovered a new ride there that's been there all along: the escalators! Last night, Kyra realized that she LOVES going up and down on escalators! And we didn't have to buy a ticket for that ride!

Today, the three of us had a lot of fun strolling around Fashion Island. I love having so many places to go that are fun and easy to get to! And free parking isn't bad either! Those are definitely some advantages to life in Orange County, versus our traffic-filled/expensive parking life in LA. 

 South Coast Plaza merry-go-round
 Kyra now LOVES going up and down on escalators!
 Checking out the koi pond at Fashion Island today.
 Kyra LOVES playing on/near fountains!
 Playing with a light pole. Easy entertainment!
 Playing near yet another fountain!