Friday, September 14, 2012

Summer 2012

Summer of 2012 was a wonderful time.  Kaylee and Mama went to Maine in early June.  We missed Daddy a *lot* but we kept in touch over Skype where Kaylee talked to Daddy "onwine".  Daddy joined us for most of the drive north from Georgia, and Daddy came up at the end of summer for a week's vacation and to help us drive back to Georgia.

Summer was busy - We had a lot of work to get done for the first few weeks, and lots of visiting to get in.  We got to see Nana and Papa and Grammie and Grampy a lot.  There were also visits with aunties and uncles and cousins and friends.  Kaylee spent lots of time playing at the parks and playing with water too.

On with the pictures!  Some of these great shots were taken by my super friend Kelly, so I can't take all the credit.  Enjoy!  Movies to come soon in a separate post.

Playing outside in the sprinklers with Zoey!

Playing on Landon's slip and slide!

Farmer's Market in Perth Andover
Bill Brayall and Wes McLean playing/singing

More playing outside, this time in her rainbow sprinkler pool!

Playing soccer with Mama and Uncle Jeremy.
Zoey wanted to play, too!

Blowing some bubbles at the Teague Park Bandstand
and playing on the swings and playground stuff...

First time getting all the way up onto the swing by
herself - "Kaylee do it!"

Dressed for a luau party for Amy's bridal shower!

Those cute pony tails get me every time.  :)

Posing with Nana...

She looks totally Photoshopped into this photo
of Grammie and Grampy, but she was there...

At Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle.  She is so much
BIGGER this summer than last summer.  All little girl,
no more baby... 

Kaylee "visiting" the ducks and geese.  LOL
They couldn't get away fast enough!

Later that day at the mall in Presque Isle...

Something else we did this summer (and are *still*
trying to master...) - POTTY TRAINING.

At the Northern Maine State Fair in Presque Isle.
She went through the "little farmers" exhibit.

First roller coaster ride EVER.  It was hilarious.
Just after this shot (taken right before it started moving)
she SCREAMED her head off and then laughed the rest
of the ride through.  :)

Hanging out in front of the apartment building just
before bedtime.  This happened a LOT.  :)  We have
great neighbors and a beautiful spot.

Hamming it up for the camera.

We went to Caribou Cares about Kids this year.  She
got to tie dye a shirt, dance the limbo, go in the big
bouncy house, and got a ladybug painted on her face!

She came down with a case of the blue alphapox.

One of her many playtimes with Zoey.

One of our many campfires over the summer!

One of our many trips in the car with Ms. Kelly.

Kaylee and Zoey.  :)  Zoey loves the car.

Zoey baying or howling at some puppies that
were outside the car at Ms. Sarah's house.

Kaylee enjoying a Tim Horton's cookie.  Every
time I stopped for a coffee, she wanted a cookie.
Guess she takes after her Mama.

Kaylee was so HAPPY to have her Daddy back!

Her Flowergirl shirt for the wedding rehearsal and
dinner.  Amy made this adorable shirt, which she loves.

Getting an updo for her Flowergirl role in cousin
Jens' and Amy's wedding!  She sat very still and 
let us primp and pamper her.  She loved to look
like a little princess!

Playing with Jack

On Jack's tractor tire swing!

The ring-bearer, Jack, and the flower-girl, Kaylee.

Admiring herself in the mirror.  :)

Daddy's little princess!

Kaylee LOVED the dance and waited ALL DAY LONG
for it to start.  She danced a little with Mama and Daddy
but spent most of her time wandering around dancing with
anyone who would let her.  It was so cute to see her having
so much fun at the wedding dance.  She kept telling us to go
bye-bye and to leave her at the dance.  It was hilarious.

We had a slip and slide party for Kaylee right before
we left to return to Georgia.  We also celebrated her
upcoming 4th birthday.  The slip and slide was a big
hit and we will be doing it lots next summer!

Kaylee needed Daddy's help to get up on the BIG ball.

Kaylee's birthday cake and cupcakes!
Happy 4th birthday, Kaylee Doodle!

Mmmmm.  A chocolate cupcake!

Family picture (L-R):  Georgie, Kaylee, Ian,
Jocelyn (Nana), and John (Papa).   These are
Georgie's parents.

Kaylee started to do really well with her puzzles
this summer.  :)

Conked out on the floor, still holding the brush she
was playing with earlier.  She used her bears for pillows.

Time to go back to Georgia.  Kaylee is just making
sure everything is in working order.

On the way home, at a mall food court.  Kaylee
shared a sushi meal with us.  She wanted to try
chopsticks, and actually did pretty well with them.
She seemed to also enjoy the sushi.  This one is
teriyaki chicken.

Another case of the alphapox.

When we got home, we found Daddy had drawn
an excellent picture in chalk, of Kaylee's favorite
book character, Gossie the Gosling.

Sticker mania.

Glad to be reunited with some of her best friends.  :)

Sticker mania, again...

This is Kaylee and Daddy having fun at one of the
amazing splash parks here in Roswell.  She LOVED
it and we stayed for HOURS.  :)  It only costs $1.

We had a pool party at Nicole and Cahlil's new place.
We packed up stuff to grill and went to town.  The kids
stayed in the pool for hours!

Kaylee received a huge birthday surprise in the mail
from Great Aunt Jennifer.  She loves to wear this
Merida wig (character from the movie, Brave).  She
also loves the Merida doll, story, coloring book, and
all the other little goodies that were inside the box!

On Kaylee's birthday (Sept 5), we took her out and
did things she wanted to do on her birthday.  Here,
she is riding on the carousel at the mall.

There is a new lego store at the North Point Mall
in Alpharetta.  She loved going in there!

Kaylee and Mama posing in the food court...

Kaylee eating one of her favorite foods, pizza!
This was her request for lunch.  We all sat at a
little kids' table together...  :)

We also got her some light up bath toys (actually
for a pool, but who cares) - a set of flowers that 
light up in the water.  She loves them!

And she loves to lick the bowl clean if we make
some yummy treats.  This was spiced vanilla
cupcakes for a dinner invitation last week.

The perfect end to a perfect summer.