Saturday, May 21, 2011

Aloha from Maui!

After Kiley's birthday we went on vacation with my parents to Maui, Hawaii.  This was Kiley's first time to fly and Mommy was pretty anxious.  I wanted her to be a good girl.  We were going to be gone for over a week and it took about 3 days to make sure we had everything organized and packed for the getaway.  I know I have said this before, but gosh it is sooo much easier to go somewhere without a baby.  You can not even begin to understand that statement until you are packing for your own child.  It is just crazy to me to think of all of the stuff Kiley needs - clothes, food, milk, diapers, toys, etc., etc., etc...

The flight to Maui is 8 hours and being that this was Kiley's first flight I had no idea how she would feel or react.  Turns out, I had no reason to be worried at all.  Our baby slept 5 of the 8 hours going and 6 of the 8 returning.  Going there she either played with her toys on the floor, slept, watched a movie, or ate and returning we took a red eye so she was tired by then and slept through most of the flight.  We were really proud of her! and all the other passengers were pretty relieved that she was good too and didn't cry once!

Kiley's new favorite bear, LuLu!

Kiley is overall a "go with the flow" happy baby, but in Maui she was such a sweet and joyous baby to be around.  She loved it over there because we spent the majority of the day outside, everyday.  She was not a fan of the ocean however! I think it was the crashing of the waves that was too loud for her.  As long as we stayed away from the water and in the sand she was content, just don't get her too close or she would start crying!  We got her some beach toys while we were there and she loved playing with those in the sand and at the pool.  In fact, Kiley loved the sand so much that Dada has decided to build Kiley a sand box for the backyard - what a sweet Daddy!

The pool where we stayed had a place that was only 6 inches deep and Kiley loved that! She could crawl and walk around all she wanted and still stay cool.  Speaking of walking we did take a few more steps while in Maui - 8 to be exact, but haven't taken any more than that since! We also decided to FINALLY say Mama! Did I say finally? I mean come on, it's about time! Needless to say, that made my vacation perfect! : )

Kiley made a friend at the pool - and Daddy forgot to take her diaper off!

She also learned where her belly button was and decided that she wanted to see everyone elses while we were there too.  At unexpected times she would reach for your shirt and sneak a peek! She loved the fact that we were always eating outside and birds were always in sight for her to look at..everytime we were eating she would spot a bird, point and say, "A Dah!" Music is always playing wherever you go so Kiley put on a lot of dancing performances for us.  She started a new dance where she holds her hands together and moves from side to side while singing.  We like to call it her Hula Dance!

Whether we were shopping, eating, or just plain relaxing on the beach Kiley had a blast! If it were up to me we would still be there, but it's back to reality! We are so blessed that we were able to go on such a wonderful trip with my parents and are already looking forward to heading back again in a couple of years! Eventhough, I know that Kiley won't remember anything about the trip, we took about 400 pictures to try to jog her memory when she's older : ) and took plenty of videos!

This upcoming week is going to be crazy busy - like I said, "back to reality."  Oh to only be staring into the sunset again without a thing to do..until next week though Gig em' & God Bless!

A 2 for 1 Holiday!

For us May 8 was a 2 for 1 holiday.  Not only was it my 2nd Mother's Day (Kiley was born the day before Mother's Day last year), but it was also our beautiful baby girl's 1st Birthday! For the special occasion we had both of my grandparents and my parents coming to the house for lunch and visiting.  We decided that we were going to remember this special day by video recording us waking her up.  The minute we come into the room she pops up from laying down and stands by the crib railing.  Jason and I tell her "Happy Birthday" and she gives us the biggest smile that I have probably ever seen.  I'm pretty sure she somehow knew that it was a special day! She started clapping for herself and was so excited.  It was the cutest response we could have asked for!

The rest of the morning was spent getting ready for company and putting Kiley's special birthday outfit on.  I had a cake ready for her that I made the previous day and knew I wanted to take a ton of pictures and videos on this special day of hers. 

To make the day even more emotional, Kiley decides to take her first two steps on her own that day! Jason and I were in complete shock.  She didn't do it again that day of course, but we kept trying to see it again, and no I didn't get that on video!

After lunch she opened gifts, took a nap, and then it was cake time! She got her own angel food cake slice and loved all the attention.  Then I rounded everyone outside for pictures.  She had a blast and ended the day with our gift to her - a charm bracelet that we are hoping to add to on special occassions.

In her birthday outfit!

She wouldn't look at the camera - too distracted with all the attention!

My mom, and my grandmothers and us.

Playing peek-a-boo with Dada.

Opening up her present from us with Dada.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kiley's Par-tay!

With Kiley's first birthday coming up quick, we had a celebration at the house this past weekend with family and friends.  December was able to fly down for the party and it was great being able to visit and catch up with her.  Kiley loves her so much and is always so sweet around her "Aunt Dee."  The party went great and we really enjoyed being able to see everyone that was able to come.  Again, thanks to those who came and for all the wonderful gifts Kiley received! Love yall!  I'll keep it short tonight and summarize with photos!
Photos shot by Bethany Behrens, KB Photography.

Kiley's beautiful cake courtesy of Piece-A-Cake out of Brenham.

Kiley hugging her friend Kanzie.

We love to move chairs around now, we think we are so strong!

Kiley's new toy from Mama and Dada for her birthday.

Kiley playing with McKenzie and Hayden - she just loves kids!

Another toy Mama and Dada bought Kiley for her birthday.  This one she loves, but we wish it was motorized!

Thanking everyone for coming, right before we eat.  Jason put it all on me to make the speech!

Kiley's special cake for her to dig into!

We played more with the cake then ate it - NOTE: this is the only time Mama will let her get this dirty! She is also wearing a garbage bag, which helped a lot!

Time to wash up, outside! There was no way that Kiley was coming anywhere close to going inside until she was all washed off!

All clean and now time to open some presents!

Our little aggie was worn out..

Mother's Day is coming on Sunday, which is also Kiley's birthday.  It should be a very special day for both of us.  Glad to have the party behind us now and to be able to enjoy our little baby's first birthday! Kiley wanted me to tell everyone thank you and she had a blast - she went to sleep right away! So until next time, Gig em' & God Bless!