[Kaiya gettin' her lipstick on :) - explanation to come!]
This past weekend we made one last trip to Cali while we're on the west coast. I was pretty excited all week because it was my stepmom Maryann's birthday and I was determined to make something for her that was personal and simple but elegant. Her signature is a crown - she has a crown shaped towel hook, crown wall decor in their home, and loves anything sparkly and elegant. I found a really cool crown on pinterest made out of lace so I played around with fabric stiffener and glitter spray to create one for her. My practice crown was small enough that it looked adorable on Kaiya so I just had to take a picture of her with Grandma Jackson!
We spent the day Saturday shopping and making delicious foods. MaryAnn and my new sisters Kass and Kim and I have a lot of fun together making ridiculous jokes, sharing amusing opinions, and being really girly. They taught me a few things about being a true girly girl and it's amazing how tom-boy I feel after spending time with them! But that's okay - Brandan and I have noticed that I've become less girly-girl since we've been married and I feel like I can blame it on being married to a very sporty, shorts and t-shirt with street soccer shoes wearing man ;). So it was really nice having girl time all day Saturday buying things with lace and frills and baking and cooking yummy food.
I have to tell a quick story about Kim and Kass. I love them to death - we were totally meant to be family! We were making MaryAnn's favorite carrot cake for her and a certain twin (you know who you are ;)) added in an entire can of pineapple chunks rather than just one cup. Well, after some laughter and major jokes, some extra flour was thrown in and it was baked. Though it was extra dense, extra moist (really only partly baked..), the flavor was actually quite delicious! Kim had made the comment of, "well, maybe we started something!" after the pineapple was thrown in and she was totally right! We've decided it was too thick and dense for a cake, but it would make a really delicious pineapple roll with some cream cheese frosting tinted with pineapple! I'm pretty sure after we eat ate a piece, we felt no need to eat for a week, haha!
It seems as though every week, Kaiya is doing so many new things and is a whole new person. She makes this adorable grandpa-missing-his-dentures face where she sucks her lower lip under her upper and smacks her lips and gums together while smiling. It's absolutely ridiculous looking and you can't help but laugh every time. She also continues increasing her lung capacity at inconvenient times (church, grocery store, while passing people at the park...) and everyone stops what they're doing and looks at us as if there's something wrong. I wish Kaiya's shrill scream sounded more playful as she is just playing rather than bloody-murder-like as it comes off. Oh well - it's cute to us! She also is only a hair away from crawling! She can pull herself up, hold herself up on things fairly well, and can roll all over and get up on all four limbs. She'll be mobile on all fours any day now!
With all her changes each week, it was refreshing to see her reaction to seeing the two Schnauzers at my Dad's house - she squealed for an extended amount of time with recognition and excitement. I think I assume she has a short-term memory and maybe she does, but it was sweet seeing her recognizing that she has a life and a family that she can remember!
[Kaiya's grandpa face]
[Trying on Dad's glasses - I LOVE that she smiles so easily as soon as a camera is pulled out!]
Just before we left on Sunday, we did a little project with Kaiya that was so fun and that might become a tradition with all my babies now since it turned out so cute! Brandan stripped Kaiya down into a diaper and Dad pulled out his camera to document us ladies smooching Kaiya all over with bright red lipstick. It was so fun! Kaiya did so well and just stared at us and smiled while her daddy held her hands and we just giggled and found empty skin to smooch on her belly, face, arms and legs. I tried to convince Brandan to trade places with me since he has fuller lips than me, but he politely declined, haha.
[Lipstick - check! Kim and I prepared for smooching!]
["What the freak just happened??" haha]
[Playin' with her mama]
[The kisser and the kissed]