Since I last updated this blog, I had a birthday, Keelie had her third birthday, and my nephew Macon graduated from my alma mater. On a sad note, we lost Aunt Vicky. No, not my sister. The woman who married my mother’s late uncle. She was Aunt Vicky long before that, though. She had been in declining health and had defied the odds for a long time – her death was not unexpected, but still sad.
She’s the one in red in this picture…
When she saw the picture later, she asked, “Did I really wear red to your wedding?!?” Of course, it was December and reds and greens were part of the look of the wedding. She was like a grandmother to me, though she hated to be called that, so it was always “Aunt” Vicky.
On to happier thoughts… like playtime!
Yes, we have a playpen full of colorful plastic balls.
The next five pictures were taken by Kori’s father, who definitely knows his way around a camera.
Keelie is getting into animated features, so I get to watch some of the DVDs in my collection. “Toy Story” and the sequel are favorites. She sings “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and she also likes “Mary Poppins” and will sing the songs from that movie, which goes along fine with the Sherman Brothers songs she knows from Disneyland.
Kyle is quite the crawler, and he’s learned to stand up without holding on to anything and sit back down.
The whole family relaxing in the hot tub…
Kyle has been in the habit of nibbling on his own toes. When I try, Keelie says, “No Daddy! Kyle’s toes are yucky!” They aren’t yet though, since he’s not walking. Well, he was doing his thing and his cousin decided she wanted to try…
…ah yes… one of those pictures that will come back to haunt both of them.
Keelie and Kyle got decked out in Tiger Orange for Cousin Macon’s graduation.
I went to SPHS, as did Kim, Vicki, Chris, and Blaine.
There’s Cousin Blaine holding Kyle, Autie Kim, Cousin Macon in his gown, Nanny, Uncle Mike, Aunt Vicki, and Keelie.
Keelie contemplates turning 3.
For Keelie’s birthday, we had some people over for a party – it was mostly a family event, but when you have families the size of ours, that’s a lot of people. We’d only hosted one such event before since moving in. Keelie had a lot of fun and certainly enjoyed the presents and cake. So much so that fives days later she informed Kori that she was ready to turn 4, have everybody come back, and have me bring home another cake – but one with four candles. But she also talks about going back to being 2 and thus getting her crib back.
Kyle hams it up for the camera as we watch Keelie enjoying one of her presents…
Keelie points to where she’s going to hit the ball.
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