Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Long Time, No See!

As most of you know, we are now living in Glendale, Arizona and have been for about three months now. Justin is attending Medical School at Midwestern University and is doing quite well. I am very proud of him. He goes to classes from 8-5 most days, studies in-between classes as well as at lunch time. When he comes home at about 5:30 everyday, we have dinner and he plays with Kinley till  her bedtime (7:30). Then he goes back to studying till his bedtime. Saturdays are study days and he has decided to keep Sundays focused on church and family.  Justin works very hard, but I am so grateful for the time he makes for Kinley and I. I expected the worst coming into only hear about the horror stories of medical students never being home, etc. I know that rotations will be a different story, but for now, things are doing well. I love Arizona thus far...the people have been great and so nice! We have been really enjoying our apartment complex and it is so close to everything. You name the store or restaurant and it is more than likely in walking distance. And did I tell you that the mall is across the street? Literally! Makes it really nice when Justin needs the car and Kinley and I can just walk to the store, park, etc.  The heat hasn't been too bad, as long as you stay inside most of the day. But now that it's mid October, it is cooling down quite a bit, especially during the evenings. I am looking forward to our winter...much better than the Utah snow.

My life right now consists of Kinley and I teaching each other. In the last few months she has evolved into a VERY active child. Shes not bad, just hard to contain. I guess when you have so much personality smooshed into such a little body..thats what happens. Kinley is now 1 1/2 years old. Crazy! Time flies! Kinley climbs anything and everything. The other day I opened the door to our balcony and I looked over and she was half way up the wall, ready to bust out. She is so smart. I relize every mother thinks their child is a genius but she really is ;) She can say at least 70 words (that we can understand), she understands almost everything I tell her. I will tell her to do something, or go get something and she will do it right away. I swear sometimes shes a four year old. she is becoming more independent by the minute and starts Nursery on Sunday! I am really looking forward to that. For that past 9 or so months I havent been able to hear lessons being tought, have almost twisted my ankle several times for chasing her in 6 inch fault, and have shoved her face full of snacks so she would be somewhat quiet during the meetings. So I will be looking forward to Sundays from now on! Kinley is still a little girl...she weight in at a whole 20  pounds. ha! And is working on getting her 11th and 12th tooth. She loves wearing shoes and dressing up, loves putting things together and loves dancing. I love how she cracks herself up! She is going through this stage where she likes to bang her head on things...And I don't mean tapping it on my leg or the couch. I mean when she gets frustrated or wants attention she stops what she is doing, gets this look like she is going to hurt someone, looks around for the hardest and sharpest thing in the room, heads straight there and bangs her head on it as hard as she can. Let's just say her forehead constantly has at least 6 bruises on it at once. Some people say ignore it and she will stop. Well I have tried that and she continues to do it and I cant watch her hurt herself like that anymore so we are both learning and she has gotten better in the last few days.  It is very easy to get frustrated but I try really hard to remember that she is still 1. She doesnt understand why I am telling to not touch the cactus or to push the tv over. She knows exactly what gets me to react...but we are both new at this. She is learning how this world works and I am still learning to be a parent. Although she is my 'tornado, munkey shark' (self explanitory), I love her to pieces and I enjoy everyday with her. She is my little buddy and she makes me laugh so hard most days that I feel like my cheeks are going to fall off. Yes, we both have our bad moments...who doesnt?! But I still know she is one of the best things that has happened to me and she still looks at me like I am her hero. What more can I ask for?!

 Justin at his White Coat Ceremony

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Update from Cali

Kinley is 9 months now and growing by the minute...well sort of. She is still small (14.4 lbs and 27.25 inches tall) but so smart! She has two teeth now, which she likes to bite me with. She climbs stairs, claps her hands, stands up on everything, loves real food, as apposed to baby food and is showing us her silly personality everyday. We are living in California now with our parents for a few months till Justin starts medical school in August. We love being here with the grandparents and they absolutely love seeing Kinley everyday.

This is one of Kinley's Christmas presents from us. Luckily she loves it and walks around with it often. It is funny to see a baby so small walk around.

My brothers dog, Diego keeps sitting next to Kinley when he is near her.

Fake Cry...

Kinley is starting to notice the bows and hats I put on her, and she doesn't like it. I am guessing it is because of the hair that is finally coming in.

Two teeth = biting mom

Stands up on EVERYTHING!

Loves bath time! We put fizzing bath balls in the tub, which makes it turn colors, bubbles and of course her rubber ducky.

Kinley got a pretty bad cold last week and kept blowing nose bubbles. Gross but funny.

One of her presents from my parents..a shirt for our family reunion next month in Hawaii.

Helping mommy pack for the move to Cali

Kinley and cousin Miaya around thanksgiving.

Both grandmas for Justin's birthday

Happy Birthday to us!

Kinley and her two cousins.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"My what big eyes you have"

Have I mentioned I have the cutest baby girl ever? For her first Halloween Kinley was Little Red Riding Hood. I got the idea into my head to make her costume. I am a fairly new sewer but I think I forget that sometimes. I get an idea into my head and it seems simple in my head but then when it is laid out in front of me, I say..."what did I get myself into?!". I have made several things, yet havent had to use one pattern. Talent, I think not! Luck! Anyways, I made this cape for Kinley and I am actually very proud of myself. It took a couple of hours but I conquered it! I wanted to eat her and her little basket too!

Daddy and Kin!

"Your not my grandmother"

My brother Jordan is on a mission in Denver, Colorado and just celebrated his hump day. (First half). He has one year to go and as a family we all sent him goodies, letters and I added some pictures of Kinley, who he hasn't met yet. These were some of the pictures we sent him. I think he might fall in love...I would!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

6 months!!!

Kinley turned six months last week and today she had her 6th month appointment. She was so great. On top of getting four shots, she is sick for the first time with a cold. She cried for a few seconds and then stopped, she is so strong! I can't believe six months have passed, but I have been really trying to take it all in and take nothing for granted. I am so thankful for this time we have together every day. Just within the past months she has learned to army crawl, get up on all fours, say "da-da", sit up all by herself, eat baby food...I feel like I am missing something. Point is, she is growing up like crazy but I love every new stage she enters. I love my life!

napping with daddy!