random recent photos

with captions/explanations

this photo of Kenya was taken about a month before she died.

Martin took this shot of Ginny in our church playground during one of the lighter snows we got this year.

Ginny's favorite Grocery store game - push the cart

it wears her out.....

and then we get this - zonked out baby girl.

at dinner one night. the family all has corn-on-the-cob. notice the tiny pieces of corn on Ginny's plate....

but that wasn’t good for her.  She decided that she wanted to try what we were having.

addressing the cob.....

first bite......

ah the joy of discovering a new love !

Welcome to our playhouse....

Actually it belongs to the neighbors, but we have both agreed to set up all our playground stuff on kinda of a middle ground between the two houses and the kids all just play all over it with no boundaries.  Seriously cool.

anyway, that shot was taken a few weeks ago when Ginny was not yet able to climb up the sides of the playhouse.  Then, the light dawned, effort was made and now….

She's on top of the world!

I love the static-hair.  it makes me grin.

of kitty cats and toddlers

How is a toddler like a cat?

Getting a photo of one doing something cute is near to impossible for an amateur owner-parent-photographer.

Anytime Kenya did something photo-worthy it usually involved me in some way.  Either she was on my lap, or sitting on my head, or in some other way making it impossible for me to move or get the camera.  By the time someone wandered into the room, I alerted them to the need of said camera, they hunted it up and got back to me, Kenya would be bored or would have changed the behavior or position and it wasn’t photo worthy anymore.

Besides which she never could have related to a camera the way she related directly to a human.  Consequently we have very few photos of Kenya doing anything much.  The ones I posted on facebook of her draped on me next to Ginny are probably the cutest things she did that we have ever captured on film.

Kenya keeping watch while her charges sleep

Toddlers are much the same way.  An adult is almost constantly with Ginny, and we are always witness to cute stuff, adorable smiles, funny sayings and sweet moments.  However mommy and daddy are usually far too busy interacting with Ginny to bother with a camera.  Besides our hands are usually full.   So unless you have paparazzi following you around, it is very difficult to capture these moments.

There are exceptions to this.  Occasionally Ginny will sit still long enough for me to go fetch the camera  and get shots like this one of Ginny trying out our new sky chairs….okay they aren’t “new” precisely….we bought them 5 years ago and they have been languishing in our home office closet ever since.  waiting for us to have time to install them. ….and causing the occasional tussle when we attempt to extract the vacuum cleaner from that same closet.  ahem!          Now that they are up and enjoyable I can not understand what took us so long!  I envision lots of hours spent reading, talking or just sitting quietly enjoying the view.

Ginny in skychair

Yesterday at our Easter Egg Hunt however, a friend volunteered to be my own personal paparazzi and follow me around the yard as Ginny hunted eggs.  Martin was not really available – since he had hidden the eggs people were asking him questions and he was trying to be a good host.   I can’t really imagine a more boring job for an adult with no kids of his own than following a toddler around  yard,  but hey, he volunteered, so I told him where the camera was located and away we went.

Here is the result.

Love that look. Mischief waiting to happen.

And her hair is JUST starting to get long enough that it is starting to curl up at the back.  Maybe it will go into ringlets soon and stop looking like a mullet.  I’m trying not to stress about it.  Hey at least her hair has started growing!  For the longest time it just stayed the same.  Short and sparse.

Speaking of hair, click on that first Easter photo of me and Ginny —-you can see actual streaks of gray in my hair now!  How cool is that?  I love my silver.  My hair has been solidly one color for so long….. It’s like free highlights!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with family and friends and that God a huge part of your day.

the laying on of paws

Last night the bible study group that meets in our house was thrilled to hear the update that we are now matched with Mel & Steve and that Ginny is on the way (just 9 more weeks at most).

After sharing the details that we could and laughing a talking a while, the leader of the study asked if we would mind if the group prayed for us.

and I thought to myself ??? Mind? how could we mind? of course, PLEASE pray for us!

So they gathered around Martin and me as we sat on a large footstool and put their hands on our shoulders and head and prayed. They prayed for us, for Mel & Steve and for baby Ginny.

It was very meaningful and loving and so touching to know that our friends take this adjustment and responsibility so seriously. They are sensitive to the various issues that come with adoption and they are praying for us as we navigate our way through the murky waters of how to raise a child with two sets of parents and two whole family groups. The hope of course is that we can become a blended, extended family who love each other and stay in contact.

One cute thing happened during the prayer: our cat – Kenya – came in to investigate. She picked her way in between all the legs surrounding us and then jumped up on my lap. Keeping her back paws on my lap she reached across with her forepaws and put them on Martin’s thigh. Then she stood there for the remainder of the prayer, looking intently up into Martin’s face. YES, I peeked. If something jumped into your lap you’d peek too !

When the prayer was over Kenya gave a little chirp and a nod and then returned to the floor and went back to doing whatever it was that she was busy with.

I just thought that it was really sweet that our cat took time out from her important naps and chasing fuzz balls under the couch to let us know she is praying for us all too.

That’s got to help in the cosmic scheme of things, right?

zoom zoom zoom

you know the Mazda commercial? the zoomzoomzoom ones? Well I’ve decided to re-name my cat.

or at least to name her “welcome home” personality.

When we get home in the evenings she has a routine.

First Kenya comes tearing down the steps and stops at about eye level and meows till her daddy picks her up.  It must be Daddy. Mommy is not simply good enough.  She will accept me as a decent substitute but if he is anywhere within sight, she wants her Daddy.

Then after about 4 minutes perched on daddy’s chest/shoulder (during which poor Martin can get nothing done….unless it’s one handed) she starts to get squirmy. He lets her down.

Next, she goes exploring through the house. Why? to see if we dropped off any kitty treats? I’m not sure. But this is definitely part of the routine.

After a few minutes of patrolling the house, she comes back to daddy and wants back up. But this time the “request” is made with cute little chirrups and mews. She is REALLY good at the cute little chirrups.

This gets repeated ad naseum as long as we are on the main floor. When we go up to the master bedroom though, things change.

She MUST dash up the steps ahead of us. Then she spends the next 7 minutes running at full tilt from room to room and up furniture and over people……chirruping all the way.

This is the point at which I want to rename her: Mazda Kat

zoomzoom!