Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bike Takes a Hike

Well, the bike riding joys were short lived. Last weekend Kwamai left the bike at the end of the block when he scraped his toe on the sidewalk. He didn't remember to go fetch it for nearly 48 hours. And of course, it was gone.


Well, they say you never forget how to ride. He may have to test that saying for awhile, though.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kwamai Rides a Bike

Completely on his own, Kwamai mastered bike riding today. I told him he accomplished this feat a full 17 years younger than I did! He was a bit shaking due to being filmed, but you can see him happily riding off into the sunset. And this on a bike once used by our 17 year old neighbor, which was just given to Kwamai three days ago.

Monday, June 9, 2008


In January we did one of those making-a-mark-on-the-basement-wall to show how tall Kwamai and Felicity were. Kwamai saw the marks today, and had me compare his height. It seems he's grown nearly an inch since January. Felicity on the other hand seems to have gotten shorter.

Um... or something.

What we're reading these days

Doctor Doolittle's Caravan, by Hugh Lofting. This is the fourth out of ten Hugh Lofting books in the Doctor Doolittle series, when read in order of internal chronology at least. Kwamai absolutely loves these books, and generally he follows every detail very well. It may also help that we often read before bedtime lately, so he's keen on having me read and read and read without stopping.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Flip Flops

is the name of the latest craze!

We bought Kwamai a pair while at Shopko (buying a new air mattress). Felicity didn't seem too interested, and they had none in pink or in her size. But we all quickly discovered that she was just as interested, and even declared green her new favorite color. At one point a significant fight ensued, which finally resolved with Felicity consenting to return Kwamai's shoes, and a pledge from Papa to buy her her own. I told those adults assembled, "and you think brokering peace in the Middle East is hard work!"

And yes, if you look closely you will noticed Felicity has hers on the opposite feet. The amazing thing is she can point out left and right correctly and will say "I have left on left and right on right" or "left on right and right on left".

Planting Flowers

Kwamai and Felicity each planted a flower in Grandma's garden area.

This is the "aerial" view from the porch upstairs.

Kwamai posing with his finished project.

Felicity works at digging a hole.

Kwamai waters the "Felicity" plant.

The happy gardeners, job completed.

Kwamai's New Kite

Kwamai loves the kite he received from Tama Bonnie. We took it to the field across from Grandma's condo to try it out.

Kwamai had it up and flying in no time, and even figured out how to do some stunts with it.

Felicity gave it a go, too. Not bad for a relatively windless day!

Sleeping Beauties

This is the inevitable, but unenviable, reality of long car trips: kids sleep and parents stay awake. Of course, upon arriving at the destination, there is a strong inclination the opposite way on the part of both parties. Therein lies the rub!