I failed to update as often as I would have liked in 2011. Maybe we'll do better this year.
Kayla did finally celebrate the anticipated 4th birthday. We gathered all of her cousins except for Abigail, and grandparents to Tokyo Steakhouse for dinner. Kayla was so excited about opening her presents, she hardly noticed anything else, and certainly didn't want to eat...I made her a rainbow cake and she was pretty interested in that! Cake and sweets are her absolute favorite. She shakes when she gets excited to get a piece of something. We were at a a friend's birthday party over the summer, Brooklyn, and Kayla got her piece of cake and then went up to Brooklyn's Mom and said, "I think my tummy is telling me something. It's telling me it needs more cake." We all got a good laugh out of that.
For Halloween Kayla dressed up as Dora and we met up with her friend Kate and Kate's Mom and Dad, Trey, Ashley and Eddie, and Addie, and Tiffany. We didn't trick or treat in a very busy area, but it was just enough for the kids to get out in their costumes for a little candy.
Thanksgiving was low key. A dinner at my Dad's and at Cary's parents house. Kayla and Pawpaw put on a puppet show for us. It was cute.
We had a lot of fun getting ready for Christmas. I checked out a book that had 25 legends of Christmas, and as we opened each box on our Advent tree, we read about one of the legends. Kayla loved doing that. She had a blast putting the ornaments on the tree and playing with my nativity set. When we would ride down the road at night Kayla would shout, Christmas lights!!! every time we passed a decorated house. We went to Callaway Gardens to see their light display with Nana and Pawpaw and Kayla loved doing that. We also went ice skating, but Kayla was less than graceful on the ice. Her favorite part of the doing that was a cookie and hot cocoa.
Kayla spent most of Christmas with her Dad, but we were able to spend Christmas morning together. Kayla passed out all of the presents and had a special present picked out for Nana. I let her pick something for everyone and for Nana she chose a pillow and blanket. She was absolutely thrilled to give it to her. Kayla got some puzzles, clothes, stuffed animals, books, and some art things. She is always very appreciative of gifts.
Over the Christmas break while I worked, Kayla spent time with Nana and Pawpaw and played with Pawpaw a lot. They have a very special bond.
I am looking forward to a fabulous 2012. Kayla has started ballet classes that are held at her school and she seems to really enjoy them so far. Can't wait to see what else she shows interest in and what other adventures we have in store!