Nana and I both got to go to the zoo with you on Friday! It was super fun, as Kaylee would say, especially the carousel. Elise you even brushed the goat and you kept calling the goats, Sadie, because they look like our dog! Can’t wait until the next time.
You are eight months old now and the exciting news is you know how to say, “Momma!” Usually this means, “Grandpa you can’t hold me right now because I want to eat.”
We went to the Santa Clarita 4th of July parade. Your mommy likes to take comparison pictures by dressing you the same as Kaylee on some occasions. Well, Grandpa forgot her methodology and wore the wrong hat! It doesn’t matter though, you really do look like you older sister. And you keep your hat on longer than she does, too.
Nana and Grandpa are enjoying you two together. We each get to hold a grandchild now and don’t have to take turns! Kaylee, you sure are a big girl compared to your sister. That’s why I put you on my shoulders more and more…
When you have a big sister, you have to go with the flow. Kaylee wants to play with you so much, she doesn’t realize this just can’t happen the way she wants because, off course you are only one month old. But, that’s all right. She adores you anyway!
I called your mommy today to see how you were doing. I heard Kaylee crying in the background about a yogurt. Well, I guess I know what happened once your mommy sent me this picture. She was starting to eat a yogurt, then she decided to go see how you were doing. That didn’t turn out well.
Kaylee leaned too far, and the rest is a baby who now knows what yogurt feels like…
It’s been awhile since I have written in your diary. I was back in Minnesota and Wisconsin to be with my mommy and daddy, your great grandparents. It was really sad, Kaylee, because my mommy died.
Great Grandma Hanson had been sick for a long time and her body finally wore out. She is at peace with Jesus now. No more pain and suffering. Grandpa was with her when she died. I was blessing her like you bless me by putting my hand on her head. I was saying these words…
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; (Luke 2:29 ESV)
…and then she had her last breath.
We are all very sad, but also filled with joy knowing my mommy is fully healed. I sure wish she could have held you like she used to hold your mommy. She would rub your mommy’s back and hug her. My mommy loved to hug.
My mommy also loved to plant flowers and take care of them, especially irises. Every time I see an iris I think of her. Always have. Because she was in her garden a lot, she had bees fly around her. She wasn’t afraid; she loved bees. She would slowly move toward a bumble bee that landed on a flower and she would pet the soft back of the bee with her finger. She never got stung. I think the bee’s knew my mommy was their friend.
I am so glad you are in my life Kaylee. You fill me with joy just like your mommy filled my mommy with joy. Even when I am sad, I just think about you and am so much better. I held you on my lap when you were napping yesterday. When I looked at your resting face, I knew everything was going to be OK…
Well, today is your one year birthday! We are so excited for you and are going to be with you at your party this afternoon. In the meantime, we had a great week last week and so I had to show a couple of highlights.
On the Fourth of July we went to the parade by your house. There were horses, cowboys, marching bands, dancers, a lot of classic cars, and even some little donkeys. We had so much fun watching the parade together, with your mommy, daddy, Uncle David, and your mommy’s friend Mary, and her kids. You enjoyed everything.
Then a couple of days ago, your mommy went to the dentist. I came along to watch you. We had fun just sitting and reading, but I decided to take you out in the hallway. It was long and carpeted and so a great place for you to practice your walking. This ended up being hilarious because you scooted along the wall instead.
I will have plenty to report about your birthday party, so I will finish for now.