Kajsa conversations

19 07 2010

Kajsa has, as usual, been keeping us laughing… last week there were many funny conversations, and I actually wrote down two of them, so here they are:

Kajsa: I’m going to text Dee Dee…

Me: Ok.

Yeah, because I love her!

Oh, she’ll like that, then…

Yeah.. (then making texting motions and noises..)

What did you write to her?

Dear Love Mommy Daddy…and Dear Love Kajsa I love you. Dee Dee.

That’s really nice, KAjsa. Dee Dee will be so happy to read that.

Yeah. And I pressed the green button so that it send.


Yeah. And, the mailman can give it to her.

Oh, that’s great, hon.


Yes, hon..

I just pretending.

Another day, Kajsa was walking around the house making a huge mess—pulling out toys, clothes, etc.. Jim and I were both slightly aware that the house was being quickly messed up (more than usual!), but so far nothing and nobody was being harmed in the making of the mess… and frankly, we were enjoying a little time to do our own projects, so we let it happen.  At one point she turned over a bunch of puzzles, and packed a small purse with the pieces and a few other odds and ends. She grabbed her sunglasses and said,

Mommy… I going to college to see Bean.

Ok.. have fun. Tell Bean I said hi.

Ok. I will. Bye, Mommy!

A few minutes laterOk… Heeere’s college… !

Then a few minutes after that.



I going to college to see JoJo.

Oh.. But JoJo’s not at college.. she’s in Chicago.

Oh, you’re right. (laughing.) Then I go to Chicago to see JoJo.

Ok.. have fun. Tell her I said hi.

Ok, I will.

Later on, we were cleaning up a bit, and as we were putting away her puzzles, we couldn’t find the purse with the puzzle pieces.

What were you doing when you remember last playing with that bag?” I asked her.

Hmmm. I was here, in the dining room… I was at Go-Cubs-Go with JoJo.


Yes. With JoJo.

Ok.. then after that, where did you go?

Hmmm. Let me think. (tapping her finger on her chin..) After Go-Cubs-Go, I went to my bedroom. And I made this big mess with my clothes. Then I was with Abby… I can’t remember.

A few minutes later, Jim found the purse with the puzzle pieces… he gave it to her, and she exclaimed,

Oh, Daddy! I SO happy… Thank you!

a little vocabulary

21 05 2009
her "baba".

"baba"= baby

"ou-dide".. and the tantrum when we go inside...

"ou-dide, ou-dide..." and the tantrum when we go inside...

"O-da-da"... = "Go, Cubs, Go.."

"O-da-da"... = "Go, Cubs, Go.."

a-wa (more or less) = water

a-wa (more or less) = water

uh-oh.... which Kajsa thinks is to be said when she does anything intentionally, as well...

"uh-oh".... which Kajsa thinks is to be said when she does anything intentionally, as well...

"up-uck"= look up, duck! (said when we're washing her hair.. because she washed the rubber duckie's hair once, and we had just told her to look up... so she told the duck the same thing.

"up-uck"= look up, duck! (when we wash her hair, we tell her to "look up" so she won't get soap in her eyes.. then she sometimes washes the rubber duckie's "hair" and tells it to "up-uck".

It’s over.

5 09 2008

No, I’m not referring to the Chicago Cubs’ fantastic 2008 season, although that, too, could be over now. Hopefully not, but their past 5 games have not been good. (translation= they lost. Five in a row. I’m in mourning, and have made it through the first stage of grief: denial.)

In this post’s title, I’m referring to our freedom at home. The freedom to plop Kajsa down on a blanket, in any corner of the house where she cannot reach outlets, small pieces of whatever might be on the floor, pull things off of shelves, or open drawers… that freedom is now over. Kajsa has begun to crawl.

Time to locate the outlet covers, to vacuum everyday, to pick up the clutter that we have been privileged to leave around the house up to now. Time to organize the house. Which I’ve needed to do for ages. Now we have to.

Kajsa’s crawling is pretty funny, though. She uses her right knee to crawl, and mostly her left leg and foot to push herself forward. Sometimes she uses her left knee, but mostly her foot. In the first picture posted here, you can barely see how her left leg is bent, but up… that’s how she crawls, mostly. But we keep working on having her put weight on her left knee.

I can’t say that the dogs are too thrilled she’s more mobile, now, but oh well. They’ve already knocked her down a couple of times, stepped on her, stepped over her…. all by accident, mind you.

The good thing about that is that Kajsa is pretty much unphased by the dogs. She loves them, she squeals for them, at them… but when they walk past her or over her, it’s all normal.

So goes life these days….Back to child-proofing the house.

Wrigley Field

10 08 2008

Kajsa’s now been to two baseball games, both of them Cubs games. Last week we went to Wrigley Field, for her first Cubs game there, and had a great time. The sun was super hot for the first few innings, burning down right on us, but once we cooled down it was great.

It was great even when it was hot, but of course more enjoyable when we weren’t sweating bullets. I took her out for a walk in the stadium, to get in the shade a little bit, and get some cold water.

The Cubbies won. That is always a plus. And Kajsa’s enthusiasm for the game is a plus as well. She claps whenever she hears clapping (almost whenever, at least). And she still seems to confuse booing with the need to clap, so even when Houston scored and Cub fans booed, Kajsa clapped. Fortunately we had friendly fans near us, and fortunately she’s not a loud clapper yet.

Go, Cubs, Go!

Take me out to the Ballgame…

30 07 2008

even if it’s not Wrigley Field. Yesterday was Kajsa’s first baseball game. At Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers). I do love Miller Park, even though I’m more of a Cubs fan. I love the stadium, the family-friendly atmosphere, the sausage races… So, if one can’t be at Wrigley, the next best thing might be Miller Park. Anyhow, Kajsa mostly had a blast at the game. She was a bit overwhelmed by all the noise, but once she warmed up, she clapped. A lot.

Her Aunt Sue, Uncle Bill and cousins gave her this adorable pink Cubs outfit. I bought the shoes last week, but they’re too big. So we just left them on for a photo op. (she takes them off, even when they’re double-knotted.)


21 04 2008

So behind… I know, most of us are. But I’m feeling a bit out-of-control, I’m so behind.

I’m working on the kid’s nursery. Gasp. Big step. HUGE step. Emotionally, I have not been able to even think about that room for so many years, that to actually work on it now feels good. And yet a little freaky, too. A little crazy. Not sure if I should take that step, and yet I kind of have to. We kind of have to.

Why? you may wonder… well, for those who only read this blog and get the rare email correspondence from me… it seems as though our referral could be coming soon! Maybe, MAYBE in May… That’s all I’m going to say about it, because that’s craziness as well.

So, if that happens, when that happens, we travel approximately 6-8 weeks after we accept the referral.

Things are getting into high gear.

Otherwise, life is life. The house is a disaster zone–we should just put that “Caution” tape in front to warn any would-be-visitors. Trying to organize, de-clutter to make room for kid stuff, moving the office downstairs and making a nursery, painting the kitchen… plastic bins full of items we’re taking to China with us… it’s crazy.

But again, feels good.

Last week Jim and I attended an adoption conference in Chicago. so we went a day early, and went to the Cubs game , with Jo Ann and Ken. FUN. Cubs won… Derrek Lee Bobble Head doll to the first 10,000 fans! So I made poor Jim and Jo Ann go to the game early–2 hours early, so we could be one of those first 10,000 fans.. but we got our Derrek Lee Bobble Head dolls! And we were there early enough, then, to enjoy batting practice. It was so fun. I love the Cubbies… I love Wrigley… I love beautiful days and good friends…

So, off to more craziness.

I hope all of you are surviving your various crazy situations.

hope disappoints

6 10 2007

Ok, so we’re told in the Bible that hope does not disappoint. (Romans 5:5) Obviously, the Apostle Paul was not a Chicago Cubs fan.

I think I’m giving up…

10 09 2007

I love the Cubs. I love the Cubs so much it hurts. But I think I’m giving up, now.. Not on my love for the Cubs. But on any hopes that they’re going to improve. Sigh. It was good while it lasted. This blogger says it all…

Aside from my dashed hopes of improved games for the Cubs, I also plan to write a letter to Human Relations at Wrigley, the “Friendly Confines”, about how rude I think it is that the extremely-well-paid players don’t sign many autographs. Not for me.. Of course, I love it.. I now have Carlos Marmol and Ryan Dempster. But I’m a 37 year old woman. I don’t need these. It’s just fun. But my nieces and nephews? Why won’t the players stop and sign for these kids? It’s ridiculous.

As my niece Hannah said, when we were waiting in line for autographs last week, and several players had walked by us, ignoring the pleas… “Aunt Cathy, are any of them not grumpy?”

I guess not.

Of interns, Cubs, rabbits, etc.

14 06 2007

It’s been hot. I shouldn’t complain, because some places are hotter than this, but it’s been hot enough that each day we shut the house up (shut windows, pull the shades) and hang out downstairs. We’re fortunate to have a downstairs to hang out in, though.

Our seminary intern , Jen, arrived last week. She’s here for the summer, to get pastoral intern experience. It should be a good, and busy, summer. Lots going on. Being in a small church is such a great experience, yet also a bit confusing at times, because one’s schedule is so random. Church is excited for her time here, and we are too.

Monday we went to the Cubs/Astros game with Jen and Charlie, a guy from church. Such a blast! First of all, the Cubs won (yeah!), second, Carlos Zambrano hit a home run… a pitcher!, and third, we got an autograph! Charlie really wanted to have a baseball signed, so we stood around waiting… Cesar Izturis walked by, but we didn’t recognize him, so missed him… 100_5722.jpgbut then we were mistakenly told that Felix Pie was there… we were so excited, because Felix is my new Cubs man. (don’t worry: Jim knows about this. Every year I have at least one Cubs “man”.. who I like to follow.) But, it turned out to be Carlos Marmol. But hey, not everyone gets their Cubs ticket signed by relief pitcher Carlos Marmol! Then Charlie saw someone else across the way, and got an autograph from Ted Lilly. He was really happy when he found out Ted Lilly was the one kicked out of the Atlanta game because he hit Renteria with a pitch.

Tuesday was our monthly district meeting. For those who don’t know, a “district” in this context is a group of Covenant clergy within a certain geographical area. Our district is Wisconsin (part of WI) and Libertyville, IL.. so we call ourselves “The Badger District + Dwight”. (Dwight is pastor of Libertyville.) It’s the best district…. really. Normally we meet in Milwaukee and share, eat, pray. Summer is a bit more casual. On Tuesday we met at Covenant Harbor, and after a delicious lunch at GBC, we went on the pontoon boat.

As hot as it’s been, evenings have cooled down a bit. Enough that the other night, several friends were over for a hot tub party. Hanging out in the hot tub, talking family, seminary, theology, monasteries, dogs…. it’s moments like these that I’m so glad we have a hot tub, and even more thankful for friends.

Those who have read my old blog might remember last year’s accounts of baby rabbits…(scroll down to read the rabbit accounts). This year I’ve been hoping and hoping that adult rabbits are wise enough to recognize trouble in the form of TWO big dogs. No such luck. Abby found a nest on Monday, and between the two dogs, all four babies are gone. The dogs don’t eat them, fortunately, they seem to just want to play. Still, sad…

My brother, sister-in-law and their two girls arrived late last night. They live in Taiwan, so we don’t see them often. So far Abby has let them sleep, and hasn’t barked too much down the stairs, though she is keeping a close watch on the stairway, in case they wake up soon.