6. birthday cake
7. playing with Elliot
8. pool time
9. chips dipped in pool water
10. little girl, big day
My parents provided most of the feast. The corn, cucumbers, onion rings and potatoes were all from their garden and my dad fried catfish that he and Tyler caught on the Smoky Hill River. I made mini fruit pizzas and guacamole.
Nyla's tummy was so big and hard after swimming. She must have drank a gallon of pool water!
In this video, Nyla claims the water, just as she thinks she has to claim everything else in life!
She was very excited about her cake.
Elliot and Nyla rounded out the evening sitting at her new picnic table playing with the ice cream set Grandpa Paul and Grandma Cathy got her.
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Height: 35 1/4"
Weight: 33 lbs.
Head Circumference: 19 3/4"
According to the growth charts, Nyla is still in about the 85th percentile for height and moved up slightly for weight to about the 100th percentile. Over the last 6 months she has grown 2 1/4 inches and 5 1/2 pounds. Her head grew 3/4 of an inch, which puts her at about 100% or maybe even just off the chart. No surprise there, Tyler and I both have big heads to accommodate our big brains. ;)
There were two notable things about Nyla's rather uneventful checkup. The first was that as soon as the nurse called us back, Nyla went trotting down the hall hollering for candy. We haven't been to the doctor since almost 6 months ago and it was the first time she was ever offered candy there, so I'm really surprised she remembered that! The other thing was when Dr. Shelly asked Nyla to open her mouth and say "ah", she actually did it and was cooperative. I was just surprised when she seemed to understand what was happening and right away did what she was asked!
At 24 months of age, Nyla...
has counted to 6 correctly once that I know of. Recently her counting has regressed as now she is consistently saying "1, 2, 5, cinco"!
consistently recognizes yellow, green, orange, black and purple. We're working on pink, red, blue and white.
really doesn't play that well on her own. Her newest nickname given by her Grandpa Kenny is "Full-Time" (as in full-time job). ;)
is rather dramatic about most things. For example, rather than making a simple statement about wanting or not wanting something, she gets extremely wound up about it like we're going to make her do the opposite of what she wants.
enjoys pretending with food-related toys and dishes, coloring/drawing and playing in the water.
Last year I made a photo montage of Nyla's first year (posted here). I enjoy organizing photos and had fun doing that, so decided to make another one recapping Nyla's second year. This time I added a few short video clips (although I admit 2 of the 3 are blurry).
Nyla was born on the 17th of July, 2 years ago, and shares her birthday with her Grandpa Paul. So in honor of her birthday and our official entrance into the terrible terrific twos, following is the montage of Nyla's past year at a glance...
Not sure how many years this has been going now, but this past weekend was the annual float down that my brother, Josh, hosts on the Smoky Hill River (south of Junction City where it runs through my Grandpa's land).
The river was up compared to previous years so the group (30+ of Josh's friends) was able to start the float down with some cliff jumping.
Josh and Tyler jumping
Josh and Tyler after the landing
A view of the cliffs where they jumped from
Floaters - Tyler is the one waving
Checking out the floaters
dad created a "redneck shower" this year, complete with loofahs and
shampoo. :) And no, this sprayer has never had chemicals in it. It is
strictly used as a "redneck fire truck" when my family burns pastures.
The shower in action. Tyler stood on the tractor and controlled the water pressure.
My dad fried zucchini.
Josh cooked hot dogs.
Last but not least, the beautiful landscape at "Son of a Beach."
By the way, my mom and I were there too, helping out and enjoying the festivities. :)