Monday, May 26, 2008

Greenhouse Flatulence??????

Kaylea has been in Chorus this year and last week they performed their end of year production. I knew the program was about "living green" and "saving our planet", but imagine my surprise when I was seated and viewed the bulletin board behind the children:

Could it be that they were doing a Chorus program on Greenhouse "Gases". I could just imagine the songs about flamingo flatulence and bovine belching.

I told Bub that he might need to listen closely because I have been convinced for many years that the methane explosions he frequently experiences CAN'T be all good.

All joking aside, the kids gave a wonderful performance and we were SO proud of our little KayleaBug. Now, we are one more end-of-year program closer to summer. So to quote her only speaking part in the program, "Let's just keep on, keeping on!"

***DISCLAIMER*** The program title was really Update Earth. I just couldn't resist. Hey, you don't have to be 10 to find humor in anything flatulence related.

Friday, May 23, 2008

????? ADHD - XYZ - HDTV - LMNOP ?????

I know the title of our Blog is Curiously Kaylea and all of the posts are normally about Kaylea. However, today I am going to share with you a cute little story that, miraculously, Kaylea had no part in. You see this story is about Kaylea's cousin, P Man, and it was told to me by my sister-in-law, JillyBean.

One day last summer, JillyBean had the P Man out at the pool at their condo. There were a lot of other kids at the pool that day, so P Man didn't have a hard time finding someone to play with. JillyBean found a chair and laid back to catch some rays. She was rather enjoying the relaxing afternoon, listening to the kids play in the pool. Then she heard a conversation that almost made her wet her suit.

You see P Man and his new found friend had been playing for a while in the pool. Then the friend asked the P Man, "So, do you have ADD or ADHD?" P Man replied very matter of factly, "No, we have Comcast."

How funny is that? I wish I could claim that one as a Kaylea story, but that just wouldn't be right, now would it?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kaylea The Budding Artist

As I mentioned before, Kaylea began taking an Art class back in March. She absolutely loves the class and can't wait for Thursday afternoons to arrive. Being the proud mom that I am, I wanted give her a virtual art gallery to display her works. So check it out. Who knows, she might just be the next van Gogh or Warhol.

This was the first project she did in the class. This was done with oil pastels. If you ask me, I think it is pretty good for a newbie.

This was her second piece. It was done with acrylics and the "whipped cream" was made with some type of putty, which makes makes is multi-dimension.

And finally, we have Kaylea's first attempt at Pop Art. She had a blast making this one and for some reason I feel she will be making many more like it. I think she enjoyed this particular type of art because there were no rules and she could do it however she wanted. Typical Kaylea!

I hope you enjoyed our tour through Kaylea's Gallery. Hopefully, we will be adding more pieces soon. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kaylea On Mother's Day

Kaylea is one of those children that gets very excited anytime a birthday, holiday or celebration comes rolling around. She doesn't believe in saving her gift(s) until the big day. She likes to begin the gift giving way in advance. I am proud to say that she approached Mother's Day with her usual zeal.

Last week, Kaylea began making me homemade Mother's Day cards. You know the ones; they are construction paper with cut-outs and doodles. All of them carried the same message, "Best Mom or #1 Mom" (Actually, she wrote "1# Mom" but I knew what she meant.) Her homemade cards are the BEST. I would much rather receive one of those than any store bought card. When she makes a card for me, I know that she is expressing her love for me in ways that a store bought card could never do.

Anyway, there was the constant stream of cards and then she began bringing Mother's Day projects home from church, Art and school. Each day I was receiving a new treasure that had been made with love from my little girl.

Once the weekend arrived, I felt like we had already celebrated, but I was wrong. Saturday, we went to a Mother's Day brunch at church. We had lots of goodies and then the girls interpretive dance ensemble performed for us. Also, the Children's Ministries Director helped the children perform a Mother's Day poem for us. It was all so touching and sweet.

Yesterday, I was awaken by the smell of coffee and the bustle of Bub and Kaylea in the kitchen. They were beginning the preparation for my Mother's Day lunch. Bub had taken Kaylea to the store on Saturday and they bought all of the food to prepare a nice meal for me. I was told to stay out of the kitchen and let them do the work. So, I obeyed my orders and just relaxed. After our yummy lunch (steak, baked potato, green beans, corn, rolls and homemade ice cream) I was presented with yet another Mother's Day card and gift. Kaylea had chosen to give me a silver key ring with a heart charm. It is beautiful and I will carry it with pride.

Overall, I couldn't ask for a more perfect day. I spent it with the man that gave me my child and my beautiful daughter; both of whom I love more than life itself. It just doesn't get any better than this.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Why Doesn't Anyone Want To Play With Us?

As you all know, Kaylea had the atypical case of chickenpox a few weeks ago. Well, if you remember, she had them for an entire week before I realized that they weren't bug bites and that I needed to take her to the Doctor. As it turned out she had, POTENTIALLY, passed the pox to her entire class. (I am happy to report that no one else came down with them though.)

Well guess what? This week Kaylea was sharing with her classmates again. Only this time it wasn't chicken pox. OOOOOOHHHHH, nnnnnoooooo, way better! Here, let me set the stage for you. Tuesday, I was at the school subbing and spent a lot of time out on the playground. While I was out there, so was Kaylea's class. They stayed out for an extended recess of about an hour. At the end of my day (2:00), Kaylea, all red faced, came up to me in the hall and showed me her arms. They were covered in welts and a red rash. At first, I thought it was from being out in the sun, but then she said her sides were starting to itch, again. I took her into the bathroom to check her over a little closer. When I lifted her shirt, I could see that she was beginning to get the rash on her torso, also. I decided not to be a slacker this time and rushed her to her doctor's office right then. When her doctor came in the exam room after a quick lookover we were told that Kaylea had Fifth Disease. I was unfamiliar with this particular illness, so naturally I asked what we needed to do to treat it. I was totally surprised with the response I got. The doctor said we didn't need to do anything. With Fifth Disease, once the child breaks out in the rash and has the "slapped cheek" look they are no longer contagious. It is the 7-10 days prior to the rash that they are contagious. Unfortunately, during those 7-10 days there were no symptoms indicating that she was sick. So wait, let me get this straight, ONCE AGAIN, my daughter has, POTENTIALLY, infected her entire class with a contagious disease. You have to be kidding me. This just can't be.

So friends, if you drive by the playground at Kaylea's school and see a lonely little girl standing by herself in the corner of the field with no one around to play with, well, that will be Kaylea. I am quite sure all of the kids' parents are telling them to stay away from her.

I promise we normally aren't a breeding ground for infectious diseases. She just seems to catch everything coming and going this year. I can't wait for summer to get here. Then we can get her away from all of the kid germs at school. Oh yea, but speaking of summer reminded me that I forgot to mention the best part about Fifth Disease. The welts and rash can reappear for 1-5 weeks following the outbreak; whenever the child gets hot or is exposed to the sun. Sounds like a fun beach trip for Kaylea. Whatchathink?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kaylea Being........Well, Kaylea

Kaylea's Grammy had a humorous story about Kaylea that she shared with me yesterday. It was so good, I thought I would pass it along.

Last weekend, Kaylea was over at her Grammy's and Pappy's house getting in some quality time with the grandparents. They all worked in the yard planting flowers and spent a lot of time outside enjoying the pretty spring day. Kaylea decided that it was so pretty outside that she wanted to go swimming. Well, she has a little inflatable pool at their house so they told her she could go swimming if she would inflate the pool. Kaylea decided to accept the challenge and inflated the pool all by herself and then she filled it with water from the garden hose. While all of this was going on, Grammy and Pappy were continuing to do their outside chores. Not long after Kaylea got the pool filled and took her first dip, Grammy saw Kaylea get out of the pool and go into the house. Then she sees Kaylea come back outside with two large plastic cups. Kaylea walked over to the pool and poured the water from the cups into her pool. Then she went back into the house and repeated the process. Grammy watched Kaylea for awhile as Kaylea continued her go inside and return with the water filled cups. Finally, curiosity got the best of Grammy and she asked Kaylea what she was doing. Kaylea replied, "Well, Grammy, the water in the pool was really cold so I am adding hot water to warm it up."

Kaylea is probably the only kid in town with a heated inflatable pool. That's my girl - always using her noodle.