Kye Monthly Summary: June

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This is Kye’s summary from June! I’m enjoying the weekly recaps and love how they make these posts MUCH shorter and easier to write. It makes me dread them less πŸ˜‰ I know my kids will really enjoy these someday but they are my least favorite blog posts because they are so time consuming!

This month we spent a LOT of time having FUN.  I really, really love summer with the kids and this summer was especially important to me because Kye will start all day school in the fall. If you haven’t read our summer recaps, they are full of a lot of fun stuff as that was my goal this summer!

We swim a good bit in the summer and this has been the first year Kye has needed to start wearing goggles. Even though we have a salt system his eyes are just sensitive and they started getting really red when he did a lot of swimming. It’s hilarious because I just let him use my goggles and they fit him just fine haha. Big headed child πŸ˜‰ 

Checkers is Kye’s favorite game. I feel bad for him because no one else really ever wants to play. I personally am not a checkers fan. Man it’s sooooo long and I just don’t have the time or mental space anymore for that. I always feel like I have a million things I should be doing and Kye loves playing against me because he typically wins πŸ˜‰ Britt is old enough now to where she wants to play with him but she also gets bored with it quickly. Usually she and I will be on a team and I will tell her where to move each piece and then she gets bored so Kye and I just play and then I get bored and line myself up to get jumped haha! I do good up until there are just kings left. Then I’m over it!

Kye really blossomed in his reading towards the end of the school year so I really wanted to keep that ball rolling and make sure he stayed on top of his reading. He no longer sleeps during naps but still has nap time. During that time he has a journal he writes in every day and then he will read books. He LOVES to read! And he’s so great at it! There are no pauses or sounding out words…he just READS πŸ™‚

Kye still very much loves to do for others. He is always making me little notes and thinking of ways to make me feel special. He is such a blessing to others!

He finds boxes and fills them with crafts he’s made for me

The only downside of Kye’s ability to read is card picking. I used to be able to just sit there and read a few cards and find what I wanted to buy but now Kye wants to pick out the cards and sits and reads through a bunch of them…and has to be reminded to stay in the 99 cent section πŸ™‚

He picked this one for Big Papa and he’s starting to use humor in his card writing…just like his daddy always does!

I always have read that at about this age kids stop thinking chores and such are fun but not Kye! He loves it and will constantly ask me what he can do around the house! It’s awesome because he’s able to LEGIT help!

He’s even getting legit helpful in the kitchen too! Finally!!!

With his abilities comes that desire for more responsibility and independence. He’s started begging me to let him make lunch for everyone. One day I had a bad migraine (which rarely happens to me anymore thank the lord) and he told me to just go lay in bed and he’d watch the girls and make their lunch. Tempting offer haha but I did let him make the lunch for them, at least most of it. 

Another day, more help from my lunch partner!

He and Britt picked these flowers for me one evening πŸ™‚

Kye is really into photography and is constantly using his or Britt’s camera to take pictures or asking if he can use mine. I don’t mind letting him use mine at all and hope he enjoys it enough to where we can have some soft of photographer talent in the family πŸ˜‰

I’m so thankful for my days at home with him. I know this era is coming to an end and I just want to soak it up as much as I can. One afternoon I told him to get up early from nap and we had a mini date where we drank some hot chocolate and just shared our hearts. I love my boy!

Kye is the best big brother. He truly looks out for his sisters and takes such good care of them. Britt does test his patience though but with Tess he’s yet to ever be annoyed or bothered. I’m interested to see how that evolves and changes over time!

This is everything haha I can tell he’s thinking “Oh sister!”

More About Kye This Month:

  • Kye does not like getting hot outside, he would much rather do crafts inside!
  • He really needs his alone time and I’d for sure say he’s an “introvert”
  • I downloaded Dubsmash this month after Courtney and Jolee were obsessed with it on our beach trip…I don’t get the appeal? And neither did Kye haha he thought it was super dumb!
  • I do have two apps Kye can utilize on my iPad: one for math facts and another for site words. I allow him to do those a couple times a week and feel that with those combined with the journalling and reading he should be good to go for school!
  • Phillip Phillip’s song “Home” is Kye’s FAVORITE. I love it too and we blast it on the regular!
  • I was SO proud of Kye on our Parker family trip. Mr. Rusty is that type of person that always, always has the TV on. I’m thankful that it’s at least on sports so it’s not as bad but I still don’t like my kids watching tv…especially commercials. We’ve trained the kids to turn away and not look when they know something bad is on tv and while we were on the trip I saw Kye, on his own, turn his head away so he wouldn’t see the commercials when he was watching sports with Big Papa! 
  • Kye prays a lot for “bad guys” and prays that someone will tell them about Jesus
  • I asked Kye what he thinks his best quality is and he said his heart πŸ™‚
  • I love that Kye is so into taking pictures now. I mentioned how it’d be cool for him to take lots of pics when he grows up and he said that he’s going to give his wife the camera and tell her to do the same job I do (blogging) with the pictures he takes of their kids πŸ˜‰
  • Kid can GRUB. He is constantly asking for 2nd and 3rd helpings at dinner. Grocery shopping is about to get more expensive! I told Zach that really Tess in the family is doubling our grocery bill because Kye is eating twice as much and Tess eats the same amount as Britt already!
  • When we went to the library to see the animals Kye raised his hand to speak when they were showing the kids the alligator. In that room full of people he went on and on about the Bible and related the alligators to some story about kings in the bible. It was a little embarrassing because he was rather long winded but MAN I was so proud of him. He speaks the truth about God’s word whenever possible and brings everything back to God! He’s going to touch so many lives and lead so many to Jesus if he keeps that up!
  • He adores Tess but has started to get a little rougher with her. I had to explain to him that he’s strong like Daddy and that he doesn’t like it when Daddy is too rough with him so he needs to be careful not to be too rough with her too! 



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Kye Monthly Summary: June

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This is all about Kye from the month of June! 

Fun without Mommy: This month with Carter’s birth and several dr appointments for me meant that the kids got to have some fun without Mom leading the way πŸ™‚ They had a great time with Jolee, Haley, G-Mama and others who helped out! 

Crafts with Jolee

Chalk is always a hit!

Golf cart rides to the park

Daddy even dressed them up and took them to church when I wasn’t able to go! He did pretty good huh?

Kye made me plenty of cards when I was away from him πŸ™‚

I love how he always draws the baby in his pictures now πŸ™‚

Art Class: Awhile back Kye did an art class with Autumn at Little Leaf Studio. This summer when we were discussing things we wanted to do, Kye said he really wanted to go back to Mrs. Autumn’s house for art class again. She is actually doing a TON of classes now (if you’re local be sure to check out Little Leaf Studio!) For the summer she had camps but I was just wanting Kye to have a smaller experience rather than the whole camp thing. I got with her and set up a morning where several other kids could be included in the fun! It was an hour long class and Kye had a GREAT time! 

Aunt Karen Time: We have been blessed to have so many great influences in our kids’ lives. Kye is now old enough to start doing more things without us. He has gotten a good bit closer with Aunt Karen through church and also from golfing so much with Zach. She used to keep Zach a lot when he was a kid so it’s neat that the torch is being passed down to Kye now πŸ™‚ He was SO pumped about his spend the night party at her house! He hasn’t ever stayed over at someone’s house unless it was a child care situation so it was def a special treat. She SPOILED him!!! They did so much in such a short time period I don’t even know if Kye could remember it all πŸ™‚ I’m so glad they had such a fun time and that he has such a great bond with Aunt Karen! 

Fun Factory…he loved playing the games!

She also got him a little laser and he has been obsessed with it around the house getting Zeke to chase it!

Church Performance: Kye LOVES his Bible Classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights and I love that he’s growing up alongside so many great kids! One Sunday morning they did a performance of a couple of the songs they had learned for our VBS. You can’t see Kye in a lot of the videos because he got behind the others and was kinda hidden from view πŸ˜‰ Video 1 and Video 2

Shell Necklaces: On our beach trip in May we collected a ton of seashells and while we were collecting them Kye and I talked about what we could do with them all once we got home. We thought of the idea of finding shells with holes in them and then making necklaces. When I got on bed rest in early June I thought it was a good chance to stock up on simple things we could do at home and still have fun doing. I bought the supplies to make the necklaces and Kye had such a great time making one for each member of our family πŸ™‚ 

New Foods: This month we tried out some new foods! My kids basically eat the same thing for breakfast each morning (y’all know me and my love of a good routine haha). They get Β½ a banana, 1-2 prunes, and some whole grain or multi grain cheerios. This month Kye asked about having the cereal with milk. I’ve always avoided that for messy reasons but figured, why not? Both kids now love their milk and cereal πŸ˜‰

I also did a LOT of meal prep for when the baby comes and one of the things I decided to make were breakfast burritos. I doubt we’ll have the kids eat them for breakfast but they will make wonderful quick lunches! When I made them I let the kids try them as lunch that day and Kye said it’s the yummiest thing he’s ever eaten!

He also had his first pixie stick this month…he wanted me to send a pic to Daddy πŸ˜‰

And, of course, we baked plenty of cookies together too!

Daddy Pics: Zach takes pics on his phone of him with the kids on occasion but usually I never get to see them πŸ˜‰ I finally got him to send me the ones he had and here are some of him and Kye together!

Chores/Helper: I implemented a chore chart with Kye in May but he loves to help so much that he often does things above and beyond his chores. It is SO sweet how he will decide, on his own, to “clean the house for Mommy” He has such a servant heart! He one day wiped down all the cabinets without me even asking!

One of his chores is to clean his counter top in his bathroom. THIS is how many paper towels he took to clean it haha we had a talk after that about just using one or two max πŸ˜‰

Another chore is to dust his room and, again, he loved it so much he came downstairs after and asked me what else he could dust!

I didn’t put to unload the dishwasher on his chores because it’s something I want done when I want it done and it’s often just more convenient for me to unload it quickly! However, both kids enjoy helping to unload it and it def helps save my back!

New Underwear: As y’all know…Kye doesn’t like to wear clothing around the house πŸ˜‰ I thought it was about time for him to graduate to boxer briefs as they are much more covering than the other kinds. It was quite the hunt for me to find some for him but he has LOVED them and even folds them all in his underwear drawer! He went through and picked out all the old kinds and told me to go ahead and pack those away for the next boy to wear!

Hats: Kye has also outgrown all of his hats. Child has had a large head from birth (he gets it honest from his mama) and I had to go on a hat hunt for golf camp! I got lucky and TJMaxx has a lot of brand name hats for like $5. He wears a legit KID size hat now! Which is crazy to me that they fit so well. I bet he and Zach could wear the same size hat at this point b/c Zach has a TINY head! 

Baby Fat: I noticed this month that Kye no longer has any of that sweet baby fat left. He held onto that little baby belly for a long time but now it’s gone and he has that skinny kid muscle definition look instead. Where did my little baby go!?!?!

Home Play: Being that it’s HOT out and I’m mega pregnant, we have spent our fair share of time at home. I try to go out and about a couple times a week but I also like to keep the kids on a schedule, even in summer, and that includes doing room time and such. So we stay home a good bit too! Here are several random pics of Kye playing at home!

Seriously, ANYTHING can be entertaining to a kid! I gave them a bag of multi colored tissue paper and they made up all kinds of games with it!

We store our art easel in the garage so it’s always a special treat when we bring it in to use it! Kye takes his art very seriously and worked for hours on this one. I LOVE the big tree!

I also love our family of 5 too πŸ™‚

The kids have also enjoyed playing in the baby’s room. We dug out all the old baby toys that they rarely play with and they have enjoyed practicing using them for the baby πŸ˜‰ Kye set up these blocks with the numbers 1-10 and all of our names!

They also love our Hallway Bowling…here’s a video!

The kids have also been playing with their cameras a good bit and have both planned on taking lots of pictures of the baby when he or she arrives πŸ™‚ It’s so sweet how excited they are!

Kye took this of me and said it’s the most beautiful picture of me ever πŸ˜‰

A boy…a construction hat…some underwear…and curling irons? Makes total sense haha!

Kye went with Zach to get his MRI results (post to come about Zach’s wreck eventually…) and took lots of notes and then came home and taught Britt and I all about the human body! He did so good remembering everything he learned!

Sweet Brother: Kye and Britt are doing better and better playing together. He LOVES to wake her up each morning and after nap and those are some of the sweetest moments of our day! They also are so sweet after bath both running around in their cute robes being silly together! I’m truly blessed!

Other Stuff from This Month:

  • Our days of spelling words out when we don’t want the kids to know what we are talking about are over! I was on the phone with Zach and said I might have the kids go s-w-i-m and Kye said “Mom I can spell now! You said we are going to SWIM!”
  • Kye’s appetite is REALLY increasing. I am starting to see why everyone says boys will eat you out of house and home! He pretty much always asks for more food and completely cleans his plate! It took me awhile to adjust to giving him larger portions!
  • Kye is currently in a size 10 shoe and has moved up to the “big kid” sizes of clothes. He is an XS/5. Which is like SUCH a tough size to find?!?! 

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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  1. Andrea Laughery
    July 28, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    He's such a cute kid!!

  2. Kale
    August 5, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    My younger sister did that too! my mom asked her if me and my older brother if we wanted a t-o-f-f-e-e and she said that she would love a toffee! That one got us laughing:)

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Kye Monthly Summary: June

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I soaked Kye UP during the month of June! It was W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L having him home with me everyday during the summer πŸ™‚ 

Eating: Kye has been eating great! He’s getting more adventurous with what he will try and his appetite has def picked up a lot! This month he started to show more preferences with how he eats. He asked to eat with a “grown up” plate (our dinner plates) and I was surprised that he didn’t mind his food touching! Also since Mother’s Day Kye LOVES to use chop sticks. I totally have it on the “Christmas gift idea” list for him for Christmas. Do they make kids plastic ones? B/c the wooden ones we got from the restaurant are a beast to clean!

Kye asks for smoothies for breakfast all the time and I enjoyed making the kids a breakfast smoothie during our relaxing summer days!!! I mixed in some of a Meal Replacement Shake to give them that added boost along with frozen berries and even some sneaky vegetables πŸ˜‰

Helper: Kye truly has a servant heart. I wish I had such a natural love of helping others the way he does! He enjoys cleaning and will ask me to let him help clean the house!!! He also this month helped me frost cupcakes for the first time…he did a GREAT job. He takes a lot of pride in doing things well and I love that he is such a hard worker at anything he does! I love his help but goodness it can take a LONG time!!! Here’s a video showing how long it takes for two kids to clean up a mess πŸ™‚

Coloring: I don’t know a lot of kids Kye’s age but check out those coloring skills! He legit always stays in the lines!!! It shocks me at his coloring abilities as I feel like he should still be scribbling all over the place right?!?! 

Table Time: Kye has always enjoyed sitting quietly and working on a task. His attention span has always been pretty good about stuff like that and it’s very nice that he’s old enough to get things out himself to keep himself busy! He really enjoys stickers and, of course, making play dough snakes!

Cuddle Kid: Kye is also in a VERY loving stage. I had always heard that boys love their mamas and I def see how that’s true now. He will cuddle and hug and be sweet all day πŸ™‚ I love it! He enjoys getting all of his “friends” out to cuddle with him during his awake times (he’s only allowed to sleep with two friends). He also enjoys picking out different friends to sit with him during movie time and is the typical guy who completely zones out whenever a movie is on. Best of luck to his future wife someday when dealing with that πŸ˜‰

Cuddle time with Daddy watching FSU on the Ipad πŸ™‚

Bubbles! I try to limit the amount of bubble baths Britt gets (like they are FEW and FAR between for sure) as it’s not good for girls to sit in bubble baths. I feel bad for Kye though b/c that means that he also very rarely gets to enjoy bubbles since they bathe together! Whenever things work out where they do end up bathing separately, I like to let Kye have some bubble fun!!! On this particular day he thought it was hilarious to eat them?!?!?

Like Daddy: Kye asked if he could have a toothpick like Daddy so I let him. It was SUCH a reminder to us that he literally is watching EVERYTHING we do and whatever we do, he will want to copy us! Not that using a toothpick is bad, but it’s such a small thing that I don’t even notice Zach does. Whenever we eat out (which is rare) Zach always grabs a toothpick and sticks it in his mouth. Kye thought he was SUCH a big boy when I let him have the toothpick. We sent Daddy this picture πŸ™‚

Silly: As you saw in the post with all of Kye’s school work: he’s in a silly stage for sure. He will come out of his room in all kinds of silly get ups and it cracks me up! I know soon he will be “too cool” for dress up and playing silly games so I soak it up as much as I can πŸ™‚

G-Mama Time: There’s been some tougher stuff going on in our lives for awhile and I’m VERY appreciative to Mrs. Charlotte. She has stepped up her game big time…not just with showing me support but especially in her role as “G-Mama.” This month she started to take Kye on little dates just the two of them. I think it’s so important for him to get that one on one special time with her and he had a BLAST. She sent me this picture of him at his favorite place (CFA, DUH!) chowing down on dessert πŸ™‚ You know she spoils him on those dates for sure!

Cooper’s Party: Robyn’s son, Cooper, turned one this month and had an ADORABLE Crab themed party! We decided Zach would stay home with Britt and I would just take Kye. It was a pool party and it was GREAT that Kye could just do his own thing and I could visit with other parents and such without having to be in the pool. Pool parties totally make me nervous though! I have known people who threw pool parties and had kids drown so I’m always super cautious to keep my eyes on my kids at all times. So thankful for Kye’s survival swim skills for sure! We had THE best time together and Kye has STILL been talking about the party. I’m pretty sure we were the last guests to leave haha πŸ˜‰ 

Cupcake #2. I know TOTAL cool mom moment!

Other Stuff Going on with Kye this Month:

  • Kailyn sat next to us at church one Sunday night and Kye put his arm around her!!! He was even rubbing her back and wrote her a “note” with his name on it. True players start their game young, right? πŸ˜‰ It was so cute though!!!
  • One of our summer goals was for Kye to be able to completely dress himself by the time school started. One morning he surprised me and changed from his pjs into his clothes completely by himself, even snapping his shorts!
  • We love to play our nightly games before Kye goes to bed and one night we were playing “Don’t Wake Hook” game and I did something good in the game and he said “That’s my girl!”
  • Kye tells EVERYONE that is real name is Kye Parker but his pretend name is: Lightning McQueen Flash Parker Kye Parker Spiderman Spaceship
  • I completely trust Kye with his behavior. When we go to run errands he doesn’t touch ANYTHING and is such a great example to Britt about looking but not touching!
  • He is really enjoying playing pretend and is always Lightning McQueen. He will have me be “Sally” and will say that Britt is either Mater, Chick Hicks or Doc Hudson…depending on his mood with her that day haha He gets very into his pretend games…here’s a video of him in a hardcore “phone” conversation
  • Kye’s special talent is def whistling. The child whistles NON-STOP but he’s SO good at it!!! I will even hear him practicing in his bed during naps and night sometimes! Here’s a video of his skills!
  • With it being summer time and the kids being together WAY more often, Kye is started to get easily annoyed with Britt. They still get along well and play together a lot but I have to be more mindful to let him “win” with her more…like get to have the first turn with a toy, etc. 
  • People have always commented on Kye’s behavior but now they have also started to tell me how smart he is. Of course I have no clue if he’s smart or not b/c I don’t have any other four year olds to compare him too but it’s a nice compliment to hear for sure!
  • He knows his memory verse John 14:15 “If you love me you will keep my commandments”
  • I love how nice and loud Kye sings at church when he knows the songs! I can totally see him being a song leader someday!
  • This month we pulled out the puppets and the kids LOVED them! Kye thinks it’s so fun to lay under his bed and reach up from the floor with the puppets to put on a show for us πŸ™‚ Here’s a video!
  • Even though it’s been a YEAR since we saw Brave, Kye still has nightmares about bears. πŸ™ I feel like I should have him watch it again??? Maybe it wouldn’t be as scary to him now? We have this dinner game that is a bunch of cards to ask each other and the question one night was about our biggest fears and Kye said bears!
  • Now that Britt is older she’s less “obedient” to Kye’s demands. He gets frustrated with her when she has a toy and is playing with it and won’t give it to him when he asks. Before Britt was all about pleasing Kye and would hand over anything he ever wanted, but now she wants to play with her stuff and isn’t so quick to give stuff to him! 
  • I’m trying REALLY hard to praise him big time for using nice manners on his own! We are working on saying “thank you” without having to be reminded. I know when it comes to manners it’s just one of those things that we will have to remind, remind, remind until it just becomes second nature to him!
  • Kye really is very independent and enjoys time to himself. Even though he’s outgoing and talks to everyone and enjoys attention, I do think Kye is an introvert. He needs that time alone to “recharge” and I try to allow him to do that. If it’s not just roomtime, he will also play solo in his room quite often. It’s tough with Britt b/c she WANTS to play with him so I have to distract her to help her leave him be!
  • Candyland is def Kye’s favorite game. He has gotten much, much better about losing gracefully and doesn’t pitch fits like he used to. He will ask if we can play the game again though. He typically is the winner though (kid has some good luck and also has parents who might rig the game in his favor when we’re in a rush for bedtime…) and we always call him the “double king” because he tends to draw double cards!
  • The kids both LOVE to dance together! Here’s a video of them dancing at the credits of Finding Nemo!
  • We hosted Mr. Rusty’s birthday party and Kye fell down the stairs. It was so, so scary!!! Zach took some people up to the new playroom area to check it out and Kye went with them and he slipped and rolled down them and hit the banister super hard. Thankfully he was okay but it gave us quite a scare. It’s the second time he’s fallen down them!!! 
  • We ran errands one day and Kye played nicely with another little girl. I asked him when we left if he had fun and he said “I met a very pretty girl!” I even overheard him talking to her and telling her his “pretend name” I wonder if she was impressed? πŸ˜‰
  • One day in the car riding Kye said that my car stunk. I asked him what it smelled like (I can’t smell) and he said “your breath!” ZING!!!!!!
  • His favorite song is “We are Siamese” from Lady and the Tramp.
  • Kye was being sweet and said that he loves me all the way up to where Jesus and King David live in Heaven πŸ˜‰
  • At church a lady came up to me and said her grandson told her that he wants to say prayers like Kye because Kye is the best at saying prayers. Such a sweet compliment to hear!

I’m SO proud to be Kye’s mama and enjoyed every second of our summer fun together!!! I hope I’m never one of those moms that countdown for school to start…I truly miss him everyday when he’s gone and dread when the day comes that he’s in all day school. I love this picture of him! He came out wearing this jersey SO PUMPED that it had Daddy’s number on it πŸ˜‰

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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Kye Monthly Summary ~ June

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Here’s Kye’s summary from June!

Yes, it’s starting off the same way May’s did…with pics of Kye painting haha! I didn’t even plan for that!

Artist: Kye is still VERY into art. While I’m not looking forward for him to go back to school…I think he will be excited to have a wider variety of art projects to work on than the same old stuff I can offer πŸ˜‰ He did this painting for my dad for Father’s Day!

 He narrated the whole painting for me…I remember the blue line on the bottom was water…and the red cloud at the top was the sun bleeding

I thought a little throw back picture would be fun! This is ME painting on my childhood easel! It was taken in Feb of 1986 so I was only 15 months old. Um my mom was daring to be allowing me to paint at such a young age!!! I doubt I was painting anything bleeding

 He has also enjoyed the chalkboard side of the easel this month

 I LOVE the way he draws people πŸ™‚

 I did invest in a few “crafty” things from Hobby Lobby like this little puppet show thing he could color

 Chef Kye: Most afternoons Zach gets home around 5 so he and Kye head out back to work in the yard or swim or something physical. But sometimes Kye ends up helping me in the kitchen. I kinda love it πŸ™‚ It takes a LOT longer to get stuff done because he wants to help all the time but I enjoy that time together and enjoy teaching him things about cooking, measuring, patience, and having a helpful heart!

 Enjoying the benefits of helping πŸ˜‰

Sick: It’s summer. I didn’t know people could still get sick in the summer…I thought that was always a winter thing?!?! Turns out you can! The day we had Britt’s 6 month photo shoot Kye wasn’t acting like himself so the next morning I took him into the walk-in clinic. I honestly thought he was fine. He never even had a fever! Yet he tested positive for STREP. Even though he had it he continued to pretty much act like himself…it was so strange. He passed it along to Zach who says it was THE WORST sickness he’s ever had. I got it once we got home from Disney and it was horrible. I went through all my antibiotics and was still sick (as was Zach). I ended up taking another round of antibiotics to finally get rid of it. June was a sickly month in our household!!! Thankfully Britt never got it!!! Kye was able to go to the first night of VBS at church but then we went to the dr and couldn’t risk him getting other kids sick. He was SO disappointed so I took him out on a mommy date to make up for it πŸ™‚


 then The Mixx!

Kye finished up his antibiotics just in time for Disney. I worried about him being in the wet weather but he seemed fine. Then about a week later he had a big glob of what looked like sleep in his eye. I wiped it away and didn’t think anything of it then it appeared again a couple of hours later. I called the dr and they prescribed him some eye drops. The sickness had moved into his eyes. Which I didn’t even know was possible! He ended up having it in both eyes so we had to put drops in them two times a day. Poor kid hated the drops but did such a great job with it. SO thankful those days are behind us!!!

You can tell it’s in his right eye in this picture

Hair: Kye’s hair has been a debate in our home forever. To cut or not to cut. And when we cut, how much to cut. Ugh. Grr. Phh. (Insert other annoyed sounds here). Zach wants it long and shaggy and I have always wanted it shorter. After the wedding I just decided to leave it alone. Zach wanted it long so I’d let it grow long. We didn’t have anything major coming up so I didn’t really care. Well it got so long that it was literally in his eyes. It bothered him and I worried about it causing vision issues. Zach thought if we left it alone that it’d start going to the side but his hair just didn’t work like that…it fell right into his face. I found a picture from some Facebook stalking of a kid’s hair I LOVED. Shaggy, beachy style. Still covering his ears but not just random long hair ya know? I like a STYLE. Zach liked it too so I took that picture to get it cut. I showed Penny (we LOVE Jordan’s Salon!) and she said Kye’s hair is just not thick enough yet. We can’t do a layered look in the front because he doesn’t have thick enough hair. She did the best she could with his hair to achieve the look we were wanting and said as he gets older it’ll be more doable…



We have since learned to JUST LEAVE IT ALONE. We’re going to continue to get it cut similar to this style but we don’t fix it anymore. By just letting it do it’s own thing it ends up being a lot cuter than us trying to control it πŸ™‚

 Roomtime: Kye now does 45 min to an hour of roomtime a day. He plays wonderfully and cleans up all of his toys beautifully. He typically asks me to play with him after his timer goes off so I’ve started having him do a shorter length of time so I’ll have time to play before it’s time to get Brittlynn up! Most often we “eat” I think it’s hilarious how 99% of the food goes to him.

 Seriously…he gave me a slice of orange and one fry. Oh and this him acting like an adult drinking his “coffee” (which Zach and I don’t even drink! I can’t even operate our coffee maker…he’s picked this up from G-Mama and Gramma!) I LOVE watching him…here’s a video

Drums: I’m in the kitchen a lot especially now that Brittlynn is eating solids and now that we’re about out of our freezer meals I made while I was pregnant with her. When he’s bored and I’m in a pinch I bust out the pot drums πŸ˜‰ Always works!!! How Britt sleeps through them I’m not quite sure!

Another thing we pull out when we’re in the kitchen is the reward chart. I bought it for Kye with the BEST intentions…I thought it would help him ease into the transition of having a sibling by taking some time out of our day each day to give him a star magnet in each spot where he completed the task that day. A chance to reward him and praise him. It’s a great idea in theory. But I never quite did get in the habit of it so now it’s great for color practice πŸ™‚ He has fun filling in all the squares with their matching color of stars. Can you tell he’s also in a stage where he doesn’t like his picture taken? He says “No pictures Mommy!”

Imaginary Friends: I am not a fan of imaginary friends but I have wondered if Kye would ever have any. Randomly he has started talking about some friends of his. They are never actually WITH us though. They are always somewhere else and are going to come over sometime. He has lots of them but the ones he talks about most are Hawkin and Chalky Boy…great names huh?!?! Supposedly they live at Gramma’s house. Here’s a video of him talking about them. They aren’t often talked about but when he brings them up we just roll with it. So far it’s not a big deal!

Creativity: I’m proud that Kye enjoys figuring things out on his own and comes up with all sorts of creations. He created a new trick with his “jumpoline” that you can see in this video. I also found him upstairs one morning and he had built an entire lego tower city thing all on his own. He also built several lego vehicles and was very proud of them. He works hard to achieve his goals but it can also lead to frustration for him when he’s so focused on a task that just isn’t possible!

He continued to try for over 20 minutes to get this piece attached to the Lightning McQueen but it wasn’t possible for it to work. He eventually asked me for help and I showed him how to make it work πŸ™‚

Who is the boss/asking nicely: Two things we REALLY started working on this month. Kye is a first born and I see some typical “first born” qualities in him. I was very bossy as a kid and he is as well. When he gets bossy I simply say “Kye, who is the boss?” He knows it’s GOD then Mommy/Daddy. He will try to sometimes be sneaky about this and will say “Mommy, God TOLD me to do such and such” because he knows God is the REAL boss but I remind him that God made Mommy the boss and I made those decisions. We are also working on asking nicely. At this age Kye will say “I want some milk” then we’ll say “What do you say” and he’ll reply “please.” All of that is fine and good but if you think about it, it’s not really teaching him to say it all together with the please in the question, ya know? So now we’ll do that same routine but then will say “say it all together” and he’ll say “mommy can i please have some milk?” For awhile I would tell him the way to ask the question then have him say it but he quickly caught on and by the end of the month we were able to say “how do you ask?” the first time he said it and he’d repeat the whole thing in a polite question. I know people get hardcore about saying “may I?” over “can I?” but for now I’m just happy with the “please” πŸ˜‰

Britt’s Toys: Kye LOVES the drawer in Britt’s room filled with her toys. We also had a similar drawer in his room when he was a baby. And he loved that too πŸ™‚ I attempted to go back and find a picture of him playing in it but couldn’t! Boo!

One “toy” Britt has now that was Kye’s is a book of pictures of the family…I haven’t put new pictures in it yet so he enjoys seeing himself as a baby. Here’s a video of him showing it to Brittlynn πŸ™‚

 Most of the toys in her drawer were his so I see why he loves them so much!

 He likes to get them ALL out for her to play with

here’s a video

 And he enjoys turning them into accessories too

He’s been so into the big brother roll that it’s transitioned into him having his own babies. This little monkey toy became his baby for quite awhile. He loved pushing it around in my childhood baby stroller and wanted to put it in it’s bed before naps and such. He’d say “isn’t the baby so cute?” Here’s a video about the baby Monkey (named…Isis…of course)

 Playing “cars” together

 He wanted his toy police car to “take a picture” of all the other cars

We made a KILLER track…most of which he did on his own! It’s so neat that he’s able to put them all together all by himself! It went from one side of the living room to the other and even into the pantry area all the way to the dining room!!! I hated having to destroy it πŸ™

 I was so proud of this track I took a video…here it is πŸ˜‰

With Britt’s schedule we now read stories together before 1:00 nap and before bed. Zach usually reads the bedtime story since I read the nap one. I love these of them cuddled up with Daddy πŸ™‚

 Kye will NOT share Monkey but he gladly hands Brittlynn Smyrna to play with πŸ™‚

 Cuddling up after naps

For Christmas Brittlynn got Violet and Kye got Scout awhile back. I JUST NOW hooked it up to the computer and it’s awesome. They say the kids names, spell them and even sing customized songs. It’s super cool and I should have hooked it all up to the computer sooner! Britt loves her Violet and it’s inspired Kye to want to play with Scout all the time too. It’s adorable and it’s the first real toy that we’ve had the boy version and the girl version. It’s just precious to me!!!

 Here’s some more pictures of Big Brother and Little Sister from this month!

 More that Kye was up to in June:

  • He adores his sister and walked into her room saying “I want to see that pretty girl!”
  • When we got back from Italy we asked him what his favorite thing he did was while at Gramma’s and G-Mama’s and he answered “Seeing you when you got home!”
  • We were riding in the car (our favorite place for some good conversation) and we were talking about trees. I asked him who made the trees and he said “Jesus and God. They had BIG tummies with all of those trees in there” πŸ™‚
  • Since being out of school for the summer he has been doing AWESOME on saying “ma’am” and “sir” I LOVE that he goes to school for a lot of reasons but I don’t like the language influence…”yeah” became part of his vocabulary and he became forgetful on the ma’am and sir area
  • He gets very upset if he isn’t able to “help” us put Brittlynn to bed for naps or night time and if he can’t “help” us wake her up. I WANT Brittlynn to get some alone time with Mommy and Daddy but how can you refuse a kid who adores his sister?!?!
  • Now that she is more interested in his toys the sharing issues have begun. He does okay with it and will be quick to offer her something else to play with of his rather than play with whatever toy she’s going after. 
  • When we tuck him in he always asks if we can cuddle for a minute then when we leave he always says “make sure the dogs don’t bark”
  • He woke up screaming “Rapunzel! Rapunzel!”I ran into his room and he said he had to save her. So sweet that he was dreaming about her πŸ™‚
  • He is truly starting to grasp emotions and their meanings. He said he was excited when Mommy came home from Italy and will say things make him upset or mad etc
  • We are able to have more legit conversations with him. I enjoy our talks SO much even if they are about Toy Story movies πŸ˜‰ We had a long one trying to figure out which Toy Story movie was his favorite
  • Evvvvverything is pink. It’s his favorite color and he always wants pink stuff and points out whenever he sees anything pink
  • One Sunday he got a spanking (a rarity these days) at church. On the way home he said he was sad because he got a spanking but that he won’t be sad anymore because he won’t pitch a fit at church again. I love that he’s able to reason and understand more!
  • He’s at that age where he asks “why” a lot and I try to remind myself that those are teachable moments. I do my best to explain the “why” for most everything he asks when I know the answer. I also try to turn the tables on him and ask him “why do you think?”
  • While he’s not 100% on all of his colors he knows them pretty well at this point!
  • He enjoys listening to music and especially upbeat type songs. Pretty much anytime a Black Eyed Peas song comes on he says he likes it πŸ˜‰
  • He reminds me SO much of Zach. He does NOT like to pretend to be things. Whenever we do any type of pretend play he is ALWAYS “Kye.” He cannot be a tiger. Or Woody. Or anything or anyone other than Kye πŸ˜‰
  • We had a looong conversation about how Mommy can never be Daddy and how Kye will never be a Mommy. It’s a confusing thing to think about for a little kid. I ended up explaining it through simpler examples (like a tree can never turn into a bird…a house can’t turn into a car…etc). We talked about how God made us to be US and we can’t be anyone else. We get older but we don’t change who we are. He loves saying stuff like “Sadie can’t be a cat!” and other such examples now.
  • Up until now we’ve allowed throwing balls in the house but it’s at a point where he’s gotten strong and I don’t want to risk Brittlynn getting hurt. We debated for awhile on how to handle it and decided to say throwing balls can only happen in the playroom or outside. And we can’t throw anything else. It’s been harder on Zach and I than Kye!!! You don’t realize how often you toss a pillow or a toy or even toss something to each other in the kitchen until you have a preschooler calling you out every time!
  • He constantly tickles Brittlynn. It’s so sweet but at the same time I think she gets pretty sick of it! She does CRACK up at him though. She thinks he’s hilarious. Here’s a video.
  • He told me that he likes my kisses and Daddy’s hugs πŸ˜‰
  • We were riding one night as a family and Brittlynn could see Zach in her mirror in the car. She was laughing at Zach then Kye was laughing at her. It was ADORABLE
  • Kye often has roomtime then will have movie time. I will pause the movie so he can help me wake Britt from her nap and he will say “I waited patiently” when I come back out of her room to restart the movie.
  • When we get upstairs for roomtime he will say “what the rule mommy? don’t make a mess!”
  • He’s a lot more into playing with me than he has been in the past. Usually he just plays by himself and kinda ignores me but now he wants me to make up story lines with his toys and will have me replay the same ones over and over again…
  • He started calling me “Mom” quite often this month and I asked him why. He said “your not Mommy anymore, you’re Mom”
  • I am SICK of hearing him yell out “it’s time to get up!” when he wakes up from his nap. So I started teaching him to say “please Mommy can I get up?”
  • I realized when reading Robyn’s blog about Lorelai’s swim that we needed to crack down harder on Kye practicing. He would do it but complain about it and just didn’t enjoy it the way he used to. We started MAKING him practice every single time and told him if he whined about it then he’d have to practice longer. Just like with Lorelai, it “clicked” with Kye and he started doing better with swim and LOVING it again πŸ™‚
  • I think sometimes, as a mama, it’s tough to let our kids grow up. I’m glad I have Zach to remind me when Kye’s ready for something I didn’t realize he was ready for! Zach helped him learn how to dress and undress himself this month…underwear and all! Here’s a video (after he’d already put on his underwear…)

Emily Parker

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  1. Ashley Troutman
    August 1, 2012 / 2:06 am

    You had CRAZY long hair for a 15 month old! Β You were such a cutie! Β I think Kye will have so much fun returning to school, especially where there is a variety of activities offered, and a mess is expected;) Β Also, LOVE the picture of him licking the mixers…must have been pretty yummy! Β Miss you!

  2. Katie R
    August 1, 2012 / 2:44 am

    Oh, Arabelle has 2 imaginary friends that go with us EVERYWHERE. Emma and Joshua…so weird because we don't know anyone by those names. She comes up with some funny stories about them though!You going to the consignment sale Sat? I'll be shopping @ 4!Β 

  3. Rachael
    August 1, 2012 / 3:01 am

    I am so impressed with kyes ppl! Macy has been talking constantly about her "little parents" which are imaginary. It's making me crazy.

  4. Britt
    August 1, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    Where did you get that "fake food" that Kye is playing with during roomtime??? We have "fake food" for my girls' kitchen, but nothing like what you have and I think they would love it!!

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