Many of our good friends have had success watching Star Wars with their little ones. I’ve been dying to watch it with Maile, but given that Doc McStuffins still scares her sometimes, I had my doubts.

The past couple of weeks I’ve started telling her about Princess Leia (with a stress on PRINCESS) and a bit about the different characters. On Saturday, it was time to give it a real shot. I decided to start with Episode IV (the original Star Wars).

Maile and I settle in for her first Star Wars viewing - complete with popsicle bribe.

Maile and I settle in for her first Star Wars viewing - complete with popsicle bribe.

Things did not start well – Maile basically said she was all set with Star Wars about 5 minutes in when Darth Vadar uses the Force to choke one of the pilots.

… but then a funny thing happened. I let Maile go color and I continued watching. And I noticed slowly but surely, she itched her way back over to watch. And then she started asking questions about R2D2 and C3PO. And who was Obi-Wan? And where were they going in the car? I had her! We watched the first 45 minutes, ending as Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids arrive in Mos Eisley.

“Daddy, is Luke going to help Princess Leia?”

Another fan is born!

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Lauren Learns to Paint

by Papa K on October 21, 2014

Mommy and Lauren had a girls day on Monday and Christine decided to teach Lauren how to paint. She captured 15-20 second segments of the exercise and I put them together in a longer video.

My favorite part is when Lauren is wiggling her tongue, dying to eat the paint brush again … followed by a cut to Mommy resorting to finger painting with Lauren. Lauren, like her sister before her, is very lucky to have an artistic guide like their Mommy!

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Not yet, but soon…

by Papa K on October 20, 2014

Lauren went with Mommy to pick up Maile at school today. Lauren was VERY excited to be there :)

Lauren in her big girl backpack all ready for school!

Lauren in her big girl backpack all ready for school!

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The Woo Is Strong With This One

by Papa K on October 19, 2014

Most of the time when I look at the girls, I see Christine with shades of me tossed in. I’m completely fine with this. Christine took a picture of the girls this weekend though where Maile was all me – and I love it.

My new favorite picture of the girls - Maile Girl bringing the woo!

My new favorite picture of the girls - Maile Girl bringing the woo!

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Who’s the cutest at the park?

by Papa K on October 16, 2014

Grandma Jill took two awesome pictures of Lauren when she took her to the park yesterday afternoon. I love both of these pictures – they capture little, mischievous Lauren perfectly!

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

Hang on tight!

Hang on tight!

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Maile Does Miley

by Papa K on October 15, 2014

The antibiotics kicked in last night and we had an after dinner dance party. Papa Mike thoroughly enjoyed the show and caught this great video. Maile started liking this Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA song a little while ago. When I told her the singer’s name was “Miley” – well then, she really started liking it. We have not really moved on to Miley’s more recent works…

Yeah, we’re feeling better.

(Click here for the video.)

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Stuck with the Sickies

by Papa K on October 14, 2014

Maile really got wiped out good this time. You might remember a week ago we said Maile had recovered after being sick the weekend before. Boy, were we wrong. She was fine for a couple days and then last Thursday night she got rocked again – high fever and a really bad cough.

It persisted throughout the weekend and it was so sad to see how exhausted and unwell she was. We took her to the doctor on Friday and they thought it was just a virus. On Monday we took her back again and they diagnosed her with strep throat – she started with the antibiotics and now she is much, much better. Fever has been gone since Monday night and we’re headed back to school in the morning.

Not good times – a lot of this going on the past week…

I don't feel well.

I don't feel well.

Sleeping it off.

Sleeping it off.

Go away sickies.

Go away sickies.

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Will It Blend? With Lauren

by Papa K on October 13, 2014

Christine captured this video of Lauren playing with a toy blender and seemingly testing her various toys with it. It completely reminded me of those Youtube Will It Blend? series.

Will it blend a dollie?
Will it blend a shoe?
Will it blend a book?

Lauren knows the answer!

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The Blue Angels were in town this weekend and it was the first time Lauren got to see them (they didn’t come last year during Fleet Week). We had a decent view from our apartment (we’re on the 10th floor on top of a hill) and Lauren was fascinated scanning the sky looking for the plans. She’d hear the noise and then look all over until she found them. Then when they disappeared she’d say, “Where’d they go?” – it was fantastic.

(Click here for the video.)

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Make Your Own Word Find

by Papa K on October 8, 2014

When she was home sick from school on Monday, Mommy and Maile decided to make their own word find game (inspired by the back of a Cheerio box I believe).

First Mommy made Maile a word find..

Mommy's word find - Maile said it was too easy!

Mommy's word find - Maile said it was too easy!

Then Maile made her own!

Maile's word find - lots of action at the top!

Maile's word find - lots of action at the top!

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