Kenzington is our spunky, sweet, 2 year old daughter. She is a girl that is full of hugs, full of fun, and full of opinions! This morning she wanted to wear her yellow "Dancy-Dias," which consists of a bright yellow leotard and skirt that we found at a thrift store. It looks like it escaped from a 70's Sunshine Generation performance. If we were staying home today and doing nothing, I would have happily allowed such a psychotic wardrobe choice. We're NOT staying home and doing nothing, and there was NO WAY in China I would have allowed this selection to be worn! All that I could do, short of using Satan's tactics, was to find an alternative choice of clothing, leave it in her presence, and walk away. This left her throwing a fit to herself, which eventually became boring and she resigned to getting dressed for the day.
Kenz climbed into our bed with us about 4 am. This is not ideal for anyone except Paxton, who sleeps much better when we don't protest Kenzington's arrival between us because then she doesn't awaken him with her rebuttal. Because Pax hasn't felt well the last two nights, Kenz was allowed to stay. Luckily she kept her elbows, knees and toes (knees and toes!) mostly to herself and we all managed to sleep at least a little while longer. As I sat in the rocker feeding Paxton this morning, Kenzington, aka Dora the Explorer (who is also Diego's best helper in rescuing animals) "accidentally" dropped items off the edge of our bed and then would declare, "I HAVE to help them! Hold onto my toes, Daddy!" The process of Dave holding her foot while she heroically hung from the bed, almost standing on her head and grabbing the item never becomes old to her. I have visions of her growing up and doing much for humanity. She's so fun!
It's fun to observe my children and think about who they have become and think about what they are becoming. Right now, little Miss America is OH-SO-VERY 2 and ready to take on the world as she knows it! One day she'll be OH-SO-VERY 22 and ready to take on the world as she will then know it. I hope and pray that every moment between now and then will prepare her for what is in store! And I hope she'll ALWAYS be as much fun to hang out with (or watch hang off the bed!) as she is right now!