Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Slang with Caitlyn

Caitlyn: "Porcupines have spikes and roll in balls?"
Me: "Yes."
Caitlyn: "Really?"
Me: "Really."
Caitlyn: (waving her arms in disbelief)  "Go outta da town!"

Santa Girls

Monday, December 20, 2010

Flipping Out

On December 10, while setting up the Christmas tree, this happened for the first time:

Caitlyn said it best: "I'm so prouda you for flipping over, sweetheart."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cooking with Caitlyn

While Caitlyn was helping to make dinner, "I need help""
Papa "What needs help?"
Caitlyn "My hand just needs help."

We never did figure out what her hand needed help with!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Caitlyn's Penguin Story

One-at-a time, there was a penguin, and he was under the water so that was his home.  And he at fishes. 
And then he roared "roar"
and he roared louder "roar"
and he roared louder "roar"
and he roared louder "roar"
and he roared louder "roar"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

anticipation of a chinook

I know Calgary doesn't really have seasons, but this may be taking it a little far...

Me: What do you want to do today Caitlyn?
Caitlyn: Ummm... play in the snow and go in my swimming pool.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

the sniffles

Caitlyn: I have the sniffles
Me: Here's a Kleenex sweetie
Caitlyn: Maybe I have the bless yous
   **because we always say bless you when someone sneezes

Santa Pictures

Sleep...Glorious Sleep

Last night, I went to bed at 10:00, and didn't wake up until 7:15 this morning!!  It was blissful.  Of course, at 7:15, I went into Alex's room to make sure she was still breathing, but they were nine beautiful hours.  I don't think Caitlyn has ever slept 9 hours.  It's amazing the difference a good night's sleep can make on your attitude!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


On the way to a friend's house for dinner

Caity: It's getting dark... it's almost bed time
Me: How about we have dinner & play with our friends first & then go to bed?
Caity: All right.

. . . long silence . . .

Caity: Do they have a pen there?
Me: I'm sure they have pens... why?
Caity: For me to sleep in.
(she meant a play pen & thought we were having a sleepover!)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

missing toque

Me: Caitlyn, where's your toque?
Caity: Somewhere
Me: Where?
Caity: I think you just have to look harder mama

Thursday, November 11, 2010

checking my email

In Grandpa's office, Caitlyn starts pressing keys on the computer keyboard

Grandpa: What are you doing, Caitlyn?
Caitlyn, offhandedly: Just checking my email.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday morning

Sunday 5:45am
The house is very quiet
Caityln calls softly from the playpen in the next room: Grandpa! Come out, come out wherever you are!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

which Caitlyn?

Caitlyn: What's your news today?
Grandpa: I had a visit from Caitlyn today.
Caitlyn: Which Caitlyn?
Grandpa: Caitlyn Alyzabeth Smilianov.
Caitlyn: Which Caitlyn?
Grandpa (touching her on the nose): This Caitlyn.
Caitlyn: I'm not Smilianov, I'm nice Caitlyn.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Girls

Alexandra's Smile

Caitlyn - The Big Sister

Caitlyn, my darling, watching you become a big sister has been fascinating.  You're a fabulous big sister.  You love Alex, and you're great with her.  Whenever she cries, you shake her rattle for her, or sing her a song.  You seem so grown up now.  This morning, you went into the bathroom to put your hair clips in by yourself, but then, I watched you look up and go on your tip toes to turn off the light, and all of a sudden, you're my little girl again.  Tonight, we took you trick or treating for the first time.  You were an adorable little penguin.  I thought you'd be shy, but you went right up to the first door and said, "Trick or treat" and then, "Thank you" after you got your candy.  As we left the first home you said we could go home now.  When we explained that we could go to lots of houses for candy, your face lit up.  I think you have a new favorite holiday!  When you came home, you helped to hand out candy to the kids who came to our house.  You were very first-born about it.  You got a sucker and a chocolate and set them aside and told me the sucker was for the girl, and the chocolate was for the kid.  After a few kids, you came to me and said you were ready for bed.  Your dad & I were so proud of you!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

good night

The other night while Steffan was tucking Caitlyn in for the night:

Steffan: Good night
Caity: Good night
Steffan: I love you princess
Caity: I love you princess
Steffan: Caitlyn, you call me Papa
Caity: I love you princess Papa

Monday, October 25, 2010

red light

Today in the van
Caity: Mama, why we stopped?
Me: Because the light's red

One minute later
Caity: Mama, why we stopped?
Me: Because the light's still red
Caity: Good remembering!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

the news

On the C-Train yesterday there was a newspaper on the bench beside Caitlyn

Caitlyn: Please I read the paper?
Karmyn: Sure

Caitlyn opens the paper & stares intently at it before stating: Old man died

Thursday, October 7, 2010

a great kid

Steffan: You're a great kid!

Caity: No I'm not, I'm a good girl... don't call me a kid

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pictures of the Girls


Papa: You're amazing

Caity: No I'm not, I'm Caitlyn

Sunday, September 26, 2010

sisterly love...

Caitlyn: Look at my sister's googly eyes

Monday, September 20, 2010

broccoli popsicle

We were making broccoli for dinner and Caitlyn wanted to help. So, we set a bowl on the kitchen table and she helped me pour the frozen broccoli in. I turned away for a minute and when I turned back she was taking a bite out of a piece of frozen broccoli. When I asked her what she was doing she said it was a broccoli popsicle!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

early in the morning

This morning at about 6:30am we heard Caitlyn's door open. She padded across the hall, and gently opened our door. Steffan said, "Caity, go back to bed for a little bit, it's not time to get up yet." Caitlyn replied, "Alright, sure" and crawled back into bed for another half hour.

Friday, September 17, 2010

our neighbours

We were getting ready to leave the house & Caity saw the neighbours through the window. She asked who it was & I told her it was our neighours.

Later that evening, she was asking for things without saying please, so I said, "Caitlyn, you need to say please. Your manners have gone out the window." To which she asked, "With the neighbours?"

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Last night when I got home we got talking about Caitlyn's day. I asked her what was for supper and she said, "asana". I asked her to repeat it several times, and was still totally baffled. I asked her to show me & she took me down to the kitchen & proudly presented the lasagna.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Songwriter - Part II

Today in the van:

"Everybody loves my toes...
everybody loves my toes..."

Repeat ad nauseam

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

lost socks

The other morning, over breakfast, Caitlyn started singing

"I lost my socks, my socks are lost
I am scared, no I'm not
Papa find them"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Too Delicious?

Karmyn: Caitlyn, please eat the rest of your apple.
Caitlyn:  I can't like it, it's too delicious.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Baby!

Caitlyn is very proud to announce the arrival of her new baby sister, Alexandra Paige.  Little Alex joined our family in a hurry on August 30, 2010 at 12:55 am.  She weighed 5 lbs 14 oz, and was 18 1/2" long.  We're all home now and doing really well.  Cailtyn loves her baby sister, but is disappointed that she's not interested in drawing with her yet.   I'm really going to try posting again, but I've said that before, so I'm sure that statement doesn't make anybody sit on the edge of their seats and hold their breath!  For now, we're working on sleeping, eating, and making the sure that the original princess still get enough love and attention.

a beautiful girl!

Karmyn: Caity, you're cute as a button
Caitlyn: No, I a beautiful girl

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


In church, Caitlyn wanted to go up to Sunday school during singing. I told her there would probably be one more song and then she could go up. When the song ended, she said, "Next song, Twinkle Twinkle Star" and started singing.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

dancing queen

The other day in the van, I turned on the talk radio station. Caity asked, "What's that noise?"
I said that it was the radio. She said, "I can't like the radio. Dance music."
So I switched it to a music station and she started dancing.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

smells good...

The other day I came upstairs and said, "It smells good up here guys". Caitlyn, who was following behind me said, "It smells up here guys".

Saturday, July 31, 2010

cucumber snack

The other day Caitlyn & I both had a nap.

When she woke up she came to wake me. After waking me she said, "Mama, I need cucumber." So we had a cucumber snack.

Friday, July 30, 2010

cuckle blanket

Caitlyn's been gradually cleaning the stuffed animals out of her bed. The last two nights, just before I leave her for the night, she'd handed me a stuffed animal & asked me to take it away "to the toybox". I, of course, have complied.

Two nights ago, she asked me to take her "cuckle blanket" (her little blankie) away. A little while later she started crying. Steffan went up & she asked for her cuckle blanket. He asked, "Well, where is it?" To which she responded, "Mama take it"

Last night she again asked me to take her blankie. Around 2:30am she started crying. I went in & handed her the blankie. She grabbed it, rolled onto her side and said, "thank you".

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Spruce Meadows

I took Caitlyn to Spruce Meadows on Saturday & we watched the horse jumping. When the crowd started to clap for a clear round Caitlyn stood up, bowed & said, "Thank you, thank you."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

da beach!

Yesterday, Caitlyn called me at work and let me know "goin' to da beach mama".

Now, she doesn't even know what the beach is, but she sure was excited! She ended up having a great day at the beach with her cousin, aunt & uncle. Lucky girl!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Itsy, bitsy

Last night, Caity was singing "Itsy, bitsy spider"

Stef: Does the spider have boots?
Caity: No, spider has a purse.
Stef: What's in the purse?
Caity: ummm... a ball & monies

Sunday, July 18, 2010

let's jump!

Wednesday, Caity wanted me to jump with her in the backyard. I told her that the baby doesn't like to jump. She said, "That's okay, I take baby". She put her hand on my tummy, and then on hers, and said that she'd hold the baby so I could jump.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Good clapping!

Dad (my dad, Caitlyn's grandpa) built a balance beam in the backyard for Caitlyn last weekend.

When she got across it we all clapped. She bowed & said, "Thank you, thank you... good clapping guys" & then clapped for us.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Last night when I got home from work, we were talking about Caity's day. I asked her what was for supper & she said "asana". I asked her to repeat it several times, & was still totally baffled. So I asked her to show me. She took me down to the kitchen & proudly presented the lasagna.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

my modest girl

Last weekend, we were at mom & dads and they had a kiddie pool. Caitlyn wanted to wear her swimsuit to go in, but wanted her jeans on. So, my very modest little girl went in the pool with jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and a cute pink swim suit over top. I guess there are worse problems than over-modesty!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Today Steffan & Caitlyn went to see Wes (Caitlyn's grandpa) at the office.
Wes introduced Caity to the receptionist, "Caitlyn, this is Jacqueline"
Caitlyn decided make introductions for Jacqueline, pointing to Wes, "This is my grandpa"

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shake & Bake

Last night when I walked in the door after work Caity said, "Shake & Bake - I help."

I'm thinking the girl's ready for commercials!

Crossing the street

On our walk the other day we came to a street and I asked her to hold my hand while we crossed. She shook her head, saying, "I fine, I safe, no hand." I told her that she might be safte, but I needed her to keep me safe. So she pulled me close & held my hand in both of hers and clung to me as we crossed the street. I was completely safe in her hands!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

You are my sunshine, my only...

On our walk the other day, she looked at me and said, "I you sunshine". I wasn't sure what she meant, and then started singing, "I you sunshine, I make you happy, skies are grey"

Friday, June 18, 2010

A beautiful day

This morning when Caity came into our room she asked as she does every morning, "Papa, where are you?" This was followed by a search & finding him.

She then pronounced, "I'm going to check if it is nice outside" which she did and then pronounced the day beautiful. Who needs the weather channel or weather network? Not us!

Taking a break

While we were making muffins last week Caity was helping stir all of the ingredients together. After stirring for a couple minutes she told me, "Mama, rest a bit."
She then went and laid on the bottom stair... it is hard work making muffins!


This morning at about 6:30am we heard Caitlyn's door open, her pad across the hall, and gently open our bedroom door. Stef said, "Caity, go back to bed for a little bit. It's not time to get up yet." Caitlyn replied, "Alright, sure" and crawled back into bed for another half hour. How lovely!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A nice day

I took the little miss to Spruce Meadows on Saturday since it was such a lovely day.

Caity: It's a nice day!

Karmyn: Yes, it's beautiful.

Caity: No, not beautiful. A nice day.

Bath toys

Caity was in the bath the other night and decided that she was ready to get out. The rule is that before she can get out of the bathtub she needs to clean up all of her toys.

Caity: Mama, will you help me clean up the toys?
Karmyn: I'll help you if you help me.

She refused and sulked for a few minutes

Karmyn: Caity, are you ready to help me now?
Caity: I guess not

We sat awhile longer until she was ready to help put them away.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rock muffins

Last week Caitlyn was helping me make chocolate chip muffins. As it was getting close to her bedtime I didn't want her eating any chocolate so I told her they were cocoa muffins. When we poured the chocolate chips into the batter I asked her if she knew what they were. She responded "mmmm... rocks" So, of course, they were rock muffins.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

That's awesome!

This past weekend we went to the zoo with the little miss. We walked the entire zoo over 5 hours and thruout Caity found every puddle to walk thru, jump into, and stand in the middle of and stamp her feet. It was a good time!

We were about finished when she found another puddle that she stood at the edge of and then jumped in - both feet at once. It was much deeper than it looked and gave a fantastic splash. Her look of shock was quickly replaced by joy and she stated "that's awesome!" We, of course thought that was hilarious so she kept saying "that's awesome!" and would dissolve into giggles.

She's pretty awesome!

I can't like it

Last night we had chicken for dinner and Caity refused to eat it
Caity: I can't like the chicken Mama
Karmyn: Yes you can
Caity, shaking her head: I can't like the chicken

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Some Pictures of the Princess

Cute as a button!

Karmyn: Caity, you are cute as a button!
Caity looks down at her shirt & seeing that there are no buttons replies, shaking her head: No buttons Mama.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Echo Echo

We painted Caity's room pink this past weekend.
Once the painting was all done she came in and said, "Oh pink! Beautiful!"
She then proceeded to start screaming "Echo! Echo! Echo!"
She will be so sad once we move some furniture in there...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Our little chef

We were making muffins the other night which needed some orange zest. So I pulled out the cheese grater to make the orange zest. Caity was very concerned and said "Cheese grater Mama, no oranges!"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eat you up!

Stef: You are so cute I could eat you up!

Caity: Papa no eat Caity. Papa eat hot dog, all right?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paint Swatches

Well today begins a series of short cute stories about the little miss. And well, there are plenty of stories since she is just so darn cute! Keep checking back - you just never know what she is going to do next...

We have decided to keep Caitlyn's room as the nursery for our new addition and change the office into Caitlyn's new room. In preparation for this we thought it might be fun to let her pick the color of her new room. Her initial choice - a browny yellow - was vetoed (it's great being the parents!) and then she was provided with a limited selection of colors.

As she tried to decide on her favorite she would take a paint swatch, hold it up to the wall and comment, "ummmm, let's see". Put down the paint swatch and move onto the next, with another, "ummmm, let's see". Her final choice was pink (named impatiens) - how great for one small girl!