Day 115 | She LOVES standing up!

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Day 115 | She LOVES standing up!, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Wow – now after only 24 hours since she first asked to stand up, she now demands to stand up at every available juncture, and loves it! Prediction: I’ll bet she’s walking before she learns there’s even such a thing as crawling.

I can’t wait to show her Aunt Morgan and Grandma her new bag of tricks when we go down to Clearwater to see them for Christmas!


Day 114 | Ability Regained! MV takes to her feet!

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Today we had a wild surprise: an intense will to stand up!!

After she slept most of the day today, we took Mackenzie in to the Scientology Church in DC for our Monday meeting. She’s usually been fine with us carrying her around facing out, but today she all of the sudden started arching her back and complaining up a storm until I finally decided to just put her down on her feet and let her stand up — which was the exact item! And whilst we’ve never previously gotten her to put weight on her feet for more than 3 seconds at a time, she decided to just put her foot down tonight and stood up for several minutes straight on about 3 different occasions while we were there!

Awesome! Ability regained!

Now, she hasn’t yet even managed to be able to stay seated by her self, and needs major support to stay on her feet, but she definitely communicated today that sitting is over-rated and she’d prefer to just start walking around like the rest of us. 🙂

Mackenzie the Landmark Lifetime Member

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Mackenzie got her first commendation from the IAS, for becoming a Lifetime Member of the International Association of Scientologists at the 25th Anniversary of the IAS. She was a bit overwhelmed at all of the people clapping for her so wasn’t at her tippety top bubbliest, but certainly liked the idea of playing with & drooling on the fancy pin she got!

Thanks to @eringravitt for taking the photo. I unkindly just flung my camera into her hands as we went up to get the award, and unfortunately the settings were all messed up so the photo was taken with bizzarre flash & exposure settings making it look like we were getting an award in the Bat Cave. However, Adobe Camera Raw came to the rescue and luckily it came out looking just dandy.

Mackenzie flaunting her new IAS Pin

Mackenzie flaunting her new IAS Pin

However, what I failed to get a picture of was the lovely way that the banquet hall was set up at the Founding Church.   The new building of the DC Church of Scientology has a great chapel which was designed as a multifunction room, so that it could be set up for church services, and then reconfigured to host a swanky banquet like was held at this occasion.  It was really quite nice, and just highlighted for me the outstanding attention to detail of this building.

Day 107 | In the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cutting Down Mackenzie’s First Christmas Tree

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Unfortunately, the absolute most awsome photo that’s ever been taken of Kathryn and Mackenzie was inexplicably corrupted on my camera’s SD card when transferring it off onto my computer, so this will have to suffice.

It was an awesome day out in the mountains, though. Great way to get some space.

Day 106 | Out Enjoying a Snowy Sunset

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The snow started melting today, so we spent some time outside enjoying the slightly warmer weather and still-beautiful snow.

More and more, Mackenzie just loves being outside & looking around. The cold doesn’t bother her at all (or at least she never complains about it), but she DOES complain if you don’t take her out & let her look around for some time every day.

Day 105 | The Baby’s First Snow!

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Mackenzie had her first snow today!  We had snow yesterday starting at around 9am, and lasting most of the day.  Only trouble was that the air temperature was around 33°F all day, so we didn’t get more than about 1-2 inches of accumulation.  But still – it was plenty to be able to get outside and experience the snow a bit!

See this set on Flickr for more photos.

Day 103 | Fireside Chuckle with Dad

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Day 103 | Fireside Chuckle with Dad, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Mackenzie & I were in great spirits today, all up until the Beavers lost the Civil War by a hair against the hated Ducks. Hmph.

But, unlike yesterday – in which I had an impossible time getting her to go to sleep (I think mom was making caffinated breastmilk) today I had her doing superbaby flying around my head, and tummy time and all sorts of other workouts, so by 11pm, she was out cold.