The weekend after Heather's sealing, Neal's friend and mission companion, Rory Hatch (who was also his bestman at our own wedding) was sealed to his own sweetheart, Kristi. In an effort to break up the travel time for Mckenzi (destination:Manti Temple), we got a head start and stayed in Las Vegas for a few nights. We shacked up at the Monte Carlo, and it was aweeeesome. Lotsa late night jet baths, yummy food, and quality time with my sweetheart and little darling.
Mckenzi has a very big personality. She must ALWAYS be busy, or she unleashes the beast within and demands to be entertained. This little lady CAN NOT wait to be more mobile. She's ready to run, run, run, and she can barely muster the coordination to crawl more than 12 inches or so at a time. She's mastered the backwards crawl, and has the form down great. She just needs to figure out how to continuously move her hands and knees forward. She does a couple movements forward here and there, when she's especially motivated. I see crawling full speed in the very near future. She's been sittin up on her own now for a while. She hates baby food still, but loves to eat off our plates. She'll chew a bite of real banana, but will spit out banana pureed baby food. Go figure. She lets us know that she wants to do big girl things in EVERY way. She doesn't want to drink from a bottle or a sippy cup. She wants to drink from OUR cups. Gag me! It's so cute, but it'd be nice if she would happily do something on her own, as opposed to wanting to do everything we do and need assistance! :P Her bottom two teeth are threatening to pop through - those gums are SO swollen, and have been swollen for months now. But each day, the swell gets bigger and bigger. I'm certain they'll be out any day now! Thank goodness!
Mckenzi said her first word last week - "dadda". Cutest thing ever! It melts Neal's heart, OBVIOUSLY! And mine, too. And she's not just saying it. She knows who he is, and she says it to him. She has started saying it to other people she loves, too. But she certainly recognizes the meaning, and Neal can't get enough of it!
Mckenzi has since graduated to a more toddler friendly bathtub, since she started doing THIS:
We just got back from a trip to Las Vegas, again. My parents 25th wedding anniversary was friday, the 9th. We stayed at the LV Hilton. Their buffett was excellent! In addition to spending lotsa money on food, most everyone went indoor skydiving. The LOVED the experience, and the consensus is that they all want to do it again. If you ever go to Vegas and want to give skydiving a try, but the heights are holding you back, try the indoor skydiving! It's cool.
Kenzi went in an outdoor swimming pool for the first time while in Vegas! Do you think she liked it?