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Monday, February 27, 2006

Monday, February 27, 2006...

5:31 pm... Kyla's here with me at the office for the last 2 hours of my show, as she normally is... it's cool, because she makes things fun! It's funny when she's here, because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, pitches in... She's like a kid in school who walks down the hall and says hey to everyone she might know...

"Hi, Peenchu" for Pancho, our night jock and my Music Director

"Where Shan" for Shaun from our Morning Show

"Therrr Matty!" for Matty, our Assistant Engineer

"Duffey!" for Duff, one of our part timers who watches Kyla from time to time...

"Carrrsen!" for her friend Carson, who she hangs with at Nana's house all day when she's here...

"Carrrsen mama" for Kelley, our business manager and Carson's mom...

"AnnMac" for Ant Mac, the night guy on the Beat

"Beeyay" for BA, the Program Director of the Beat who has the office right next door to me...

Anyway, I just thought it was cute... when you look at things through the eyes of a two-year-old, it's pretty awesome how simple things really are...

... and how amazing a simple "hey" can be.

So, over the weekend, Kyla and I had her Meme and Papa in town... It's what we call the grandparents in our family... She and her Papa seem to have had a very special bond since I left her with them for a couple of days while Car-Car and I went to the Jersey Shore over the summer on vacation. I don't know what happened, but she learned a ton, and I guess she never forgot it, because she asked all day yesterday after the left "where Papa go?"

Made me feel really good... but also made me feel kinda weird... because she's not having an easy time saying Meme... unless I say it to her together... Memepapa as one word... When I do this, she seems to get it... But, I can understand. She's two, and "ME" is what SHE is, ya know? Anyway, they were here and SPOILED her as usual... new clothes, new toys, new things... It's Kyla's world... We all just live in it!

Got more stories to share from the weekend... they involve an air mattress, a broken bed, yogurt/butter, ice cream and the usual family stuff that comes when family and guests are all in town! Plus, I think we took some pics, too, so I could have more to post later tonight...

Thanks for stopping by... more later!

-tk

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Welcome back... here's more Kyla!

Hey Kids... I'm Kyla... and I'm attending to very important business on this phone call... Carson and I are discussing what we're doing tomorrow, and Monday while we're with Nana all day...

LOL. I'm the worlds best chauffer. Did I spell that right?

Below you'll see one of Kyla in the bath... God, she's an amazingly cute little girl... and I'm not just saying that because I'm her dad and stuff... I mean, look at her...

And... for the AFTER HAIR CUT PICTURES... It's not like she has a TON of hair to begin with, so she had her bangs balanced and trimmed, while her mullet-ous length was trimmed, layered and layered some more... What do you think?

Here's another one. She was a CHAMP... didn't really freak, and yeah, she had some help in the chair to hold her and keep her from getting crazy... Come on, she's a 23-month-old version of me, so you know her attention span is about 2.3 seconds long...

She's an amazing little girl...

Well, we're still at the office, and Kyla wants to get some quality DORA time in, and she wants to check out the TOY STORY 2 poster I found at home for her and hung outside her bathroom... So we better get. But, you 'll want to get back here later tonight... If you've missed the introspective musings I've had here, well, you'll want to come back later tonight.

I've had some stuff on my mind for a couple of days... If you want a teaser, well, I'll leave you with this:

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst... a spark that creates extraordinary results..."

Let's just say that I've been reading the words of Apple CEO Steve Jobs... A modern day pop-culture revolutionary... who's attitude I love and try to emulate as a leader...

... and, well, there's some motivating I think I need to do, too...

More on that later... the lil' one wants to run!

-tobias x. knapp the third.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Kyla gets her FIRST haircut!

Here's some Kyla pics for you... BEFORE haircut! We had to wait in the mall... so she conned us into some gummy-worms...

... and here she is in the stylist's chair for her FIRST haircut!



She looks a bit concerned... and the pouty face is kinda coming out here... but we got through it!

Should I post more? Let me know!

-tk

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Doctor says...

Kyla and I went to the Doctor today and she says that aside from an ear infection and a heart murmur, Kyla's fine.

Heart murmur?

Yeah, she can blame me for that one... See, I had like TWO when I was younger... I think she'll grow out of them, and the MD doesn't think that anything is tooooooooooooooooooooo scary, but we'll err on the side of caution...

... hey, I just have ONE daughter...

Over the weekend, Kyla got her first haircut, too! I'll get home tonight and try to post some pics for you to see... this assuming there's anyone actually reading what I post here anymore :) See, you go away for a while and people forget about you...

... someone should tell ABC about that and bring back the show COMMANDER IN CHIEF while it's still relevent!

More later... gotta show to do!

-tk

Monday, February 20, 2006

Oh, a note...

To catch you up... since it's been two months...

Yes, Kyla is back with me for now :) It's great to have her back in the house... she's grown so much and she's brought with her a new joy! But, I should also add that I'm noticing that she has a bit of a brat in her... it's ok... I just return tantrums and brattiness... with my OWN BRATTINESS!

More soon. Sorry I've been away so long...

-tk

Part II....

Time had taken a toll... but it had not taken so much of a toll that it was completely lost forever... instead, it just needed some care... the kind of care only a daddy can know how to give to something made (with some help)... by his daughter.

It is so simple, yet so precious.

On a green piece of construction paper, Kyla had placed her two little footprints on there... captured for all time to remind me of the innocence that my second fathers day could bring. So simple. So small... yet so powerful to me. What was intended for me to receive on Fathers' Day... became the best Christmas gift any daddy could ever want.

Tonight, I put Kyla down and watched... I watched as, with care, she put her three little babies down to sleep. With a care that trancends her 23 months of life, she placed them along side her, and kissed them each... then, she whispered "love you"... and stood up to me...

... and I repeated what she had shown me. A small kiss. A whispered phrase. Another moment in what will be countless as we go through our lifetime.

When she was in her bed, she put one of her feet up to show me...

"Foot" she said.

My mind wandered to her footprints... to that piece of construction paper I found in a Connecticut mall parking lot... in the trunk of a car which would carry her as we went our seperate ways for a while. It was a piece of her that I could physically carry with me to remind me of the wonder of a simpler time in life. So small... so innocent.

"Yes, your foot, Kyla" I said, as she put her little leg down and pulled up the blanket. "You have two of them, and they'll carry you to whereever you want to go in this life. Daddy loves you, Kyla..."

"Love you" she said. "See you ummorrow" she said as I walked to her door. I turned and blew her a kiss... she blew one back and then she rolled over... just like I do as I succumb to my slumber.

Moments that you can only understand when you're a parent... moments which mean even more when you are called 'daddy'...

Good night, Kyla. Thank you for making me a better man. See you tomorrow.

-tk