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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Bittersweet symphony...

Here's some pics from easter... Kyla and I spending our last full weekend together, at one of the many lakes in the Carolinas... this one, in Raleigh...




Good morning from Kyla's Meme and Papa's house in the Pocono Mountains... where Kyla and I got up at 630 this AM because she's going back to her mom's in Hartford today... She loves her Meme and Papa's... she's just had such a great time in a short amount of time... from the puppydoggie to her toys... she loves being here with her grandparents on my side...

Today, she's got a party for her mom's friends and family today at around 2, and while she's doing that, I'll be driving back to SC to take care of me, some business I need to make SMOKE in the next few weeks and I'll finally finsh making Kyla's room into the playplace it deserves to be... She'll be back with me in June for a week and then, right after July 4th, she'll come back to Columbia until the holidays in December hit...

Is it tough? Yeah. Last night, Kyla decided she'd rather sleep up next to me, so she moved her blankets, pillows, etc over by me and decided to cuddle up next to me. This AM,she's been playing with the puppy here, having a tea party with her new tea party set, and has just been the happy 2-year-old she usually is...

... but I think she knows we won't be together later today. She doesn't go very far from me, and if she does, I hear a "daddy?" call out from across the house... It's pretty awesome to hear it... If you're a dad of a little girl, you can relate. Anyway, Kyla's very blessed to have two parents who love her very much, and, well, I'd say two families... but as I've learned latetly, she's got much more than that going on around her little world! I do know she's already missing her best friend, Carson.... she's been babbling about Carson non-stop since they were at Chuck E. Cheese in Columbia Thursday night...

Anyway, I'll write more and share the pics of her easter with me later today or tomorrow if I have the time... I'm making sure that her clothes are good to go and we'll be off to CT. here shortly... I'll also share some more of my thoughts, too...

I'd like to thank some people for their help while Kyla's been with me these last months... wow... has it been since February? I guess it has... how time does fly by... Hilary Clinton once said that "It takes a villiage..." and she's right, if that villiage is more like a family...

For Kyla, when she's with me in Columbia, it is.

Kelley... thank you for your parental advice, and for taking Kyla into your heart and family as a sister. I know she'll miss Carson... she already does. She woke up this morning and asked me if we were going to NanaCarsonBabyJackson's... LOL... I know she'll look forward to seeing them again in June when she's back with me for a week... and yes, we DO have a suprize for her!

Nana... thank you... for being the grandmother in Columbia for her... she's learned so much from you and has benefited from your loving care... She loves you... and because you've made her one of your own, I love you too...

Jennifer! Thank you for watching her for me for the last hour and a half of my show, thereby allowing us to have fewer color marks on the wall, flat screen monitors, etc!

DuffeyShaun -- I dont know what I'd do without you too... Kyla asked me on the drive up here, "Where duffeyshaun today"... Thanks for everything you've done for her, and for me..

Carly -- You are amazing. Kyla said it best when she said it last weekend to you... "I love you, Car-ee..." Thanks for everything you've done for this little girl... and for her daddy, too...

Meme and Papa... thanks for everything, from Kyla Go-Carts, to tea parties, toys and clothes, and setting the example on how to be a daddy...

Wal-Mart, Kroger, Target, Lifesizekids.com, clothing stores across the Midlands, Baby Gap, etc... thanks!

Palmetto Parent magazine -- lol... thanks for the advice...

:)

more later... gotta hit the road, and have miles to go before I sleep!

-daddy