Daddy works at Apple and they had purchased an iPad for Kaelynn and Mommy had found a 2 year-old proof case/stand. She knew how to push the button to make the screen come on, then Daddy would say "OK, swipe", and she would, with her tiny little index finger. Then she could do her "ABC's". It was an app that was a word puzzle. It would display the word and then wipe the letters away to the side. She would then need to pull the letters with her fingers to the appropriate places. If the word had an "L" in it, the "L" would sound "la, la, la, la" while she had her finger on it, until she dropped it in the proper place. Similarly, the "S" would hiss like a snake - and on and on. It was really cute. She wasn't doing just short words, either. She did "xylophone" and "musician", which I thought was pretty good for a 2 yr old (though obviously I'm not biased!) She also had an app to build cupcakes (working on colors and shapes). K's parents limit her time on the iPad and it's not used as a babysitter. She's learning and having fun at the same time. While Mommy and Daddy went out and Granny, Granddad and Aunt Sarah had her, she wanted to do "hi-pad", so we got it out. She wanted to do "tuptakes", but I couldn't find the app for it. Turns out, she knew - it was buried as a game within a group of games and she found it!!
Another fun thing we did was that K went to "work". She had a glow stick necklace, her gift bag of "cookies" (2 stuffed Cookie Monsters from Granny and Aunt Sarah), and then the Fisher Price record player that she called her purse. She would make the relatively long commute from the kitchen to the front room, work for about 15 seconds, then commute back "home" to the kitchen. I don't know how many times she did that, but we were all for getting out energy. She loves to go "ou-si" (outside) and she couldn't because it was cold and wet, so we needed to tired her out before bedtime somehow! :)
During their visit, Mommy and Kaelynn and Granny, Granddad and Aunt Sarah were in the room and Mommy was pointing to the person and asking K "who's that?" Mommy pointed to my Mom and K said "Granny". She pointed to my Dad and K said "Granny" (she called both of them that!) Then when Mommy pointed to me, K walked over, took her little hands and cupped them around my face and whispered "Sarah". It was like a moment of time froze and just the two of us were in it. I hope I remember it forever, it was so sweet.
The next day we went to the mall for K to ride the carousel, one of her current favorite things to do.