Monday, August 30, 2010

Home Mouse/Social Mouse

I love my home. I love weekends when hibernation seems to be the theme, caving us in to the walls of our den where all we see is each other, and the closest thing to a little black dress is the worn pair of yoga pants that fit me just so and whose black has been washed now to a soft gray. I live in these pants on home weekends, softening them a bit more as I stretch out on the couch with two lively littles, wearing out the seat as I sit against cement to chalk out bright colors on the driveway on a hot afternoon. But, what makes those cave days even better is when they are balanced with the ever teetering see-saw of life--the one that throws us out there some weekends, scrounging for social gatherings and friendly faces and storing all the good we get from them to hold us over during hibernation. And then we go on--see-sawing through the weekends that follow...sometimes in, relishing the joys of Home Mouse--baking, reading, sipping, movie-and-popcorning until the moon hushes our happenings into bed--and sometimes out, basking in the excitement of Social Mouse--dressing up, eating out, packing diaper bags to hold us over for a day of friend-gathering happenings.

This weekend was a perfectly balanced see-saw. A little in, a little out.

With Friday night's huddle of friends at Lucarelli's for good pizza and wine and watching littles play red light/green light on the edge of the little pond that has listened to many a Friday nights like these.

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We gathered a few friends to join us and were pleasantly surprised to find more kept rolling in. And babies were passed and drinks were ordered, and lots of "Hey!"'s and "Hi!"'s and hugs were buzzing about the place.

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And it didn't even feel like we had ventured out of our cave. We just moved it to a new site and opened the doors for more to join us.

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And two baby showers this weekend for two of my pretty-mama'd friends...Andrea and Kelly (belly to belly)

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And back to the cave where the playroom floor was properly pillowed for yoga-bottomed butts to sit cozily among friends.

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She's ticklish!

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My friends add such a richness to my life. And my cave is all the sweeter for it.


Popcorn & Movie night, in our monstrous bed with my girls tucked beside me...the grand finale of a perfectly balanced weekend.

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And because Mondays are always sweeter with giveaways...I have one for you.

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My cousin is an extremely talented seamstress, and these apron dresses are always one of the first things we pull out of the closet. She custom creates these dresses in her Etsy shop, Willowbean Designs. And, she's giving one away!

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A random commenter from this post will be selected and announced Wednesday evening.

And FYI...creativity is in a lull...which means a good creative storm is a'brewin. Poor Brett. There is very likely to be a trip to the craft store...a glue gun...some party-planning...and a few loads of laundry overlooked. Setting sail. Ahoy.

And a frantic little wave to bid you adieu this happy Monday.

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Selina said...

Oh my gosh! She can wave?! Too cute!

Katie said...

The wave is adorable. ADORABLE. (It needed to be repeated.)

Brittany said...

Oh my goodness! Nella's wave is TOO precious!!

Zeller Family said...

Love weekends like those...celebrations big and small.

Shari said...

I love the little wave at the end so cute. Lainey looked adorable in those glasses she had on how sweet. Thanks for starting my Monday off with a smile!!!

LydLyd said...

The photos of "ticklish Nella" are my favorite so far!

Katy said...

Love the tickling picture of Nella. Too cute!

Love Lainey's glasses. Adorable.

and the apron dresses you are giving away. PRECIOUS!!!

Glad you had an awesome weekend

Nicole said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend! And I love your little sprite's purple glasses! Both Lanie and her little sister are too cute! My little Olivia would be tickled to win one of those sweet dresses!

nak008 said...

Nella is doing amazing!!! I love weekends at home. There is something magical about them!

hiswife518 said...

You are a brave brave woman, letting your 3yo handle your camera! I won't even let my teenagers handle mine, and I wig out just a bit when my husband takes it for a few minutes!

And Nella... She seriously has the best baby smile EVER!!!! I can never get enough of her!

Beth K said...

Kelle, your blog is such an inspiration to me! I love how you capture every single precious moment and turn even the seemingly dull ones in to such magical ones! I don't have a girl, but if I won a little apron dress, I would give it to my sweet niece!

Jess said...

Yay - a new post! Love the Apron Knot dress - especially on your little loves!

Kristi said...

WHat a great weekend! Although I was taken aback when I first read where you went because Lucarelli is my maiden name!!! And the only other place I have "seen" it is in a bakery in Rome Italy in 1993!!!

Beautiful mamas, beautiful babies, beautiful weekends! :)
Kristi

Melanie said...

The dresses are adorable. I have two boys but I have lots of girls in the family that would love one for their birthday or Christmas!

P said...

What a sweet smooshy nose and those blue fashion glasses!? Love the apron dresses and caving in general. That riverside restaurant hits the spot too though, would be nice!

Monica said...

LOVE Lainey's glasses! That little Pee Wee just ooooooooozes Swagger! She is a dollface. And Nella? Can I please have a spoon so I can just eat her up! Those little blue almonds are just entrancing! LOVE. Her.

Crazy Double LIfe said...

I've never commented, but I've been a follower for months now. You're blog is beautiful, your family is beautiful & you're beautiful! Thank you for sharing your life with us, you're an inspiration :-)

Sam's Lackey said...

I love it when babies master a new skill, and look surprised to have done it. Nella's expression in the first wave picture makes me melt!

Harsh Exposure said...

Tickles! Adorable pictures once again.

Dawn said...

Oh I could just eat up your little Nella!!! Happy Day!

Kellan's momma said...

I just taught my 10 month-old with Ds Pat-a-cake!! I love watching them learn!! Love the pics, as always!!

KWQR said...

That little wave... just made my day. xo
k

Liz said...

I am always in love with your pictures and words. They are such an inspiration for enjoying life. Thank you for always brightening my day.

Carly said...

Love your Blog. My Husbands Cousin just had a Baby who has Downs Syndrome,and your Blog is such a inspiration. I recomended it to her. I Hope she likes it:)

melissa said...

I love not only your girls, your photos & descriptions of your days, but also the music that you choose.... each song fits each entry so perfectly :) Thanks for letting us peek into your beautiful life...

Baby Z said...

Oh! The wave melts my heart! She just keeps getting more and more adorable.

mathstamp said...

you are lucky to have an amazing group of friends! love the glasses & nella is looking adorable as always.

JNGW said...

Love the pict of Nella laughing! She is so adorable. My daughter is the same age as Nella and I would love to put her in a dress like Nella's for our trip next month to Mackinac Island.

Sweet Shots By Nicole! said...

Your girls are sooo adorable. I love the red and turquoise apron dresses. So cute. I also love your style for your littles. Your blog is so enjoyable to read!

KaitlinCole said...

Oh my word. That Nella. She is too cute. I read your words and I think of the poet (that is my sons namesake)


I am a part of all that I have seen.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

And baby you have seen much love in your life and Kel you pour it back out so well. Love this.

Liz said...

What a fantastic weekend balance -- boisterous love and quiet love, all in the same two days. And the wave is priceless!

Amber said...

Love Lainey's glasses and big ole' camera ;)

Natalie Whisler said...

Love the pictures of Lainey with your camera... I must admit, in our house Mommy's camera is off limits.

The knot dresses are beautiful! I've admired them before. There are two girls at our house that would love to have one!

Lucy said...

Oh man, little Nella is so cute! Her eyes are so expressive! Love the last two pics of her!

Caitlin said...

Each and every time I read a post and see pictures of your little Nella I want to meet her more and more. I would love to hold her and squeeze some of that little sweetness right out of her-she is SO precious!

Jess said...

I have LOVED those apron dresses since you've first posted pics! I hope I hope! Thanks always for the perspective shift! I love your blog and your love of life!

Annie said...

A post on Monday morning AND a giveaway - hooray!

Joann said...

Kelle, your blog continues to inspire me. Thank you so much!

Heather said...

I just adore your blog and all that you capture. I'm in love with little Nella's wave, just adorable! And Miss Lainey is such the fashionista! Those glasses are the best!
Thanks for always making me smile. Happy Monday!

Dana Jack said...

Looks like you had a lovely weekend! Love the wave!

amypins said...

Well it's a good thing the change of season is lurking around the corner, I'm sure that'll jump start your creative juices like a shocking a cardiac arrest back to a rythmic pattern, CLEAR!

The Shaw Family said...

My Monday is SOOO much happier since getting that little wave from Nella. Happy Monday to you and yours, as well!!!

Donna said...

I love your blog! It's so inspiring.

Shelley said...

Love the dress.....so creative.

Cameo's Angels said...

I so love that little WAVE!!! Oh my could that be any cuter on a Monday morning. I so agree with you about weekends and yoga pants...can't get much better than that! I also love Lainey's socks at the pizza place. Did you get those on etsy? So adorable. Have a great week creating!!

Tanya said...

Your posts are always so much fun to read. Glad your weekend was well balanced. Excited to see where your creative flow goes next!

tulips said...

You're such a talented photographer. I have to say I am addicted to your blog! I love looking at all your beautiful pictures and Nella has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen!

Kmarie said...

Creative. Crafty. Cute. Cozy. Chic.
How do you stay so balanced with so much going on? I need your tips:) Can't hold a candle to your charming life because the camera doesn't lie...it may be enhanced but it does take the moment. Enjoy your many 'c's' today:)

LSU twin Mom said...

Your cousin is very talented! Those dresses are lovely.

Jen said...

love the ticklish pics!

Colleen said...

I LOVE weekends as you described! Those are the best kind. Adorable dresses! Would love one for my nearly 5 year old.

Tessa said...

Your blog inspires me. Where do you find the time for such expression. Love the photo of Lainey with the camera!

Erika said...

NELLA! I can't get enough of that kid -- and she's waving! ;) Such a sweet little muffin!

MammaMania said...

I have been busy reading your blog from past to present, over the past few days. I love the pics, your words, and your sweet little family! I am addicted. Have a great week!

Nina

cakebake said...

Love those dresses! Pick me!

scbride said...

Great post as always. You're girls are just too precious! The camera really conveys the happiness and love you have! A big HUG!

karyl said...

omg....i LOVE Lainey with the camera!!!! toooooo dang cute! and that lady "hiding" sipping wine? i had to chuckle whaile i was at work when i saw this. hahaha!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! and yey for give aways! we are trying to have a baby right now to give our little boy somebody to play with...and we are hoping to have a girl and dress her just like Lainey and Nella! =) love them!

kiki said...

The love and excitment you have for your wonderful life spills over into mine and opens my eyes to the beauty in every second. Thank you. This blog has truly been a gift to me. Your little Nella waving brings a smile to my face :)

Melissa said...

Love the waving! Your friend's shop has nice things, the dresses are cute and the nursery bedding is lovely!

Angie Kroeker said...

I have so loved seeing those great little dressis on your littles. I would love to see one on my little lady. Thanks for all your posts of great fun.

Wren said...

I love the wave...too cute! Those dresses are so darling! Do you think my boys would mind if I dressed them in one! LOL

Melissa said...

What a true gift you are Kelle, an inspiration to many :) so thankful for you and your sweet blog! Lovely sweet dresses :)

Rik said...

(Actually Poppa--morphed into Rik)

Oftimes it is the simple and the ordinary moments and not the grand and exotic events that take our breath away. You certainly known how to celebrate the at-home routine as well as the New York adventures! I cannot wait for our trip in a couple weeks, back to do some baby lovin' with Nella and moon searching with Lainey. How 'bout Lainey comes and stays overnight with us--I promise to return her with all appendages! Her with the camera is scarey--two papparazzi's would be unbearable! Lovin' you from Michigan where it is hotter than Florida, I do believe--without the pool or beach!

Megan said...

Just looking at the picture of Nella ticklish made me laugh out loud. Like I could hear her giggle. Love the wave. Did Laney get glasses or is that her being fashionable? Either way to cute. I love the dress and I just know my Anna would look beautiful in it. I so have my fingers crossed on this giveaway.

Shelby Baker said...

I loveeee the Nella wave! :D She's getting so much cuter!

Kinze said...

That's just what weekends are all about!

Jessica said...

is it even possible to fall more in love with your family? i had a great weekend with my family & friends too. so thankful for some amazing people in my life.. and glad to have a great balance, as well.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh LOVE LOVE LOVE the wave!!

Siobhan said...

Your girls are precious. I love the matching, yet not, dresses!

altagirl said...

oh my gosh - the wave. seriously.

Melody said...

I just love how you take the most "normal" things and make it look so glamorous and fun! I need to capture moments like that more often!

Maryclayre Dick said...

Thanks for the update! I love that Nella is ticklish, and I love that Lainey likes to wear cute glasses. What a fun weekend!

Melissa Moss said...

Your girls are so beautiful and are both growing up so quickly! I am glad you had such a great weekend. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

Joel and Martha said...

You've inspired me to buy a fancy Canon...and I'm loving every minute of my husband and I's newborn baby girl with it! God has def gifted you with the eye of a great photographer, the hands of a wonderful writer and the heart of a beautiful mother.

Marianne said...

Nothing can make my Monday better than opening your blog and finding a new post! What a great way to start my week :)

I saw these dresses at our local market and they were just to expensive for me to be able to buy one for my great-niece. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Autumn said...

So Fun!! We have My Fathers Pizza in Black Mountain, great pizza, cold beers, fun company!

Thanks for another give-away!

Just the Two of US said...

Home is the place where girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others. Home is an ok place to be when we need too be!!
Lovin your blog!! Lovin the pics of the girlies!! lovin this giveaway!


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Mom_of_Faith said...

Your weekend sounds deliciously satisfying! Such beautiful photos to document the occasion!

Kristine said...

Nothing like good friends. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. The picture of Lainey holding the camera cracked me up! :) And the Nella wave? Sweetness!!!!
xo
Kris

Kevin, Brittany, Cailey, and Reece said...

Reminds me of all the precious cave days with my girlies. Love the wave! Too cute.

PradaPrincipal said...

Budding photog. Love it. And the artistic little glasses? Say no more - I am sold. :)

nmassie218 said...

What a lovely weekend you all had!! A perfect weekend in my opinion!! Love those dresses. It would be perfect for my little girl.

Beautiful pictures as always.

Jamie said...

Every time my son sees Nella's picture, he says, "Leah!" (his baby sister's name). It's too cute. I love the resemblance. :)

Megan L Hutchings said...

I could not agree more...I love the feeling of getting everyone and everything ready for an adventure BUT I equally love pj days and just the coziness of our home on the farm.

Love Lainey's glasses and Nella's wave :).

Megan L Hutchings said...

I could not agree more...I love the feeling of getting everyone and everything ready for an adventure BUT I equally love pj days and just the coziness of our home on the farm.

Love Lainey's glasses and Nella's wave :).

Klemm Family said...

How great it is to wake up to a new, refreshing blog. Gorgeous, as always!

Sara said...

Hello pretty little apron dress...my sweet Anna would love to prance around in you. :) Makes me wish I could sew!

Nikki said...

Your girls melt my heart and you just dress them so darn cute!

Our little Stella is due to arrive in a few weeks and I definitely look to your girls as style icons for her :)

The Bell Family 3 said...

Glad you had a great trip to NYC and that you're back home snuggling with your littles. They're both so adorable; love Lainey Bug's purple glasses and Nella's little wave!

Alicia said...

I love those apron dresses, I love hibernating on weekends and I love this post!

Amie said...

I love nights like that where all the BEST people show up and all the kids get along and it just goes on and on. So much fun.

I'm LOVING Lainey's glasses and Nella's fuzzy little head!

My little girl would LOVE a dress like that-LOVE IT! So cute!

Have a great Monday, Kelle!

Amy said...

Oh the wave!....

Oh those apron dresses!......

Thank you for both!...

Jenna Leigh said...

Love the pictures of precious Nella waving!! :) We're are trying to get my now 4 month old to wave l0l i know it's a bit early for that :)

what a fab. weekend you had! Mine was spent hanging out with my grandma creating memories for my boy & enjoying time with my bestfriend who is due with a precious little girl in 14 days!!

Stacey said...

Your blog is so touching. Such a trite way to say how much your journey, which started for me with Nella's birth, has changed my own walk through this crazy life. I have three teeny tinies, my youngest is just a month or two younger than Nella. Your snippets of life as shared on this blog have reminded me to be the me I mean to be (but often forget to be in the shuffle of work, home, house, activities, fun)... Enjoying the small things, little moments, a funky set of leg warmers and a fabulous hair bow on a tiny girl, attempting and failing at those damn Dora cupcakes. And most importantly, reshaping my concept of beauty. Thank you for putting it out there and bringing this one novice blog reader on the journey! Have a great day! Stacey

SHAYLEE said...

Lainey is starting early... she's going to be a photographer like her mommy one day! :-)

Kathleen said...

Nella is so beautiful and I love how her and Lainey have matching apron dresses. Those are gorgeous!

Megan said...

I love ticklish Nella! Too cute!

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh, the wave is too cute for words and so are those dresses!

I have a two yaer old who loves your site. "Baby!" she says over and over again. :)

Mobachs said...

i LOVE it when babies start to laugh from being tickled!! the most adorable thing ever!

Corie said...

LOVE pillowcase dresses! Would love one for my little!:)

Casey said...

Omg Nella wave, too presh.

Reality Check said...

I'm not going to say anything more than anyone else said, because I agree! Wave, dresses, pools & friends-sooo lovely! :) We had a great weekend too, with friends & home--equally balanced & I love it! We have a little girl, not yet 2 & she looks beautiful in a paper bag--so an apron dress would be icing on an already beautiful cake.

Katie said...

Your words and pictures are equally beautiful! I have two little girls myself who would look darling in apron dresses :)

Andrews girl said...

precious littles! Loving nellas new moves!

natalie said...

Love this post! I love going out... but sometimes I just crave being a homebody. And that is lovely too!

Elizabeth said...

Always enjoy your posts! Precious girls...great pics!

andrea said...

beautiful beautiful!!

the apron dress is about the cutest thing EVER!!

linda t said...

Oh my, such goodness galore. Love the darling garments!
And your Nella is too cute for words!

craftastic extravaganza said...

Amazing as usual. I really enjoy reading your blog and watching your amazing children grow through your creative eye. Such a wonderful jesture from your cousin as well. Have a great day. Kristen

ABoller said...

thank you for welcoming my yoga pants bottom into yours.....what a wonderful way to start the week seeing those cute little munchkin faces.........i hope you are able to enjoy a snuggly little monday finger painting and reading....... :)

Scribbles and Splatters said...

New reader of your blog here! How cute is her little wave?!? ADORABLE! The apron dresses are CUTE too!

Douglas said...

Love the wave....and the tickles. And do they sell the rhinestone glasses in bigger sizes???

Amber said...

Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago. I love it. Your children are adorable. I agree, I like to be social, but also stay at home. It's hard to manage both well sometimes! I usually tend to be more of a social butterfly during the week with the kiddos, and then my house suffers...maybe one day I'll be able to teeter totter without falling off! =)

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Douglas said...

And sorry...this is Marissa but the gmail account is in my husband's name. :P He would die to know he just asked about rhinestone glasses. :P

ParksGirl said...

I didnt know Lainey wore glasses! Too cute! :)

Wade and Tara said...

Looks like a perfect weekend!

I know this is off topic but why do you chose shutterfly for you photo books? I am going to make one for my little and can't seem to decide between picaboo and Shutterfly! thanks for the help!

by the way your posts cheer me up!! not matter what the topic! thanks a lot!

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sk said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

Those dresses are amazing! I love the colors.

Lori McPherson said...

Love the photo of Lainy where she is wearing glasses and looking into your camera. It is like she is trying to be like Daddy with her glasses and Mama with her camera.

I will never forget when a three year old little Owen showed up at my parents house with sweat bands on both wrist. When I asked my brother who dresses his kid he laughed and said, "He did! He wanted to be just like daddy today."

Love the way littles think!!

The Mommy One said...

Oh Nella Bean, you are growing up much to quickly for my liking. It won't be long that you will be chasing Lainy through the house. Slow down precious little.

Tricia

joeltrista said...

Love the dresses and Nella's wave!

Jenny said...

Love those sweet dresses! And your sweet girls of course:)

Christie Clair said...

Sounds like bliss!

Foursons said...

That wave has got to be the cutest thing ever! Love the dress, I have the most perfect bloggy friend to give it to.

Holly said...

What a beautiful weekend. I love those dresses!!.. and the wave of course!

Jessica Larson said...

Love yoga pant weekends where littles need nothing but a diaper to run around in! There's nothing better.

Wall Family said...

Your posts always brighten up my Monday mornings :)
Thank you

Kel said...

Love the gathering of friends!!!! crunchy leaves are upon us, but "squeeze the life out of the last bit of summer"...that's our motto!!! Love your little sprites glasses...MUST get those for my 4 year old....

crossing my fingers for that dress...that is a MUST have!!!

Katie&Greg said...

Sounds like such a wonderful weekend! Those kinds are my favorite, indeed!

Your girls are precious, by the way! :)

Christine said...

I can see Brett in that adorable little face of Nella's!!!

Oh, and I'm DYING for a little girl to wear dresses like that!

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Queen of pink in a house of blue said...

adorable lil wave!
those dresses is adorable too!
although i don't have a daughter, i know the sweetest lil girl I'd give it to!

Linda said...

Your blog has inspired me! I am getting my Nikon D90 this week! Thank you, Kelle!

BLT Edmundson said...

Friends and family are what makes life so fun.. Thanks for sharing you weekend with us. I can't wait to read the next post.. I am so addicted.

YogaGracie said...

My niece is turning 2 next month, and this would be a very special gift for her! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Sandra said...

It sounds like you had the perfect weekend! Although I got to see my family, it was under sad circumstances. Thank you for sharing your weekend-perfectness with the world!

LindseyG said...

There really is nothing better than a 'sweat pants' day, where nothing sounds better than a tub of ice cream and a great movie. What makes it even better is being surrounded by the best of friends!

-Lindsey G

Chrissiebear said...

ahhh relaxing weekends! How I love them so!

Kim said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend!!

Kim said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend!!

Mira's mom said...

Enjoying your state this week!! I have been drooling over those dresses. I hope I am the winner!

Mira's mom said...

Enjoying your state this week!! I have been drooling over those dresses. I hope I am the winner!

Mira's mom said...

Enjoying your state this week!! I have been drooling over those dresses. I hope I am the winner!

Amanda said...

Love, love, love the apron dresses!!!

Steph said...

Ahhhhhh your kids are so cute! How wonderful that you have such great friends. Can't believe she is waving so cute!

Patti said...

Sweeeeet I luv those aprons dresses! Can't believe Nella can wave, that is amazing.

Nicki said...

ah....yoga pants. Love. Your girls are just so, so beautiful!

Would love for my girl to have a dress like that!

Little Edie said...

Oh my gosh, so on Friday I took my girl to Disneyland for some gool old fashioned adventuring. Well, I can't help but check out the shops, even if I have no plans on buying anything, and I found the cutest, funkiest pair of sequined mary janes. Obviously, I'm not going to pay 30 bones for them, but I am going to make them this weekend! I can't wait, hot glue, sequins, here I come!

Little Edie said...

Oh my gosh, so on Friday I took my girl to Disneyland for some gool old fashioned adventuring. Well, I can't help but check out the shops, even if I have no plans on buying anything, and I found the cutest, funkiest pair of sequined mary janes. Obviously, I'm not going to pay 30 bones for them, but I am going to make them this weekend! I can't wait, hot glue, sequins, here I come!

ckusick said...

Home is definitely where the heart is and I'm not sure your heart can get any bigger with those two loves in it!!

Dee said...

Kelle- I am learning to take different photos of my granddaughter than I ever have before thanks to you! Its so much fun :)

Rhonda said...

Oh my Nella Bean is waving frantically...she is saying Hello to all her internet friends!! we love you Nella!!

Lainey in stylish new glasses...are they for fun or real!!
She is rockin them...Love that she is learning all Mommy and Heidi's photo tricks!!
Good to see you are starting her young!!

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

Oh, what FUN! ANd staying home too. You ARE so blessed to have so many friends. Not all are that fortunate. Thanks for sharing. HOw great, another giveaway! I would LOVE to win this,like so many others. Enjoy those littles, mama~

Fletchymama said...

Just love how wonderful your weekend seemed.

Would love to be entered for the dress!!

Leah said...

Oh that wave is just too precious!! And am loving the pic of Lainey in her glasses with the camera....so sweet.

manders15 said...

I LOVE Lainey's purple glasses with rhinestones! So stinkin' cute! The apron dresses are precious too! Thanks for sharing the little pieces of your fab weekend!

Kelly said...

LOVE the pic of Lainey with the camera! Shes following in her mamas footsteps, lol!

Sarah Broadus said...

Nella is getting so big and so beautiful! I reading your post!

Tonja Keene said...

Lainey's glasses...oh my gosh. she is the cutest.

Cathy K said...

Thanks for the photo of Nellas big giggles, it made my Monday morning.

Aarika said...

I love how Nella can wave now!! Those apron dresses are TOO CUTE!!
I love bein a momma and love reading about you raising your beautiful girls!!

Aarika said...

I love how Nella can wave now!! Those apron dresses are TOO CUTE!!
I love bein a momma and love reading about you raising your beautiful girls!!

taliastravelblog said...

I love the dress and my daughter would love to have one!

ebeck said...

Oh, I love the matching dresses for the sisters! My little chicks would look so cute in matching dresses too!

4theloveofmyfamily said...

Lainey's glasses totally ROCK!!

And those dresses are divine. My little Bekah J would totally do justice to one of them :)

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

Love the glasses on Lainey! Oh POPPA* - I love it (morphed into Rik!) haha. You NAILED it, as always. I think we often get just as much joy and happiness from those simple little random moments, and being home. And too funny, how you said yes its a bit scary, Lainey with a camera! Love you Poppa Rik

Dani and Josh said...

Kelle - you make me want to be a better person, woman, mama... thank you for sharing your observations of the world with me!

Dani and Josh said...

Kelle - you make me want to be a better person, woman, mama... thank you for sharing your observations of the world with me!

SuR-JaYe said...

I absolutely love the pics of Nella's ticklish laugh and her waving. I've been in love with your work (pics/writing) for some time now but this is the first time I'm commenting. I must say as an aspiring photographer I am blow away by your work. You are a strong woman. Even though I know you don't write on a daily basis I still check everyday to read your musings. They never fail to bring a smile to my face and sometimes tears of understanding. All I can really say is "WOW...you are amazing!"

Our Little Piece of Heaven said...

Love everything about this cute little "everyday" post!

Katrina said...

She's waving to me!! She's waving!!

Hi Nella!! Can you see me waving back at you?

Hi Nellllla!!!! ::::waving::::

She's sooooo wonderful :)

The Devlin Family said...

Love those kind of weekends with just the right mix of friends and home . . . Also, loved seeing Nella's wave--it brings back memories of small accomplishments that are so exciting. I actually order my girls the dress just like Lainey's red, white and blue one. They are adorable and we had family pictures made in them. So sweet.

KN09 said...

What a fun-looking bunch of friends! I can only hope that when my husband and I decide to start a family and settle somewhere, we'll have a grand group of friends with which to spend similar times like the ones you captured in this entry.

Oh, and Lainey's glasses! Love....

melissa said...

How cute are L's glasses and N's wave!?!! Love it!

Those dresses are precious, I'm going to check out her etsy site pronto!

Kristie said...

Those are the cutest dresses!!! Would love to win one for my little lady!

Are we there yet? said...

Oh, what fun! Your cousin is extremely talented too! Love the dresses on your girls!!

heather said...

I love your blog but you already knew that. I think the thing that I love the most (besides your gorgeous pictures and beautiful writing) is that you really know how to make the most out of every moment. Where ever you are is the perfect place for you. Whether it's the city, the beach, the mountains, the country. Or whether it's sunny, rainy, or snowing. Or whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall. You appreciate and celebrate it all. And I love that!

Meg O. said...

Oh the wave!! Could she be sweeter? I am trying to teach my 8 month old to wave and helooks at me like I have lost my mind! I have to agree... I love my weekends full of activities jumping from thing to thing...and then also love those quiet weekend that seem to last forever with my family at home... You said it in the most perfect way, and that balance is what I am lacking lately! I can't wait to see what creative thing you have brewing!

Renee said...

I love me some Nella- She just brightens up my day ! Thank you Kelle

thb said...

after seeing the popcorn, all i want to do right now is drop everything, sit & eat popcorn while watching a movie. those dresses are super cute. I love nella's wave! too precious!

Lorena M said...

I love reading your blog so much you have no idea. I always read it in the morning with my cup of coffee before my kids wake up and turn our house inside out. LOVE IT!!!!!

festoramma said...

i love how lainey is wearing those cute glasses.

Jeanne said...

Wow, could Nella be any cuter with that smile. And of course all of that baby roll goodness! My heart is swelling.

I too love my "cave" and welcome visitors to add to the delight of my day. I feel sometimes my poor kids are craving to get out into the world but it is so hard to leave our nirvana here!

The Hall Family said...

What a fun and yummy time with friends!

Mom24 said...

Those dresses are beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kari M said...

Nella is just wow. I love the wave. Those dresses are so cute, I have a two year old who would love to sport one. Thanks for the inspiration. I marvel at your momness and come here for doses whenever i'm having a bad day.

Sareh Hunt said...

Nella's precious smile just brightens my day everytime. Thank you for sharing her with us : )

Dee said...

Oops! Forgot to say how adorable the Nella wave pic is!!!!

stephanie c. said...

So excited to see a new post :) my 3 girls all in school today..... It's soo weird with them all not here! We all made your version of fairy dust this weekend! Love seeing all the cool things you do with your sweet hearts!

NikkiCoop said...

I love that wave! Bye bye little Nella Bean!
I love that you share your life so honestly with us. It is a beautiful one and I am richer for reading it. :)

nikki Cooper

Sarah said...

You, your camera, and your "littles" going crazy in the craft store. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Amy Lauree said...

Aw a sweet little wave. Those apron dresses are to die for, so cute!

Jessica said...

We had a similar weekend! Out with adult friends on Friday night and family time the rest of the way through. Glad you had a nice weekend too!

Sarah said...

ACK!! I love me some Nella smiles - these are some of the BEST yet!

Mrs.Vickie said...

adorable!! I love mondays!

Tina said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! I can't get enough of your pictures and the way you tell a story! AMAZING! Thanks for giving us a chance to win those cute aprons!

Dr Pepper said...

*waves* Hey Nella!
Gotta love friend-time. We got together in a local beer garden this weekend. A mixture of Medics, parents, kids. Conversations about research and work punctuated by pregnancy and potty-training. I love my dual life! Sometimes the two seem to marry somehow and I don't feel like two separate people. Do you ever find that?

Loving the dresses. I'm sure my little girl would love to wear one! (Ok, she's not born yet... but we entered the 3rd Trimester today - its all getting real!)

Big love from England xx

Jennifer said...

My husband always asks if I'm reading the blog of the lady I don't know. Yep, I sure am! And I look forward to every post. Thanks for reminding me to "enjoy the small things"!!

The Lu's said...

happy monday!! : )

Catching Fire said...

I would live in yoga pants if I could

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