Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Enjoying the Small Things...and a giveaway!

Enjoying...

Evening Writing Sessions.
I have my beloved $10 Craigslist desk out in the open where I can work during the day and still be with the girls. Where a bookshelf stacked with puzzles and paper dolls replaces cubicle walls and I can, at any given moment, slide off my red chair to lie on the floor for a game of Memory. I love that space. But, I am finding that sometimes I need to be alone. I need a cubicle maybe just once a week. So, Brett rigged up this jankety card table with some crappy polyester table cloth in our bedroom. And though I sit on a rusted folding chair and am surrounded by a pile of bills and sippy cups that have managed to accumulate on the home's newest catch-all, it's perfect for me. It's quiet. And right about 6:00, the sun gives a recital every night...just dances there in that vast space of glass door stretched before me and curtsies behind that mess of trees.


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Bravo.

Halloween Candy.
I'm going to quit eating it pretty soon, I am.

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We hid it in Austyn's room, in the third drawer down in his dresser, to keep Lainey from seing it. But, then I find myself sneaking into his room in the dark while he's sleeping and pulling out the drawer to stuff a stash of mini Twizzlers and jolly ranchers into my nightgown. Our neighbor came over last night and, ten minutes into conversation, he goes, "You okay? You seem really hyper."

It's called trial-sized Almond Joys, Dude.

Playing Pretend.
Three-and-a-half is magic with Imagination peaking at this blessed Peter-Pan-ish place where everything is just so...childhood. Little voices and tiny plays performed with bath toys and trinkets and lots of asking for "let's play pretend." We run for cover in the afternoon, under blankets and pillows, hiding from pretend storms that shake the house and we tightrope across cracks in the sidewalk lest we fall in the shark-infested waters of the deep cement.

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I used to want to be a child forever. Now, in loving this place, I want to have a child forever. And, believe me, it is in moments like this that I find comfort in the fact that the magic of the extra chromosome just might let Peter stay in Neverland a little longer for our family. And that's perfectly alright.

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Gingham Things.
Happy little checks, they are.

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Fallish Things.
Like wheat-colored stars in the back yard.

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Or pretty little embellishments that take all the color of crisp, fallen leaves and up the ante on a plain tank.

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Flower Clip, Lilian Eve.


Sock Feet.

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Mary Jane Feet.


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And Bare Feet in October.

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Having a lot on my plate, but dropping it all for moments like these...

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Free Things.
So, I've already expressed my love for the lillebaby EveryWear Organic carrier which I use with Nella all the time and without, could not have trekked across four states and three layovers with two kids last month. So, when Scandinavian Child offered to send me a diaper bag by the same brand, I was thrilled. I'm constantly swapping bags between the few cheap pocket-less ones I've managed to collect, but they all end up lying somewhere with a wad of gum, a few tubes of capless lipstick and a mess of crumpled receipts.

No longer, my friends.

Totally loving my lillebaby Oslo bag which is chocked full of cool pockets and zippers making life so much easier. It attaches perfectly to my stroller with these great snap straps. And, hello...it comes in red.

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You too can rock out an organized diaper bag! One random commenter on this post will win a lillebaby Oslo diaper bag courtesy of Scandinavian Child.

So, yay.

Winner will be announced Friday evening.

Happy Mid-week!

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Midwest Mommy said...

Oh my goodness I love the new header! They are just adorable.

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Liz Siebenaler said...

I am loving Nella in the high white socks!

University Research Monkey said...

The Hallowe'en candy is not safe in this household either.

STACIE said...

Great bag Kelle! Red does make even the most ordinary item seem so exotic I think :)

Beautiful update as always, can't wait for the next!

Stacie in Australia
Just Life Blog

Lauren said...

I love love love the picture of your girls reading...Nella is so enthralled by the story her big sister is reading! Adorable!

SarahinSC said...

What a wonderful fall day! And that header is so darn cute!

Fletchymama said...

This post is so beautiful. :)

Loved to be entered..I'm a diaperbag-aholic..:)

kerrilyn said...

ooo I would love a new diaper bag! love the red!

you are a beautiful soul.

A Family of Love said...

Your pictures are amazing! Love the bare feet one!

Drvance19 said...

Love it! Red is fantastic. I've had the same diaper bag for both kiddos and am in dire need of a change. Momma needs a new bag...la la la.

drvance19@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

HECK YES!! I need some organization in the form of a diaper bag. My Grandma brought candy over today for our kids...um they are 3 months and 22 months. So my husband has graciously volunteered to eat it all.

KELLY said...

Once again...a beautiful post!

Colleen said...

Love the sock feet! As the weather cools in Chicago they are becoming a regular sight around here - I had not remembered how different their little knees look when there are socks on their feet!

Also loving the bag - expecting our third in April and it would be a great way to organize for preschooler/toddler/newborn all in once place. :)

becomingone said...

I'd LOVE a new red diaper bag for my new baby!

Dana Cheryl said...

That gingham topped jam is ThE bEsT! Had it on an English muffin this morning all the way up here in Kentucky!! :)

Lexie said...

Lainey's dimples are just about the cutest thing ever. Aaaaannndd I could really use a diaper bag. *wink*

haveFaith said...

I have to agree, the header is fantastic. Your little mouse and cat look adorable. They win the best costumes for halloween, I say.

Oh, if only i could be barefoot in october. It is getting cold cold cold over here, but with that just brings lots of other things to do like hot coco, snowmen and days under blankets watching chistmas movies.

Lainey seems like a girl who could come up with the best imaginary world possible. I've always been like that too, and now more than ever do I wish I could escape to that pretend place of wonder now. I think no matter how old you are, you can always express your imagination somehow, and should do it freely! Playing pretend with a child just makes you look a lot more saner than doing it alone!

Have a great rest of the week, kelle!

Shannon said...

I'm hoping and praying the extra little something lets us keep childhood a little longer too!

steph. said...

Halloween candy has invaded here too :) And the day-after candy sale? It fully launches a hostile takeover. No doubt about that :)

In other words, your comments regarding wanting to stay a child forever, made me think of what one of my best friend's used to say, "Why waste your childhood life wanting to be grown-up?"

Lisa said...

Loving the small things. They add adventure and excitement to an ordinary day.

Truthful Mommy said...

I am loving the header with the girls in their costumes!So adorable. I just posted pics of my little Dorothy and Alice in Wonderland on my blog:)Just one more reason that I love fall!Also,I am in love with your wedges...so hot!Happy Mothering!

Mama Bee said...

I want the diaper bag not for myself, but for one of the young mamas at work. It would replace a handy plastic Walmart bag.

krist506 said...

Peter pan moments are my favorite!!

Leah said...

Do you carry your camera around with you ALL day! Thinking about a third baby, so yes I could use some organization.

Cassie CH said...

That new header is perfectly adorable! Love it! Even the simplest of pictures you take are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

Moe said...

Ohmygosh that diaper bag is awesome!!!! I love the green dress you have on while modeling the bag. :) So pretty!!

SD and EJ said...

You have such beautiful girls! And I have to say that I loved what you wrote about wanting to have a child forever. How true is that? You make me want to play with my kids more!

Erin said...

I am loving the picture of your girls reading on the floor - such a beautiful, quiet moment. I am also loving your new header - the pictures of Nella chewing Lainey's tail is to die for!

The Reeds said...

I love your blog! Your girls are gorgeous, and you write beautifully. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

heather said...

We have the same thing going on at our home too but involving a 2 year old and his love for everything blues clues and how that will fly around in the wonder pets fly boat that we have... And I have the same problem about all my diaper bags.. Pick me... i could use a new one and one that will last and be what we need...

heather said...

We have the same thing going on at our home too but involving a 2 year old and his love for everything blues clues and how that will fly around in the wonder pets fly boat that we have... And I have the same problem about all my diaper bags.. Pick me... i could use a new one and one that will last and be what we need...

Heidi said...

I need need need this bag. That is all.

pbugsmommy said...

Love the bag, and would love to have one, but I would also like to have your awesome pink wedges. HOT!

Holly said...

I'd love a new red really cute diaper bag for my next baby due in a few months! Thanks for offering it!

Betsy said...

Love your new header!!

Monica said...

I love the gingham diaper cover! Super cute. As well as the bare feet in October. There was snow here today. Sadly I think bare feet may be done for the year here :(

Jess and Matt said...

Your enjoying the small things are some of my favorite posts. There is just so much to enjoy! I love the pictures, as always. Lovely red diaper bag; I could really use one of those!

The Hoths said...

You always seem to make my day a little bit better. Tonight has been a horrible night but reading your blog has made me realize that life's too short...

Liesl said...

the halloween candy has been haunting me too, i can't get enough, pretty soon i'm gonna look like a reese's if i don't stop eating 'em!

Chrissy and Josh Cleveland said...

Love all of the pics and the red bag. So cute!

Joe, Christina, & Rocky said...

My best friend just had her sweet baby boy 4 weeks early (perfectly healthy, thank godness!) - but, in true procrastinator style, she had all the "big stuff" done, but none of the "stuff" stuff. I would love, love to fill this with sweet little baby necessities for her! (like how she's TALL - and never anticipated him being so tiny, didn't buy any newborn-sized anything!)

Kinze said...

loving the diaper bag ... how nice it would be to have no excuse to not be organized with that bag!

Jessica said...

My little 3 1/2 yr old is living in the land of make believe also. Not a day goes by that I don't stop and breathe in those moments and wish I could forget everything else in the world and focus only on being a princess in the backyard.
Love your pictures, your words, and your inspiration.

tonya lynn said...

Love the header! Love the bag! Love that fall is here!

(However I dislike the howling wind that I feel is threatening to blow over my house right now.

Mama Monkey said...

I am such a receipt hoarder!!! I don't mean to be, but our diaper bag is full of them...and a giant rip in the inside :( A new one, that would help me organize, would be wonderful!!!

rachel said...

i love love love the diaper bag. the last thing i want is one with pooh on it.

and your new header gave me butterflies. it's perfect

Avery's Mom said...

Baby #2 is coming in January....which definitely calls for a brand new diaper bag! Yea!

mperyea said...

Beautiful family...and beautiful pictures. Love reading your blog and being inspired by the small things.And, really the love the bag too. Happy Fall!

Mikaela said...

Can't get over the halloween costumes. Love Nella chewing on Lainey's tail. And thanks for reminding me that because one of my lovies needs in a more special kind of way we get to keep her little for a while longer. Talk about a blessing in disguise.

mommara said...

I love that flower you are wearing and that bag. Socked feet are so sweet and the checkers just kill me. I love it all!

Just a girl said...

hope this doesnt sounds stalkerish, dont worry i live is aus LOL
but i love your life...i look at your picutres and i hope one day i have a beautiful family like you with a gorgeous home, and fun holidays.

Jocelyn said...

LOVE the bag, but I honestly love your chairs more. If you gave those away, I would BEG like you have never heard before. I LOVE them!

Love to see Lainey and Nella on the floor reading together. Children are amazing!

Nicole said...

This mama, who stopped working to stay at home with the new daughter, could really use a diaper bag. We moved out desk into our bedroom so I can get school work done... but I drop things to get down on the floor to play too. Papers can wait :)

Team Gibson said...

This post made me smile. Thanks for letting me peek at your days :)

Matt and Teresa said...

My daughter is also getting into pretend play and it so fun! PS I would love a new diaper bag!

Callie said...

Your girls are so presh, as always. Neverland in your home seems like a magical, beautiful place.

And the bag? LOVE the red!

Kelly said...

okay so loved this post as usual but i will highlight 3 of my faves from today...1) the fact that use the word "jankety"...love that word. 2) that you said "wife-beater". 3) those plum cork wedges...LOVE!!

happy Fall :)

-Kelly

The Proctors said...

You inspire me to spend more time with my little guy, take more pictures, and blog more often to record my life. Thank you.

littlelola said...

Love the sock feet.. and I just love Pedipeds :) and I have the same shoes you are wearing in the yard.. Nine West? Cute Post... Now put the candy down.. Walk away... you can do it :)

Karen said...

I love your blog, thank you for sharing like you do.
PS - Love the bag too! I am a sicker for bags...and carriers!

jeninok said...

Love this. I totally understand the sweet siren call of Halloween candy!

Jen in OK

Kelsi Winterfeld said...

your girls are adorable! thanks for sharing.

partialemptynester said...

Been offline for over a week, thoroughly enjoying catching up on all the inspiring posts...you make the ordinary extra-ordinary, love it!

Kylie and crew. said...

I love that diaper bag. I also LOVE Nella's shoes. Where did you get them?

kancell24 said...

I love the new header. Your blog makes me smile.

Lisa said...

love the little ones in their costumes! I also have a 3.5 yo and she could live in her costume. Hers will be out well past Halloween. She alternates between bumble bee and chicken costumes!

Sarah said...

I'm loving the way your girls look at each other as well as your pictures!! The photos are particularly breathtaking tonight!!

So I have an idea about getting 13 year olds to read your comments. I teach 8th grade and use the student bathroom (ah, the humbling parts of being a public school educator:), and the girls write some not-very-nice things about each other, and I thought, What if Kelle Hampton and Dove made posters of the comments of what all the gals would say to their 13 year old self!!??

That post really touched me, and I wrote about beauty/confidence/anxiety and raising daughters tonight in my blog, and gave you the props for getting my mind on it. I'd be so honored if you read it; it would be sort of like when Ellen bugged the shit out of oprah until she got on her magazine cover if you read it and added your 2 cents:) you are Oprah caliber, of course;)

mamamoos said...

omg, the picture of the girls reading together just made me melt. they are going to be best friends. =]

Adri Hunt said...

I would love to win that red bag!! That picture with Nella's legs in the air are so adorable!

Megan said...

Love the new header! Mmmm Halloween candy... I also made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday with my girls, and they have been screaming my name as loudly as they shout, "it's fall! enjoy the pumpkin goodness!" ;)

Cathi Heilman said...

I am addicted to your blog and I would tell you that I loved it even if there wasn't a give away involved:)

mommamarge said...

WOO HOO! Hump day giveaways!

Kim said...

I loveee the bag!
As always your pics and words are so inspiring
Thank you Kelle!

Betzaida said...

I love the little maryjanes that Nella was wearing they are just too adorable! I love your posts/blog!! xoxo to you and the girls :)

Ginger said...

My dog just ate my diaper bag in an effort to get to a bag of fruit snacks within. Seriously. This red one would make me less mad at him. :)

Just recently discovered your blog... love the stories, photography, and open and honest way you write.

Thank you.

Kelsey said...

Kelle - Your girls are beautiful. I love to stop by and look at the wonderful pictures you take. The music is the perfect touch! Your a true inspiration to other mothers.

atyson said...

Enjoying your little things in this post--the last pic of Lainey, the cool wheat colored star things (what are those?), and Nella enjoying a good story from the big sis.

And enjoying mine--foam letters and numbers that my little man loves (even if it's just to chew on for now), him shaking his head "no" when you ask if he wants something to drink...and he doesn't, and the conversations that we have even though I have no clue what he is saying (he's one).

Thanks for reminding us to simply open our eyes.

Livy said...

Love the photo of Lainey reading to Nella.

Would love that diaper bag.

canadianbakers said...

A new (not to mention freebie!) diaper bag to play with would take the bite out of this SNOW in October.
Seriously.
Brr.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely love this post! The part about Peter Pan warms my heart, as does your blog! You and your family are amazing and so is that red bag :-)

Amy said...

oh yes puhlease!! thank you so much for the opportunity!

Molly said...

I lovvvve to win a diaper bag. My hubby and I are adopting and we don't have one yet!

Joybell74 said...

I love your girls. I've been following your blog since Nella was born...My baby had health problems shortly after he was born in Jan. We'd love to win the Diaper bag! Always needing one...esp. with 7 little people around to need momma to carry stuff.
my blog is: joybell74.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I'm finally commenting, and not only stalking your glorious blog. Thank you for sharing your stories, family, lovely pictures and music. I loved the Carnitas recipe. I will be making it again. Winner. Thanks!

Jessica said...

Beautiful pictures as always! Happy Wednesday!

Mia said...

Love the Halloween costumes. Your girls are just so cute! I love all the baby feet pics. I just got my first pair of slippers for my little guy 2 weeks ago from my mother in law. She didn't quite know what to think when I burst into tears just thinking about those tiny little feet :)

Maddie said...

Love the new header (and everything else)

Denise said...

When I came on here there were 72 comments. After reading your post, there are now 86 comments. Wow. I love your blog, Kelle! Thank you for sharing your life with the world! :)

Sima J said...

So SO cute pics (yet again!) I love your amazing blog, it re-energizes me :-)

Michelle said...

I just sat here and finished off a handful of Halloween candy. I have no chance against all that chocolate yumminess!

Kendra said...

The new header is absolutely ADORABLE!!!

Jill said...

Dang, my original comment didn't go through for some reason. Anyway, love when you do an "enjoying the small things" post.

Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

nicole said...

Thanks for the great post! I have so many friends hooked on your blog now, we all love reading and then emailing about it.

Danielle said...

i love this song.
i love your blog.
i love the smile that i get when i see kids laughing and playing. it gets me excited about being a mom... one day. not today. not soon. but one day ill be ready. and hope to be as cool as you.

Our Focus said...

My little one is just starting the pretend phase. I am going to miss this! I love toddlers!
Love the new header! So adorable!

tyofa said...

OMG! Your header just made me squee! out loud. ♥

And you amaze me. Period. I read every post you write and have since I was first introduced to your blog. Blesssings mama!

Katie Grace said...

My rule of thumb for purse buying? If it comes in red, buy it. It's a beautiful (and dangerous) rule to live by.

Happy fall to you and your sweet family!

Mrs.Vickie said...

I love the fall, but looking at the fall weather in your area makes it appear so much more awesome. Warm, but not too hot... But still great!!!

Cute kiddos, per usual.

Danielle said...

oh and ps... to continue my above comment... i did say i dont have kids... but i will say id totally sport this bag without kids! thats a killer bag for my daily organizational needs-- class- work-- life.

Heidi Jo said...

I just found out i am having twins!! I need this bag!!!

Michelle said...

Had to laugh at your sneaking into the room to get the Halloween candy....sounds so familiar! Funny how we find ourselves doing this!

Katie Lee said...

I love the little glimpses of your home we get in your pictures. Someday, I would like a photo tour to get all the pieces together! Happy midweek...your post made it brighter!

Katie said...

love those diaper bags! hope i win!

heidi said...

I purposely don't buy the chocolate mix bag of Halloween candy because I will eat all the Almond Joys in about 5 minutes flat. Seriously.

Jodi Ingram said...

The small things are a big deal! That's what life is made up of!

Also, LOVE the pink heels!

Caroline said...

You look so amazing!

What a great post :)
I love:
-Nella's sock feet
-Nella's mary jane feet
-your pretty purple wedges
-your pretty blue flats
-your pretty lipgloss [you just have to tell us what shade it is!]
-Laney's lovely little self
-Your whole sweet family!

Thank you for lifting my spirits - as your posts + photography always do - on this chilly Autumn night :)

Lindsay said...

i love your blog! to say im addicted is an understatement, i've been reading since nella's birth. i'm an early intervention physical therapy student and watching nella rock out that tummy time and sit up all by herself always makes me smile.

anyway, your post entry today reminded me of the taylor swift song 'never grow up'. i think you'll like the sentiment!

thank you for all the smiles you've brought to me while studying, nella reminds me to keep trekking! :)

The Gladney Family said...

I'll admit it, I never comment on your blog, but I love that bag and want to win it to give to a very special friend. I'm crossing my fingers. Oh and I love the new header, the pictures of the girls are very cute.

Soaking Up the Happy Life... said...

I love the new header too. They couldn't get much cuter! Reminds me when my little girlie was a kitty many years ago.

Jamie said...

Love, love, love tiny "socked" feet! I had my daughter the same month as Nella and I love watching them grow "together"! I adore Lainey and her playing pretend! Such a fun age!

I have about 4 filthy pocket-less bags I tried converting into diaper bags laying around my house too! Have yet to try out the organized approach! Sounds wonderful!

Happy Fall from Ohio!

Jamie said...

Love, love, love tiny "socked" feet! I had my daughter the same month as Nella and I love watching them grow "together"! I adore Lainey and her playing pretend! Such a fun age!

I have about 4 filthy pocket-less bags I tried converting into diaper bags laying around my house too! Have yet to try out the organized approach! Sounds wonderful!

Happy Fall from Ohio!

kyle and robin said...

a diaper bag in red? love. not as much as I love reading your blog, but it is fabulous!

Judy said...

3 1/2 is a magical age indeed!

Los Chicos y Mamá said...

Red makes you look great!!!

PA LaPresti's said...

Great post! Love the new header. :-)

Justin and Susie said...

oh!! The zipper on my diaper bag has been broken for weeks now!!

Skeelabum said...

We are a few shades away from snow here...and I am still wearing barefeet...I go down kicking and screaming every fall!! ;)

Jeanne said...

You are one beautiful women! Thank you for carpe-ing the diem in your posts! Sometimes they are just what I need to read!

Brit said...

you're blog ALWAYS puts me in a good mood. your girls are gorgeous.

Jenn said...

Your blog postings are a wonderful treat to help me wind down in the evenings...

Sarah said...

um, the last photo of Lainey is so precious. her little smile with that adorable dimple. *sigh*

and whoa, Nella is crazy flexible! looove it!

Jennifer said...

I love Fall, it's kind of a sleepy time. All I want to do is make recipes with pumkins! My little Vivian who has Ds too is also a black kitty this year. She loves wering her costume, and even keeps the ears on. Especially after I showed her what is looks like in the mirror. Life is getting sweeter everyday with my littles. I look forward to reading your blog when they are napping!

Deborah said...

I check my reader often, always hoping there will be a new post from you, helping me to slow down and savor every moment of life. Would love the Red bag so I could be ready for my 2 month old grandsom!!

Kellan's momma said...

I can't find a decent diaper bag, either! Fall has hit MT, and it is cold up here!! You should come back to visit in the winter!

Smith said...

I love the desk in your room--especially the fact that it collects stuff! That always happens to any new surface at our house, too.

mel@livvyloowho said...

The handmade cat and mouse turned out great. I love Nella biting Lainey's tail.

Emily Hanley said...

526 days. That's how long my pay-down-college ticker has left on it until "I can afford to have a baby", I tell my friends. And if I can be half the mother you are Ms. Kelle - well then, life would be just swell. Loving your entrance to Fall, and loving that superb diaper bag!

patsy said...

love love love the new header...too cute! and i, like you, am quite excited about staying in neverland longer because of our sweet maggie rae :) and i love nella's little mary janes...what brand?

Nikki Crockett said...

4 years later and I'm still using my free ugly diaper bag from the hospital. :)

Tristen said...

Oh my gosh, what a dreamy diaper bag! I would die. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

buddhasmommy said...

I'm a new reader to your blog and love love love it. You have such a way with words and they touch my soul. Plus, your Lainey Love and little Nella make my heart flutter. The diaper bag looks fab and I would def like to be entered. I have been alternating between a book bag with no pockets, and a plain jane messenger bag...neither of them actual diaper bags. :)

The Viehweg's said...

I just love the pic of your two adorable girls reading a book together. That diaper bag looks awsome, wouldn't mind one of those at my house.

Dina said...

Love love the one of nellaa with her legs up ;) My little guy just started doing that and I get such a kick out of it! Ohhh how I love how positive you are! Your blog gets me ready for a new day thx!!!

DeDeandMatt said...

LOVE the picture with the two of the girlies reading the book. And the one of them in the grass with your feet. Thanks for always keeping the joy of parenthood alive in your posts!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your joy with us--I love reading about your precious girls! That bag looks great!

Piper said...

I have stopped buying Halloween candy until the day of- it works for the most part! I love the bag and the green dress!

Jo's Corner said...

I love that you love that Peter may just stay longer in your house! And, that red bag would be perfect to hang on the back of my wheelchair! It frees the hands for other things! Hugs ~ Jo

The Growing Oshika Gang said...

LOVE the new header!
Also, I *never* buy the Halloween candy until Oct 31 exactly. Otherwise we'll eat it all!

Andrea said...

loving the new header! cute little cat & mouse

Sarah said...

Love the new header and love that nappy bag! It's gorgeous!!

Nicole said...

I absolutely love your blog. Any time I need a precious photo to boost my mood, yours is the blog I read, even if I'm rereading posts I've read the day before. Thank you for being my ray of sunshine!

Kim_Hawk said...

Love the costumes..too too cute! And love the diaper bag too!

Kay said...

Love those little sock feet straight up in the air! Love that diaper bag too!

Ann said...

I love the new pics on the header. The spontaneous 'bite' of the tail cracks me up. I guess it was just too close not to grab!

Tiffany said...

Could that header be any cuter? My goodness, I'm in love!

Jessica said...

Love the last picture of Lainey Love and I'd love a diaper bag for my little one on the way!

Katy said...

Oh Peter Pan and Neverland...for some reason that just keeps popping up everywhere in my life right now haha. but I'm not complaining. I like it.

Love the enjoying the small things

mylovesmylife said...

Oh I just love seeing your pictures and updates! Also, love your taste in music. Every morning when my daughter (8 months on the 4th) and I get home from dropping daddy off at work, I plop her in her high chair with some cheerios and I come to your blog so we can listen to your play list while welcoming Mr.Sunshine to the day, enjoying breakfast together and sipping on coffee. Every morning, Monday-Friday and sometimes on the weekends when we are making daddy a special breakfast while he sleeps in! I love your blog - You have been such an inspiration to me! Thank you.

cathy said...

Kelle,
few people allow honesty to shine & you are a star

Jessica said...

Your blog makes me so happy!

On the saddest of days, I can come here and read your beautiful words, and see your beautiful babies and all becomes right in the world!!

Nella's smile lights up the world!! :)

Amy said...

Love the pictures! Love the bag!

Harky's Soulmate said...

I commented on your facebook page, but I will ask here in care you read this first. What is the name of the pig in the picture with Nella? I can't believe how big she is getting. Have you heard a dada or mama yet from her?

Happy almost weekend!!!!

T. Nelson said...

Nella's tootsies up in the air make me happy happy happy! :)

Esther said...

My favorite photo: Lainey with her imaginary friends.

Tara said...

Love the pictures! This post just made me feel happy! I adore the sock feet pictures! Reminds me so much of my first son with his feet constantly up in the air. Love it!

Valery said...

Those are the cutest little Halloween costumes!!

Pamela said...

Love the diaper bag, pictures
are beautiful. Thanks too for
dig this chick, I love her
and want to be a Montana cowgirl
next time around. Funny how reading
a blog can be so soothing and
get you to think about things.
I enjoy my time checking in on
my internet friends. xoxo

Jan said...

I sooo need a baby shower gift 0 how perfect would that be,

love the header!

jan

www.teensandtriplets.com

Crystal said...

Your pictures always inspire me! And I have a new grandchild coming in April - that bag would be a lovely gift for our daughter as she waits for #3 to arrive. Thanks for sharing!

naturalme said...

You know it's funny, I've been reading your blog for a bit, and I sort of feel like I know you. I usually read it through my blog reader, so I never heard the music I guess. But when I heard it today I was like oh yeah that sounds like her! haha! I love it.
:)
Julia

Robyn said...

I Love that you know when to take a few moments to enjoy your girls!

ELC said...

Love the bag...love your blog...Seriously, you are amazing!!

Mary A-J :) said...

I am LOVING the new header! Also, love the picture Lainey and Nella reading together. You are all too great... Have a great finish to the week. :)

Lindsay said...

LOVE the photos... the girls are having a magical childhood, that's for sure. And love Nella's mary janes - and pint size knee-high athletic socks. SO cute. :-)

Nikki said...

We would love a new diaper bag!

jennifer said...

I love that last picture of Lainey and the two girls reading a book together.

ScratchNeedles said...

I am loving that bag..but lets discuss the shoes. The shoes! Love love love!

Elena:) said...

Love the girls' costumes, love your cubicle, and love your wife-beater bling!

Meg Jahnke said...

Adorable bag! And I love the sock pic of Nella!

euniceoh said...

Love the diaper bag!!

Karen said...

Love the pics of your little cat and mouse! Great job on the costumes! I wish I could get my two to sit still and smile for the camera. Karen H.

Bella_K said...

Hey Kelle,
Love the blog!!
Aww sock feet are adorable as does the new header (cat and mouse!) How sweet!
Thanks for writing such a great blog that inspires me!

xx

Jule said...

OMG love the new header - and those fuchsia wedges!!!

Halloween is starting to take off in Australia (which I have mixed feelings about) but I had no idea chocolate was an acceptable treat! I have a bag of gummy eyeballs stashed in case we get trick or treaters but next year I will know better and get in mini chocolates.

ALYSSA said...

Always love dropping in to catch up on how your little ones are doing. Love the cat and mouse...

Erika said...

oh yay! a giveaway!!!

and your blog is like halloween candy to me! so sweet!

Launa said...

What a cool looking bag! And you're rocking that orange lipstick! woo!

Johanna said...

SUPER cute

Lori McPherson said...

That last photo of Lainey is beautiful. As always enjoying you, enjoying the little things!

Felicia said...

Oh gosh. You have the most beautiful children! And I ADORE that bag!

ABoller said...

your blog is one of the small things i enjoy :) every night when our house has quieted down i sneak into the office to catch a glimmer of your little life and a little inspiration to be a better me.........i know things arent always perfect and "we" dont see all the other "stuff" but the parts were do see are magical..........
so what is in your bag of joy???? a few extra laffy taffys from the tricker treat stash?? :) thanks for the love you share!!

monkeetrouble said...

OMG! I love love love your new header!!! What cute costumes! (I also love the bag!)

Alzbeta said...

love, love stockinged baby feet :)

Mama Parks said...

OMG I can't take the cuteness. Thank you allowing me to realize Colbie will get there. Much love to you and your girls.

Lauren said...

Love it all!

teal915 said...

I was changing my little magic chromosomed baby tonight and noticed how easily her legs reached up to her belly. She just folds right up like a rubber band. The picture of Nella sitting up with her feet turned inward, completely flat to the floor made me laugh. That's flexibilty, baby. Cute and funny trait to have.






http://teal915.blogspot.com/

kayleen said...

So, I'm only fifteen years old and I stumbled upon your blog somehow. I check every so often and catch up on all your posts and I've come to a conclusion. If and when I have a family, I want it to be like yours... full of love. I think there's a difference between living and being alive and you seem to be living. You're inspiring and exactly the kind of mom who I hope to be someday. Sometimes I can't wrap my head around how something can be so full of flaws yet entirely perfect which is what the world is, yet you're one of the greatest examples of it. You're just great, that's all. I appreciate your blog and what it's taught me- to love. That's all, that's it, that's all we really need. To just love.
For that I thank you and I'm praying this comment doesn't come off as creepy but even more so, I pray you read this and just know that you've inspired someone (but I'm sure I'm not the only one).
Thanks, and keep on keepin' on! :)

Keely said...

Love it! Love the bag, Love the blog, Love the pictures!

athena said...

mmmmm.... almond joy.

Margaret said...

hard to find a good diaper bag, looks great!!

They Call Me Lady said...

R.a.n.D.O.M.

Leah said...

LOVE the new header =)

MAK said...

Love your lovely littles! :)

Jenny said...

This is my favorite favorite FAVORITE thing you have ever said on your blog. It's just amazing to me how you capture feelings and translate them into words. Please put this in your book! :)

"I used to want to be a child forever. Now, in loving this place, I want to have a child forever. And, believe me, it is in moments like this that I find comfort in the fact that the magic of the extra chromosome just might let Peter stay in Neverland a little longer for our family. And that's perfectly alright."

-Jenny in Iowa

Katy said...

I've eaten every single last Almond Joy that came in the Coscto mega pack of candy...and each time I snuck one I hid the evidence deep in the trash. If my 3 year old saw candy wrappers....well, I dont need to tell you!
love your blog. Thank you for being a continuous inspiration.

rachel said...

mmm, almond joy. yum!

ambermarie said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful babies....LOVE your blog, love the bag....thanks for the giveaway!! :)

karyl said...

i love your posts! it makes my dream of staying at home with kid come true. =) and i love love love seeing your girls! they are just way too cute and i love how you dress them! makes me wish you had a boy too i can see how you will dress him and i can copy it. =) happy mid week to you guys as well!!!!

love from SoCal!

Suzi said...

thanks for giving me my daily dose of inspiration. ready your blog just before bed makes me excited for what tomorrow might bring. keep on rockin'

The Wilson Pratt Wilson Family said...

The scene with scattered, pocket-less, sorry-excuses-for-diaper-bags sounds all too familiar...especially the random lipsticks and crumpled receipts. Story of my life! Your blog has inspired me to start writing again. Thank you!

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