Friday, October 29, 2010

Going Gray

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We are very excited about this weekend. And it is right about now my own childhood memories of costumes and school parades and holding out pillowcases for heaps of candy come trailing back and, oh, they are good.

Today was a big day. Monumental, in fact. Because here I was, having a rare moment of calm and quiet sitting in the salon chair of my beloved hair stylist, and right before she clips, she goes, "What's this?" Coiled there aside my middle part was this wirey gray havin' a party all by its gray lonesome. My first gray hair.

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And I'm not sure how you're supposed to celebrate the arrival of gray and wirey, but we decided a trip to the park would do just fine.

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Can I swoon for a moment?

Because this one goes to take a picture with me, and she gets distracted by love. You can't get a serious shot because she's all up in my biz just wantin' love, and that kills me.

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And, announcement, please. She said her first word. Says it all the time now, and she knows damn well what it means too.

Mama.

There are these magic moments when she's tummy timin' it, scootin' along the carpet reaching for toys, flipping over to keep herself occupied but really just wondering when someone's going to come hold her. And right when she's just to that point of boredom where she's gonna holler for something more exciting than the trial shampoo bottle Brett filled with beebees to entertain her, I'll walk by. And she sees me. And she lights up like she just won a new car, and we'll stop and stare at each other, her with her legs all a kickin' and me with my heart all a racin' and then it starts...this mamamamamamma. And it's like crack. Not in the she's-promoting-an-illegal-drug-on-her-blog kind of way, but in the seriously-can-I-bottle-this-feeling? kind of way.

And I'll never forget that my firstborn said that word for the first time on my birthday some years ago. It was the best birthday present I've ever received.

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So here we were enjoying turkey subs and Sun chips on our blanket under the big trees.

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...and while I forgot an extra diaper, I am thrilled I remembered to pack swimsuits.

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...and we were happy.

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I wish I had a great many things to say tonight. Or something thought-provoking or inspiring. But, all I am is a little swooney and sugary and feeling that the most important thing in the world right now is Lainey's dimples or Nella's Winston Churchill grin. So, I will close the sugar bowl and take the sweetness to the cheeks of the babes who wait for me, all sleepin' and snuggly in our new sheets. Besides, I'm tired and I have some business to attend to.

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Lainey carried these two ornaments in a little purse for three days this week...even took them to Ballet to show her teacher.

The heart of life is good, Baby.

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Go dress up and get crazy. It's Halloween.

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Angelina Taumaoe said...

DUDE!!! I just pulled a gray hair this morning! I almost cried.... I'm only 25 :(

I love the pictures of Nella in the water! What a great place!

Angelina Taumaoe said...

PS. Your Gray is much prettier than mine.... mine was all crooked and pathetic looking! haha! Figures even your gray hair would be beautiful!

Nadine said...

I heard you're not supposed to pull out grey hairs - their friends come back en force to replace them :)

You, and your kids, are beautiful. I often leave your blog up and just jam along to your awesome music playlist - it makes me smile every day.

xoxo from Vancouver

iColossus / Monster said...

Lovely, lovely water shots. And first word?!!! Holy crap. That's amazing. Congrats, MAMA!

And yes, hearing it is so like crack. Not that I would know!

Theresa said...

I love that you celebrate grey hair.
I always told my mother to NEVER dye hers. And I will never dye mine when the day comes. Promise. :)

carlotta said...

Such beautiful photos. And the story of Nella and saying "Mama" made my heart melt. It made me want to have children :)

mamamoos said...

omg, that shot of nella from above on the splash pad, with her gorgeous lashes stuck together? just... ::swoon::

Grace said...

I love how Nella's first word was Mama and how happy she looks she sees you. That's baby/mama love at the finest. She makes me swoon too.

BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

The pics of you with your "Mama" girl and her funky crochet vest are scrumptious. Happy Halloween!

Maheen said...

AWESOME pix, so jealous seeing the pool/swimsuits as the wind in WI nearly took our roof off. Welcome back to my wardrobe long-johns, nice to see you old friends. SO excited to see your girls Halloween/trick-or-treat pix! Meanwhile we'll be turnin' up the heat for Halloween!

Melissa said...

Ohhhhh so sweet Nella is calling you out! Precious! Your pool photos are amazing Kelle!
Hope you girls have a wonderful Halloween week-end!

Lisa said...

Yikes I just commented and made some error and gone. Anyway...I was on to read your previous post and left quickly and when I came back this was here. I feel like I got 2 for the price of 1. Awesome. The girls are getting cuter everyday. You have a post from long back titled Christmas in April and those pics of Lainey definatley resemble Nella. Sweet.

Looking forward to Halloween and my two little loves being in costume. Any hey...it's like midnight for you go get some sleep momma. : )

Lisa in CA

Mary said...

I discovered a gray hair 2 months ago while I was 7 months pregnant. I got highlights 2 weeks later :) I can't wait to hear my little bug's first word when he gets older. xx

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Unique Boutique said...

you take the most beautiful photographs and your girls smiles are lovely - I am still waiting for my youngest to say mama but at 13 months we are still stuck on dada! xx

Melina said...

Yes, you celebrate well! I'm 25 and I have grey hairs streaked amongst the blonde, and I gotta say I love it, just as I love the laugh lines around my eyes.

Love how you made your photos gray to go along with the new hair.

xoxox
Melina

http://www.thewildercoast.com

Nikki said...

Beautiful photo's.
My hair is still naturally blonde... this has the advantage that you can't see any greys :) There's probably a few in there but I can't see them.

cd0103 said...

I swear, I think Nella is the most adorable beautiful baby I have ever seen in my life! Laney can hold her own too, but Nella--- I love her smile!!

KG said...

You wish you had something to say tonight? My God Kelle, your pictures say. it. all. What you capture in pictures is conveyed in ways words cannot begin do justice to, although your words move me beyond all else. Such angels... thank you as always for sharing and inspiring!

Megan said...

my very favorite thing is the way Ms. Nella always has her little feet pointed and her toes all stretched forward like shes going to be a ballerina right next to her big sister one day :)

Rosellini said...

The girls could not be any cuter at the park in their swimmies...I love the ones of Nella with her bonnet! I had to chuckle out loud when you called her grin "winston churchill" which is what we called my son's toothless smile not too long ago...I love that age Nella is at! Happy Halloween to you guys!

sarah said...

I cried when I read Nella said "Mama". Oh the sound. Beauty.

And your freshly saloned do is fabulous. I love "the day of" hair. I can never get mine the way my hairdresser does, but dang it looks good that day.

And I wish I could pinch and squish Nella's thigh rolls! She has the perfect amount of lovin'.

And Lainey. Delightful. The shine of her eyes.

And we've all dressed up. Twice. The whole family. As superheros. Yes.

Shauna said...

Song you will love:
"Love me like a river does" by Melody Gardot
Deep and delicious!

Amy said...

Thank you...for the smile, the warmed heart, the appreciation for love, life, etc. that I have tonight after reading and viewing these pictures. Love them all.

Jewllori by Lori said...

MAMMAMAMAMA!! Eeeek, my heart is swelling :)

I love the way Nella sits all pretty and pigeon toed...what a sweet pumpkin ! I enjoyed the sugar tonite!

xoxo,
Lori

melissa said...

You don't need to say anything thought provoking or inspiring...you already do so naturally. Love this 'just simply' beautiful post - your everyday is extraordinary because of your way with words and real enthusiasm. Thank you for not forcing it.

Kelly said...

Those pictures of Nella are just slaying me lately. Those eyes, that smile, those eyelashes. Sigh.

And Lainey and her obvious silly personality come through in her pictures. Her beauty is also astounding.

mommamitchell said...

You three are a sight to behold!!! How BEAUTIFUL you all are!!!

And I'm so jealous of you with Nella's first word ringing in your heart! What sweetness! As an 'old' mom, I do enjoy motherhood at different stages...my eldest just got engaged this past Sunday!, but there is nothing that matches that terrific smile, that wonderful word, 'Mama', and all that goes with it! Oh, Kelle,
savor the joys!!!!

You're such a great Mom! You really, really are!!!

Vanessa said...

It's raining in the Bay Area yet looking at your pictures makes me want to run outside to slosh in the puddles and smile at the grey sky!

Nikki Crockett said...

love, love, love, love the shots at the water park. ridiculous.

j210209 said...

Yay for Nellas first word! I am so jealous that it's nearly November and you can still wear swimsuits outside! If we were to do that we'd freeze!

Loving this post! Enjoy your Halloween! xx

Ryan & Brooke said...

Love the chubby knees on the splash deck! Life doesn't get any better than chubby knees!

HollyElise said...

Reading your words about Nella saying "mama" made my heart leap in hope of when I will hear that word from my own childrens' mouths... Can't wait for that day and reading your blog makes me long for it more :)

Love to you and yours (and a snuggle for Nella)!

- Holly

heather said...

Got all dressed up and crazy tonight at our Halloween party. Good times with friends! Love the last picture!!! Even when you feel like you don't have anything to say I leave feeling inspired and a little happier. And oh how I miss that little baby voice calling me "mamamama". My baby is almost threenow. Enjoy it for me!

Janie Fox said...

Love your babies. Love your blog. I started following you in the spring.Told my daughter about it and she started reading. Great photos and sweet babies. Now, my daughter is expecting #3 in Feb. Dr. highly suspects she is having a DS baby. Knowing Nella made us both say bring it on. We love this baby and know life will be beautiful. Your stories have shown us both all emotions are normal and this baby will bless us so much. Just different dreams but still wonderful dreams. Thank you.

Ashley said...

My hair stylist found my 1st gray at 25 : ( What a bummer day that was! My grandmother had the most beautiful long silver hair that she would wear up in a bun- never the big beau-font do. I loved it. But at 31 I am so not ready to be silver/gray. SO in the meantime I cover those suckers up! Someday I will rock it like grandma.

karyl said...

oh my goodness Kelle! what camera did you use for the water park pictures? the picture of Lainey splashing the water is amazing! i love it! and how cute are those girls of yous???? and Nella loving the water? A Dor A Ble!!! good job mamamamamamamama

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Debra Bonson said...

When I found my first gray hair at 30 I promptly plucked it out and taped it to a black sheet of paper so I could show my disbelieving hair stylist. What they say is true though, pull one out and three come back in its place. :( Happy Halloween!

FEAS613 said...

our days were pretty similar
Mine started out with a Halloween celebration. I had a hair appointment at 3 and before I went I pulled out the two pesky grey hairs that grow back what seems almost instantaneously before my hair dresser laid a finger on my hair... Not much of a new style but in a couple of months it will be long enough to donate 9 inches to Pantene Pro-Vs Beautiful lengths charity for women with cancer.
That pesky grey would put no damper on my day with your two beautiful girls around!! I love their smiles!!

Lynn said...

I have NEVER heard anyone explain it better than you when a mom hears "Mamma" for the first few times fresh out of a new babe's mouth. My heart did a little dance and giggle when I read......it totally took me back. Loved it.

Roksalanna said...

Such joy radiates from your photos and words Kelle!
So lovely to hear about Nella saying "Mama"
Have a great weekend! x

Judith said...

I LOVE the ornaments :) And they do international shipping - I'm so ordering some :) :)

Noosa Beach House said...

Happy halloween to you and yours :)
Cheers from Australia x

nmassie218 said...

Congrats on the first word! Oh and LOVE the water shots, just lovely children you have.

Seaside Siblings said...

Wow, that pic of Nella in the water, taken from above with the wet eyelashes... OMG, I think that is the most beautiful pic ever!

Carla Wesley said...

Those grey hairs! Mine started coming thick and fast after I had my twins and now this momma of 4 has to hit the hair salon often! I'm only 34, not ready to be grey yet!

A gorgeous post as always Kelle, revving up for Halloween here, although I must stop eating all the candy!

Fiona said...

First words are so very gorgeous, aren't they? I'm jealous. ;)

rubyredladybug said...

don't you think the imagery of a baby wiggling and gooing on the floor for you is not inspiring? i love it when babies do that! started out my day in a good way... now if only i could find a baby... LOL

Sarah said...

Found my first gray recently too! What a trip. Can't wait for a first word. And I love that you distract Nella too much for posing....Doesn't it make your heart sing?

Katie said...

My heart skipped a beat when you said her first word is Mama. That's just priceless.

Darla said...

She said mama!!!!! WOW! that is so awesome kelle, i can feel the love spillin' over all the way from here! loving the gorgeous grins of your girls and the mama love. have a wonderful halloween! xoxox

Autumn said...

One of my favorite posts ever....LOVED the way in which you described Nella saying Momma and how it makes you feel.
LOVE it!!!

Tricia said...

Don't get me started on the grey! I got my first one at 18! But if your mother's gorgeous locks are any indicator you should rejoice cuz' she's gorgeous. Very strange reading about people enjoys water time while here in Minnesota we're going winter boot/winter coat shopping today:) I miss the sun already.

Stacy said...

Don't fret about the gray, a co-worker always told me they were just a different shade of "blond highlights!"
I know I have said this over and over again but you and the girls are absolutely gorgeous...
Have a safe halloween...I am jealous if those pictures are right now and you are at a waterpark...here in Canada looking outside my window this morning there is SNOW on my car! Boo :(

Leslie said...

Isn't it awesome that you get to play in the water on Oct. 29th?? Beautiful photos has always. And congratulations on being called momma. it really is like crack, in a good way lol.

Maria said...

YAY!!!! A good old Life is Good post. I love when you swoon & leave love messages in the wind for all who care to accept them. I love, love, love this kind of post from you. Don't mean to sound critical but sometimes all I want to hear is how much a mama loves her babies & really, really enjoys the little things in life.

Jessica said...

I love this post, makes me anxious for the moment I hear my little ones calling from their cribs this morning... nothing better than hearing Mama.

The Halbert Home said...

I'm almost 28 and I've been pulling out gray hair for years. Hair dye will be my friend.

Lola said...

Mamamamama!!!!! That's a big announcement. Awesome......
Best feeling ever.

And Winston... lol! Sometimes when we look at Sienna and see her delicious cheeks and double chin we call her Winston......
We won't tell her :) or maybe we will......

Enjoy your weekend! Looking forward to the Halloween pics.

Marjorie said...

it's warm enough to swim?! we live in NJ and it's in the 50's this week. freezing! enjoy your halloween :)

Elizabeth said...

Nella is saying Mama??! WOW, fantastic!!! That photo of her looking at you holding your cheek -- Oh my -- your children are SO IN LOVE with you! Swoon away, mama bird! Are you constantly updating the photos on your wall??? There are just so MANY great photos!!

Sprinklers in the park are long gone until next year over here! I love how your girls can wear swimsuits all year long! Enjoy that warm breeze -- can't wait to hear about the girls' halloween!!

Lizzy V.

cathy said...

When they speak their first word, it's a wonderment all its own, bot MAMA....Heaven

katie said...

I love these pictures!! The water ones - adorable! The swing at the end - perfect! And Nella lovin' her mama - sooo beautiful!!

I'm so excited to check out those ornamennts!

Angie said...

Man, the pictures of Nella wantin' some lovins'....LOVE! How great that she says Mama now :) Best. Sound. EVER!! My little Selah is in that same precious stage of being SO excited when she sees me. And you are so right....it's like a drug. I absolutely love this baby stage!

Happy Halloween,
Angie, from Ohio

LJ said...

I love that first pic of just Nella. She must be pretty close to the sweetest baby ever. She just melts my heart. I love the new banner and the Halloween costumes. They are beyond cute.

Midwest Girl said...

I found my first gray hair a few years ago, (you and I are the same age) and have since discovered I have several gray hairs. All in the same region. Turns out my grandma had a gray stripe and I think I'm going to have it too. When that happens, no coloring my hair for me! I'm going to rock that gray stripe!

Jorie said...

There really are no words to express how you feel when your little ones say mama for the first time. Priceless really!

The grey hair thing, I've found a couple here and there in my 28 year old curls. I try to ignore them because Lord knows, they won't be the last!

Happy Halloween!

Summer said...

Your babies are so precious. And great pics too! I love the water splashes.

Kara said...

When I read that Nella said Mama for the first time I totally teared up - can't wait to hear it for the first time from my little guy, and yes, I imagine it will be exactly like crack!! The water pictures are so beautiful.

belleandnel.com said...

Oh my goodness!! Hearing "mama" sounds way better than crack. Yay for you! I always wish I could come up with the words to tell you how friggin amazingly adorable your babies are, but then, I know you already know. Happy Halloween!

Cow Town said...

Dude, life IS good!

Kim

Tonya said...

I feel your pain on the grey hairs, they are poppin up all over the place lately. I guess I should be thankful, I have made it to almost 40 without having to color. Not much longer though.

Loved this post and the gorgeous pictures and Nella saying Mama, no sweeter sound in the world : )

SallyGirl said...

You and your girls look SO happy! Like happy in the way that the word 'happy' doesn't even cut it! I have a coffee cup sitting in front of me that says "life doesn't get any better than this.' and its absolutely right! Hope your Halloween is lovely!

Sarah said...

WOW!!! Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for reading my post. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, you beautiful, sweet soul.

This post was great and is exactly why this blog is just so dear. i thought before you even said it, "nella is such a happy baby:)"

Vonda said...

LOVE Nella's wet star eyelashes in that one picture and could her arm and leg chubs be any more delicious!! OMG I WILL hold that baby in my arms some day, I just know it!!! I have to make that happen, it's on the top of my TO DO LIST. :)

MNMama said...

Ok...you're how old and got your first gray? Celebrate it girl. My stylist did the EXACT same thing to me....but I was 16 at the time. Now at 30 you should see my gray roots in that 5 days before my dye job. Not pretty.
I am loving the water photos. Seriously, Nella's little rolls on her thighs? And the pics of you and your littles. The huge smile on Nella's face and tongue roll by Miss Lainey. Your girls are just loving on you mama. So sweet.

Lianna said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Kelle-mamamamamama!♥

And Happy Halloween to the most beautiful lil pumpkins around!♥♥

appledapple said...

Happy Halloween to your lovely family!
I'm a sittin here wearing my "Empower" necklace smacking with bravado telling my dear husband "see this, Kelle sent it to me" and he and my teens are all teasin me because I'm really not the fanatic type and I'm lovin every minute of it...thank you!
Carving pumpkins today, catering a baby shower, and finishing a quilt...over the top Halloween party tomorrow in our new village filled with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents...life is just sooooooo good!
LOVE the sprinkler park pics, but my all time favorite EVER on your blog is Nella full of glee and love for her Mama #8.

Emily said...

Funny...you said you have nothing to say, and yet you spoke so much to my heart here!
First, gray gray gray - why do you have to be so wirey?? I would not mind sporting your shimmering hue, if only you would lie down and play nicely with the pretty brunettes who have graced my head for 32 years...Welcome to the club, Kelle! I have found tweezers work nicely for getting THAT ONE *%#* hair out...

Second, I know that moment. That one where your eyes meet and you both just want to swallow eachother up and yet you don't want to move for fear you will miss a second of that amazing little person just glowin' and kickin' all because YOU are there! And I will withhold my jealousy...mine says "dada" (and "dadadadadadada...."!), but he is so darn cute saying it, I am ok with it...kind of... ;)
And, a park with a pool?!? In October??? Again, trying not to be jealous. Of course, I am super pumped that we get to wear jackets and drink hot chocolate for our Trick-or-Treating and Monsterous After Party "up north" here...(thanks for the inspiration to throw an impromptu party celebrating this wonderful season a few posts back...)
Now, go figure out how to bottle that sweet lovin' and let me know so I can get to work preserving mine...
Thanks for sharing and...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Hampton Family!

Karla said...

What sweet photos! Can't wait to see the girls Halloween photos :) I love the photos of Lainey in yellow. Such a great color on her! Totally fits her bright personality!

Jenn said...

If your future with gray hair is anything like your moms you'll look fabulous, she certainly does! I started getting gray at 19. I am now 35 and have decided to go au natural. I am about 50/50 with gray to brown, but I'm tired of getting it colored, tired of roots, and quite honestly just want to be me. Whatever makes you feel beautiful :)

I wish you and your family a spooktacular Halloween full of treats!

Becky said...

Yay! The daddy at our house worked late last night so we are going to make pumpkin cookies very very very quietly right now ;)

Happy Halloween, have a great weekend making memories with your girls!

Crystal said...

1) Every last picture of your girls inspires me! That Nella just melts me. And her love for you just ooozes through the lens!

2) Grey hair... I am going to be 33 next month and I am just waiting for one to show up.... I won't say it outloud cause then it will be sure to happen.

3) I'm off to have a fantastic weekend with my littles. The park, soccer games, pumpkin patch and trick or treating with friends!

Happy Halloween

Million Dollar Mamma said...

ok. maybe I will

Kmarie said...

Love this song. Love your blog...I almost cried when you said she said mamma....it took me back...and also made me wonder if I am way to emotionally attached to your blog:) Like you know when people love celebrities- yikes! I don't want to be one of those...but you are just so real.
Thanks for sharing your life...and the grey just shows that your life experience has matured into silver joy.

Tara. said...

Oh my goodness! Nella's rolls just make me so happy. I love how happy she is!
What beautiful pictures!

motherofangels said...

Nella eyelashes in that one shot are a WOW! So beautiful!

Angie Kroeker said...

First grey hair? really? I found mine at 22. I was pretty proud. I guess we all have our time to go. I also have decided to let the greys come as they will. I think they have their own bit of beauty to them. Thanks for enjoying even the small things of first greys. They mean you've lived and that is good.

Katy said...

Love it.

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend. Can't wait to read your Halloween post

Moonstonemama said...

Happy first word Nella!!

Karen said...

So stinkin cute! Your girls are adorable! My firstborn said "mama" at 4 months while crying. My 2nd born is 18 months and still only says "dada". He can say the "m" sound for cow. Close! Have a great Halloween weekend! We are about to leave for the mall and then more trick-or-treating later tonight!

Victoria said...

kelly, your photos always amaze me with their elegance and beauty!! the shadow one is awesome! and the one of nella grabbing you-too cute!! your daughters are just precious! and thanks for the ornament website, i am heading there soon, i love me some christmas :)

Stef said...

I keep waiting to find a gray hair! I wonder if it will come, now that I'm 30. For some reason, I want to celebrate like you did. Having gray hairs and entering my 30's doesn't seem scary to me, like it did when I was 10.

I loved all the water pictures. Can't get over the summer like weather you guys have!

Shannon said...

Your daughters sweet eyes and your love for life get me everytime. Thank you for this blog and the sparkle you find in the simple things

kate said...

When I open up the laptop and scroll down the favorites to your blog and see a new entry ... oh good gravy! ... I get all giggly! Thanks so much for your words and pics! I love them!

Oh, and the grey hair ... not to worry, there are chemicals to cover that! I was "blessed" with genes of EARLY grey hair ... oh well! Playin' the hand I was dealt!

xoxo,
kathy

Linda said...

Love your hair! It looks great! Hope you guys have a fabulous Halloween!

Rhonda said...

She says mama..love!!!

It really is the most special word in the world~ Enjoy it Mama ...xo

Those gigantic size eyelashes on little Nella bean...could that be any sweeter!!!

Sara said...

I recently had my first gray hair experience at the hairdressers as well.....mine was all by itself - thick and wiry. You're so not alone!

Can't wait to see the Halloween pics - and yay for Nella saying Mama - makes your heart want to explode! :)

andrea said...

OH MY GOSH LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS POST!!
NELLA IS JUST PRECIOUS..SO IS LAINEY!!:)

NELLA'S SMILE MELTS MY HEART!
UM CAN WE HAVE VIDEO OF HER SAYING MAMA?????

LIFE IS GOOD!!!!

Liz said...

We buy an oranment every year for my love and I. It has to be a tradtion i love and feel so great to do because we choose it together and then we even add it to the tree and soon our tree will only have oranments that mean something. I love Xmas. Plus we get a new baby for x-mas this year let the holidays begun...

The Birth of KLC said...

I'm so jealous that you get to splash in the water still! I would give anything for a day like that right now! But at least the sun is shinning today and my boys are out bike riding! Cheers to fun!

Rebekah said...

Both your girls are beautiful, but I am such a sucker for Nella's big grin. SO sweet. I love the picture of you and her with her huge smile. Precious.

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

OH, Kelle, thank you so much, as always for sharing your life with all of us, and your littles and wonderful family. How cute, Nella saying MAMA - isnt it just great?! Oh, a gray hair. Dont worry about it. I have a ton of them and figure I earned every one of them! HAPPY HALLOWEEN. And thanks for all the great giveaways! They are awesome!

Nicole said...

Love your photos!

Cameo's Angels said...

How stinkin' adorable are your pictures this post. I mean they are always so precious, but these just made me smile from ear to ear. We went to the park last night to soak up every last bit of "park" weather we can and I got almost the exact picture of my two girls on the swings. I love how the little ones always lean over the swing. I have to agree with other posters, gray hairs only mean you are having fun! Thanks for a great post and HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you and your munchkins!

Jennifer said...

If you came through the past 9 months with only 1 grey hair...I have to say your stress didn't get to you. As Linda said, forget about it! More important aspects to focus on.

Oh, what a great weekend. Already went to church for a big fall fest celebration and Alex and I went as Cat and kitten. Meow! Now cooking a fall feast for friends and their little ones. What could be better than carving pumpkins, playing dress up, eating carmel apples, drinking cider and just enjoying the best parts of life. Life happens in the cracks, so I'm stuck in the middle of one for the next few days. And don't dare take me out of it.

Keep sucking the marrow, Mamamamamam..

-Jennifer from Annapolis

A + M + S said...

You are such an amazing writer!! i love reading your blog. I have an 11 month old- she says mama but I don;t know if she knows what it means. I can't WAIT until she looks at me and says it :) Congrats!!!

Sarah said...

Beautiful pics, Kelle! Keep on celebrating life with your beautiful family!

Sarah Seagroves said...

I love the girls' Halloween costumes! So cute! And, I am also obsessed with Christmas ornaments :)

Sarah said...

Beautiful pics, Kelle! Keep on celebrating life with your beautiful family!

Amy said...

I keep hoping that someday our park will install sprinklers like that. :)

Stefanie said...

The pictures at the top of your blog are adorable!! All of your pictures are great - you have an eye for the different angles and shots.

LilCaliMom said...

Happy First Gray!! :-)

I absolutely adore reading your blogs. Your girls are so beautiful and you capture them in the most precious of moments.
You are awesome.

Deanna said...

I love you photography and your way of storytelling. You always create the best pictures with your words to accompany your amazing pictures! Bravo!

Lori McPherson said...

I just love swing set photographs!! I LOVE swing sets!! Happy Halloween and it's on to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bring it!

cathy said...

kelle,
you are such a pretty lady that the grey hair can do nothing but enhance your beauty.
the pictures of the little bugs are adorable as always,
i wish i had even a pinch of your talent at taking good pictures.
you and the family have a fantastic halloween!!
god luv ya!
~cathy~

Jennifer Callahan said...

Love the pictures of the girls at the water park!! Here in Texas we just got our first cold snap so its 70 degrees all day!! Loving the "fall" weather and with it the hope of all things Christmas. I would love some new ornaments to go along with my new family this year!!!

katylux said...

Love the ornaments! My daughter is tree months old, and I am so jazzed for her first Christmas! And I hope her first word someday is "Mama."

katylux said...

Love the ornaments! My daughter is tree months old, and I am so jazzed for her first Christmas! And I hope her first word someday is "Mama."

Monique said...

Kelle, I come to visit your blog because you inspire, your love is contagious and your girls are ADORABLE!!! You said you wished you had many great things to say last night...but dude, your pictures spoke volumes of your love for life, your wisdom , your passions and your spirit!! Your photographs are "thought provoking and inspiring" all on their own!! (I do enjoy reading your words too!!!) Thanks for sharing your sugar!!! Oh ya...isn't it a grand moment when their pumped up energy explodes into a musical concert of "mamamamamama"!

Happy Halloween
Monique

The Mac's House said...

Love the ornaments. Lainey's is perfect!

Chunky legs and pudgy feet! What a treat!

Lainey splashing in the water, so super cute.

My 2 year old granddaughter came in while viewing your blog, listened to the music and started humming/singing along even if she didn't know the song it was cute as ever.

:)
Teri

Monica said...

I remember when I found my first gray hair....I believe I was 22. Of course I was a momma at 18, so I guess I was due by then!

Erin said...

ok, i am officially obsessed with your blog - i cannot count home times i pulled it last night, hoping for a new post. i suspect that you'd be jealous that i'm in the midwest right now, in full halloween mode, crunchy leaves and all of that fun stuff, but i'm just a touch jealous of babies in the water myself... today i'm loving the halloween preview from my girls - a piglet and a duck. happy halloween to you all!

Amie said...

Yay for Nella's first word!! Love the tubby pictures! Have a great Halloween!

Daisy Path said...

sweet, sweet pics! there is nothing like hearing your own flesh and blood say, "mama!" love it! congratulations!
Mindy

Kaycee said...

Precious. Absolutely precious. Your girls. Your pictures of them. Your words about them. I love all of it, thanks for sharing with all of us.

Stephanie said...

Love the pics as always! Enjoy your festive filled weekend!

Tina said...

Those ornaments are just fabulous! I totally love them and can't wait to browse the website to find some for my family!

I like to think my littlest says Mama, but I'm really not so sure. She definitely sounds like she's yelling for me while she's crying, but it could be a fluke. I'm gonna just assume she's a genius. ;)

Cassi said...

I love reading your posts, they make me fell all lovie for my littles even when they just got through pitching the biggest fit ever! LOL Thanks!!

mylife said...

I saw you today in traffic!!! It was so funny I looked over and saw the most adorable baby with fingers in her mouth almost like she was making noises and big smile and I was like OH MY STINKING HECK THATS NELLA!!! She really is the cutest. I almost rolled down the window but I did not want you to think that i was some kind of nutty stalker. Love your pics.

Becky said...

oh thanks for reminding me... I CANT WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

pakosta said...

oh man, your baby is gorgeous!
I just want to snuggle her!!!!
tara

Lindsey said...

Awe! I love ornaments, anything Christmas really. My husband and I have a tradition to buy one every year with the year on it. Right now money is tight and I didnt think we'd be able to do it this year. It would be wonderful to continue the tradition! Much love to you and your sweet babies.

Mallory said...

That baby of yours is sweet as pie. I really like those ornaments! The front door one is way cute.

Kelsi said...

Oh how I wish it was still warm enough here to wear tank tops and swim! I already miss summer...

AmberS said...

I have found some gray hairs too and I am only 25! Ahh!

shanjol23 said...

I'm slightly jealous of your swim all year long weather, while up here in MN we're gearing up for below zero winter! :)

aprilanecdotes said...

Pictures can be just as deep and inspirational as words. You got it right girl by sharin the love. Saying mama trumps everything!!! susan

brooklynn15 said...

I just happened upon this blog via La Mia Vita and I am overwhelmed at how much your outlook has inspired and touched me. After a rough couple of days--a nasty stomach flu, a stressful week at work--reading something like this puts it all into perspective. When I opened it, the music made me stay as I worked, but later I went back to actually start reading, and thank God I did. You are a blessing to everyone who happens upon this page. Thank you for opening your life to us and inspiring the world in a positive way. And it goes without saying that your family is absolutely beautiful, in more ways than one.

BobbysMommy said...

Kelle, sounds like we have the same hairdresser. About a month ago as we were at the salon getting our hair did for our holiday photo shoot, my stylist discovered my first gray. That was after she told me that my little lamb was "sucking the nutrients" out of my hair. Gee, thanks. Love the pictures, as always!

scuppie said...

I want to live in Florida and take my daughter to the splash pad in October!

-- sighing in Illinois :)

Sweet T said...

I was born with black hair and lots of gray! i never stood a chance!

Hattie said...

The heart of life is good--love it. Beyond the pictures and the stories, I love your music choices, too!! I was just rocking out to Beauty in the World on my run this afternoon and it reminded me to come check for a new blog update. Now I have a new song to add to my playlist. Thanks for the smiles. Love your posts.
My little pirate just woke up from his nap. We're off to a Halloween party, Argh!

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

How fun that you can still be playing in the water for Halloween. Love the cute ornaments. I have a ballerina who has been dancing for 9 years now. Hope Lainey continues to love the art of dance. It's beautiful to watch your little one grow into an older ballerina. I am sad when I think of the day that I won't be hanging out at the ballet studio with all the other mamas watching our girlies...

Farmgirl Paints said...

Girl you don't have to have something important to say...what's in your heart is good enough. MORE than good enough. I loved this post so much. Enjoying every little minute with your precious sweet ones. That one of your little picnic made me choke up a bit. I used to take my girls to the park and have a blanket picnic ALL the time when they were smaller. We could still do it, they aren't too big...things just shift a bit. Enjoy your babes. Can't wait to see your take on Halloween.

Springroll said...

Oh man - I can't wait to see what your Christmas is like!! Your lives are so magical already...
Yes, your girls get more delicious every day! Just like my little guy!!

Kate J said...

OK, so my oldest daughter just found HER first gray... a new feeling for me.

Kim said...

Ugh! The picture of Nella loving up on you is perfect! My baby girl Raleigh has gradually started to convert from daddy's girl to a little bit of a momma's girl recently. And I can't get enough. Have a fantastic Halloween with your cute little critters.

Jill said...

I cannot wait until Finn says his first word too...priceless! I LOVE how you described the feeling. The ornaments are super cute too - we are very into them around here.

Momma2girls said...

Your BLOG always warms my heart , makes me smile......... and even shed a tear sometimes.

Sarah said...

I had the same thing happen to me, except I was 15, 15!!! I could care less though now, nothing a little hair dye can't fix. My husband started going gray this year, and he just turned 25. I think I took it much better than he did.

junerose said...

would love to get an ornament...fits perfect with our Christmas traditions of getting the kids a new ornament each year...get the gray thing too...at 29 my husband has been out of work for a year...and the other day I think I found my first "official" gray hair :)

Mama B said...

I had a grey hair 5 years earlier than you did at 30... I found my first one at 25. So you're doing well!!! And I love your analogy about the first word. Sheer love.

Molly306 said...

Love the ornaments! I just moved out of my parents house not too long ago so I'd love to stock up! haha

PILCHERS said...

i simply love this post...everything about it!

Carole said...

Don't give that gray hair another thought. Blonde, brunette or gray haired you'll rock it because you can make anything work!

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

LOVING those water splash photos! What fun!
And Kelle, Miss Nella steals my heart with every shot I see of her! She's so delicious!
Those Christmas ornaments....so so cute! I too have a little ballerina baby who would think that ballet ornament is pure treasure!
Happy Halloween to the Hamptons!
xo

Melissa said...

I've never posted before, but I just gotta say I love your blog! AND I'm a redhead, so no gray strands for me....they're WHITE! I figure I might as well welcome them, cause they're coming whether I'm ready or not!

Mark and Marlena said...

Where did you find that rubber ducky to cover the bath tub faucet? I love it and want to get one for our tub! You're pictures and words are beautiful, as always. =)

Lauren said...

Haha! I pulled my first gray hair at 23 after a crazy few months in public education!!! Can't wait to peruse the ornaments...haven't decided what our "year" ornament will be this year.

The Sanchez Family said...

LOVELY as usual! The water shots are just precious! and your little cat and mouse header! To die for!!!!

Marti said...

My first gray hair was pulled a few years ago I didn't love it but I do love Christmas ornaments!

kancell24 said...

I love your pictures as always. I really like the ornament site. I have a feeling even if I don't win I will be getting some from there.

karlee said...

Nothing like a special little ornament to brighten your day! Oh, and I have have several WHITE hairs and I'm a week shy of 24:(

Lyn said...

So sweet, I LOVE all the pictures!

Patty said...

You are so very blessed, gray hairs and all.

hgoff79 said...

It's bad that I forgot to buy candy for the trick or treaters (just got back from a retreat an hour ago, and am flat exhausted from keeping my 1-month old quiet for 2 days)! It's also bad that I haven't purchased a single Christmas gift yet. At least I have some ideas now, those ornaments would be great for some of my family!

ayshamartin said...

Swoon away; loved this post and all the pictures. You capture the most perfect self portraits of you with your girls. Any tips you can share on how to do this?

Have a Happy Halloween!

Rosa said...

Sigh...remember the days when I could pull out a stray white hair or two. Hair dye and me go hand in hand. :) Luving the smiles in this post.

Jill said...

"The Heart of Life" by John Mayer is one of my favorite songs of all time! Even John Mayer says he wrote that song from the purist place he's ever written a song. The song makes me feel good about life, the same way your blog makes me feel good about life.

Shay said...

I had to give them up.....i have long ones now. I'm okay with that though. :) Love to watch you savor your life.

A said...

Aaaaargh grey hairs!
My Mum pulled one out of my head when I was 8, at 25 I had to start colouring my hair to hide them, now at 38 without colour my hair would be more grey than brown.

Mama - I love that.

Christmas ornaments - I love those too!

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

Love your pick of the John Mayer song! It so goes along with you, Kelle. Ooh, I just love the ornaments. I have been searching for nice personalized ornaments and these look great!!

Jaimie Lynn said...

I LOVE personalized ornaments! And yours, are adorable!

Eva Marie said...

how i love fall.. but oh how id love to take a dip in the pool and let my little enjoy a much longer summer.. im a summer baby at heart

im looking for an extra special ornament for my girls first christmas - this looks perfect

Judy said...

The more you pull them out, the faster they come in!!

I love that baby's rubber-band arms!

I just took my 9 year old angel out today and we found a pink Christmas tree. Needless to say, she spent some quality time picking out some pink ornaments to go with. A Mia-Cate ornament would be just the ticket! Thanks for the chance!!

Judy

Laurel said...

My husband and I have been collecting ornaments since we got married five years ago. Some years are a one new ornament year, while some have been many more! Love the ballet bear . . .

Susan said...

Kelle~

I swear every time I say you have posted the "best ever" pics of your precious daughters, ZAP!! you go and post these:)

The "tub time" pics and the "squirty things water park" pics are the "bees knees" as my father always says!!

And the "gray" thing......not an issue! You will rock that too.....

Treasure your little trick-or-treaters (but I don't even need to say that because I KNOW you will).

Happy Halloween

Susan from Boston

Kimberly said...

One hair definitely isn't "going gray" yet!

Love the water pics and the one of Nella wanting loving!

Looking Up said...

"Mama".....Best sound I've heard! Happy Halloween to you & your little punkins. :)

Anna Ruth said...

The trip to the park was a perfect afternoon for your girls. Those are the memories they will remember.

How exciting that Nella is saying "mama" the most beautiful word in the world for a Mama to hear.

Denise said...

Ohh MY I love those ornaments!! If I don't win, I'm gonna go order one for my 6 week old. Thank you for your blog!!!

Michelle said...

LOVE the photo from above of Nella in the water...her eyelashes look so adorable!

And personalized ornaments are the best......

Party of Nine said...

I love your weather, but I love ours, too!

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Andrea said...

Happy Halloween! Love the story about Nella saying mama... so sweet!

Andrea said...

Happy Halloween! Love the story about Nella saying mama... so sweet!

AussieMum said...

Personalized ornaments are my fav. I get my daughter and now will my son one every year...my Mum did the same for me and my sisters and my tree is now full of them! <3 <3 <3

Susan said...

pick me, pick me, pick me! my little grand E needs a new ornament for her tree. i love your music; it makes me smile before i even see your marvelous photos :)

The Super Seven said...

I wish it was still warm here to splash in the water but winter is a coming.......love the ornaments!!! So cute!! I still have one that was made the year I was born.....

Deborah said...

"mama" The most magical word in the world...to a mother's ears:) my baby girl is going to be 17 months old soon, and is saying so much more now...but "mama!" is still my fav:)

Would Love a new orniment for our Christmas tree!

Ashley Renee said...

I love following your blog.. you take such beautiful shots of your girls!

Also, I would LOVE to win that red door to commemorate our first Christmas in our new townhouse :).

Life with Kaishon said...

I can't remember when I got my first gray. All I know is that at 34 I get them all the flippin' time now. Some days they make me want to cry. And other days I just smile at them. And then I smile at the lines around my eyes. Smile lines. Aren't they the best?

Wishing you a halloween weekend full of happiness. Love, Becky

kmcall said...

I'm a fairly new reader and I am hooked! I love your posts and I feel like I know you! Your girls are beautiful!

Benay said...

I absolutely LOVED the photos this week! And I loved their matching outfits! Simply adorable. Oh, and those ornaments are amazing - my mom bought me a little ballerina when I was about the same age as Lainey. 20+ years later, it still goes on the tree!

Katie Razor said...

No need to use words to be inspiring... your photos do the job.

jtibbetts001 said...

My little guy's first word was "Mama" too! Brought me to tears! Oh and gray hairs, don't get me started. I have 4 kids...'nuff said :)

Amy said...

Love a trip to the park to celebrate your first gray hair! Happy Halloween!

Sher said...

Kill me with those chubette arms! (not yours Kelle)

Is she just a little slice of cheesecake!?

Tomorrow should be so fun for Lainey as they start to know the drill at this age and WOW! look at all that great stuff in my bag!

And I am ready to make my first photo book of my pictures of my garden and flowers with dew drops shining in the morning sun. My very own coffee table book of the garden and house we love!

Trick or Treat!

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