Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Goods...alien hatched just for you.

His Father's Day wish did not surprise me. While I am often investigating opportunities for the next big adventure--scouring local event calendars, scouting out secret beaches--Brett is most happy at home, where routine and the presence of every family member accounted for, is his greatest thrill.

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So, we repeated last year's Father's Day performance with a family swim, this year highlighted by the brilliant idea to incorporate a bar of soap which was used to slick down a long sheet of plastic leading into the pool. The boys dangerously slipped across our amateur pool slide on their bellies, like streamlined penguins, landing into the pool a few times and crashing into walls, screens and windows many times. Did I say brilliant idea? Sorry, overstatement.

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Minus a few scrapes and bruises, Brett was happy. And later, we savored pork carnitas and some special time with Brett's dad and little sister while Lainey performed a swim show for us. She instructed when and how we were supposed to clap.

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After Nella's therapy session with our ITDS (Infant Toddler Development Specialist) this morning, Lainey was a bit reclusive and temperamental, probably nothing to do with sibling attention and everything to do with being four. There was dramatic stomping involved...and some forced line of "it's not fair"--which is just funny because we never talk about anything being fair in our home, I don't know where she gets it, and regardless, it's a moot point because nothing in life is fair. Cowboy up. However, there is an easy fix for these blips--tried and true solutions that both boost my girl's feelings and assuage my own unrest for unequal attention. It's a date. Just the two of us. To anywhere. Today, it was Mel's Diner where we sat side by side, dangling our saddle shoes from red bar stools and tapping our spoons together in miniature toasts. *Tink!* To Mama! *Tink!* To Lainey! *Tink!* To Macaroni & Cheese!

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I taught her how to play Tic-Tac-Toe and how to construct the perfect cootie catcher. Very important things to know in life, of course.

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My bottom line in parenting--in special needs, in friendship, in anything--is always this: Most of the time I don't know what the hell I'm doing, but I damn well know how to spend time with my kids--how to have fun. This combination of time and attention, love and vivacious energy makes me feel like I know what I'm doing, and that confidence--whether it's real or just a figment of my imagination-- gradually grows until it cannot be denied; until I know with certainty that it's working, that I have good experiences to fall back on, to lead me through the intimidating parts of the journey. Somewhere along the line, "I don't know what I'm doing" becomes, "Damn. Look at us. We're doing it." I love that.

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There is a creative monster that dwells within me. If I do not feed him, I picture him clawing his way out of me in some bloody alien hatching scene. So, it is best to feed him. Okay, that was overboard. What I meant to say is that it is vital for my productivity and happiness to create things--to brainstorm ideas, take pictures, write, cook, craft or stare at a corner in my house wondering what color paint would look best or how I could rearrange the furniture to ignite some sort of creative revolution. This makes me happy.

It's important for me to pass this on to my kids as well. Not so much because I want them to be Picassos or Van Goghs but because I want them to be happy. I want them to have outlets to express themselves, to have arenas where they are accepted and welcomed, celebrated and loved, even if that arena is a canvas or a blank Word document.

Another tried and true way for Lainey to calm the heck down or feel validated is for her to have the opportunity to make something. She too has a creative alien begging to hatch (still gross the second time, sorry), and the other day it manifested itself in what she called "hot-oh-cod-oh" pretzel cookies. Also known as a bowl full of her mischievous concoction of water, milk, two strawberries, a handful of pistachio shells, some Bisquick, a wad of chewed-up gum and two shakes of baby powder. Little dickens, she can be.

Creativity comes in more convenient forms when I'm guiding her with instructions. This weekend we made photo frames, a perfect gift and only costs--wait for it....a dollar. What you need: $1 wooden frame from craft store, a bottle of Mod Podge, a stack of magazines.

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Baby who ransacks magazines, optional.

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Lainey put the fun of "hot-oh-cod-oh" pretzel cookies behind her because plundering through Vogues and Marie Claires for occasional pictures of kittens was far more fun.

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My final product, sans kittens.

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I repeat, a dollar. I was going to send it to my sister for her new place, but I kind of want to keep it now. Besides, I think she'd like the one Lainey made better. It's full of golden retriever heads from dog food ads on one side and pictures of strawberry pop tarts on the other. I have no picture because we still need to finish it.

Moving on.

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There is something happening with the relationship between these girls. Something spellbinding.

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They've always loved each other, yes. There is idolization on Nella's part, fierce protection on Lainey's. I've posted pictures of their embraces, overused the word "love," and tried to transform an ethereal emotion into words a handful of times. But things are evolving and emotions rooting into a deeper relationship that is taking shape. It will take me a while to find the words and string them together to explain what exactly I mean, so I will wait.

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But I will tell you that many of the invisible shards of pain--the unnoticed ones that remain past the healing--well, so many of them have dissolved as I've enjoyed electrifying moments of bonding with my girls. They get each other. They play with each other. They make each other laugh so hard, we come running to see just what's so funny.

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And I want people to know that. When you see someone with Down syndrome, know that they have electrifying moments of laughter with their siblings. Picture them smiling so big, their eyes are squinting...and their head is tipped back, and their belly is quivering, and they are begging for their sister to do that funny thing one more time because the second time around, it's going to be even sillier and they're going to laugh all the harder. I think this tiny bit of imformation is powerful.

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I went to type this post earlier and had complete writer's block, so I went to Costco and threw edamame, double A batteries and size 3 diapers into my cart to give myself a break. Came back, sat down, and it suddenly felt more comfortable. Sometimes, you need to give yourself a break.

Oh, and p.s. That creative monster? I said it was a "him," but no. She's a her. Pretty sure of that.

Winner of the Polka Dot Posies hat and flower combo: Comment #2, FEAS613. And FEAS613 happens to be Beth, a frequent commenter who just moved to Naples. So Beth, it's time we meet. E-mail me, and I will personally deliver your hat and flower to you.

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Our new sponsor has me hook, line and sinker. My secret rule of house cleaning is that no matter how messy things are, you can trick anyone into thinking your house looks nice if it smells good.

My house just met the Muthaload with Jessica Clough's Scentsy shop. I received a huge box of goodies the other day in the mail and ten minutes later, I was on her site, entranced by the selection of products to make your home smell inviting. Brett came home an hour later and, spellbound by the scent and my explanation of the new sponsor, declared--and I quote--"Dude, that's awesome. Go order some stuff."

Loving this mini electrical plug-in scent pot.

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...and my new Margot warmer. The scents come in bricks. You break blocks off like ice cubes. It's addicting.

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The scent currently burning in my pot is called "Sharp-dressed man" which is basically code for hot guy, and if anyone tells you they don't want the scent of a hot guy wafting through their home...they're lying.

I saved the best for last. This is Brett's favorite part. The Scentsy Buddy.

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It's a stuffed animal with a little pouch. You zip a scent pak into his belly, and he smells amazing. My girls love him and he is currently tucked beneath Lainey's arm in bed. I think it makes an awesome shower gift. And there are some fabulous homey scents like cotton or lavender, vanilla and baked apple pie.

Check out the fantastic variety of scents and products HERE. A commenter on this post will win a free Margot warmer and Coconut Lemongrass scent brick, like mine. As always, if you can't think of anything to comment, just tell me what are enjoying right now. I love to hear others' inspirations and what makes you happy.

I'm off for a quick midnight run, post-rain.

Oh, and two repeated questions.

The light blue romper that Nella wears in
this post? I've received over twenty e-mails on it. I'm sorry to say, it's one-of-a-kind, purchased from a vintage Etsy shop when I was pregnant. Secondly, thank you for your sweet comments on the Father's Day post. The story of how Brett and I met? It is written. Just hasn't been shared...yet. It will come.

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Nic said...

These photos are just gorgeous! Love it!!

prettipenny said...

I just love the last picture with the camera,so adorable!

Alaina @ Three Ladies and a Dad said...

Your pictures are amazing.

AlainaMabrey(at)yahoo(dot)com

Leanne said...

Your blog makes me so happy. Every post is wonderfully written and you get the best sponsers!

Krista said...

I just had to post a comment because I have never seen so few comments on a post...that being said, you posted it 6 minutes ago. Anyway, love the blog, love the creative monster. Ciao!

Lex (mrshobbes) said...

I love reading your blog because it's just HOME to me, even if you are thousands of miles away. I sit down at the computer, coffee cup in hand, scroll and read your photos and coo over your photos and let the WAFFiness (Warm And Fuzzy Feeling), um, waft over me :D

Thanks for the chance to win! I want my condo to smell like a hot guy! :D

danielle.k said...

I love those little scent warmers! My momma just passed away on the 9th after a pretty bad ass (sorry, but that's the only way to give the kudos it deserves!) fight with cancer. Anywho, she had one and I always flip it on when I'm at the house since she isn't there to do it. They can spill easy if you aren't paying attention but I gotta have it on now! Its the little things that matter and I think smells trigger such amazing memories..

Lindsey said...

LOVE the last picture of Nella! We are Scentsy addicts here. My husband likes picking out new scents almost as much as I do!

Rhonda said...

it's a bad day, tons of lying going on this house. And not just from the 4 year old who is spending a ton of time in time out because of her lying, her fibbing and I don't know how to properly "punish" the 36 year old in the house for keeping secrets. Just reading this post and seeing your smiling family makes me smile and for just a few minutes I forgot about the frown, the tears and the trouble in my house that I don't know how to get past. Love your words, your pictures, your life. Wish mine was as happy as it was yesterday!

Adriana Iris said...

great pics

amanda said...

Love it! I was so looking forward to this post... Thanks again for sharing your heart and those scentsy doll things are too cute!!

I am away from my 7 month old for the first time on a business trip... Missing her badly. Your posts keep reminding me of how amazing family is!! Can't wait to get back to mine...almost cried when I saw her over face time tonight!

Angela said...

Love that Scentsy! Not to mention, Smart Dressed Man sounds intoxicating!

And your words...

"Picture them smiling so big, their eyes are squinting...and their head is tipped back, and their belly is quivering, and they are begging for their sister to do that funny thing one more time because the second time around, it's going to be even sillier and they're going to laugh all the harder."

That happens in our house EVERY DAY! right after they finish arguing with each other over the computer mouse or some random tiny toy and right before they snuggle up to sleep together every night, even though they each have their own room and own bed!:)

Love it!

Tears of Life said...

I wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I wait for your posts and when there is a new entry it makes my day. I have fallen for your girls, and I often call my husband over to have him look at the adorable things Nella is up to. You honestly make me want to be a better mother, I've started carving time out of everyday to do something out of the ordinary and fun with my daughter. Thank you for the inspiration.

P.S. With a dog, a cat a baby and husband this house could use some smell goods!

Emma said...

I,too, am enjoying the bond of two sisters form. It is something amazing, that is for sure. Our 8 month old has Ds and her 3 year old sister has gotten her first smile and just recently her first giggles-love it:)

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

I have been so happy watching my garden grow...first time actually...was inspired by your friend in Montana...well today I went outside and in the course of an afternoon 100's of grasshoppers have moved on to our property....and yes they have discovered my beautiful garden. I've read that cats eat them and if you have a bird bath in your garden to attract birds that might help too...so in my beautiful fenced in garden that my husband made me this last year we moved the bird bath from the front and feed the five cats we have in the garden... I hope tomorrow I go outside and these insects have left my garden alone and moved on. I feel like I am in a scene from some pioneer movie where the locust arrived and devastated the crops... Wish me luck!

Carissa W. said...

How cool is it to see the bond forming between your girls?!? That must be a special thing to watch. : )

andrea said...

I LOVE THIS POST!! LOVE THE PICS.THE FUN THE MEMOREIS YOU ARE MAKING!! RANDOM BUT SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME HAPPY IS PINTEREST..ARE YOU ON IT! YOU WOULD LOVE LOVE IT!!

Savannah said...

It's so wonderful to come back from a busy busy week and have lots of posts to catch up on. I feel inspired, motivated and my heart feels warmed. Thanks Kelle!

The Lung Family said...

I love it when you post a new blog...seeing pictures of your gorgeous family is so precious. My little girl is 4 months old, so I love seeing your posts!! Thank you for all your honesty, too!

Annalisa

www.lungfam.blogspot.com

liann said...

Lying here next to my little one as daddy is out of town on business and we always have "camp ins" when he is gone. New to the scentsy scene so going to do a little looking around the site...

My Secret Rooms said...

Love the pics, as always, and look forward to this evening when I get to read the "lyrics"!
LOVE the happy pool pics and love the camera pic :-)

Wish you a good tuesday!!

Kate said...

Beautiful girls, beautiful photographs, as always.

I suspect one of the difficult things about putting Lainey and Nella's relationship into words is that, well, they're sisters. Sisterhood is a hard substance to define, no matter how many chromosomes are on each side of the equation. It's equal parts affection, messiness and magic.

alphabet momma said...

You're right you sure do know how to have fun and spend time with your girls! I love that about you! They are very blessed little girls and you are a very blessed momma!

Sherri said...

Thank you for that powerful piece of information Kelle...i'll be sure to pass that on:) Love the pic of Brett & the kids...picture perfect!!xo

Maria said...

Totally loving the frame. And so excited about the new sponsor. Can't wait to try~love a fragrant house.
Things I'm enjoying right now~
Warm weather
Iced lattes
Flowers
Pools
Family barbeques
My Camera

Mark and Marlena said...

My son is just a day older than Nella, and I can't wait to give him a sibling to love on!!!

Patti said...

I'm already addicted to scentsy, but I would LOVE another warmer for yet another room in my house:) My favorite scent right now is Luna- it is fresh and clean without being artificial smelling... I could do a commercial for scentsy. for reals.

Kathleen said...

Oh yum. Would love to try some of those good smells.

...all of us said...

Thank you again for making me take the time out of my day to remember why I love being a mom!!! I also need to let the "inner alien" out and do so all over my dining room table! My husband hates the clutter but I love it.

~skylar meinhardt

ps...just got my 1st borns kinder supply list from school and it makes me want to squeal like a school girl. I can't wait to go and get his construction paper, pencils, crayons, paper, etc!!!!

annelise said...

I always look forward to your posts. I'm not married, I don't have children (most of the time, I don't even particularly like kids) but I love reading about you and your family.

day in the life of a prince said...

Love reading your blog and your sweet stories about your girls!

Meagan Kenney said...

Oh, I can't believe you're keeping up in waiting for this 'how you met Brett post!" ;)

And you know...there is this little boy who takes swimming lessons at the same time as my little ones. He's about 2 and has DS. He is the CUTEST and HAPPIEST little guy ever! Never without a smile, that little one! Well, I saw his Dad walking him through the parking lot tonight and they hopped in a van....and wouldn't ya know it, he is the youngest of 4 boys! I now he has belly laughs with his brothers...I just know it!

Janet said...

I totally love the toy camera Nella has in the last picture do they still make those? That made me happy remebering a toy from days gone by.

The Mildner Family said...

I love watching the relationship bloom between Lainey and Nella! It's beautiful and enchanting! I also have two girls and they are about the same age as your girls and I love watching them fall in love with each other! Thank you for your post!

Lesley said...

love your words, love your pics!!! Always so excited to see a new post!

Micaela said...

Love the vintage FP camera.

I love the laughter between my two little girls. It is always some sisterly joke that we don't find quite as funny but their laugh is infectious!

The average toddler laughs 500 times a day. The average adult 7. When do we lose that laughter?

rachel b said...

my five year old started the "not fair" thingy this year and i have no idea where it came from either! love scentsy and right now my house smells like "beach" because i'm on summer break & it's been raining for a week!

Jessica Thiessen said...

Thanks for always being so real and positive in your posts! It's inspirational, even to the young married girl living in a tiny basement suite with her man and no kids. Keep it up!

julie said...

i just want to say that i love your blog, love your posts, love your pics of your girls...you inspire me so much and i feel like i know you!! keep doing what you are doing!

julie in ohio

Meghan said...

I just became "aware" if you will of scentsy and i am ADDICTED!!! my favorite is camu camu and coconut lemongrass! i would LOVE another warmer however...just sayin' ;)

I have a 5 year old who very often needs his own time away from his 2-year old twin sisters, so we do mommy/son dates as often as we can!

Mum on the Run said...

I love your (attempted) description of the love between your girls. Between two sisters. Period.
Without any other labels.
:-)

Hailey said...

So I was going to go to bed, BUT I was like, "well, it's monday, so I'll check and see if she's written a post, just in case" (as if it'll disappear by tuesday?). Can't wait to hear your little love story, the one with you and Brett. Glad he had a great Father's Day.

Kelly Cach said...

*As far as parenting goes, I don't know what the heck I'm doing either, but most days I don't care. Because I'm just doing what I feel is instinctively right for our family. And I just love that I know my kids.

*I have 3 Scentsy warmers! They are a MUST in our quaint, yet MUSTy 1922 home. And GET OUT! Coconut Lemongrass is my FAVORITE! I also have it in the room spray and car freshener. I always keep Pima Cotton stocked as well. Yep, totally fooling people that I have clean, fresh laundry done---hahaha!

*Their relationship.....indescribable, eh? But I bet I'm pretty sure I know what you mean ;)

Lucky New-to-Naples Beth!
Blessings,
Kelly

Amanda Michelle said...

'damn look at us, we're doing it' is my new anthem to motherhood! thank you so much for your inspiring words. the whole paragraph about navigating through motherhood ripped through me like lightning... will we ever know exactly what we're doing? NO, but we CAN always live in the moment, live it to the fullest, and love till it hurts. you're amazing, and truly inspiring. xo

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

The pictures of your girls are just so amazing!! Makes me smile!

Sara said...

I love scentsy!!! Try mixing two or three scent bricks... Like the 'hot dude' one and vanilla... A hot dude will always smell better with a touch of vanilla, right? I swear I saw a whole site dedicated to mixing scentsy bricks... Google it and be amazed ;o)

Ben & Jess Buehner said...

Oh my goodness, love our scentsy plug in pot, but I have got to get one of those stuffed animals :-)
Today was my husband's and I's 3rd wedding anniversary. We went out on a date and just missed our son before he went to bed. Can't wait til morning for extra cuddles!

Kelly said...

I love watching the bond between Lainey and Nella grow right here on your blog. It's beautiful. I love the pictures.

The bond between brothers is great too! Watching my 10 year old and my 2 year old form this amazing relationship is breathetaking.

HMae said...

I have NEVER heard of these scentsys' you are talking about they look awesome!I love the metal looking one!I am going to have to "go order some!"
Ps. I love reading your posts, I read them at night, part of my "Me" time. :)
Your pictures are equally love worthy. I have always wanted to take amazing picture especially of my little but it turns out I am not that great of a photographer..

Victoria said...

I like it all. Thank you for continuing to write, and post. I have a crying baby to attend to so I will end this comment...

Breeann said...

I love Scentsy products! I have many of them in my home...and lots of different scents. So much better than regular candles...

Vita said...

I have been wanting to try Scentsy for a while now!

Enjoying right now: baby sleeping on the bed beside me, fiance laughing in the other room, and knowing that my thesis is finished. :)

monihope85 said...

Things I'm enjoying right now? Sweet cuddles when I get my 7 1/2 month old boy up from naptime....he smiles and buries his head into my shoulder....I drink it in. :) Totally relate to the 'scoop and embrace' you talked about in the last post!

JakesMomma said...

You inspire me to be a better mother and a better person. You are amazing! By the way-your family is precious!

The Embry's said...

Something I'm enjoying.... how much my four month old is starting to look like her father. Makes me want to kiss her chubby cheeks 100 times more.

Jen said...

My June Challenge is still rocking. The kids and I have more energy, I've found so much enjoyment in finding different recipes for things I never would have thought of trying to make.

Right now, I'm waiting on my client to patch for an online shooter that my husband and I are going to spend about 45 minutes in before we go to bed. I know, boring to most anyone else. It's fun. :p

Was the camera yours as a kid passed down from your mom or dad, or was it a flea market find?

mollyj said...

Reading about your girls everyday makes me so happy....I love the photos too....the more I read and see the more I realize that I really just want to be their friends :) that sounds odd but it's true I really would love to be Lainey and Nella's friend.....I you would ask them that would be great! :) also if Lainey ever decides to express hersel in a drawing and needs someone to send it to please send it to me I would LOVE it!!!!! I would put it in my locker from my new friend.....Let me know what they think and thank you for making my day everyday :)

Amanda said...

I just want to say, that when I'm a mom, I hope that I'm just like you. You seem like such a wonderful mom! :)

Rheyanan-lee said...

the photo of nella sitting on the stool with lainey shows just how big they've both gotten! especially lainey! she looks ready for school haha

Rheyanan-lee said...

the photo of nella sitting on the stool with lainey shows just how big they've both gotten! especially lainey! she looks ready for school haha

Holly said...

I love that you are so creative in your parenting! Inspirational!

alisha said...

Love the photo of the girls with Lainey's adorable pigtails. They are the perfect little pair!

Julie said...

Hmm...what makes me happy right now is when my little boy gives me a million kisses before bed time and makes sure I tuck Curious George in too...it's the little things. :-)

Ariella said...

The pool picture with Nella’s tongue out is awesome.

Ashley J. said...

Right now, I'm enjoying... the peace. The quiet. The solitude. The calm before the storm. Every day brings a storm in this household, so I'm basking in it (says a mother of two toddlers, one possibly autistic).
Love your post, as always! I was gone for a few weeks, so I'm off to catch up. Also, I cannot believe how big Lainey has gotten! When I first started reading, she was still so baby-like!

Jenny said...

This is the second Father's Day post of yours that I've read which means that I've been following your blog for a long time! You've got some kind of magic in your words. I love that sisters are sisters first, regardless of anything else that comes along. :o)

Sher said...

Bee-YOU-tee-ful!

"Of course there is not formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."

Jessica said...

I must admitt I am a new reader of your blog...shame on me ;) I have known about your blog for some time now, thanks in great part to the regulars of babycenter, and I did read many months ago Nella's birth story, which left me in tears (thanks alot). I finally stumbled upon your blog again and decided to follow it, because you write beautifully. I have only read a few entries (feeling overwhelmed how I will manage to read all your older posts), but nonetheless I feel taken over with bliss after reading. They manage to inspire me, making the creative monster inside me jump for joy. I also love your photos, you have a knack for capturing the little things in life, which in my humble opinion, makes some of the best photography. I am thinking about taking a photography class next semester at my college and I hope to learn, and then put what I learned to use, but we'll see how I do. I know how it feels to have a passion for something, writing is mine, and I recently started a blog, because I realized I need a place to write and share my thoughts with others (other than facebook). While I cannot say I know how it feels to raise a child with down syndrome, I can relate to you on the level of raising a special needs child. My son was recently diagnosed with a mild form of Autism, the word "mild" may give you the wrong impression, because there are times it seems anything but mild. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I love what I have seen and read thus far, I hope to continue to read more (and catch up slowly but surely), and let you know I am an avid follower now. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Again, you write more beautiful words that make me want to tear up with the idea that one day I could be as good of a mom as you are. :) I really need to have more bablance in my life, and live more in these moments with my two littles.

Debbie said...

Hi, Kelle! Look at the felt Reflex i made for my baby:)

http://debbie-lepiccolecose.blogspot.com/2011/06/un-poeta-con-la-reflex.html

i really love you girls
debbie from rome, italy

McMel said...

the pictures of the girls are so sweet. i always wanted a sister

Jennifer S said...

That vintage fisher price camera toy is awesome!!! I am sitting here knitting someone a tiny newborn pair of overall's and reading your blog post. I often read your blog while knitting because it gives me something to do while I keep my hands busy knitting. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us:)

Ruth said...

In 100% agreeance that a good-smelling house makes you feel like you've just vacuumed, mopped, and dusted even though those 3 things haven't happened since...

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Jannice said...

sister bonds are the best :)
I have that Margot warmer - first one I bought...I love it. Safest way to burn a candle - they're addicting.

Just Trying Not to Blink .... said...

What a sweet post. Sisterly love is something that fascinates me, since I don't have a sister... Watching it evolve in all of its complexity between my girls, with the love, giggles, arguments, rivalry and everything that goes with it, is fascinating.

Beautiful pictures, as always.

Wilcoxen said...

Those scents are such a find! I think that I may be bringing some of those back to China with us. We live close to a canal, that is rather pretty to look at. The smell, um, well, . . . it is best NOT to talk about it. And on some unfortunate days are house smells like Canal Funk. Clearly, I would rather have it smell like coconut lemongrass or hot guy!
Thank you for continuing to share all the real bits of life. The not-so-pretty and the belly laughs. And the photos inspire me to learn what I am doing with my own camera.

Kendra said...

I love reading your blog post. I read them when I am up at night with my daughter.

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

OH!!! B E T H!! YAY for you. I am so glad you won!! I am glad to see a longtime, frequent commenter win. Well, that is, if it couldnt be ME, I am glad it was YOU. heehee. I am jealous; you will meet Kelle in person. Lucky you. Happy first day of summer to everyone! Love from the Blog Mama~

Rae said...

Lainey sounds very four today. My four year old is developing his dramatic timing for tantrums as well. Do you hear your mother stifling a laugh every time she does it like I do?

Liz said...

The craziest part of this post was I was telling my love not even an hour ago how I don't mind if the house is messy as long as it smells good. Ah great minds think alike. Thanks for letting me and so many others be apart of ur days!!

VanessaMarieK said...

Can't wait to hear how you and your hubby met. I really enjoy your blog. You have a wonderful family!

Vanessa
Vancouver,BC, Canada

Kristin said...

I am enjoying visiting home where my family is for NINE DAYS. Most people don't understand why, but I love being home in Seattle. Nothing better.

Mncowgirl82 said...

Iove radng yur blog an looking at the pictures. I wish me and my sister were closer to eachother in age. We used to fight like cats and dogs when we were younger. We are 7 years apart. But we get along really good now that we are adults.

I'm also a Scentsy fan! I just got my first warmer back in febuary. I never heard of the bar that smells like a "hot man" I will have to look it up ;)

MommaB said...

What I'm enjoying at this moment is being sandwiched between the sound of my 4 month old baby girl suckling away as I nurse her on one side, and on the other, my 3 year old sleeping soundly with sporadic little giggles of her happy dreamland.

  


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Jamie said...

Long time reader/first time commenter. I have a son w/DS. And his heartiest, silliest laughs are reserved for & with his big sister. She's 9, he's 3 and in three short years they have formed their own private island of protectiveness, adoration and silliness. They are each other's biggest cheerleaders and fiercest defenders. As mad as she gets when he is treated poorly, he gets just as mad when he thinks she's being treated poorly whether on the soccer field or even by me! Don't beat yourself up about dividing your attention, soon enough your girls will get to where my kids want to be....together with YOU feeling like the third wheel. Heartbreakingly beautiful!

Tracie said...

Seeing all the developed family pictures on your wall and around your house has inspired me to start filling my home with all the undeveloped pictures I have!

Amanda said...

I am so on board with the theory that a great smell makes the actually cleaning of the house optional...inspirational stuff;)

Lesli Temple said...

Your girl's relationship is priceless:)

Oh, and right now I am completely enjoying my little guy in the NICU who decided to start feeding like a little piggy and triple his feeds today! So we are going home at the end of the week after a long 3 months here!

P.S. Your blog has kept me sane during my time at the NICU!!!

Amber Rosato said...

I heart your blog! I have twin toddler girls and just love reading about your little princesses :).

cindy said...

Love your blog!

e0f667d4-9bdc-11e0-80cb-000f20980440 said...

Sisters are the best! I pray every day that my 2 girls share an amazing friendship like the ones I have with my 7 sisters.

Katrina said...

What I am enjoying right now is...my new Canon 60D. Now that I finally have a digital camera (that's right, up until now I've been using a FILM camera - ahh! so stone-aged, I know) I am shooting photos left and right, and capturing some really neat candid shots of the kids. I've got a lot to learn about photography, but I'm on my way :)

Tahnie said...

Can I confess something?

Seeing your photos of the girls together makes me ache to give little miss S a sibling someday, even though it is highly, highly unlikely.

xo.

Brenna said...

I am loving summer time- which means my early morning runs are followed with coffee and two hours of mommy time- leaves me feeling accomplished and refreshed- so when my kiddos awake... I am all theirs!

j210209 said...

I needed some of your inspirations today.. This post definitely delivered.. I love that you carve out special time for each of your girls and take them on 'dates'.. Love it!

It look like Brett had a great Father's Day.. I can't get over how much his youngest son looks like him! xx

j210209 said...

I needed some of your inspirations today.. This post definitely delivered.. I love that you carve out special time for each of your girls and take them on 'dates'.. Love it!

It look like Brett had a great Father's Day.. I can't get over how much his youngest son looks like him! xx

Jenny said...

My 2.5 year old son said "it's not fair" for the first time yesterday. No idea where he got it from as we've never said that at home. But he used it in context - he didn't want to say goodbye to his cousin. He didn't want to go home. But I was making him. It just wasn't fair.

Cheryl said...

Watching the bond and relationship grow between siblings is almost indescribable. It is one of the greatest feelings watching my boys together.

Tamara said...

I have often commented and said how much your blog means to me, but I think I should let you know our dream selves met the other night. Indeed, you made an appearance in a stress dream I was having. (Wait for it...) In the dream, I was on the top floor of a tall building during an earthquake, and the building was swaying so far to the right and left that the top of the building touched the ground before going the other way. (Think palm-tree style.) And then I remembered that you lived on the floor below. And so I went down to your apartment and you welcomed me in and we rode the earthquake out together. (For the record, you were totally chill about the whole thing.) The moral of my dream, obviously, is that, even in my dreams, you/your approach to life/the way you see things provides me with strength and comfort and encouragement.

ginnyaustin said...

I love reading your blog. You are always so upbeat and having fun!
E-mail - ginmae85@yahoo.com

Sandryte said...

Recently I am somewhat dizzy and nervous, and can't find the peace with myself and the things I am doing. But I find the serenity when I look at the house interior books. I dream and I "live" in these homes, it becomes an addiction :)

Jamie said...

Right now I am loving my newborn baby girl who is almost a month old. Time is already going by so quickly. I have been reading your posts for a while and am truly
Inspired by what you write and share. I hope to be the same way with my daughter in showing her my fun side and spending time together.

Alicia said...

i know ALLLLL about that alien thingy you were talking about...i even know about staring blankly into the corner for an hour figuring out how to rearrange the furniture. i love that.

love how your frames turned out :)

Team Lando said...

enjoying... my baby, my camera, my husband, the newly replanted backyard, blogging, hosting giveaways, and SUMMER VACATION!

Inspiração Inesperada said...

Right now my inspiration is summer and I'm enjoying every minute of it!

P.S. Love the frame :)

susie said...

I always thought I missed out on not having a sister growing up, to share this bond with that you mention. But, I do have a cousin, that as she gets older, our bond grows. So even at 30 and 21, you can find us giving piggyback rides to each other in target. Driving back roads with the music blaring. Sharing secrets late at night. And I realize, I do have that. And I am grateful.

kcampbell said...

Right now I am enjoying the fact that I have finished reading ALL of your posts and am fully caught up :o) You truly inspire me to be a more creative Mama to my 11 month old girl Ella. Thank you <3

Monica said...

The pic of Nella and the retro FP camera...THAT should be your new business card! It says it all, everything about you wrapped into one easy pic. PRICELESS!
And I love love love a great scent wafting thru the house. I havent gotten to try Scentsy but I sooooo want to! :)

Megan said...

I love the picture of Lainey "putting make-up" on Nella. So cute, it reminds me of my girls. And my youngest laughs so hard when my oldest does things to her too. I love Lainey next to Betty Boop and the last one of Nella and the vintage toy camera.

I just love all the pictures. :)

Early BIrd said...

Thank you for yet another inspiring post, a perfect way to start my day!

Melanie

mi3ragamuffins at aol dot com

KalynErnest said...

I am in awe of your photos. I have a 6 month old daughter that I am obsessed with taking photos of. I wish I had your talent!

Ruthie said...

Every time I read your blog it makes me want to go out and buy a GOOD camera (not my little point & shoot) and learn how to take pictures like a big girl!
I LOVE your blog & I LOVE your girls! Each one of your posts is an inspiration :)

Jeanne said...

Sibling love is my fuel some days. My older son is a magical hero to his younger sister. When I get free laughs coming from their bellies, that just makes my day. Today they both needed to give their cars a ride to another room in the tunnel. That was only outdone by the "squeak" performance to vie for the youngest brothers giggles. Gosh, don't you just love having kids!

Brighton said...

I love what you said about people with Down Sydrome experiencing all the wonderfulness that is life...so true. We see it every day with Sara and her siblings. There is such an awakening that happens naturally when kids grow up with a sibling who has a little something extra ; o )

Kristen said...

Love the slide into the pool idea! haha I enjoy reading your blogs :)

And I'm a huge Scentsy lover! Isn't is brilliant?! Especially having kids around.

Beth said...

i so look forward to your posts. the pictures are enchanting and your writing makes me smile. the scentsy stuff sounds fab!!

Megan said...

You don't have to tell me twice about Scentsy. Im in love! I have warmers and a drawer full of bars. I love breaking out the spiced chai in the fall/winter and I love the coconut lemongrass scent too. I have been looking at the Scentsy buddy but haven't taken the plunge yet. Now I might :)

And today we will be enjoying ballet class and playdates with friends,

Amanda said...

I read your blog at 6 am before my 3 littles (a 2 yo and 1 yo twins) wake up. You are a kick of inspiration, and along with my coffee, get me ready to make today a grand adventure.

Heather said...

I love the photos of your girls together. Your posts always make me want to be a better mom and to take more pictures. Thank you for that :)

Ford and Jenn said...

The picture of your girls with the makeup brushes is so adorable. They are obviously very happy and love each other very much.

Kat said...

I too am enjoying watching my girls' bond grow the past couple months as they now can "play" together more. I can't wait to see the dynamic once our 3rd little girl is added in September.

Dawn B said...

sitting at my brain dead, boring job very early this morning, and I can't even tell you how much I look forward to reading your posts! I actually get "giddy" (is that a freaking word anyway?) when I see a new post from you....true statement. YOur family is so special and cool. Rock on!

mylife said...

I have 2 girls 16 months apart and they are the BEST of Friends. Love seeing the familiar sites, being a neighbor. Love the warmer, and loving the rain!! Cheers.

Mindi said...

I totally agree with the logic that if your house smells good, it's clean!
I may or may not have on occasion poured a little Pine Sol into toilets and letting it sit while I get ready and then flush them immediately before company arrives!

Great post!!

Megan said...

We find out tomorrow if baby # 2 is a boy or girl!!! Then we leave for the beach until Sunday, so yeah tomorrow should be a great day! I love every post Kelle, you are so great with words and your 2 girls are beautiful!

Tristy said...

I love your "date" with Lainey....I, too, do that with my 3 year old. Sometimes....life gets wicked crazy with a 2 year old, 3 year old and 4 month old and my son, Eli comes to me and says, "let's go on a date, Mama."

Sometimes, it is to the movies. Sometimes just the bakery but oh how I treasure those moments when it's just him and I......

beautiful pics as always, kelle....

rachel said...

Right now my baby boy is sleeping on my chest, with the smell of slightly sour milk lingering from his spit up incident (that happened on my side of the bed!), and it's a perfect moment. One that makes my heart sigh with contentment.

Robin Saylor said...

I adore SCENTSY. After our church burned to the ground last month (unrelated to candles!) I vowed to never have open flame in my home again. Scentsy to the rescue!!! I love your blog - been reading since the beginning!

Jen said...

Beautiful pictures!!

I am enjoying my kids home from school for the summer! I love having them around. And the sister bond here is wonderful. It is hard because they are 7 years apart, but I am very amazed at them playing together and loving each other!!

emily said...

Coconut Lemongrass?! Could I possibly have found the scent of heaven? I will order that if I don't win, but here's hoping I do. Right now, we're enjoying the start to our summer vacation and all the fun plans that await us.

Pile-o-Kids said...

I don't always comment but I always read! I love this place and I check for a new post everyday. That you for giving all of us this special place! ~Natalie

Julie said...

What am I enjoying now? A quiet house, a great blog and a nice cup of coffee. I really need to really start my day soon but I am getting there!

Katie said...

It's so funny and quite wonderful to feel like I know you and I know your girls. We've never met, and we probably won't, but it's truly wonderful that we share life together like this. Your girls look like they are forming a sense of camaraderie, they seem to "get" each other in a way that only siblings can. Good job mommy!

Joni said...

love the modge podge frame. so perfect. we have used magazines as well. they always seen to be in abundance around our house and work perfectly for so many different projects as well. we did something similar with vintage children's books also. only the ones we found at thrift stores and that were already slightly damaged of course. how is it that a hodge podge of stuff looks so beautiful and unique and so cleverly placed in your home and in mine it looks like a hoarder's episode waiting to happen? i always admire your decor just as much as your children.

Susan said...

another blessed day! lovin' your post and sharin' your joys! thank you.

Caryn said...

Who doesn't love a yummy smelling house?

jkluke said...

I can not quite picture those teenage boys and their slip and slide...sounds all out wild and laughter producing. The oldest sure looks like his dad.

Love the photo frame.

I'm loving seeing the happiness in the heart of my third child as she basks in the glow of an amazing senior year and the party thrown for her this past weekend. We saw many friends that we don't see often including...your cousin Mark and his family:) Love them!

I've really enjoyed getting to know your branch of his family through your blog. You are so good at what you do. Keep filling our appetites for all that is beautiful:)

jenesgems said...

My creative monster is in the kitchen, cooking or baking concocions there are no recipes for. I jsut add ingredients that suit me that moment...most the time, they're edible! :)

Mom_of_Faith said...

Awwww! I love your mama-daughter date with Lainey. How special. I'm also really digging your new sponsor.I may have to treat myself to a few of those cool products.

Simply Sara said...

Don't you just love scentsy?!?

cwillcox said...

You are a gifted writer and a great reminder to those of us who sometimes take things a little too seriously. Thanks for the inspiration! (and the giveaway ;-)

nicole said...

Thanks for inspiring and sharing!

Summit of Glory said...

I have always said that my little guy "gets silly". I even added it to his very long list of strengths when we wrote his IEP....hey, I thought it was worth mentioning! Lovely words & pix, as always. Thank you for sharing. xo

Erin said...

How cool! (That buddy thing!)
Sounds like you had a wonderful fathers day!!

RaquelDoesLife said...

I'm at the stage in my life where I'm not married and it's really, really hard to imagine having kids. The thought is actually super scary. But every time I read one of your posts, I get hopeful and excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. In the meantime, I'll just live vicariously through you =]

HollyMarie said...

If my house smells good, might that also make it appear to be cleaner? I hope so. :)

Right now I'm enjoying the fact that my girls are sleeping in an hour later than normal and it's just me, my baby boy, and a cup of coffee. I love "at home" moments the best of all by far. Soon they'll wake and tell me they are hungry and this moment will end but for now I get to listen to baby's coos and catch the smiles he's throwing at me while I savor the first bit of morning.

Brandi said...

I am enjoying my final semester of classes before student teaching. I have a bad case of senioritis which I indulge frequently by taking my kids to the pool. I'll be better tomorrow.

The Brunner Circus said...

I can't get enough of your pictures -- always brings a smile to my face. :)

Shelly said...

In the three weeks Sarah has been with us, our family is changed. She brings constant smiles, laughter, and energy. She, too, knows she is loved. While I am learning to let the house go, I'm realizing it does not matter that book and Polly Pockets are forever strewn on the floor. What matters is the bond our family has for one another. Your words inspire to create, to let go, and to love.

kjharper said...

So now that I am pregnant and read your blog I swear I cry more, but its ok because its a good cry. I want my son to love this new baby like Lainey loves Nella.
Thank you for inspiring me to be a more active mom with my son and the new baby on the way.

Jes said...

Seeing pictures of Lainey and Nella and reading your blog makes me want to have kids of my own sooner rather than later. Thank you!

nsb8285 said...

Glad you're not going to leave us hanging for too long on how y'all met. And the Fisher Price camera? I played with those, too, and still wish my photos would come out as good.

Ariel said...

I get the creative monster/alien metaphor...not gross, just true. And as far as what I am enjoying...I think that 4th of July decorating is my new fav. Red/White/Blue everywhere. The kids are all about it, and I am so looking forward to some fireworks shows...always makes me feel like a kid, and never gets old! Love the picture of your hubby with all the kids...melts my heart! Dads are so great!

Momma Bee said...

This morning I am enjoying my 10 month old! It is 8:30 am and so far, I have pulled an old piece of hot dog out of her nose (not sure where she found that) straw out of her hair, and parts of my grocery list out of her mouth. She has me enthralled! She knows how special the word Momma is, and uses it sparingly. All day long it's Dadadadadadadada, but once or twice a day she'll come to me, snuggle herself deep into my shoulder, grin up at me with her gapped front teeth and whisper "Mmmomma" :-)Girl knows how precious that word is and soaks it up like there's no tomorrow! So today I am enjoying a small thing, an 18lb 29 1/2 inch long little thing :-)

Stunningly Sweet said...

I feel where you are coming with sister bonding and not knowing how to explain it! My girls are 18 months and 2 months and the fun is just beginning, but I see the love and sister language growing each day! LOVE the vintage Fisher Price camera-I just Amazon Mommed me some fun vintage Fisher Price toys for my Lilah's retro/vintage candy shop 2nd birthday party theme!

MommaHales said...

My husband got to celebrate his first father's day yesterday and he too prefers to spend it at home...unlike me. I wanted to hang out on the National Mall for mother's day!
I love hearing you talk about the bond between your girls...there is something unspoken and indescribable about the love between sisters. It makes me think of my two sisters, one older and one younger who are drastic opposites but I love equally. I hope one day my daughter Kayla has a sister and I can watch that bond grow between my little girls!

Dx3 said...

My inspiration has become lost lately....3 kids, the house, work have all consumed me. Your blog is always my morning treat along with coffee, orange cafe today. Today has made me realize I need to really take the time to create and feed my own "alien". I so miss knitting, quilting, making a "decent" meal, tending to my non blooming roses and hydrangeas. I know look around and see all the missing things I love so much. Don't get me wrong I love my family, but it's time for this momma to give herself back some inspiration!!!! Today I will.... now it's so hard to decide. I will go to my local quilt shop, with my 11 year old daughter and leave the 15 & 2 year old boys home, and pick a project for us to work on together! She is quite crafty herself and we need some alone time too! Thanks Kelle!

Stacey said...

I love reading your blog. You are so inspiring and seeing your daily photography truly inspires my own photographic endeavors.

AmeliasMom said...

I LOVE your girls, your blog and Scentsy. In that order. The end. :)

Kathryn said...

What I'm enjoying right now? Being at home with my precious new born boy, Maddux. And reading your blog, looking at your pictures, and trying like a silly amateur to take pictures as good as yours.
Oh, and loving summer in Florida :)

Adventures in our army life said...

I love reading your blog..it is always inspiring and warms my heart:) I am enjoying taking my 9 month old to swim class this week. Watching her learn to kick her feet, blow bubbles and even though it's not all "clicking" yet, it will one day! The best part is watching her squeal at the site of a pool..it warms this momma's heart!

~Shari said...

Awww! Love the last photo of Nella with the vintage camera. Too darn cute!!

Rosa said...

Right now I am enjoying conversations with my little girl! she is two and has so much to tell me, I just love hearing the things that she comes up with :) and I love your blog. I can't wait to hear the story of how you and Brett met!!

Jorie said...

LOVE the picture of Brett with all of his babies...Love the little diner you took Lainey too! (Wish we had something like that here in NJ!) Love the black and white pics of Lainey and Nella! Love love love

Talia said...

Gorgeous photos and the writing - well, WOW!

I love your blog and it never ceases to inspire me to be and do better. Thank you for that!

Tisha said...

ok so i have like 10 leftover frames from jonahs party and i have mod podge and magazines... i know what i'm doing this week!

well after cleaning the house, spending time with extended family in for a visit, posting pics of the birthday party, and working...hmm maybe the frames will have to wait till next week. ha!

Jennifer from NJ said...

love the one and one time with lainey . it is something i do often with my middle guy who feels the crush of an outgoing older brother and a too cute baby sister. they need that so much!

ChobeeMomofTwins said...

Thank you for being so inspiring. . . the clever ways that you share your family's triumphs and heartaches constantly remind me to to kick back and "enjoy the small things" that we often are too busy to remember to do. I strive to be more relaxed and family oriented each and every day, that is my summer goal! :)

You are awesome!

Nicole said...

I just started reading your blog a week ago and I'm hooked. You have a gorgeous family, you're writing is beautiful and your photos of your girls are beautiful as well!

Lisa said...

Love the pictures of the girls together. Having two little girls myself, I try to get them in the same frame often and most of the time it's not too difficult since they basically sit on top of one another when they play, read or sleep. It's the best.
I love your blog.

heather said...

So sweet! Having four kids, dates are super important. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of Lainey's soft pink saddle shoes!

Sara said...

Your posts inspire me when I'm wondering what the heck I am supposed to do as a mother. Your passion for your kids seeps through your writing and encourages me to keep on mothering with zeal and love.

Katie S said...

Look at Nella! Such a photo-nista : )

Babygirl said...

What I'm enjoying today...in all honesty, I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee, and the prospect of checking out this website for some smell good. My fiance loves homey smell good stuff!!

Amy said...

Party planning makes me smile...I'm in the midst of a first birthday party (very hungry caterpillar style) and a third birthday party (with as much dirt and dump trucks we can find). The bigger the better when celebrating my boys!!

Sarah said...

We had a similar Father's Day. Lounging around the lake and making dinner. It was nice and relaxing. I love the picture of the kids napping in the pool! I wish we had a pool and I didn't have to go all the way to my parents house to mooch boat time off of them!

Nicole said...

We just used some Mod Podge the other night to make some letters for my girl's room. That stuff is ah-mazing. For real. I love it. I want to carry it everywhere I go and Mod Podge the hell out of stuff.

Mrs. Schwartz said...

Right now I am loving the bejesus out of my twin nieces who will be turning 0-1 in July. My heart is so big, full of love for these two little nuggets who are so different and special in their own way. I cannot wait to celebrate the day they came into all of our lives and made it that much richer. Rich like a thick double chocolate shake.

Tara Jeles said...

I am enjoying that there are only 6 more days of school left. I will have both my kids home and we are going to just have fun this summer!! I can't wait to get those little people home with me.

Amanda said...

I love the pictures of Lainey at the diner. What a special treat to have a date with mama! It's the simple things...

Angie said...

My three little girls and their brother have that same kind of connection with each other...each individual relationship special and unique. and it is the thing that brings me the most joy to watch. how they 'get' each other, how they don't even need to speak to be on the same page, the looks of admiration from young to old, and old to young, with no envy or jealousy to be found...just love. love it!

J said...

I love Scentsy!! I'm enjoying spending time with my 3yr old Mason while waiting for my 2nd son to arrive!!

Katie said...

I LOVE the closing picture of Nella holding the toy camera. Adorable! Also, Scentsy stuff is THE best! I have a warmer and I LOVE it (I could sure go for another one though)! I am patiently awaiting the post of how you and Brett met; you seem to have a wonderful partnership, so congratulations on that! What am I enjoying right now? The fact that I am done with school until August 26th! Two full months of for the first time in four years...bliss :)

Mrs Mason said...

A really lovely post Kelle and in the words of the immortal (for women of a certain age anyway) David Bowie I'm "loving the alien"!

Tell me, how is Nella's necklace working out?

can't wait to hear the "how we met story" - I met my husband at a drive by wedding . . . .

magali said...

Love the pictures of your girls together. I have two boys around the same age as yours and I love seeing how their bond grows every day. Seeing them laugh together is the best part of my day.

Jen said...

The picture of nella with her throwback fisher price camera totally made my morning. She is seriously so freaking cute. You have some cute little ones...but..you already knew that :)

Annie said...

Right now I'm also about to enjoy a post rain run. Looking forward to getting lost in my thoughts :)

Just Glory said...

One of the things that always recharges and energizes ME is one-on-one dates with my girls. Anna usually wants sushi...and the book store:) Amy usually wants the candy shop... and the book store:) Both are fine by me, and I revel in those times when I can focus on just one kid at a time and everything that's unfair about life, about our daily schedules, about sharing your parents with your siblings, shifts out of focus.

April & Michael said...

Scentsy is awesome and safer than candles! Right now I am loving that my 11 month old is starting to babble all the time and showing his wicked sense of humor just like his Daddy's!

Jessy Schoch said...

I'm enjoying pool days, sunkissed kids, the first smiles and coos from my new little girl and the all the blessings my 5 kids give me!! I would really enjoy shopping at your garage sale too ;) You inspire me to be a better mama and make more time just enjoying my kids, thank you!!!

Katherine, Jerrod and Elizabeth said...

I am loving spending the evenings with my daughter. She is learning so much and talking more.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson said...

I'm enjoying summertime with my baby girl... every day is new and every day is amazing. :)

...and I can't believe how much Brett's boys look like him! Amazing! You can tell how proud he is of his kids!

The Hungry Wife said...

I'm loving making my little girl dresses. She's going to be 3 in September, and I know that I don't have many more years that she'll wear mommy made clothes so I'm loving it while I still have it!

Allison said...

Love the picture frame idea and can't wait to read the story of how you and Brett met! :)

Cris said...

That bond that you talk about between the girls... I have an almost 3 and 5 yr old girls... I know what you mean, and it's magical to watch that bond grow and strengthen on a daily basis.

the mckinneys said...

I so enjoy your blog. Thank you for inspiring me to be creative.

Meghan said...

Noticed your "love you as big as the ocean" on your cootie catcher.. there is a great book called "I Love you more than rainbows" that has great colors and illustrations and is all about loving more than rainbows, candy and lots of things that children love. My 3 year old loves it and now says "I love you more than..." when she gets inspired! Your girls are beyond precious! (and this is my first comment here I think, so hi, I'm Meghan!)

Lindsey Wolfe said...

Oh what am I loving right now - I love that I have all the hand me down clothes we have recieved for baby girl sorted, washed, organized and put away. I didn't have a chance to really prepare for my son as was put on bedrest early on and he came early too. So I'm making the most of this pregancy with my little girl to have her room ready to go before any complications arise!

Thanks for a great post as always. I get so excited when my blogger feed thingy has a new post from you!

Janna said...

I love the picture frame idea! I do in-home daycare and I'm going to do this with the kids...maybe even today, thanks for the idea :)

Meaghan said...

Kelle, I can't tell you how much I love your blog. I've been reading for ages but for some reason this is my first comment. It's true - I often don't know what to say, so here's what I'm enjoying:

Yesterday, while enjoying the sunshine and a pint of cider on my favourite patio, I couldn't help but talk to / play with / drink up an adorable 11 month old named Wyatt who was smearing his raspberry soaked hands and yogurt covered face all over my legs. My girlfriend/love saw that certain look in my eyes, kissed my shoulder and said, "You need to have a whole bunch of those. And you will."

The love that Lainey and Nella share makes me so much more excited for my own future siblingfriends.

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