Monday, July 25, 2011

Learning to Stand

She's fully capable of standing alone, I just know it. Her legs are sturdy, her balance is unwavering and yet there's that itty bitty finger grip. She's not quite ready to let go, and that's okay.

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You know how many times in life I knew I possessed every ounce of strength and skill to do something and yet I chose to wait, clutching on to the guidance of others for whatever reason, until my confidence grew so strong, it pushed me like a rip current?

While I hold that tiny hand, providing the steadiness she thinks I give her, I know her confidence is brewing like a long-awaited cup of coffee. It will come and, in the meantime, I smile knowing that something as little as my finger--a tiny part of me--is all she needs to feel secure.

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It was a homey weekend. We ventured out only to take the crew to the airport and gather ingredients for broccoli soup.

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We crafted. We're working on switching some rooms just for fun in our house and, in the process, Lainey will get her own. Poking around Ohdeedoh for inspiration, I found a room I fell in love with but knew I had seen it somewhere before. And then I smiled, recognizing it as my blog friend, Meg's. Meg is crafty, kind, homey and adorable. Her house tour will leave you completely inspired, and we love this room so much, we are incorporating a little "READ" in Lainey's room too, next to a hanging book shelf above her bed. The room is a work in progress, but we did accomplish finishing our letters this week. I love the work of Eloise Wilkin, and we happened to have two copies of the same book, so we (gasp) tore one up to decoupage onto cardboard letters. Someone needs to pry this damn Mod Podge out of my hands before I start shallacking walls.

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More to come on her room.

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We dwell outside a lot these days. Nella cries at the door to go out, cries once we're out to get down, and cries when we finally come in for the night. She is happiest when she is hot, dirty, and scraping her butt along pavement.

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Sister likes it too. This is her badass cyclist look.

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Last week, a neighborhood cat ventured down to our driveway and decided he's in love my kids. Now, we find him sleeping in strollers in our garage and hear him crying outside our door first thing in the morning. Lainey thinks it's the coolest thing that ever happened to us.

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And Nella and Cat are making friends, slowly but surely. There have been stand-offs.

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But Lainey usually intervenes and does some good mediator work and now Cat, Kid and Sister are getting along swimmingly.

Do you see a cat?

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Cat camoflauges himself in our mulch, just like Latte does.

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This morning, Lainey and I set out on a much-needed date.

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We drove farther than usual to a hidden Cracker Barrel nestled away from the main stretch, between a Super 8 motel and a storage garage off of CR-951. It made me think of this trip, where Cracker Barrel breakfasts were as common as stopping for gas. I love Cracker Barrel. I like the way their store front smells like licorice and cinnamon and wood floor polish. I like the Smoky Mountain Hymn CDs they sell and their pickle barrels full of Raggedy Anns and sock monkeys.

We played checkers. I let her win.
We ate pancakes. I let her pour her own syrup.
We talked about words, and when she asked "What does p-y-u-b-w-z?" spell (because we're in that stage), I let her think "pyubwz" was a real word and she was awesome for spelling it.

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And right when I felt like the Cracker Barrel off the beaten path was far from home, we bumped into good friends--right there in the general store next to harmonicas and penny candy.

Lainey's friend, Aleena.

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The girls were thrilled to see each other, evident by their strange dance moves and endless giggling. They have a secret hand shake, these two. We noticed it a couple times after they received stickers at the end of ballet class. They tap fists in some wonder-twin-powers-activate move and then follow it by wiggling their fingers under their chin and mumbling some Mork-ish babble. It's inventive and hilarious.

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There's still more daylight that calls for driveway butt scoots tonight. Nella's, not mine.

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Winner of $60 gift certificate, courtesy of Oh Ollie: Comment #67, Heatheroo: Yay the oh is back...isn't it sad when your kids "outgrow" things...but I'm glad Nella still has her oh....it makes me smile! Have a lovely weekend!

Congratulations Heather! Please send your info to
kellehamptonblog@comcast.net.

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When Brett saw the box from our returning sponsor on our counter this week, he got all excited. "That homemade lotion stuff is back?" he asked. He loved this stuff, and he wasn't the only one.

Heal My Sole is returning as a sponsor this month. Heal My Sole, a company that began with an idea and some homemade recipes in a kitchen, offers all natural body products. We tried the massage candle (smells amazing), the citrus scrub, and the all natural bug spray which we loved. It's perfect for kids and works great for beach no-see-ums and post-rain mosquitos.

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Use Code KELLE10 for 10% off your order until 8/26, and one comment on this post will be randomly chosen to win a $40 gift certificate, courtesy of Heal My Sole.

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Last week seemed to last forever, but this week I am pushed forward by the current of everything good. My legs are sturdy, my balance unwavering.

We are looking forward to some fun adventures on our calendar this week.

Cat is crying at our doorstep. Must go.

Happy Monday to all...and to all a good night.

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416 comments:

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Patti said...

okay, where's my t-shirt? ;)
Always love Nella's pigtails- I wish Lily would leave hers in!

Team Lando said...

i love the cat vs nella standoff.... where in the world would they be without lainey?

Team Lando said...

and ps - did 6 photos on the fabric with your inspiration... big hit. props to you.

Lindsey said...

I love Cracker Barrel too. And Nella's pigtails are adorable.

elizalouise.bell said...

That cat is pretty cool. I wish we would have a neighborhood cat to play with. Nella makes my heart happy. Growing up so fast!

xo

Angela said...

Nella's pigtails slay me! SO cute! And I love that "your" Cracker Barrel could be any other Cracker Barrel. I love their general store too!

Deedee said...

Thanks for the pugspray suggestion! We're going camping in a couple of weeks and I was wondering what to put on my little one...hopefully they deliver to Canada!

Anneliese said...

nella is getting so big! ...and now i am craving cracker barrel!

Shannon said...

LOOK at Nella's piggy tails!! She is getting the toddler look...love it! (sad mama, I know...I miss the baby stages) My 2 year old is fascinated with our grampa's cat. She loves him!

Lauren said...

Love the "read" sign. I can't wait to see the rest of the room.

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

I love the photos of Lainey & her girlfriend dancing up a crazy storm together....FUN!! And Miss Nella is getting so 'grown up'....and what a gorgeous girl she is!! I can't wait to see what you do with Lainey's new room Kelle....and I'd be honoured to create any wall prints for it....just contact me :)
Enjoy your evening {whilst we're enjoying our morning coffees here!}!
xo

Seelife3d said...

Is the cat a keeper then??? I believe it has chosen its new family!

Hope said...

amazing post, as always! love the cat pictures! Lainey and her little friend Aleena are so adorable! :)

Kate said...

hey kelle!

i saw this project today and thought of you and your old book tearing :)
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/07/22/diy-storybook-paper-roses/

happy monday!

ourpandemoniumparadise said...

I LOVE the cracker barrel. I only wish we had one closer to where I live. Everytime I visit my Grams in Oklahoma, I stop off on the way back to the airport and browse the goodies and indulge in a yummy breakfast. :)

MG Atwood said...

she will be standing, then walking and you will wish for the baby back.

mamgof4 said...

I can not even pick a picture that I like the best, your photo's and your writing are just remarkable. I would love to win. Also Cracker barrel is my favorite place to eat. Just wish I had one close to our home town.

Natalie Feulner said...

Loved the pictures of the secret friend dance. And every good neighborhood has a neighborhood cat!

silverluvingcup said...

oh what a cute kitty.

mamgof4 said...

Kelly, I love the picture of Lainey in her badass bike helmet. DO you have her pose for you or just get her in deep thought, or just in the moment

Dianagoddess said...

We traveled from Pennsylvania to Tennessee one summer and hit every Cracker Barrel. I found something different to buy in every one, which didn't make my husband too happy, but he enjoyed the catfish dinners and chicken and dumplings!

Leeper's said...

Cracker Barrel is amazing. Whenever we need a quiet dinner, we always sneak off here. Simple and lovely!

Jessis said...

This post made me happily think of summer days in Michigan as a kid. Oh how I miss it there!!

Mallory said...

Completely in love with your blog Kelle (and your adorable kids!!)

Katie said...

Go Nella Go!!! I'm rooting for you homegirl! I'm also loving the picture of badass cyclist Lainey haha.

Janine said...

I fall more in love with Nella every day! She is the sweetest! Lainey is always such a great big sister. You are so blessed.

melissa said...

Love that tiny finger grip!

thethinkingmom said...

I love the decoupage letters :-) What a great idea!

Nic said...

Loving those cat photos. Laughing hard at the Nella / cat standoff. Thank goodness Lainey is close by!! :)

k said...

Don't you love when cats adopt you, with or without your permission? At least he (she?) keeps your kids happy!! Happy week!

Sandryte said...

Would you like to put a tutorial on how you made those letters? Please? :)

Hazel said...

Loving the spontaneous friend dancing moves and the secret handshake! How cute! We've been adopted by a pair of geese very picturesque on our dam- but they are much messier than a cat for sure! Hope you get the chance to relax during the week!

patricia said...

Hi Kelle, Is your button new? Thanks for adding it. I love todays photo's. I think Lainey looks so big today!! Why do they have to grow? Today my son announced that he was going to stop growing for a while. Love it!!

Lindsey said...

We drove ab 15 miles out of the way to go to cracker barrel yesterday! Love it!

Joy: said...

I think the Wonder Twins handshake is standard knowledge for little girls. How could it not be? It's so cool!

Cheryl said...

Love that Lainey and her friend have their own handshake! They are too cute!
Happy Monday to you !

villemezbrown said...

Love the pigtails in this post - first on Nella and then on Lainey! :-)

Adele

Moonstonemama said...

That first pic has me tearing up a bit. Oh how the time has flown!

kate said...

Yay for Cracker Barrel! Love me some grits!

Alaythea said...

I love Cracker Barrel too, it's so homey! We haven't been in forever.....and my niece just got a cat and named him Latte! So cute!

Kate Giovinco Photography said...

Cracker Barrels are the best! I love love love visiting them and do so on all my road trips.

Victoria said...

nella in pigtails just might be cuter than her "oh" face....maybe! :)

i love cracker barrel!! what a cute and easy date for you and ms L.

happy monday!

Jessica said...

Love the "READ" sign...can't wait to see the rest of Lainey's big girl room!

My favorite part about going to the Cracker Barrel is shopping in their " general store"!

Oh and Nella is SO. DARN. CUTE. With her pigtails in!

Siri said...

I have always felt excited when my children reached their milestones but a little bit sad inside. That just means more and more independence from me...I am excited for Nella to walk but the mom in me is happy she can hold on for just a bit more:)

Megan said...

I know that tiny little grip all too well. My youngest finally just let go a few weeks ago, and now I kinda miss that she doesn't need my finger.

I love the "READ" letters and the Cracker Barrel pictures. :)

shnyrdthng said...

Love the pic of Lainey at the checker board! Your posts are helping me come to terms with moving back to Florida after two lovely years of seasons, leaves changing, snow and mountains in North Carolina. I'll just make mountains in the sand. :)

MrsConos said...

I love the "badass cyclist" look! So awesome :)

Carrie Grant said...

my oh my, does nella have the sweet smile! i'm looking forward to seeing the finished product of lainey's room.

Farmgirl Paints said...

cracker barrel just makes me happy...it's that wood burning in the oven. nothing like that smell.

i feel little like nella right now. we just moved and it's scary as ever. i need someone to MAKE me walk. i just want to curl up and suck my thumb;)

LauraH said...

i have BIG decoupage dreams!! and the cat standoff kills me, my in-laws had a cat that was none-too-pleased when i joined the family!

Amanda D said...

The picture of Nella standing is just breathtaking! Happy Monday!

My Secret Rooms said...

Good for you, Nella! Way to go :-)
The girls are so cute (and you're so beautiful!)!
Thanks for a cute post!

Gina said...

Those pigtails on little Nella are just the cutest! :-)

Bridget said...

The pictures were great! And that citrus scrub sounds downright divine! Just right to soothe and exofoliate for my "summer feet"!

Lola said...

NeVer been to a cracker Barrel before. Must go.....

Love;
"last week seemed to last forever, but this week I am pushed forward by the current of everything good. My legs are sturdy, my balance unwavering".

Good to hear!

Happy Monday!!!!

Summit of Glory said...

You are very dangerous w that modge-podge!! Love the letters-can't believe you tore a book. Shame-shame! It was for a good cause tho! Lovely. xo

MJ said...

Your girls are so so gorgeous. They should be baby Gap models. ( : I love looking at the pictures you take of them. Your pictures inspire me to take more pictures of my own girls ( :

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

Oh, i know my feet would LOVE the foot scrub!!

LOVE the pics of friends doing their secret little things! too cute!

nella is adorable...she'll be letting go before long!!

Amy said...

Love your blog. Love the cat. Would love to try the lotion! Meg is my real life neighbor. Right across the street. :)

Rojas Family said...

I have not been to Cracker Barrel in so long. There's one not too far from here. I'll just have to make that an family outing soon.

Love that first pic.

Ali's Mom said...

My feet really need that scrub - they are so gross right now!!

Amy said...

I long for the days my 2 yr old cuddles up on me, pushes his cute face into my shoulder, or needs me to kiss a boo boo.. I think it is great nella still needs her mama!
Love that you and Lainey still get date time.. and am so excited to see her room. I do use you for inspiration ya know.. even with two boys!

Lauren {sippinglemonade.com} said...

I love your blog. It's the only one I read all the time -- and I get excited when I load the page and see a new post. Thanks for writing it :)

SRH said...

Oooh, you so described my daughter - at 17 months, she was "this" close to walking but held on to that sliver of a finger. Then one day, she up and decided it was time to walk and girlfriend no longer walks, she runs! Low muscle tone, schmlow muscle tone .. my girl did it in her time and she is rocking her own little 'miss independent' world (mine too)!

AprilJT said...

I worked at Cracker Barrel all through college so those pictures really bring me back.
I love the pictures of Nella holding onto your finger like its a lifeline. It reminds me so much of my daughter Phoebe. And now that she has finally let go she still turns to make sure I'm still there.

PaleMother said...

Love, love, love, love, LOVE the mod podge letters. Awe. Some. Go, girls! Also, I melt every time I see those piggy tales. Gorgeous. Lots of love.

wonderchris said...

Great post (as always!). :)

T. Nelson said...

Happy butt-scooting! :)

Benay said...

My mom used to put my fine blond hair into pigtails just like Lainey's. Adorable! I would beg to have my hair like that every time we went to the roller rink.

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

I love your 'dates' with Lainey. I try to do that as often as I can. My girl has a thing for chick-fil-a. It's amazing how a couple hours of 'us' time puts the biggest smile on their faces!! Makes my heart smile. We'll need to try Cracker Barrell - looks like a lot of fun!

Sandy said...

I think it's great that Lainey seems to make and have friends so easily. What a gift!

My daughter did the one-finger thing, too, and now, well, now I can hardly keep up with her when she gets running. The days pass by so quickly! What great photos you have to help you remember and savor....

Tina said...

OMG! My 4 year old has recently started with the spelling thing too. She'll be all like "Mom, what does g-n-g-y-i-l-p-o spell?" and I try to tell her that it's great she knows her letters, but that isn't a word... than I will spell a real one for her. I was starting to think she was crazy so it's really good to have some reinforcement that this is totally normal. LOL.

Ashley said...

Can't wait to see Lainey's new room! Love the decoupage letters!

dmsegel said...

Love that the cat just showed up to say hello, but be careful, that's how it started for us, an innocent hello, and 7 cats later they are all ours now.We do love them lots!!!

Megan said...

Please tell me what "no see ums" are? My girlfriends and I just saw this on an old bottle of Skin So Soft and none of us have a clue!

Anyway, love your date photos and wow go Nella! She's going to be chasing Lainey in no time! Enjoy your week.

Lindy said...

I laughed out loud at Nella wanting to be outside. That sounds like our house. We need some of that bug repellent though. The no see ums or something got us last week and we haven't ventured back to the sand box yet! Happy Day to you.

Debbie said...

I love the modge podge letters, I think I might have to steal that...

Happy Monday.

Knowitall said...

Ohhh great add another name to the list of places needing to open here...Cracker Barrel, Trader Joes...haha no really I NEED them here! :P

Karidan Kaye said...

oh... How you make me wish for a little girl sooo bad!! :( Would love to win this... I would get the massage candle and I might get a little girl out of it!! hahahha Sorry I will go back to PG!!!

Kathy said...

I need that bug spray! They are eating me alive! Both girls are gorgeous but I could eat Nella up with a spoon!

Jaclyn Hicks said...

We have a cute little kitty too, who belongs next door, but loves to play with my dog, Molly.

Looks like a lovely weekend. Now to the week ahead.

Naomi said...

Haha! I say secret handshakes should be a part of every grown woman's life! Why do they just have to be for cute kids?? I'm gonna run this by my girl friends and see what they think ;)

Lauren said...

i am IN LOVE with that bedroom! so creative. i'll have my teaching certification next year, and i bookmarked the image for classroom inspiration. framed book covers (SO clever! i love it) + colorful letters that spell read + bright throw pillows = quite the cozy reading nook for an elementary classroom! in. love. :)

Debby said...

Love the pictures as always. Love the badass and the very pout
Nella. Your husband is so good with his kids. The Cracker Barrel pictures of the little girls are adorable. Good that you can spend time one on one with Lainey.

Nella will let go. I nannied for a little girl that didn't walk til she was 17 months. She could but she wouldn't let go.
I would like to try these products.

Jaime D. said...

Oh how I miss Cracker Barrel...We don't have any up here in Seattle :( I love badass cyclist look. She is going to own a Harley one day. Watch out world!

k.thomas said...

Those letters were awesome! I wish I had those when I was a kid.

And I love all natural beauty products! :)

Katy said...

Love the badass look Lainey has when getting ready to ride her bike

Ashlea said...

You take such nice pictures, Kelle! And I love your dates with Lainey; my little girl is three, and I think it's time we started some one on one dates.

Sarah said...

When I saw the post title, I had a feeling I would hear Petty!!!! LOL Like everyone else LOVE the pigtails and love the "Mommy and me" date...Cracker Barrel is a great idea!

Jana and Brian said...

go nella go!

Wendy said...

does Lainey dress herself? If so, she has fabulous taste! :) She has a good closet of loot to choose from, I can tell, but man, does she know how to assemble an ensemble! ;)

Kelly said...

I love the picture of Nella looking too cool in her jean bib shorts....giving you the "peace out" sign on the sly. :)

Elizabeth said...

I was having a bad day and your post cheered me up... your writing is so magical. I am so excited for Nella... I know she will surprise you and stand up all by herself so soon! What a little rock star! He tiny bun is SO precious! And Lainey looks so old... and just like you! I love your mother/daughter dates! I'm sure she treasures them!

Elysha said...

Our Grady cries at the door to go outside too, just like a little puppy. It's a shame we have a yard the size of a small car, so outside trips are usually limited to when we can go to the playground!
Oh, how I love that peg game at Cracker Barrel! Now I want to take my three year old there for a girly date.

Katie said...

awww! I love that your girls are making a new furry friend. That cat looks exactly like the cat I had growing up. She showed up on our porch on the 4th of July when I was in 2nd grade. Coolest. Pet. EVER.

Ginny said...

I so loved it when my munchkin held that *one last finger* and loved even more when she just did it for fun, that little sparkle in her eye. It's a great feeling.

Marisa said...

Can't wait to see more of Lainey's new room!

Katy said...

The bug spray really works on mosquitos? The all-natural stuff we currently use smells lovely, but doesn't repel anything after the first five minutes. I'll definitely be looking into that, with a big camping trip coming up! Thanks.

Lena said...

It is so exciting when a child is on the verge of letting go and taking off on her own. I can't wait to see the video when it does happen!

You amaze me with your boundless energy.

Courtney said...

I love going on dates with each of my daughters. I have a pool and ice cream date with my middle daughter tomorrow night. Its so wonderful to have time to slow down and connect.

Mrs. Mazzei said...

We had a week that wouldn't quit last week too...this week is filled with working on the nursery for our new arrival, come October, and defining a fun, creative space in our office! Yay for "the current of everything good"!

OhanaMama said...

Nella's confidence is clearly percolating! Good for you for letting it brew... it will be nice and strong by the time she's ready.

:-)

KP said...

can't wait to see her completed room! and nella's pig tails are so stinkin' cute. love your post...as always. :-)

LibraryGirl62 said...

That Cracker Barrel is about 5 minutes from my house! My girl (OK, she is 18, but still my girl!) and I love it too!

Jenn said...

I can't wait to see Lainey's room I bet it's going to be fabulous!!

CodynStacey said...

I love that you went to the Cracker Barrel. That place reminds me of my dad. So many memories :)

Shannon said...

those itty bitty pig tails kill me! Just too cute. Can't wait to see the finished project. Big girl I bet is dying to have her own space.

ADE ACE Mom said...

I always look forward to your Monday post. It puts a smile on my face & gives inspiration.

Thanks & have a great week!

Jennifer from NJ said...

how oh how do you get those pigtails in nella's hair?? my little one has the same amount of hair and everything just slips out. need teh bug spray. the little nats are killing me here in NJ, as i am outside with my 2 kids from dawn to dusk.

Katie S said...

Yay for Cracker Barrel

Meredith said...

I am *so* copying your READ letters--how fun!

Melissa :) said...

You inspire me how you continue to suck the marrow out of life. I'm trying, through trying times. :) I also love how Nella still turns her feet inward when she sits. :)

The Annessa Family said...

I managed to get a good "O" picture from my brother this weekend...so if you want to see a 37 year old "O"...let me know :)

Brooke Annessa
www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

Hotsy Totsy Kids said...

My baby girl will be turning 9 next week & although she wants everyone to think she is cool & independent every so often she will reach out her hand to hold mine as we are walking in the mall, or heading out to some new adventure. That quick little hand hold reminds me that although she may be growing up she still needs me. Although she is growing up and will be on her own more often than not those little fingers wrapped in mine are a treasure.

Stephanie said...

Love those pigtails- they look so happy outside getting dirty!

Kesa said...

nella is changing so much! i love nothing more than temporarily being adopted by a neighborhood cat. my own cats, however, have other feelings about it!

Noreen said...

Heal My Sole looks amazing - - great products I would love to try!! Also - - love your skirt and shoes in the first picture. Love your style - - it is very inspiring - - even for someone older than you!!

~*~Diana~*~ said...

Ahhhh.....my mancub & I love Cracker Barrel dates!!! They are the best!!!!

Dani said...

I know there will be a time all too soon that both of my boys will look up and let go of my outstretched finger that is giving them the confidence they need. Until them, I love every second of knowing I am their rock.

DebZorn said...

I always enjoy your blog and the pictures of your cute girls. The READ letters are great. My favorite picture of this group is the feet of Lainey and her friend. Nothing is more nostalgic for me than ruffle socks and saddle shoes. My girls wore both, now they're all grown up.

Life with Kaishon said...

I think you SHOULD do but scoots on the driveway. The neighbors would think you are even cooler than they already do ; )

Candace said...

My last week was dumpy too...must have been something in the air!

Love the pigtails, little friends, cats, decorating and your blog.

Happy Monday indeed - it's already a better week :)

~CC

Jill said...

I love the one finger hold. They just need that support from mama. Love it.

Shelby Baker said...

Ah, love. So glad I got to read one of your posts on this dreary, rainy Monday in Alabama. :)

Erica said...

Again, your girls are lovely. I also love Cracker Barrel...very low country and homey, just the way life should be.

Happy Monday :)

April Vernon said...

I also have a thing for Mod-Podge. It's addicting. I LOVE the pic of the girls' feet hanging off the bench at CB. We love Cracker Barrel, too.

The Murfitt's said...

I think it's sweet that Nella is not quite ready to let go of your fingers. I sure wish my son would have held onto mine just a little bit longer. It seems like every time I turn around he's growing more quickly.

Jennifer said...

Ohhh, the "Oh!" The winning comment reminded me that I meant to comment about this last time. My baby boy made the same noise EVERY TIME he sneezed for the first 3-4 months of his life (kind of a contented sigh/surprised "oh!"), and I always wanted to get it on tape because I knew he'd grow out of it. He did, and I never caught it (it's hard to predict baby sneezes!), but I'll always remember it.

yupanothermomblog.blogspot.com

dldhome said...

Love transforming a room - have fun, hope Lainey loves it!

Lacy Hope said...

Love the photos of Lainey and her friend! Super cute!!

Jessica said...

The "badass cyclist look" is soooo cute!

Courtney said...

I love your view on the Nella holding on topic. Seriously, you inspire me every day to shift my paradigm when interacting with my 4 and 2 year old. Thank you!!

summergibbs said...

Oh my heck! My feet literally got all excited at the thought of having the foot scrub. The cracked heels have got to go! By the way, your girls are so cute!

Lo said...

The pictures are just precious. Your family inspires me!

Lisa said...

Great post, great pictures, Kelle. Such great shots. Since reading your blog, I have been so inspired to catch the "every day"...to capture my son's childhood. Even though my pictures don't seem to turn out as awesome as yours, thank you so much for the inspiration!

Brianna said...

LOVE the photos of Lainey and her friend dancing. We all need friends like that!

Darcy, Wendy, Brianna, Luke & Jackson said...

My little girl holds on to one finger too, even though her balance is good . . . I love it! I cherish walking beside her, while she holds on tight, and looks up at me with her beautiful smile!

Wendy

enmouton said...

oh my... i love the new pictures of "wiser badass" lainey love... she reminds me so much of my petit babe who just turned 5.... we go through daily transformations of "wise and badass" to "sweet and thoughtful" to "contemplative and secure".... it's amazing what a birthday will do for a growing girl....

--ehm

doingthemommything said...

My son did the same thing before he started walking. He was 2 1/2 and I knew he could do it, but he didn't know it yet so he didn't. And then one day, with out ever trying it previously, he just knew he could so he got up and did it perfectly. She'll get there.

marcip said...

How exciting that Nella is so close to walking! :)

WesandCaren said...

This post makes me want Cracker Barrel. My husband and I are living in Indonesia right now, but Cracker Barrel sounds like home!

Shirley said...

If Nella is so excited to be outdoors on her butt I can't wait to see her when she's walking!

Becky@IfTheseWallsSpoke said...

I love the READ letters, so cool!

Sprinkles by Ashley said...

I love all your pictures of the girls! You are an amazing writer and photographer. You have inspired me to start blogging in the hopes that it will help me understand myself better. Thank you for writing and for being so real.

Hannah's Song said...

Ahh! The hand gripping...my 18 year old still does it. Don't worry...it doesn't go away! Thank God!!!

Meagan Kenney said...

Yum! We love Cracker Barrel too! Reminds me of my childhood, visiting my mom's family in TN. So excited that AZ started getting them a couple years ago. Might have to venture there just for the sock monkeys! Can't wait to hear more about the "room situations!' Where is Nella sleeping...and the boys?

Little Taylor Lights said...

Yay! Nella has the little Lainey loopey pig tails! So cute! I love her pouty look in the overalls. Love first-child dates. Excited to see Lainey's new room. I was just lying in bed with my boys imagining what to do on their wall that is now opened up with a new big bed in there. Happy Monday.

Ashley McPherson said...

I can't believe little miss Nella is ready to stand already! Such beautiful little chicks, you have! :)

Becca said...

Thanks so much for being such an inspiration!

Sarai said...

New follower here. Your girls are lovely! I really enjoy reading your blog. Hope to read lots more!

cathy said...

enjoy your family & the week

xoxo
cathy

Holly said...

Cracker Barrel is one of our favorite places to seek out when we travel. It is always a fun place to stop and eat. Games to play, gifts to look at, and good food for everyone to enjoy.

I love looking at your pictures, so fun and it gives me ideas to try of my own. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

I really enjoyed the photos of Lainey and her friend by the coca-cola machine...so retro, but fun!

Sara said...

Would love to win the gift certificate! Looks like yummy stuff!

Perks and Beans said...

Sometimes it feels like we lack some bits of old Americana out here in the islands. We relish in the feel of our own Hawaiian history, but I wish we could hit up a roadside Cracker Barrel, too!

waishan said...

Nella's looking so grown up these days - especially in her pigtails. Lainey's secret handshake is so adorable...oh to be so young and imaginative. Good job mama!

J E Martin said...

That Lainey is getting so big! Her pig tails are getting much longer these days :) Loved what you said about your little finger being just what Nella needs...great words.

Denise said...

Awe, I just love it when I am dog tired and I haven't read your blog in a while and I just leave the dinner cooking and I sit down and am instantly lost and caught up in your kids and your photography! Love it! I too, love Cracker Barrel! Unfortunately, or fortunately, there aren't any out here in CA :(. Hope your week is fantastic!!!

BLT Edmundson said...

you two look like the coolest parents ever... The memories you are making with these children will be forever etched in their minds.. How wonderful.

Stef said...

I love your blog, Kelle. Please promise to always post stuff. The Internet would be dull without you.

Dawn said...

Oh my!! The shoes!! Adorable!!!!

Alzbeta said...

I love following Nella's progress, because my little, though due to prematurity, also moves at her own little pace. Today, she let go of my hands and stood all by herself just long enough for me to snap a picture! Oh, my heart just leapt. Oh, happy days :).

Betsy Black said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE Nella's pigtails! They are way too cute! And Lainey's badass biker picture is perfect! I always love reading your posts, and I am pretty sure my sons (3.5 and 19 months) think your kids are their friends/relatives because they love looking at all of the pictures and asking me about the girls. Happy Tuesday!

Rachel said...

Those dancing photos! Love! They remind me of me & my sisters at a much younger age... so so so cute.

josierenee@gmail.com said...

i love the photos of lainey in from of the coke machine. how precious!

Amy Ashby said...

:) Love it! Your pictures make me smile. . . and Lainey & her lil friend crack me up! And love the cat - we have 2 cats and one (Carl) loves my daughter. The other one (Roscoe) and her have had too many stand-offs to count. I always say that I think he thinks Addy is the devil. But they are slowly becoming friends. Could of used Lainey's help!!

rachel1219 said...

When my youngest brother was little, he asked my mom.."what does jyhgyub spell?" My mom (probably in the middle of something important) said "I dont know, its jibberish" to which he replied "oh cool! I spelled jibberish!!"

LilianEveDesigns said...

ok miss skinny... do it all:) ... super cool mama... love ya!

nicole gabrielle said...

It must be a week for letting go... last night it was me, with my girlfriends and lubricated with 4 bottles of wine. But know that my girls love me, flaws and all, makes it that much easier to take steps on my own to get repaired.

Oh, and secret handshakes rock. I think I need to have one with someone.

Kelsey said...

What a funny cat! I've never seen them take such a liking to neighbor kids like that.

Wenona said...

I like the thought of our children needing one little part of us to make them feel secure. So many people push their kids to crawl, walk, etc. and I personally like it when mine take a bit longer. My 8 month old is at a stage where it's mama or no-one. She cries even if someone holds her facing me. She just wants me. And even though it's tiring carrying her 21lb body around all day - I absolutely love how needed I am to her :)

And I SO want to win that GC for that stuff. I'm all for natural things - especially bug spray!!

Nancy K. said...

I love that you don't urge Nella to let go of your finger. Sometimes I wish I still had somebody's finger to keep me steady...

Cow Town said...

Ah Cracker Barrel. It holds a special place in my heart. That is where my husband and I met. :) Sometimes we go there for Anniversary dates. Maybe we will go there for our 15th in November.

Looks like you guys had a great day. How fun that Lainey ran into her friend!
Kim

HMae said...

I love your skirt in the first picture!So summery! Your blog is so inspiring! <3 it.

Evelyn Louise said...

I'll be learning to stand on my own tomorrow. I will be spending the day putting the finishing touches on a musical with 32 teenagers and I'll be doing so without my co-director for the first time.
She's having her baby. I can't wait to meet him.
I've never run our week of church-camp without her so tomorrow will be new for me and I'm really wishing she'd left me a finger to hold on to!

megatron! said...

The butt scooting of this post had me LOLing.
I love your posts, pictures and kids, Kelle!

kate said...

I started reading your blog just after Nella was born and I've shared it with everyone I know. It's inspiring, real and encouraging.

I've never commented until now.

The Eloise Wilkin caught my eye. I named my daughter Eloise (5) after her. My mom must have bought every single book she ever illustrated and has now passed them onto us. People often wonder if we named her after Eloise at the Plaza. Nope. Just the beautiful illustrator of long ago.
I support the mod podge. I'll even send you more books rebuild your collection ;)

Erin said...

LOVE the "READ" letters! I might have to steal that idea for my daughter's room.

Ky said...

1. Modge podging is therapeutic. I decouphaged a whole wall once with antique book pages.

2. Badass biker pic rocks.

3. Grilled chicken tenderloin plate at cracker barrel is yummy. Wish I could make chicken so tender.

Richelle said...

Laughed out loud at the sign on Lainey's door and your interpretation! Too funny. And Go Lainey! PYUBWZ. Spell it, girl!

Jess said...

I think our cat has found a second home to visit, I just hope she's as loved as your guest kitty is by your girls!

Jess
www.norrisfamilyboise.blogspot.com

Debbie D. said...

Do you really realize what a great mom you are?! Each blog I read I become more proud of you and the job you do! In a grandmotherly kind of way :) Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Buckingham said...

My favorite quote from this post? "I smile knowing that something as little as my finger--a tiny part of me--is all she needs to feel secure." - That was so precious! Melted my heart because there is nothing else on this earth like that feeling of being needed as a Momma, as a comfort to your babies! Loved this post and those darn Mod Podge letters are SWEET! Can't wait to see Lainey's room! Ps. Out of the three items you listed... What was Brett's favorite product from Heal My Sole... like which was it that got him excited when he saw the box on the counter?

Carly said...

I love the letters for her room. They are so cute. I can't wait to see what else you do to the room.

Jenny said...

Looking forward to reading about Nella's upcoming standing/walking mischief! :o)

Kelly Cach said...

DANG IT!! I want that coke machine on my back porch REAL BAD!

And, oh sweet love! Looking down at Nella's "itty bitty finger grip" makes me wanna caress her silky threads!

Ooohh, and playing "Go Fish"....sniff, sniff....realizing my boys are growing up. It used to be a pre-naptime ritual.

I MUST research this Eloise Wilkin gal. I tried for months to find a vintage illustration to adhere to Nora's birthday high chair I painted. And I even bought my first bottle of MOD PODGE!!! I'm glad I didn't settle for anything. I'm feeling hopeful about Eloise :)

Cracker Barrel looks like it's right up my alley. I.Must.Find.One!

The last pic of YOU....Oh my stars!!! Gorgeous. A little Audrey Hepburn-esque. She is my all time favorite actress (well, BOTH of the Hepburn gals, actually. "Audrey Katherine" was another front runner for Nora's name :)

Much love to you ~
Kelly

p.s. Still feeling on cloud nine over Nora's party....it was "peaceful" and perfect!

Jessica said...

Laineys badass biker chick look is BAD.ASS. Love it. And our littlest is in the hold-onto-our-finger-and-not-quite-ready-to-let-go stage too. I love it. I dwell in it. Have a great week!!

You inspired me to get outside with my kidlets tomorrow instead of staying inside during this horrible heat wave. Thanks!

Angela said...

So glad you are enjoying these times with sweet Nella and such poignant words to describe her wonderful current stage. And when she gets to the next one -- just wait! I will never forget when my little Casey finally started walking. It was so scary to her and exhilarating all at the same time, at least that is what her facial expressions seemed to be saying. I can still see her sweet face when she finally did it and I still cherish that moment!

McMel said...

mmm, cracker barrel. hard to find here in illinois. :(

Melissa said...

Oh how I miss Cracker Barrel. It was one of our favs before moving from FL to up North. Eat some hash brown casserole for me, pretty please!

Averyl Minori said...

I love, love, LOVE Eloise Wilkin!!!!! Since I was small, I can remember reading Baby Dear.....

I am inspired to make some R-E-A-D creations for my friends children....until I have a little girl of my own!

The Hickman Family said...

Love the story of the cat! How awesome for your girls... Well, Lainey more I guess. Are you feeding that cat or does he have somewhere else he goes to eat?

stacy said...

I LOVE Cracker Barrel too! It's a must whenever we are on the road. I love it almost as much as Nella's pigtails... can't wait for my little one to have enough for that!
Stacy

Kimberly said...

I love Cracker Barrel! We have one a couple of miles up the road from us, but in the almost-five-years my husband and I have been together, we've only gone there twice. He thinks it's overrated. Freak.

Your pictures are gorgeous, as always!

Riley and Tyler said...

I love random visiting animals. We had this squirrel that stopped by and fed peanuts to out the window, after our dog died. Now he's a regular visitor. Oh the things that keep me happy. Happy Monday!

Jennifer S said...

My kids would be over the moon if a cat adopted us:)

Jen said...

love that little bit of hanging on...my littlest bug who will be 2 (sigh) in 22 days (not counting or anything) proved the other day at nap that he still needed a little momma lovin' when he couldn't quite settle himself down. just a second little snuggle and hum was all he needed! makes my heart melt!

loving the pigtails and the biker stare too!!

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

Love it all, especially Nella's finger grip, and the cat...Love to all from the blog Mama

lauren said...

I love the room you're using for inspiration, but i REALLY LOVE the "read" letters you mod-podged :) amazing. I might have to do the same for my girl's room some day!

Inspiração Inesperada said...

I can't believe Nella is almost walking on her own :)

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