Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Friends, Same Friends

I walked out in the garage in my nightgown early this morning to fetch the back-up supply of half & half and there, on top of my car, dimly lit by the overhead garage light was Cat, sprawled out and sound asleep. This is becoming pretty funny.

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We kind of unintentionally stole a cat.

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Last night was special--like coming home from summer camp and exclaiming to your parents that your cabin mate was the coolest girl in the world is special.

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I "met" Brooke through a writing opportunity with Babble (Girlfriend can do wonders in the kitchen...check her out). And the great universe, in its way of drawing kindred spirits through the Internet, finally paved the way for us to meet in real life. I felt like I knew Brooke's family already and yet it's always cool, that movie-like moment where we both arrive at the arranged meeting place, search each other out and hug like long lost friends. I wanted to do the whole "I'll be the girl holding a book with a red rose" to reveal my identity, but two kids and a beat-up stroller heaped with junk pretty much gave it away.

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This adorable family slayed me with their kindness and their quest to live fully.

The scene was sublime--quilts spread over a carpet of dried leaves, a canopy of leafy shade overhead, a rare July evening breeze, the proverbial picnic basket, my mom's old-fashioned potato salad (I forgot the serving spoon. I packed a picnic for a professional foodie, and we had nothing with which to scoop potato salad but two cheap plastic forks)...

But the conversation? Oh, it was rich. While John & Brooke's kids whisked the girls away to entertain them on swings and slides and things with wheels, we adults talked about life and love and faith. We asked good questions and concluded it was okay not to have all the answers.

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The sun sank slowly as our comfort level grew, and for each hour we lingered, we could have stayed another.

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Nella wants a piece of the action every time Lainey plays games on my phones.

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The encore to our park picnic came in the form of Kilwin's Fudge and Ice Cream Shop, conveniently located only a block from the park. I smiled watching Lainey make new friends and successfully contain her shy smile.

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Nella seriously threw down on some rasberry sorbet.

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...and when it was finally time to pry the cone from her deadly grip, it was a hot mess of an ordeal. A sticky fit ensued.

Sister likes her cones.

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After hugs and last exchanges, I buckled two tired girls in the car and, as I drove, I thought about just how awesome it is that in a world of so many differences, when you really get to know people and open yourself up in an honest way to learn something...you'll discover how very much the same we really are. I find such comfort in that sameness.

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Brett's away this week, training for a new job, and I find that more responsibility for me comes with more ambition. I like the challenge of holding down the fort, giving extra attention to the girls and maybe--just maybe--I'll blow his mind when he returns to a clean house and trash cans that I actually remembered to drag to the curb.

Today we cooked and baked with friends.

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Shrimp chowder, cupcake cones with sprinkles, and a kitchen sink bath for Nella after she so generously offered her help with frosting duties.

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And when our day was almost spent and shadows stretched long in the driveway, we retreated from homey comforts to outdoor adventures just for a bit.

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And then called it a really good night.

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The winner of the Heal My Sole gift certificate is Comment #292, Small Town Girl: Cracker Barrel, I really do love that place! Being in Vermont, we experience Cracker Barrel very seldomly. It reminds me of trips to Port Charlotte/Fort Myers to see my grandmother.

Congratulations, Small Town Girl! Please send your contact info to
kellehamptonblog@comcast.net, and you'll soon be shopping for some sweet smelling scrubs.

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Scentsy Independent Consultant, Jessica Clough, is back to sponsor (thanks for shopping with her last month!) again this month. Thanks to her, a new ritual in our home is the breaking-of-the-bar. When I need some cleaning mojo, I always begin by breaking a new scent bar and revving up my warmer. The rest is history. Today, a block of Groovy Grapefruit and Michael Jackson's "Beat It" inspired a full kitchen shake down.

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I'm already dreaming of fall and think Autumn Sunset, Clove & Cinnamon, and some sultry Embers scents might jump start my enthusiasm.

One lucky commenter on this post will win a Cupcake warmer and a Happy Birthday scent bar, courtesy of Jessica Clough's Scentsy Shop.

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We're exhausted.

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Happy evening to you.

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WeebyBaby said...

Your posts always brighten my day. <3 Thank you for sharing.

Alicia said...

lovely day...love it when you collapse with exhaustion, but in a good way, you know? also love meeting other bloggers and becoming real friends...coolest thing ever!

mrszimm said...

ohmigosh! I'm the 1st! Love you and your sweet words!!

MyCastleIsFull said...

I love the dress that Nella is wearing while she is eating her sorbet. I must remember to try to coordinate my kids ice cream flavors with the color of clothes from now on. I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time meeting new friends. I need to "get out" there more and meet new people.

Laura

KP said...

love the post! beautiful words and pictures as always!

KaitlinCole said...

Love laineys dress in the last picture. Does it come in maternity sizes:)

Ky said...

oh my word. the picture of nella with sorbet all over her face is priceless. made me laugh out loud. what a treasure.

i so enjoy reading your blog, but i must confess it makes me long even more to stay at home with my girl. i work outside the home, but i'm on vacation this week with my 2-year old sophia. i'm getting a taste of the SAHM life and i like it. maybe someday...

janekathryn said...

Love that we are all different but carry so much of the same insight.

And that picture of Nella in the sink made me smile! I love it!

Erin said...

I just love the way your girls look at each other. You can tell they already have an amazing bond. Sisters rock!

Ruth said...

Oh do I know about games on phones and little sisters getting all up in their big sister's space.

Katy said...

Love the ice cream and cupcake cones.

I would love to win the Happy Birthday Scentsy brick for my mom since her birthday was yesterday (the 26th)

Jenn said...

I love the pic of Nella and the sorbet! She is so adorable with the pigtails, love it!

Lindsey said...

We unintentionally stole a cat too! Although he was a neighborhood cat and now lives in my parents' house and is totally spoiled. Also I love the picture of Nella and Lainey playing games on the phone.

TOLIVER FAMILY said...

so cute and loads of fun

Patti said...

Love the pic of Nella in the sink..Lils still takes all her baths in the kitchen sink :) Been thinking about you- hope this week was better ox

the Goin's said...

I love as I'm reading your comments I spot a comment from a friend who also lives in Washington state. kelle, you inspire so many other's lives just by sharing yours!! Thank you, I love following your blog it gives me inspiration for new fun projects to do with my own little ones...love the cupcake cones, seems like something my kiddos would enjoy doing the next they have friends over!!

H said...

As much as I love summer...I am looking forward to fall...I love the leaves and the crisp autumn mornings....and also the fall rituals that will ensue with my 2 year old girl... :-) I don't blame Nell a for not wanting to give up that ice cream cone..it looked yummo!

AnaLisa said...

Wow, your pictures are gorgeous!

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

Lainey's leaf dress is adorable! I am loving the milder summer we are having here in California and the cute dresses for my little girls....

Shelly said...

That stinkin Nella is the SWEETEST little girl I have ever seen....she melts my heart! She is looking like a big girl these days....love her pig tails!

Katie said...

by far the sweetest pic of nella and lainy on the picnic table. love it.

Alisha said...

That last photo melted my heart. Nella looks so grown up sitting at the table and the way she is looking so adoringly at her big sister is SO beautiful.

kiki_bourque said...

you girls are beautiful, been reading your blog for over a year now figured it was time to leave a comment!!!!

Michelle said...

Those girls are so adorable. Thanks for a lovely post again!

e. Xx said...

Oh my, your girls are so photogenic, Kelle! Love the one of Nella leaning over Lainey to watch her playing games on your phone. So beautiful. As always, thank you for sharing :)

Benay said...

I love the last photo of the girls--Nella looks like she simply adores her sister!

Laura said...

oh gosh, I love scentsy fragrances! One of my favorite shower gifts was a warmer and baby powder bricks for my little ones room. Makes it divine in there!

Kara said...

Omg Nella w the ice-cream cone is just pure happiness! Adorable!

Connie Krebs said...

I love the pic with the kitty and the photos of the sorbet are frame-worthy! I am a huge fan of your blog!!

Becca said...

Happy Evening to you too!

songskatesang said...

Sweet Baby J would love the cupcake scent! Thank you for this opportunity!

Taylor said...

Oh man, I am cracking UP over Nella and the cone! So cute. Also, I adore the sweet sisterly pictures. I can't wait to make a little sister for our baby girl! ;)

Kimmie said...

The cupcake warmer is so cute!!

cindy said...

I love the last picture with Nella looking up to her sister with such love!

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous pictures and beautifully-written words, as always! That picture of Nella helping Lainey play games on your phone makes me think she'll be walking before too long!

Jennifer said...

I adore you, and your pictures are so real...I love how you capture their 'real life' moments, instead of always posing and primping. Nella vs. The Sorbet: awesomeness! I can just see you trying to pry that sucker out of her sticky little hands :).I've heard great things about the cupcake warmer, and hope to try Happy Birthday soon. Should have had it today for my son's 14th birthday! :)

Laurel said...

your beautiful family's pictures always make me smile!

Carley said...

Nella eating her sorbet is so cute! Beautiful pictures!

Cheryl said...

Love Nella and the sorbet - it looks good! I have always wanted to make the the cupcakes in the cone and it might just be time for some baking fun!
Happy Wednesday!

everydaymomma said...

Dearest kelle,
As always I adore you,your post is just what my weary soul needed today as I admit it most always does.I feel like I had a good visit with an old friend every time I read a post,just listening and feeling as if you and I are the best of friends because you so get me, even though your posts are not meant for me they make me so happy all the same.and I just love the pics of your lovelies:)

Janet said...

That cupcake warmer is adorable! I'd love to win it! My birthday is Friday so it would be a great surpise :)

Rojas Family said...

Love the pic of Nella in the sink. My kids never took a bath in the sink. I'm not sure why. If we have another baby, they are for sure getting a bath in the sink.

Lauren said...

I could just eat your girls they are so cute! (Sorry if that sounds weird) They are adorable! Love the pic of Nella getting in on the iPhone action.

And cool cupcake cones!

k.thomas said...

That last picture of Lainey would look so good in black and white, I think! I love cupcakes in a cone!

Saradical said...

I've recently just started a blog, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to say, but I knew that I had something to say.. I asked my friend who is also the only soul who knows of my blog (I'm going the anonymous route while I'm a rookie) and she referred me straight to you and your story, this is only my third day reading of your family and the love you share.
But I must say, I've already shed tears, laughed out loud, and nodded my head silently in agreement.
I adore your stories and can only hope to be as eloquent someday.

Five Vitales said...

I love Nella's loving gaze in the last photo. You can really see the love she has for her sister!

Erin said...

That photo of Lainey laying down is beautiful!!! Cupcake cones - next on my list! Thanks for the idea :)

stephdiaz said...

I just want to say that you are such an awesome mom! Your days always ALWAYS looks soo much fun. I need to make those cupcakes cones. I just need for my stove to work. How sad!

Anyway, i absolutely love your blog! I always look forward to your posting!

Cherri Regnier said...

My boy is the same age as your Nella and they are in the same stages at the same time. With Everything. Love it. I would NEVER have gotten that cone away from him. Not without him cracking his head open from the head throw back tantrum that would have followed.

Love your words. I count this blog as my inspirational read for the day!

The Stevens Family said...

I would love an ice cream cone right about now but my waist line is much better off with a sentsy cupcake instead. Love that last photo of Lainey, your girls are so beautiful!

~Yours Truly said...

There's something so magical about finding a kindred spirit when you least expect it eh? Great post. And that last photo of the girls makes me smile:-)
I'm The same way with my scentsy warmer. When the room smells great it's much easier to get cracking!

Consider The Lilies said...

that last picture is absolutely beautiful. i adore your girls and your pictures :)

Lollipops & Pig Tails said...

Your girls are dolls.

What I would domfor an ice cream cone right now. :)

notyetwhatweshallbe said...

thanks for sharing the joys of your life here on your blog. i've been reading for a few months, and i often save your posts for the moments when i need some encouragement - times when naps are short, bedtimes are late, babies are tearful due to their desire to flip the light switch for the 200th time that day not being immediately gratified, and adult connection is lacking. your blog often offers some needed encouragement and perspective in those moments, and i am thankful :)

Nancy K. said...

Congratulations on being owned by a cat! ;-)

OOOOOOOH! Cinnamon & Clove is my favorite scent in the whole-wide-world!!!

Shari said...

Okay, did I miss the cat theft story? I need to hear more!

T. Nelson said...

Nella in pigtails... so cute it makes me weak!

The Rigoloso's said...

I love the sameness we find in being vulnerable enough to share ourselves with others. It's a beautiful thing, really. Your girls melt my heart as always.

Breanna said...

I love reading your posts :) Nella & Lainey looked like they were having so much fun!

Jenn said...

Love the ice cream shots. There's just something about ice cream in the summertime that's so innocent and pure.

Amy said...

I've been dreaming of Fall ever since temperatures reached the 90s here.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the inspiration of a picnic in the park. :) My favorite picture is of Nella in the sink; what a cutie-pie!

Patricia said...

I love seeing these posts each evening! I truly hope I win the Scentsy prize - I've been dying for one for ages, but alas, I'm a graduate student. :(

LoveLife said...

Beautiful photos! And I'm going to try those cupcake cones!! I love how much fun I have imagining my children's excitement enjoying special goodies, fire trucks, parades, playdates, and all the rest of the gleeful moments of childhood. It brings me so much joy and such a thrill....I think I like it even more than I would have liked those things as a child myself....and that's saying something!

Mal said...

My husband and I met online and when we finally met in person for our first date, I SO wanted to be the girl standing there oh so poetically in a whimsy dress holding a red rose...but no. I was the girl in the yoga pants and stained t shirt (he showed up too early!)

p.s. I'm super impressed by Nella and her sorbet eating...girl's got skills!

Kelly Cach said...

Nella lunging for the phone (adorable and hilarious)....I just snapped a similar photo of Nora a few days ago with her brother. FUNny!

LOVE her sorbet grip!!! We're just starting to experience that, too!

Nella sitting in the sink....even her shoulder blades are cute! SHEESH, what's NOT cute about her?!

Lainey's eyes--WHOA! Mesmerizing & drop dead gorgeous!

And praying that someday the universe will pave the way for us to meet as well. I imagine myself doing a karate kick upon first sight of you. Seriously, I do!

:) Kelly

p.s. Did you see Nora's slide-show posted on my wall (down a ways now). There are little details toward the end that I would have loved to "fix" or rearrange, but ran out of time. Nonetheless, it was pretty moving....and I am forever grateful to have it. So much more behind and in between all those photos that no one except someone like you could possibly understand! Loving you for inspiring me to do this.

MDH said...

Love the sorbet pictures. How sweet!

Piper said...

Quirky secret about me. I don't like cake, but I LOVE cupcakes. They're just WONDERFUL!

HollyElise said...

Nella's pigtails are the cutest EVER.
And looking through your photos makes me long for my baby daughter's arrival so much more (just weeks away now!).
Love the cupcake warmer, so cute :)

Sara said...

I'm with you on the new scentsy and music to get you motivated to clean! And I love the cupcake one!! The Happy Birthday scent would be nice to burn on my upcoming b-day in August :)

jolie said...

I just love Nella's pig tails! So super cute! What a fun day at the park!
Hugs!

T said...

Nella's pigtails rock! So cute!

Christina said...

What a lovely picnic in a park, I should do that more often!

Kristibella said...

Love love love Ms. Nella's face with the sorbet all over it! What precious girls you have.

Lauren P. said...

Cupcake cones - YUM!!!!!

Sara said...

Instead of cleaning while hubs is away, I always try to tackle a project, like painting a room or attempting chair rail in the dining room... Alas, he comes home to a bigger mess. ;o)

Selina said...

Oh my goodness, those pigtails on Nella are to-die-for cute! She's getting so big!! <3

~Sara~ said...

Love everything about this post, but my absolute favorite thing? Nella and the sorbet, perfectly adorable!

Bugg's mama said...

I was like, "Brooke? The Brooke?! Of course, she knows Brooke!" I mean, who wouldn't you know?!! You 2 were meant to be friends. What a blast that would be!

Love, Bree

Jessica said...

I look forward to reading your words every chance I get. Thank you for another beautiful post. I love the last picture. Nella is looking up to Lainey with such admiration. Sisterly love.

Amanda Michelle said...

i LOVE the picture of nella taking a good ol kitchen sink bath! precious pictures as usual! xo

Mommie B said...

I love the cupcake warmer!

Emily said...

I'm totally addicted to candles!

Jennifer said...

I have the same experience when my husband is working crazy hours at work -- which is rare, but as good as being as "away." I not only mow the lawn, I /edge/ it and come on, who does that?

MsK1984 said...

I love that you can meet people through opening your soul to the world. It's so calming to know that in a world full of technologically advanced ways to stay away from "real" people that it can actually bring people, families and love together. It's very encouraging and inspiring.

HMae said...

I too am already dreaming of Fall but, still enjoying the beautiful summer here in MN.

Christina said...

Your blog makes me smile. And I really needed one tonight so thank you!

Michele said...

I met a blog friend for the first time in real life this summer. It was so cool. It's definitely a kindred spirit kind of thing. I live in the middle of nowhere in rural Texas so blogging has introduced me to so many incredible people with amazing stories. Lovely photos!

Daniegirl said...

Those ice cream cupcakes look so good!

asurb said...

I'm a regular, but first time commenting. I'm just hoping to win the cupcake burner. I've never tried Scentsy.

Alzbeta said...

I love that two of my favorite bloggers just met. Brooke's blog has been the start of some delicious meals and memories for my fam.

Sarah said...

I, too, have blog friends that I dream of meeting someday. How fun for your families!

I would love the chance to win the cupcake warmer/Happy Birthday brick. I've been wanting to try out Scentsy. And I have precious twins who will be celebrating their first birthday next week, so it would be the perfect occasion :)

melissa said...

cute, cute girls & great photos!

shell said...

oh! to be thinking of fall............if only. we get summer around here from march til october. FULL summer! must love arizona!!!
i love nella with her cone! adorable!

Amber Rosato said...

I just recently had a similar meeting with a mommy and her littles from my online support group. There is something about that first meeting face to face when we have only talked online for years. You just fall into such a comfortable conversation like your talks have always been face to face :). So happy you felt that moment too!

Conny's Cottage said...

great pics.

What a fatastic day!


hugs Conny

megatron! said...

Oh that last picture of Lainey! Absolutely gorgeous! :)

Danielle said...

I've been wanting to try making those cute cupcake cones! Your girls are so lovely. My two girls are just around the same ages, so I can't help but follow your creative blog and feel like we're friends!

sheri said...

I can't believe how much Nella looks like Lainey in some shots. In others, the resemblance ends at the blonde hair. But in some, I'm not convinced I'm not looking at Lainey's baby pics.

mrssuelee said...

Love the ice cream pictures! There are many an online friend that I hope I get to meet in person as well. Thank you for your post, as always!

BB said...

I miss fall, and just seasons in general. Living in Hawaii leaves little to complain about, but I do miss the smells of the seasons. Somethings you don't realize are there until they are gone.

velvet brick said...

What a beautiful day, in all ways!! ; )

Win said...

Seriously, could your girls get any cuter? LOVE the pic of Nella in the sink. But then again, I love them all. Squeeze that baby girl for me!

Jenny said...

That picnic set-up was just picturesque! and Nella with that cone? LOL! :)

bcmomma said...

I don't always comment, but you have impacted me in such a way that you continue to leave me wanting to do and be better in my interactions with my friends and loved ones. That last photo of Nella gazing at Lainey with nothing but PURE love is what makes the world go round. Thanks Kelle!

Stephanie Barnett said...

I absolutely adore your blog. Reading it is like my "treat" for the day! Your such an amazing mommy, wife, photographer, and blogger! Thanks for sharing your adorable family with all of us. Your girls are both so stinking cute......and you dress them SO adorably! Keep up the great work in all you do in your life!

Sandryte said...

That was this "sameness" that attracted me when I found your blog 1.5 years ago, and cannot get enough of your beautiful photos, thoughts and life-creativeness.

A said...

Love the Cupcake warmer, almost as much as I love your family :)

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Looks like you have it all....such beautiful pictures!

Team Lando said...

Looks like this week is happier :) And I adore the photos, as always. And Ellie is awake at 5 am, has been for a half hour, so i needed some good reading while I fed her. She is squawking along, so I assume she is saying hi to Nella.

Jennifer said...

an evening with you and your girls seems like it would be magical. Love coming here to read and find new inspiration.

Mimi said...

HI!!!!
What treasured moments and memories you make each day!!!!I hope 2 in the morning --AZ time is still a good time to post --as I love that cupcake burner!!!!
hugs,
mimi--jamie

Gina said...

Oh the ice cream fits - always classic!

Thing said...

Love your posts...
Makes me smile - every day!
Thank you! ♥

Cece's Mommy said...

Love those pictures - and the cupcake cones!

WesandCaren said...

I agree about finding comfort in sameness. People say everyone is normal until you get to know them, but I think everyone is weird until you get to know them and realize that we are very similar. We all have struggles, hardships, and ways to overcome them to find joy.

Erin said...

I love the cupcake cones, are they ice cream or cupcakes? Recipe? :)

Claire said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Your blog is such an inspiration!

Cxx

*mae* said...

I totally agree with you when you said in a world of so many differences...you'll discover how very much the same we really are.

I've seen that unfold quite a few number of times when I get to meet in person the faces behind the mommy blogs that I follow and before, we all seem to be living different lives but we are all bonded, one and the same, with our love for our kids and the joy we find in blogging.

Have a great weekend to your family!

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness. Nella eating the sorbet. So absolutely adorable.

I don't comment enough, but you truly are an inspiration to me. You seem to make the most of everything, and I love that. Have a wonderful day.

jessicawhitephotography said...

I love when you have those unique opportunities to meet some wonderful new friends and your girls get to experience those friendships as well with their children. Thank you for sharing! They will look back on these years at some point down the road and be thankful they have such an amazing mom with a zest for life and for showing them all the goodness a wild and precious life has to offer!

Jessica

helene said...

Oh, Nella eating that peach and then that cone are so precious!!! Food and babies......my favorite things!

Molly said...

I need to be more brave and let my baby get funky with food. Nella's joy is too full!

Monica said...

Isn't it AMAZING how a good scent and some good tunes can rock your way to a clean kitchen? Turn it up and you seem to scrub a little faster :)
Thanks for always making me smile!

Jessica said...

I love cupcake cones and I haven't had one for YEARS. I'm very tempted to make a batch, but I'd be the only one eating them.

Simmons said...

I just started my Groovy Grapefruit, too!!! :)

patricia said...

I love when I open your blog to a post!! Sheer delight. Your posts always make me smile:D And those sweet girls of yours melt my heart. The ice cream cones. With ice-cream or cake. I'll take them either way!! Such fun. Sink tubbies. Love them, But my boy is too big. Used to love the convienance of them. No bending:) And new friends. Oh how fun! I miss being a new mommy. Enjoy the rest of your week Kelle!!

Snidely said...

You, Lainey and Nella are so fun! I love to follow you on your daily adventures, thanks for letting us take a peek:)

Cheryl said...

I love the kitchen sink bath. Is it weird I still try to fit my 3.5 year old in the sink still?

Arnebya said...

That last picture, with Nella looking so lovingly, admiringly, little sisterly up at her big sis...that's what made me smile. I mean, the pure love is so apparent.

Hanna said...

Despite all our differences, we all are deep down the same... It is so good to dwell in that though!
Good luck with holding down the fort Kelle! you surely did a great job and you can call it a day!

J Scheppl said...

Could there be anything cuter than Nella in pigtails???

Michelle said...

What a fun day!!!!! adorable pics too!!!!!!



Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

Nancy said...

Music always helps cleaning but I hadn't thought about a scent. Great idea!
Love soooo many of the pictures, but especially Nella trying to look over her sister's shoulder as she's playing the game on your phone. So intense and so cute!

Tina Pearce said...

I also have a few friends I would like to meet that I have connected to through online sources. They are some of my best friends, we check in almost daily and I share so much with them. The internet is an amazing tool to connect with people you may have never known!

Amy Kosmalski said...

Stop it...stop it...stop it! Best pics of the girls...eva! Love the one of Lainey laying down and the closeup of Nella with the cone! Love you guys! xoxo

jrosie said...

I love the last picture. Nella looks so happy in the most pure way. SHe sure looks like she adores her sister!!! I love that about younger siblings.

HollyMarie said...

I also love finally meeting a blog friend... the connection that is there already makes the conversations easy and finally I can say to my husband, "but she IS a real friend!" (He calls my internet buds my imaginary friends).

Jamie said...

I love Nella's smile and the look on her face in the last photo. Pure love for her big sister!

Stunningly Sweet said...

You've given me great ambition to step out of my shy comfort zone and meet new friends myself!

Kristen said...

That last picture is adorable. It needs to be big!

Valley Girl said...

You take my breath away....
We are going to picnic today (if the rain stays away). Thank you for helping us move on and Enjoy the small thanks!

The Lourceys said...

I just bought my first Scentsy burner last month. Right now we are smelling Perfectly Pomegranate and it smells divine.

Donna said...

I love how your blog is true to your title...always reminding me to enjoy the small things!

MaryBeth said...

So great you met your cyber friend!
I have a dear friend whose daughter lost her battle with the same cancer that my son has had victory over.
I love her like nobody's business and some day I hope to go to Liverpool and hug her neck!

Alaythea said...

What a wonderful day! Meeting new friends makes the world brighter....not to mention your sweet girls are so full of sunshine as well. And I love the Scentsy stuff, gotta get me some soon!

Jenn said...

Kitchen sink baths are the best!

Amber said...

Totally smiled out loud at your photo of Nella having a kitchen bath. Beautiful, sweet girl! <3

Kelly L Boots said...

Your girls have the prettiest smiles!

Heather said...

That last picture made me tear up. I just adore sister love so much, stunning capture.

You have no idea how your zest has inspired so much change in my life. Taking on things I never thought I could do and rocking them out. Of course the oops moments come but somehow I am able to just roll with it and not throw in the towel and count myself out. Thank you again for sharing yourself in such a fantastic way.

Peace and Carrots said...

Life is beautiful.

The picture of Nella with her cone, keepin an eye out for anybody trying to take it...adorable.

Katie said...

Looks like a beyond fantastic time :) I love the picture of Nella in the sink (and all the ones wearing sorbet!) I always look forward to your blog updates :)

Katie said...

Love Nella and her sorbet!

~Mandy~ said...

I Love Nella's face with all ther sherbet covering it. Priceless! Cupcakes cones??? Where have I been, those are almost the best thing since sliced bread! Definitely want to try those out.
Thank you for your inspiring words, and mood booster!

PS Cupcake warmer??? Scensty amazes me with all the great scents and warmers! Wouldn't mind that one for my kitchen!

The Murfitt's said...

You may be dreaming of fall and the scents. At this point in our heat index, I am begging for it!

Beverly said...

AHHH! The smiles you give me with words and pictures. Thank you.

m.d.l. said...

Ah .. picnics in parks! I'm heading to NYC next week and we're planning a picnic in Central Park!

Laura J. said...

The ice cream cone and Nella gave me a good laugh. My 21 month old had one in the car last week...WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!? LOL! Another great post!

kathy said...

Your posts make me smile...I love your zest for the simple pleasures of life! Blessings to you and your adorable family!

Samye said...

I have been dieing to try some scensty...and to think it helps with cleaning?!?! That would help out a ton!!!

Da-Mar Holsteins said...

Love reading your posts each week, and love Scentsy warmers! I can always use another:)

Jen said...

Nella looks so grown up :-)
I like your line about not having all of the answers and being OK with it. I struggle with it all the time. Perhaps it is time I become OK with not knowing all of the answers as well.

Kelly B said...

I'd like to thank you, dear Kelle, for continuously posting pictures of your kids eating things that turn into a hot mess of a situation. It has helped me to do the same. And though it's quite an ordeal to clean up the aftermath, I have a strange feeling that each time I let my kids dig in and get super messy, a memory was made. Cheers to ice cream cones and the messes they make!

Sarah @ 365 Glimpses of John Parker said...

Love those ice cream pictures!

Lola and Diesel said...

I wasn't sold on the bricks and warmer situation until you showed that cupcake one. Holy cuteness batman! Speaking of cupcakes, how does one make cupcake cones?????? Just bake in the cone instead of cupcake wrappers?

jenniwaka said...

With her hair up and little "wings" on her shoulders, Lainey looks like Tinkerbell in the woods picture. So cute!

LMCaudill said...

You are such an inspiration. My 1 year old has just discovered push pops. Haven't ventured to full out ice cream cones yet...guess I should let go and let him. Ha! Thanks for sharing

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Lisa said...

Love those cupcake ice cream cones! I have been meaning to make them for a while and I think today is the day. They are too cute!

Autumn said...

AWWW!! That last photo of your girls on the bench...SO SO sweet!! I also love the ihpone one, my little one does that to his sister too....Though they are older and it kinda drives sister crazy! :-)

GraceesMommy said...

Our kitty came to us when someone dropped her off at our barn like HUNDREDS of people have done!! They usually stay for a short time and then leave but our kitty just moved right in..she now is what you would call our indoor/outdoor cat because she does sleep in our garage..on my car..just like your kitty. Sometimes when I pull out of the garage my car sheds and it always has little paw prints going up the window, across the sunroof and then down the trunk. Gracee thinks our kitty likes my car because it is a CATillac..cracks me up!
The picture of Nella trying to get into the game action is priceless and I LOVE that you let your kids totally enjoy their food. I did that with Gracee and it always made me happy to see sticky drippings on her precious little face and hands. love ya girl!!!♥

D'Anna & Jordan Newton said...

love it!!!!

shanjol23 said...

LOVE that last pic of Nella looking up at Lainey with such love in her eyes!! And I'm dying for fall to get here so taking about those scrumptious Scentsy bricks gets me even more excited! I will be ordering some for sure for fall!

Kathleen said...

Good luck holding down the fort. There will be good moments and bad. I love how you showcase the bad as well as the good.

Carrie said...

Whenever I see that you've updated your blog, I try and wait until I'm alone to read it, so I can savour it, and take in all the beauty of your words, and the feeling in your pictures. My 2 year old daughter was up late last night, so is sleeping in this morning. I'm enjoying a quiet, rainy morning on the couch with some peace and quiet! PS - I love Cat!

Mrs.T said...

I love meeting internet friends "IRL" - it brings everything full circle and really does make you realize how small our world is.
I keep hearing about the scentsy bricks and I have got to try them!

Sarah RDH said...

Hi Kelle! I love that last pic of the girls! So sweet! I so look forward to your posts- even though I haven't always been commenting lately, I am still here, reading all of them!

Becky said...

Such a beautiful thing - sameness..

Amber said...

the picture of Nella killin' the ice cream is too much cuteness to handle! Love it!

jkluke said...

I have a new blog to follow! Just lost myself in Cheeky Kitchen's blog. Sounds like you had a fun day with her family.

I LOVE the picture of Lainey lounging with the pretty pillows. Great colors and Lainey looks so dreamy eyed. Beautiful:)

Teri said...

I adore your blog! I just love how real it is. Love scentsy, and the cupcake warmer is too cute!
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Janis Verhage said...

I love the cupcake/ice cream cone idea! Might have to steal it :) As always, your girls are just so cute!

Hannah's Song said...

I want to pack a picnic..but it is so hot and humid in Philly...I can't even imagine eating outside! I'll have to wait till the fall.

Talia said...

Your blog posts always make me smile. I love how you take everyday and really LIVE it. Inspirational!

Mandi said...

Love your blog, the cat is too funny!

angela said...

How very lovely to create memories with a new, but not really new, friend! I agree that finding the commonalities with all sorts of people is one of life's greatest gifts.

Joy: said...

I met a blog friend last week, and it felt like home. I love that.

~Shari said...

Aww what a nice refreshing story!
I always enjoy stopping by and catching up with you and your lovely family!

A Cappelli said...

That is so awesome that your families had the opportunity to meet. It looks and sounds like such a beautiful encounter- one neither of your families will ever forget.

I absolutely love the picture of the kitchen sink bath. If you hadn't mentioned that she was in there, I almost would have missed her. You could do a "Where is Nella?" or "I Spy Nella" photobook.

Karen said...

It is great to stop and think that the world is really filled with sameness if we just stop and take the time to find and enjoy it :) Also, the Autumn Sunset and Clove & Cinnamon are to die for! Happy Cleaning.

Althea said...

Exhausting summer days are one of my favorite childhood memories.

Alexis said...

I love the ice cream cupcakes. As usual another wonderful post!

steigler7071 said...

The love that your daughters share warms this mama's heart! Thank you!

Mama Sarah said...

Mmm, cloves and cinnamon. I can smell the warm apple pie smells, apple orchard smells, fresh donut smells, pumpkin pie smells and all around autumn smells already! Sigh:)

Landreneau Family said...

As always, I'm inspired. Thank you for never failing to do that. I love that you are always real.

And I love cupcakes...I'd love that Scentsy warmer!

Michelle said...

Your children always put me in a great mood! I want to enjoy life the way Nella is enjoying that ice cream cone!

Also, that Scentsy warmer is so cute! I need it :)

Lindsay said...

We can so related to the little sister draped over big sister while playing phone games. In our house the big excitement is Angry Birds, of course!

Stephanie said...

Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold! Love it!!!

I'm Cassie... said...

I love how your little Nella is totally into that sorbet cone! Just too cute.

And I'm thinking I would love some scentsy around my place, too.

Oh, and husbands being away?? I'm facing a lot of that in my life soon with twin 3 1/2 year olds. But I love your take on holding down the fort; I'm feeling the same way and using it to ward off the "but the kids need their daddy" feelings.

Our Family said...

I LOVE the dress Nella is wearing when she's eating her sorbet & the picture of Lainey when you say you crashed into bed is BEAUTIFUL.

I really do love reading your blog. Your joy and sincerity are very apparent and it's lovely.

Melissa

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