Friday, August 26, 2011

Goodnight, Irene

Bike rides always start off ambitious for us. Lainey pedals furiously several paces ahead, and I push Nella in the stroller with a steady quick step to keep up.

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Without fail though, bike rides don't end well. We get to the mountains, the lake, the house with "that lady in the yard"--a.k.a. the Virgin Mother statue outside the big white house--and Lainey calls it quits. Her legs are tired, her helmet hurts her, her feet don't want to pedal. So she pushes the stroller and I walk three blocks home like this.

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But she does draw a really nice pineapple.

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Ever been hit by a glitter baton? It hurts.

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Nella loves it. Everyone else in the family hides it. And the two barrettes Nella is wearing are five less than she was wearing earlier today, thanks to her sister.

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Our evening began in the driveway tonight...

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...and two minutes into this little ride, I had to run to save Nella from falling out because Sister was dozing off.

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Recovering from some stuffy noses and restless nights, we are hoping to do a lot of nothing this weekend.

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My wannabe weather man is excitedly watching Irene. We're hoping she's nice to the east coast, but I think he's secretly wishing it would have come a little closer to us. He likes the big to-do of battening down the hatches and running to the gulf the night before for a white-cap watching adventure. Thankfully, we've never been hit by anything too severe, or I'm sure he wouldn't be so eager. Irene's outer bands just barely grazed the gulf coast yesterday afternoon, showering us with a light rain and showing off an impressive cloud display to the East. So yes, stay safe and charge your batteries.

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Bubblewish joins Enjoying the Small Things this month in sponsorship with their dreamy twinkle light sets.

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We added a colorful set of stars to Lainey's room...

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...and a sweet set of pastel circles to Nella's.

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A handwritten dream is attached to each strand, and each felted bubble is hand-stitched. Five percent of all sales is donated to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, and code 10WISHES will get you free shipping on your order. One commenter will be randomly chosen from this post to win a a free strand of Bubblewish lights.

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Friday Photo Dump:


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Yes, those are huge black olives on my fingers!

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We are sleepy tonight. And happy it's Friday.

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Happy Weekend!

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The Whirling Dirvish said...

we're up here in NC saying Hello, Irene!! I can't count the number of times I've had that same walk w/ the little bicycle being dragged along side of me. Thanks for the laugh and I'm diggin the pineapple!

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Unknown said...

Just about pee'd my pregnant pants when I saw Lainey's awesome pineapple! I love the way we can see what their little eyes see through their drawings! Rebecca Wuth

Mallory said...

We're a little sad were not getting our first big hurricane of the season too. The picture of Nella on the back of that cozy coup about to fall asleep is priceless.

Jen said...

Those lights are some of the coolest giveaways you've had - but I'm really fond of color and light. I had a Raggedy Ann doll when I was little, too.

Congratulations on the book, I can't wait to read it!

Maria said...

Tell Brett to beeline it up here if he's up for an adventure. We're in a state of emergency but thankfully we do not have to evacuate. We just moved all of our ourdoor furniture into the garage. I'm sitting here terrified, waiting for the expected lashing Irene is set to give us on Sunday. I'm still praying she'll see that fork in her path & take her massive self out to sea.

Patti said...

I will have to check out those lights, they look adorable! Your video of Nella self-feeding on FB inspired my post with Lily today...but she didn't do so well:) I love the photo of Nella falling asleep in the back of the plastic car- too cute!

Kelly said...

Your dog looks like a stuffed animal!!! Also, I can't get enough of Nella. I just want to give her a big, huge squeeze. What a beautiful girl!!!

Hazel said...

ohh those garlands are gorgeous. nothing quite so nice as snuggling inside while it rains! Enjoy.

Sarah said...

Up here in good ol' PA, we are battening down the hatches and I will be very glad when we can say "See-ya" to annoying Irene! Glad that Nella is on the mend and that you guys have a quiet weekend to recover. Have a great one!

Angie said...

And happy weekend to you and you and you...and Brett & the boys, too!

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

Erica said...

I can't wait to read your book, too! Mine just finished phase one of editing and I'm super excited about it!

Your girls are beautiful and growing fast. I, too am looking forward to a weekend full of nothingness with my princess!

The Manrings said...

tgif kel! strange to think a giant hurricane is just on the other side of our Florida...heading who knows where. i'm totally sucked into the weather channel and bald headed jim the weather man. ha. hope you guys have a restful weekend. love nella's strawberry onesie and the felt lights are so cozy and festive. xo

Kim said...

Battening down the hatches in little RI! Looking forward to a loooooong weekend with my 2 little girls who just happen to be 2!

Ash said...

I have been reading your blog for some time now. Since before it became viral actually. and never knew how to comment and just learned!
I love Lainey's pineapple.
We are all preparing for Irene over here in ct, I cant bring myself to go to crazy as i lived in florida for afew years and after many time of boarding up the house and evactating it turned out to be for nothing!
I am in love Laineys Room! The only thing its missing is a Funky frame bow holder!
Where do you get ideas for you decorating. I need to redo my sons room and have no clue where to start!

Team Lando said...

And... we'll still be at the hospital. As long as the generators work, we're good to go. Maybe they'll let Ellie home early?

Remaliah said...

LOVE those lights! And yes, we've got a glitter baton that needs to be hidden often at the moment :) Have a fun weekend relaxing

Hollie said...

I always put olive on my fingers, too. :) Lainey is quite the artist and Nella looks beautiful as usual!

Suzanne said...

Your blog makes me smile. Earlier this week my 13 year old was on your blog and I asked her "what's new with Kelle?" (as if we're like friends IRL!)

She answered, "Don't know, I was just looking at the pictures, Nella's so cute!"

Thanks for giving us your blog to bond by! :)

Small Town Joy: said...

I soooo want some of those lights for my girl's room! Precious!

NJ said...

We're also preparing for Irene here in Western, MA. I'm trying not to get too crazy overboard with preparations and come home from the grocery store with 100 cans of soup!

AussieMum said...

Too funny, we often end our bike rides the same way!! Only this mean mama makes her 4 yr old push the bike back :P
Happy Weekend!! Hope everyone is 100% soon.

Julie said...

We're making our own big to do battening down the hatches here in Virginia Beach! We're going to rock this certain power outage with water color paints, tons of library books, and snuggles from our newest little boy. Loving those lights.

Josh and Emma said...

Irene is on her way here... hoping she'll be nice.

LOVE those lights. So cute!!

ChristineinDOT said...

We're snuggling inside this weekend in Boston to wait out the storm - and I'm kind of looking forward to a weekend of unplugging and watching the (hopefully not as bad as they say it will be) strom from a safe place!

PS - adorable lights!

Kat ~* said...

aww, Nella falling asleep in the back of the cozy coupe is the cutest! LOVE!

Erin said...

Went to the "farm" tonight since it's going to be a rainy weekend. It had a nice "lake" there too! All about what you make of things, right? Totally diggin the little tykes minivan!

Brandi said...

Glad Irene missed us Floridians....my little man was dozing in my arms tonight as his big silbings rocked out on Just Dance. Amazing that they can fall asleep anywhere!

Amanda said...

I would love to see more pictures of the boys! However, I'm all too aware of the camera-shyness of teenage boys.
Love keeping up with your life! Glad Irene didn't hit you hard, which means our condo should still be standing strong as well!
I strive to be like you, Kelle, you're amazing.

moolalaba said...

Awwww, I was hoping you'd ride her bike home instead of dragging it along side of you.

acmeorange said...

I think "stay safe and charge your batteries" is good advice for any weekend. Thanks for the reminder!

catherine.elizabeth said...

the black olives on your finger, GENIUS! I haven't done that (in public) since I was about 10. Right on sister, us olive-loving girls gotta stick together!
Lainey is an artist in her own right already, what a sweetie! That pineapple was perfect.
Hope you get a nice quiet relaxing weekend!

Katie said...

I like battening (sp?) down the hatches too...thankfully Irene won't be visiting us up here in Michigan!

GraceesMommy said...

why yes my friend..I have been hit by a glitter baton. My dentist paid for his BMW with what it took to fix the damage. :)

GraceesMommy said...

why yes my friend..I have been hit by a glitter baton. My dentist paid for his BMW with what it took to fix the damage. :)

Mama Loca said...

Totally feeling you on the need to just stay in & recharge this weekend. Two boys back to school - one to PreK & one to Kindergarten. Rough adjustment for the Kindy boy. Yikes. And then my 2 year old girl has decided that it's fun to start "terrible 2's" now - boys didn't start until 3. Yikes. But, I love the sweet escape to your blog and knowing I am not alone in the sleep deprived journey. xoxo

Sunny said...

Gorgeous lights! They look like joy on a string! Be safe this weekend everyone!

Cara said...

Getting ready for Irene here in MD - hoping it's not too bad. I was hoping the "half" bike rides would end when my son gets a bit older - I guess maybe not! ;)

Erin said...

I actually laughed out loud at your olive fingers. Too funny! You make me smile : ) Thank you

Debbie said...

What is it with men and the weather...we live in PA and my hubby spends winters tracking every snowstorm and giving minute by minute updates. So, imagine the "excitement" to be able to hear from him the details about Irene. Wow, this is something we don't usually get...ha. I am hoping it just misses us all together. He has worked so hard to get prepaaared, I am afraid he will be disappointed...As usual, your post is just wonderful. It is like having a secret window into your world.

Southern Gal said...

Hugo was not nice to us around these parts. So we wish Irene as far away as possible.

Love the olives on your fingers!

druz75 said...

love the photo of nella sleeping in the back of the car. precious.

Vientze said...

I just want to say thank you for being you. I too have a D.S. baby boy. His name is Cayleb. My friend told me about your blog and I've been a follower since. For some lovely reason, you speak through your blog for someone like myself who can't express or write, day after day. And that's why I want to say thank you because to write, sometimes, is not an easy thing to do. And I appreciate your honesty.

Chelsea Earnhardt Plax said...

i'm glad you wrote this post because it's many of the same thoughts and experiences i've had this week. i even have a photo of me schlepping my 5 year olds bike while pushing a stroller. black olives on fingertips though i do not have...

Laura said...

Kelle, Love the olive on your fingers i used to do that all the time! Love... We are waiting and watching the weather channel non stop up here in philly.

Kristin said...

Hoping that Irene doesn't get us too badly up here in Maryland. I, personally, am very optimistic, but by how many water bottles there are left in the grocery store (none), it appears that I'm one of the only ones.

And is it sad that I'm 23 and still want bubble lights in my room? No? I didn't think so either.

FEAS613 said...

Irene is headed straight for CT! I move to FL for the sun and big storms (that aren't of the frozen sort) and I spent the day at the beach while my family is hurricane proofing their homes... I just don't get it!! Wish there was a way to attach a picture to a comment!! My family is sassing Irene - on the boards used to cover the widows they've spray painted "Come on, Irene!".
I, too, wish we had seen a little more than we are!
Nella falling asleep in that car is precious! One minute confined and that's all it takes to give into sleep!!
If you do end up venturing out this weekend, I have Lyla all weekend and would love some company!!
~Beth

nicole said...

I love how you call Nella "Sister".

April Vernon said...

I love those felt pastel circle lights! Nella's legwarmers are the cutest! I let the music player on your blog play all day while I cleaned house. Good stuff!

N said...

our version of the baton is a mini hockey stick. we hide it all the time, but he still finds it!

Jamie said...

Love the lights (love any and all lights on a string) and LOVE the olive fingers!! God, I haven't done that in forever and a day....

hayleyash said...

Your posts make me want to cozy up and read all day long...you truely have a gift!

Rojas Family said...

I'm right there with Brett, I love the whole "to do" about big storms. I don't want anyone to get hurt or anyone to lose their house, but I love watching the "excitement" of it. Maybe I'm a little weird.

Jessica said...

Yes, I have been hit by a glitter baton. It's not fun.

Deb said...

That's the ONLY way to eat olives! I still do it - grown-up schmown-up!

Summit of Glory said...

oh my - every mama has had to drag a bike home! Have a relaxing weekend! xo

Jackie said...

I laughed out loud when I read "sister was dozing off" such a sweetie! I love it!

ps I also love black olives

Anna said...

Happy Friday! That car that the girls are riding in is so cool! I've never seen one like that. Stay safe from that witch, Irene!

Farmgirl Paints said...

love her sweet little lights in her room.

we are in the path. never been in a hurricane before. slightly freaked out with the giant dead tree in our backyard and our basement without a sump pump. it will be fine. but a earthquake and a hurricane in one week is a little much.

Katy Allgood said...

Glad you all avoided Irene. Thoughts to those who didn't. How cute that Nella dozed off on the back of the car. Thanks for sharing!

Angela Bowden said...

Bless little Nella's heart, falling asleep on the back of the car! So priceless! What on earth did any of us do before we had kids?

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Debby said...

That is an awesome pineapple. Love
Nella falling asleep. You must be exhausted at the end of the day, hah.
I hope Irene is good to you.

Lola said...

Will love to win a set of lights for Sienna's room.
Happy weekend!
Hope the girls get better!

Kari said...

Just a tip that might help when Lainey tuckers out during her bike rides. If you have a stroller with a basket under it you can put the front tire in the basket and kind of tow the empty bike behind. Does that make sense?

Lindsay said...

Kelle, I've said it before, but thank you! You're posts always have a way of helping me re-center myself.

We have the same Fancy Nancy book sitting on my big girls bed at this exact moment, too! And I love love love that Nella fell asleep in the cozy coupe. Precious!

Kelly said...

Both of my girls do the same thing with black olives every chance they get.

I love the strands of lights. Those are too cute!

Susan said...

What a sweet idea to brighten up a room! Just love the lights.

jessica dukes said...

i love your blog, it makes me want to be better at everything. it also makes me want to move to florida and meet that sweet family of yours. excited about your book, congratulations. :-)

Amy said...

I know it's bad to wish for hurricanes, and I hope everyone is safe, but if it somehow set off some chain of storms across the country and we could get some rain here in Texas I would be SO happy! I would also be really happy to get a string of those lights for one of my girls' rooms! Those are absolutely precious, love the donations, and that they're in my home state! Have a happy Friday!

mamgof5 said...

Glad you were not in the path. Would love to win..

Carrie said...

Ohhhh, I'd love to win a set of those cute lights! And on a side note, I'd forgotten all about glitter batons! I used to love those things. Happy Weekend from Virginia :)

Abigail... said...

Just went and reserved my copy of your book! So excited to support this new venture!

Carly said...

I love your blog. And love hearing about your sweet family. Thank you.

Victoria said...

i,too, am happy that it is friday.
i love those lights!

nella looks so much older/bigger...be me the longer haired pigtails?? :)

love that she fell asleep while riding in the play car!

glad you all are feeling better-have an awesome weekend!

Becca said...

Best. Pineapple. Ever! Rock it girl!

Jen said...

I love the angles you get, even with a "big" camera. I am always afraid to drop it on my head! :)

Megan said...

Friday Photo dumps are starting to become my favorite!! This one made me excited because Nella was wearing a hippo PJ top that my little girl has!! I told my husband because I thought it was so cool that are girls have the same jammies.. My husband was a quick joy kill and said "Babe lots of people shop at carter's." He just doesn't understand!! lol. Hope everyone gets to feeling better this weekend!

Lora said...

Nella is starting to look like a kid instead of a baby!!

I want those lights. in fact, I want everything in your house. Is that cool with you? :) Or you could just come redecorate mine!

jenniwaka said...

Ha, just finished my baby blog post for the night saying I was going to go charge batteries as Irene heads up towards us in New York State (but first I had to check out your blog...) Would love a strand of lights for the little one's new room...

April said...

Our bike rides consist of me dragging back a bike and wagon!

Love Bubblewish lights! Adorable.

kris said...

1) girls are gorgeous and delicious.

2) irene, goodnight is a song that makes my heart hurt. check out the version by the nields.

Sian said...

cute lights! your bike ride description sounds so familiar...

Jo's Corner said...

It never fails...every post you write, stirs up every emotion there is. Happiness, sadness, lots of nostalgia. Love your Teal Tea Party Hat! Love, Jo
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Kimberly said...

That last picture of Nella before the lights makes her look so grown-up! When did she become a big kid?! And Lainey's pineapple is darling.

Hope you have a safe and hurricane-free weekend!

Ashley said...

I just LOVE the lights! They are so cute! Headed to her site right now :) I bet that the glitter baton does hurt but my son's weapon of choice is his trusty wooden spoon! lol

Emily said...

My daughter likes to adorn her little brother with tons of barretts, too...I must say, he does look awfully beautiful under all that pink and purple grosgrain and glitter! poor kids - that must be why second kids are so well-adjusted ;)
have a lovely, relaxing weekend...may you avoid the swing of the glitter wand!

nemo said...

my friend lives in nyc and was just put on bed rest b/c she has a scheduled c-section on monday and the hospital is being evacuated/closed due to the hurricane. crazyness....we would love a hurricane down in texas

Cara said...

Nice relaxing weekends at home are awesome!

dmsegel said...

Nella looks adorable, falling asleep in the back of the "car", as Lainey drives.

T. Nelson said...

Tell Lainey I always get tired at the end of a bike ride too. Wish my mom were here to pull my bike home sometimes. :)

Meagan Kenney said...

Glad Irene isn't headed your way. I know earlier in the week they were saying it might hit FL, and immediately I thought of you (not in a stalkerish way...haha, but in a way that I don't know anyone else who lives in FL). Hope everyone is feeling better and getting some much needed rest this weekend. Oh, and I can't believe little Miss Nella started falling asleep in her car ride....priceless! I have kids who fight sleep like no other, so i don't know what that's about, but she looks adorable.

Life with Kaishon said...

I laughed about the bike ride ending ; ) so funny!

Kristen said...

Those little lights are just darling!
We were biking Shark Valley a couple of months ago and at mile 5 I got a flat!!!! I pulled the bike for half a mile until the super sweet (and cute!) ranger stopped and picked me up!!!

Sarah said...

I love Lainey's tiered skirt!

Sarah said...

I love Lainey's tiered skirt!

Ellie said...

Hope you guys stay safe! And are feeling better!

Wenona said...

So cute that Nella fell asleep in the car with Lainey driving :)
Those little lights are adorable!

Happiness is... said...

Nice manicure. I spit out my beer when I saw that.

Happy Weekend. We are battened down here in Annapolis. Bring. It. On.

-Jennifer from Annapolis

angela said...

Aw, Bonjour Butterfly is one of our favorite Fancy Nancy stories.

And the olives are pretty fancy. I was sporting a manicure of old-school Little People, courtesy of my mom's 1970's toys this afternoon :)

Erin said...

So cute! I had to laugh at little Nella falling asleep in the back of the little car. :)

chambanachik said...

I'm under the weather tonight, but your pictures always make me smile.

Katy said...

Love those lights. Stay safe this weekend! :)

gillian said...

Nice olives! The pic of Nella in the back of the truck is so dang cute.

Janet's page said...

Me me me me me me!! I want to win, I can't ever even post comments anymore let alone win anything.....

Moonstonemama said...

Love that pineapple!! My daughter just had a playdate with a friend and came out with no less than 40 bobbypins in her detangler soaked hair. Took a bit of work to get all that out!

Jennie said...

such a fun momma you are! so inspiring. the lights are a perfect accent to an equally perfect room!

Greta: From Transparencies of Motherhood said...

Hope you enjoy a weekend of nothingness.

Sarah said...

I used to put black olives on my fingers as a little girl. That picture brought back memories. :o)

Amie said...

Even when you're laying low, your posts comfort me. Love the big girl's pineapple. Happy Friday to you!

Courtney said...

Have a happy weekend! I love seeing the photos of your beautiful girls and am always inspired by your words to do something more or even enjoy doing something less every day.

Amanda Buck said...

I have to say that here in Duluth, MN we don't see much hurricane action, or earthquakes, or flooding, heck even a tornado is rare. But snow? Oh yeah, we get PLENTY of that.

Sarai said...

Lovin Laineys pineapple! Shes very artistic!
Hope you have a relaxing weekend!

mare♥doll said...

Stay safe! We're supposed to be slightly affected in Alabama I guess (I long for home in Wisconsin!) I love lights and have been wanting to get my little guy some for his room :) xx

Heather said...

Nella's "sleepy face" as she's dozing off in the back of Lainey's coupe reminds me so much of my own daughter's face as she falls asleep--so sweet! I love Lainey's new lights for her room! (I think my room needs some of those, too)

Stephanie said...

We are tired this weekend too. I'm hoping for a relaxing time in with my baby girl.

Love those bubblewish strands. The violet stars would go perfectly in our nursery. Have a great weekend!

Rebekah said...

Yes, I'm in the DC area and boy, are people going crazy here! Had to go to three stores just to find batteries. But this happens every time "something is coming" so we will see if this one actually sticks. I am hoping the outer skirts will just brush us too, as I want to dance in the rain, but not be stuck in the house for the next few days :)

I love bubble wish!

Sarah and Jeremy said...

I love your pictures! They are so real and dreamy and fun! I never get bored looking at them!

Mallory said...

The picture of Nella sleeping in the back of the little car is so funny! I think the bubblewish lights are adorable.

JessicaDaughtrey said...

i love nella's baby legs! and their little car is so cool i wish i had a ride like that when i was little!!!

Kristen McCarty said...

<3 it! :) Great shots, great thoughts! I love how candid your pictures are but how beautiful the are as well! :)

Julie said...

Redoing my little boys room and some twinkly lights would be just perfect! :-)

the McCumbers said...

i knew those were black olives - a woman after my heart! i swear the only reason my son eats them is because i showed him how to put them on his fingers - we need more food for our fingers! especially vegetables ;) tgif

Jaclyn Hicks said...

My husband loves watching storms too!! One night, I told him that if he continued to come in and out to try and see the tornado (we live in Texas), that I might just lock the door and leave him outside. Happily, he obliged and came inside, agreeing that standing beneath lightning bolts was not a wise moment for him!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joycee said...

Glad the girls are all better and hope Irene isn't as bad as they are predicting. Those lights are fantastical and I need something twinkly after the week I've had!

CMB said...

Have a lovely restful and rejuvenating weekend Kelle and family!!

Kelly Cach said...

Aawww, I love having lights in my kid's rooms. We have a fake miniature Christmas tree with colored lights that stays up until April in their room :) I'm not sure why I take it down in the first place, and I love knowing that THAT will be a fond memory for them when they grow up.....hopefully :)

I love dozing off moments...so sweet.

Favorite phone pic: Lainey's palm trees!!!! Is it instinctive for her to draw that type of tree first? Interesting, isn't it? It's what she knows. I drew pine trees :)

Blessings for healthy recoveries ~ Nora has her worst cold yet right now :(
Kelly

Andrea and Jeff said...

You always inspire me to be a better mom and not miss out on the little things like sidewalk chalk pineapples. So cute!

cathy said...

enjoy your w/e...rest up

xoxo
cathy

Sandy said...

Those olives are huge!

Hope you enjoy your quiet weekend, while we hope for a flood-free one up here in PA. :)

ashley said...

oh my goodness those bubble lights are BEAUTIFUL!!!! We'd love to have a set of these to grace our 2 year old's new big girl bedroom in our new house! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous littles and your life with us all!

Shannon said...

Olive fingers :) my cousin and I used to do this every holiday when our parents always would put out a bowl of black olives and then we would eat them off our fingers one by one... strange childhood memory. Our bike rides end the same way, except I cam pushing/ carrying two bikes or scooters and pushing a stroller. Talk about awkward and unwanted bruising...

Kellie said...

Kelle, I love your blog. It always makes me smile but tonight I was cracking up!! Love it :) thank you

Carla Raley said...

Here in Texas, where it never seems to rain and the days are well over 100 degrees, we would love to have Irene visit us a little bit, too...

sarah said...

Now why in the world have I never seen one of those cars with a back seat??? That would solve so much around here! Lainey's landmark descriptions crack me up. Please let her write a children's book about her neighborhood. Sweet Nella falling asleep was precious. And can I say that her pigtails and bangs are getting perfected down to a special pigtail art. I should know; I wore them every day through the 5th grade. With opaque tights under my shorts. It's cute on a little girl; not so much a 5th grader. Just sayin'. Happy Weekend! Enjoy your p.j.s and nothing-to-do-but-snuggle!

Erin said...

Did you EAT the olives?
Lainey's pineapple is fantastic!

L said...

yes! i must know about this car! i see it is step 2... any more info? LOVE The lights too! :) would be great in my kiddos room!
lmlarrison786@gmail.com

Anneliese said...

1.children can some how inflict so much physical pain. instatnly!
2. nella dozing off is about the sweetest thing.
3. i heart friday phone dump.

Johanna said...

Those lights are GORGEOUS

Lace Escapades said...

I babysit a little girl who does the exact same thing with her bike, so by the time we start walking home, I'm giving her a piggy-back ride while pushing her bike as well! :)

rose said...

So, I read this on my iPhone and I've noticed a few people comment on the accompanying music, any idea how I can get it to work on my phone?
By the way kelle thankyou for making me a better mumma xox

Jenny said...

I love the picture of Nella falling asleep in the pretend car, too cute!!

Laura said...

Hope everyone feels better soon. Nella is so beautiful.

lindsay said...

Here in San Francisco I don't have to worry about with Hurricane Irene - doesn't mean I'm not stressing for the east coasters! Stay safe!

Love the olive fingers by the way :)

Allison in AK said...

Sure hope you see this, Kelle : my kids know about this blog and your girls and Florida (so exotic to us, as we've lived in Alaska 15 years!) and my 14 year old boy helps out with our local equine therapy program. We're expecting our 7th baby and he said to me yesterday, "
Wouldn't it be great if our new baby had DS like Nella and Jack (his favorite rider)?"
Love to you and yours, Allison

Jenn said...

The olives on your fingers - so random. Funny. As always, love your blog and winding down my nights with your posts.

Mimi said...

IF I won those twinkling STAR lights I would put them in my grand daughter's pretend tent and we of course would sing the little Twinkle star song!!!All night long!!!
Hugs to YOU,
jamie--mimi

Mimi said...

IF I won those twinkling STAR lights I would put them in my grand daughter's pretend tent and we of course would sing the little Twinkle star song!!!All night long!!!
Hugs to YOU,
jamie--mimi

Mimi said...

IF I won those twinkling STAR lights I would put them in my grand daughter's pretend tent and we of course would sing the little Twinkle star song!!!All night long!!!
Hugs to YOU,
jamie--mimi

Jen said...

here's to a slow, relaxing, regain the stamina kind of weekend!

ps. nella is too cute falling asleep on her car ride!!

My Secret Rooms said...

Happy weekend dear, sweet, wonderful Kelle!
I hope Irene will be mild.
I love that you do those nice mommy-things, that I've always done too, like drag the bike back...
My hubs would never.
Nice to see I'm normal :-)

Katrina said...

My three year old just got into her own bedroom -- yes, that would be graduating from OUR room, where she has slept since she was born -- so this is a HUGE deal right now that she is in her own BIG GIRL room and sleeping in her own BIG GIRL BED (instead of in our bed, snuggled next to mom!) and if I won those string of lights...I would string them around her new little room to give her some added comfort (and when I say little, I'm not kidding...as her rooms is actually the retreat off of our master bedroom. We built out the wall and added a door. Bam! Instant bedroom. Hey, it works. With 9 children and two parents living in a 5 bedroom house, we need to be creative!)

Happy weekend to the Hampton Family :)

My Secret Rooms said...

.... realizing now that "mild" is a poor choice of word.
It seems scary.
Be safe, over there!

Andrea Lozano said...

Olives on the fingers is a family tradition of ours. No Thanksgiving is complete unless you ate an olive from your finger.

Thing said...

*HAPPY WEKEND*

Melina said...

Hey Kelle. I love how sweet and simple this post is. I love those lights. I'd put them in my kitchen.

Have a wonderful weekend. I'm crossing my fingers for my parents and friends in the East coast, they eye of the storm! I'll be thinking of them as I head out to camp and climb all weekend, try to shake off the weird daydreams and frustrations that have been plauging me lately, and enjoy my world as it is, now.

Much love
Melina

Sandryte said...

I would love to meet Lainey in person - for me, she is such a character! Very charismatic! And cutie Nella - a real snugglebug!

Debbie said...

Love the cozy coupe picture with Nella...adorable, and so sweet!

Love the lights, they would be perfect in my little misses room.

Happy Weekend!

Jess said...

Hello Kelle,Lainey and Nella :-)
Nella I love the glitter wand too,but I can understand your family's need to hide it sometimes!And remember to hold on tight when you are in your sisters bubble car ( good job mummy is always there to catch you eh :-)
Lainey your pineapple is great!Keep drawing I like to see your chalk drawings and keep pedalling too,one day you will make it there and back for sure :-)
Kelle I too have to carry,drag a scooter around like you do the bike!It bumps your legs doesn't it!Here's hoping Irene blows itself out and doesn't do anybody any harm ~ fingers crossed xx

Claire said...

Kelle, I love your blog! You make me want to come and live in Florida, which is silly as I'm in the UK right now.
Nella looks SO like you now, I keep noticing it in recent pictures, she's such a sweetie (well, they both are!)
Stay safe, hope Irene doesn't reach you.

The Hickman Family said...

Your girls are so lucky to have you for a mom! You seem like such a fun, loving mom & I just fully enjoy reading your posts!! They always give me a little boost & your photography is awesome too.

Laurie said...

We're preparing for Irene up here in Massachusetts : )

I love the sweet lights and while we prepare to move next week - I can't help but think of how nice they would look in my kids' new room!

Megan said...

Perfect timing for the Bubblewish lights! The strand of Christmas lights in my sons room just died last night and we are in need of a new nightlight! Thank you for sharing :)

The Goofy Goobers said...

Excited to read your book:) my little man is not too much younger than Nella so I have had random objects thrown at me but never been hit with a green baton;p

Kristen said...

I love the lights! So twinkly! I'm glad you guys are safe.

Cece's Mommy said...

Love those lights! Hope your weekend is full of calm.

Tara said...

Sometimes we all need to slow down. I hope your weekend is filled with snuggles with your little ones, and some hot coffee in the morning. We're cleaning up the yard from stray toys, getting ready for Irene. We don't see storms like Irene much in the Adirondack Mountains. Thankfully it should just be some rain and high winds.

J said...

Those twinkle lights are so cute! I would love a set of stars for my son's room!

kelly c said...

love the phone dump. love your hubby being a faux weatherman - i have that role in our family. in maryland and waiting for irene. earthquakes & hurricanes this week for us - who would have guessed. :)

Simply Bridal said...

Wow Nella is really starting to look like a little girl now, as apposed to a baby!! Wow. She is GORGEOUS! And of course Lainey is gorgeous as always!! :) xx

The Murfitt's said...

I just saw your Book link. I am pre-ordering. I love looking forward to something great to read. It makes moments like a glitter baton attack easier to handle.

Caseybumpinalong said...

Amazing, inspiring photos, as always. Love your phone photo dump. So fun.

lynne said...

You know me. I'm an older kinda' mama. One with littles who are bigger than me and grandlittles who are growing faster than I care to admit.
I read your blog, Kelle, and relive such precious memories of when my home was filled with the sweet chaos that is a part of your world.
There is something so reassuring in your words when you write, "...we are hoping to do a lot of nothing this weekend."
Too many little ones are so over scheduled, having well intentioned parents who feel they need to fill every moment with activities, that these babies don't learn how to play and imagine and be content.
Now, I know your kids are involved in many planned and unplanned activities but you are teaching them to find pleasure in just hanging out with the family and making your own fun. It's a wonderful lesson to pass on!

Cassy said...

Lovely photos of your kids.
Have a great weekend as well.

Cass from Acoustic Guitar Online

sister#2 said...

Love the lights. I would even like to have them in my room. Also love the picture of Nella asleep while Lainey drives. It's so neat when they fall asleep in those unusual places.

Raines Inc said...

Happy weekend!

Tatiana said...

Love the picture of you with what I'm assuming is your Tea-Party Hat! :)

jayme said...

Oh, I cracked up when I saw Nella sleeping on the ride!! We are enjoying huddling around the windows watching the effects of Irene here in NC. We're hoping everyone stays safe, but we're loving all being together with not a lot to get accomplished. Happy Weekend:)

Melissa said...

I love working with felt and creating hand made monsters and critters. NEVER would have thought to handstitching a star and other fun shapes to twinkle lights! How fun!
I love all the links you put up with their great discounts! Thanks!

Molly said...

Hope your girls are feeling better this morning :)

Barb said...

Those lights are so beautiful! But not as pretty as your girls!

Shannon said...

Oh, those fabulous lights! Those would be perfect in my sweet little fairygirl's room!

Glad you are safe from Irene!

Angie said...

Love, love, LOVE your posts!!! Can I marry you?

Those lights are adorable!!

Sandy W said...

Love the picture of Nella falling asleep in the back of the car!

Rach said...

I love the Friday phone dump!

Justin, Chandra, Madelyn, Catharine and Elizabeth Martin said...

Love the new felt lights--too sweet. Also love that Nella-love fell asleep while riding in the back of that car---she is a doll. None of my girls would ever fall asleep so easily! Love you and your fam, Kelle. So thankful for your blog...

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SeryaDuntrune said...

I just had to post how much I love the Friday photo dumps. They are a fun little peek into your lives! I also love the snap of your little one falling asleep in the back of the car - adorable!

Elisha Pape said...

I love the picture of Nella sleeping in the back of the wagon. Soo cute! and those light strands are adorable!

Amy Cappelli said...

I love the picture of big sister driving little sister around.Just think- some day Lainey will be borrowing your car to take little sister shopping or for a bite to eat. Hopefully little sister will not be falling out of the trunk at that time:-)

The photo of you walking the bike back home- sums up every bike ride/walk we've ever gone on with my 9 year old, Annalee. She is the queen of "I'm tired. My legs hurt. This helmet is too tight. The sun is blinding me!"

Alexis said...

I used to do the same thing with my bike.. I pooped out quite often on my dad. He kept taking me though like a trooper :)

Rhonda said...

Lainey's new room is adorable! My kids will go nuts over bubblewish lights! Praying rest and health for all of you.

Lindsey Brackett said...

That pic of your girls piled on the floor with baby dolls and blankies and Fancy Nancy could so be my house. Beautiful pictures of beautiful girls. Isn't it nice how big sis tries to fix their hair?

pakosta said...

I love your posts!
and your iphone dumps....awesome!
tara

learning table said...

Your bike rides are all too familiar. While the big brothers race back home from our treks, little man can't make it up the big hill, and we end up pulling the bike home while he slugs along. We just took his training wheels off two weeks ago, and he's getting stronger and faster already. We may make it all the way home on wheels one of these days! :)

Candace said...

Olive fingers rule!!

Be safe all in Irene's path...

Oh happy weekend :)

~CC

Kalee said...

My husband also watches the weather like a hawk... he's the type who has two weather websites up on the computer, the local news on the television, and the radio tuned to the local station, all while sitting next to the window to keep an eye on the weather... even in the middle of the night:).

Congrats on the book! Will there be a Kindle version??

Jill said...

your dog is smiling in that last picture! I sit with my almost 2 yr old on the desk as I enjoy your blog. She thinks every pic of your kids is either herself or her brother. Have a relaxing weekend! :-)

Ashlea said...

I love when little kids fall asleep in places other than their beds. My three year old is starting to skip naps, which makes her very sleepy by about 6 at night. Cue falling asleep in her plate of food.
Also, love the walk home from the bike ride; I can relate!

Have a good weekend,

ShaunaQ said...

Love the picture of little sister falling asleep in the car! Have a relaxing weekend of nothingness. I'm sure you'll make your own adventure!

Brooke said...

The picture of Nella nodding off in the car made me laugh out loud! So adorable! I dig your hot pink clogs too!!

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