Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Enjoying the Small Things

I had a post of substance planned, compiled from a string of good thinking. But I pulled it out of my mind oven tonight, stuck a toothpick in it, and it came up gooey and unfinished. So it's going back in to bake a bit more.  Thankfully, the freezer is always full of Enjoying the Small Things for back-up plans. (p.s.: analogies are my oxygen)

Dinner is served: Enjoying the Small Things.

Aloha.  With three weeks to go (I kind of just realized that), Lainey finally chose her fifth birthday party theme.  Spa Night and Puppy Vet were also in the running, but she was digging the hibiscus, so she went with a luau--or as she calls it, "a hula party."  And today we learned Sister has mad hula skills.  There were snakey arm movements.  Shakira hip action.  Little fingers waving to the steel drum beat. Brett was stunned. "Where the hell did she learn that?" he asked.

I said "Dora" because she seemed like a good answer.


I am back in party mode, and, well--that just makes me happy.

Cold Surprise.  Our April nights have been worthy of open doors and sweatshirts and socks on the babies' feet at night. We hold tight these rare crisp evenings and enjoy them while they linger as they will soon be gone.  A hat in late April in South Florida--not too many times we've been able to pull that off.


Caught in the Act.   Sister's favorite little "naughty." 


She Runs. So fast, I have to run to catch her sometimes.  For the most part, she knows that when she hits the sidewalk line in our driveway, she has to turn and that walking toward the street is danger.  If she pushes the limits, Brett says, "Nella, do you want to go inside?"  And that's the worst consequence possible to a free-spirited, side-walk conquering sister.  So she turns around and listens.


Sometimes running fast makes her blow out a sandal and she falls.  That happens to her mom on occassion too.


Tree Climbing.  Without any help now, she can make it to the second tier branches on the tree in our front yard.  She's very proud of this fact.


The Golden Hour.  Nella wakes up first every morning, announcing her welcoming of the day with laughter from her crib, a few side railing shakes and, if all else fails, the uttering of random words--anything that comes to mind.  Sometimes it's appropriate, like "Hi" or "Mama."  Sometimes it's hilarious, like "Walk" or "Ho Cow" (holy cow).

That hour is ours.  Sacred and sweet and quiet.  There's coffee for me, cereal for her. 


She is so happy learning new things.


And I am so happy witnessing both my girls practice the balance of testing limits, crossing lines, exploring what's beyond the boundary and yet still wanting to stay close, be protected, get a hug.



I'd like to add that this post took twice as long as usual because of Blogger's new post layout and the fisticuff I just had with HTML.


With that said, guess who's back? My true love, sponsor Darlybird--delivering happiness to the world in the form of must-have products for home, wardrobe, baby, mama, party, etc. Or, as they put it, "Darlybird is all about gotta-have non-essentials...We specialize in a definite hodge-podge of the hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind and well-designed: jewelry, baby and kid products, gifts, entertaining essentials, and stuff that makes life both easier and more visually stimulating." Did I mention Darlybird is impressively affordable? My new favorites:

Left: Flower Vignette Earrings; Right: Pacific Opal Filagree Earrings

Left on Nella: Vintage Be Brave Bow

And I am in love with my new Owl Fabric Wall Hanging.  Dude, it's only $18.


Left: Vintage Embroidered Trim (only $2 a yard!) , Right: I Never Forget a Face Matching Game (a fantastic game that introduces diversity; plus the cards are thick and durable)

Use Code BLOOM and you get two things: 10% discount off your purchase PLUS Darlybird will match that 10% and donate it to Nella's Rockstars for the NDSS

In addition, TWO comments from this post will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift certificate, courtesy of Darlybird.  Tell me five things you are enjoying right now.


BLOOM updates:  Thank you for continuing to share the book.  We've made NYT Best Seller List three weeks in a row now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the e-mails and stories (and pictures of you and your books) you've shared about how Bloom has mirrored your own challenges and triumphs in life.  We all face the unexpected at times.  We all have opportunities to make something good of it. 

I will be in Michigan for book signings in Macomb Twp and Monroe the weekend of June 8-10.  I will continue to update any events here on the blog and through Facebook.

I'll be back on Thursday evening for a Hallmark post.



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Deidre said...

Right now I am in love with:
1. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
2. Snoring little boys
3. A hubby that does the dishes
4. a sprouting potato plant
5. fresh clean sheets

Ruby Reads said...

Love the picture of Nella and her big brother

Shauna said...

Love all the photos as always and love how Nella will wake up with a Ho Cow, that must start your day with laughter!


earlynovemberlove said...

Wearing floral dresses, amazing salads, "Transatlanticism," getting flowers from a boy, and braids.

Ellen said...

I am enjoying:
1. Having finished my last paper of the semester!
2. Forgetting about the other studying I should be doing
3. Look at family pictures from the last couple years
4. Seeing precious pictures of Nella and reading about how she talks and runs and gets into dog food :)
5. Spring weather and summer less than 2 weeks away!!!

Ginny D. said...

Oh my goodness! The comment about Nella blowing out a sandal cracked me up. Fall back in my computer chair, head back, hands covering face crazy kind of laugh! I have a 21 month old daughter and she is having constant sandal blow outs. Not a problem I ever had with my boys' toddler sandals.

homeiswhatyoumakeit said...

oh, wow.
1. leftovers of mac & cheese mixed with hot dogs from my kids dinner (yep, daddy is traveling again)
2. sips of wine
3. quiet while checking in on the blogs i love
4. my 12 year old blac klab breaking the silence with his snores
5. the thought of heading to bed very soon because the littles will wake before i know it

Rachael Farris said...

I am in love with:

1. Nella - she is so beautiful!
2. Keebler Girl Scout Knockoff cookies - they have my three favorites! (NOT GOOD for the diet)
3. My munchkin. I know all mommas say that but I am.
4. Hubby. He makes me happy
5. My new favorite store: Hobby Lobby! I need to win the lottery like NOW.


Have a wonderful week =)

Rachael @ You, Me and Natalie

Jannice said...

Wow...Nella looks likes she's getting so big and her little red dress is adorable!

1 - spring like weather in Vegas
2 - plans for summer trips
3 - playing outside late into the evenings
4 - spring cleaning!
5 - watching my girls together

Annette said...

I just finished Bloom and it was amazing. It was raw, real, emotional, funny and unlifting. You are true inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.

5 things I enjoying right now:

1. Having my husband home a little bit more (even though he is recovering from knee surgery)
2. Two great report cards from my boys.
3. Spring...I love seeing everything become alive again and the warmer weather is almost here!!
4. My 2 year old learning how to talk. Everyday there is a new word. I love it!
5. My hockey goalie..Watching my son's confidence grow every time he gets on that ice makes my heart swell.

Looking foward to seeing Lainey's party unfold :)
You always throw the best parties!!

Mama in the City said...

Five things:

1. Night time snuggles with my sweet little nursling.

2. Knowing that a delicious cup of coffee awaits me in the morning.

3. The clean sheets that are on my bed..and I'm just about to fall into them.

4. Being able to spend the day at the aquarium watching my oldest be delighted by the jelly fish.

5. The fact that our home is relatively tidy!

Rocksee said...

Lainey girl is getting to be so brave! Striking out on her own in the tree tops. I love the fierce look she has in her little eyes!

PB and JS said...

I finished Bloom today. I know I'm slow, but Amazon was slow gettin it to me, and I had my baby girls first birthday to plan. My favorite is what your sister said about how society conditions us to be sad when we are given this wonderful gift of an extra chromosome. I can't tell you how grateful I am for Leighton, and all the good she has brought into my life. Stupid society making me shed tears when I should have been dancing at her birth. Loved the book.

Erin said...

Love this :)

Nella is getting cuter by the day and Lainey is just a gorgeous big girl!

Btw, the new blogger layout had me tearing my hair out earlier this week so I figured out how to switch back to the old layout - go up to the settings icon at the top right-hand corner, and click "old blogger interface" on the drop down menu, and wahhlahh it's back to normal! :) Just FYI for ya.


MT Goddess said...

five chickens, zuchini and bacon on my pizza, my Lilli's 1st skinned knee (because she cried so hard after the fall, and by the second day she was so proud of her awesome scab), sunshine on my face, and spotify
and a 6th would be the blog post I just read!

mrs.boring stay at homer said...

Enjoying Now:
1--Cold Hawaiian Pizza
2--Kitty cat at my feet
3--Cold drink
4--Quiet house, except for
5--The sounds of my two little boys, giggling, when they are supposed to be sleeping ( :

Delhibound said...


that we just started our countdown calendar ... 35 days until we move!! Start our new adventure ...

that jasmine smells so amazing

kelly said...

Vintage trim. Vintage Trim. Vinatge Trim...i cannot tell you how those two words make me sooo happy :-)..I'll be popping over there now to check it out...The sandal blow out picture, however sad Nella's sweet baby face is ....made me laugh out, I think that has happened to me so many freakin times (IN PUBLIC) with well as my daughters, but the shoes are cute!!!

kelly said...

p.s that last picture of Lainey shocked the pants off me...I knew it was her, but it didn't look like her..I swear kids hit 5 years old and change dramatically... :-(((( which is actually incredibly depressing...sorry for that lol...

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang said...

I love the picture of Nella reading with the doggies. Love!

My Secret Rooms said...

Lovely lovely post <3 Nella is getting so big and is ever so cute :-) Can't wait to get inspiration from pics of yet another fab party - hula party? Wow!!!

Five fabs from me, right now:
1. Spring! She's here, she's so here and I am so very happy :-D
2. We're off to Copenhagen (finally) this weekend and I can't wait.
3. My husband got his unemployment insurance approved after five months without money - I am relieved to not be the only breadwinner...!
4. I made a new friend this passed week at a course - always love making new friends so I'm excited about that too!
5. Got my copy of bloom!!!! Getting ready to enjoy that totally :-D :-D

Have a great time with the signings <3

Tara @ Mum-ments said...

This post is just gorgeous Kelle your girls are just gorgeous. My little boy has the same owl hat but the blue version ;)

Five things I am enjoying right now are
1 extra time with my youngest when his big brother is at kindy

2 the cold snap autumn has finally brought Adelaide Australia

3 Hot chocolates because of said cold snap

4 My big boys sudden love for cooking. I am so exicited

5 all the extra cuddles I seem to be getting from both boys for no real reason at all, guess they really do love their mummy ;)


melissa said...

IRS refund
allergies (not really, but they are extremely present)
...and always, your blog!

Let's Luau in a few weeks!!!
Love from Tejas,

Mama Merr said...

5 Things I'm Loving:

1)Watching my baby girl sitting up and having fun playing with her toys.
2)The fun time I had at the pool today with my big girl.
3)Spring flowers
4)Your red lipstick
5)My new house

Love the pics as always Kelle!

Alyson said...

I am loving....

-The spring weather that Oregon is finally having
-That my hubby will be home in 3 days
-That owl hanging that you just posted. Getting it!
-A glass of vino after my boys fell asleep
-The bib Nella is wearing in the breakfast picture.

Where is that bib from? I must have it.

Lovely post...


Unknown said...

i am enjoying -

1. a super clean kitchen floor. i scrubbed the daylights out of it today on my hands and knees

2. my 17yr old son who is hilarious, loving and appreciative

3. perfect early morning weather for running outside instead of on the treadmill

4. almond butter on a crisp, crisp apple

5. scads of pink tulips blooming in our yard right this moment

Rachel B said...

You just made me stop and think about what the good things are in a day that has been kinda lousy, so thank you! In spite of being sick, I can still appreciate and love:
2)The fact that my boyfriend is willing to Skype with me when I'm sick and cranky
3)Wooly socks
4)Hot showers

Sarah said...

Hmmm lets see...

1. Feeling my little man kick inside my belly
2. Day dreaming about the anthro watch I want for mothers da
3. Sitting outside with nice weather on my new patio furniture
4. My mother coming to stay with me while we wait for me to go into labor
5. Artichokes


- Sarah

Amy said...

1) yard work
2) My new found energy that the spring brought on...
3) That iced lattes are back at my favorite little hippy coffee shop - that means summers cooooooming!
4) Cute spring sweaters
5) A new adventure

Unknown said...

Things I am enjoying now:
1. warm weather
2. hubby home early this week
3. end of the school year approaching
4. good friends
5. my nephew's lacrosse season

G said...

5 things I'm loving right now...
1. the sound of my girl asleep and snoring in the other room
2. late night homework (okay, Im lying, forgive me?)
3. date night tomorrow with my love
4. green leaves and sunshine
5. jason aldean playing in the background

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

I'm so sorry, but the picture of poor Nella's blown out sandal made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of my own sweet daughter that is a day younger than Nella. Your posts always make me smile. :)

Hannah said...

Right now I am loving:

1. My two cute boys- perfect children ages 4 and 6!
2. My handsome husband and our afternoon "nap" time- having him work from home is fantastic!
3. Finishing Bloom- I loved it! And I will happily be sharing it with my friends and family!
4. My precious babies at work! They feed my need to hold babies and get snuggles!
5. The sunshine and rain that spring brings! Every day is something different!

Jessica said...

I was so hoping your Michigan book signings would be before I left Toledo...I move the week before. Columbus isn't that far away though (it is, but I'm totally thinking of making the trip anyway!)
1. the moving process that found my stack of pop cds from the early 2000s. NSYNC and Brittney Spears dance parties are the best
2. puppy snuggles
3. family time
4. chocolate chip cookies. They have long been my nemesis in baking, and I finally conquered them!
5. vanilla grapefruit tea

Lauren said...

Right now I'm enjoying...
1) moscato
2) my boot camp class at the gym
3) not working and being a stay at home housewife ;)
4) that Mothers Day is approaching and I bought my mama her own copy of Bloom for a gift
5) Phil Phillips on American Idol who looks a lot like my hot husband

Love when you post about the "small things" Kelle! Kiss those sweet adorable girls!

Gio said...

I am in love with:
My daughter sleeping next to me and the hugs we are going to give each other when she wakes up;
The spring blowing everywhere ;
Listening to the new words my two years old learns everyday;
The kicks of my little one inside my belly;
Seeing the happiness in my daughter's face and my husband when he comes back from work

Carrie Grant said...

I am enjoying...the creative energy surging through our home...weekend skype dates with my brother and my barely-still-a-baby nephew...late-night walks with my short-legged dog...cold evenings snuggled under warm blankets...and rereading favorite books, only to discover that they are still my favorite books.

And holy of holies--I may live in Kentucky, but this girl has her roots in the Mitten, and I about squealed when I saw that the dates you'll be in Michigan are the SAME dates I'll be there to attend a friend's wedding...IN MONROE! Cheers! Fingers crossed that Ma will be able to join me--I purchased Bloom as her Mother's Day gift and she (as a fellow 21x3 mother) would be tickled pink if it was signed by you! Happy Thursday, Kelle!

Angella said...

Right now, I am in love with my boys, coffee, good friends I can cry with, the color pink, and earrings!

Hazel said...

Hello classic etst post. Totally pleased the other post had to keep being baked, cause I love a good serve of Kelle Hampton's favourite things.
Loving Nella's run, although the fall not so much. But watching those Papa cuddles! Damn I'm so clucky. Between you and Heidi's pictures of Ivy, I've got it bad! Poor Rob, I don't think he knows whats hit me, or him for that matter. ;)

Can't wait to see what you do for a hula party.

Ok my 5 things

1. Autumn: wearing boots, cups of tea, perfect sunlight.
2. My garden. we replanted all my summer bulbs into the garden beds, I've just ordered 800 bulbs and 40 roses to plant too. Opps I slipped. Rob joked with the shop assistant when I bought a bunch of tulips for my mum, oh I let her buy $1000 of flowers. I said, damn did you check the credit card. He turned and looked at me- are you serious! Funny.
3. Baking biscuits. And eating them.
4.My short week with a mid-week holiday. I like it.
5.I gotta say it, the Hut.

Looking forward to the Hallmark post already.

karyl said...

5 things i am enjoying RIGHT NOW:

1. my green tea with a little bit of coconut creamer. a ritual i do every night after the boys are asleep.

2. knowing that my evil manager will not be in the office tomorrow.

3. my husband who is in my oldest bedside, waiting for him to fall asleep so that i can have some "me" time.

4. great neighbors who will protect each other when we saw a suspicious vehicle park in our neighborhood tonight.

5. instagram feeds from great artists all over!


Fresh Mommy said...

Totally enjoying:

Being back home, to the beach! I just wrote a post about how my kids and I needed it tonight.
Your book!!!
The dinner I made... Last night, not tonight.
When my two year old gives me a hug, kiss and an "I love you" on his own.
Sleep... Goodnight.


~Tabitha Blue

Maggie said...

Nella in the highchair- one sock on, one sock off. And, Lainey squinting into the sun. These kids, I swear they're angels flying too close to the ground.

Jessica said...

5 Things Im Enjoying Right Now are:

1. Park days with my boys that end in ice cream and Tummi-Teasers from the gas station next door.
2. Long hot baths with my Kindle.
3. The fact that sometimes my husband just gets up and starts making dinner. Dude can cook!
4.My DVR, and the 800 episodes of Big Bang Theory for Mama and Chuggington for the boys.
5. Its finally, finally, finally getting close to summer!

Jessica said...

Enjoying now:
5: Baby school...can't wait to see more expressions of students tomorrow!
4: PD for my daughter's school, so she get's a PJ party tomorrow ith friends.
3: My son's face tomorrow afternoon when the baby ducks come back to our house.....too much fun!
2: Your hubby's face as he looks @ Nella
1: I have one more day with my amazing a special education teacher of kiddos ages 3-5, you NEVER know what tomorrow will bring!

Rachel said...

Shakira was on my last blog post!! We've been jamming to Waka Waka during chore time. That song just cracks me up. I want to learn the dance moves and my kids already have 'em down!!

Heather said...

1. my new camera
2. orange leaf frozen yogurt shop
3. watching my girl getting this walking thing down pat
4. my irises in full bloom
5. digging in to your book on my new nook tablet(first book purchase on it=)

Have a great Week!

Amanda and Alex said...

1) the county fair
2) my new ipad
3) my sweet daughter in a pink sundress with little cherries on it:-)
4) evening swims in the neighborhood pool
5) spending time with good friends

Just finished bloom:) beautiful work, you should be so proud.

Alzbeta said...

1) Consignment sale and adorable clothes for my little one.

2) The way my daughter answers, "I TWO!" if you ask her how old she is (she turns two in a couple of weeks).

3) Birthday party planning.

4) Chocolate

5) Leaving love letters for my husband. His face lights up when he finds them... and it makes me happy to make him happy :).

Win said...

Your quick frozen delights from the freezer are often my favorite comfort food. 5 things that I am lovin:

1. My four year old son cracking up at Winnie the Pooh (well, Rabbit) next to me.
2. My three year old daughter is on day 3 of her tonsilectomy/addenoidectomy and is a super girl.
3. I am getting to spend more time with my family (thank god) because I lost my job (HUUUUUGE silver lining).
4. I can go to Enjoying the small things and be inspired all over again, it is like yummy bites of said comfort food.
5. That I have a whole new unknown kinda scary kinda exciting path waiting.

Peeper said...

1. That I only have 3 weeks left at my job. And then I am free!
2. The little boy inside of me is strong and kicky.
3. That I ate Pringles for dinner tonight.
4. That tomorrow I get to sleep in just a little.
5. The future my husband and I have been working toward for so many years is finally about to begin.

Kristin said...

I am enjoying:
- watching my littlest one learn to walk
- taking lots of photos
- listening to the rain on this "April showers" kind of day
- new (healthy) recipes
- my family...they are the best!

kate said...

Only 40 more wake ups till summer vaca!
My 8th grader is a five semester scholar
Crazy weather
The color orange
Steel cut oatmeal!

Dina said...

I adore the picture of Nella eating her cereal with a missing sock! She's getting so big!

5 Things I'm Enjoying?
1. Morning cuddles with my little girl after daddy heads out to work (what can I say, I'm selfish!)
2. The sunny but chilly weather that tells me spring will be leaving soon and summer is coming
3. My girl's salsa-dancing obsession (she's a DWTS fan)
4. The peaceful days before mom-in-law arrives for a 6-month visit (I really do love her though)
5. That quiet moment after everyone's gone to sleep and I can just sit on the couch and breath

kate said...

Only 40 more wake ups till summer vaca!
My 8th grader is a five semester scholar
Crazy weather
The color orange
Steel cut oatmeal!

tutu obsessed with bows! said...

Hey Kelle! So pumped to hear about you coming to MI! Yeah!

Things I'm enjoying:

1. My sewing machine.
2. The last couple months of half day Kindergarten for my little boy.
3. International Deligh Irish Cream in my coffee.
4. Looking forward to coming to a book signing in MI!
5. The way my hubby is making date night plans for us- swing dancing? Why yes, please!

Rachel from MI

Ruth said...

Enjoyed every single picture in this blog post! Right now, I am loving:

1. All the loose teeth in my almost 5 year old girl.
2. Chocolate ice cream delivered to me by my hubs.
3. Free magazine subscriptions (Better Homes and Garden, Family Fun).
4. Puppet shows put on by my 2 daughters.
5. Life, really.

Stuff & Nonsense said...

I agree - its sandal blowouts a-go-go with my Kit. Never had them with her older brother. It happens at least 5 times a day! Love it.

The Southern Girl said...

In no order whatsoever:

1. Late-night phone calls from my husband, who is away for the week.

2. Early-morning phone calls from my older sister.

3. Feeling baby rolls and flutters as my firstborn, Emily Claire, learns to cartwheel in my stomach.

4. My miniature schnauzer, Mary Todd, who gives me cuddles throughout the day.

5. High heels. Always, high heels.


elise said...

Beautiful post. I love your analogies :-) I also laughed at the imagery of the "sandal blowout" I work at an early intervention preschool with children of all abilities and can definitely relate to those "wardrobe malfunctions".
My 5 things:
The smell after rain
Springy, mint hued nailpolish
Extra Mint chocolate chip icecream gum- guilt free!
a long awaited trip to Kenya falling into place for this coming summer

Christina said...

Nella's hair is getting so long. Gorgeous girl!

My 5 things.
1. Mad Men
2. Coffee with cream
3. My 4 fabulous boys who make me smile and laugh every day
4. DrawSomething
5. Turning bananas into ice cream.

Kim said...

I was actually going to comment before I saw anything about the giveaway. So double yay! There is something about a baby crying face. It doesn't make me happy, but there is just something about it that warms my heart. And luckily Nella had her daddy to warm hers :)

I keep giggling thinking of Nella saying "Ho Cow". Haha! So funny!

Five things I am enjoying right now:
1. Summer like weather in April. Excited about getting outside and working in my yard!
2. Excited about working in my yard with my almost 3 year old (yikes), Raleigh! She has become such a big helper and loves to be outside.
3. Making the most of the time I have with my hubby. We have no days off together, but we make it work. Tonight he brought be dinner at work and we got to hang out for a little bit.
4. Running. I signed up for 2 5k's within the next few months. I started getting back into running again last month. It feels so good to do something for myself.
5. My job. I am a 911 dispatcher and I love what I do. I think that makes all the difference in the world in someone's overall happiness!

Jenny said...

I am enjoying:

Spring rain
Reading your blog during the wall squat portion of my workout
Sleeping 3 year old girls
Gearing up for the rainbow-themed 3rd birthday party
Anticipating the arrival of the wildflower seeds we sprinkled in front of our house

Anneliese said...

1. apple butter on toast
2. an ever changing 22 mo old
3. iced coffee
4. instagram
5. hanging the clothes to dry outside (even if it looks kinda ghetto)

The Burke Family said...

Such sweet pictures!!
I'm loving:
1. Having only one week left for the semester of nursing school :)
2. The way my 2 girls adore each other
3. being Mommy to those 2 girls
4. Cheesecake in a jar... seriously yum!
5. that tomorrow's high is only expected to be 72 (in AZ!) and the clouds that are looming in the sky!

LeighRex said...

1. Love teaching my kids about kids in the world who are less fortunate than them - my sister is a pretty big blogger here in Aust and just got sent to Africa by World Vision to spread the word about the food crisis over there - check out Edenland
2. Loving camping right now - heading off for our 3rd trip in 6 months tomorrow!
3. Loving the beautiful Autumn sunshine we are having in Sydney, Aust after a REALLY s*it summer!
4. Loving the heck outta my man at the moment - 16 years together is a loooooong time and its hard sometimes but the good times FAR outway the bad.
5. Loving looking forward to a little getaway me and my guy just planned for his 40th in Sept - NO KIDS!!!!


Ellie D said...

Five things I'm enjoying right now:
1. My new job making pretzels and cookies
2. School winding down to graduation!
3. Saving for a trip to Europe
4. Alex Clare's 'Too Close'
5. Choir. Always Choir.

Beth said...

I love Nella eating cereal with one foot in the high chair! I still sit that way... minus the high chair :)

Also, ditto to Blogger's new layout struggles.

Enjoying: (1) celebrating my last day of college classes, (2) installing my senior capstone art exhibit, (3) leftover pizza, (4) Instagram, & (5) friends you can call up at 1:30AM when you're scared to walk across campus :)

Elizabeth said...

Right now I'm enjoying:
1.) reading Bloom and the etst blog, book on the bed, phone in my hand.
2.)nursing my beautiful 6 and a half month old
3.) watching my 2.5 year old starting to blossom into a bright, lovely young girl this past week or so. She is finally coming out of her shy shell.
4.) starting new friendships
5.) last but not least, I'm enjoying the first wee hours of my 22nd birthday!

Today will be amazing!

Jules said...

That fabric owl is super cool! Love the pic of Nella hanging out with the dogs :o)

I'm loving: my 21mth old learning new words, custard & stewed apples for dessert, getting stuck into knitting again, picking a name for bub number 2 (lots of disagreements at the mo!) and feeling bub number 2 start to wriggle around!

Lisa said...

Oh, are we ever familiar with the "favorite naughties." The dog's water bowl is one of them - almost wish it was the dry food instead...

What am I loving right now? I'm so sick that my body hurts, so this will be a nice little challenge ;)

1. My hubby, who takes our girls all evening so Mama can get rest and not be used as a jungle gym. This is usually fun, but not when my skin hurts.
2. My 3.5 year old running in every so often to check on me: "Mama? What can I kiss to make it better?" and "Do you want me to bring you anything?"
3. My 2 year old's latest funny habit: she crouches down real low to ask someone a question (including animals). And she has the most adorable little voice, "Mama, you sick?" "Mama, you hurt?"
4. The nice weather we are getting here and there - I'll never take advantage of a sunny day in Seattle. Our girls have LOVED being outside!
5. I've fallen back in love with my camera. I had forgotten how much better photos are with GOOD natural light.

As always, your girls are the sweetest...

Emily said...

Oh things I am enjoying:
1) My growing kiddo. 4.5 months old and growing strong.
2) A glass of wine
3) My newfound creative drive
4) The fact that within two months I get to see nearly all my favorite people in Minnesota and in Michigan when we travel there from California on vacation.
5) An appreciation for running.

Ciara said...

Things i am enjoying:
- Bloom (duh!)
- Early morning snuggles with my girls
- My "big" girl's (3 and a half!) current obsession with all things musical. She's a singin' dancin' drum beatin' whistle blowin' whirl of activity all day
- Planning a crafting play date this afternoon for 6 littles and anticipating those fervent expressions of pure concentration on their faces
- The gradual arrival of summer in Ireland, hurrah!

mummy of two princesses said...

5 things I love right now:
1. Homemade ANZAC biscuits that I cooked in remembrance of ANZAC day.
2. My new (and sexy) running shoes for pounding the pavement.
3. My big girl with no front teeth.
4. My little girl trying to pull out her front teeth to be like her big sister.
5. The wall decal I stuck on the washing machine to make the laundry a happier place!

Julie said...

I'm loving...
1-My little boy's kisses
2-Sunny, gorgeous days after a winter of rain in Seattle
3-Feeling my little one kick in my belly
4-Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup
5-The Super Soaker water guns I bought my little guy - so fun!

Olivia- wife. mother. photographer. said...

the small things...

1) the tiny kicks of a baby from inside :)
2) the thunder outside my window, for the simple fact that if my three-year-old son comes running out, he'll be more than welcomed into our room
3) good friends. they are few and far between and a great one is making a long drive to stay with us this weekend
4) date nights, we made a reservation for tomorrow evening and even through we'll both be (more than likely) half awake it will be so nice to just be "us" for awhile.
5) the clock here in the living room ticking... letting me know it's way past my bedtime

Love is all you need said...

I am enjoying the anticipation of a brand new baby and another little soul to love.
Sunny days that warm our ground and allows for bare feet
Your book
Long four year old conversations
Creative date nights with the love of my life

kirsten said...

I love the pictures of Nella! She looks so grown up all of the sudden! Now my 5 things:
1. cuddling with my girl in the morning before everyone wakes up
2. family dinners together
3. my son's laughter when he's tickled
4. a new word said from my girl, "Mama"
5. less than 40 days of school left this year!

kirsten said...

Oh, I forgot to add that I too am loving your book! I limit myself to a couple of chapters a night because my nose can't handle all the tissues! Loving it :)

Dalhiasky said...

I am so enjoying the best decision I have ever made which was recently quitting my successful job to be a full time mommy to my sweet 2 yr old girl!! With that here are 4 more things I am enjoying:
1) Baking!! I am motivated by your memories with your mom in the kitchen and now have a goal to bake every weekend with Sydney. It's been 5 weeks and so far so good!
2) Running again. Ok honestly I hate the actual running part, but love how I feel after. I haven't really worked out since before I was pregnant!
3) Exploring my community with my girl. Now that we have more time we've checked out parks, children's museums, local library and more.
4) Time to read bloom and be better about keeping up with your blog. :-)

Kate Alexander said...

5 things I am enjoying right now:

1. Writing my last papers and taking my last tests of this semester.
2. Texas Rangers baseball. Boomstick!
3. Running. Free therapy, for real.
4. My family. always.
5. Music.

Lesli Temple said...

Why are dog dishes a favorite of the littles? Can't keep my son out of our's:) Loving right now: our sporadic sunny, warm days, vintage lace on eBay, my one yr old who just learned to blow kisses, my loving hubby, and finishing Bloom!

Mrs Mason said...

Blogger's new interface is not my love just now.

Sister's hair is getting long!

I've been known to blow out a shoe once or twice too. That casual keep walking and leave shoe in road for husband to retrieve look and of course the heel stuck in grating - always a professional look!

Adri Ramirez said...

Umm, that owl fabric wall hanging is phenomenal. We are adopting this summer and I have attacked the nursery with various owl-ly type items. Thanks for giving us a window (a very large one in fact) into your beautiful life!!

xoxo, adri

Adri Ramirez said...

oh yes, and these are my five things:
1. my new job - REI!!
2. my husband - when I see him ;)
3. the sunshiney central Oregon weather - as long as it lasts
4. FRIENDS re-runs on Nick at Nite
5. lots of coffee - required to get through college

xoxo, adri

redwagondriver said...

Thanks for your raw honesty and for sharing your precious girls with us, what a gift!


1. Reading on my Kindle and watching my boys read on it too...Especially with the little night light in the dark.

2. My backyard chickens : Ruby, Clementine, Stella, Bertie, Zelda and Wings! They are hysterical and bring some calm to my days. I love watching "Chicken TV."

3. Farmers Market Strawberries. Enough Said.

4. The simple joy of boys playing Little League. They haven't won a game, but one run makes them all huddle and scream with such authentic glee.

5. My tribe. I couldn't parent without them. It truly takes a village, especially when raising a special needs child. Love our weekend pizza nights. The grapefruit pellegrino and grey goose drinks are not bad either!

xo- Stephanie

Charissa said...

I'm loving:
1) Sweet pictures of Nella running!
2) Homemade smoothies...a taste of summer!
3) Knowing that though this chapter of life is ending, the one that is about to begin has so much possibility!
4) My sweet baby cousin who is fighting for his life (He's gonna win!)
5) Redemption. Hope.

Danielle said...

1. Reading Bloom out loud to my two month old boy, who shares Nella's amazing extra chromosome.
2. Maternity leave :)
3. My two year old's imagination.
4. Extra snuggles during 2am feedings.
5. We were enjoying spring weather (it's cold here this week...spring will be back next week, we hope).

DeeZ said...

I am enjoying:

1. Your blog, pictures and stories love your beautiful girls!
2. Being a first time Mom :)
3. My new iPad
4. Family and friends
5. Loving life

The Moments of Magic. said...

Right now I'm enjoying:
1. Laying in bed after long day at work
2. My baby snoring in the crib next to me
3. The butterfly that showed up out from it's cocoon today
4. Hubby finished our laundry today
5. It's raining outside.

Benay said...

Truly exceptional photos this time around! Gorgeous!

1. The thunderstorm currently happening.
2. The fact that I get to go to the beach and strawberry picking in the same week.
3. My 70 yr old dad is graduating with his PhD in a couple of weeks.
4. The awesome cleaning team my husband and I become when we want to.
5. The yummy cookies I made tonight.

Shannon said...

Oh, the photos of Nella in the high chair, rockin' the one-sock look for breakfast, plus the one of her reading next to the dogs? They make my heart sing. And about Miss Lainey up the tree- just when did she get so grown up?
Plus, 'Ho cow' might just be the greatest thing ever. Waking up to that would put me in a good mood all day.

Five things I'm enjoying- freshly laundered sheets, brownies fresh from the oven, re-decorating my kindergarden classroom, the cold snap that's coming in, and planning my birthday dinner.

Lovely Love said...

Love the pic of Nella crying in her daddy's arms, she looks so cute! (is that mean of me?) i just can't help it! and also the one of her and her brother awwww! things i am enjoying as of now:

1. our new bike trailer, and the evening rides that go along with it
2. the random rain storms we have been getting and the breath taking skies that have come along with them
3. banana splits (im sure ive gained a few pounds)
4. strawberries
5. oatmeal with coconut milk brown sugar and peanut butter in the mornings

AlisonLeigh said...

Five things I'm enjoying right now.

1. The color yellow, I go through color phases but yellow has lasted the longest. And it makes me SO happy

2. Going barefoot, it's finally started to warm up in the Oregon area and there's nothing like bare feet on concrete.

3. The sunshine, end of story

4. Puppy snuggles, they're the best

5. Nail polish, it's a slight addiction.

bdtoel said...

5 Things I am lovin'

Your book! Just perused it in the book store today - stunning! Am saving my pennies for a purchase!

My girlies and ballet

Some light rain

Late nights up sewing

Family dinner nights

PapillionMom said...

I am loving:

-One week until spring semester is finished!
-The unexpected 90 degree weather in April in Nebraska
-Feeling better after nearly 2 months of being sick
-Healthy children and their growth
-Did I mention spring semester is almost over?!

Erin said...

1. My coffee
2. My 5 mins before I have to dress for work
3. The quiet
4. watching my kids sleep
5. reading a new post from you

Megan said...

1. Crockpot dinner ready at 6
2. Baby shower planning
3. A few seconds of kids playing together between the arguing
4. Korea FINALLY warming up so we can play outside!
5. Cuffed jeans and sandals <3

Donelle Sleight said...

Five things I love at 2:55 am

The smell of the lilac bush outside my bedroom window, when the cool night breeze blows through the yard.

The warm little toes of my youngest little girl who climbed into bed with us after a bad dream.

It is 2:55 in the morning and I am sitting in the dark enjoying the opportunity to update my journal with all the incredible memories of my children from earlier in the day.

The sound of the rooster’s crow across the road, I sometimes think there should be a snooze button on those feathery little alarm clocks.

Last of all I am enjoying a thought shared by a close friend, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran. With this I say goodnight.

Imogen said...

I am enjoying:

1. Lemon yogurt with LSA sprinkled over.

2. The company of my gorgeous husband and lovely little daughter.

3. Woolly socks on my feet.

4. My cozy, warm house.

5. The prospect of a nice cup of chamomile and honey tea when I am finished with my yogurt.

Team Lando said...

1. Ellie's smiles, and the fact that she's been applauding herself a lot.
2. Running. 5K this weekend, the shortest race I've done in years.
3. Date night plans for Saturday.... crepes... Georgetown.
4. Funny friends
5. My neighborhood

Jill said...

1. My 2 year old's growing independence and vocabulary.
2. My 4 year old's budding curiosity and beginning reading skills.
3. The fact that we only have 26 days left until summer vacation!!!!!
4. Cabin season is now upon us.
5. Evening jogs- all alone:)

I started laughing when I saw Nella with the dog food dish!!! My little ones LOVE dog food, and we can't figure out why!!?? Also- loving Lainey's dress. That was my daughter's Easter dress. One of my favorites! Gotta love Target!!

The Murfitt's said...

I enjoyed Bloom so much!! I highly recommend you pair it with coffee, a cozy blanket, and a few tissues.

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

1. Ginger milk chocolate chip cookies
2. Teaching my second graders the history of the Brooklyn Bridge
3. Meeting new bloggers for the first time at my favorite local Queens coffee shop
4. Wearing new sandals for the first time
5. Planning summer adventures

Verena said...

I am enjoying:
1. The rain, while I am inside.
2. Toast for breakfast.
3. Easter decorations that are still out.
4. Wedding planning!
5. The knowledge that there is quinoa in my cupboard for lunch :)

KerriC said...

I am enjoying warm enough weather to play outside, the countdown til the end of the semester (my husband teaches and will be done it 2 weeks), countdown until our vacation (to Florida!), a ridiculously blonde dye job that I did on a whim but makes me feel summery, and a batch of those no-bake chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal cookies.

Inspiração Inesperada said...

Enjoying The Small Things take 5:

1. Leftover Easter chocolates :)
2. Reading in bed :)
3. Reading in bed with my little guy :)
4. So many wonderful blogs :)
5. Tracy Anderson workouts :)

Southern Gal said...

Your post made me smile today. Loving your small things.

What I'm in love with right now:
1. Wicked! It's the first Broadway musical I've seen and it was awesome.

2. Masterpiece Theater on Netflix

3. Spring greenery on the trees

4. My youngest son and granddaughter playing together

5. The weather - chilly one day and super warm the next. Par for the course.

Sarah said...

I always love your Enjoying the Small Things posts because I find myself making mental lists of what I enjoy for the rest of the day. Loved loved loved the book - can't wait for my group's Skype chat! Oh, and the new Blogger gets a big "Boo!" from me too.

Holly said...

I love
- my daughters first Prom dress
- looking at pictures of fancy hairdos as we snuggle on the couch
- the smell of fresh cut grass
-,the planting of a garden and tulips coming up
- the new me as I exercise and lose weight. Down 22? Pounds

Ashley @ The Narrative Heiress said...

My 5:

1. Quiet time in the morning
2. Countdown to summer on my white board at school
3. The explosion of language I've seen from toddler this week
4. Long walks around my neighborhood
5. Last night's surprise visit from friends

Sarah said...

1.the quiet in the house as my family is still sleeping.
2. my morning cup of coffee.
3. the return of warmer temps, which means we can be outside!
4. the countdown to a weekend away with my husband
5. my kindle

Shel said...

I am enjoying...sharing memories about my grandma who passed away this week. Though my heart is broken it is also full because of the outpouring of love and support I have received from those that knew her, and those that never met her, but have come to know her through my stories and my sharing. She was pure light and I aspire to be like her every day of my life.
Also...I am enjoying that you are coming to Michigan to sign Bloom! Hooray!!!

Kelly B said...

My little things of big joy:
1. A trip to sweet home Chicago next week
2. Looking for houses with my hubby
3. My 4 year old telling me she loved being in my tummy
4. Gourmet cupcakes and top-your-own frozen yogurt
5. Azaleas

Have a great day :)

Heather said...

I'm loving...
1. That there are only 25 more days of school before Summer break!
2. My baby girl getting more confident at cruising around our house.
3. That I can run for four miles now without a break!
4. My husband's odd sense of humor.
5. My daughter's obsession with obtaining a hamster... Sister has a contagious enthusiasum about it!

Amy said...

Five things I am enjoying right now?
1. BLOOM... Even after trying to savor it by limiting myself to one chapter a night, it's almost over. :(
2. My one year old... who is trying SO hard to walk and just not getting it!
3. My almost-four year old... who is currently inspired by Doc McStuffins (thank you Nick Jr!) and gives us all "check-ups" multiple times throughout the day.
4. Sunshine... here in Boston the winters are long and DARK. Even though it means much earlier wake-ups, the sun spilling in through the windows at 6am is magical.
5. Slurpee season... :) Just introduced my four year old to the joy of a cold slurpee on a hot day. Perfection!

And of course, it goes without saying, Enjoying the Small Things is always a favorite. Thank you for the daily inspiration.

lauren said...

five things i love right now:
1. being outside at 6pm
2. traveling with my husband
3. not wearing makeup
4. wearing jorts
5. reading blogs



Kristen said...

I am enjoying...
Bloom, and reading your blog!
Knowing in 30 more school days I will have the entire summer of to spend with my baby!
Trader Joe food...stocked up when we went to sanibel.
My best friends baby girl who I get to meet June 11!
A weekend surprise!

Maria said...

Hi Kelle! Right now I am loving:
1. hot tea with honey
2. quiet time before the family wakes up
3. my yes to carrots face products
4. the fact that my girls and I are going to the FARM this morning to pet baby animals!
5. new babies--my sister in law is having one TODAY!!!

shelby&beccasmom said...

Wonderful post. Beautiful pictures as always. Things I am enjoying right now: listening to my 2 year old sing her babies to sleep after I. Have tucked her in, telling my 4 year old she has to wait to go to her new school because I was afraid she wouldn't take the change to kindergarten well, anticipating our upcoming vacation, planning a birthday party, new posts from Kelle!

jenniwaka said...

I'm enjoying:
--an unexpected day off with my man and my baby due
--the only thing we HAVE to do today is choose and send a birthday present for my stepdad and I LOVE preparing presents!
--despite still wanting to lose more baby weight, I'm starting to feel at peace with my body lately
--the fact that I'm getting faster at making dinner and don't have to spend as much time in the kitchen so I'll spend more of the summer outdoors with baby
--online used baby clothes swapping and shopping!

MamaVerner said...

I literally gasped when I first saw the photo of Nella in her pajamas as my 19 month old ran in to the kitchen wearing the same ones! Hanna Andersson??
Besides that sweet beginning to my morning I am also enjoying:
1. The sound of crayon to paper and the concentration it takes to hold a firm grip
2. The prospect of working in the garden later this morning
3. That spring is finally in full bloom in beautiful southern Maine
4. Dog-earing pages in cookbooks and dreaming of new recipes
5. Listening to Peepers singing their songs while all is quiet in ther house

vermonter said...

1. Waking up to the birds chirping (well them waking me)
2. Watching my flowers try to grow with the unpredictable weather trying to slow them down.
3. Watching my grandchildren try to escape the house without shoes when the sunshines in the AM and it is still only 40-59 degrees out.
4. The beautiful sunrise instead of the snowfall.
5. Last but not least I enjoyed your book so much but wish it was much longer or your next book (hint)(pray) was out already.
Thank you for allowing all of us to be part of your life.

Ramirez said...

Five things I am enjoying:
1. 95 degree weather in Kansas
2. A happy loving phone conversation with my mom who isn't doing well with her COPD
3. My son's first place on the 800 race in track
4. My daughter's new yellow Saltwater sandals
5. My new pink basketball for our recent nightly ritual family basket shooting tournaments on the driveway

Shannon said...

I finished Bloom in three days. I'm currently going through a divorce of my husband's choosing and I'm trying to find beauty in all of it.

Babs said...

This day, I am enjoying
*the wonderful, imaginative tales of my youngest (3 3/4 yrs) grandson as he "cooked" for me last night
*being serenaded by and singing along with my 4 years old (minus 3 weeks)granddaughter from her car seat whenever we run errands together
*packing for a long-planned visit with my two fabulous sisters in Dallas this weekend
*being almost finished with Bloom so I can give it to my daughter for her turn to read!
*the two pictures of Brett comforting Nella, how his expressive face mirrors hers. You hit the husband jackpot, Kelle!

You+Me=Family said...

1-waking up to the frogs croaking.
2-my baby girl learning to say, "Whoa, dude!"
3-caramel colored highlights.
4-iced vanilla lattes
5-date night with the husband : )

Victoria Masterman said...

I am enjoying.....

little A, my 19 month old exploring a whole new world as she has just learnt to walk in the last week

The fact that a dear friend has just announced her pregnancy after going through 6 IVF cycles to conceive her first little girl born at 26 weeks and many more cycles and over 2 years for this sticky bubba, I was literally exploding with excitement when I heard her news today

We are heading out to the family farm this weekend, and we haven't told the girls (I love surprises!) and I know that Miss 3 is going to be sooo excited to find out we are going to Grandma and Grandpa's it's been such a long time so I can't wait to breathe in that fresh country air and see my two beautiful girls explore a whole new place

bedtime tonight with miss a...the sweetest giggles as we read through her bed time stories, then her eyes lighting up once again as we sang twinkle twinkle, then the most beautiful long cuddles where I listened to her breathing slow as she relaxed, she pulled back smiled and said more cuddles.....

my new vegie patch, we built it our of recycled materials and I've filled it with herbs we've been given and I can't wait to fill it with vegies!

Crystal Biehl said...

Right now I am enjoying...

My snuggly boys
Greek yogurt with chocolate chips
Lazy rainy days
all the sentences my oldest is coming up with these days and how hard he tries to use the right words
My new camera

Crystal Biehl said...

Right now I am enjoying...

My snuggly boys
Greek yogurt with chocolate chips
Lazy rainy days
all the sentences my oldest is coming up with these days and how hard he tries to use the right words
My new camera

Heather said...

1. my ever growing belly...imagining all that is to come soon
2.flowering trees telling me spring is here husband-he is truly the best
4.reading for pleasure (now while I have the time!)
5. our new babymobile

Ashley said...

Right now I am loving...
That finals are almost over, baseball games, the smell of mulch, trips to the river, taking naps. :)

LizaMelendezSantiago said...

I am enjoying:

My husband and sweet kids who make life worthwhile.

The peaceful sound of home at this moment..

Training for a half marathon.

Good health.

The love of family and friends.

Thank you Kelle for sharing your life with us. You are such a sweet family!

Sara Korber-DeWeerd said...

1. Two girls in flannel pjs snuggling on my lap
2. One baby boy greeting the day with his first word, "Mama!"
3. Spring in New England--oh how I love it.
4. Sun streaming in my windows
5. My morning cup of jo

Balexander said...

I am loving...
1. Walking barefoot in the grass
2. Then next day cuddled up under a blanket with my son
3. Showing my son a roly poly and frogs for first time
4. Teaching the word please and the way his face wrinkles when he says it
5. My little family

Balexander said...

I am loving...
1. Walking barefoot in the grass
2. Then next day cuddled up under a blanket with my son
3. Showing my son a roly poly and frogs for first time
4. Teaching the word please and the way his face wrinkles when he says it
5. My little family

becky said...

i am enjoying waking up to birds singing, beautiful sunny spring weather, snuggling with my pup, spending my day with my toddler, and finishing season one of downton abbey on dvd.

The Plum Post said...

I am enjoying...

...I Love Lucy followed by The Golden Girls, every morning, for the rest of my life.

...fat-free Greek yogurt. We do everything together.

...daily walks with our dog Rufus and dear daughter Jane.

...the first time I see Jane every morning. Her grin is never wider than at that moment.

...when the sun comes up and then falls through our windows every morning. Everything glows and I can't take it in fast enough.

carissa at lowercase letters said...

1. clean floors
2. summer weather
3. Bloom
4. Grace
5. family... although i guess that goes without saying

kcolquitt said...

Dude- I feel like I live a less glamorous but parallel version of your life. 1) Me too with blogger- took like 2 hours to do one little post, 2) Nella and Lulu seriously could be interchangeable. They are on the same milestone schedule.....same thing with Lulu, running like a bat out of hell, me using that same threat of "inside land".....
happy thursday!

Amy said...

5 things I love right now:
1. my baby girl doing flips inside my belly
2. the spring temperatures
3. taking my puppy for evening walks
4. the smell of the earth after the rain
5. flip flops being an optional wardrobe selection

Love your pics! Your girls are getting so big so fast!

Katie said...

I am enjoying...
-my first coffee of the day
-the silence of the early morning house
-looking through recipes as I ponder what to make for dinner
-blossoms on the tree in my front yard
-the gorgeous 'butter yellow' I painted my spare room yesterday

Lindy said...

1. Warm Weather
2. The sandbox
3. New yarn
4. Friends
5. early mornings

Laura J. said...

Love those yellow sandals on Nella! Too cute! I've been enjoying coconut coffee creamer, lemonade tea, perfect Spring evenings, bubble time with my boys and early bedtimes!

14b4275c-8f96-11e1-982e-000bcdcb471e said...

Oh my, your girls are so lovely! The pictures of Brett comforting Nella actually brought tears to my eyes! Things I'm enjoying right now:
1. My little boy learning to walk
2. Snuggling up in our family bed
3. Playing catch with my sweet Labrador
4. Hot coffee on chilly mornings
5. Sunshine! and planning Summer adventures

Farmgirl Paints said...

Did you get a new dog? Don't remember the one by Nella. Love that she flops out of her sandals she running so fast. I'm sure she keeps you on your toes. I love these posts the best. The ones that describe exactly where thet are at the moment. It's precious to me how you stop and pay attention to the details of their lives and how it mingles with yours. It's a beautiful precious thing. As always makes me want to do the same. Sorry for the misspelled words...iPad won't let me go back and I'm too lazy to retype it all out.

Rebekah said...

Right now I am enjoying:
1. rain that seperates hot, hot days.
2. planning my graduation party.
3. My mom's flowers that are blooming in the garden
4. flowers on my desk.
5. many plans for summer falling in place

Karen said...

I am enjoying:
1. Waking up early today and getting things done before the kids get up!
2. Snuggling the crap out of my week-away-from-turning-three little man. I'm not ready for that!
3. This beautiful weather in OK!
4. My best friend, who is a mama to 3 boys and thought she was having a fourth boy, was told that the "boy part" was the cord and now still has a little hope for that girl she always wanted!
5. That the add-on to our house is going faster than planned, for now!

Love how much older the kids are looking! Such pretty girls!! Yay, Nella, on running!

Karen H.

MC said...

Nella looks like a little girl in some of these pics, and in others there is still some toddler!

1) Sunny and crisp spring, it is nice enough to put away the warm jackets but still crisp enough in the morning and evening to wear fall/spring coats.
2) having days off in the middle of the week
3) homemade strawberry rhubarb pie
4) spring cleaning
5) evening snuggles

Lindsay said...

i am in love with...

...reading "enjoying the small things"
...quiet mornings with just my boys. husband's dedication to quit smoking. this time for good. beautiful niece, Lily Ann.
...and as always, a well made latte.

Josée said...

1. Still mornings, reading scripture and hot coffee.
2. Young son's sweet smiling face.
3. Sound of sweet baby girls singing their sleeping song in unison.
4. Sneak peaks of sunshine through muted grey clouds.
5.Children learning new tricks & skills.

Heather said...

First things first, I might have to buy Nella a pony, little lady can break a heart with her owie face. So excited for Lainey, she really is going to have the best birthday memories!

That OWL! Must have!
Five things.
1. Coffee, strong. It was on hell of a night with a tiny guy who struggledto settle.
2. First of the morning snuggles
3. The fact that I am ignoring the dishes today and going to play with friends.
4. My girls start their running club tonight and are so excited about it. Seeing them love health rocks.
5. Getting ready to launch my photography busniess. I feel so raw, scared and compleatly excited by the challange.

Francesca said...

Things i am enjoying in these days:
-working at my craft projects
-the 1 year anniversary of my baby death which will be on Sunday
-the warm which allows me to put flip flops on
-planning the vacations
-the new duvet from Marimekko

mrsmegwilson said...

Right now I'm enjoying Cold Stone Creamery's Sweet Cream coffee creamer, strawberry printed night gowns, our sprouting garden, weekly nail paintings of the 2 and 4 year old I keep, and house hunting.

lperry0 said...

Things I am enjoying right now:
1) Reading your blog :)
2) My morning coffee, which usually leads to 2 more cups.
3) Making summer plans
4) The fact that I ordered your book off Amazong last night!
5)My sweet black cat, Beau.

Peggy, Jason, Lily and Connor said...

EnJoying the small things in wisconsin..
1. My little boy learning to sing the ABCs
2. My sleeping beauty..not waking to the ABCs in te next room
3. Sunny skies
4. Being home with my babes after some traveling the past few weeks
5. The deal I just got on nap rolls!

Lucy said...

I am enjoying my five kids. Everyday is a wonderful challenge. Each teaches me something about themselves or me on a daily basis. LOVE!

thatmoxiegirl said...

1. Loving that vintage trim so much that I ran and bought it only to return to the blog and see that I could win a gidt certificate. (oh damn, I'll have to buy more.)

2. Loving this crazy haired 8month old boy trying to scale my body and steal my phone. (doesn't he know I haveblog comments to leave?!?)

3. Loving my new garden (and crossing my fingers the seeds I planted actually come up. )

4. That my two year only girlie loves to read like her momma.

5. Coffee +chocolate = heaven

Molly said...

Currently enjoying: sounds of happy kids, impending moves to places where friends live, new words from both children, and rest.

Heather said...

1) Bloom
2) Book signing announcement in Macomb Twp., MI
3) Bloom
4) Book signing announcement in Macomb Twp., MI
5) The opportunity to meet you and have my book signed!!

I am so stinkin' excited as I live in Macomb Twp. and have been forever waiting for this opportunity knowing you would come "home" to Michigan for a book signing. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Jolene said...

1) My 4 children...just 4...enjoying it.
2) Preparing for the coming of 2 children from China. It will come soon enough.
3)Baby wiggles inside my tummy. That, too, will come soon enough.
4) LONG 5 mile walks with my family!
5)Discovering new adventures....soon with 7 children instead of 4!

Emi said...

Loving dew on super bright spring green grass, perfect breezy& warm southern day outside, coffee brewing, my 19 month old greeting me this morning with, HEY NONNI NONNI! And a grin on my face listening as my sweet little son plays with his friend in the next room.

vintagevelda said...

Five things I'm lovin:

cheap craft supplies to build our summer fun closet

quinoa cooked a billion ways

the younger boys' obsession with mooning me right now (wait, maybe not totally loving that one)

Tazo black tea, sweet on ice

Mad Men

TheHouseWifeRookie said...

I am enjoying the discovery of Garden and Gun magazine (the modern Southern Living), packing for our trip to Disney next week, Kiwi fruit, prepping for my best friends baby shower on Saturday, and spending the nice spring mornings outside with my little boy!

Nicki said...

5 things I am enjoying:
1. listening the rain
2. watching my children stroll hand in hand
3. slowing down to smell the rose and see the world through my children's eyes
4. planning my 5 year old's fairy party
5. a quiet cup of coffee while the rest of my little world is still sleeping

SamD said...

Hi Kelle! Things I'm enjoying right now:
1) The cooler FL. days (just like yourself). I'm in the Tampa area.
2) Evening walks with the family
3) Spending time with some wonderful new friends
4) Good things that lie ahead for our family thanks to some recent developments. :)
5) Having an almost 3 year old and just soaking her up.

Ingrid said...

Your girls are getting more beautiful by the day! So excited to see what you come up with for Lainey's birthday. They are some of my favourite posts! Ingrid x

Lo said...

1. The last couple weeks alone with my little guy before the baby is born
2. Cool nights outside in April
3. Prenatal massages
4. Warm baths
5. Maxi skirts (my pregnancy essential!)

Kate said...

-my little chicklet's attempts at crawling, which tend to send her backward as often as forward
-ginger lemon tea
-planning a birthday surprise for the husband
-talking to my sister on the phone (and hearing my two year old niece in the background announcing that she is pooping)
-listening to my chicklet talk--a combination of "mama" and dinosaur noises

Heather said...

I am enjoying:
1. Unearthing our backyard after seven years of dreaming of it.
2. Listening to my "baby" read!
3. Evening walks.
4. Ignoring the mounting pile of laundry.
5. Strawberries.

Jenne said...

Fave top five things right now, not necessarily in order:
1)mocha coconut lattes with whipped cream
2)my daughter's ponytails
3)shopping for new summer sandals
4)the new Black Keys cd
5)warm weather for trips to the playground...

The Lourceys said...

I'm enjoying...

1. days with my little family with the husband off of work
2. crossfit
3. snuggles with my 8 month old
4. the anticipation of summer
5. hearing new big girl phrases from my almost 3 year old :)

Lauren said...

1. Enjoying the sunshine during my lunch breaks
2. Enjoying the preparation for running a 5k for Autism Alabama in honor of my awesome niece
3. Enjoying the busy-ness of this season
4. Enjoying time with my husband in the evenings
5. Enjoying fresh strawberries and grapes for breakfast

Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Laura Harfield said...

Wow, that yellow high chair is ahhhmazing! Want.

Ok, 5 things I'm enjoying right now:
1. Those first real, honest-to-goodness smiles.
2. Sleeping on my stomach again.
3. Boots + blazer + dark jeans + scarf.
4. Zac Efron. Yeah.
5. Rain gutter bookshelves.

Kathlyn said...

5 things I'm loving right now . . .

1. Sharing "Bloom" with my family and friends and their responses when they've finished and are (reluctantly!) giving me back my copy!!! (BTW - every single person I've loaned my book to has gone out and grabbed their own copy!)

2. Pulling out my camera more and playing around with everything but the auto modes.

3. My kids watching our little "garden" poke itself out of the starter cups.

4. Our tax refund just got deposited so I'm enjoying having more than $5 in our account!

5. My momma is coming over tonight and my sister is arriving tomorrow . . . I'm loving some family time this weekend.

Sarah G said...

Right now I am enjoying:
1) Seeing my oldest baby get excited over going to the bathroom on her potty (potty training time)
2) Watching my youngest snuggle into her daddy
3) Looking at the family pictures we took over the weekend
4) Baking cupcakes
5) Wearing sandals

Teresa said...

I hardly ever comment but here goes:
5 things I am enjoying right now:
1. My girls and my 2 brand new nephews
2.Pinterest--seriously addicting
3. My big girls rainbow clown 5th birthday party--I think mama had as much fun as the kids!
4.Anything Owl-- I am obsessed over the cute owl products--don't type owl into handmade in etsy--it is dangerous
5.The apple-pecan cranberry salad from Costco--so good!

Melissa said...

1. Watching my 14 month old get the hang of this walking business
2. Planting flowers in unexpected containers
3. On-the-way-to-work phone conversations with my best friend
4. Using my new camera, a present to myself
5. The way my 5 year old is guaranteed to make me laugh with some comment or insight that I never thought about quite like him.

As always, enjoyed your post and pictures. Nella with her brother and the last picture of Lainey are my favorites.

Emma R said...

I am enjoying...
1) Grey's Anatomy!
2) Those photos of Brett & Nella. She looks so tiny, amongst so many photos where she's looking so grown up!
3) Fitting into pants that havent fit since before my first born arrived 7 years ago
4) New boots
5) Reading 'the book thief'. It's the quickest I've read a book in ages cos I need it finished so I can start on Bloom!!!

Shaina said...

Gosh these photos are priceless! Nella and the dog food...LOVE it!

Things I'm enjoying right now:
1) The little girl in my belly is testing her acrobatic skills and it's my most favorite part of being pregnant!
2) Watching my 3yr old grow up before my eyes. She's such an amazing little person!
3) A hot cup of tea after the house is quiet at night.
4) Oreos. and Milk. A pregnant lady's dream!
5) The beautiful late April weather we've been having here in NC. I love that it's not too hot yet!

Sarah said...

I am currently enjoying
1. Newborn cuddles, gazes and smiles from my 5 week old...... She first smiled last night!
2. The beautiful new relationship between my two daughters
3. My 5th anniversary today and hopefully a beer or two to celebrate tonight
4. Cherry blossoms which won't be in bloom for much longer
5. This new book I'm reading called Bloom

Emily said...

I can't believe how long Nella's hair is getting, she looks like a little girl!! I finished your book in record time for this mama, and I like how you said that it can be related to say many things in life, that our attitude and perspective truly ARE everything. I found a lot of your book (and perspective) I related to going through infertility and fertility treatments, it was a whole process of emotions that brought me to the greatest joy and humbled me beyond words.

Five things I am enjoying:
- A rainy Thursday morning
- A sinus infection
- A tearful goodbye as my son and I left my husband and our dog for a weekend trip away.
- My 20 month old son giving our dog an open mouthed kiss
- Coffe.

Ashley said...

I just LOVE the picture of Nella with the two pups (and that you caught latte yawning). In fact, I just sent it to my coworkers with the subject line "A cute picture to start your day" since it's pretty dreary and gray in Baltimore.

Moving on to the good stuff, here are five things I am enjoying right now:

1) That 29 weeks pregnant, I FINALLY have some pep back in my step (not sure why it's only happening at this point).
2) Iced decaf coffee
3) The fact that my puppy who is typically an independent soul wanted to cuddle with me all yesterday
4) Your book - it was amazing.
5)That today is my Friday at work because I am headed to a friends baby shower tomorrow

Taryn said...

Top 5 things I am enjoying right now...
1. My new found love of bikram yoga
2. Breaking out the flip flops and welcoming Michigan Spring
3. My sister's growing baby bump (my first niece!)
4. Savoring the last few chapters of Bloom
5. The last few months before Medical School starts in August

hollycombs said...

1. The prospect of a day off for my husband's birthday tomorrow and a day trip up the Eastern Shore.
2. Savoring the fact that graduation is next weekend and I'll finally have my Master's degree.
3. Anticipation of the arrival of my new nephew (bringing the total of nieces/nephews to an even 10).
4. Leftover homemade focaccia from last night.
5. Open windows, chilly mornings, and a steaming cup of tea.

Cathy said...

1. Bloom!
2. "Mommy, I love you so much, I'm going to pee my pants." - Max 3 3/4yrs old
3. New tires
4. Possibilities across the country
5. "Mama" - Jonah 20m old

Tonia said...


1. Cool morning breezes
2. Baby's breath
3. My daughter's eyelashes
4. A few minutes to myself
5. Clean towels

heicoc said...

Right now I'm enjoying my five kids:

Watching my oldest daughter do pole vault.
Watching my son with his youngest sister.
Listening to my seven year old read.
Watching my four year old dance.
Listening to my baby laugh now and her chubby baby toes!

Lisa said...

I am enjoying:
My baby's sweet, sleepy stretches in the morning.
Strong, warm hugs from my husband.
Lots of coffee.
Jeans that fit just right.
A paid off car note.

Evelyn Louise said...


Five things I'm enjoying right now:
1) Feeling my baby move
2) Actually enjoying buying boy clothes
3) Hearing Ella (age 3) ask to buy her new baby brother things - and telling everyone she passes that she's going to have a baby brother
4) WARM WEATHER!!! I actually bought a couple more lightweight dresses to wear out and about.
5) The anticipation of my little brother coming for a visit even if it is less than 48 hours.

Mary Ann said...

Loved the book!

Stephanie Pusinsky said...

I am enjoying....

1 - That the weather is nice enough to place outside!

2 - That my 9 month old, Brody, has been sleeping in his crib a little longer.

3 - The way Brody gets completely still and acts as if there is nothing else in the world when he is breast feeding.

4 - Lacrosse shorts! My boys have the funkiest most rad lacrosse shorts!

5 - Friday family nights! We get together with a bunch of other families at a restaurant/arcade place. Would you believe the place has good food, good games and happy hour specials?!?! Winning!

Little for a Little While said...

Love this post! I am currently enjoying:
1. Sleeping with windows open.
2. Garage Sales
3. Flip flops.
4. Walks with my babies.
5. Trips to the bakery with littles and thier Mama's.

Cathy K. said...

Those pictures of Nella and Brett are so sweet. You can see how much he loves his little baby! As always, your girls look gorgeous - and so do you. I can't believe Lainey turns five soon!!! Love the theme she chose and I know you will make it super fabulous. :)

Sarah Craft said...

Five things! You're making us think. :)
1. my new camera
2. my baby bump
3. sunny days
4. coffee
5. nap time

lynxymama said...

things i am enjoying right now!

1. sunny spring days with my brood
2. 2 year old's language explosion
3. 5 year old telling a little girl "look out honey" so he didn't run into her on the monkey bars.
4. every single moment with my baby girl
5. mochas. always mochas.

Kelle said...

I LOVE reading your five things! Happy morning!

Sasha Taylor said...

Five things -

1.Taking my "Bugs" (20 month old twins) to the zoo this morning
2. Knowing there are only 5 more school weeks until summer!
3. Just under 5 weeks until my parents arrive from England for a month!
4. Our upcoming Disney World trip
5. Planning my almost 8 year old's party!


Katie Bowling said...

five things...

1. this rolling...crawling baby beside me
2. morning cup of coffee
3. a clean house
4. the hunger games - book 1
5. a day with very little agenda!


Jen said...

5 Things I'm Enjoying Right Now...

1. Strawberries!
2. Wearing kelly green crop pants and a salmon colored sweater!
3. The quiet of my office early in the morning!
4. Happily anticipating the weekend with my finance and cats!
5. Crocheting a shawl for a friend who is having surgery next month is my current project and it reminds me to love!

The Gustafsons said...

5 things: feeling my baby boy move, hearing my 2 year old say "I love you mama," sunshine, park play dates, and the chance to go see family this weekend!

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