Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Heart Anthropologie

One of Those Days

So... this past Saturday, HOLY COW. It was an absolute day from hell. It all started in the early, early morning and never got better. Thank goodness for Kinsley, I had to keep it somewhat together for her sake; had it not been for her, I would have ran far, far away and never looked back.

It all started with the “misplacement” of my keys, although Kris would like to call it something else, carelessness. Misplacing your keys usually isn’t that big of a deal, especially when you know you just had them, and all you have to do is retrace your steps. However, tackling taking care of baby plus searching for your keys makes for an abundance of screaming, cussing and hair pulling (on yourself of course, not on the baby). Needless to say, I lost them early Saturday morning. I NEEDED them. Here’s why... I had a volleyball tournament. Kris left early, to begin coaching my girls. I coach for a club team, but Kris helps out all the time, and since I was absolutely exhausted from a night of zero sleep, he offered to get there on time to warm them up. I was going to be right behind him, as all I wanted was 30 more minutes of shut eye time. And I did, it was great. I get up, get all ready, get Kins ready, and pack my car. I had my keys there obviously, to open my car, but my recollection of events that occurred after wards with my keys had vanished by... well... rushing and trying to get Kinsley out the door. I went back and forth between my house and car at least 5 times, all with Kinsley attached to my hip, convincing myself that I had not looked hard enough. After about 45 minutes, I had given up. “Oh well.” I said. “Guess I won’t be going to my tournament.” I had resolved in my head a rather ridiculous theory as to what might have happened to them. I had left them in my car door, some jerk-off must have seen them, snagged them, and is now circling the neighborhood waiting for me to leave the house so he can enter my home and take all my belongings. That had to be what happened. I looked everywhere! Although I resolved to just stay home, I was still retracing my steps... “What did I do after I packed the car?” Instantaneously, after asking myself that question, a little voice in my head or who I like to call God said “mouth wash.” I opened the cupboard where the mouth wash was housed and there they were, I looked at them like gold at that point. Who knows, apparently I thought I would remember setting my keys down in the linen closet. I made it to the tournament, finally, just to lose to not only a rival team, but an all boys team who seemed to have just picked up a volleyball yesterday.

Amongst many other unmentionable hellish things that happened, I went on to lose my keys two more times. WHAT A MESS OF A DAY!! Thank God it is over.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can I just Say...?

7 Months Old is turning out to be her best age yet. So much fun and although I am a wee bit biased, isn't she a cutie? She has two teeth now, can you see them in the first picture? They are definitely a source of discomfort for her, but they are so adorable.

Will write more when I get a chance. I have to vent about this Saturday! WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


My twin is getting married next March, to a FIREFIGHTER!!! She lives in SLO so I don't get to see her much but she is "pretty neat." :) Congrats Erin on your engagement!

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, I bought Kinsley a Tea Tree. It blooms in the spring and summer, takes moderate shade and at least 6-7 hours in the sunshine, perfect for where I will put it. I would have loved to buy her a citrus tree of some kind but my wallet couldn't support that purchase. So this perfect little tea tree for $9.98 called my name. Its delicate but has an edge...meaning... its flowers are soft, small and delicate, and the leaves, or what you might call greenery, are actually gray. Gray, in my opinion, gives it the edge. :) And how perfect that Kins is delic...never mind, I was going to try and create a parallel between Kins and this tea tree. Lets just say I really like this tree and it is perfect for what I am trying to accomplish. I want to instill in Kins a love for our earth and all things in it. And I thought planting a tree in her name will allow her in the future to get excited about nature and keeping our Earth nice and beautiful.

Now I just have to wait till the hubby gets home to plant it. It will take some quality "man labor" to get this in the ground. I bet he's so thankful I bought it. Sense the sarcasm.

Here's some photos of Kins playing outside today. Have to be outside on Earth Day. I love that she bee-lines it out the door as soon as it opens. That's my girl!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Great 7 Month Birthday Memory

So, Kins (I'm sure) had a wonderful 7 month birthday! I wish I would have made more of a stink about her previous month birthdays but it never really occurred to me that it was such a big deal. Her 6 month of course was a huge deal, she was half a year old. But 3, 4, and 5 didn't make sense to really CELEBRATE. I realize though, they were huge. Each month Kins is getting stronger, smarter, (prettier :)), testier, and more wonderful. And now, she is closer to a year old than she is to being born. SO CRAZY!

I made Kins this cookie and put a little pink candle in it.
 I want her to know she is being celebrated, so hopefully with enough month celebrations, she will put two and two together that candles equals celebrating Kinsley!!!

She seemed very intrigued by the candle as well as the cookie. I gave her a little taste, and although we had a little scare, (we thought she might have swallowed a chocolate chip) she enjoyed her celebration! 

Sixx Design

I am obsessed with this show 9 by Design on BRAVO. It stars The Novogratz Family; Mom and Dad and 7 kids with the radest names. Major, Twins Five & Holleder, Breaker, Wolfgang (Wolfie), Tallulah, and Bellamy. They purchase dumps in Manhattan and transform them into multi-million dollar homes, live in them, just for a short while, and sell them, creating a rather lavish yet crazy life for themselves. And I am absolutely digging their style when it comes to their children's rooms. These kids have rooms to die for, and I WILL give Kins a room like this one day!

Photos all from

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Big 7 Month Old Girl

Seven months old today!
I can't believe it. Can she slow down already? I love you so much sweetheart!

Happy 7 month old Birthday!
"Your another month old today."

Here's a look back to what I feel was just yesterday.
September 20th - Birthday

1 Month Old

2 Months Old

 3 Months Old
4 Months Old
5 Months Old
6 Months Old
And TODAY... 7 Months Old

It's days like today that make me so teary-eyed. I am so proud of her and what an amazingly happy, smart, and adorable baby she is.  I LOVE my Kins to pieces x 1,000,000.

Here are other photos I took of her while we were posing for her 7 Months B-Day shot...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today I love...

Crochet Baby Shoes & Whales, this summer house in Sweeden, and their sweedish nursery

Yes Please!

MATILDA Mary Jane Crochet Baby Shoes Size 6-12 Months


French Friends Necklace   

My necklace would of course say Kinsley and Kristin...SO Adorable.



Joys of Teething

 Sleepless nights, constant whining, excessive drooling. Oh the joys of teething. I know how painful cutting teeth can be on gums. My wisdom teeth came in and out for years. I can't imagine though how it feels for a baby who has never experienced something like it before. Teething truly is a right of passage, a rather long rite of passage actually. After roughly 5 years of this painful process, you lose them, just to have them grow back in all over again. I'm in for a long haul, that's for sure.

And not only is Kins in pain, I am experiencing the negative effects of Kins' teething as well. Breast feeding has become a little more complicated. She now has two teeth (bottom teeth), but I am certain that when teeth spout up from both sides, my days of breast feeding will have to be over. That will be an entirely separate story, as weening her from the boob might be hardest thing I will ever have to do.

Anyways, to help ease her pain, I have been giving Kins' cold washcloths to bite and suck on. This seems to do the trick for about 10 minutes, but then quickly becomes frustrated with how wet she gets. So now, I am in search of that perfect teething toy. My mom bought Kins' this thing called a Nuby. This works wonders. She loves it. Consequently it has some wear and tear, and has been through quite a bit. Three days after realizing the Nuby was no where to be found, I asked my hubby where it could possibly be. Of course he had no idea, so I resumed that the Nuby was gone forever. A week later, Kris finds it in the street right outside our house. Cars had visibly ran over the poor Nuby as it had tire marks all over it. After some deep cleaning, she still uses it, but I feel we should retire it and buy her something new. RIP Nuby  :)  Any suggestions...?

Here are some I found that I might try... not because they are adorable but because they actually received great reviews...