weekend highlights

By the time the weekend gets here, we’re usually too wiped out to do much of anything… so we lounge around at home and just enjoy getting some much-needed rest! This weekend was no exception… but I did squeeze in a nice run (through wind and snow flurries)! It always feels amazing to do a little more than my standard 4-miler.Processed with VSCOcam with m6 presetOur girls took great naps on Saturday afternoon (a miracle, truly!), and the rest of the time was just spent laughing and playing with them. I love days like those.

Usually, we pick up the lady down the street on the way to church on Sunday. Our car seats 5 people, so that means I get to squeeze in the back. These goobers love when mommy rides with them!
01252015girlscollage Afternoon church is still hard because of how it affects nap time… but we keep pushing on, and somehow, we all make it to the end of the day! We have a 10-minute drive home, and this is what I saw when I parked the car… poor tired babies!Processed with VSCOcam with a7 presetA family from church invited us (and Jeff and Lelia, too!) over for dinner last night. We had some delicious enchiladas, and Kaya even ate, which doesn’t always happen when we eat somewhere other than at home. I brought my favorite chocolate chip cookies, and we had a great time.

Happy Monday everyone!

a whole lot of lately

We haven’t been up to anything too crazy lately, other than trying to survive these dog days of winter. We’ve been making the most of our small family activities, which helps the dreary days go by a little more smoothly! I keep daydreaming about spring, taking walks, and playing on the playground… but we still have a little while before then!

Last week, we had a family date to Dairy Queen… one of our favorite places for sure! We tried the new Birthday Cake Oreo blizzard, and I’m telling you, it tasted just like eating a can of frosting. A delicious, amazing, dreamy can of frosting. #yesIjustreferredtofrostingasdreamyProcessed with VSCOcam with j6 preset We’ve made more whole wheat waffles (with a cup of chocolate chips added to the batter) in the past two weeks than we probably have in the past two years. I have to give Michael credit for making a few batches (and adding sprinkles or M&Ms to make these even more fun)!_MG_6048 - Copy Kaelyn has been blowing “raspberries” at us nonstop lately…_MG_6068And the rest of the time, we’ve just been super sleepyheads. Last Wednesday, both girls took a very long morning nap… which is so out of the ordinary, especially for Kaya! My only guess is that there may be some growth spurts going on. Nevertheless, it was nice to have a few quiet morning hours!01142015collageMichael came home on Wednesday night and passed out on the floor. Kaya tucked him in with her Olaf blanket, and then proceeded to lay down on top of him!_MG_6079We ended the week with this incredible Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread I made for seminary breakfast on Friday! It was just like a coffee cake, but so much easier! I doubled it and baked it in a 9×13 pan.Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetWhat’s your favorite thing to bake in winter?

 

she is my joy

The morning is new, the sun barely risen. She stretches, opening her eyes barely a sliver before catching sight of me. The world’s biggest grin dances across her lips. She’s been with me throughout various hours of the night, but seeing each other for the first time at each new dawn never loses its magic, for either of us. I live for moments like that.

She quietly nurses. Her dimpled hands grab at my shirt, and when she finishes, she lays her head up against my chest. There is no closeness like this one.
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She wants nothing more than her mama. I am her source of comfort, peace, and nurture. She is my source of joy.Processed with VSCOcam with lv02 preset

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kevin and tori come to town

Kevin and Tori flew in from Utah last week! They spent the first half of their visit on the east coast, but they came to town on Thursday afternoon to spend a few days with us. We had a fantastic long weekend filled with family time, good food, and even a little sleeping in!

I was so super excited for them to meet Kaelyn for the first time! It’s safe to say that this baby just keeps stealing hearts._MG_6086 Grandpa snuck some cuddles in with his “petunia” (as he calls every baby) too!_MG_6088 Thursday night, we ordered pizza and played “Blurt!” (which is really more like “YELL!” when I’m playing it… whoops)! Michael and Lelia had to work on Friday, but the rest of us enjoyed Xbox (Kevin and Jeff), a Mario Kart tournament (Dad and me), and just plain old relaxing._MG_6099Dad and Jax had a couple of really intense wrestling matches. When he wasn’t playing, my lap dog was cuddling up to (and all over) everyone.
_MG_6102 Grandma had a lot of great snuggles, but Kaelyn still refused to nap for most of the weekend. Oh well._MG_6091 _MG_6096 Friday night, we went to Red Robin to celebrate Kevin’s birthday! Nothing like free dessert on your special day.Processed with VSCOcam with a10 preset Saturday was pretty relaxed. Grandma has some serious skills, balancing both babies on her lap while helping Kaya eat her yogurt!_MG_6108The final thing we did before everyone left was take a family picture! The last time we were all together was Thanksgiving of last year, so it was high time for a new one. It was a warm day compared to what we’ve endured lately, and luckily, the wind held off for a few moments. The light could not have been more perfect… and I think we all clean up pretty good! :)
_MG_6120 Everyone left to go home just before dinner time, and all the festivities (and lack of napping) finally caught up with my babies. Kaya passed out in her seat during dinner!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIf that’s not a sign of a good time, I don’t know what is. Hopefully we can all do it again real soon!

 

from moments to memories

The blog has been pretty quiet this week, mostly because all my allotted computer time has gone toward putting together my 2013 photos for a printed book. I’ve gone through almost all of that year, retouching some and choosing favorites.

As I sift through this conglomeration of moments, I, of course, start feeling a little sentimental. How has so much time passed so quickly? Our everyday life has changed so much in the past two years. What once were ordinary occurrences are now some of my favorite memories.

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I’m grateful for all those times those little arms wrap around me. All the late nights nursing a baby back to sleep. The laughs and squeals only a daddy could get out of his little girls.

Life (especially with little ones) seems to go fast and slow all at the same time. It’s easy to focus on the minutes… but here’s to cherishing the moments a little more. In the end, I think that’s what’s going to matter most.

one more christmas post

I know Christmas was practically eons ago now… but I have one more post to finish up!

The day after celebrating Christmas at home, we headed out to visit with my parents! It was great to spend some time with them, but my brother had already come and gone, so it was strange to do our Christmas festivities without him.

We arrived in time for dinner on Friday night, and then we all opened presents. Kaya got a little Olaf and Sven! I might have been more excited about them than she was! :)
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_MG_5999 Kaelyn loves my mom and even took a few naps on her. She didn’t sleep very well at night during our visit, so these naps were very necessary._MG_6003 Kaya only napped in Daddy’s arms while we were there… (with her new Olaf blanket!)_MG_6006 My mom also made a delicious pot roast dinner for us._MG_6011 Seriously… there is nothing like your mama’s cooking. Mmmmm._MG_6012 My aunts stopped by for a little while, too, and Kaelyn really loved Auntie Carol!_MG_6018It really was a great holiday, and I’m so glad we were able to celebrate (a total of three times!) with all sides of our family!

five on friday: pigtails, a sleepless night, and a polar vortex

Happy Friday! I haven’t linked up for Five on Friday since October… so I’m excited to jump back into it today!

ONE. Kaya’s hair seems like it’s grown SO much over the past few months, so this week, I decided to try and see if I could actually do something with it. I wasn’t disappointed to find that she now has enough hair to make two adorable, tiny pigtails! We video chatted with Daddy to show him right away. Having her hair pulled back makes her look so much older!_MG_6043 We also tried out a side ponytail (and what you can’t see very well in this picture are her fuschia corduroy pants… helloooo ’80’s fashion)!Processed with VSCOcam with a10 preset TWO. This little lady seemed to forget what sleep was on Wednesday night. I stayed up too late working on getting my photos backed up, and not 15 minutes after I crawled into bed. She was awake and wouldn’t stop crying until around 6:30 am when I finally brought her into our bed.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset At least she woke up happy!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset THREE. I never knew what a polar vortex was until last year, and now it seems like a phenomena destined to repeat itself every winter! We were hit with one this week, so I enjoyed cuddling up inside with my babies. It’s so easy for me to get cabin fever during this winter weather, though.Screenshot_2015-01-07-21-05-14~01 FOUR. I’ve been going through “old” photos to get them backed up/print albums, and this series of my brother from last Christmas had me laughing. I call it “just keep taking pictures until he finally smiles”! He and Kaitlyn came over for dessert and games on Monday night, and we had a good time.karlcollage2013FIVE. My birthday is in just under five weeks… and I just keep dreaming up all these different cakes I could have. Right now, a cookie dough cake is ranking high on the list!

Tara Irwin’s pin on Pinterest.

Linking up with Natasha, April, Christina, and Darci today!

january 2015 goals

Just like last year, I took a break from making an “official” goals list in December. I like taking the time to do a lot of holiday-oriented family activities. I think we really did a lot and had a great time!

Now I’m ready to jump back on the bandwagon and make some serious goals for January (and I’m posting this a few days late, so I’m proud to say that I’ve already started working on several of these!):january2015goals1. Deep clean the refrigerator.

2. Switch outgrown baby clothes for the next size/organize drawers/organize stored clothing.

3. Donate unused/unwanted items (I already have two bags of things ready to go… and I’m not done yet)!

4. Do a “double backup” of all photos from 2013.

5. Ab work 2-3 times a week.

6. Do one craft project.

7. Read one book.

back to reality/weekend

We enjoyed an entire week and a half of Daddy being off work and staying home with us over the holidays, but today he went back to work, so we’re back to normal daily life! Kaya had a hard time watching him gather his things to go this morning, but she did help him pack up his backpack (which was heartrendingly adorable) and wave to him at the door. We miss him for sure, but it is nice to start getting these little girls back into their normal routine.

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We had such a low-key week that we barely even left home, except for running! I have been loving the GPS watch Michael gave me for Christmas, and it’s had a lot of good use so far. One of the best perks of Michael being off work is that I could exercise whenever I wanted, for however long I wished. Having the watch makes it even more fun because I can change up my routes!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe had Jeff and Lelia over to play some games Friday night (and I didn’t take any pictures)! We also switched back to the afternoon schedule for church on Sunday (we swap mornings & afternoons with the neighboring town every year, since we share a chapel), which went pretty well, especially considering it was right during these girls’ nap times! It is still going to take some adjusting, though!
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetHappy Monday from my (still toothless) little baby!

kaelyn: 6 months

(written December 31st)_MG_5975

Height: 27.25 inches (93%)
Weight:
14 pounds 4 ounces (16%)
Head Circumference: 16.25 inches (17%)
Clothing size: All 3-6 month clothing (except her Christmas pjs, which were 9 month size with room to grow). I think I’m about to switch her wardrobe out for her 6-9 month stuff really soon, though.
Eyecolor:
Steel blue.
Nursing:
Still every 2.5 hours or so. We haven’t started solids, and I’m not in any hurry to. Her pediatrician said she’s doing great, so we can take our time and start whenever we’d like!
Favorite things: Playing airplane, laughing at Kaya’s craziness, when Daddy pretends to “eat her up”, warm baths, snuggles, nuzzling noses, being swaddled, getting tickled, and yelling as loud as she can.
Dislikes:
Going to the doctor, apparently, because she screamed louder than I’ve ever heard her scream and went into complete hysterics before she even had her shots done! She also doesn’t like noisy environments with people she doesn’t really know… and getting her dressed/having her shirt put over her head. Other than that, she is an extremely happy baby!
Sleep: It felt like we (finally) hit a major milestone as far as sleep goes this month! She started sleeping from about 8 pm usually until anywhere between 4 and 6 am! Before we traveled for the holidays, she even had a few days in a row that she took a long (2 hour) nap in the crib. I haven’t gotten her to do that again, but we aren’t back to our normal daily routine yet, so there’s still hope. I used to always nurse Kaya before naps, lay her down, and she’d stay asleep. I nurse this little girl, and usually she wakes up as soon as I get up out of the rocking chair._MG_5613

Also, she is finally sleeping in the crib! We had to change Kaya’s routine a little (and put the baby gate in front of their room, since she still likes to get out of bed and sleep on the floor). The transition went a lot more smoothly than I anticipated. Kaelyn actually started sleeping better before we even moved her over to the crib, so it was just good timing. Sometimes I still put her back to bed in her bassinet after she eats in the early morning hours so I don’t have to disturb Kaya again._MG_5777

We also still swaddle her. I know that 6 months is a little old for this, but it works for now. She smiles so big when we wrap her up like a little baby burrito!Processed with VSCOcam with a10 preset Nicknames: Baba, Booboo, Little Elf, and KaeCake (which is how Kaya says “Kaelyn”!)
Milestones, etc.: -Finally, she ROLLED OVER! Yay. She is pretty much a pro now.
-She can almost sit up on her own. She’ll last a few seconds before toppling over! If she has the boppy pillow or someone supporting her just a little, she tries so hard to stay up on her own and does a pretty good job. I’m proud of my strong little baby!
-I’m amazed that she is now even taller than Kaya was at this age! Future volleyball or basketball player?
-All the baby milestone websites say that she should be babbling… she doesn’t babble so much as she YELLS at the top of her lungs! This girl can get loud! Sometimes she and Kaya take turns squealing at each other and giggling. Melt my heart!
-Besides the yelling, the rest of her language skills consist of “blowing raspberries” and making farting noises. She’s so good at it that sometimes I have to double check it’s really coming from her mouth!
-She’s started to suck her thumb!
-She discovered her tongue and loves to stick it out all. the. time!Processed with VSCOcam with a8 preset

Dear Kaelyn,

You are beautiful. I love everything about your sweet smile, round cheeks, and beaming personality. You spread sunshine everywhere you go, and I’m not exaggerating- no one can look at you without smiling._MG_5568 I always get the best, biggest smile out of you first thing in the morning. You’ll barely catch a glimpse of me out of the corner of your eye, and you just start beaming!_MG_5670I feel so blessed to be your mommy. Every single day with you is a gift.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Happy Half Birthday, Sweetie!kaelynmonth6collage