Friday, January 30, 2015

Christmas Photo Sesh

For Lyla's first Christmas we were lucky enough to have Auntie Jo around to take some cute Christmasy photos of L.  This year it was up to me, and I'm an amateur at best.  The day we were putting our Christmas decorations away I made up a little photo booth with high hopes for getting a couple of cute pictures of our baby Evie Sis for her first Christmas. 

It went even more terribly than I anticipated which led to my own meltdown and timeout.  There are two things that will send me straight through the roof - 1) not cooperating for photos and 2) not nursing / messing with my milk supply.  I'm telling you, it makes my blood boil just thinking about either of those things.  Also, E is the queen of finicky nursing and L is the absolute worst with the camera.  I have more meltdowns than I'd like to admit.

Anyways, I'm glad I gave it a second chance because I got some really cute ones!  I was so excited and my blood pressure finally returned to a normal range.  My poor family.

I used, a free photo editing website for the editing - I highly recommend it!

- K


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baby Boom

I'm pretty sure 90% of my Facebook friends are getting ready to have a baby, or just did.  I don't know what happened 9 months ago, but I feel confident that we are in the middle of a brand new Baby Boomer generation.  We even have our own little baby boom happening in our family right now.  Savannah, my sister, had a baby boy named Bane a couple of weeks ago and Ryan's sister, Alycia, is having a baby in just over a month. 

I got to sneak home with my girls a few days after Bane made his appearance, and he was the most precious little thing!  Savannah married into motherhood, she has two of the sweetest boys as stepsons, but seeing my sister have a baby of her very own was completely incredible.  Since becoming a mom one of my favorite things is to watch women become moms and witness the transforming and overwhelming love that takes over their lives.  Seeing that with my sister was as close as it comes to having experienced it myself.  She's a total natural and is handling the whole new motherhood thing with such grace.

While I was home we also had Alycia's baby shower, which was so fun.  Lyla was so excited to have a party for the baby, and ate a year's worth of sugar and "helped" Auntie Alycia with every one of her presents.  Evie was (and still is (insert all the misery emoticons here)) teething, so I pretty much hung out in the corner trying to keep Ms. Crabby Pants distracted.  Alycia isn't finding out the sex of the baby, and I'll tell you what, that is s-m-a-r-t when it comes to showers.  I can't tell you how many headbands I got for Lyla's shower, but Alycia got so many things that were actually useful, including what I estimate to be 2 years worth of baby soap and lotion.

The trip was difficult at times, being on my own, but it's always nice to get home.  Especially when it includes some 60 degree days and a brand new, squishy little nephew in my arms.  Can't wait to meet the next little one in March!

- K

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Days

The other day I saw a quote that said "You can never have too much winter in the winter", and I thought to myself, that person has obviously never survived a Minnesotan winter.  This year has actually been really mild so far - we didn't even have a white Christmas, but believe me, I did not complain. 

The first weekend after Christmas we got a pretty good little snowfall AND it was still above freezing - a rarity in these parts.  We bundled up the girls and went out to do some sledding, and Lyla made her first ever snow angel.  It was so fun, and I'm glad we took advantage since the temp quickly took a dive below 0 and has been there ever since.

- K


Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Tonight officially wraps up the holiday season, hard to believe how fast it always goes.  Putting away all the Christmas decorations always makes me feel a little sad, all that anticipation and excitement gone already, but this year I've decided to just move on and look forward to next year.  So far every year's been better than the last, and I know with Sis being a little older we'll have even more fun with everything. 

We did a lot of festive activities this year, and the girls were so cute with it all.  And although most things went smoother once they lost interest, it was a little bit of my dream come true to have my little ones joining in the fun Christmas traditions like making and decorating sugar cookies. 

Here are some pics from the season.

Happy NYE!

- K

I don't know why, but Lyla was completely obsessed with stars on the tops of Christmas trees this year.  It was cute seeing her try to reach and put it on top by herself.  :)

I'm a little bit obsessed with Christmas trees myself, and found this one at a thrift store to put in Lyla's room.  She loved having her very own tree, and of course a star on top! 

I got this Disney Princess village when I was in college.  I never opened it and thought "this will be cute for a daughter some day", and then I blinked and had two daughters to share it with.  Lyla was so excited to open it up and put it in her room.  Most of the pieces have already been super glued back together.  :)

Something you may not know about Ryan is that he is actually super artistic, and really good at well, pretty much everything.  Which can be really annoying, but that's another story for another day.  He's also a liiiiittle bit Type A when it comes to artistic things, which doesn't go well with doing anything artsy with a 2 year old.  Namely coloring coloring books, building gingerbread houses and decorating sugar cookies.  I laughed inside when I bought this kit because I already knew what was coming.  Lyla was dying to open it up when Dad got home, and she immediately took about 500 bites out of the gingerbread, and Ryan had a heart attack.  It got off to a really good start.  :)

I'm going to have to go ahead and take the glory for this gingerbread house.  They had to give up before anyone had a complete meltdown and I sat down and made all the finishing touches.  :)
One day Lyla and I made sugar cookies - one of those activities that went much smoother once she lost interest.  I have to say that besides all the dough she ate (seriously, she might have worms), she did pretty darn well.  I think that face above is her "Hey Mom, what'd you say about not eating dough?!" a middle finger or two.

She was so proud of that first cookie!

There it is, and it is really darn good!

Dad got to help with the decorating, and I'm guessing you can imagine how smoothly that went.  ;)

Always sneaking a taste.

We went through our fair share of sprinkles.

 Our friends had their annual Christmas party for the kids, which is always so fun.  Evie learned she loves frosted rice krispie treats, and Lyla got to shake her margaritas (maracas).  :)

These were just after church one day, but give another look at that stinking bunny dress that I probably shouldn't have bought, but love SO MUCH.  Also, how old does L look here?!  Freaks me out.

These girls were hilarious and actually pretty accommodating to me and my photo shoot.

These were from the Life Time Reindeer Games - at which they had Santa, a real reindeer, and a mini horse.  Nothing says Christmas like a mini horse.  ;)

Lyla was really into Rudolph and all the reindeer this year, so seeing one up close was pretty magical for her. 

Evie Sis gave Santa the cold shoulder.  Lyla asked for a sheep blanket from Costco.  :)

L had the best time in the bounce house until getting nailed by these knuckleheads.  Luckily she's a tough cookie.

Sis stole all of Lyla's snacks, per the usual.

This little stinker hates looking at the camera for me.