Monday, April 28, 2014

Kendall is 18 months old

Kendall Morgan,

You are a year and a half old.  How are we already here?!  You are no longer looking like a baby and you are looking more and more like a big girl.  You are starting to talk and say more words, you follow directions really well (even better than your sisters) & you are just too darn cute!

Some days being a stay at home mom can be really hard.  People think it's easy to stay home all day and care for little ones, but they couldn't be more wrong.  Being a parent in a hard full time job, hoping that your raising your kids right, with manors and to respect others, to teach them right from wrong, if you have more than one child you spend most of your days breaking up fights and telling them to share, nursing all the boo boo's they may get and showing them nothing but unconditional love, yes it's hard but it is all worth it.  I am so thankful that I am able to stay home with my girls and watching them grow and learn each day.  Since Miss Kendall is my last baby I am trying really hard to soak in all these moments with her and enjoy each day good or bad.  She has a way of making me smile even on the hardest of days and I am so thankful for that.  I want to be the best mom I can to each of my girls and I hope that they can see that.

PERSONALITY:  She is the funniest.  She lights up a room and is still the happiest little girl.  She is extremely ticklish on almost every part of her body. 

SLEEPING: She is a great sleeper and still takes 2 naps a day.  She goes down for a morning nap and an afternoon nap.  Her lovey has to be with her at all times when it involves going to sleep.  She carries her lovey every where and even takes it in the car.  It calms her down when she's crabby.

EATING: Last month we had a little food regression and she's wasn't wanting to eat a lot of the stuff I was putting in front of her.  But this month she is back to being my little human garbage disposal, which I'm happy about.  This girl can eat more than both of her sisters and she can eat more than me too.  It's so crazy, she can eat a lot and the little thing only weighs 20lbs! 

Weight: 20lbs
Clothes: 18 months
Shoes: size 3 moving into size 4 soon
Hair: light brown
Eyes: dark blue
Teeth: 12 (bottom right canine about to come in)

* Purses, she loves to carry around my mini Coach purse.  She puts all her special little toys inside and then slides it onto her shoulder and then goes "woo woo" 
* Cars, she will gather all the cars & trucks we have and push them around the house making the "vroom vroom" noise.
* Babies, she is obsessed with babies.  She has 3 different ones, 3 different sizes and she loves them all.  She is the sweetest little mama with them.  She's so gentle and likes to give lots of hugs and kisses.
* Dancing, she is a little dancing queen.  Anytime music comes on she rocks out.  It's funny the girls taught her how to fist pump and when were in the car, she fist pumps.  It's so cute.
* Chalk, she loves to be outside and draw with the chalk.  She likes to draw with the chalk and then she'll sit on it and ends up with chalk all over her.

* Having her diaper changed, she has to always be on the move so having to stop and get her diaper changed is not one of the favorite things.
* Being told NO NO
* The feel of grass, she's not a big fan of grass touching her
* Sitting in the bath while the water is running

* Saying more words each day, some new words: GRANDPA, SQUIRREL, BABY, GO, NO, CAKE, ISS (kiss), BALL & PLEASE
* She plays pretend with her babies, we have a car seat carrier for babies and she likes to put her babies in there and carry them around.
* She loves to play with other little kids her age and kids that are older.  She's not shy at all.
* She is very curious and likes to explore her surroundings.
* She tries to copy things that other people do (the one she does the most is when people laugh, she laughs right along with them even if she's doesn't know what they are laughing at)
* She can follow 2 step commands
* Can stack blocks to make a tower
* Can walk up stairs with no problems
* Can turn pages in a book
* Shows affection towards people (especially mommy) I like when she comes up to me and gives me a hug and kiss without asking her
* She's able to take off her shoes and socks by herself
* As soon as she goes potty in her diaper she will come and tell me (maybe potty training her will be easy!  One can only hope, right?!)
* Can BARK like a dog, MEOW like a cat & HISS like a snake
* Responds yes and no by nodding her head when I ask her questions
* Animal noises she knows:  SNAKE, DOG, CAT, BIRD, OWL, DUCK, BEAR & HORSE

* Kendall got a new cousin (Jason's brother Antheney's wife had a baby girl)
* Had her first real Easter egg hunt (4.20.14)
* Loves to watch Kaylee at her t-ball games and yell for her when it's her turn up to bat
* Started calling me "MOMMY" and it is the cutest thing ever
* When she "screams" or "cries" after having a little temper tantrum, she gets sent to her room until she stops crying.  When she starts to scream or cry I tell her to go to her room until she's done crying and she listens and comes out when she's done and settled down.`
* Loves to get little baby massages


Friday, April 25, 2014

Catch the Moment 365: April 18 - 24

After having my surgery it became really hard to keep up with the Catch the Moment and I'm really sad that it's taken me almost a month to get back at it.  But I know that my recovery was a little more important that making sure to get a picture every day.  I am happy to be one month post op and am almost back to feeling like my old self again.

I'm enjoying taking out my big girl camera again to capture some great memories with my girls.  I'll be doing a post soon on my recovery and what we've been up to lately.

April 18 - having a little chalk fun 

April 19 - took the girls out to get some pictures of them for a feature and giveaway on the blog
 April 20 - Happy Easter, this Easter it was just the girls and I.
April 21 - Nothing screams spring like chalk and little bloomers

April 22 - Kaylee went on her first field trip at school.  She got to ride the bus for the first time and she had a great time

 April 23 - Check out my little model.  Kendall is on the Ryder Rhenn website!  I am so proud of my girl, YAY
April 24 - Kaylee had a baseball game in the hot 90 degree Texas heat, but my girl killed it.  She caught 3 balls hit her way and had 2 good hits!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Featuring: Ryder Rhenn Clothing + a giveaway

Supporting small businesses and finding unique clothes for the girls is what I'm all about.  Being able to support a small business and help them spread the word on how awesome there clothes are is amazing.  I came across Ryder & Rhenn on instagram and fell in love with her leggings.  They were unique and she had really fun prints. 

Ryder & Rhenn's new spring line is out with new fun and colorful leggings for both boys and girls.  I love that her leggings are unisex.  Her leggings are 100% organic cotton and are incredibly soft.  The colors are so bright and vibrant.

Nicole was so sweet and sent all of the girls something from her new spring line.  The girls were so excited when we got the package in the mail.  The clothes were wrapped in tissue paper with a cute note attached.  Nicole sent each of the girls a dream catcher tee and the girls are totally in love with dream catchers, as am I (they each have one hanging over their beds) so when I opened the package and saw the tee's I may have squealed a little bit and the girls did too.  The shirts do run a little big, so I'm hoping since they are 100% cotton that they shrink and fit the girls a little better.  Keira and Kendall were sent leggings, Keira got a size 3T in leggings, they fit her great in the waist and the length was great too, she'll be able to wear them next year too.  Kendall was sent size 18 month leggings, with Kendall it's been hard to find pants/leggings that fit her good.  She has a really little waist so different brands of the same size fit different on her.  Ryder & Rhenn leggings in 18 months are a little big in the waist on her but the length is perfect, she will be able to wear these next year as well.  Kaylee was sent a pair of bright colored longer short style leggings.  She loved them, they fiot her great!  She has been trying to live in her dream catcher tee since we got it.  I love that I'll be able to cycle all these clothes out between the girls as they grow.  The quality of the clothes in great, both the shirts and leggings are so soft.  I wish the shirt & leggings came in my size!

I highly recommend you checking out Ryder & Rhenn you will fall in love with her awesome clothes as much as I have (and the girls too).  I love the fact that when the girls have these clothes on I wont be seeing a bunch of other girls in town wearing the same thing.  Another reason I love supporting small businesses, you are able to get clothes that not every kid in your town owns.  Nicole was incredibly nice to work with, she answered all my emails fast and her turn around time was pretty fast. Her sizing starts at Newborn up to 5T



Nicole is going to give one of my lucky readers a $50.00 store credit.  Totally awesome right?!
I wish I could enter this giveaway!
This giveaway will run for a week and then I will pick a winner. 
Remember to have a valid email so I can get in contact with you if you are chosen!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

Easter this year for us was way different then were use to.
Back when we were in CA w were use to making multiple trips to different family members houses, multiple easter egg hunts and lots and lots of fun with cousins.  But this year there was none of that.

This year, our first big holiday away from family was a very quiet one.  Jason was still at work, so it was just the girls and I.  I was afraid that we weren't going to be able to have a little egg hunt cause it had been raining pretty much all day.  While the girls napped I baked some cupcakes and filled some plastic eggs with jelly beans and coins.  I was hoping by the time that they woke up it would be ok enough to go outside and do a little egg hunt.

It stopped raining long enough for me to go hide some eggs outside on the front lawn for the girls.  We didn't have a lot of eggs but the girls still had a good time.  They are now inside hiding eggs in the house and playing more.  I'm glad I was able to do something a little fun for them.  It makes me sad that we weren't able to be with family this year.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Feature: Loved by Hannah & Eli Clothing Shop

Within the last couple of months I've been on the hunt for a new style for my girls, one that isn't exactly like the next person.  Don't get me wrong I love Target and there adorable kid clothes but I don't want to see 4 little girls wearing the same thing as my kid all the time.  So I've been looking to change the girls style up a little bit to something more fun and unique.  And I found just that when I came across Sarah's IG account lovedbyhannahandeli.

When scrolling through her feed and seeing all these adorable little kids from all over wearing these adorable shirts and even some mama's wearing her stuff, I knew I needed to go see what the hype was all about.  Her website didn't disappoint in the cuteness department.  The unique drawings & fun sayings caught my eye right away.

While looking at her sight I came across this sweatshirt I knew I would have to have, it was a black with gold lettering (I am obsessed with gold) with a raw edge neckline (totally loving) that read "Mama Bear".  I fell in love.  So when I received my package in the mail, I may have done a little happy dance in front of some of my neighbors at the community mail boxes (who cares!).  Once I got home I opened it and fell even more in love with this sweatshirt, it was incredibly soft and so comfortable.  As a mom to 3 kids, I am all about comfort but still wanting to look cute at the same time.  This sweatshirt did that for me.  I've gotten many, many compliments on it when I've been out.

I loved her stuff so much that I bought Kaylee a "day dreamer" summer tank in bright pink. When I first spotted this tank, I knew I needed to get one for Kaylee and eventually for Keira and Kendall as well.  We are huge lovers of the beach and this tank fits my girls perfectly.  I know that I wont find hundreds of girls here in TX wearing this shirt, at least not at first, cause I know once people see this shirt they are going to want one too!  

Hurry up and go check out her website HERE
You can follow her on IG @lovedbyhannahandeli (go follow her for all the info on new designs, discounts and of course to see cute kids, including her own)
She just added a few new designs on her CUB Line, some new Mama Bear sweatshirts and other shirts that are just to cute!

Sarah was so awesome to work with and her customer service is awesome!  She sent me the Black with gold lettering Mama Bear raw edge neckline sweatshirt.  I couldn't wait for the sweatshirt to come and feature it here for all of you.

So take it from me, go check out her shop and buy some stuff.  Her stuff is adorable and priced affordable.  Thank you Sarah again for my sweatshirt and your awesome customer service.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kaylee's 1st t-ball game

Technically it was Kaylee's 3rd game.
Her first game was March 29th (3 days after my augmentation surgery), I felt really bad that she wasn't able to attend.  We did go to the field to take her t-ball pictures and then headed home, I just wasn't feeling to awesome.  I was happy that pictures went fast and I was able to get back home and rest.  Her second game was April 3rd which she missed because I had a dr apt and we had to drop my mom off at the airport.

So her 3rd game came and it happened to land on a day that Jason's parents were visiting.  So Kaylee was excited to show grandma and grandpa all her skills.  And it just so happened that daddy made it home to visit and watch her first game as well.  Everyone was pretty excited.

When Jason's parents visit the girls spend the night with them, so Kaylee and grandma came so that Kaylee could get ready.  But little did anyone know that Jason was on his way home to surprise his mom for the day.  His mom was totally surprised and loved that he was able to come home for the day.  Kaylee was all ready and we loaded up into the car to head to her game, her game was about an hour away.  I thought that was kinda far to go for a little kids t-ball game but we went anyway cause grandma and grandpa were excited to see her play.  Since I had no idea even how to get to the game we met the coach and some other players where we practice and we all followed each other. 

The road started out ok and then the further we go the windier it got, well much to our surprise there was a motorcycle accident ahead of us.  The motorcycle guy was going to fast and hit the guard rail and then the motorcycle people behind him ran him over.  We got stuck on this road on a curve for over an hour.  Kaylee's game started at 10:15 by the time we were allowed to pass and drive the rest of the way to the game it was 11:45.  By the time we got there the other team had left, except 3 players.  So the coaches decided to split the kids up and let them play 2 innings so they at least got to play since we drove all that way.

While stuck behind the accident Kaylee had been taking a nap but for some reason she wasn't in the mood at all to play.  She got put at third base and when the ball game to her she would just stand there, I got so mad at her.  She was then up to bat and hit 2 good hits on both of her turns but she didn't want to run.  Grandma and grandpa thought she did great, me I was mad that we drove all that way and she didn't do anything.  We could have stayed home and had a better visited with daddy, grandma and grandpa.  Once we got back home we ate some pizza and got to hang out with daddy for 15 minutes before he had to head back to work.

I am hoping that she does better at her game this weekend!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kendall is 17 months old

Kendall Morgan,

Well here we are again, another month down in the books, another month older.  My mama heart isn't ready and it makes me sad that you are growing as fast as you are.  But I will say that I am loving this age with you, you listen to your mama so well (sometimes even better than your older sisters), you are such a funny little girl and you have the sweetest heart and it helps my mama heart that you are such a mama's girl.

I love you to the moon and back Kendall!

PERSONALITY:  your personality shines so bright.  We've heard it from day one with you how happy of a baby you are and it's still true to this day.  You are so incredibly funny and now how to make me laugh when your sister's are testing your mommy's limits.  You like to act silly all the time and you try to mimic things that your big sisters do. 

SLEEPING:  you are an awesome sleeper, you have been since the beginning.  I got pretty lucky in the sleeping department with all of you.  You are still taking 2 naps a day.  You take your first nap from 9-11 and then you will get up, play, eat lunch and then go back down for a nap again from 12:30-2:40 when I have to wake you up to go pick up Kaylee from school.  You go to bed each night around 8-8:15.  Even with your sisters being loud you can still sleep through it.

EATING:  you've become a little picky in the eating area.   You use to be such a great eater and would eat pretty much anything put in front of you.  Now some of the foods that were once your favorite you turn your nose up to them.  We bribe you a little bit, if we are eating something you really like then we tell you that you need to eat the something you don't like first before you get the other, it seems to be working.  Some of your favorite foods are, bananas, blueberries, crackers, granola, dried veggies and pb&j. 

* At 16 months old you finally started walking.  Out of your sister's you were the latest to walk.  You were very cautious about the whole walking thing but once you got your confidence and a little chocolate bribing you started walking and haven't stopped since
* You are talking a lot more and saying more words.  New words this month: SQURIEL, DOG, MORE, MIMI, BALL, BABY
* You are still using your sign language  a little bit but mostly talking
* You are trying to run (it's more like a super fast walk)

* You are starting to love doing puzzles, you are still trying to figure out how to put them in the places but you can find where they go pretty fast.
* You like to play with the doll house in your sister's room, I often find you in there playing by yourself.
* You like to play with cars and can make the vroom vroom sound when playing with them
* You like to give your sisters hugs & kisses each night before bed

* Being told NO
* Not getting her food to her fast enough
* 5:30pm - I don't know what it is but at 5:30 every night for the past 2 weeks you turn into a super cranky baby until it's dinner and then your fine.

* Your lovey, you cannot go to sleep without it (we bought back ups, one for the car & one for traveling).  You like to carry your lovey around the house with you.