Monday, October 31, 2011

weekend recap in pictures

after FIVE 1 year shots on Friday {including her 1st of 2 flu shots} .. feeling pretty puny

smiley girl

lovin on her avery girl

the face of an angel

our cookie monster

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday yall! Part of me thinks this has been one of the longest weeks ever & part of me is surprised it's Wednesday that possible?! Anyway...Here is what I'm loving today! {join in with us over here!}

{1} my awesome husband. he has been so busy the last few weeks but I will be glad to have him back after this weekend. Kinsley Anne and I have been trying to fill the time while I he has been busy but our life sorta feels empty without seeing him as much as normal! She now calls him "daddy" instead of "dada" and it is much more purposeful. When she sees him, she lights up and calls for him. It's adorable & it melts me.

{2} this sweet girl. she is SO good about leaving all of the obnoxious bows on her head, but she was not loving this sweet hat that I got for her. when the temps dropped, I thought it was time to get mittens & a hat, but she wasn't real excited about that.

enjoying a birthday cupcake

{3} that now that Kinsley Anne is in 1 yr old class, she has "real" art work sent home with her regularly. This was her "sponge art."

{4} The fall weather...just beautiful. The leaves are starting to change & it's crisp in the morning (need-a-jacket-kind-of-weather) but it's still making it to the 70s & 80s by the afternoon & K can still play on the playground!!!

{5} Clemson is #5!!!
{6} With the help of my faith, family, friends, & my doctors, I am starting to feel better. Day by day, I'm getting more energy & having a more positive outlook. So, thank you for the many prayers, phone calls, cards, & emails. I'm well on my way!

What are you loving today?

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's a Shutterfly Christmas!

Holy Moly, I can't believe Christmas music will be playing on some of the radio stations starting next week!!!!!!

Shutterfly released their 2011 Christmas Card Collection & it is unbelievable. It has HUNDREDS of choices including classic monogram styles, Erin Condren inspired styles, whimsical styles, & much more. I think I have narrowed it down to my favorites & here they are...

What do you think? Which are your favorites?

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Camera Test Drive

Happy Saturday yall!
Just wanted to share some cute pictures that Kyle's cousin took for us. She has a business (Cardinale Creations) and does great photography work!!! She got a new camera & took it for a test drive on Miss Kinsley Anne!

Go to her facebook page & click "like" if you like these pics!! Show her some love, because I loved them. Kinsley Anne was a bit of a pill & they still came out well.

We went to the pumpkin patch of that to come either tomorrow or Monday! OH, and GO CLEMSON TIGERS! 8-0!

Have a good rest of the weekend.
Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Friday, October 21, 2011

Becoming a Mom

Kinsley Anne,
To close out your 1st birthday week, I wanted to share something with you.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
Or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
My plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
And my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
So doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
Watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn't stop her hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
Having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
To feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
Between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache,
The wonderment
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .

1 year ago as of this week, you made me a mom. In life, that was the one thing I couldn't wait to be more than any other thing. Ever since I was a little girl carrying around dolls, I wanted to be a mom. And you made that dream come true. You have made me the happiest woman on this planet. With all of the trials that God has handed me over the last few years, I still have it SO very good. I frequently find myself asking Him, "Why have you chosen to take mercy upon me? Why have I been lucky enough to have this beautiful, cheery little blessing in my life that is the sunshine in my everyday?!" Because He loves me. & You. And always will, Kinsley Anne. And always will. Happy 1st Birthday!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Kinsley Anne's Birthday Party Guests

To continue on with birthday week, today's post will focus more on her birthday party & who she celebrated with. See Monday's post showing some of the features of her party & Tuesday's milestone post to see more from birthday week. Kinsley Anne has been blessed with cheerleaders behind her for each of the hurdles she's had to jump this past year. Friends, family, and playmates. We had about 50 people attend Kinsley Anne's birthday party & we had such a pretty day to celebrate outdoors...her favorite place in the world. Here are some pictures of the people who came. I'm sorry if we didn't capture you on camera. Please know that you are all very special to us.

Kinsley Anne's great nene & papa
two of my beloved clemson girls.
kinsley anne's cousin kade.
he is 12 days older than her & i can't wait to watch the two of them grow up together.


Great Nanny, Nana, Aunt Katy, & Uncle Stephen


kinsley anne's nonie & poppy (kyle's parents)

Nana (my mom)

G-pop (my dad)

Kinsley Anne's Great Aunt Jody & cousin Jorja

kinsley anne's great myma

neighbors lauren & grayson and cousin jorja

kyle's coworker & friends

uncle clay in the stripes & girlfriend tory.
kade's daddy jonathan
uncle stephen & aunt katy in the background :)

Thank you to everyone for the support of our sweet girl. She is one blessed little girl & we are one blessed family to know that we have the love and encouragement of so many. We love you & can't thank you all enough for coming out to celebrate with us. We look forward to spending lots more time with you in the near future.

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kinsley Anne!!

This morning last year, we were preparing to welcome a little girl into our world. We woke up into a hospital room after many long nights with renewed excitement. Today would be a long day, but absolutely & totally well worth it. It would be the beginning of a long, winding road with many ups & downs that would lead us to today. At 2:54pm on October 18, 2010, we welcomed our own little miracle into our lives. Kinsley Anne, Happy Birthday sweet girl!!

birthday breakfast at school this morning {such a big girl sitting at the table!}

Kinsley Anne, at 1 year old, you are a joy. sweet & pure joy. You are:
  • 19 lbs, 14.5oz
  • 31.5inches long as of a couple of weeks ago, but you have continued to grow. you are one long legged girl like your mama!
  • wearing a size 3 diaper
  • wearing size 12 and size 18mo clothes. really, you can still wear size 6-9mo shorts for waist size (and did this weekend), but you need 12-18mo length in pants so that they don't look like high-waters.
  • wearing an abundance of bows. you never cease to amaze people with your collection. a girl can never have too many!
  • the most stylish girl around if I do say so myself.
  • please take note of her baby gap denim jacket. LOVE. thanks aunt lori!

  • walking everywhere. you are actually working on a run. i think you'll have it down within the next 2-4 weeks (but that's just mama instinct. i could be very wrong).
  • never crawling anymore.
  • standing indefinitely.

  • loving animals of all kinds. especially horses, giraffes, dogs, and cats. but you get a rise out of seeing any furry creature. i took you to the zoo & you were just amazed.
  • you feed the horses with Nonie every chance you get. She usually rides the golf cart out to the pasture to do this, so when you see golf carts, you wave & get excited thinking you're gonna go feed horses. It's cute but sad at the same time because mommy knows you're soon going to be disappointed.
  • you love on your stuffed animals by hugging them to your ear and rocking them. You have this little sway to your hips that I'm not sure where you picked up...but one day, you will be the best little mama there is rockin' your baby to day far, far, down the road once you find the man of your dreams!

you were not at all afraid of the citadel bulldog. just upset that he left you eventually.
he played peekaboo with you and everything. great mascot!
  • loving baths. it doesn't matter if you slip and get a mouth full of water, you might look a little surprised at first but you come up happy.
  • loving musical anything. you are a dancing machine. you have this noticeable be-bop to you when anything with music starts playing...including the final jeopardy song haha
  • loving toys that you have to "figure out." you were given a little trash truck that you have to put little colored balls into the back of & then you roll it to spit the balls back out to you. This week, it clicked for you & now you love playing with it. You also think it's pretty hilarious if the balls roll across the floor & the dogs go crazy in the house.
  • you LOVE feeding the dogs. While sitting in your high chair, you lean way over to the side & wait for them to snag food from your hand. You keep eye contact with us the whole time because you know we're going to tell you "No."
  • you say dada, mama, nana, stop, horse, sisses (which indicates pretty much any animal), fish, no, and maybe some others that I can't remember right now!
  • you sign "all done" & "stop"
  • giving "sugars" when we ask for some {mama begs often}. you open your mouth wide open for that sugar and it sure is sweet!
  • skyping with Nana & Gpop to allow them to see you grow. We don't do it as often as we should but we aim for once every week to every other week. I know this distance is hard on them!!!
you were over picture taking...but you were still looking cute!

  • you've had your fair share of illness. we are praying for a more uneventful year. we are praying for health, growth, & strength.

  • you take 1 nap a day on a nap pad at school. it is from 1130am-2pm. you sometimes sneak in a little 30 minute nap at the end of the day.
  • you are officially in the 1 year old class at school full time. you LOVE it. you are the best at adapting to change. there have been some other kids in your class moving at the same time as you & the teachers say they have had a harder time than you. your new teachers names are miss kayla & miss megan. they love on you & are so very good with you. i couldn't be more pleased.
  • you get to play on the playground outside at school. this is the highlight of your day.

Kinsley Anne,
You are the sunshine in our life even when work is stressful, life gets tough, & bills roll in. It does not matter what has gone on during the day, when I pick you up from school or daddy walks in the door, you make us smile, big & w i d e. You have been the best thing to happen to us. I want you to know that when the journey of life gets bumpy & there seem to be more clouds and rain than sun, you can always count on your family. We will always be here for you. You have an extensive family that loves you unconditionally & wants nothing but the very best for you. We take a big sigh of relief that we have all made it through your first year with relatively few bumps & bruises. But at the same time, we look back at this past year & cringe a little at the moments that flew past all too quickly....The first days in the NICU when we were scared to pick you up out of the isolette because of the IVs, wires, & cords...The first days at home that were a little blurry with visitors, incessant hand washing, & doctors visits...the millions of snuggles & kisses...the many firsts of smiling, rolling over, holding your head up, sitting, scooting, crawling, cooing, giggling, "talking," standing, steps, walking. I just can't wait to see how many firsts this second year holds. Baby, it is impossible to put into words the love that we hold in our hearts for you, but this same thing will always be true: We will always, always, always, & forever love the moon & back.

Love, Mama & Daddy

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen