Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kenley turns 2!

Kenley turned 2 last week! Can you believe it? I can't!

She's such a sweetie pie, and we're loving her emerging personality. She is talking up a storm and still loving on her stuffed puppy. She's interested in keeping tabs on her brother - and also bossing him around a bit. She loves to wrestle with dada after bathtime and wants to help feed Sadie every night. She's also buddies with our 18 year old kitty, Cleo.

 She loves having company at our house, and loves spending time with her cousins and grandparents and aunts and uncles. She has several super-sweet babysitters, and happily plays with them whenever they visit.

She loves being in the water - in the sprinkler or by the water table in our yard, and also at the pool this summer. She's not too keen on our new play structure, since it makes her nervous to walk on the sand - and she's not a big fan of swinging.

Her favorite toys are project-oriented - the pop beads that she can take apart and put together - similarly the Duplo blocks that she stacks and unstacks for long stretches of time. We've also gotten hours of fun from a $5 giant pack of plastic cups for stacking.

She loves Curious George and watches the cartoon in the morning, then reads her George board books multiple times during the day. If you're around her for more than a few minutes, you'll be sure to hear her sing the "Scooby Doo" theme, which is pretty hilarious. She picked up on it since Lachlan is a fan of the show and we have the theme on a cd in the car. She even got Scooby Doo crocs for her birthday, and loooves them. 

She sleeps through the night from around 8 pm to 6:30 am, but the daytime nap is more unpredictable. She's still in her crib but we'll be transferring her to her new twin bed any day now. She's in a picky phase for eating, but will always go for a cheese stick, some yogurt, berries, or a slice of "sa-ma-mee". We're hoping that the pickiness will ease up once the last two canine teeth poke through. We're also hoping to be able to ween her off the "bee-cee" (pacifier) once she is done teething.

We had a little birthday lunch for her last Wednesday. I made strawberry shortcake and she learned how to blow out a candle from her brother and cousins. On Thursday I took her to the pediatrician and she checked out great. Height and weight are right on the 50% line, so she's growing just perfectly.

Sunday morning we hosted a birthday brunch to celebrate with the rest of the family - and a couple special babysitters and our friends from down the street. She loved the attention, of course, and enjoyed singing the birthday song and opening some special presents. We had beautiful weather for eating outside. I made this coconut cake, which was moist and delicious. The only bummer was that Bill was sick in bed for the party (hence his absence from the photos).

It was a pleasure to celebrate K's birthday, because she brings so much joy to us every day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Photo Walk: Our Yard/Purple

I've been enjoying Elise Blaha's Photo Walk posts, and was inspired to create my own version today when I noticed how much purple is happening around our yard. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Originally uploaded by Kirsten W

Kenley's days in the crib are numbered... We bought a twin mattress this week and it will be delivered on Tuesday. I am excited (maybe a little TOO excited!) to rearrange and redecorate her room into a "big girl" room. It is also bittersweet to say goodbye to this sweet baby napping in a crib... Love her!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Project Life, week 19

This was the week that Bill and I were vacationing in Italy while the kids were home in Iowa. I decided to make the first page about our week, and the second page about the kids' week.

Project Life - The Templates
Cobalt Edition Full Collection
Sweet Life Elements
Everyday - Papers
Press Cards #2
Tiny Templates #1
4x6 Halvsies

Friday, June 01, 2012

Terrarium Love

Last Saturday I participated in a "terrarium party" at Home Ec Workshop. Codi showed us some examples of terrariums she has made, gave us a few tips, and then we got to work.

She had glass containers, succulents, moss, and little sweet figurines for us to use in our terrarium. It is seriously fun and a little addictive. Don't be surprised if you get a terrarium gift from me in the near future!

Codi also had the book Tiny World Terrariums at the shop, and it was inspiring to look through. I love the way they include little people and animals to create tiny but detailed scenes nestled within the plants.