Jan 27, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy



Play time at the mall
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She had so much fun. She waited in line patiently for the other kids to go down the slide.. and mimicked what the big kids were doing! Leaving was a different story. Talk about temper-tantrum!
Adelyn’s FIRST haircut!
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I only cut off the back and trimmed slightly in the front. Now it’s all even with little layers. I knew that if I took her to get it professionally done, she’d FREAK out. Even with me cutting it she was freaking out, trying to look at the scissors and see what I was doing. I saved the hair.. just like I still have my pee-stick and her umbilical cord  (huh… no way.. I don’t have those things….)
She is definitely mommy’s little helper!
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When I start cleaning.. she grabs her vacuum. When I sweep.. she grabs her princess broom and dust pan. Lets just hope she keeps this “I like to help  mommy” attitude through the years! (doubt it!)
She is also very  helpful with Stone, when he starts fussing, she’ll give him his paci, hold it in his mouth until he latches onto it while bouncing him gently and telling him “it’s ok baby Stone”. ::love::


We made some  V-Day art!
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BUT, and that’s a huge BUT, the best part of our week:
THE CIRCUS!!!!
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Adelyn would not stop talking about seeing elephants all morning and the whole way there! “I see elephants, I see elephants” (and when we got into the car the next day, she says “I see elephants?” poor thing was so sad when I told her no")

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There is something about the circus that make me  feel like a kid again!
The lights, sounds, animals, colors, flashing necklaces, cotton candy, popcorn… talk about sensory overload… I was so happy to share that with my daughter!
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Craig had to hold onto her, because while the tiger’s were out… she was trying to climb through the rails to “play with them”.
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I on the other hand.. was a nervous wreck while the tigers were out.. I just kept saying over and over in my head “please don’t let them attack him, please don’t let them attack him” haha. You could hear the roaring when he would tease them with the meat… with all that plus sensory overload.. I’m surprised I didn’t have a panic attack! This spanish guy has to have balls of steel to be in that enclosed cage with like 8 massive tigers!!!
ANDD.. (drum roll)… the moment she had been waiting for…..
ELEPHANTS!!!!
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It was  a great time. She loved every minute of it, especially the animals.
Which makes me so excited to take her to the zoo this summer! (Especially because I’ll have my DSLR!!!!)
I always wonder why Stone’s carseat is uncovered whenever we get places.. and now I know!
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We here in Middle TN woke up to this the other morning:
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The snow has officially followed me from MI! 
That’s ok, because (hopefully) next winter we will be in the Sunshine State of FLORIDA!!!!!
I am SOOO ready for spring to get here!!!!!
So we have been hibernating the past few days!little munchkin has been staying cozy in his sleep sack!
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She loves her daddy!!
(and I do too!)


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Jan 17, 2011

homemade goodness


Our morning
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Our mornings have been rough. At least for me they have been. The lack of sleep is catching up to me. Waking up after only a few hours of sleep to a whiny toddler and screaming infant is not a fun way to start the day.  This morning was no different. I’m really hoping Stone starts sleeping better at night soon. I’m not sure how much more sleep I can lose w/o losing my mind! I don’t mind getting up a few times a night… but this every hour stuff is for the birds! Yet I try to make the best of it. And I always put a smile on my face for my munchkins. (notice Martha on the right?)

Pez Dispensers
(remember those things?)
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I think I was more excited than her when I found a Cinderella Pez Dispenser.
She loves it, and ate all the candy in about 2.5 secs!


Little Man is growing too fast!
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I told Craig the other day: “If Stone was our first born… we would not have had another child”
This is a true statement. I’m not sure if it’s more stressful because I have a high strung toddler running around, but I do not remember being this exhausted and getting this frustrated when Adelyn was little. Some times I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions. Stone’s fussing, Adelyn’s hungry, dishes are piling up, Craigs work clothes aren’t clean. It’s moments like these that I really try to step back, take a deep breath and soak it all in… because at some point… in the far far future, I will miss these moments. He’s already sitting up in his Bumbo seat.. Next thing I know he’ll be running around with his sister.


 

Yet, instead of napping and catching up on my sleep while the munchkins are sleeping.. This is what I do: I craft. Don’t judge me!

Jar Pin Cushions:

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A bow for my Cinnamon Milk:

023see how I made the bow check out this post.

 

Pee Pee Tee Pee
(yes, it’s what you think it is)
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This goes you-know-where while changing a diaper so you don’t get peed on. So far it’s worked great!
I seen these at a little boutique shop last summer and thought they were way cool… but not for 15 bucks! (or were they 20?) Then Stone peed on Craig the other day, and I remembered the Pee Pee Tee Pee from last summer and knew I had to make one.

 

Bath Time:

Evenings are just as hectic as mornings here too.
But how can you not just stop in amazement at a toddlers imagination
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Fingerpaint Soap! Yes… how neat! Adelyn loves this.
She thinks it is “sooo cool” that she can paint on the walls and her body w/o getting in trouble ;)

 

Hoping ya’ll sleep better tonight than I know I will!

 

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 14, 2011

a little bit of everything.

How can you not just fall in love. and the cheesy faces crack me up (i.e. the top right pic)

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The Golden Girls:
Adelyn LOVES The Golden Girls (but who doesn’t?! She calls them “Gammas”. I have season 1-3 on DVD. She always asks for them. “Pink Gammas” (season 2’s cover is pink) or “Yellow Gamma’s” (season 1 is yellow). Her favorite thing is the theme song. She loves to dance. Check out her hip moves about half way through.

She is too stinkin cute! (Too bad she has my rhythm!)

 

WELCOME BABY AUBRIELLE LEE
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My best friend of 22 years just gave birth to Stone’s future wife =)
Look at all that hair!!! She is just the cutest thing, and I can not wait to get back up to MI and kiss those cheeks! It is moments like these that make me wish I was closer to friends and family!

 

I’ve been busy on my sewing machine the past few days. It’s my way to decompress. I swear… Watching a bobbin thread itself is so therapeutic. The thread goes up, down, up down, up down, up down… I know it can’t just be me!

My Apron:

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I love this! The yellow fabric is my favorite!
(the lover thought I made it for him.. for his birthday.. I was pretty confused until he explained… lets just say.. think outside the box.. and like a man).

Repurposing Adelyn’s old receiving blankets:
Into hand-warmers, heating pads and drawstring bags to hold them in.

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I knew I held onto these babies for something!
These were my favorite out of all of her receiving blankets (she had about 50.)
I had seen quite a few posts in blogland about heating pads.. and knew I needed one ASAP… and after a few days of looking online at flannel, it dawned on me. “hey, I still have Adelyn’s flannel receiving blankets”.
These ones are from Target (Dwell Studio). They are the HUGE ones. like 13 bucks for 3 of them (ridiculous I know! but now that they are being repurposed I don’t feel so bad about it).
Out of two of them I was able to make 3 heating pads (8” by 18”), 3 hand-warmers and 3 draw string bags to hold these bad boys in.
They were super easy too! There are tons of tutorials out there… I combined these tutorials from hippos and dinosaurs and the green wife to make mine. The tutorial on making the drawstring bag (which is SUPER simple) is at the green wife also.
I love these. With the separate pouches, it lays perfect and molds to your body!

I snuggled with mine last night. It’s just been sooooo cold lately, I havn’t been able to keep warm and this did the trick wonderfully! (the one of many downsides to your significant other working nights!)

 

Valentines Day is coming up in a month (really less than that). And eighteen 25 has an awesome printable subway art poster available!

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I need to get on the ball with decorating for V-Day =)

 

Ending with one of my favorite snap shots of Adelyn EVER!

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{klc}

Jan 9, 2011

photos and pincushions.

 

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PLEASE excuse the no makeup and hair that has not been washed in…. (I don’t want to say).
oh yea.. and the dark circles under my eyes! ohhh the joys of motherhood

 

 

I’m ONE month old today!!!

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My oh my how time flies when you’re having fun! Altho, the past few days (ok, really just this morning, last night and yesterday) have not  been oh so fun!

I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong w/ Stone! I thought it was colic (and it may be playing a role), I thought it was what I ate (and it could have been too as I had taco’s… a big no no for me while breastfeeding!), I thought it was just ME period! He was fussing and fussing and fussing. NOTHING would make him happy or sleep (and he had been a GREAT sleeper up until this point). Even me holding him and co-sleeping (which is a no-fail) was not working. He was sooo restless!
Then last night.. Craig takes him and Stone is completely fine and sleeps soundly in Craig’s arms for 3 hours. If I wasn’t exhausted and sleeping, I’m sure I would have cried! Then it started again this morning. The restlessness, not sleeping, fussing. I thought I was going to lose my mind. Literally, LOSE MY MIND. There is nothing worse than the feeling you get as a mom when you can’t comfort your child!
Half way through our morning, I change his diaper and clothes and swaddle him. TADAAAAA. A perfect baby boy again. And it hits me… I had stopped swaddling him. He hadn’t been swaddled in days… the days that he has been fussy! I mentioned it to Craig, and he said yea… when I held him last night I had him swaddled.
It did not even cross my mind up until that point, because Adelyn HATED to be swaddled. She would cry and cry until I UNswaddled her!
Needless to say, we had a much needed peaceful day today with very minimal fussing.
Thank Goodness!

 

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notice his legs in the bottom right picture. every time he lifts his head.. he lifts his feet too!

 

Look into those eyes,
Her soul is pure beauty:

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I’m in love with these pincushions!

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make your own strawberry pincushion or pear pincushion.

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I am obsessed w/ these vintage looking fabrics! And can not wait to hit the thrift stores and hopefully find some awesome prints!

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 4, 2011

someone’s birthday was yesterday


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Adelyn is two! WHAT?! Where in the world has the time gone. I hate birthdays, not for the reason most do tho. It’s not because when a birthday comes it means I’m one year older. It’s because when her birthday comes. SHE is one year older, one year closer to growing up and leaving me. And I don’t think I’ll EVER be ready for her to leave me. It is however a nice reminder on why I soak up every ounce of her that I can daily. And I encourage all other moms to do the same. It’s these reminders that make me grateful to be a stay-at-home mom. You couldn’t pay me enough to leave these two for even a few hours every day!
Her birthday was simple. Just the four of us w/ pizza and cupcakes and LOTS of “baloooballloooballoooonnnnns”. I asked her a few days ago if she wanted a cake or cupcakes, and she said "cucake, cucake". So cupcakes it was. I also let her pick out the colors… of course PINK!
Her favorite part of the day was when we sung her happy birthday. The rest of the night she was singing Happy Birthday and trying to get us to sing with her. I’m not sure how I was so blessed with such an amazingly smart daughter, but I am happy God chose me to be her mother!


singing happy birthday to our baby girl.
I made her a little apron (w/ a stuffed cupcake), so she can keep her clothes clean while helping me in the kitchen.
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and her very own birthday skirt: (which she LOVED, and so do I)
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make one yourself
 

A few tidbits about Miss Adelyn Grace @ age two:
1) she looooves Golden Girls (or as she calls it “gamas”
2) she HAS to sleep with ALL 8 of her princess barbies, her baby doll that cries and her glow worm. and before bed, she has to kiss and hug whoever is in the house.. atleast twice and she would do it probably ten times if I let her.
3) she will not leave the house w/o her baby that cries.
4) She repeats EVERYTHING. Her vocabulary has gotten out of control.
5) she loves to spin and dance.. once you spin her or start to dance with her, she' won’t leave you alone!
6) she HATES it when her daddy leaves for work, and she thinks that if she ignores him saying bye that he won’t leave, until he goes to walk out the door and she cries for a “kis and ugggs”.
 
mommy, daddy and the two year old.
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<{KLC}>

Jan 2, 2011

I love you, I’m sorry.

I held her and cried. A soft sob. Big tears rolling down my cheeks. Repeating “I love you. I’m sorry”

Stone was three days old. Craig was at work, and it was around bed time. Adelyn was already crabby and I was changing Stone’s diaper and outfit. Being a newborn, he does not like this. Adelyn was hanging on the changing table trying to climb up it. Stone started crying, Adelyn started crying (for some reason, every time he lets out one of those newborn cry’s, it scares her and she screams). Adelyn starts pulling at my clothes, rocking the changing table, screaming. Stone is crying. I need to get his diaper back on before he pee’s on his freshly put on clothes. I say “Adelyn, he’s ok. You did nothing wrong. He’s just talking.” Finally get his diaper on while she’s replying with “MOMMYYYYYYYYYYYY MOMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY'” as she’s yanking at me at me with one hand and pushing the changing table with the other. Stone is still crying that newborn cry. Something in me snapped. I screamed “STOP CRYING. JUST STOP. THERE IS NO REASON FOR IT”. (I never YELL. NEVER have I lost my temper and screamed at Adelyn. I get stern, my voice may get loud.. but I’ve never screamed.) Her eyes doubled in tears and I could tell I hurt her feelings. I stopped in shock, lost in  her tear-filled eyes and just broke-down. I sat on the floor, grabbed my baby girl in a big bear hug, held her as close to my heart as possible and rocked her… sobbing telling her how much I love her, how perfect she is and how sorry I was that I lost my temper. (I’m crying now.. lol) The transition from being a mom of one to a mom of two has definitely been a transition for me. Craig works nights, so he sleeps all day, then works all night. (when he’s awake.. he’s a huge help with Adelyn, making her feel special and not left out. yesterday he took her out to play in the snow. but he’s only up for an hour or two before work.. and in that time he needs to shower and eat and somewhat relax before going in) And all our family is over 500 miles away. The incident above was my first emotional break down and I’ve had a few since… just moments where I can’t stop crying because there isn’t enough time in the day to spend with the both of them.

Yesterday, Craig found me sitting on Adelyn’s floor sobbing. (I went in there to pretend I was playing with her, so he didn’t see my crying for no reason) He was so confused, but he got down and hugged me and kissed my forehead and told me I was a great mom. ::love::

Before I go to bed my mind races, thinking about all the things I should have done with Adelyn through out the day, or how I should have handled her tantrum differently. Or how I held Adelyn more as a newborn than I do Stone.

Yesterday was better. And today has been even better. I’m starting to get a routine down and get into the swing of things.


I love being a mom. I love being a mom of two.
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Adelyn is GREAT with Stone. His cry does not scare her anymore, instead she tells him it’s ok . She loves to hold him, lay on the floor with him while we do tummy-time and she loves to read to him. Every morning, when she wakes up, the first thing she does is go over to him and give him kisses and hugs. I don’t think there is an hour that goes by with out her taking time out of her playing to go over and love him. She doesn’t like his apple hat though. She is constantly taking it off of him. LOL. I told her he has a booboo on his head (the soft spot) and that she can’t touch his hair. So I think she’s just trying to see his “booboo”. She loves him so much. Watching her with him brings happy tears to my eyes and makes my heart swell.
 
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I wouldn’t change my life.
I couldn’t ask for anything better than this life God has chosen for me.
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My Sleeping Beauty
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# kristanlynn
xoxo