Coloring with a Message..

“I Love You”

Baby C talking and talking and….

Hope that gave you a smile on a Tuesday!

Proceed with Caution: Baby C is….

taking off her shirt..

Halloween Weekend Fun

On our way to pick some pumpkins…yes we waited till October 30th to do this!
If you live in the Chicago suburbs, go to the Farm at the Center in Palos Park!
When we got home, Baby C took a nap while Daddy and Miss M carved up
the pumpkin!  But first you gotta remove the guts!
Getting ready to trick or treat on October 31st.  Miss M had to wait
until Baby C woke up from her nap.  It was torture!
Candy!  Baby C riding in style while her sister gets the goods.
Overall it was a great weekend filled with fun and good weather.  It was a little chilly but at least it was sunny and not raining or snowing!  Most of my childhood memories of Halloween are of trick or treating in the rain and/or with a winter coat on!  Gotta love Chicago.

We are the best girls EVER! by Miss M

Baby C is a silly girl
She likes to fall down on the ground 
She is very sweet.
I like her because she is very cute!
Cause I like to play with her and 
Me, Miss M,  because we all like to play all day
When she sees bigger kids she wants to play with them.
Today she is sleeping right now and I am staying up because I don’t need naps anymore.
Later we are going to listen to music and C will get really excited.
She is mostly very exciting girl.
I think she is a very wonderful Baby C!  She is so lovely.  She is as lovely as a beautiful flower.  Because then she is so beautiful because I very love her! 
That’s it.
[Dictated by Miss M age 5 1/2 to AEK]
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Walking Tour with Miss C from Jamie Kelly on Vimeo.

Watch out world, Baby C is seriously on the move now!

Happy 1st Birthday Baby C!

One year ago, on May 14th, I gave birth to this little bundle of joy and craziness! We are so happy to have you in our lives Sweet Baby C although you do make your parents quite tired a lot of times and try our patience most of the times. Still we can’t imagine how our lives were before you were around. Oh wait, on second thought, I do remember. I could sleep a lot more and wasn’t awakened at horrendous hours that I thought (wrongly) only other people’s children woke up at such times. Oh yes, I have been wrong about a lot with you but that is part of your role on this Earth…to make sure your mother is reminded time and time again how little she actually does know. I am so blessed to be the parent of both you and your big sister and I thank God every day that I get to spend time with both of you and your father.
Happy Birthday to you! We Love You!
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So this past weekend, Miss M learned to ride a 2 wheel bike all by herself!  She tried it for the first time this Saturday and by Sunday she was going to the park with no problem!  I am so proud of her.  It took me a looooong time to learn to ride a bike and I had many accidents along the way.  One quite memorable and especially painful one was when I accidentally fell into the thorn bush that was in front of our church.  I was just learning to ride and was just starting to get the hang of balancing and then I fell.  Needless to say that pushed me back a bit in my desire to learn to ride.  To this day I am not one to really ride my bike that much.  I really hope M doesn’t have any bad falls like me or if she does she will have the tenacity to get back on and keep on riding.

What about Baby C, you ask?  Well, she learned to do peek a boo! all by herself!  She is fully on table food now and can literally eat us all under the table.  Not walking on her own yet but that will come.  She is a super fast crawler so that is all she needs right now.

Between M learning to ride and C learning to walk, my husband and my backs are definitely not what they used to be!

A Girl’s Gotta Eat! or “Nothing More to Say” Wednesday

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Why We Use Cloth Diapers-Our Story

I didn’t use cloth diapers on Miss M.  When she was born in 2004, I didn’t even consider it.  My only consideration was which brand of disposable I was going to use…Pampers or Huggies.  She was in disposables until she was potty trained by the age of 3.
In 2007, we went to visit our friend Heather in Asheville, NC.  While we were there she changed her baby girl’s diaper.  Well, while she was changing it both my husband and I noticed that the diaper was not a Huggies or Pampers.  It was cloth.  My husband asked, what is that?  Heather replied that it was a cloth diaper, specifically a Fuzzi Bunz.  This was not the kind of cloth diaper I had heard my mother and her generation complain about.  It was cute.  There were no pins.  Afterwards she showed a diaper to us and explained how easy it was to use.  We were intrigued.  Both my husband and I thought that if we would have another child, we would try cloth diapers.
Fast forward to 2009.  I was pregnant with Baby C.  I started to search online about cloth diapers.  I discovered another world that I didn’t know existed.  My head started to spin with all the choices out there. I emailed Heather for some advice, which she gladly supplied.  I then stumbled upon Jillian’s Drawers and their 10 diapers for $10 trial program.  We decided this program would be good way to start the process and to sample a variety of diapers.  We also decided we wouldn’t start cloth diapering C until she was about two months old.  Newborns go to the bathroom a little too much for a newbie like me.  I wanted to give myself a good enough success curve.  The trial program worked like a charm and really helped give us a running start.
So here we are seven months into cloth diapering and it is going great!  I love the fact that we don’t have to run out to get diapers.  If we are out of diapers, I just have to do some laundry.   I love the fact that we are helping the environment in however a small way.  I love the fact that through this endeavor I have met some really nice and helpful mothers who have also decided to cloth diaper.  Of course, I can not forget the biggest fact I love about cloth diapering…the savings.  It is huge!
Cloth Diapers…they are not your mama’s kind.  They are better…and more.