Tuesday, March 30, 2010

it's official!

The day and time has finally arrived. Even through last night..literally..still haven't been to bed yet, I wondered if I could get it all done!  Yay for not having to be a perfectionist all the time.  I will be updating my shoppe in the next two days, but if you haven't heard..EVERYTHING IS 20% OFF THE NEXT 2 DAYS, MARCH 30-31.  So go check it out and tell me what you think!  Some of you have asked if I have a blog button for my shop..well, here it is:




blog button final




Just copy and paste this code right into an HTML code widget on your sidebar and you should be good to go! Thanks for all the encouragement in getting this shop up and running. Any referrals would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!:)

And my new creating blog, KIKI CREATES will hopefully be up and public later today. After getting it just perfect, my layout decided to mess up late last night, so we will be working things out today!

Monday, March 29, 2010

eeeeek! look what she let me do!

I was so excited yesterday when doing Maizie's hair, when a braid actually worked. It was a bit hard to get started, because her hair is SO fine, but ahhhhhhh...it looked so cute. Definitely one of those things I looked forward to doing when I found out I was having a girl.


Then she started being a ham for me..
This is that sweet smile I get to see every single day! (ignore the runny nose..she is teething..AGAIN!):)
Man, I love this little girl!
 
and she is wearing a few goodies that will be in my shoppe that opens up tomorrow! yikes, better get working!
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Friday, March 26, 2010

the feeling of home


Two summers ago was a summer I will never forget.  Ben left for Las Vegas for 15 weeks...I was 15 weeks pregnant with Maizie, and I will never forget dropping him off at the airport and feeling an aloneness that I cannot quite describe.  The boys were crying when they understood they wouldn't see dad for awhile and when I pulled onto good ol' Kilbury Lane, I had tears in my eyes, not knowing quite how I would deal with the next 4 months.  On my doorstep was a sweet note and gift from a friend, letting me know she would help out at any time. And within the next 4 hours, unexpectedly, a few more of my friends showed up with gifts and notes of love in their hands.  There were a few great things that came from that summer.  One was that I KNEW I could count on my friends in Columbus...in any situation..they were family to me.  Two was that because Ben flew back and forth so much that summer, we got a free roundtrip flight! 

Skip another year and a half forward and I was headed back to Columbus to visit..and what an awesome visit it was.
First, I cannot tell you how awesome it felt to fly with no children...I read a magazine, I worked on the computer, I drank my own drink..with no kiddie spit in it!  It was liberating!(not to say I didn't miss them..just maybe not so much on that portion of my trip!)  As we were flying into Columbus, I had just the most warm, excited feeling...not a nervous feeling, but a feeling like I was coming home.  And not in the sense of my family being there (as we all know home really is where your family is)..but it was precisely that feeling of seeing my family once again.  I don't want to go into too much gushy detail, but Columbus will ALWAYS have a special place in my family's hearts because we really feel like in Columbus we really set patterns and traditions and relied on each other and our friends like we have no where else..and that brought us closer as a family than ever before.  ANYWAYS...:)  needless to say, I was so excited for this trip and it didn't disappoint.

Jessica had planned a perfect weekend of Girl's Nights, Girl's Days, relaxing, shopping, eating, playing, etc..it was perfect.

We ate at Figlio's one night..heavenly...and the company was...TOO PERFECT.
Kara took pictures of me for my new business...All I can say is it is kind of intimidating being in front of the camera BY YOURSELF. 
There was a day in downtown Powell...
where we visited the most delightful shops..
really it was awesome..made me dream!:)
we also visited some interesting shops that had interesting shop policies...
REALLY?? a cat in a store?
it was no lie.
disgustingly enough, they were not lying!
There was a girls night IN..which was so fun to sit and chat and catch up..
Playing with and having conversations with Jansen and Natalie could not have been more entertaining.
The chili chocolate cookoff was a non stop conversation place for me..so fun!..
then off to Jeni's for some of my favorite ice cream ever..
i really can't stop dreaming about it.

there was plenty of OOOHHing and AHHHHing over babies. 

plenty of laughing and smiling.... 
and reconnecting.
Sunday could not have been better. I saw my sweet neighbor and caught up with her. I sat and held little Bexley for 2 hours straight and marvelled at what a miracle she is and remembered just how blessed my life has been.

And getting back on that plane headed back to Las Vegas..I'm not going to lie that there were tears..but I felt like I had just had a weekend of rejuvination...of new resolve...of feeling normal...of optimism...of inspiration gathering..of smiling and laughing..and that warm, excited feeling is exactly what I did feel all weekend long..and it could not have been more perfect.  That same realization I came to two summers ago was realized again over a quick weekend.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who gave me the greatest weekend ever..both here in vegas and in columbus. Love you! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

who is she?

I don't know who she is.
She could have been a mother,
a grandmother,
rich or poor,
a friend,
a leader or a follower,
she could have been anyone.
But I do know what she has been to our family.
She has been a giver,
a life extender,
someone filled with much love,
and with little selfishness.
She has given my mom a part of her that my mom had to have.
And for that I will always be grateful.
My sweet mother underwent a liver transplant last night and the experience has made me grateful for so many things.
For the time we live in.
For doctors and the time they have had to spend to get things just right and their families who had to give up MUCH time to let them gain that experience.
For donors who give when they could have easily not have given.
For my sweet mom and her will to fight and live, her patience to deal with mortal frailties, her optimism and always her love.
For my family who understands the "stick together" thing.
For prayer and feeling closer in heart than in reality because of it.
And mostly for a loving and understanding Savior, who understands pain, worry, sickness, and weakness, and who is, in all senses, the ultimate Healer.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

the story of a relationship

This is Lincoln.  He is definitely the instigator in the story.
This is Maizie. She is the helpless victim in the story. But don't feel too bad for her.
This is a story about their sweet relationship.

This would be Maizie living in her blissful world....
..when Lincoln sets his sights on his target.
 
In not any way was she aware that she would soon be steamrolled..
..until she heard his laughing coming upon her.
At which point, she just RAN!
Then came the first hit..
and he didn't stop there.
 
Apparently she didn't think it was too bad..
and he rewarded her for being so brave.

And despite all of the harrassing, she is growing up to be quite the OPINIONATED,
 
HAPPY,
WELL-ADJUSTED child.

The end.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

it's here.

which means less housework,
bigger mess,
less yelling at the kids :),
more yelling at the tv,
less caring about the #1 and #2 seeds...
and loving the underdogs!
I LOVE MARCH MADNESS!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

announcing....

only 14 days and counting...
yikes, the time is creeping up fast. i am so excited...and busy!:) 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

just when the day has gone perfect...

IT happens.

Booker runs out the door to find his friends, not realizing Lincoln is right behind him and slams the door...

on Lincoln's finger.

The aftermath: (graphic picture coming)

example 1:

example 2:
So at 4:00 in the afternoon, Ben rushes home from work (I was so appreciative of the 30 second commute..especially today)..and takes him to the hospital where they are for the next 5 hours.

After stitches, x-rays, screaming, etc..he came home a much happier child than when he left. (Mostly excited to show me his REAL Batman band-aid and that he got to see his bones)
And ready to feed his newly acquired bear from the nurse, which he appropriately named....wait for it....Teddy Bear.
 
And just how sweet is Lincoln...in his prayer tonight he said, "thank you for the doctors and that I could get a new bear, a new band-aid, and some new stitches."  Sweet boy!
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