These are a few of my favorite things

Thursday, October 20, 2016

2nd Annual Glow Stick Bath

Hey all! I know it's been forever! Well I am back with a lot of great photos from our 2nd Annual Glow Stick bath! Bubbles + Glow Sticks + a toddler = an hour of Splish Splashy fun!

Such a blast! We'll be doing it again soon! Thanks SweetTurtleSoup again for the great idea!
<3 Kelly and Hallie

Friday, September 30, 2016

Princess Hair

I was so excited to find out I was having a girl! Immediately my dreams of having tea parties and buying dresses seemed more of a reality as soon as the technician said "It's a girl".  I couldn't stop thinking of all of the fun girly things I did as a child that now I would get to do with Hallie! One of the things I have been waiting to do with Hallie is use sponge curlers in her hair!

So Imagine my surprise when Hallie realized at 2, that she "Didn't have princess hair" and wanted to know how we could "fix it!" A few weeks ago,  Hallie saw a photo on instagram of a little girl with sponge curlers in her hair, and I decided it was time to introduce Hallie to the magic of "Overnight Curls"

To my surprise after bath last night, Hallie sat very still and let me put the curlers in!

 We got the curlers in in record time, however Mommy probably needs to look up some tips on where and how to place them for next time.  Hallie did feel incredibly special in her curlers before bed though.  It was pretty cute watching her run around in them letting them bob up and down!

Now getting her to sleep was a lot harder than I expected! She kept saying "I can't lay my head down!" but she didn't want to take the curlers out because she desperately wanted "Princess Hair" She finally passed out on me around 9:30 and I moved her to her crib.

She was so excited to wake up and take the curlers out this morning! Like I said, Mommy needs a little practice, but they did turn out pretty adorable! And every time she sees herself in a mirror, she says "Oooh a Princess!"

Oh Princess Hallie! You make your Momma's heart so happy! To see you enjoying all the same things I did as a child brings me so much joy!
<3 Kelly and Hallie

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Noah's Bandage Project

Did you know that September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month? Did you know that only 4% of cancer research budget goes to Pediatric Cancer? I didn't until I received an email from a fellow blogger telling me about something called Noah's Bandage Project.

Noah was a little boy who lived in the Kansas City area with his family.  A year ago Noah went to Heaven.  Before this strong little boy became an angel he started something pretty amazing at the tender age of 6.  Noah's Bandage Project.  Here's a quick background on Noah that I received from his family's neighbor who is helping to keep this project going:

"While going through his own treatment, he quickly realized how un-cool it was to just have the boring skin colored bandages all over his body with all the pricks and pokes that comes with treatment for pediatric cancer.  If he felt that way, he knew other kids did too.  He started a drive to collect fun bandaids (that all our kids love) and distributed them to other kids at Children's Mercy Hospital in downtown KC.  What started as a small drive, turned into something much bigger.  The KC Royal's got involved, the KC news, etc.  While he did end up passing away in June 2015, his family and friends are working hard to ensure this amazing project lives on." 

Now while my own daughter, oddly hates having band-aids, stickers, tattoos, etc stuck to her skin, I know she is not in the majority. I also couldn't pass up an opportunity to teach Hallie about giving to other's in need.  

So this month on one of our weekly Target trips, I explained to Hallie that not all kids are as healthy as her.  That sadly some of them had to spend a lot of time in the hospital. I explained to her about little Noah, and told her what he wanted to do for kids like him.  I told her to choose 2 boxes of bandages to send to these sweet kiddos. She gladly chose Princess and Finding Dory Band-aids! 

When we got home I told Hallie to make a little picture to include with our package for Noah's Mom.  She eagerly colored a stickered (as long as they aren't on her skin, this kid LOVES stickers) a sweet note for Deb, Noah's mom and we sent out our band-aids! 

Hallie and I had a great time with this project. I feel that it is so important to teach kids even as young as Hallie to give back to others. This was such a fun and sweet project to be a part of, and I can't wait to do it again next year!

To learn more about Noah's Bandage Project or to make a donation for Pediatric Cancer Research, check out the website. <3 Kelly and Hallie

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hallieisms Take 7

This age is just so much fun! Hallie is hilarious and getting funnier by the second! Here are my recent favorite Hallieisms:

  • I REALLY wish I had this one on video, but sometimes if you ask Hallie a question such as "Do you want grapes with lunch" she will exclaim "ACT-UALLY, I want (insert preferred fruit here)" 
  • Hallie pretty much knows everything about every Disney movie out there, and we often listen to Disney Pandora.  She can tell you in the first few seconds who is singing the song.  My favorite is "Love is an Open Door" because she will say "MOM! It's Princess Anna and Prince Hans Southern isles!" It's pretty much the cutest ever! She also calls Repunzel "TIMpunzel"
  • Speaking of Princess movies, did you know that my daughter is no longer a "girl" If you refer to her as such, she will tell you "NO! I'm a Pincess!!!!" One day she saw her reflection in the window and exclaimed "OH! There's a pincess in the window" She also for the most part refuses to wear pants and shorts and insists on dresses, skirts and tutus...even with her pajamas! She sometimes also refers to me as "Pincess Mom" if I am wearing a dress. In fact the other day I happened to spill something on my dress and I had to change.  When I came back in jeans in a Tshirt she said in the saddest voice ever : "You're not a pincess anymore?" and started crying! (I'm such a disappointment!)
  • Another one I seriously need to get on video: Hallie will ask for "Other one paci" or "Other one dress" instead of saying I want the other dress or the other paci! Its adorable!
  • This one gives me all of the warm fuzzies! She tells us "Mom, Dad, you're my family!"
  • The other day I gave Hallie a cookie and asked her, "What do you say?" expecting a simple "Thank you" And she screams "Happy Birthday to Me!" and devours the cookie! (Cool!) 
  • If you ask her "Are you sure?" she responds "I sure, sure!"
  • She likes to tell us that things are her "favorite in WHOLE world!" Usually she is talking about Stella
  • I still die laughing every time I think about this one! We were sitting at the breakfast table and Hallie was playing with a Melissa and Doug Cake  She took one of the round cake decorations and handed it to me and said "Peace be with you!" She is getting parts of Mass mixed up, but it was the funniest cutest thing ever! I love that she is starting to participate in Church!
  • Christopher came home from work really tired the other day and went to close his eyes in the bedroom before dinner. Hallie climbed up on him and opened his eyelid with her finger and asked him "Do you want to build a snowman?!" Sometimes she will also tell him "It is NOT bedtime yet!"
  • We were about to put Hallie to bed and had just finished reading books and saying prayers in our room! Christopher picked her up to carry her to bed while I turned on "Pretty Little Liars" the theme song came on and she pointed to the TV and said "Can I watch this? It's my favorite!" (That's my girl!) 
  • We were in the car and Hallie asked us some question I can't quite remember, because just as she asked it she exclaimed "NOT!!!" Where the heck did she learn this!?
  • A coin is a "Toiny"
  • When you have something she wants she will ask you "Can I borrow it?!" 
  • Everything is happening "Next week" even if she means in 2 minutes! "Mom can I go swimming next week?" "Sure honey" "Okay I get my swimsuit!" Well played daughter!
  • We were about to go to Jimmy Johns with my cousin for Lunch.  In the car Hallie started talking to her pony that she brought with her saying "Pony you want to go to Jimmy Johns, okay we can go? Do you want water or milk?" It was so cute hearing her mimic me!
  • This is SOOOO a Daddyism! She noticed her nail polish was chipping and said "Mom, this little piggy is busted!" (Good job Daddy!)
  • She likes to pretend to scare you, but will inform you before she does, so the other day she told her Daddy, "Okay, I gonna freak you out!" Ha!
  • "Mom can I watch little Einsteins" (I ask myself out loud not sure if it was too close to when we have to leave "Maybe, what time is it") Hallie exclaims "15!" Love her!
Can't wait to experience all of the other cute fun she has in store for us! If you missed out on the rest of her Hallieisms, check them out HERE!
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