A Few of my Favorite Things

Thursday, April 30, 2015


My little Sadie girl at work found a Caterpillar after a rain storm on Monday.  Or "Calapitter" if you ask her! Being Sadie she of course decided to keep it as a pet and emptied out an old fish tank, gathered some leaves! 
(Curse, I only had my phone with me!) Here she is showing it to Hallie

After a little research we found out that "Calapitter" was an "Eastern Tent Caterpillar"  and will become a moth. She was a little bummed that it wouldn't become a pretty butterfly, but kept it anyway excited to see it's transformation!
Already by Tuesday, that little guy had already made himself a cocoon, which made her even more excited to watch it turn into a moth!
Proud "Calapitter Momma!" 
Hopefully soon I'll have some updated pictures of Sadie's little moth friend!
Happy Thursday! <3 Kelly


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spinach Parmesan Orzo

This recipe last week had Hallie begging for more! And her favorite part...the spinach! I was shocked! 
1 Package of Orzo pasta
1 Package frozen chopped spinach
2 Cups Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of milk or cream
1 ts garlic powder
1/2 ts salt
1 small lemon

Cook orzo according to package while defrosting spinach. Drain orzo.  Add cheese immediately while still warm and stir. Add in all other ingredients finishing with the lemon. Squeeze lemon juice over pasta and stir. Top with extra Parmesan if desired.

I served this with a Cesar salad and some bread and it was delicious! Hope you enjoy!
<3 Kelly

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday

Happy Monday friends! Hallie had such a great weekend with her Memi! Mommy is kicking herself for forgetting the camera this weekend! Thank goodness for cell phones!

Friday and Saturday were spent with Christopher's family! His parent's bought Hallie a highchair for Pop's house so that she could sit with the grown ups and she just had the best time! Memi also bought her an animal puzzle, which she had fun proclaiming that each animal was a "Puppy!"

She also showed off her dance skills to everyone this weekend! "Trashin' the Camp" from Tarzan is her favorite song EVER, and girl has really got some moves when it comes on. She must have good taste, because N'SYNC was my jam when I was growing up! We must have played it like 100 times just to watch her dance!

Sunday we took it pretty slow. We took Hallie to the park in our neighborhood, and she finally likes the swing!

Last night I had to work, so Christopher took Hallie with him to church, and apparently she caught the attention of a teenage girl behind them, who offered to babysit anytime! Score! Thanks Hallie for finding Mommy and Daddy a babysitter! Ha!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend!

<3 Kelly

Friday, April 24, 2015

Oh hey, Friday Pics From recently!

Sorry I missed Oh hey, Friday last week! I thought I would share my 10 favorite pictures from recently to make up for it! (Plus 10 is a multiple of 5 so it's cool! I can bend the rules for more pictures of cute little Hallie, right? Thought so)

In no specific order:
Tea Party

Giving Kisses to Kermit, hanging out with cousin Brayden

Chilling by the pool



Farmers Market


Those eyes!

Just like cousin Luke

Holding on to Mommy!

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
<3 Kelly and Hallie

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Many Faces of Hallie- The Captain

It's been a while since we have done a "Many Faces of Hallie Post", but when my husband discovered Hallie's "Lateral Captain Face" I just had to post it!

In case you are not already a How I Met Your Mother Fan, her is an explanation of "The Captain Face"
(Excuse the crappy YouTube quality, but hey, you get the theory now right? Okay Here is Hallie's "Lateral Captain Face"

 Left Side- Happy as a clam

 Right side- All kinds of mad!

I laughed so hard when my husband discovered this I just HAD to share!

Hope everyone has a great Thursday! 
Feel free to check out some more "Many Faces of Hallie" posts:

<3 Kelly

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

10 months of Hallie Anne

10 months already?! No I cannot allow this! 
Age- 10 months! (Double digits?! Too soon! Too soon!)
  • Weight-  14 1/2 lbish (its only a weight check this month) 
  • Length- 27 1/2 inches.. (also a guess...but she is looking extra tall these days!)
  • Size- Size 1 and 2 Diapers! We use 2's at night. Onesies- 3 month or 3-6 Months Ts! Granted she still has a few 0-3 month ones that fit as well.  Pants- the waist on the 3-6 month are too big, but the length on the 3's are too small...LIMBO!  PJs 6 month
  • Eyes- Still blue! Some days they look a little gray or even greenish, but outside they look really blue! 
  • Hair- Getting longer and lighter each month! Right now it's light brown. 
  • Sleeping- Usually 11 hours. About 2 naps a day. Though last few nights were oddly terrible!
  • Eating- 18 oz a day and 3 meals. She will eat just about everything too! Loves yogurt, pasta, bread, rice, chicken, veggies, avocado, turkey, berries and puffs! The kid even ate calamari on Easter! 
  • Milestones- Giving kisses. Trying to walk and can stand for a few seconds before chickening out! Clapping! Waving! Loves singing and dancing. Still no teeth! 
  • Words she can say: Hi, Hey, Mama, Dada, Bye Bye and "tella"- Which means "Stella" because she will shout it at the dog! Or any dog for that matter! she also sometimes says "Pup", "Ba-ba", "night night" and Yay!
  •  Memorable outings/holidays- Easter, Tia Joyce's birthday, First Crawfish boil, and playgroup
  • Favorite toys/activities- Peek-a-boo! She actually learned to do it herself! She will hide her face in the couch until we say "where's Hallie?" then she pops her head up! It's the cutest thing you've ever seen! Clapping and waving at everything! Prayer Bunny which we call Luna bunny. Dollies and stuffies!  Also: Puppets, especially Kermit! Things that aren't toys...hairbrush, bottles, tupperware! She loves books! A girl after my own heart! We read before bed every night!  Also loves the rhymes we do at story time! Particularly (Tick Tock,Horse named Ron and Patty Cake!) Loves to play with Stella.  DANCING! She loves to shake it! Especially with Daddy! She also really enjoys listening to music. WALKING with help! Seriously it makes her sooo happy! Loves dressing up! Beads and shoes! She is SUCH a social butterfly and loves to play with her friends! 
  • Nicknames- I call her sweet pea, peanut, peanut butter, sweet girl or Hal...Daddy likes to call her Daniel son when I put headbands on her...but other than that sticks to a generic sweetie or cutie!
  • Funny moments- When she is ready to leave somewhere she starts waving..if that doesn't work she'll scream "Bye!" also one night when she was ready for bed she crawled over to Christopher and smacked him between the eyes and yelled "night night!"
  • Looking forward to- Cherishing the rest of this first year! It has just flown by! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baby Kisses

Hallie started doing the cutest thing ever! She has been giving us those glorious open mouth kisses for a while now! She is pretty stingy with them though, and won't usually give them on command, but are adorable nonetheless. Recently however, this little Momma started giving kisses to her baby dollies! It seriously is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! 

It amazes me how much she absorbs and learns! She is just growing up too fast! My baby is 10 months old today. I'll make sure to post an update tomorrow! But for now Happy Tuesday and enjoy those sweet baby kiss pictures!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Joyce's 28th!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend had its ups and downs, with a super cranky baby on Saturday. Seriously! Hallie has never ever had a full day of crankiness ever until this weekend, so I was in completely new territory! I didn't know how to deal and ended up crying most of the day and binging on Chinese Food in the evening with my best pal Joyce! Joyce was nice enough to sit with Hallie for a few minutes so I could pick up the food and get a few minutes of sanity!

Speaking of Joyce, she had a birthday last week, and on Friday night, her parent's took some of her closest family and friends to dinner at Dough Pizzeria to celebrate! It was a such a blast and Hallie was in Heaven because pizza is her favorite food ever!

Me and the birthday girl!

Joyce's Mom and I always plan a ridiculously amazing cake for her! This year a panda!

Complete with Candy sushi that I hand crafted! 
Joyce, with boyfriend Jay and his parents! (and a photobombing 1 shoe Hallie) 

Closeup of the sushi

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
<3 Kelly

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Every once in a while I get a recipe that is just so delicious that I HAVE to share it! Last night's Crock Pot Chicken Chili is that recipe! It is so simple and it was one of the tastiest recipes I have tried recently! 

3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Package of frozen corn
1 yellow onion chopped
1 Can of black beans
1 Can of kidney beans
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 can of Rotel tomatoes (I use the HOT)
1 small can of diced green chilis
1 packet of taco seasoning
(Topping choices: Tortilla, cheese, avocado or french fried onions)

Place chicken in crock pot and pour over half of the taco seasoning. Then dump the remaining ingredients over the chicken topping with the rest of the taco seasoning and stir,

Cook on high in crock pot for 5 1/2 hours. At 5 hours shred the chicken and stir, then replace lid for remaining 30 minutes! Enjoy! (Like I said we used the Hot rote, tomatoes, so you might want to add some salt and pepper to taste)

I am always looking for a good easy recipe to try, if you have any, send them my way!
<3 Kelly

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If you need me

I had a ton of things planned this morning.  Hallie went to bed late,  so I just knew she would sleep in!  I was going to drink my coffee and blog, shower and do the dishes all before Hallie got up for the day. But 5 minutes before my alarm I heard my girl crying. When I went in her room she looked scared and wouldn't let me put her back to sleep.  So I carried her back to bed with me and my fiercely independent girl snuggles right up to me and falls back to sleep.  She just needed her Momma.
So if you need me, I'll be enjoying these rare moments!
<3 Kelly

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rainy Day

Yesterday was a very rainy day! Hallie and I were lucky because it was also a no work day for us, so we stayed in our sweats/pjs all day long!
We played and Hallie enjoyed looking out the window when the storm got really loud! (Luckily she wasn't scared like the dog. Stella jumped in bed with me after one giant clap of thunder and didn't move until I got up for the day)

We also enjoyed a picnic lunch of Turkey and cheese! Hallie thought it was the greatest thing ever to not to eat in her highchair, and I wasn't worried about the mess because I was due to vacuum anyway!

It was a nice simple day. I wish more days were like that!

Happy Tuesday
<3 Kelly
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