Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The remainder of the random bits

There were some other pictures taken and some other big events from the weekend to share so without further ado:

Baby Eli stayed with us for a little while this weekend and Kennedy was so interested in sharing her toys. She thought he needed this train REAL close in order to "play with it".
Here she is copying me because I had been asking Eli to "talk to me" and so she was in his face asking him to talk to her - so sweet!
Such a big helper: she made sure to tell me 59.5 times that "Baby Eli - he needs hims milk". Yes, yes he does.

This picture is not from this past weekend but since I am doing a "spotlight on Eli" posting I figured I would throw this one in simply because it's so gosh darn cute. Look at that face.

The last big event of the weekend was the Lexington Half Marathon. It rained the ENTIRE race - I kid you not! Despite the sideways torrential rain, Billie, Court, Brett (not pictured) and I all had good races. One more half under my belt and I am pumped it was in Lexington. There were lots of things left to be desired organizationally regarding the race, but overall it was a fun event.

Kennedy and I are headed out tomorrow after I get off work to make a trip to see Chelsea. We are so excited. Despite my utter joy to finally be making this trip - my daughter may seriously have me beat. She's been talking about Chelsea since she got home from school. It's going to be so fun! We plan to visit, go to the zoo, go out to eat and just thoroughly enjoy each others company. *Added Bonus ~ we get to see Nana and Pawpaw on the way there and on the way back and I am thrilled! Plus - we get to spend Easter Sunday with them at their church and thats always precious time spent with them and I am just super happy to head out and start this mini-break.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Star of the week and some other random bits

Kennedy has been attending a new school since December and I absolutely love it. Her teacher has been in that classroom for a long time and I just have felt really comfortable since day one. When you are a parent, that feeling is invaluable - to know your baby is being taken good care of while you are away.
Anyhow in her classroom they have themes each week. For example: the theme for circle times in the month of March related to transportation - trains, planes, cars and trucks and in December each week related to Christmas in some way. Each week, in addition to a weekly theme, there is a "star of the class". The star of the class gets to be the line leader, teachers helper and they get to bring a special snack to share with friends. Last week Kennedy was the star of the week. We really hyped up how special that was to her and got her involved in the making of said special snacks. So...we made Easter egg jello jigglers on Tuesday and cheesecake Easter baskets on Thursday. We had a lot of fun making them and according to Mrs. Johnda they were a big hit with class friends too.

Big Helper

Drumroll please......the finished product:
Every good cook knows they need to taste test their delicacies:
The cook was pleased with her creation....clearly:

The next snack was a tad more involved so she helped me make the little cheesecakes but the remainder of the process was completed while she was still sleeping the next morning. How cute did they turn out though? Seriously!

I can't explain why this picture is uploading sideways, but you get the picture, right? I hope so!

Apparently being star of the week can wear a girl slap out. Her teachers snapped this after the cheesecake Easter basket snack. So stinkin' sweet. Those of you who are close to me note that she is without pacifier and or loveys. They go cold turkey when she moves up to the next class in August so they are trying to transition her now. Makes me kinda sad to be completely honest with you.  I love the loveys - they've seen us through some tough times!
In keeping with the season, we attended an Easter egg hunt at Southland last Saturday and she had soooo much fun. I didn't know if she'd enjoy it that much because I had heard the eggs they put out for the kids don't have candy in them. What?!?!? What kind of Easter egg hunt happens without candy I thought to myself. I really didn't know what she'd think but we talked about it the whole way there and I told her it would be fun to fill up her basket even though there wouldn't be candy. Fun she definitely had and she got a lot of eggs too. Apparently the non-candy thing has to do with peanut allergies.I don't know why they couldn't use fruity stuff or good ole' safety suckers, but oh well. They didn't ask me to be on the Easter Egg committee - OBVIOUSLY!  I just put some treats in the car and gave them to her after the egg hunt concluded. I got some cute pictures of the festivities:
I am not trying to brag but I am pretty sure my kid had more eggs than the other kids in her age division. Ha - totally kidding. Check out that load though. As soon as she was done she was all "mommy, you carry my basket - it's heavy (with added grunts for emphasis of course)".

Very proud of her finds:
She was having absolutely NO PART of the real Easter Bunny but pacified her scrapbooking Mommy by posing next to this card board cut out. You take what you can get, right? It's sweet - don't you think? Me too!
I love Mommy Commaraderie because this sweet little mommy was walking by me as I was desperately trying to get her to pose with the cardboard Easter Bunny imposter and said "you want me to take a picture of the two of y'all?" Um....of course I do! I thought - if she only knew! It's pretty cute, though I feel certain one day Kenney is going to say "Mommy, why are you always in running clothes?"
This past Friday Laura and I took the kids to see Disney Princesses on Ice. I didn't know if Kennedy would like it and she didn't - she LOVED it! How sweet are these little faces? Between you and me I am 99.9% certain she has a major crush on John Tyler aka John Tywah.
I found these matching t's for the kids @ Gap kids the day before for $9.
They kept saying "we're twins!".
Me and my girlie:
The whole gang. We had a great time! It's fun getting to do things like this with her now that she's getting older. She was totally mesmerized and kept talking about it the rest of the weekend. Oddly enough the other thing she kept talking about is how Mrs. Wowa (Laura) bought her popcorn. Ha ha. Wonder what motivates this wee one.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Precious Moments.....or something like that!

*Update - I have learned that Mrs. Kate is Kennedy's spanish teacher*

Kennedy has been saying some of the funniest things lately. I keep thinking...."man I need to write that down, or if I only could have caught that on video." So...this is going to be my way of doing just that - writing some of it down and sharing some of the things I actually have managed to catch on video.

On Monday night I ran with my friend Courtney after work and when I got home Daddy already had Kennedy in the bath. I wanted to spend some time with her so I ate my dinner while sitting on the potty talking to her about her day. Oh the things we do to be near the ones we love, right? Anyhow.....she starts to tell me that she played in the foundry at school (the gym) and that her Daddy picked her up in her classroom and then the conversation went something like this:

Kennedy: and then I got an attitude
Me: You got an attitude? What do you mean?
Kennedy: I got an attitude because I wasn't not listening to Daddy
Me: ohhhhh....not listening to Daddy is not a good thing is it Kennedy? Keep in mind I was stifling a smile because I am thinking "since when does my kid say "I got an attitude?"" Seriously?!
Kennedy: no, I not. Mommy, do you see all my big bubbles?
Me (internally): and just like that the teaching moment is over!

Today after she and I finished showering (yes, together = timesaver!) I was blow drying her hair and she puts her two little precious feet on my stomach while she sat on the counter and said the following "Mommy, is there a baby in your belly". Now...of course I said, "no - honey. Who do you know who has a baby in their belly (totally anticipating she'd say Aunt Neenie) and she said Mrs. Kate." "Really, I said. Who Is Mrs. Kate?" She stared at me as if to say "you know Mommy - Mrs. Kate!!!!". I am still not very certain who Mrs. Kate is but I am assuming it is someone she has interacted with at either school or church but I am sad to report that wherever Mrs. Kate is she is pregnant and apparently I look like her. I just hope she's a cute pregger because that is the ONLY way that could make this any better. I mean - I have no defense seeing as how she was born 2.5 years ago clearly the belly that remains is the belly that according to my toddler looks as though a baby is in it. . I claim terrible two's to be behind the reason for such brutal honesty. Ouch!

On to the videos: :
In this first video we are reading a book that I checked out of the library last week. She loves it and her reaction each time I read it is priceless so I asked Tim to film me reading it one night so I could share her reaction.

This video was taken one night before we went to bed. It's no secret that I am a believer in medicine - if somethings hurting there is a remedy. Every now and then Kennedy will tell me her bottom is hurting. More for her psyche than anything else I will say "oh it is, let's put some cream on it". Typically I just use diaper rash cream or something but apparently she was under the impression I was using toothpaste! Ha!

Here my little singer is belting out some "deep and wide" - an oldie but a goodie!

This video was taken on the morning of my birthday. I got some amazingly funny cards this year and when I sat down to open all the cards I had received I laughed....alot. A few minutes after I sat the cards down, I noticed she was opening them and laughing at each one. Just when you think they aren't watching....they are. Here is the little copycat:

Kennedy loves Kidstuf at our church and every now and then they sing "Oh Happy Day" and she LOVES it. I love that we get to hear her sing it throughout the week even more. If you've not heard this version, check it out here.

Tim caught her singing this one day while we were busying around the house. How cute is it that she's totally in her own little world.

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

All good things must come to an end......unfortunately.

I promise this will be the final installment in my series of birthday postings. Ha! My best friend Janine was here this past weekend with her hubby Josh and her "child" Oscar. They didn't arrive until late Friday night so we saw them first on Saturday morning. We had a big yummy breakfast and then Janine and I had big plans to shop until we dropped - literally. She is preggers but lives in the middle of nowhere with no access to maternity clothing of any kind. A girl needs cute maternity clothes to feel good in when her regular wardrobe can't keep up with how quickly the baby is taking over her body: right ladies? So we went everywhere maternity clothes may be in Lexington. I am happy to report that she got some great deals and some really cute things. I hope she's looking forward to rocking her new attire ~ I can't wait to see pictures of her in it all! I just enjoyed seeing her cute little belly in all kinds of cute clothes.

After our full day of shopping, Sara Beth came over to keep Kennedy so that the adults could go out to dinner. We had reservations at Bakers 360. It was so ahhhmazing I can't even describe. So delicious! Great views, really neat decor and the food was perfecto. I had a NY Strip, asparagus, and 5 cheese macaroni and cheese. So incredibly tasty! Janine made sure to tell them ahead of time that it was my bday (because she's thoughtful like that) and they served me my choice of all kinds of dessert. I chose a cheesecake with yummy drizzled sauce all over it. Mmmmm. After dinner we came back to the house and just relaxed and watched some Olympics. Then...it was time to break into the real birthday cake. Janine made me a red velvet cake. Basically after that yummy treat we were all so stuffed we esentially passed out. So sad! What are you gonna do with a 30 year old and a pregger who have been on their feet all day then stuffed themselves full? Put us to bed! Ha ha.

I got this shirt during our day of shopping. I had a $15 Ann Taylor gift card and it was on sale for $24.00. Tim basically said he wasn't fond of it and Josh kept calling it my corsage. Way to make a 30 year old feel special at her bday event guys! Good thing I like it and didn't really care what they thought, huh?

The Owens Family

It's too bad you can't see the awesome view out our window - this restaraunt sits on the 15th floor of a high rise and we could see straight down and out of our window - it was pretty!
Sadly this is the best picture I have of Neenie's pregnant belly. If you can't really see it - my right boob is basically sitting on it. We were joking about how we were introducing Keagen to boobs early on in life. Ha!

This was the yummy dessert they brought for my bday. We shared it and thank heavens since we basically chased it with red velvetcake.

On Sunday we ran some errands and had lunch at Calistoga before they hit the road to head back to Murray. I was really sad when they left just because we miss them so much but I am so thankful they took the time to drive up here and celebrate my birthday. Love you guys!