Thursday, December 27, 2007

Kaelin


Kaelin


Reesey at the park


Reese's inevitable Christmas morning meltdown

new photos





Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My favorite Christmas video

Kind of tradition to watch it relentlessly during the holidays. The girls giggled at it too .. although it will be a while before they get it.

Without further adieu ..



Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Got the tree this weekend!

We have had an artificial tree up on the upstairs landing for a while now .. ya know, one for all of the girls' tacky ... er, precious .. handmade ornaments and character stuff. This weekend we cut down the tree that will go in the living room. The girls had a blast and are sooo excited to have it up and decorated. Amazingly enough, they haven't touched one ornament. Good thing because most of the ones on there are glass. They just stand and stare it .. little "wow"s whispered here and there. Love it.

Reese playing in the cotton field on the way to find our tree


Kaelin decided we needed some Christmas rocks ..

When the tree finally came down, the girls were a tad nervous. Reesey kept saying "uh oh!" in a shaky little voice. We were close to a melt down but as soon as we told them we were taking the tree to the house they got excited again


Reese cuddled up with the farm dog, Daisy


Pulling the tree to the car

Mommy and Reesey

First day at the beach we were in shorts and t-shirts .... Second day at the beach and we were in coats, hats, and mittens! Crazy.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A little late ..

Kaelin's first glimpse of the ocean ... (Thanksgiving @ Wrightsville Beach)

Running excitedly towards the waves!


Taking a moment to think it all over


and finally wondering what the big deal is ...



Sheesh. Already jaded at two years old.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

What Kaelin thinks of Australia

In response to the recent news story.........
{excerpt}
"SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute."


Puh-lease. This is what we have to say about that ......
Here's hoping for many offended Australians.


Reese has a suggestion for Christmas.....

"charge it"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sheesh.

After a long day taking care of every whim of two year old twins .. what do I get? That's right .. I get this look ....



Suddenly I get the statement that every mother makes eventually
"Just wait until you have kids Missy."

I can't wait to be a Grandma ...

Mommy's makeup is fun

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

comet 17P/Holmes

In case anyone is a star dork like me ...
The map below shows where the comet can be found. (Just to the left of Perseus)

Monday, November 5, 2007

I should know better ...

What happens when you ask a two year old what she wants to wear in the morning?
You get a outfit consisting of red rain boots, a tutu, rock and roll shirt, princess necklace and earrings.
Yes, we did all of our errands today with her in the get-up.
Truth be told ... I think she looked fabulous.

If only she had thought of this before school picture day... I'm kicking myself for missing that opportunity.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The latest

I had the Holiday Showcase Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday. After all was said and done, the two things it was really good for was to give me a deadline to get all of my samples done for my website, and also to show me how the whole vendors fair thing works.

The collection of vendors there were very different from me. Their stuff was obviously aimed at a completely different market than mine. While most of my pieces are in the $65 range, their stuff was selling for MUCH cheaper. I told my mom that I felt like the Ritz Carlton in a sea of Super 8 Motels. Ha!

There was a vendor directly across from me selling decorative accessories for children as well. She had frames and wall plaques that were painted a solid color and then decorated with stickers ..... stickers! She sold a lot of stuff because the prices were so cheap and because she had items that could be bought and taken right then. All of my stuff was was for orders only. Kind of painful to watch tacky wall hangings decorated with fifty cent stickers flying off the shelves while I'm sitting with pieces that took hours to think through and complete. Ouch.
I did get two new ideas from looking at her stuff though .. of course, I will be doing them more upscale (does that sound snooty?) but good ideas nonetheless.

I did get a number people who wanted to talk further about doing some custom pieces, so that's good. Also, a lot of my flyers went home with shoppers, so at least my name is getting out there. In the next two weeks the website should be completed and online. Now I have to figure out ways of advertising that won't cost me an arm and a leg!
I plan on taking my flyers to different locations and will look into the cost of advertising in some of the local parenting magazines. I will also send my site to some of the more well known baby blogs that get a lot of traffic and will see if they are interested in reviewing my stuff.

I'm happy with the way that my product line has turned out and am so thankful that the hard part is over and done! Finally .. samples!
My friend, Laraleigh will take the photos for the site and David will get it up and running within the next two weeks.

Two friends showcased their stuff there as well. Definitely check out their sites .. they are wonderful!

My friend Stephanie makes THE most adorable pillowcase dresses, the girls are proud owners of three of them already. Im sure that there will be many future purchases as well. When the girls wear them we get so many compliments on how adorable they look! (and she has some pretty cute models on her website too! shameless..)
If you have a little girl .. or know someone who does .. these are a MUST! Her prices are phenominal too .. these dresses sell for MUCH more in the Buckhead boutiques!
Get shopping!

http://www.bellagraceboutique.net/

Laraleigh is a professional photographer who can do anything and everything you need. She is based here, but has traveled all over to do shoots for weddings.
She is amazing with kids too. She can get the girls to behave and pose for the camera a lot better than anyone else we have ever worked with. Definitely better than Momma! She will create books, make prints, or put photos on chipboard in arrangements that are artistic and breathtaking. Brilliant! Another great thing about her services is that you can get all of your shots on cd so that you can decide what to do with them as far as printing. That's huge considering that most photographers retain your negatives in order to charge you an arm and a leg for prints in the future.

http://www.theellestudio.com/

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Before I go....

A little procrastination never hurt anyone ..
A few pics from the girls last Music Class this morning.

Reese gets down on a drum


Kaelin dancing along to one of the songs


I thought the girls learned a lot in their class .. until I noticed that in the pic they are playing their drum upside down. Oh well.

MIA for the next few days

I have a craft show coming up this weekend.
Due to Reese's recent dramatics I missed out on three weeks of work time. I am now in frantic sample making mode and will be taking a break to get all of my pieces done.
I'm going crazy here.

The good news is that by Sunday all of the craziness will be over and done with ... I will have all of my samples done for the website .. and I will finally be able to stop stressing out about all of this!
In the next one to two weeks my website for Half Pint Designs should be up too.

Back to the studio ....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkin Float

Peachtree Heights East had a Pumkin Float tonight. The girls had lots of fun. Kaelin especially loved seeing little girls in Princess costumes there. She kept saying, "Wow .. pretty Princess!" Guess Momma screwed up her Halloween getup this year!

Kaelin wants to know what happened to her cookie.
Reese isn't telling .....


Kaelin... happy ..


Reese and Grandma


Kaelin and Daddy looking at the geese


Kaelin getting her pumpkin ready to float it on the pond


Reese .. a tad suprised by the flash


The pumpkins (unfortunately due to the flash, the beauty of several lit pumpkins floating on the pond in the dark just can't be coveyed)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Best school picture ever




Love it.
Soooooo where we are with Reesey right now. I almost had to beat the photographer to get a shot of her so unhappy. I kept telling her, "I don't care if she's upset .. in fact, THAT makes a fabulous picture in my book!" only to be met with, "Try something else and see if you can make her smile"
Sheesh.
Whatever happened to "the customer is always right"?
She finally snapped a picture just to make me shut up.

Anyhoo ... here are the others ...








Thursday, October 25, 2007

Let the festivities begin!

We had our first Halloween festival today .. the girls had a blast! They were pros on the whole trick or treating thing after David and I showed them what to do. It's amazing how long it takes a two year old to process how to pick up their toys .. but how quickly they learn to open their bag for people to throw candy in. I think we're being conned here.
Anyhoo ... we met up with Katie, Rick, Cooper and Layne there and saw a few other friends milling about.
This weekend the girls have a Halloween party at a friend's house on Saturday and on Sunday a Pumpkin Float in Grandmama's neighborhood. They also have another Halloween party to go to next weekend. Looks like we'll get a lot of use out of their costumes. The original idea for their costumes was for Reese to be the rabbit and for Kaelin to be Alice in Wonderland but Mommy had obe heck of a time locating a dress for Kaelin ... so we grabbed the kitty outfit on the way to the festival tonight. Lucky for us the girls aren't at an age where they care one way or the other!

Kaelin in her bunny costume


Kaelin learning the ropes


Reese and her reflection


With the cousins .. Reese, Layne, Cooper, and Kaelin

open letter to my sweet kaelin ...

My dear,
I feel I must point out that Mommy is an artist. I have been drawing and painting since I was your age. I majored in studio art while I was in college.
In fact, there have even been times when my art has made me money.

Pardon me while I toot my own horn (stop giggling .. yes, mommy said 'toot') but I am good at what I do.

So, my darling, the next time Mommy spends 15 minutes using face paints to carefully paint a picture of your beloved Elmo on your squirmy little leg .. I would appreciate it if upon completion you didn't stare at it for 2 minutes and then ask in a questioning tone, "Elmo???"

It would also be much appreciated if you don't run and grab a wipe the second my back is turned and commence the frantic scrub down of my masterpiece.



sheesh.


I love you ... but from now on I'm concentrating my artistic whims on your sister. SHE thinks I'm fabulous.


Love and kisses,
Mommy

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dissed

This morning we had Music Class. I walked up to the door with Reese .. Kaelin was taking her sweet time as usual, admiring the fallen leaves from a magnolia tree, so she was a few feet behind us.
As I opened the door, Cooper caught a glimpse of us and came running over. Reese was standing there, surely so excited to see one of her favorite cousins, and she gets greeted with.........

"Where's Kaelin?"

tee hee

Poor little Reese put her head in her hands and didn't move or look up for a good three minutes.
Thanks for the love there buddy.

I'm sure the face in the hands thing was just a reaction to walking into a class of people staring at her but the timing was just too perfect.

I'm going to start trying to teach her to say "I prefer Layne .. be gone" and getting her to do the little 'shoo' hand motion. That'll learn him.

caged

I decided that no way are we going the bed route. While most people tell me that it's time .. my mommy gut says, "Are you friggin' NUTS woman?!" If there's anything I've learned along the way it's that I have good mommy instinct. I'm listening to it.

I put the tent up over her crib today at naptime and she had no objections. Tonight she made a fuss for a few minutes but got over it quickly and is sleeping now.
Ahhhh ...
Let's hope it lasts.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bedtime woes

Reese has been an absolute nightmare about going to sleep. This has been going on for two weeks now. I'm about to lose my mind.
It all started with screaming every time she was put in her crib ... we finally started letting her cry it out (albeit going in every 10, 15, then 20 minutes)
This was going on about 8 times a night. Not fun.
I'll never know how it is that Kaelin is able to block out the noise ... Reese has perfected the art of the 80's slasher flick scream. Its not pretty.
That culminated into David getting her up early from nap a few days ago only to find her standing at the nursery door. eesh.
Yep, the little monkey had figured out how to escape the confines of the crib.
That night she got out a handful of times too. I was watching under her door and kept seeing her little feet landing gently on the ground .. and then of course they would freeze in place as she waited to see if anyone knew what she was up to.
That night I had to give in and rock her to sleep which took about an hour.

Nap time the next day was the same way for David (I had gone to a facepainting gig at a Mercedes dealership .. which normally I wouldn't be interested in doing but once I was told it would be $75 an hour I couldn't say no)
He had to put her back in her crib two or three times and then all was quiet. When he went in to wake her up she had her blanket and lovies and was asleep on the floor next to the crib.
That night David went out with the boys, so I was left alone to deak with everything. Bedtime was ... good lord, there just isn't a word for it. She was out of her crib every two minutes. I finally had enough and asked Kaelin if I could use her crib to trap her sister. She thankfully said yes .. so I pulled her crib over to Reese's and pushed it against the side that Reese was hoisting herself over. When I did that Kaelin promptly stuck her head under her pillow .. smart kid knew her sister was going to flip out and that the screams would now be right next to her. I felt horrible but it was all I could think of! I lifted the pillow, thanked her repeatedly and promised her cookies for breakfast. She nodded her head and pulled the pillow back down.
Two minutes after my exit, Reese was back at it. This time screaming "stuck!" I opened the door and there she was .. stuck between Kaelin's crib and her own. Damn. Foiled again.
Fine .. I gave up and took her to rock her to sleep. An hour later she finally falls asleep and I walk her to her room. It's at this point that I realize I have no way of getting her back into her crib while keeping her asleep. Not only is Kaelin's crib blocking the side but I had turned her crib around so that the shorter front was now against the wall and the high back was my only way in. Ugh. Brilliant move mom. I literally had to just say a quick prayer and drop her. She woke for a second but settled back down. The next morning both cribs were moved back.

The next night actually went well. We were pleasantly suprised when she went right to bed with no protesting and slept from 8pm to 9am.
That was just a teaser apparently.
Tonight we started our bedtime routine which threw Reese into an absolute fit. She screamed for Daddy .. but when he took her she immediately screamed for Mommy .. the back and forth went on for a few minutes until I finally just took her to our room b/c poor Kaelin just looked like she had heard enough. After an hour, Reese was still wide awake. Back to the room .. put her in the crib and pretended to sleep on the floor next to her. For the next fourty minutes Reese stayed with her head pressed up against the bars staring at me and whispering. Not good.
Finally, at 10:15 I just picked her up .. plopped her down on a blanket next to the crib and waited.
She stayed there. Never even glanced my way. That's how I left her. I have the monitor turned up so I can hear everything in there but so far she's stayed down. I haven't decided if we should test our luck and move her to the crib before we go to sleep.

I had not planned on these two getting beds until after their third birthday. Looks like Reese has put an end to that delusion. I have a friend who dug up a crib tent for us to borrow but I'm wondering if we should go that route or just give the beds a try. I'm completely at a loss for the first time in two years. NO clue what to do.

What child labor laws??

Reese was put to work today raking up all of the leaves in the yard...



Unfortunately, her sister didn't quite share her work ethic ...






Welcome to MY world kid.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Um .. exactly

I came across the following write up while researching whether or not the girls will get a flu shot this year. (Mercury free if they do of course)
It was the Hep B shot that made Reese so sick she had to be revived and given oxygen for half an hour. The one that I was fighting against in the NICU. The one that I kept questioning doctors about why on Earth a preemie needed to be protected from a sexually transmitted disease for crying out loud. (Their only explaination was always, "They just do .. it's how we do it")
I wish I had found this back then. I found a lot of other articles that I took to the Doctors but one from Dr. Sears would have held a bit more weight for me and I would have felt more comfortable about trusting him 100% .. I love this man.
I would have fought even harder with the length of delay. Damn.

It infuriates me that parents aren't ever given OPTIONS for these things. It's just such a black and white issue. "You get the vax when WE say .. that's just the way it's always been done" I beg you .. Where would we be as a civilization if we all went with THAT line of thinking?!
Two years after our experience and I'm still livid.


Anyhoo .. maybe the following will help someone else struggling with the choices of the who, what, where, why of vaccinating their kids.



Hepatitis B vaccine and disease: Do newborns need a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease?
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Whose idea was it to begin vaccinating ALL NEWBORNS for a sexually transmitted disease? I had an interesting discussion with a doctor who used to work for the public health department. She told me that when her whole staff heard about this decision during the 1990s, they were dumbfounded. They saw no sense in it at all. But, they had no choice. The "powers that be" had made the decision, and they had to follow orders.

But given the fact that this disease is virtually unheard of during infancy or childhood (unless an infected mother passes it along to her newborn baby during the birth process, a situation that is preventable with proper screening and treatment), and also given the fact that the vaccine can cause fever, lethargy, poor feeding, and irritability in infants (according to the vaccine's product insert), making them appear to have caught a severe bacterial infection that requires IV antibiotics and invasive testing (when all it really is is a vaccine reaction), again I must ask, WHY?

I cannot tell you why. But I can tell you that by delaying this vaccine until your child is a few years old (according to my Alternative Vaccine Schedule), you avoid risking a severe reaction in your newborn that will put him in the hospital.

Flu Vax info

If you are looking for Mercury free flu shots, below is a list of vaccines that Doctors choose from when ordering them for their practice. Helpful to know the name you're looking for .. and what you want to stay away from!

From Dr. Sears' site....


For the upcoming flu season, here are the brands your doctor can choose from:

* Fluvirin brand is approved for kids 4 years and older and adults. Mercury is used in manufacturing, but then filtered out.
* Fluarix and FluLaval are for adults only. Fluarix filters out the mercury too, but FluLaval contains the full dose of mercury (25 micrograms).
* Fluzone is the only brand that is used in infants age 6 to 35 months. The half-dose infant and toddler sindle-dose vials are mercury-free, but there isn't enough to go around.
* Fluzone also makes a very small supply of mercury-free flu shots for older children and adults, so only the first kids in line will get one.
* Fluzone devotes most of their manufacturing facilities to making the full-dose mercury-containing large bottles of flu shots for all age groups.

Ask the nurse to physically show you the bottle as she prepares the shot. If it is Fluzone brand, and it is a small single-dose vial or a pre-filled single-dose syringe, then you can be sure it is mercury-free. If it is Fluvirin or Fluarix brand, then there is only a tiny, barely detectable, insignificant amount of mercury. If it is FluLaval brand, or the large 10-dose bottle of Fluzone, then just say no!

For the full article ... http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook/archives/2007_09_01_archive.asp


(Thanks to ACMom!)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saving the tatas

Three of our AtlantaMommas walked in the Breast Cancer Three Day this weekend ... We are so proud of Tracy, Janine, and Jessica!


Congratulations girls!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

finally ... HAIR!

I just couldn't resist ...


Reese with a little glam and an ice cream face


Kaelin is a princess