Monday, April 28, 2014

Katie Currently

A little look at what i'm CURRENTLY into…

writing. Thank you notes. I got some cute little numbers and I am trying to get better and more thoughtful about sending them.

reading. I’m slacking in this department. My goal for summer is to read the Divergent series before I see the movies, so hopefully I step it up. I've also been all over the Pottery Barn and Frontgate catalogs looking for awesome things I can’t afford for outdoors. 

watching. Scandal. Ugh, I can’t believe I have to wait until fall to see what is happening! What a CRAZY finale. 

craving.  Healthy food. Whenever it gets warm outside I start to crave salads, and even fruit (I’m still no great about eating my veggies).

obsessing. Over Bennett’s first birthday party. Planning, themes, babies. So perfect. 

thinking. That summer is right about the corner and I need to get my booty in SHAPE. Weekends at the lake will be infinitely more fun if I feel great. 

needing. To figure out my plan for Derby week. It is upon us and Laura and I want to do something fancy. I mean what’s a girl gotta do to get invited to the Barn stable Brown Party around here ;)

wanting. To get my hurr did. This mane is getting out of control. 

clicking. Through PINTEREST and Bloglovin and catching up on all things Spring and Summer. Whew lovin me some sunshine!

lovingTUNICS (the Anthropologie link is a current fave I've been eyeing, and it just went on sale ... hubs are you reading this ;)..). Wearing them to lounge. Wearing them with jeans. Wearing them with leggings. Wearing them to sleep. All day errday, please.

Smoochies. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pipe Cleaners and Visine

Okay, so while I was trying to persuade Le Baby Bennessio (pretty sure I just combined French and Italian) that white cheddar rice cakes were just as good as the Cheeto's puffs his PaPaw had been feeding him, Rachael Ray was on in the background. Disclaimer: I am NOT a Rachael fan, but she comes on immediately following Kelly and Michael, so her show often stays on in the background while I go about my day.

So, while I was feeding Le Baby Bennessio said rice cake, a segment on Rachael caught my attention: Pipe Cleaners and Visine. I know, weird. Bear with me. 

First, Pipe Cleaners. She had two of her little friends on the show that were all "spring cleaning" and over organizing everything under the sun. Seriously, one of the girls was discussing how she felt it was necessary to put bins inside her refrigerator so everything had a spot. Uhm, okay because that's realistic. Clearly she lives alone, because my husband would have a heart if I told him he was now responsible for placing the turkey not only back in the fridge but also in a labeled bin named "deli meats" and if he dares to put it in the bin labeled "cheese" he is disrupting the entire system. HA! Ladies be CRAZZZY.

Her next brilliant and masterful trick involved hangers and pipe cleaners. This time she was organizing her pals closest and just COULDN'T BELIEVE she was using wire hangers. Right, because no one ever uses wire hanger, are you serious right now lady!? Although I do agree, I would much prefer the fancy plastic kind, or the fuzzy ones that add some extra grip to your silky shirts, those things are few and far between. So, if my clothes make it to the hanger and/or are placed on there from my dry cleaner, they REMAIN in the wire hanger, sue me. But, her point she was making was a valid one...
She agreed, people use wire hangers. She agreed, the ideal hangers are expensive. She agreed, there was nothing we could do about either of those facts. So, she had a solution. Simply wrap a pipe cleaner around the edges of your wire hangers and create your own fancy hangers. Sort of genius. Also sort of ridiculous and a lot sort of time consuming. But, pretty ingenious at the same time. Moral of the story: it's a neat trick if you're re-purposing your hangers for anything other than marshmallow sticks around a campfire.

Additional side note on donating clothes. She made an excellent point: When you switch you spring/summer wardrobe out with fall/winter put all of your hangers facing the wall (the hard awkward way to hang something) and then once you wear it, hang it back up the opposite way (the normal way to hang a hanger). At the end of the season, any clothing items that are still facing the awkward way should be donated, because hellooooo you're not wearing them! Genius!

Okay, now that we have all agreed this is genius but, we are never going to do it let me share with you something you actually may try. Item numero dos: Visine.

Her next guess was a celebrity makeup artist that was answering questions from RR's audience members with tricks of the industry. One of the guests hops down on the stage and discusses how she always has problems covering up red zits and they always look swollen. The makeup artist lady went on to share the way she handles this is to dip a Qtip and saturate it in Visine, put the Qtip in the freezer for 30 minutes or so (She said she leaves 5-6 in her freezer at all times, but again I don't think I'll be doing that) and then place the Qtip on the area ... APPARENTLY the frozen part takes down the swelling and the Visine takes the red out. Sayyy whhhaaaaa. It sounds so crazy that it really just may work. Watch it here. Do you think it's too good to be true? Watch it here.

Welp, there you go. Pipe Cleaners and Visine. Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


I saw something this week that read, "How big is Easter you ask? … Oh, it's only the answer to pretty much everything."

Amen, Amen! Jesus is the reason. Love it.

Also, perhaps we should tell Bennett everything is going to be okay … not to worry because Easter is about so much more than this silly old bunny and just for good measure, the Easter Bunny isn't THAT bad.
Poor guy, he was terrified! But seriously, Happy Easter Y'all. Eat some deviled eggs for me!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Over the Easter Limit

Okay, okay, I realize I'm over the Easter limit and this is my second post about Easter and our baby. I also know I will be posting a fabulous picture on Easter Sunday to wish all of you a Happy Easter, so I am certainly going to be over the posting about Easter limit.  But, I'm back in blogging mode and feel compelled to share. Sue me.

So, while I was at the grocery store last week I spotted the Easter aisle. Of course my baskets for Bennett and the nieces and nephews have been complete for weeks, but I felt a yearning to walk down the aisle just ONE more time to make sure I wasn't missing anything fabulous. It was at that very moment I completely forgot I have a 9 month old who has absolutely ZERO clue what the heck is going on; and instead thought I had a 4 year old who was all excited about Easter. Clearly it was me who was excited, but that's neither here nor there.

That brings us to the check out lane: two different packages of egg dye (just in case one worked better than the other), two cartons of eggs, a Happy Easter banner, a new egg carrier to store died eggs, a fancy plate to display them, and two bottles of while distilled vinegar later and here we are.

For future reference, or if there happen to be any parents out there who may be reading this in the future and considering taking on the task … let me give you a word of advice: DON'T. Simply DO NOT. I was all "this will make for some adorable Easter photos" and "Bennett will be so happy to look back at these pictures one day and remember how much fun his parents were when he was a kid" and "it will be fun for me and Shane too". Ha, right. Wishful thinking Katie, wishful thinking. More like DISASTER. Flipping DISASTER.

The staged pictures make you think we were having a good time and everything was great:
Grandma, don't be alarmed … Hubs is hiding behind him, safety first folks.  
 Of course he needed to try and eat the eggs, it wouldn't be any task without it.

It was right about this moment right here when we said "maybe we should take his clothes off in case things start to get messy …?" So, now we have a not only a baby dyeing Easter eggs, but a naked baby. This has to end up fabulous, right?
Here's right about where the fun, free loving Easter egg dye went south … starting with Bennett realizing hard boiled eggs are indeed NOT indestructible.
Yep, that's right you can break them open buddy. But, OH SHANE STOP HIM! … you cannot eat that shell mister.
Okay, Bennett - reroute and distract. Let's color some of the eggs buddy. First pick your favorite color and drop it in here like this….
Then, let's have great manners and be real neat and tidy and wipe off our fingertips on a paper towel. 
 Now, smile at the camera for Daddy and get a really cute picture. Oh this is funnn!!
Okay, you want to try one more? Alright! Let's make a pink one for …. OHHHHH SH*****T. No no no no don't grab it. You'll knock all of them over .. ohhhhhhh boyyyyyy
Bahahhahaaha. Shane, you're going to need more paper towels.
Uhm, and maybe grab those Clorox wipes while you're at it … it kind of looks like it's staining the white cabinets.
Fail. Epic fail. We got three eggs and one with splattered speckles. I now have 21 hardboiled eggs chilling in my fridge just waiting for some color love. I guess we'll just have to eat them instead.

Well, there's always next year. Maybe it'll be better next year right?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here Comes Peter Bennett Tail

Hoppin' down the bunny trail. Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's wayyyy!

I'm a sucker for the $1 Target aisle, but if we're being honest … who isn't? Spring back to the day after Valentine's day when I felt obligated to raid the Tar-jay shelves for discounted chocolate, and I stumbled upon these bad boys …
The "should I purchase these?" conversation with myself went a little something like this:
"OM*@!$%^*GGGG! The pictures I can create with these, I MUST GET THEM! … {ears immediately go in cart … walk a little ways} Should I get these? Shane will kill me if I put Bennett in bunny ears. {grab ears to put them back on shelf … resume walking} What are you doing?! Go back and get those! A) They are a freaking DOLLAR B) They are adorable C) THE PICTURES KATIE! THE PICTURES! {ears are back in cart and remain for the duration of the Target stop."
Once they made their safe arrival to mi casa, they sat untouched for nearly two months (because let's remember I purchased them in February). Why retail stores feel the need to start holidays MONTHS in advance I'll never know … buuut I'm assuming it has something to do with suckers like me who purchase the items from the moment they hit the shelves, and continue to do so even AFTER the holiday is over (see note above regarding discount chocolate … no shame whatsoever).

Alright, alright … I'm making my point I promise. Last week I saw an online special for spring pictures and knew this was the ticket to get the best use of said ears. I could have taken my own pictures of course (which was my initial intent) … but how again, another sale … tickle me pink, I love a good sale.

I also love what I am about to show you. Ready, set … BABY BUNNY!

And of course in addition to fabulous carrot props provided by none other than Grandma Penny herself, I had to throw in some Easter eggs for good measure, duh.
 What's Up Doc?
 Precious Bunny Boy.
And because I plan to give some these precious photos to several of my family members, I added in a quick outfit change so these bad boys can stay up all year long. Baby in a box! 
 Ain't he just dapper?!
Happy Egg Hunting this weekend my friends. Happy Easter and most importantly Hallelujah, HE IS RISEN!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Old Chi Omega Home

This past weekend I took a fun-filled walk down memory lane ...
456 Rose Street at the University of Kentucky. The steamboat, the wedding cake, the chee, the home that holds amazing memories … The Chi Omega House.

Le Sigh.

So much happy in such a simple photo.

The Lambda Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega was chartered in 1914 and has now turned 100 years old! This past weekend was the Centennial Celebration and sisters from years past and present all came together to celebrate. SO COOL. There is so much history and so many memories for so many amazing ladies that are all centered around this same location, it seriously makes me so happy.
When I joined a sorority my freshman year, I was completely overwhelmed and had no idea what to expect. At first, it seemed a little superficial, a little forced, a lotta foreign, and incredibly overwhelming, but it quickly became apparent that it was also inspiring, challenging, bettering, comforting and ALOTTA fun. It also taught me some really great things about myself and life.
College itself is a great time...classmates, old friends, new friends, the entire "growing up" on your own and coming of age experience is second to none, but if I'm being 100% honest my sorority had a HELLUVA-lot to do with why I loved my college days so dearly. And side note: bigggg shout out to my parents for making all of aspirations and dreams of college and frat life a reality, without ever once batting an eye and trusting in my decisions, even though they were sometimes a little questionable ;)  My sorority sisters were by my side for all of it …

Additionally, I just started a list where I was naming everything they were to me so you could get the full effect... I got to 25 and deleted it, because I realized it's a little overkill. You get it. We were close. We were besties. A lot of us still are. And although I may have met them on my own, I credit Chi O for all of it and I'm not ashamed to say so.

Our Symphony was something I used to hear weekly. And, as cheesy as it may sound … It was neat to hear it again this weekend. The Symphony's notes are played across 173 campuses in America. Sisterhoods are strengthened on a daily basis; handshakes are being exchanged, songs are being sung, and oaths are being vowed. We are part of a tradition that has lasted over a century; women have been playing the Symphony long before we ever heard it. But the tune still rings louder than ever just as I and so many have promised to be a "symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note."
And BIGGG news … that steamboat that you see pictured above is getting a MUCH NEEDED makeover! HOLLLLLAAAAA. Check her out … I can't wait to see her when she's finished!

Anywhoodles, it was a great weekend. I also managed to throw in a little Keeneland, 75 degree weather, grown up time with Hubby and some of my favorite college foods. So, I'm certainly chalking this one up as a win.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First Birthday Fancies

First birthday. First birthday.. FIRST BIRTHDAYYY.

What am I saying right now?! How is it already time to start thinking about my favorite little man turning a year old? How is it possible the first year of his life is coming to a close? How is it possible? HOW?! How did this happen? Just hold on real quick while I go grab another Kleenex, K?

I am so excited to celebrate with him and the thought of him and a little smash cake smeared all over his face/hands/belly/etc. makes me giddy with excitement, but HOLY BAJEEZE. A year old. Crazy sauce.

Alas, it's happening. I keep telling myself if I wait and don't plan it, it won't happen. Buuuut, that's sort of like telling yourself that if you eat the last 4 Oreos it really doesn't matter because there isn't a big difference between 2 cookies and 6. No? No one else reasons that way with themselves? Well, that's Katie logic at it's finest right there. So, I guess that means it's time to settle the brain into planning mode and maybe my butt onto the exercise bike at the same time to work off the 10 Oreos I just lied to you about :)

So there's where the brain currently is folks ... babies and birthday parties! WHAT FUN!  I'd love to hear some of your ideas and/or fabulous birthday party themes you've seen or heard.

For some reason right now I'm loving the idea of a Circus theme ...
Happy Birthday Banners - 9 Options to Choose From! Great For Boys and Girls at VeryJane.com
And let's be honest, because I love all things vintage ... I'm still trying to catch my breath after seeing this ... A VINTAGE CIRCUS THEME. In love with this.
Vintage Circus / Carnival Party with A LOT of Ideas via Kara's Party Ideas | KarasPartyIdeas.com #vintage #carnival #circus #girl #boy #party #ideas #supplies
 But I also love a self-made ONEderland, because I could really make that be anything I want, and wouldn't be tied to a theme .... but who am I kidding ... I love themes. c7b827c1a41d869913ecba1beb1379c1.jpg (640×960)
Oh man, I've created a monster. I'm overdosing on Pinterest and Google searches.

SOMEBODY STOP ME!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bennett: The Third Quarter

Back so soon with another update, HA!  Clearly I was a little too laxed these last couple of months ... so rather than give you 3 up to date play by plays I'm just going to lump them all together. But seriously, the boy doesn't stop growing and I don't want to forget one baby detail.  We are having so much fun watching little BUB change every day! We've got a 9 month old on our hands folks, and here's what's been happening in our neck of the woods.
 How big are you?

  • 7 months BIG (your appointment was Jan 20 ... so 8 days prior to being officially 7 months) … I forgot to take your sticker pictures this month. Sorry dude.
    • Height: you were 28.25 inches (90th percentile)
    • Weight: you were16.3lbs 14oz (10th percentile)... such a string bean!
    • Head: 44.5 inches (50th percentile) 
  • 8 months
    • you grew :) no new updates
  • 9 months
    • your 9 month appointment isn't until the end of the month ... so once we have your official numbers I'll update the post so we can be sure to know how big you are!
What's Your Temperament:
  • To say you're showing us all sorts of personality is probably a bit of an understatement.  And although you can't talk (actual words that is ... you're saying plenty of other things) ... you've got an opinion and you let us know pretty quickly if you like it or you don't :)
  • Continuing to find your voice ... especially when someone is a little sleepy. You start to perfect intriguing sounds and we know it is bedtime!
  • Your smiles and giggles are still the best part of our day. Daddy and I are always trying to find new ways to make you laugh. Your giggle is insanely awesome. I mean, AHHWWWE-SUMMMMM. As are you.
  • You're starting to be more receptive to "games" peek-a-boo, tickle-fests, etc. You're such a glowing little man!
  • Let's talk talking again ... you're officially saying "Da-Da" especially when you're tired or wanting something. Ma-ma better not be far behind little mister!
What are you eating?
  • Feeding, whew buddy, this has totally changed … AGAIN!  You're eating all kinds of foods!  And you absolutely love it!  
  • We're still working on trying to get you to hold your own bottle, but no luck thus far ... even though everyone once in a while you get a good grip! (this was the case for months 7-8) But just recently you've started to master it. You have a hard time tipping it up to your mouth, but you definitely know what's up.
  • So far you've haven't met many foods you don't like.
  • Around 7 months we introduced a few "finger" foods to let you get an idea of playing with your food and starting to experiment with feeding yourself. And now you are basically eating EVERYTHING.
  • You get 3 full meals a day (usually Turkey or Chicken, some sort of noodle, and a fruit or veggie) paired with a sippy cup with a STRAW because you hate sippies! And then you get 3 8 oz bottles every day: one in the morning, one midday and one before bedtime. You're still eating nearly every 3 hours ... and sometimes we can stretch you a little longer to 3.5-4 hours in between 
  • Enfamil Gentleease is still your formula ... and you also drink water and apple juice. And PaPaw likes you sneak you diet coke every once in a while :)
What are you sporting?
  • Still cruisin' in #3 diapers, and still Pampers people and they seem to keep you extra happy. 
    • And at nighttime you're sleeping in baby dry diapers. You have an uncanny ability to SOAK a diaper at night and the baby dry keep you extra comfy at nighttime so it doesn't wake you up because you feel so yucky
  • Avent paci's when you want one. But they're not a big time play for you unless you're having a rough time falling to sleep. 
  • You're wearing mostly 9 month sleepers and what not because you're so daggone tall, but we've had to add 12 month items into the mix as well. It's funny because you have no problem filling them out lengthwise, but you are SO skinny we need to take in the waist bands. 
  • You're pretty chill when it comes to accessorizing and that makes it so fun. You have no problem rocking a hat, sunglasses, boots, you name it - you let us put you in it ... and that makes for some FUN outfits!
How are you sleeping?
  • Still pretty amazing compared to other little tykes I've heard of.
  • We began sleep training around the end of month 6 to start getting you to fall asleep on your own. (we used to rock you to sleep, but you started battling that too and we knew it was time) It was a tough couple of naps and nights at first because listening to you cry is SO HARD, but we know it is for the best and now that you have the hang of it you are sleeping longer and actually seem to be enjoying learning how to do it all on your own!
  • Since you're putting yourself to sleep, the schedule is about the same. Bath, bottle then bedtime between 7:30-8 and you're up and at em between 6 and 7 am. 
  • Your naps are getting much more patterned now that we've started sleep training. Somewhere between 2-3 a day depending on how long each of them are.
    • They are usually around 8am, 11am and 3pm
  • Last week we had a bit of a set back ... thanks to teething and a small virus sleeping was a bit of a nightmare at our household, but I think we are finally round the corner! Thank goodness.
  • Still loving your Halo Sleep Sack!
Bennett likes and dislikes:
Likes:
  • Crawling, pulling up, anything that involves movement
  • Your walker
  • Your highchair! You like to play in it and drop all of your toys all over the ground. Plus, it usually means food is close by and heavens we know you love that!
  • BATH TIME.  You LOVVVEE bath time. And your bath time toys! 
  • Anyone talking or singing to you, you're such a social little butterfly!
  • Toys, you're starting to really see and want to play with things and put them directly in your mouth :) too fun. You've got a favorite teething ring without a doubt and we just found this fancy high chair attachment that's keeping you extra occupied! Yay.
  • Holy stairs. We need to get gates ASAP. You love to climb up them and turn around and look at us like, "HEY DID YOU SEE THAT GUYS?!"
  • Grabbing hair {OUCH!} ... you always get handfuls.
Dislikes: 
  • Being held like a baby. Ha, I know that sounds silly, but you want to be upright.
  • Your car seat, when you've been in there for too long you are NOT happy.
  • You're starting to get a little more particular about who holds you, but I don't mind because I'm one of the ones you're okay with ;)
Fun Moments, favorite memories, quirks and milestones:
  • We're still working on trying to get you say your first words, however your daddy swears you just said "HI" to a little girl. You started waving hi last week and I think you said it too! SO FUN!
  • We've definitely had to baby proof the house. You are into EVERYTHING. 
  • All of our lower shelves are empty, all of the cabinets are rubber-banded, and the stairs … oh man do you love to climb the stairs, or climb anything you can for that matter. 
  • You've learned how to "kiss"!!!!!!! Ahhh this is so fun!
  • We say "kiss" and of course it's a baby kiss, but you open that little mouth incredible wide and lean in. Slobber and all, I'll take it!
  • We completed the Diaper Dip class at the YMCA :) we were so over winter and needed something to do on the weekends so we took you to the pool! You absolutely loved it! (you also love to scrunch your nose)
  • You've learned to wave to say "Hi" and "Bye" and Daddy just taught you how to High-Five. Hehehe. So fun.  
  • We're just starting to introduce some sign language into your feeding routine … things like "drink", "more", and "all-done" … we'll see if you decide to pick that up or not ;)
  • You're getting better and better at pulling up! Baahhhh! We kind of thought you may be walking by now, but thank goodness you're giving us a little extra time!
  • You'll walk with assistance and all around a coffee table ... and you will stand on your own for about 10-20 seconds, but the moment you realize you're standing out pop the arms and you sit down :)
  • We also took you and your cousins to the zoo when the weather FINALLY decided to cooperate for a day or so!  
  • Capturing your smiles via camera is still a personal challenge of mine and I get wayyy too excited when I get a good one - here's one of my favorites from the past few months. I love it. 
We are having so much fun watching you grow, we say every day ... I love him so much.

Our favorite little man. The best guy ... our heart.