Archive | January, 2014

A Mermaid Tale: 2nd Birthday Party

31 Jan

Kyler picked a mermaid theme for her 2nd birthday. At first, I wasn’t sure since it can be similar to a nautical theme and if you recall, we did that last year. But if that is what she wants, that is what she gets 🙂


Fish Net/Balloons/Paper Lanterns/Seaweed Streamers

Gift Area


Anywhere Chair/Streamers/Pearl Beads


  Wrapping paper/Cricut cut-outs


Jelly Fish Lanterns (tutorial here)/Paper Mache letters/Conch shells from our trip to Turks and Caicos/Borrowed Starfish

Apothecary jar with sand, letter, starfish and shells

Fishbowl vase with sand and shells

Cricut cut-outs

Flowers in mason jar wrapped in burlap with shells glued to it


Decorate your own treasure chest with markers and foam stickers

After you decorate, fill up your chest for a take home favor!

Food Table

Crab legs- carrot sticks/Sea Cucumbers- cucumbers with ranch dip

Seaweed Dip- Spinach dip

Lemonade (tinted with Powerade Berry drops) & Fruit Punch (White Cran Strawberry Juice, Club Soda, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine, and fresh fruit)

Seashell Pasta- Pasta Salad


Sushi Rolls- Pinwheels and Pizza Roll-Ups from Publix  

Dessert Table

Cardboard cutout wrapped in burlap with shells, flowers, and pearls

Cupcakes by Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly

Cookies made by me 🙂

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!!!

Throwback Thursday

30 Jan

Our first house!

My parents bought this house for college and I moved in in 2004. Chris moved in in 2008. We moved out in 2011. I (and we) have had so many amazing memories here and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Birthday Trip to the Zoo

29 Jan

Sunday was Kyler’s actual birthday. We opted for a family day to the Tampa Lowry Zoo since Kyler LOVES her animals. We planned to be on the road at 9am and just about made that. We had to turn around (only a mile down the road) because we forgot the diaper bag. We got going again and were about 5 miles down the road when all of a sudden, Kyler got sick :/ Poor thing! She told me about 2 minutes before that her ear hurt so maybe she is coming down with something. We turned around and got her all cleaned up, waited a bit, and tried again. Kyler’s a trooper. She kept asking to see the elephants and tigers and she seemed to be fine so why not, right?

We finally made it to Tampa at 1pm and Kyler was fine. She was so excited to be there. Both sets of her grandparents were with us so it made for a really special day.

Kyler with her Poppa. She is obsessed.

Checking out the Cloud Leopard. So pretty.


Grandma and Poppa

Saying hi to these guys

Of course she has to get close as possible

Wiggle worm

With her Daddy and P-Pa

She LOVES a carousel

Happy girl

Trying to be like Daddy

Her heaven… with Poppa and P-Pa

Hi penguin!

These two are in love

Baby elephant! Only 6 months old ❤

Even though we got off to a bumpy start, it was a great day and Kyler had a lot of fun. Gotta love the zoo!

Two Years Old!

28 Jan

Well I haven’t written a monthly update about Kyler in quite some time but I figured 2 years old would be a good time to update you.

She is such a big girl now. She has her own little personality is definitely a spunky kid. She is SUPER independent and has a mind of her own. She will only do something if she wants to do it, which can make our lives interesting at time 🙂 She tells you “No, don’t want to” and good luck trying to talk her into it. She is very quick to tell us what she wants to do or eat, which again, is fun when you would really like her to eat something else 🙂 She is going through a pretty bad “I hate all food” phase (minus yogurt, applesauce, and grapes…. those she will take anytime). Typical 2 year old I guess you can say. We got some new tips from the doctor that we will start trying out so hopefully that will help.

She talks, a lot, and is so smart! She knows her ABC’s, counts to 10 and is getting better with her colors. If an animal has a certain sound they make, this kid knows it! Her favorite things right now are her stuffed animals: Star Bear, Brown Bear, Puppy, and Baby Puppy. She sleeps with all of them tucked under her arms at night and knows when one of them aren’t there. Put that with blankie, lambie and an elephant and she is surrounded! She loves rocks. She collects them outside and lines them up and counts them. She loves to sing and DANCE… still loves to dance! After she is potty trained, I am going to look into some type of dance or activity class because I think she would really like it.

Speaking of potty trained, we are about to head down that road here in the next few weeks. She is definitely ready and tells us when she needs to potty, she is just scared to do it.

Oh, have I mentioned that she gets into EVERYTHING. I mean EVERYTHING. I know most people would say this but honestly, I think she rivals most kids. She can’t just let something be. She has to touch it, get it out, try it, etc. It drives us nuts too. She has this “try me” attitude (she mayyyy have gotten that from me, oops) and tests our limits every step of the way. If we ask her “come here please” she hauls butt in the opposite direction. Ask her to leave something alone? Well she is getting to it even faster. It’s a lot of work but it keeps us on our toes.

Kyler Nicole is definitely a ham. She is shy around people she doesn’t know well or if there is a room full of people but after she warms up, she likes to show off. She is such a goof ball. She is constantly doing things that make Chris and I laugh and then says “I’m funny”.

Last but not least, she is such a sweetie!!! She will go from pushing your buttons to the sweetest thing ever in about 3 seconds. She loves hugs and kisses, tells us she misses us and loves us, and I can even get an occasional snuggle from her still. She is still great with please, thank you, you’re welcome and is now getting better with saying I’m sorry. She was telling people “no, bye-bye” if she didn’t want something but we have taught her to say “no, thank you” instead. Much better! She kisses my belly and tells her baby brother goodnight too. Pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Bed Time –  8pm-8:30pm
Wakes up: 7am
Naptime: 12pm-2pm
Height: Right under 35 inches, 75th percentile
Weight: 29 lbs, 75th percentile
Clothes: 2T-3T
Shoes: Size 6 although we are buying 7’s now

Kyler Nicole, you are our whole world and we love you more than anything. I hope you never change you crazy Bug!

Kyler’s Mermaid Bash!

28 Jan

For Kyler’s 2nd birthday, we went with a Mermaid theme (Kyler’s choice). We had such a good time hanging out with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who came!!!

This girl loves her Poppa

 So excited her bestie showed up!

Love this kid

We coordinated so well!

Decorating treasure chests

Couldn’t have asked for better weather!

Time for a cupcake!


 Time for presents!

 Her cousin Cole helped her with her pretties

Baby Greyson! So cute.

Kyler and her cousins ❤

 This girl is beat

 Happy Birthday Bug!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons X2

27 Jan

I am going to go back 2 weeks because I skipped last week’s (not enough pictures since I was so busy getting ready for Kyler’s birthday).

29 Weeks!

My first real go at decorating cookies….not too bad!

This girl loves her rocks. No clue why but she has a great time collecting them in the backyard.

We celebrated Kyler’s 2nd birthday on Saturday. More pictures to come!

Kyler’s new wardrobe dress-up set

On Sunday, her actual birthday, we took her to the Tampa Lowry Zoo.

Blowing out her candle (thanks to Google+ for making it move like this!)

She was so proud of herself for blowing out the candle that we sang Happy Birthday 4 times 🙂

Playing dress-up before bed…. crazy kid.

We had a GREAT weekend celebrating out big girl but I can’t lie and say I am looking forward to resting up a little bit 🙂 Chris’s parents are in town so it will be nice to spend time with them. Have a great week!

Happy Birthday Kyler!!!

26 Jan

Happy Birthday to our sweet little bug Kyler Nicole! Today she turned 2 years old. These past 2 years have been the BEST years of our lives and we can’t imagine a day without her. We love you!!!


Her first birthday


Her 2nd Birthday


Throwback Thursday

23 Jan

Miss Kyler Nicole

Born January, 26, 2012

In honor for Kyler’s birthday, I went with a newborn picture of her. I took it myself 🙂 She was such a beautiful and perfect baby and is a beautiful and perfect little 2 year old. These have been the quickest 2 years of my life but they have been the BEST! Wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world 🙂 Love you, Bug!

Throwback Thursday

16 Jan



December 5, 2010

The family and I went to Ice! at the Gaylord Palms. We had a nice family brunch and then headed into the cold. Love this picture of all of us. ❤ Miss you Craig.

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

12 Jan

The weather this week in Florida has been all over the place. Hot, freezing, rainy, cool, sunny, cloudy.

Kyler was ready to go on the cold day. High was in the 4os!

She has been struggling with naps this week. If we doses off for a second before hitting the bed, you can basically kiss naptime goodbye. This means passing out in the car on the way home 🙂

I hit up 4 Rivers this week (local BBQ place) and was pleased to see this sign at their Sweet Shop 🙂

Coffee Oreo….. um YUM!!!!! It was AMAZING.

Grandma gave Kyler my locket necklace from when I was a baby. I got this when I was 1 for my baptism. I am going to put it away for safe keeping but will definitely let her wear it for nice occasions 🙂

Kyler and Kenley are normally besties but they were fierce competitors on Saturday night. Colts vs Pats! Our Pats won which made The Jenkinsons happy. Ps…. trying to take pictures of 2 VERY active and crazy 2 year olds is basically impossible.

The family came to visit me at the Circus this past weekend. I had to work the morning show but it worked out because Kyler had a good time watching the show.

We stopped by our favorite breakfast place KeKe’s this morning. Kyler sat in a booster seat and waited patiently for her food. When did she get to be so big?

We enjoyed a beautiful 68 degree day at the park.

Pure Joy

Have a good week 🙂

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