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Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

5 May

As usual, we jam packed this week with lots of plans, activities, etc. I swear I need to stop doing that so we can just stop and relax but as I am typing this… I am laughing because how do you do that with a busy busy 15 month old?!?! Which reminds me I have not done her 15 month post so I need to get on that before 16 months comes up on me (seriously time, slow down).

I am trying to introduce coloring to Kyler but she isn’t having it…. at school she colors and I get her Pablo Picaso  doodles sent home all the time…. but at home, nope… she would rather try and eat the crayons (of course giving me that grin like “I know I am not supposed to do this but I like to anyway.”

A reader reached out to me about Kyler’s first birthday invitation since she was doing a navy and orange nautical party for her son’s first birthday. Since I designed Kyler’s invitation, there really wasn’t a template that I could just send to her and I didn’t mind tinkering it to create something else super cute and fun so I offered to help. I think it came out super cute!

Wednesday was my 27th birthday! I get somewhat annoyed when young people say “I’m so old” but I can honestly say that I am really starting to feel that way… I know it’s not but 27 just sounds so much older than 26 to me. Silly, I know, but a feeling none the less. My birthday was AWESOME. My parent’s hooked me up with a little shopping trip (I was in desperate need), my co-worker aka Magic family rocked it, and of course my sweet hubby and doubly sweet daughter capped off the night with dinner and a yummy dessert.

My sweet Kyler Bug said Happy Birthday!

So did my pups ❤

Before I get into the antics at work…let me digress a minute. I am in a department of 3 (4 when we have an intern) and we are extremely close. We are highly inappropriate and like to laugh and joke around when we can. When it came time for Danny’s birthday back in February, we decided we needed to show his desk and car “some loving” and completely wrapped his desk with saran wrap and filled it with balloons. We also turned his car into a cow (he is from Wisconsin so it’s fitting). For Phil’s birthday, we hired a company to fill his yard up with funny signs and then covered his office floor with over 2000 cups of water. So needless to say, I knew I had it coming.

When I got to work Wednesday morning, my desk looked like this:

Every square inch was covered in aluminum foil. EVERYTHING I tell you.

Then, it gets worse…. as we were walking out to lunch, I came across this:

Yep, that is MY car parked INSIDE the Amway Center on the 3RD Floor. Boys were sneaky and got my keys and drove it up the ramp and into the freight elevator. Too funny.

When I walked up, I had some friends up there waiting on me…. pretty sure to see my reaction 🙂

Classic, right?

After that, we headed to get some yummy sushi and I heard all about how they pulled that off.

My sweet Kyler

That night, Chris, Kyler and I went to Outback for dinner and it was delicious.

Again, trying to color 🙂

After dinner, we went home, they sang Happy Birthday to me and we ate Red Velvet Cheesecake. This is the cake we had our wedding cake made after so it has special meaning to me 🙂 Chris is just so awesome ❤

Sushi, lunch cupcake, and Red Velvet Cheesecake!

In other news… Kyler has been killing it with the fork usage! She has really gotten that science down. Now a spoon? Not a chance.

I have been on the hunt (kind of sort of) for a big girl bed for Kyler. I love love love the Jenny Lind beds from Land of Nod but do not have or want to cough up almost $600 for a twin bed. Instead, I found this little gem on a Craigslist ad at a local resale store. I got the bed for $139 and feel like I got a good deal! We will be refinishing this into something special…. that post will be at a later date.

Peanut Butter face!!

Saturday night, we headed over to the Gilbertson’s for a little Cinco de Mayo party! All the necessities for a good time (The Jose is for us of course)

The girls of course had a great time…. I think there were 7 kiddos under the age of 4 there. My how parties have changed.

Twins again, and no, we did not plan this time either!

Story time!

The girls took a bath together and that was too cute 🙂

After the kiddos went to bed, we adults had some fun!

J bone!

Macko and Jenks!

Kendra and Jeremy:

Today, we went over to my friend/co-worker’s house to help him with a little DIY project. He just bought his first house and needed some help with it. Chris did most of the helping, I was just along to give my opinion and keep Kyler as entertained as possible.

Told you 🙂

Danny needed a headboard and wt work, we came across this cheap and masculine idea for a one:


His bedroom has all of these black shelves hanging up (bad picture):

Once I saw those, I knew we could just re-purpose them into a headboard! Just take them down and screw them back up! I believe all it cost Danny was a pack of drywall anchors and a can of black spray paint (to touch up the areas on the already painted black wood). Can’t beat that!

Looks great, doesn’t it?

I love doing home projects, decorating, DIY projects, crafty things, and party planning so this has been a fun week for me! I am always up to helping out and so if anyone is stumped on something or wants an opinion, I am free to ask! I am by no means an expert but I love this stuff if you can’t tell already 🙂

Andddd it’s time to go as this is most likely the LONGEST Weekend Update to date. Thanks for hanging in there and see ya next week 🙂

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

24 Mar

I need to seriously get on the ball about blogging about other things, such as home ideas and projects, than just talking about my past week. I know, I am slacking but I will try and find some motivation in the coming weeks! I think I can, I think I can 🙂

The week was a pretty good one. Pretty normal which is fine by me. Work, some fun family time, and some relaxation time. All good things.

After dinner frozen yogurt 🙂 It’s right up the street from us so we just ride our bikes up there. Kyler is a fan 🙂


We had our annual Black Tie and Tennies Gala at work this past Saturday. Me and the Arena Ops girls, Michelle and Amanda! Nothing says classy like a radio on the hip 😉


Meanwhile, at home…..

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My mom bought Kyler the Cupig from Hallmark for Valentine’s Day and she loves it. She will pick the pig up and bring it to me to play for her because she loves to dance along.

Today, we went over and spent the day with my parents. The doggies got to go swimming and Kyler got some new play toys! The weather wasn’t too great, and actually got pretty nasty but we were still able to have some fun!


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Last year, when Kyler was just a couple of months old, my parents bought this chair set for her and it’s been in a box in the garage until she would actually be able to use it. Today is the first day we took it out and I think she likes it 🙂

PS: When we are at their house and have our dogs there too, there are 9 dogs in total, so yes, it’s a little hectic!

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Reading a magazine in Poppa’s office.


My little bird. Poor kid in a sea of dogs!!


Poor thing started getting sick this evening so we will be making a trip to the doctor’s in the A.M. Nothing worse than when your little sweetheart isn’t feeling well!


Have a great week!!!!


Happy Birthday to my brother Craig who would have been 38 years old yesterday. I love you and miss you and hope your birthday in Heaven was the best yet 🙂

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

17 Feb

We don’t really do it up big for Valentine’s Day but it is sweet to wake up to flowers and cupcakes from your love 🙂


Surprise dinner for Chris! Kyler joined too although she wasn’t a fan of lasagna…. crazy kid.


We switched Kyler’s car seat to forward facing this weekend. I really thought I would wait longer to flip it but her knees were bent and after a talk with the doctor…. it was time. She seemed to like it!


Kyler and Kenley testing out Kenley’s new bike trailer!


Kyler got a basketball hoop with some gift cards from her birthday. She picked it up quick 🙂


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Such a pretty day.



Just hanging out in the backyard.


Pretty Caya.


Had another nice weekend with my little family 🙂 Did a little shopping, celebrating our friend Ryan’s 30th birthday, find out my bestie Jenn and her hubby are having a little baby boy in July, had breakfast with my long lost buddy Jordan and her BF Chris and got to spend some QT with my 2 favorite people! Life is good 🙂

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

10 Feb

Happy Sunday (or sad that it is Sunday already?)

Kyler waiting for the doctor… she loves the paper!


Come on Dad! Let’s go play! (ps doesn’t Chris’ hand look ridiculous big compared to Kyler’s? Just realized that 🙂 )


Why not try and eat the phone?


This weekend, we took Kyler to SeaWorld for the first time. She did okay. I think her naps were messed up because she woke up early so that kind of threw her off for the day. Nice thing about SeaWorld is you pay once and you can come back all year so it makes it a little bit easier to leave early 🙂


Checking out the dolphins…. Mommy’s favorite



Looking at the dolphins with Grandma and Poppa


She loves them as much as me 🙂



Her first Shamu show…. this is about as interested as she was going to get. We will try again next time 🙂


Sea lions!


Time to go.


My 9ft tall baby


Saying bye to the dolphins.

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Walking out.

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When we got back, we rode our bikes up to get some frozen yogurt!


We also played in the backyard all weekend! That was fun too!


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Play ball!


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The other girls were pretty happy too.



Just missing Fenway


Oh Kyler…. She decided to smear mashed potatoes everywhere.

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We had such a nice, beautiful, family filled weekend. Just what we needed! I am not sure I have really expressed how much I LOVE Florida weather especially in the Winter/Spring seasons. Mid 70’s with plenty of sunshine is about perfect as it can get. My in-laws up in West Springfield, MA got 21″ of snow from that little thing they call a blizzard. Yeah…. no thank you. This Florida girl loves to visit and play in the snow but that is about it. I have never lived in snow and I can say that I really don’t think I am missing out on much.

This is a view of their backyard… it sure is pretty though!


My Father-in-Law out with his snow plow… at least he looks happy!


No matter where you were this week and weekend, I hope it was a good one!

Weekend Update with Kyler: 40 weeks!

4 Nov

Welcome to the new site! I FINALLY named the blog and I swear it may have been the hardest thing I have done in a long time. I wanted it to be about us, the house, Kyler, life, etc and some how landed on “This Grey House”. Is it the most riveting blog name ever? Well, no but it centers around our house and what happens in and around our house, our family!

I had to look at the calendar this week to see how many weeks old Kyler is. I can’t keep up! It is somehow November already… yes…. NOVEMBER! Ah! That means I am officially in Christmas mode. Yep, I said it. Christmas music was playing at the store and I loved every minute of it. I love Christmas in general but it just feels so much more special this year seeing that it will be Kyler’s first Christmas. I know she won’t really know what is going on but I will and I want it to be perfect for her!

Back to the weekly update….

Kyler has 2 teeth! They are no longer little white bumps but you can actually see all the grooves! I imagine they will be all the way out by the end of the week. I know she is a little late to the party but no biggie because they are here!


The weather has been AMAZING… I mean AMAZING!!!!! in Florida this week. We are finally getting some use out of Chris’s fire pit 🙂


Pretty typical night playing with Kyler. My favorite thing to do!


Kyler had a great first Halloween!



I worked on Friday but this was my “Goodnight Mommy” photo ❤

I came home from work Friday night (Opening night and the Magic one- woo hoo!) to a clean house, flowers, and a present! I am one lucky lady ❤

The flowers and card from Kyler:

I thought that was it (of course) but when I finally went upstairs, there were more flowers, a card from Chris and a present waiting for me! My hubby is so great! I love you, Chris!


What a day… what a weekend! We headed out to the stores and got home early Christmas shopping done (I am hunting down the deals and buying little by little so it doesn’t hurt our pocket at once). The Gilbertson’s stopped by and the girls got to hang out for a little bit. After they left, we walked Kyler up to the park for a little fun!


Just like Maggie!


Today was our lazy day. We hung around the house, Kyler napped, Kyler played, we cleaned up a bit, went to the grocery store…. pretty typical Sunday and it was great.

Kyler is a pro with a straw now!

She is so happy! I am so blessed to have such a happy little girl.

I had such a nice and relaxing weekend with my family. Just what I needed ❤ Kyler, you make us smile every time we think about you and we love you more than you know!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend as well! Next post: The Playroom!

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

Miss Kyler was a ladybug and a really cute one at that!

Today, she and Chris came to the arena to see me at work and play with some other kiddos for our Halloween Event.

Kyler and Hannah re-meeting for the first time.

Fun side note: Sarah (Hannah’s mom) and I were preggos at the same time. They have always been 3 days apart. Kyler was due on the 26th and Hannah on the 29th. Well as you all know (you better!), Kyler came on the 26th but Hannah came on the 23rd. Sarah and I are always swapping stories and tips with each other (Thanks Sarah!). They really seemed to like each other so we need to get on the ball and have play dates!

Some of the Magic kids!

This past weekend, Kendra came over with Kenley and got some great shots of the girls.

I love this one. It’s like a family photo haha.

Sweet Kenley was a strawberry!

Tonight, we tried to get some pictures of Kyler with dogs. Um…. not so easy 🙂

Ammo the turtle

All my girl bugs ❤

Caya the bumble bee

Just a ladybug hanging out with 2 bumble bees

The pups!

Happy Halloween!

Weekend Update with Kyler: 34 Weeks

23 Sep

We continue to have really busy weeks here at the Jenkinson household. We are working fast and furious to get the playroom done and we made GREAT progress this week. I wish I could show a sneak peek but I am resisting 🙂 I feel so rushed because we work all day, come home and take care of Bug, and then get to work on the playroom. We do that right up to bedtime and then do it all over again. I am excited, though, because I finished all of my projects (minus painting the fan-need to get it done first!) and I can put away the sewing machine 🙂


Go to bed, Sweetie 🙂


I went shopping for a few more things for our trip. Kyler approves!

Sitting still for the moment. It’s a rare event now!


UGH. No picture 😦 I need to get better at getting some photos and I definitely need to get better at taking the pictures with a REAL camera.


Kyler doesn’t wear shoes too often because 1) She doesn’t keep them on 2) She doesn’t walk and 3) It’s hot out. I know I needed to get a few pairs of shoes before her trip because it’s going to be a lot cooler up there. Also because I feel weird with her out and about with no shoes on now so we got some shoes!

She likes them 🙂 Well, she may like the boxes but it still counts.


We finally got our new stroller!! Just in trip for our trip!


Grandma and Poppa came over and we went out to dinner! It was our first time feeding Kyler at a restaurant. The screw-on spoons to the baby food pouches are genius! She was such a good girl 🙂

Time to go home. I’m sleepy, Momma.


Today we ran some errands. She looks so big 😦 (sad face because where is the time going??!?!?!!)

Of course Target was included. We love us some Target!

Play time with the doggies!

We got to FaceTime with Matt before bed. He was showing off his guitar playing skills!

Well, I need to go to make my icing! Remember the peanut butter cake I made Chris for his birthday? Well I am making an Oreo version. Wish me luck!!




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