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Kyler Nicole: Five Years Old

19 Feb

Our sweet girl turned five a few weeks ago.

This may be my favorite time with her yet. She is the SWEETEST, most caring, funniest, silliest and smartest little thing. She is constantly surprising Chris and I with how much she knows. She is a sponge and soaks it all up. She had the best manners too. Rarely do I have to remind her to say excuse me, thank you, you’re welcome, etc. She thanks me for making her dinner and tells me how amazing it is (her words haha), how I am her pretty momma and she loves me so much, etc. She is a very affectionate girl and loves her family.

Kyler probably is one of the funniest people I know. She is constantly saying silly things and acting goofy and she knows she is funny. That does get her in some trouble sometimes 🙂 I think she gets talked to in school a bit for being too silly and not listening and I know she does at home.

She is quite the little momma. She really is Hudson and Lincoln’s 2nd mom. She is always looking out for them, helping them, disciplining them haha. She helps Chris and I out quite a bit. I have caught her dressing Hudson after bath, she puts his shoes on, encourages him with whatever he’s doing, gets him food, etc. Just this morning she hooked him up with a lollipop at 9:30am because he wanted one and we said no 🙂

It’s amazing how much she has learned in a year. I think VPK had a lot to do with that but it’s so fun watching her recognize words, sound them out and try and write them. Her handwriting has gotten a lot better and she is really loving school.  She likes to count to 100 and was schooling me on compound words the other day. Sometimes she says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

She does have her moments but they tend to be when she gets really tired. The sas is still in full force but that’s okay. She is definitely a strong willed, beats to her own drum, independent girl.

Her favorite things to do include watching movies and tv. She will probably watch paint dry if it’s on tv so we have to turn it off quite a bit. Now that she knows how to turn on the TV by talking to Alexa, it’s been fun 🙂 She loves Trolls and all Disney movies. She loves to play on her iPad and loves to color and make up pictures for us. When she isn’t doing that, she loves to play with her barbie and her American Girl dolls. She of course love to play with Hudson too.

She is a pretty good eater. She loved breakfast food and SWEETS. This girl hasn’t met a dessert or candy she hasn’t liked. It’s ridiculous and she is just like her dad. Her favorite meals are spaghetti, pierogies, and pizza. She is starting to get a little more adventurous with what she tries (for her). She loves her some flavored lemonade and did I mention anything sweet?

When it comes to her fashion she is a girly girl. She loves dresses, headbands, her new earrings, and loves when she gets new clothes. So funny.

We love you Kyler Nicole!

Kyler Nicole: Four Years Old

26 Jan

Kyler Nicole is four today. 2015 zipped by and I feel like we celebrated her 3rd birthday at Disney a few months ago.

It is funny to look at at her 3 year old post because, honestly, not much has changed.

She is still super outgoing. And she is hysterical… I mean SUPER funny. Not only is she a goof and likes to act silly, but she says the funniest things. She loves to keep Chris and I in line and will be the first to jump in and tell us to stop if she doesn’t like what we are doing/saying. She is what we call a “leader” and I am okay with it as long as she is polite when she is “leading.” We have worked on what strangers mean this year because she will talk to anyone. I feel like she has picked up the concept pretty well so that is giving me a little more piece of mind. She is the sweetest girl. I am not just saying that because I am her mom either (or maybe a little bit). While she is SUPER sassy and can be really difficult, she is the kindest girl. She gets along with every kid at school and has lots of friends. She is always worried about us and wants to take care of us if we don’t feel well. She LOVES her Hudson and does so much for him (like gets him snacks, share her toys.. well sometimes, hugs, etc), and says the sweetest things like “mom, you’re my best mom and I love you so much”.

She did really well in the health department. Maybe a few colds here or there but nothing too crazy to report. The biggest change is that she now wears glasses all of the time. We noticed she squinted when watching the TV and come to find out, she had really bad eyes. Like REALLY bad. It was really sad for me on a few reasons; 1) that she had problems seeing and I didn’t know how bad 2) that she has to wear glasses at such a young age and 3) her prescription is strong so the lens are pretty thick. That all said, I stepped back and looked at things in prospective. My daughter is healthy and that is all that matters. She looks so cute her in glasses and doesn’t mind wearing them plus hey, if the kid can see better than that is great! She brushes her own teeth (then Mom or Dad follows up), has been completely potty trained (night time too) for the longest time and does a lot by herself now.

Kyler is very much a girly girl yet LOVES her superheroes, trains, etc. She played 2 seasons of soccer in 2015 and is about to start up her 3rd. That really isn’t her favorite thing to do but hoping she warms up to it a big more this season. She LOVES to swim and swims like a fish. She still loves her Disney so of course we have so much Disney in our lives haha. She is such an animal lover. The dogs are her best friends and she has to hug and kiss them every day. She is a little better with her dinner time, however, I wouldn’t say she is great. She takes forever to eat but she has started to try new things so that is good. Night time has only gotten better in the last couple of months. Now, when she doesn’t have a nap (basically when she isn’t at school), she goes to pretty easy and usually sleeping by 8:30pm. When she does get a nap…. we are looking at 9:30-10pm at night. Hoping school cuts it out soon.

She does NOT like cold and will complain when it’s like 60 degrees out. She can get her moods when she will whine a lot. It and drives up completely crazy. She can be very sensitive and start to cry in .5 seconds flat. I feel like she does it for attention sometimes but other times its a sign that she is tired. She can have a mouth on her and a bit of an attitude so we spend some time in the old timeout chair… basically learning that it’s not okay to scream and freak out when you don’t get what you want. That is a hard concept for her to get sometimes 🙂 Oh and this girl LOVES to barter… ya know, like 5 more minutes for bed, no mom, how about 10, etc. She always comes back with a “good idea”. All a part of being 4 and testing her boundaries.

She is a tall girl but not super tall. We will visit doctor to get her stats but I really don’t think she will be much bigger than the rest of the kids her age. She is wearing a size 4… Ideally a kid’s 4 and not toddler because she does need the length. Her shoes are a size 9 (can even were some 8s still) so her feet barely grew this year haha. Her hair is super long and we need to get it cut soon. She has only had 1 hair cut in her life. She is still my little fashionista. I am pretty sure she is up to over 13 pairs of boots (don’t judge me, damnit! ) She does wear a uniform at school so that has actually slowed down my habit to buy new clothes for her. So that is good, I guess?

She is VERY smart. I am not even really talking about tradition smart but just gets things that most kids her age don’t. Honestly the conversations I have with her are pretty amazing. Her memory is ridiculous and brings up things that happened so long ago. Currently, we are working on her writing and reading skills. She can write her own name but we have been challenging her lately. She loves Legos and her imagination is pretty awesome.

Some of her favorites:

Favorite Foods: Yogurt, Grapes, Mac and Cheese, Apples, Almonds, Spaghetti,  Any candy, cake or cookie 🙂
Favorite Movies: Any Disney movie….big into Inside Out right now
Favorite Songs: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift followed by and Taylor Swift song… oh and the occasional 90s rap song
Favorite Toys: Legos, Barbies, Palace Pets, Hudson’s train table, any small figurine
Favorite Places: Disney World, Sea World, Grandma and Poppas
Favorite Books: The Day the Crayons Quit and Came Home

Kyler’s 3rd Birthday Weekend!!!

29 Jan

A three year old birthday party was much different than a one year old or two year old party. At least it was for us. What I mean by that is that at age one, it’s mainly for the parents. The kid has no idea what is going on and what a birthday is. When it comes time for the second birthday, it’s still mainly for the parents, however, your kid may have some input in terms of what they like but outside of that, they still really don’t know what is going on. However, for the third birthday, that is when they definitely have some say so.

Kyler’s birthday was Monday, the 26th, however we started the party celebration on Friday. We brought in mini cupcakes for her class and they were able to sing her Happy Birthday at school.

Saturday was her birthday party with all of her friends. She had been telling me for about 5 months that she wanted a dinosaur and alligator . Um, what? I honestly thought it was just a moment in time thing but she kept at it and never dropped it. About 3 months ago (hey, I am an event planner-what can I say), I was thinking to myself “Okay, what are you going to do for a dinosaur and alligator party?” It dawned on me…. the Orlando Science Center! They have a great dinosaur area and baby alligators and guess what? They host birthday parties! This was perfect because Kyler now has a bunch of friends at school and I didn’t really want to entertain a bunch of people at my house. I mean do you remember how all out I went for her 2nd birthday?

Honestly, even though I was a bit sad that I didn’t get to be all creative and fun, it was AMAZING and pretty much stress free. I didn’t have to worry about a clean house, food, making sure everything was perfect, etc. We showed up and they handled everything!

First, she started out making a “lava” lamp and doing “volcano” explosion experiments.

Watching more science experiments!

Playing in one of the dino digs

We had a baby alligator come to the room and everyone got to pet him! His name was Taft 🙂

Time for cake!

Playtime with friends

These 2 were full of it and running through the exhibit like crazy people

The big guy had fun too!

Sunday, we had a birthday party for family at my parents house! We kept it simple; pizza and cake.

My dad snuck Hudson some icing….I was not too happy, however, Hudson seemed to love it.

Kyler got this sweet ride for her birthday!

Taken her baby bro for a ride

Drivers Ed

She had a great time!

Think someone has enough jewelry?

Uncle Josh!

Playing soccer with cousin Cole!

For her actual birthday, Chris and I both took off work and took her to a surprise breakfast with the princesses at the Grand Floridian.

He is such a flirt!

The other 4 princesses made their way around to our table

The Grand Floridan is so pretty! So is this little model 🙂

She is 3!

Running off to catch the monorail

We spent the rest of the day at Magic Kindgom. The park wasn’t too busy and we were able to get on 10 different rides, catch the parade, meet Tinker Bell, and still sneak in a nap!

12:03pm. The exact time she was born ❤

My little stud ❤

Watch out! Crazy driver!

Waiting for the parade to start and had a great view of the castle

The parade had a bit of delay to naturally Kyler headed out to perform in front of everyone.

She will make friends with anyone these days 🙂

Best parade yet. Since she was wearing her birthday pin, a lot of the performers came over to her and said happy birthday. She especially loved with Smead and Pluto came back and shook her hand 🙂


This one…. melts my heart!

My big 3 year old. Thankfully she was able to get on this because the ride broke down about 3 minutes later!

We had the BEST day with them. They were both so well behaved, she LOVED the princesses and got to ride all of her favorite rides, the weather was beautiful and things just fell into place. We had a long weekend celebrating but it was worth it…. anything for our Bug! Happy 3rd Birthday again sweet girl!!!!!!!!

Kyler Nicole: Three Years Old

26 Jan

Kyler Bug is 3 years old. Honestly, I felt like she was 2 years old forever. I have been thinking of her as more of a 3 year old for a while now. She has definitely grown into a little lady and the baby in her is gone 😦

She is riding a big girl bike now, signed up for spring soccer, in dance class at school, attending lots of birthday parties now, goes potty by herself, and a ton of other independent big girl things. I love to sit back and watch her with her friends and see what they talk about. Her imagination is really taking off and her level of play has really gone up.

We are definitely having our struggles right now. Our nighttime routine is at is all time worse right now. Dinner time is miserable as she just wants to get up, lay all over the seat, talk, potty, really do anything except eat her dinner. It has nothing to do what is on the plate, however, I can’t get her to try anything new. Then, after bath, we play the lets open the door and get out of bed a few 5-10 times before falling asleep by 9:30pm. Honestly, other than night time, there are really no complaints right now. I mean sure, we have our battles because she is super stubborn and she is three, but she has always been like that and talked back and done what she has wanted to do so nothing new there. She has started this thing of asking me if she can do something before she does it. I am not sure how long it will last but I am soaking it up!

She is not a shy girl by any means. She will strike up a conversation with just about anyone and likes to introduce herself. She is a CHATTER box. Like seriously, the girl is constantly talking. She comes up with funniest things to say too. She loves her friends and her cousins…. she talks about them all of the time. Everyone is “my best friend so and so”. Also, I have noticed that in social situations, ie birthday parties, she doesn’t shy away. She tends to be the first in line to check something out or try something. She is such an animal lover, just like Mom. She LOVES her doggies and cat… sometimes too much. She has been a lot rougher with them as of late so that is something we are working on 🙂 She is super goofy and loves to put on a performance. She is as girly as they come yet at the same time loves to play with dinosaurs, superheros, and run around outside. She will disappear upstairs to come back down wearing her princess dress and then will start roaring like dinosaur. So funny.

In term of the smarts department, she is one sharp cookie. She has been able to spell and recognize her name for a while but can also spell all of our names and we are working on a few short words. She loves to build with her legos, read, and play with her puzzles. She loves to play doctor and is constantly giving us check-ups. If you ask her if you are okay she says “No, not yet” and continues to work on you. She was so excited to go to the doctors the other day and told me when she left that she had fun. Go figure.

She also loves Disney, Disney movies and the Disney channel. I can’t believe I have a Disney kid but I do. She loves all of the characters but LOVES the princesses. She knows them all. She LOVES to dress up right now and has quite the collection of dresses, shoes and accessories. If you haven’t figured it out already, she loves her fashion. She seriously gets excited about new clothes, particularly jackets, dresses and nightgowns. Oh and shoes. She loves them. Boots? Even more! I am not joking…. the child has 8 pairs of boots. It’s a sickness that we both share together. She is starting to get into Barbie dolls and Legos.

I really don’t know how tall she is but I would say somewhere around or just shy of 38″? We will find out at the doctor this week. She is 32 pounds and wearing 3T and size 8 shoes. Her hair is finally getting long so she may finally get her first hair cut sometime this year haha.

Some of her favorites:

Favorite Foods: Yogurt, Grapes, Pancakes, Peanut Butter Jelly, Steak, Green Beans, Applesauce, Any candy, cake or cookie 🙂
Favorite Movies: Tangled, followed by Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, & Little Mermaid
Favorite Songs: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, Fancy by Iggy, Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer, Single Ladies by Beyonce
Favorite Toys: Princess Legos, Bike, Panda and Doggie,
Favorite Places: Disney World, Chick-fila, Grandma and Poppas, Kenley’s House
Favorite Books: Cat in the Hat, Dragons Love Tacos, Princess Stories, Toddler Bible

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sassy, funny, independent, smart Kyler Bug!!!!

TOTally Obsessed Tuesday

2 Dec

I don’t know about you but I am busy busy buying things for Christmas! Here are several items that I own or are on the kids’ Christmas lists! Make sure you head over to Basement State of Mind’s page and check out what she is obsessing over this week!

TOTally Obsessed Tuesday by This Grey House

1. Ergo Ventus & Purple Ergo Ventus

I never had an Ergo with my first kiddo but after having my second, I sprung for the Ergo Ventus. It’s all mesh and really the best thing for the Florida Heat. It’s been awesome to have running errands and hitting up the theme parks with. I recently stumbled on the same one in purple and love it!!!

2. Snowman T-Shirt from Old Navy

Hudson has this shirt and it may be my favorite yet. Perfect for the holiday season!

3. Blue Jacket from Old Navy

I love this jacket!!! Navy is the color of choice for me right now and think this jacket would make any little boy a stud.

4. Ray Ban Jr Aviators

Yup. Ray Ban’s for your little one. Definitely on Kyler’s list this year. What’s a fashionista without a great pair of shades?

5. Melissa & Doug Toolbox

The perfect tool set for a baby!

Pinterest Christmas 2014

1 Dec

I am back for another year of Pinterest Christmas! The hosts and I find Pinterest-inspired crafts/recipes and try to recreate them ourselves! Each of us will be sharing our projects in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We would love for you to join in on the fun. Plan your projects, post them, link back to one of our posts, and leave us a comment! Not a blogger? No problem, we’d love to see your projects on Instagram! Use the hashtag #PinterestChristmas2014

The Hosts are:

[Emerald City Diaries | Greg & Maggi |  The Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]

Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

TOTally Obsessed Tuesday

18 Nov

I am back for another week of TOTally Obsessed Tuesday! Just a reminder, this is a new blog series that my bestie Jenn and I came up with! Each week, we will share what we are loving for our little tots. Here is my round up for the week! Be sure to check out what Jenn is loving this week.

1. Melissa and Doug Pancake Set:

I love all of Melissa and Doug’s wooden play food and when I saw they came out with a pancake set, I knew we needed it for the play kitchen!

2. Begin Again Puzzles:

The first one is the Dinosaur A to Z puzzle and the second one is the Animal Parade A to Z puzzle. I love both of these!!

3. Floral Dress from Old Navy

I want this for me. We pair it with a pink scarf and jean jacket and it’s seriously freaking adorable.

4. Star Wars Tee from Old Navy

It’s super cute. Simple enough.

5. Slouch beanie from Harlow Made on Etsy

For the cutest baby hipsters

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

2 Nov

Finally we had jacket weather here in Florida!

We have practicing a lot on the tricycle lately…. she is asking Santa for a big girl bike this Christmas 🙂

Just a normal night for us. Love these three ❤

Hudson’s weekly/monthly photographs are starting to become difficult and I know this will only continue and he starts to move more.

We had our home opener the other night and passed out Dunkin Donuts to our partners. Pure Magic!

This little guy had bananas in Cheerio dust for the first time. He did okay as he is trying to get used to the different textures

We had a BUSY weekend. Halloween kicked it off Friday night.

Pirate Fairy (part of Tinkerbell story for those of you that don’t watch Disney Junior) and Tic Toc Croc

Sweet Crocy

Hudson and his bud Crosby

Kyler and her friend Kenley!

Andddd we’re off!

Trick or Treat!

Poor Hudson passed out about 15 minutes into it.

After about a hour and half of Trick or Treating, we headed home and finished passing out candy. Kyler got her chair out and sat with Chris and loved to help out. When kids would walk up she would grab the bowl and say “oh there are kids coming, I need my bowl” and then proceed to give them 2-3 pieces each and say bye to them. Adorable.

She also did a good job of eating the candy as well 🙂 Caught her red handed!

She told me to leave her alone after I took this then moved away from me with the bowl.

I love my mini!

The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS this weekend and we loved being outside!

We celebrated Crosby’s 1st birthday this weekend!

Of course the girls had fun playing with his new toys

That night, the temps were in the 50s which meant it was time for a fire!

and what is a fire without smores and hot cocoa, yum!

Snuggles with the chocolate face

Aunt JJ got Hudson this hat a while ago and we haven’t had the weather to wear it. It may be a bit snug but it works and is super cute!

Ready to cheer on the Patriots!

This afternoon, Kyler and I headed to the Science Center to celebrate another birthday. She loves her animals so we had to hangout by the alligators and turtles for a while.

Checking out the lizard

They brought out a snake and to my surprise, she wanted to pet it. She is pretty fearless.

Diggin’ for dino bones

She is cool with the snake yet she gets scared of the fake dinosaur. Go figure.

Kyler and the birthday boy Ethan!

We spent some time outside when we got home, again enjoying the nice Fall weather.

Good luck Chris, this one is going to be a handful ❤

We had a super busy but really fun weekend partying it up! Happy November!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

26 Oct

Big Foot!

Playroom shenanigans

He has been doing this with his hands recently and I have no clue why. So funny!

Picked up these on sale this week for H!

Kyler headed to Grandma and Poppa’s Friday and stayed the night. They hit up Boo at the Zoo (Brevard Zoo)!

Saturday, we ran Hudson over to meet up with her and then Chris and I headed to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. We haven’t had a night out, just the two of us, in I honestly don’t know how long!

The park was PACKED but we didn’t have anywhere else to be and didn’t have to stick to a schedule so we didn’t mind waiting in line and figuring out what to order next!

First stop was Puerto Rico for some Sangria and some rum drink for Chris

Then we back tracked to Scotland because we realized they had scotch and I wanted the scallops

Baby Scotch for him!

Flight of Beers in Belgium. I liked the cider the best! We also picked up a waffle with chocolate and could have eaten about 3 of those!

Date night!

One of my favs was of course Poland. We picked up some piergoi’s and this yummy drink! It’s called a frozen szarlotka

Flight of Riesling in Germany! Chris picked up a brat here too.

We had to stop in Singapore and get a Singapore Sling and I wanted to try the mahi. Chris’ sister and her family live in Singapore so we felt like we should try some things out. Both were good!

Another Riesling and beer flight from the Farm Fresh Florida stand.

Last stop of the night… Desserts and Champagne!


Not pictured was stops in Canada (beer), France (yummy drink and food for both of us), America (beer and lobster alfredo-yummy), Italy (ravioli and cannoli), and Australia (great shrimp dish).

Today was a busy day! We rushed over to Merritt Island to pick up the kids then headed straight to Sanford to celebrate my friend Erika and her new baby on the way! This was no ordinary baby shower, this was more of a party! Kyler had fun in the bounce house!

Trying to take a picture of the 3 of them and this is how it turned out…..

This afternoon we attended a Fall festival at the church in Avalon Park

They had a little petting zoo so Kyler loved being able to touch the animals

Sweet little bunny!

If pigs could just stay this size, I am pretty sure I would have one

Hey Goat!

The girls got to hop on the train too

Sweet Hudson was there too!

Best picture I could get

Kyler got her face painted and opted for a butterfly

It was a whirlwind week and weekend and this will be another week just like it as well. I am looking forward to a much slower and relaxed November!

the life of a toddler

21 Oct

Conversations with Kyler over the past week

Me: My eye’s are blue. They are azul.
Mom: Did you just speak Spanish to me?
Me: Como Estas? Hola Amigo

Me to people I just meet: Hi, do you like my mommy?

Me: My belly hurts
Dad: Your tummy hurts?
Me: Yeah, there are peas in my tummy and it hurts

Me: I go to school first and then I read these books first. Mom, here you hold onto these for me because I go to school first and then you hold them here for me so I have them when I get home

Mom: Hey Bug, how was school today?
Me: It was fine (insert annoyed voice here)

Dad: Kyler, tell mommy she’s not nice
Me: No, mommy is my best friend

Me with a dress on: Aw I am so cute, I am adorable

Me: I ride my little bike good so I ask Santa for a big bike!

Me: We at Publix?
Mom: Yeah what do you want for lunch?
Me: Um chicken and a cookie!

Dad: Okay it’s time to go watch Kenley open her presents
Me: Oh okay I need to go get my birthday hat

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off starts playing in the other room

(Run up to Mommy) Me: Mommy, mom, my song is on.
Mom: What?
Me: My song is on, come come, Shake it Off. Come with me
Take Mom’s hand
Me: That is my favorite song

Dad: The Hulk!
Me: No Daddy that’s not the Hulk that is Baby Hudson
Dad: No he is the Hulk
Me: No that is Baby Hudson, the Hulk is at Disney World
Dad: Yeah but he is the Hulk too, you see his shirt
Me: No the Hulk is at Disney World, you remember Daddy?

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