Monday, November 30, 2009

Karis talk

Me: "Karis, get your shoes because we are going to go to the library and then go pick up Daddy."
Karis, looking at me in amazement: "Daddy is heavy!!!"

Karis, at the top of her lungs, all day long, every day: "Deck the haws with baws of howy, fa wa wa wa wa, wa wa wa wa!!!!"

Me, preparing Karis for a different type of church service: "We are having church with Grandma and Papa today. We will sing songs and then you will go with Grandma and play with some other children."
Karis, excitedly and hopefully: "Sing 'Over the River' at church today?"
Me: "I don't think so. We will probably sing songs about Jesus! Maybe we will sing some of your favorites like 'Come Thou Fount' or 'Precious Jesus.'
Karis, confidently: "Sing 'I May Never' at church today!" (I'm in the Lord's Army)

On the long trip home from Grandmas we sang "Miss Mary Mack" to distract Karlie from crying. One line says, "he jumped so high, high, high, He touched the sky, sky, sky."
Karis stopped singing, looked out the window, and asked,
"I touch sky?"
"No," I said, "we can't touch the sky. It is too high."
She quickly responded confidently with, "When we get home, I get chair and I touch sky!"

Karis is an incredibly great sleeper and has never tried to climb out of her crib, so we have just left her there instead of transitioning to a toddler bed and perhaps messing up the good sleep habits we have. But we know the day is coming when we ought to change that, so we've been talking to her about it and telling her she can sleep in the big bed whenever she wants. (We have one in her room for guests already.) She says that she wants to, but always chickens out when we actually start to leave the room. Here is a coversation she had as she snuggled with her Daddy before bed last night:

Daddy: Karis, do you want to sleep in your crib or the big girl bed tonight?
Karis: "I sleep on Daddy tonight!"

Karis' version of a favorite nursery rhyme: "Mary had a widdle wam; it's pizza white as snow!"

Friday, November 27, 2009

4 generations of girls!

We went to visit my grandmother yesterday and I am just so thankful for this happy picture we got. Not just for the picture, but because of the memory of yesterday. My grandmother has had some pretty rough spells this winter but she was soooo incredibly happy yesterday playing with my girls. It was just beautiful to watch. And of course the girls had a blast because she let them play in her jewelry box again :)
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Free 8.5 x 11 Photoworks Photo Book!

Update: Sorry, this promo has ended. Hope you made your book in time!

Ahh, we've had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I've taken a million and the thought of going through them right now is a little overwhelming. Especially since I spent several hours looking through old pictures to make my free photo book! I've been waiting to post this to make sure it was legit, and now my personalized photo book is safely ordered and completely free! Go to and make sure you choose the personalized cover 8.5 x 11 book (product #3157086.) It looks really nice! Complete your book and use the code BONNIE when you check out. I didn't even have to pay for shipping! That's almost a $50 savings! So I'm pretty excited! Oh, and if you choose the paypal option, you don't even have to give them your credit card and you never have to sign in because your balance is 0. (I always hate giving my card for no reason!) Now, they are only giving away 25,000 of them, so if you want one, you better do it soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not Me from Karlie Sue

Just in case you were wondering, Karlie wanted to let you know some things that she didn't do this past week...

I do NOT take off at breakneck speed anytime I see the dog's bowl on the floor. I would NEVER take food right out from under the dog's tongue and put it in my own mouth while my dear, appalled Mama screams "No, Karlie, No!" from the living room. Because I'm just too sweet to disobey, right?

And I am NEVER thoroughly convinced that anything my big sis has must be the most wonderful thing in the world. I also do NOT believe that I am bigger and stronger than my big sis and would NEVER crawl right on top of her and yank it from her disbelieving hands. Of, course, she would NEVER retaliate by smacking me across the head and I would NEVER scream loudly just so she gets in big trouble. Because I'm only 10 months and I'm too little to think of such things, right?

I do NOT think the bathroom is the most wonderful room in the house. I do not make a beeline for it the moment someone neglects to shut the door. My big sister has NEVER opened the door for me to have fun and then shut it behind me, leaving my Mama searching the house for me. And even if I did manage to get shut in my favorite place, I definitely could NOT have been going for the toilet bowl cleaner when my Mama found me!

I do NOT absolutely LOVE for anyone to get on their hands and knees and chase me around the house. My family does NOT think I am absolutely adorable as I turn around to look at them with a humongous grin before scampering away as fast as I can. My parents do NOT waste hours chasing me around the house because it is just so much fun to hear my hysterical laughter!

I am NOT obsessed with my Daddy. And even if I were, I would NOT attack him and try to crawl up his legs the minute he steps foot into the house. And I definitely would not completely fall apart if he neglects to pick me up and give me kisses IMMEDIATELY!

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Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Favorite library books of the week

See that bag overflowing with books? Yeah, Karis and I just don't know when to stop :) It looks like that every week. Imagine me, carrying Karlie in the Ergo, with Karis excitedly dragging me all around by the hand, trying to tote this overflowing bag that weighs a ton. For me, the library doesn't just build my brain muscles; it strengthens my arms as well :) So here are our favorites this week:

Old Hat, New Hat by Bernstein -- we have recently come to love the Bernstein books and this one quickly became a favorite. Karis could read it to us after just a few sittings, which we both absolutely loved!

Have You Got My Purr by West -- Ok, the bad grammar in this book that is repeated every single page drove me crazy, but it is an adorable books and Karis had no clue that I changed the words to "Do You Have My Purr?" :) we read this over and over!

A Birthday For Cow by Thomas -- a very silly book about a mouse and a pig making a cake for cow's birthday and the duck keeps trying to throw a parsnip in. The pages are really brightly colored and Karis thought it was hilarious.

5 Little Monkey's series by Christelow -- We have really enjoyed thse books and Karis looks for one every week at the library.

Ten Tiny Tickles
by Katz -- we love ALL the books she has written, but this is one that really makes my girls squeal :)
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Friday, November 20, 2009


I've mentioned before how Karis is obsessed with her kitty and how she likes to cover him up with pictures. The trend has grown so that now she regularly brings him whatever she is obsessed with at the moment. He pretty much sleeps on our bed most of the day, and every day I find him surrounded with her things :)

Ignore the wooden block thing -- Karis only gave him that because she didn't want Karlie to have it, ha,ha :) But her current obsession is a baby Christmas tree that I found at the dollar store with about 25 miniature ornaments. She used to wake up in the morning and plead, "Read library books on couch?" but now her first words are, "Play with Christmas tree?" It was seriously the best couple of bucks that I've ever spent on her. But I'm not sure the cat agrees... :)
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Karlie Sue is 10 months old!

Oh, my baby is truly at one of my favorite stages! Always on the go, jabbering up a storm, smiling non-stop, laughing at anything we do. It is just so much fun!

Karlie is a little thing, only 16 pounds and 28 inches long. But the pedi. said that she looks great and was very excited about all her plentiful sounds and ever-so-close-to-walking legs. She now has 5 teeth, with the extra one up top and I just can't wait til the other one pops through so that she will have a balanced grin again (ha,ha :).

She might not weigh much, but this munchkin loves to eat! I think her favorite is a cinnamon-apple-omelet all smashed up with a fork, but boy does she get excited if she sees the dog-food bowl on the floor! Karlie definitely keeps us on our toes! She is still eating her avocados and cod-liver oil like a champ but is having more fun as I slowly let her have more interesting things like a pumpkin muffin smothered in coconut oil :).

This girl is so fast! If she sees the kitty at the end of the hallway, she is down the hall body-slamming him or eating his tail before I even start towards her! Thank goodness the cat is so tolerant! Karlie is a pro at walking while holding onto things and I am expecting her to officially turn loose this next month, but who knows :) She can stand by herself for a couple of seconds and loves for me to play the game of standing her up, letting her go, balancing as long as she can, and then falling into my hands.

Did I mention that she jabbers all the time? Her syllables have gotten a little more variety this month and last night she looked right at me and said "Mama" while a friend was holding her. I wasn't paying a bit of attention but everyone in the room stopped what they were doing and excitedly told me that I had missed her first real word! It also sounded like she said Da-da a little while after that, so maybe the words will just be popping out now! I think she recognizes the signs for potty, all done, more, and no. She hasn't done them back to me in context, but a friend who was babysitting said that she seemed to be practicing "more" for quite a while when he was playing with her :) Karlie loves to clap her hands and bounce to music. Can I just say that there is nothing cuter than a little diapered bum bouncing up and down to music? :)

Karlie can really engage and "play" with Karis now and it is just a blast to watch them together. Yesterday, they played a real game of chase: Karis would chase Karlie down the hall, screaming "I'm gonna get Karwie!" at the top of her lungs while Karlie laughed hysterically and crawled away as fast as her little legs would go. Then Karis ran away, yelling, "Karwie get me, Karwie get me!" and sure enough, Karlie turned around and started chasing Karis. It was just so much fun! I am soooo glad that God blessed us with 2 girls so close together!

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Free $15 Kodak Gift card

I'm all about picture gifts for the grandparents. So I was excited to see that Kodak is giving away $15 on their website. Click HERE and sign up for their free gift (a $15 off code). I just did it and it is legit. It doesn't apply to shipping, unfortunately, but you can still make something pretty neat for $15! Check out freebies4mom to see some other discount codes to make your $15 go further! But tomorrow is the last day for getting the code, so do it now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The tickle monster!

Karis is definitely taking after her Daddy. She thinks there is nothing more fun than pinning someone down to tickle her. And since Karlie is the only one she can catch, Karlie is the ultimate victim. Thankfully, Karlie thinks it is funny that Karis is on top of her laughing hysterically, so we don't usually see tears. But I do have to keep reminding Karis to be gentle!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Please don't pay for Christmas cards!!!

I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to just go ahead and share something I learned last year -- There is no need to pay for photo cards! There are tons of codes running around online from now to Dec 24th, so keep your money! There are a couple of blogs I subscribe to just for this season so I can find the good deals and I'll try to remember to share them with you. Because there is really no reason to spend money when you don't have to, right?

So here is the first code of the season: (Thanks to Freebies 4 Mom) go to seehere photosharing and get 50 free cards (even 5x7!!!!) with FREE shipping! That's a $39.50 value! I just did it and it worked. Type in promotional code freebies4mom-1109.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Melting my heart...

Such a sweet face that I just can't get enough of...
Tiny little toes...
And a precious little personality that makes my heart melt...
I love my sweet Karlie Sue!

Photos by KAB photography

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Filling my heart with joy and laughter...

Oh, she makes me smile no matter how tired I am...
And she has more energy than I could ever keep up with...
I praise God for the joy that fills her heart all day long...
I love my precious Karis Lynn!

Photos by KAB photography