Monthly Archives: October 2013

kids were here: october ’13

I’ve joined a blog circle with several amazing photographers, and each month we will share pictures (And if you’re lucky, some hilarious stories!) of the chaos left behind by our children. So without further ado, enjoy October’s ‘Kids Were Here’ blog circle!

This month’s evidence? I’ve captured the chaos in the kitchen!

Anyone who knows me well or has been to our house knows how much I hate our kitchen. But in our ‘we bought a 100 year old house and will remodel it all ourselves’ adventure, it’s the last on our list – (1) because it works as it is, and (2) because when we do remodel the kitchen, we’re doing it right.

So … when little miss Lil wants to help me cook and speed crawler Kaden wants to pull all of the plastic ware out of the cabinet, I feel a little claustrophobic.

We make the best of it by shuffling bowls and ingredients around to make room for a tiny bum on the counter. And we make the best of it by stepping over plates, bowls and containers scattered in the small space in which we have to work. It always ends up being so chaotic, but so. much. fun!

Anyway, on to this month’s “Kids Were Here” evidence! We’ve been baking away – monster cupcakes, Trix treats (Regular Rice Krispie treats taste better to my adult taste buds … but that’s just my preference!), salted caramel butter bars (Meh. These were worth it, but they weren’t ‘oh my gawd’ good.), apple pie and mini apple crisps … it’s been fun! But with all of those things comes messes.

Flour all over the counter as little hands measure and pour, helping me make an apple pie.



Cards left behind, because apparently making Trix treats doesn’t keep the attention of a 4-year-old.



Dishes everywhere, because when mama’s busy, it’s time to get busy!


(I know, I know … it’s Kids Were Here, not Kids Are Here. But he was just too cute trying to eat/drink/whatever out of an empty bowl in the middle of his mess! I couldn’t leave it out!)


And a kitchen sprinkled with, well, sprinkles!



Please tell me I’m not alone … you have these messes too, right?

Now, please head over to my dear friend and fellow photographer Kim’s blog, Nikona Momma, to see what beautiful messes she had the pleasure of photographing this month!

And get excited … this should be my last blog circle post on this blog – I’ll be revealing my new website very soon! Yay!


letters to our sons: october ’13

Little Man/Kaden K/Brother Bear,

How does time pass so quickly? How do you go from a tiny little baby to a young boy in what seems like the blink of an eye? I love it, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time, it’s so sad.

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You’re becoming so much more fun everyday. The mornings when you sit in your high chair, eating your Cheerios and chirping your sister’s name. The times when you just want to be held and reach up, crying “mama.” Your crawl, which you do far faster than you’ll walk – you know, whenever you decide to do that! I guess you’re smart and have already figured that out, though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My favorite, though, is when you bury your face in my thigh and let me rub your head. “Awwwww, Kaden!” Your snuggly nature melts my heart – it’s something I just didn’t get from your sister, and believe me … I’m cherishing every moment!

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Will next month’s letter be the one in which I talk about you learning to walk? Only time will tell! Walking or not, I know that the month ahead of us holds so much fun and adventure – from your second trip to the pumpkin patch to your first Halloween in Brum Brum & P-Pa’s neighborhood. Little man, we’re going to have a blast together!

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All my love,
MaMum (If you call me what your sister does!)

And with that, please continue on in our blog circle and read the next letter – visit Anna ofย {annaM}photography!!!

letters to our daughters: october ’13

You continue to amaze me, little lady. It’s so much fun to watch you grow up right in front of my eyes. And at the same time, it makes me so sad. I love the little lady you’re becoming, but I’ve also loved every second of this journey we’re on. It makes it a little hard to let go!


You’re writing your name all by yourself. My oh my, that happened fast! And you’re doing color by numbers like it’s old news. I’m so proud of you!

You’ve even got a best friend. It’s so sweet to see your friendship with little miss K grow. I thought my heart would melt when you wanted to give your 4th and final My Little Pony bracelet to her, and when you got one that she had made in return, it made me cry. Your young friendship is so incredibly sweet! It makes me sad that you won’t go to school with any of your classmates next year, but I know you’ll make new friends, and I hope you’ll always keep your preschool friends in your heart, as well!


I can’t wait to see what adventures we have in the next month. You and Dada go on your first field trip on Wednesday, and I’m so glad he’s decided he wants to go with you. I wish I could be there too, little lady … but of the two of us, I’m much more well suited for your field trip to the circus! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love you so, so much.

Want to read another sweet letter? Visit my fellow coffee lover, Brandi of Brandi Picou Photography! ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re moving!

Just a quick note … okay, peanut is moving! It’ll be a little quiet here until the new site gets up and running. We are incredibly excited about what’s to come and will welcome you over there soon! Now … it’s back to work for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

10/4 Waiting for his master.

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_MG_2469-Edit.jpg, a photo by minski39 on Flickr.

10/4 Waiting for his master.

10/3 Sweat.

_MG_2425-Edit.jpg by minski39
_MG_2425-Edit.jpg, a photo by minski39 on Flickr.

10/3 Sweat.

10/2 Choo choo.

_MG_2375-Edit.jpg by minski39
_MG_2375-Edit.jpg, a photo by minski39 on Flickr.

10/2 Choo choo.