Dare I Ask? {trick or treating + book of the week}

October 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Winning the lottery would be incredible.  Being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize would certainly make your day.  Having Halloween fall on a weekend…..well, when you’re a kid, it doesn’t get much better than that.  An entire weekend filled with fun and festivities — starting with some early trick-or-treating fun for the little tykes this afternoon!  A big thanks to the town and businesses of Osceola for putting on the fun!

This was the first year that Morgan was really able to get into it, and you could tell that his expectations were high.  Two minutes in, his patience was well rewarded.  Things were off to a great start!

Big brother Liam, er, I mean Super Ninja Extraordinaire, was able to tag along as well.  Orange pumpkin signs were used to denote participating businesses …. but my unlikely duo were willing to try any door.  You know, just in case ;o)

Granted, there were a few tricks in our day …. as in one or two bathroom emergencies, and costumes that wouldn’t hold their exact placement (I never realized ninjas were so particular about their face coverings) … but thankfully there were many more treats than tricks.  The biggest treat?  Seeing all the familiar faces in town, toddling around in their adorable/fierce/I really need to pinch your cheeks now holiday apparel.  What a great time — and the weekend is only just beginning!  (Thankfully Jade does not need to be in school for the rest of it.)

Don’t forget to take a break from the sugar this weekend to cuddle up with your favorite monsters (or princesses/super heroes/fuzzy creatures) to read the Fun on Friday book of the week:  The ABC’s of Halloween by Patti Reeder Eubank. Filled with delightful ghosts, witches, and pumpkins galore, this book is sure to set the holiday mood (with a little alphabet practice as well!)

Amazon.com: The ABC’s of Halloween (0077031054678): Patti Reeder Eubank: Books: Reviews, Prices & more.

Happy Reading, and may your holiday weekend be filled with more treats than tricks!

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Sweet Siblings

October 25, 2010 § 2 Comments

My three favorite “F”s:

Family.

Fun.

Fall.

On this day, we had it all!

We also spent a little time in the studio….

….and the kids had fun being kids.

(But then again, so did I ;)

Do Not Pick {book of the week}

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Anyone who has been a sibling, has raised siblings, or lived in the same neighborhood as a batch of siblings, knows that there is a natural concern about the favorite.  We all have a favorite something …. a favorite flavor of ice cream, a favorite sweater, a favorite hobby …. so it only stands to reason that there would be a favorite child.  Why wouldn’t there be?  This seems to be a very real underlying worry for parents as well, when they decide to expand their family past that one-child status ….. What if I have a favorite? Sounds pretty awful, doesn’t it?  A little taboo even.  And so that serving of guilt sets in, before the newest addition even arrives.  Which brings me to the somewhat sentimental Fun on Friday:  You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney.

 

Amazon.com: You’re All My Favorites 9780763624422: Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram: Books: Reviews, Prices & more.

With a simple and honest approach, this book gently addresses and calms these little fears, while providing parents with a comforting answer to the dreaded “Who’s Your Favorite?” question.  (And with adorable imagery and cuddly characters, one can’t help but feel a little warm and fuzzy themselves :)

Happy Reading!

In My Bag….

October 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

Amazon.com Widgets

Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy.

October 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

The bond between brothers is a sight to behold.  As a mother to two little boys, I am privileged to witness this amazing love every day.  They wrestle.  They run.  They camp out in the living room.  They laugh.  They do everything — as long as they’re together.  As it were, there just so happens to be someone else I know who understands what it means to be a mother of sons all too well.  Times four, actually :)

Our morning together was nothing short of fantastic — and boy oh boy, do these boys like to have fun!

We played.

We hugged.

We hit the town.

We flashed our baby blues.  (Be still my heart.)

We hammed up the nooks and crannies…..

…and explored the wide river.

We peeked.

We giggled.

We even showed off a little muscle….

…and raced like the little monsters we have all been known to be.

We might have even gotten a case of the sillies.  (But I’ll never tell.)

We had a morning of fun, and I am happy to say that I have four new little friends.  What cutie pies they are too — thanks for clowning around with me!

Does one of these faces look familiar?  You might remember him from Say Hello to My Little Friends. « Kay’s Corner.  There’s another sweet familiar face at “The Big Why” — find it under the Children + Family tab on the Road Map :)

Eyes That Sparkle Like Sandwiches

October 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

Liam has Subway eyes.  I say this because if I’m not careful when I pick up Liam from preschool …. if I slip and let myself look at those eyes …. we almost always end up going to Subway for lunch.  Consider today’s events:

Liam:  “Can we go to Subway today?”

Me:  “Not today buddy.”

Liam:  “Pleeeease….”

Me:  “No.”  (Then comes the part where I look at those big, beautiful, blue eyes, just staring up at me, looking far too cute with his oversized Twins backpack, standing alongside his prek cubby…..)

Fifteen minutes later, I find myself seated at a table in the local Subway, handing Liam his BLT on wheat, wondering how I got there again.

To make matters worse, I think the kids have caught on to my oh-so-obvious repetitive behavior:  “We should be the Osceola Subway Sandwiches,” Jade tells me this morning.  Hm.  They do say you are what you eat.

Oh well, at least we’re fresh ;)

Tidbits

October 19, 2010 § 3 Comments

Today I was thinking about how incredibly sweet it would be for a husband to surprise his wife with beautiful, professional portraits of their children for Christmas.  I can’t think of a better gift for a mama, can you?  A stretch canvas under the tree….possibly a set of three?….containing the most precious faces in the world, just waiting to be proudly displayed.  Or a box filled with prints, already sized to fit the frames that Mom has been meaning to update.   I know I would love it — my hands threaten to clap with joy just at the thought of it.  So daddies, if you’re reading this, you can expand past the standard jewelery set; and if the thought of tackling a session with the kids alone makes your knees weak, I am here to help (but if even that isn’t enough to qualm your fears, a session gift certificate would also work ;)  And to all you mamas who are reading this, it’s time to start hinting.  (I find that heavily, saturated with obviousness, works best.)

Naturally, this led me down the path of other holiday gift ideas …. (and before Halloween even arrives, I know — it’s practically indecent) …. but it occurred to me that there are many other quality, but perhaps not yet widely known, products out there.  For instance, an artist that goes by the name of Wayfaring Art who makes the most incredible handmade leather-bound journals that you will ever find.  It doesn’t stop at journals though — find out more about Nicole and her Etsy shop at http://www.wayfaringart.etsy.com   (Tell her Kelsea says hi!)  Coffee drinkers will likely find their happy haven at http://www.openeyecoffee.com, where coffee is more than a morning beverage, it’s a passion that is evident in every single sip of jo.  Having personally witnessed Bob and Thomasina’s roasting process (or at least part of it,) I can confidently vouch for their incredible precision and attention to detail, as well as the tantalizing aroma that envelops you.  Even better than that though is their adorable little daughter ……

…..who will make her grand debut in a later post.  (Isn’t she funny?)  And surprise! Baby #2 is on the way, which means this little peanut is going to be a big sister!  So, until then, pick up an order of Jamaican Me Crazy blend– it will tie you over until more photos from that day make it to the blog:)  (And believe you me, I am just itching to get to those photos!)

My second to the last tidbit is about a boy that I am, admittedly, sweet on.  He has bright blue eyes, blond hair, and at times a mischievous look which, coupled with his chubby cheeks, undoubtedly means trouble.  His name is Caden, and he belongs to one of my BFFs (yes, I’m electing to remain young and hip and have “BFFs,”) but for all intensive purposes, he may as well be my nephew.  The downside?  He lives six hours away (insert big sad puppy face here.)  I was fortunate enough to be able to sneak away for a weekend over the summer to visit them though, and have been meaning to blog about it, but like any good BFF, I have yet to scratch the surface in editing the photos I took during those two brief days.  You may recognize him though, if you’ve ever emailed with me….

Consider yourself officially introduced to the unofficial face of Jay & Kay Photography…..or, as he is otherwise known, the little monkey.

Caden & I!

Caden — I promise to edit my photos of you and provide you with the bragging rights of a blog posting.  Someday.   (His mom is totally chuckling right now.)

FINALLY my last tidbit for the day, and one that I am uber excited about — we entered our three little giblets into the Gap Casting Call Contest!  Don’t worry, I’m not going to start entering beauty pageants and covering my kids in powder and lipstick (sorry, but that is totally not my thing,) however it is practically impossible for me to pass up an opportunity to enter a photo contest, while getting to show off my kids at the same time.  A mother’s dream. So, without further adieu, here is the link to Morgan’s entry….. feel free to check it out (and then share it with everyone you know and everyone who knows them.)  What can I say?  The kids all decided to grow at the same time (again) and need new clothes (again.)

Gap Casting Call – Entry Detail.

(I call this the “Please vote for me?  I’m the youngest of three, and let’s face it, I’m my parents’ last shot at BabyGap” entry ;)

Jade is contestant #580374, Liam is #570343, and Morgan has another entry under #567107.  Up to five entries are accepted … which leaves me with just one more.  One entry….two remaining children with single entries…it’s a dilemma.  Check back later to see if I’m ever able to make up my mind.

Speaking of which, it’s almost tomorrow — which means it’s almost time to place a new day’s vote.

I have to do it.  It’s for the kids.

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