Cause I do, I really do.
Plus, they’re super easy to make so that makes them doubly awesome! My newest one …
Confessions Of A Stay At Home Mom
Cause I do, I really do.
Plus, they’re super easy to make so that makes them doubly awesome! My newest one …
This first year of your life has flown by so fast. I fear that all of the years are going to speed past me as fast as this one has. Your little personality is developing so quickly, and it is so fun to watch. You are quite a character to say the least. You definitely keep me and your dada on our toes, but we wouldn’t change it for anything. Here are some of the things you have been doing the last 3 months and what your sweet (mostly) little personality is like.
New Things You Have Learned:
Blows kisses- 9 1/2 months
Pulls shirt off of own head- 9 1/2 months
Points at everything wanting to know what it is. As soon as we say what it is you start pointing at something else- 9 1/2 months
Stood up on own in the middle of the floor- 9 1/2 months
Follows simple commands (ex-“come on” “turn off the light” “Kinsley, go get the ball” “turn the page” “get a book”)- 9 1/2 months
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuHkOW1FZ5g&list=UUVmOjo-5ETXRhfjcRkL5Y4Q&index=1&feature=plcp (video taken at 11.5 months)
Points at ball and says “bah” even in books also- 9 1/2 months
Points at dog and says “dah”- 10 months
Brings you books and sits down in your lap for you to read them- 10 1/2 months
Say’s “ba” trying to say book. When saying “ball” now puts more emphasis on the ll sound- 10 3/4 months
Kicks a ball- 11 months
Knows what the door is and will say “door”- 11.5 months
Say’s “bye bye” while waving. – 11 1/2 months
Say’s “bear”- 11 1/2 months
Say’s “Belly” when pointing at hers or my belly button- 11 1/2
Say’s “dada”, but still won’t say it to Ryan, just says it- 11 3/4
Just a fun one of your personality … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l2xeAQ6aLw&list=UUVmOjo-5ETXRhfjcRkL5Y4Q&index=7&feature=plcp
Kinsley’s 12 month Vocabulary:
1. Ball (bah)- 9 1/2 months
2. Dog (dah)- 10 months
3. Book- 10 3/4 months
4. Door- 11 1/2 months
5. Bye bye- 11 1/2 months
6. Bear- 11 1/2 months
7. Belly when pointing at “belly button”- 11.5 months
8. Dada- 11 3/4 months
9. Doll- 12 1/2
10. Bug- 12 1/2
Specific Things About Your Personality and Cute Things You Have Done:
10 1/2 months- Would walk around saying “ball” and “dog” ALL DAY
10 1/2 months- Mischievous!
10 1/2 months. You LOVE going outside. You would run around all day out there of we’d let you. When we go into the garage to get in the car you always run straight to the stroller hoping that we are going for a walk instead. I’m glad that we both enjoy taking walks so much!
11 months- will bring me book after book after book to read. Loves to look at them and for me to tell her what everything is.
11 months- seems to be understanding more and more everyday. In the morning when I ask you if you want Cheerios you will go over to your high chair to be put in. You will go get me a book when I ask you too.
11 months- first trip to the zoo! You loved it!
12 months- You are ALL over the place. Practically the only time you are still is when you are in your crib sleeping. You go from one thing to another constantly all day. You are so curious about everything and try to get your hands and mouth on it all. Even when you are exhausted you don’t get mellow like a lot of babies do, you’re the opposite, you get hyped out of your head. It’s actually kind of funny to think about how crazy you get when you’re tired. Hopefully you chill out a little as you get older. Haha. I like having a crazy baby like you though. Plenty of personality to go around. : D
12 months- You still LOVE being outside. There was this areas boxed off with railroad ties, and so we dug it out and turned it into a sand box. You really enjoy getting play in the sandbox, and it’s hard to get you to come inside sometimes!
12 months-get really excited when dada gets home from work and will run to him. You also get upset if he has to leave again that evening. You obviously are beginning to miss him. It is so sweet.
12 1/2 months- When you are tired you have begun to develop a little bit of a temper when you don’t get what you want. From the child development classes I had to take in college and the books I’ve had to read in those classes, I know that it is a normal in a child your age. You are extremely independent, and I know that asserting your independence is a natural part of a child growing up. There is also the frustration I see in you of not being able to communicate how you feel and what you what. With all of that said, it still doesn’t mean you will get away with it. No matter how “independent” you are, you will not get away with pitching fits. We will do whatever it takes to nip it in the bud. We will not do this because we want to “win” or because we want to be “overly strict”, we will do this because we love you, care about your soul, and want you to learn at a young age to be respectful and submissive.
12 1/2 months- You have been jabber SO much more you are making up your own words and making new sounds. “Bapoo” is one of your newest that you say a lot. I love this new stage that you try to communicate. You will also hold up objects so I will tell you their name.
12 1/2 months- You are understanding SO much more. You know what and where your main facial features are (nose, eyes, mouth, tongue, ears). You know the difference between the front door and back door and will go to the one I tell you to. You get excited in the morning when I ask you if you’re ready for your cup and will run to the fridge before I can even get there to fill it up. When we’re outside you can identify trees, the grass, flowers, leaves, and even bushes! When I tell you each day that dada will be home soon you get excited and check the front door to see if he’s coming in it.
Not yet. I’m still not ready. I have cut you back to 3 feedings a day though. Up until a year you were still nursing every two hours. Now you nurse morning, before afternoon nap, and bedtime. It is so nice to be able to just give you a sippy cup during the day. I figure you’ll wean yourself the rest of the way when you’re good and ready. It’s an exciting to be able to just give you a sippy cup for most of the day, but on the other hand I get sad when thinking about losing that time with you that I used to have. Plus, you have been so ridiculously healthy this first year of your life, and I know nursing helps that. I will say that you seem to enjoy your time spent nursing much more now that it isn’t as often. I don’t have to fight you to nurse any more and that is so nice.
Your sleeping has been great the past couple months. Except for a few bad nights while teething, you mostly sleep through the night. You usually go to bed at about 8:30 (unless we are out late that night and then you just go to bed when we get home), and wake up at about 5:30-6:00 am. This is when I do your morning nursing, and then you’ll go back down until about 7:30 on average. You still take two naps a day and they have been pretty good lately. For the last week both of your naps have each been about an hour long and I think that is because your all over the place has hit an extreme. If I were going as non-stop as you do I would need more sleep too! This is who hour long nap is pretty rare though. Your norm is two naps each lasting about 45min tops. Which is really all you have ever napped. I’ll take whatever you give me though. : )
Favorite Foods At 12 Months:
Ending This Thing:
We love you so much Kinsley Leigh and can’t even hardly remember what life was like without you. You have changed our lives so much over this past year and have filled a void that we didn’t even know existed. It has easily been the happiest of my life and I love getting to stay home with you and spend each day with you. I enjoyed teaching more than I can really express, but I would be miserable if I was still working and away from you. I am right where I need to be and so thankful that we are able to make this work. It is definitely a bigger challenge living on one income, but more than worth it. We love you more than we can put into words.
Some Birthday Pics:
You didn’t really know what was going on at your party, but you had fun playing with all the paper from the gifts. Surprisingly you didn’t really care much about your cake. You ate a little, but not much.
Mom asked me to help her do the cake for Marissa’s shower, and considering how incredibly much I own her and dad for all they’ve done for us on our house, I agreed. Plus, I was happy to be able to do something for Marissa! Her wedding colors are tie dye so we wanted to make it as funky and fun as possible.
The ideas for Marissa’s cake were found on pinterest. They were definitely not original. Here are the links to the cakes we “borrowed” ideas from…
I used straws this time instead of dowels per advice from Alyssa, and they worked perfectly! Also correctly crumb coated it without extra frosting and it was so much easier to to keep from putting bumps in it. I feel like I have learned A LOT even though I have still really only done two cakes.
I’m not really sure what sparked my interest in cakes. I have enjoyed “creating” things for awhile now, but it has always had to do with clothing, or making things for my home. I am definitely a results oriented person and working hard for a rewarding outcome has always been satisfying to me. This is why I think I enjoy making things that turn out “pretty”, such as cakes! : ) I have never been an artistic person and so I often do not step too far outside my comfort zone in that area, which is why I have become partial to fondant. If you mess up, you just pull it off and fix it. Butter-cream isn’t near as forgiving. A while back I found a marshmallow fondant (cause it tastes SO much better than regular fondant) recipe and went to town. I covered my very first cake that evening (without any butter-cream underneath it because I didn’t know how, ha). It was fun and challenging all wrapped up together. I love challenges, life is so much more fun that way. Just this last year Ambria and I decided to take a cake decorating class together. We wanted to learn more about making cakes so we could make them for our kids throughout the years. Cakes are expensive y’all! It was a VERY basic class, however it taught me quite a bit. I knew very little about cakes at that point. Okay, practically nothing. I didn’t even know how to use a coupler and a tip or even how to put a basic buttercream coat on a cake. Seriously. Sad, I know. Well, since that class I have been eager to begin dabbling in this whole cake decorating business.
So remember how I said I like challenges? Well, I decided to do a 3 tier cake. I wanted it to be crumb coated, covered in marshmallow fondant, dowled, and to follow the theme of her nursery. Ridiculous, right? I know. I began planning this months ago. I am an extremely organized person and love to have plans in place and details set. I also knew that I would be stressed out of my mind at the last minute if I wasn’t prepared, so I got started. I first started collecting details from Kinsley’s room that I wanted to include …
Next, I sketched out the basic idea of what I wanted with the cake to look like. Here it is…
I have to admit, I had to find a picture on google and trace the basic cake outline. My artistic abilities are pitiful. However I am pretty proud of all the stuff that I drew on the cake outline. My stick figures used to even look bad, so give me a break, I’ve come a long way. : P
In this planning time I also watched several episodes of “Fabulous Cakes” and seriously learned so much from it. That’s how I learned how to crumb coat a cake and use dowels. It’s easily my favorite cake show. Too bad that they only have like six episodes that they keep playing over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. TLC, if you’re reading this (since I know your employees spend their days reading little no-body blogs) please record some more episodes of Fabulous Cakes.
Then I got to work. A huge thanks to Moma and Angela for helping me out!
There are several flaws that I see automatically when I look at the cake and wish I could have done better, but over all I was fairly pleased. I know that I will hopefully just continue to improve as I spend more time making cakes. I don’t know if I was fully prepared for the amount of time I would need to put into the cake, but I definitely will be in the future. It took a lot of time, guys. I know it looks simple, but it took quite a bit of effort. I enjoy it, but definitely not something I could do for a living. Besides it being such tedious work, I would also weigh 5oo lbs. Having so much sweet stuff in front of you is not good for a sugar-holic like myself.
A couple things I plan to do differently in the future …
-I will roll the fondant onto the cake without chilling the crumb coat first. I think it will be easier to smooth the buttercream out better underneath. (I may change my mind about this one after trying it)
-I want to make the fondant thicker. I wish I wouldn’t have rolled it out as thin. I think it will be more forgiving to bumps underneath and less likely to rip if it’s a little thicker.
-I learned that if you refridgerate the fondant after it’s on the cake it is going to sweat while it is coming back to room temperature. I had a freak out Saturday morning when my fondant was wet and shiny, big freak out. Thankfully Angela googled it for me (how did our parents ever live without google?!?!?) and we found out that it would correct itself once it came back to room temperature and it would dry (and it did thankfully). Many recommend not to stick it in the fridge at all and to leave it on the counter in a cool dry place. I think I may still refridgerate it in the future though. It makes it so much more sturdy.
-I will stack all layers before the buttercream underneath the fondant is soft. I completely squished my top layer putting it on the cake because I waited until we got to the birthday spot and then stuck it on. If I would have done it before we left and while it was still firm it wouldn’t have become wrinkly and squished. It made me sick when I messed up something I spent so much time on AFTER it was already done.
-I like using water best to “glue” the fondant decorations on to the other fondant, but will be more careful in the future because I had some small problems with the colors bleeding onto the other colors. I will also be more careful about being sure of where pieces go before sticking them on. Once they have been put on with water they are HARD to get off.
It was definitely a challenge, but am excited to have learned a little about decorating cakes. I hope that with each one that I do/help with I will learn a little more and the whole process will get easier and easier. I know I will always be too critical of what I do make, but I guess that’s what makes a person work harder to do better the next time. It drives me crazy when I am not good at something and makes me want to work that much harder at it.
Would you believe me if I said that I orginally just planned to throw some pictures on here and not really say anything at all? Okay, I’m shutting up right ……… now.
The love I feel for you never ceases to amaze me. It’s different from any other type of love. I’ve come to realize three distinct types of love that I have in my life.
The first type of love is the love I feel for my friends and family (outside of your spouse and children). These individuals are in my life because I choose to keep them there. I love and accept them for who they are, as they do the same for me. They add to my life and help to fulfill me. They encourage me and help me to grow into the person I want to be. They are the people that I know will always be there for me and will always give me the benefit of the doubt and are individuals that I would do anything for.
The second type of love is the love I feel for your Daddy. This type of love is a more intimate bond than what I have with anyone else in my life. He is the person that knows more about me than anyone else and that has seen me at my worst, yet chooses to love me anyway. Yes, we CHOOSE to love each other, we choose to work to make each other happy. We have a love that continues to grow throughout our years together, and our bond continues to grow stronger. It is a love that I know I would feel empty inside without. A love that I would be lost without. A love that completes me.
Then there is the love that I feel for you. It was instantaneous. Overwhelming. Unconditional. I thought I knew what it would be like to love a child, I had no idea. Often times when I look at you I feel amazed. Amazed that you are mine. Amazed that a human is capable of loving someone else so deeply, so unconditionally. I look at you with pride. Proud of what you are, your personality, your awesome disposition. You march to your own tune, and I love that. So much personality already beams out of you now, and I know that it will do nothing but continue to grow. I can’t wait to watch you grow into the amazing woman that I know that you will be, it is going to be so fun. It already is so fun. Sometimes when I am watching you run around being crazy I feel a bubble start in the pit of my stomach, my throat tightens up, and then the tears begin to well up in my eyes. Yes, I love you so much you bring tears to my eyes. Having you has made my put my true character to test, and has made me realize that I have many areas that I need to grow. Thank you so much for the joy you have brought to our lives these past 10 months. I can’t imagine life without you.