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Rooney, 4 1/2

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Remember when I used to post about this girl every month? It's been a while! Can you believe how much she has grown? She is 4-and-a-half now, and don't forget the half!

I like to make a big deal of Half Birthdays, and this year we just so happened to be driving to Okoboji - one of her favorite places - for a family reunion.


My girl is getting so big! Lately I have just been staring in awe at her long legs. Most people comment on her height when they first meet her. She is as tall as many kids a year older than her! When switching her fall closet over, I was so surprised by how much she's grown.

  • Height: 46"
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Clothing size: 5-6
  • Shoe size: 12-13


  • Temporary tattoos
  • Preschool
  • Art projects: cutting, glueing, coloring, taping, stickers, sidewalk chalk
  • Puzzles
  • Baking/cooking
  • Riding her bike
  • Going to the library
  • Playgrounds
  • Getting the mail
  • Snapchat faces
  • Errands/riding in shopping carts
  • Quality time with mom and dad


  • Toilets that automatically flush
  • Getting her hands dirty


  • Mini golf (here's a short video)
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Tooth filling
  • Sparklers
  • Kids' Fun Run
  • Hayrack ride

As she gets older, the "firsts" are less and less, but they are still SO much fun.



  • Learning how to unbuckle her car seat
  • Learning how to play Yahtzee on my phone
  • Modeling for Make It Yourself magazine
  • Completing her daily sticker charts
  • Learning to ride her bike (with training wheels)


  • 7:00 am: Wakes up and gets ready for the day
  • 8:00 am: Goes to day care
  • 12:30-3:00 pm: Preschool
  • 5:15 pm: Home from school
  • 7:00 pm: Gets ready for bed
  • 7:30 pm: Lights out

Our bedtime routine is sticker chart (lock doors, jammies, brush teeth, potty), read a book in bed, lights out, two songs, two prayers, hugs and kisses, and then usually another prayer because she says she's scared.


After Finch was born, we used the iPad a lot to keep her occupied while we tended to him. I'm happy to say that we are in a much better place now...the iPad is technically hers because she's really the only one who uses it, but we removed YouTube (best decision ever) and she really only uses it on LONG car rides.


Age 3 was really hard for us, but 4, and especially 4.5, has been so much better! We will go full weeks now without a timeout, when beforehand I can remember doing three in one day!

I have heard of the theory that as kids creep toward their birthdays, behavior tends to worsen than when they creep toward their half birthdays. Does that make sense? I forget what book I read that in recently, but I think it's true about Roo!


There is so much truth about how kids go through phases. The one you're currently in is always the hardest :-) We just got out of the "won't stay in bed" phase (thank GOD) - now we're in the "bedtime stalling" and the "cry every morning because my pants/underwear feel weird" phase. Help!


Praise the Lord for a healthy little girl. She has only been sick once or twice in the past year.


Rooney absolutely loves going to preschool four afternoons a week, and is certain she is ready for kindergarten (and we mostly agree!). She can't wait to ride the bus! For the first week of preschool, all she wanted to read before bed was her orientation packet. Haha! We have a preschool workbook and she loves spending her free time learning, working on her letters, etc.


My favorite favorite favorite thing she is doing right now is sitting down with a book and reading it to herself (or Finch, or us). It is so adorable - her imagination just GOES and she makes up the cutest little stories.


Rooney has gotten much more social and outgoing. She will tell the waiter what she wants to order, take a shower by herself (with a little help), and even leave my side when we're in public :-)


Rooney is hilarious. We'll be driving down the road and she will just blurt out a random funny movie quote and it makes me laugh so hard! She is just like her dad in this way.


  • "These clothes could use some washin'"
  • "Do you like being a mama? Is it fun to have two kids?"
  • "Mom, in the mirror it kinda looks like I'm 5!"
  • "I need to organize my seatbelt!"


  • Corn dogs
  • Tacos
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Spaghetti
  • Carrots
  • Hummus
  • Cheese pizza
  • Hot dogs
  • Strawberries
  • Sesame chicken
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Waffles
  • Bacon
  • Pork chops
  • Corn on the cob
  • Lemonade
  • Beef sticks


Our relationship is ever-changing as she grows, and I love it. She asks to share clothes with me and has slowly circled back to being a mommy's girl after bonding with daddy so much after Finch was born. I'm so, so glad we get more time together now that Finch demands less of me. Being the parent that your kids want when they are sad or hurting is the best (exhausting, but the best). I love doing girly things with her like painting her nails and going shopping.


  • Mommy
  • School bus driver
  • Teacher from school
  • "Maker" with a hot dog store


We've started doing more activities with Rooney, like running, yoga, volleyball, mini golf and playing T-ball in the front yard. She loves it, gets so excited and is actually really, really good!


I love her short bob, but she says she wants to grow her hair out now. We'll see how that goes. She is WAY better about letting us brush her hair now than she used to be.


I felt guilty for a while that Rooney had to grow up and become more independent when her brother came along, but lately she has flourished into the role of "big sister." Finch calls her "sis" :-) I do feel bad because she still says she wants a little sister.


For Halloween, she wants to be Ariel again (same as last year), but this year we convinced her to wear a wig! I can't wait to take pictures.


  • Kindergarten
  • Riding the school bus
  • Going back to Okoboji
  • Being able to read/watch Harry Potter



You are so awesome! Some of my favorite times are when you and I get to hang out together - just the two of us.

You are the happiest when you're creating - baking food, painting, etc. I hope you keep doing the things you love!

You are kind, thoughtful, silly, sassy and sweet. I always wanted to have a daughter. You are my dream come true.

xoxo, Mom

Finch, 16 months

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  • Weight: 26 lbs 8.5 oz (90%)
  • Height: 31.5" (55%)
  • Head: 18" (18%)
  • Clothing size: 18 months
  • Shoe size: 6
  • Diaper size: 4
  • Teeth: 10


  • Dentist appointment
  • Rowan Chicken BBQ


  • Trip to Center Grove Orchard
  • Grandma coming to babysit for two nights

^ I love the way he runs with his shoulders, and the face plant at the end :-)


  • Going up and down stairs
  • Being outside
  • Books
  • Hot dogs
  • His belly button
  • Vacuuming
  • The park
  • Playing in the basement


  • Not getting/being able to communicate what he wants


Finch is just nursing once a day now, in the morning. Overall I am very surprised by how little he asks for it throughout the day. It was his favorite thing but now he goes to bed without nursing and it's no big deal, even if I'm the one putting him to bed! I partly want to keep up my supply for times of sickness, teething, etc., and the other part of my wants to be done. I think we've kept the morning one just because it's the easiest thing to do when he first wakes up and is cranky (rather than make him breakfast, etc.), especially because Rooney is usually still asleep and I don't want him to wake her.



  • He takes 1-2 naps (1.5-2.5 hours total)
  • Bedtime: 5:00-6:30 pm (depends on his nap)
  • Wake-up time: 5:30-7:00 am

It has been such a relief for me to know that someone else can put him to bed! Very freeing!


  • Got Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (luckily a very mild case!)
  • Had his 15-month check-up
  • Went to the dentist for his first exam


Finch is a very social guy - he likes to tell stories and tries to say many words. He also tries to make a puppy sound when he sees a dog!

  • Hi
  • Eye
  • Book
  • Ball
  • Daddy
  • Water
  • Cracker
  • Turtle
  • Bubble
  • Uh oh
  • No no no no no
  • A-boo (peek-a-boo)


  • More
  • Please
  • Bye


  • Forward-facing him in car (not sure when we will do this)
  • Halloween costumes!

Gosh, this boy is so FUN! The way he runs, smiles, laughs, kisses and hugs on a daily basis. He is not shy. He does not hold back. He is a giver. So daring and brave. I love him so much!

10 years

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As of today, Eric and I have been married 10 years. TEN YEARS!

We celebrated with a weekend trip to Omaha, Nebraska, a few weeks ago, and tonight after work we're heading out to dinner and NOT rushing home to put any kids to bed :-)

I read something recently along the lines of "People say marriage is hard...but maybe life is hard and marriage just gets blamed." I don't remember exactly how it was worded, but it made me think.

Marriage is vowing to love, serve and be with someone for the rest of your life. So yes, in some ways, that can be difficult. When you're together for any period of time, you go through sucky things. We've been together for 13.5 years and we've dealt with financial struggles, deaths of family members, broken relationships, times when one or both of us disliked our job(s), postpartum depression, sleep deprivation, parenting struggles, etc. Right now with two little children we're both working and parenting so hard that we're spent at the end of the day with barely any energy or time for each other or our own friendships and hobbies...but life is so, so good. Our marriage is one of the biggest blessings in my life. When I first met Eric, he had a water bed and shaggy orange hair :-) It was not love at first sight, but then I got to know him...we became best friends, ...and the rest is history. Eric is such an encourager of me and all the things I want to do. I love him more today than ever.

Babe! Ten years in, we've got a lovely home, two adorable kids, jobs we LOVE, more gray hairs than we'd like to admit, and a lot of love. I'm so glad we found each other. I'd pick you again, for sure. xoxo, Kelsey


remember me?

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My blog is a reflection of my life, and, well, ... lately, it's been mostly about my kids ;-) Eric and I have had several conversations lately about self care and how I can get better at it. I've found myself getting jealous of Eric when he gets a night away with friends, and there have been many times when I've gotten frustrated with the kids way too easily. It's obvious that I need to schedule in regular breaks! I think it's hard for lots of moms to find time for everything that is important to them...for me, it's: God, marriage, kids, work, family, friends, blogging, etc. I usually come last. I really want to change that! I might even start exercising! :0

So, here's just a fun, random post about ME. Well, MOSTLY. :-)


About de-cluttering the house. It has gotten really out of hand since Finch was born. Last week I started in the corner of our bedroom where a huge pile of junk had grown, and now it looks - and feels - amazing! We went through the playroom last weekend and got rid of three bins of toys! Next up: my closet.


Eric and I are leaving tomorrow morning for a weekend away! It has been too long! But it hasn't seemed possible since Finch was born because of breastfeeding. Our 10-year wedding anniversary is next month so we are going to Omaha for a NEEDTOBREATHE concert and time to reconnect. Eric's mom is staying at our house to watch the kids - so thankful for her!


For our new rugs (pictured above) and rug pads to come in - one for our basement and one for our entryway!


Fall family photoshoot outfits. Finch definitely needs these suspenders.


Podcasts! It took me a while to get into them, and I find myself being very picky now if they aren't produced well. My current favorites are:

  1. Young House Love Has A Podcast
  2. Shailey & Katie

Others I have enjoyed in the past: Serial (season 1), Elise Gets Crafty, The Lively Show and Marriage Is Funny.


barkTHINS snacking chocolate - specifically the dark chocolate pretzel with sea salt. The salty/sweet combo is amazing. I didn't even know I liked dark chocolate, but now it's all I can think about.


A Halloween decoration for our front door. I've never been a huge fan of the holiday, but this seems easy and fun!


Toy Blast on my phone. It's the first app I've gotten addicted to. I'm on Level 929, if that proves how hooked I am.


My birthday's at the end of the month, and all I want is an insulated water bottle and some cacti. This is 33.


Maine. I went twice when I was in junior high and would love to take Eric there. Sooooooon.


Stranger Things on Netflix. I really liked it! I don't like scary stuff (I get nightmares easily), but was intrigued and then I got hooked and had to finish. It's sci-fi so I found myself repeating "It's not real, it's not real" during the scary scenes. But I definitely recommend it. Season 2 can't come soon enough.


Alone time on Wednesdays after dropping Rooney off at preschool and putting Finch down for his nap. An hour and a half of peace and quiet!!!


The kids' old clothes on Instagram @shopsnappycasual. Make me an offer!



Frozen peas. Don't knock 'em til you try it! My kids like them, too.


On the basement bathroom. We laid flooring and installed a toilet, we've got to figure out how to install the vanity/sink and hang the mirror.



iOS 10. I like the new emojis and the handwriting texts!


For a new lip color. I want to be a lipstick girl, but I'm not sure where to start. Lip tints? Anybody have a great brand/color to share? I had a couple Sonia Kashuk colors I loved from Target, but they've been discontinued. Help!


Might sound dorky, but I've been working on my handwriting. I used to love my handwriting in high school, but now everything I write is so hurried, especially at work.


Poshmark purchases. Have you heard of it? It's a site/app where you can shop other people's closets. It's super easy to search for brands you love and then purchase or make an offer. I've found four great tops (Madewell and J.Crew) that I wanted when they were in stores, and now I got them for waaaaay cheaper (one was even new with tags)! Sign up with my invite code NOFHN and get $5 off your first purchase!

What's new with you? Anything fun to share?? Have a great weekend!