4.25.2017

Life Lately


Hey guys! Sorry for being so MIA lately! We just got back from Florida yesterday (had the best time and didn't want to leave, as expected), but also life at home has been an absolute whirlwind the past two weeks as well. 

Life is truly crazy right now for us...in a good way! Just when you think you have a plan figured out, a new (amazing) opportunity presents itself. Funny how that works, isn't it? Needless to say, I have some big news to share but just need to find the time to type up all the details. 

...I know. So rude of me to even mention this and not spill, but I didn't want to just not say anything at all either! I hope to be able to share more info in the next few days! 

(follow me on insta or snapchat (@katiewkrysh for both) in the meantime...)

4.17.2017

Easter 2017

I know two little boys who now think the Easter bunny is THE coolest ever. He let them eat sweets all day and brought them balls, books, stickers, new clothes, stuffed animals, and toys...and they got to have 2 egg hunts...what is there to not like?! 

My heart feels so full today after such a wonderful holiday weekend with my family. My parents had their annual Easter party and egg hunt at their house on Saturday (which is what a lot of these pictures are from!) and then we just spent all Easter day yesterday at our house spending quality time with the boys! 

Camden loved hunting for eggs this year (and was good at it!), except trying to get him to not open each egg and eat EVERY single piece of candy inside was a bit of a challenge. He shoved those babies in his mouth SO FAST...the boy knows whats up. 

And Grayson? Thanks to him, he doubled (make that tripled) the amount of joy in our hearts this year. I think he loved his first Easter, judging by the amount of rattling and shaking of his eggs that he did! Those eggs entertained him for what felt like hours. And naturally, since it was his first Easter I took it upon myself to do what any normal mom would do...undress him down to a diaper and stick some bunny ears on his head + take a billion photos...


Gah. Couldn't you just eat him?

I actually forgot to blog about this last week, but we also took Camden to a different egg hunt in our city last weekend where he got to get his picture taken with the Easter bunny and Papa came with us to help him hunt for eggs!


Of course he had a blast there too.

Anyway, yesterday after our bellies were full enough from cinnamon rolls, pasta, green bean casserole, fruit salad, and the sugar took a toll we ended the night watching The Lion King (that my parents got for Camden) and passing out at a really early hour. All in all - favorite Easter to date. Next year has a lot to live up to (which is also what I'm pretty sure I said last year...) 

PS: Holy crap! Today is officially my FIRST day/week as a true SAHM, so I think staying in our pj's is a must. :) I hope all of you had a blessed Easter with your families! 


4.13.2017

Grayson: 8 Months Old!


(this update is so late but better late than never!)

Happy 8 months to our baby boy!

This month Grayson really wanted to show off his growing and fun loving personality. And it is just the sweetest. I always tell people that I think he's going to be really kind because he is so sweet and gentle. He is now babbling mama, dada, and baba (started saying all 3 within a day or two of each other!), laughs all the time, gives the cutest high-fives, has started to enjoy reading books, and gives the very best open-mouth kisses.

It's funny because him and Camden are very similar in certain ways, but when it comes to their temperaments they are pretty much opposites. Both very happy babies (I swear they have the same exact laugh), but Grayson is laid back, easy going, and not so busy. He loves to observe and take things in, although I'm sure this may change once he starts crawling. He gets on all fours and has started rocking back and forth, so crawling is JUST around the corner! But I'm totally okay if it's not because like I've said before STAY. THIS. AGE. FOREVER. Please and thanks.

Milestones//Special Moments: Waves // Stands really well (with support) // Eating more solid foods and less purees // Grabs and reaches for everything // Still only has his 2 bottom teeth but he has 2 on top that are this close to coming in // Says mama, dada, and baba!

Weight/Height: He didn't have a doctors visit this month, so we will find out at his 9 month but I have a feeling he's gained a lot - he feels so much heavier!

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Clothes: 9 and 12 month 

Diapers: 3's 

Sleeping: Still 3 naps during the day (longest being from about 1145am-2) then eats at 7pm and goes straight to bed! He is still in his sleepsack and really loves sleeping on his side (and sometimes his belly.) We're about to transition him to 2 naps.

Likes: He loves to be kissed on his belly and tickled, especially when his big brother does it // Still loves the jumperoo // Giving high-fives //  Rolling all over the room // Sophie // Has started showing interest in books! // his Wubbanubs // Sleeping on his side/belly // Swinging // Toys that play music and his sensory balls // Learning how to clap

Dislikes: When his food is all gone!

Eating: Still drinking 4 bottles a day (7-8oz) around 7am, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm. He's eating 3 "real" meals now + I've been weaning off the purees. So far he's tried (and LOVED): eggs, puffs, cooked veggies, pasta, cheese, waffles and pancakes, cheerios, yogurt, any fruit, and he LOVES pouches! He does really well picking up food and taking it into his mouth. I think that both of our boys are going to eat us out of our house. :)

Health: No sicknesses recently, YAY!

We are loving watching him grow, but savoring all the moments we have before that big first birthday. Don't even want to think about that...no, no. We love you SO much, Grayson!


favorite pictures this month: 


4.11.2017

A NEW CHAPTER


Guess what? I've been keeping a little secret!

This week marks my last week in the business world. As of this Friday, these two little boys by the names of Camden and Grayson will be my new boss(es).

Honestly, ever since Grayson was born we've been debating having me stay at home full time, but haven't taken the leap until now (special thanks to Billy for being so supportive and hardworking!) I am SO excited, and am looking forward to spending my days with these tiny humans that fill up my heart so much! Most of you know I've worked part-time for the past two years since Camden was born, so I'm hoping (maybe?) that this won't be a huge change and that they won't get sick of me... ;)

I give working moms an insane amount of credit, and I also give stay at home moms so much credit. I don't believe one is "harder" than the other - they both have their advantages and disadvantages. As for our plans? I have zero so far, other than us jetting off to Florida next week (I think I'll call this my retirement trip, just so we have an extra excuse to celebrate ha) other than to make as MANY memories as possible. I do plan to go back to work at some point (I enjoy having something out of the house that is 'mine'), so this doesn't mean I'm not going to work outside the home ever again, but you best believe I will be soaking up all the weeks I will have with them in the mean time. Everyone keeps telling me how I won't regret this decision and I know that they are 100% right! I feel really thankful and grateful that I have the opportunity to be home with them now, while they're still really little.

My last day of work is Thursday and then I'm a free woman! Some champs for us and apple juice for them will most definitely be in order. And maybe some Halo Top for dessert because you just can't beat the Sea Salt Caramel flavor. You just can't. Alright, now that I'm getting carried away planning my "last day of work" meal, I'll get going but I'm so excited to share in this journey (the ups-the downs-you name it) with you guys, and as always...thanks you thank you thank you for following along!

4.07.2017

Easter Basket Ideas For Babies + Toddlers



You may not know this but I'm kind of a crazy person when it comes to Easter. It's been this way since I was really little. I have SO many home videos that my parents took of me freaking out on Easter morning and eating each piece of candy inside an egg before moving on to the next one. I can't even tell you how much fun I have putting together Easter baskets for the boys...I just love it.

This year I was able to get the boys' baskets done pretty early because there has been SO MUCH CUTE stuff out in the stores that made completing them really easy. What would have really made it even better is if I wouldn't have forgot that I left them laying out in our room and Camden ran in and caught a peak of his...total mom fail.


Anyway, I got the matching liners from Pottery Barn Kids and decided to save some money by just buying my own baskets instead of buying the ones Pottery Barn sells. I took the liners in with me to Michael's and found these for 50% off, so I paid around $7 for each! For the goodies inside, I like to get them things they actually need, instead of candy, since they're so little. Here are some of the things I snagged to put in their baskets... (and these ideas will still work if you're kiddos are a little older than mine!)


FOR BABY

-Books

-Sippy cup

-Bunny stuffed animal

-Teethers or Paci's

-A new blanket

-PJ's

-Bibs

-Socks

 Fill their eggs with...

 Puffs or Yogurt melts







FOR TODDLER

-Their favorite character shirt (got a Mickey Mouse one for Cam...after swearing that I WOULD NEVER buy character clothing. Those days are long gone...)

-New pair of sandals

-Books

-Ball

-Stickers

-Grow capsules

-Crayon/Activity Book

-Playdoh

-New swimsuit

-Chalk

-Crayons

Fill their eggs with...

Raisins, Goldfish, Stickers

And if you do want to put some candy in their baskets (I will put a couple eggs in there filled with some treats!), I found these big adorable eggs that are filled with stickers and jellybeans from Kroger!

4.05.2017

Buy This, Not That





It's been a bit since I've done one of these posts, but I knew I had to bring it back out because of this sandal find (!!)

I have always loved the Joie A la Plage Nice Thong sandals, but at $125 I never could pull the trigger. Recently I found these that literally look exactly the same, but are $19! I am so happy to have found these...they're a great classic sandal that will pair with a lot this summer and not go out of style! The black pair is just as good, too. I almost like them more than the cognac...get yourself a pair before they sell out!

PS: For those looking for this top that was out of stock...it's back in stock here, but only a few smalls and some mediums left (I have a medium for reference.) 


4.03.2017

These Are My Confessions

I confess...I realized when seeing Beauty And The Beast the other night that I still know almost every single word from all of the songs. I must've watched that movie 1,000 times as a little girl. And I sang them as loudly and proudly as I possibly could in my car the entire way home after seeing the movie. (If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's a must!)

I confess...I have some very exciting news to share with you guys soon. I am NOT pregnant again so don't you even go there.

I confess...these denim shorts are the best pair that I've found in, years? Does anyone else feel like all of them out there in stores are way too short or way too expensive? Just me? These are NOT available in stores, only online. (I would size up if you're on the fence about what size to order-here is another style/wash too)


I confess...I said shit in front of Camden the other day when I thought he was in the other room (have to watch what we say in front of him now because he's repeating everything!) and sure enough, what immediately comes out of his mouth after he heard it? OOPS.

I confess...that right now I feel like it's hard to leave the house during the day with the boys because Grayson is still taking 3 naps. I think I'm going to try to switch him to 2 (he would probably do it on his own soon anyways) so that in the summer it's easier to be out doing things!

I confess...I would love to hear from a psychic/medium. Is that weird? I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff, but am skeptical that they will just say generic things.

I confess...I'm currently following a KETO diet and am really enjoying the change in pace in regards to the foods I'm eating! Lots of foods high in fat, which I would normally steer away from. If you haven't heard of a KETO diet...in short it's high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. I've only been doing it for about a week, but plan to share more once I'm in it for a little longer! There are a ton of helpful recipes and info about it on Pinterest.

I confess...I did have some Halo Top the other night (my gf who also follows this diet told me it was OK to have a little bit!) and tried the Sea Salt Caramel flavor for the first time. That was a mistake because it is pretty much the best flavor EVER. If you're a Halo Top fan, you NEED to try it!


I confess...this blush is legit. New fav. It is highly pigmented so you really don't need to use much, and it lasts me all day!

I confess...this view will never get old. EVER.


Who's excited for the premiere of Southern Charm tonight?! Seriously one of my favorite shows. Tomorrow I'm sharing the boys' Easter baskets and ideas for filling up those eggs! Happy Monday!

3.29.2017

How Motherhood Has Changed Me



1. I DON'T STRESS OVER THE LITTLE THINGS 

It's funny that the things that used to stress me out no longer do. Being a mom has changed what is important to me and how I live life on a daily basis. I don't want my kids to feel the stress from me, so I try to just let (most) things go that bother me.

2. I'M OK WITH LIVING A SIMPLE LIFE

No big plans on the weekend? FABULOUS! I think I've also become more of an introvert since having kids, too.

3. I PRIORITIZE BETTER

I swear the best multi-taskers in the world are mothers. When the boys are asleep, I get done as much as I can around the house (and take time to relax to myself too) so that when they're awake I can focus on spending time with them. I've learned better ways to stay organized so that our days run smoother.

4. I'M MORE PATIENT AND FLEXIBLE

If there is one thing in this world that can make a person more patient it would be having kids. I've learned that you have to go with the flow when you're a parent, and there will be a lot of things that happen that you can't control.

5. I VALUE MY TIME MORE AND WHO I SPEND IT WITH

If I'm spending time away from my kids, I try to really make the most of my time so that I come back home refreshed. The same goes for when me and Billy get dates together - I feel like we appreciate it more.

6. I APPRECIATE THE SMALL THINGS

A long shower...my fav cup of coffee...something new the boys did...getting my nails done...SILENCE during nap time. Oh, yes...heavenly.

7. I'VE GAINED A WHOLE NEW APPRECIATION/TYPE OF RESPECT FOR PARENTS 

When I see mothers at the grocery store with 3+ kids (and even 1 or 2) I'm always thinking: dang, you are superwoman! And then there's the boy moms that I instantly seem to just connect and relate to. They just get it. Man, can't say it enough how much do I LOVE being a part of the boy mom (well, mom in general) club. 

8. I WORRY A LOT MORE

I know I said above that I stress less (which is true), but I DO worry more. There's a difference, I swear. You really don't ever really get a break from being a parent - not mentally that is. Even when I'm not physically with my kids, I'm still thinking about them. I'm still wondering if how I handled a situation was right. I'm still googling to try to find answers about the most random of things. I'm still missing them, even when they test me to my limit. And yet...it's all worth it. 

How have your little one(s) changed you?

3.27.2017

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

In no particular order, 5 things from this past weekend // things going on...

-ONE-

(the rug is turned around now so that it's under his bed in the other direction...)

Quick update on Cam's big boy bed: Still going really well, he's totally impressed us! We are really glad we went this route vs. the toddler bed. However, it does take him a little bit longer to fall asleep at bedtime. He will walk around his room a bit before settling into his bed, but typically he's asleep within 30 minutes. We actually think he likes it more because he seems to sleep really good in it (I'm sure he's much more comfy!) and he's even sleeping longer in the mornings, so overall can't complain at all. We are so proud of him! 

(Also, we do plan to buy a box spring for it eventually once he's totally used to his new bed and then we will put up a side rail.) 

-TWO-

You know I'm a HUGE fan of meeting up with all my blog girls, so it's about time me and Lindsay got together for a play date! Her 2 boys are almost the same ages as Camden and Grayson (and her oldest is named Camden too!) and we've followed each other for the past few years (CRAZY!), so this meet-up was well over due. We're already planning the next time we can get together again...thank you, blog world (for like the 6th time) for allowing me to meet such awesome girlfriends!



-THREE-



Grayson had an eventful weekend because boyfriend got to have his first pouch and snacked on puff's for the first time! I (almost) forgot how adorable it is to watch babies try food for the first time...ugh I love it. And it's clear he's going to LOVE food like the rest of this family (not surprised) because he literally whined when they were gone, and kept wanting more and more. On top of that, guess who's recently become chatty?! He just started saying mama, dada, and baba ALL in the past 2-3 days! He cracks himself up too when he's babbling them. THE BEST.


-FOUR-

Thanks to some 70 degree days we took the boys on multiple park trips, went on a bike ride, ate all our meals outside on our deck, played and swung in our swing in our backyard, and only came inside for naps! A certain toddler was especially excited about the "sicle" he got to eat, too...


-FIVE-

On the days I work I normally make a list in the morning of what needs to be accomplished that night once the boys are in bed, and yet 90% of the time once we eat dinner and clean up a bit, I have NO energy to do any of it and am most likely asleep on the couch by 10pm. Seriously. And I only work 3 days a week?! Sure, there ARE days that I kick butt and knock out my to-do list, but I feel like lately this is how it's been on weeknights. How do you all do it? Stay on top of bills, cleaning the house, working out, making yummy dinners, giving your husband attention, etc. TELL ME YOUR SECRETS! Or...maybe the secret is realizing that I WON'T get everything I want done in a day?? And that that is OKAY? I'm the type of person that hates going to bed with things hanging over my head, or a kitchen with dishes not put away, so it's hard to just give up that control sometimes. Does that make sense?

How was your weekend? Hope it was great! 

3.22.2017

Currently Loving

currently loving
Striped Ruffle Top (just got this & shared on my snapchat-size up, I got a medium)
Neon V-neck TShirt (many colors-under $15)
Scalloped Shorts (bought these in black)
Lace-Up Sandal (ON SALE for under $50!)
Cold Shoulder Tee (under $40! many colors, a great everyday casual top)

I have been so excited to share these finds! I mean....how good are these?! Obsessed with them all!

So happy that it's officially spring + since we're heading to Florida in less than a month I've kind of told myself it's OK to splurge a bit lately. Last week I donated a TON of old clothes that have been sitting in my closet that, sadly, I will probably never fit into anymore (mainly all size XS-woof) so many of these actually fall into the "need" vs "want" category now. Yep...that's my story and I'm sticking with it. 

I also have to share these sandals and scalloped espadrilles.... (both are under $50!)

Crown Vintage Bahamas Flat
(these come in black too)


TOO GOOD, right? Spring clothes > Winter clothes. Always.


Get your spring shop on...

3.20.2017

CJK: 2 Year Update


I've been working on this post in my head for months now, always repeating to myself, " Must remember what he did today for the blog!" Camden is so much fun at this age. Definitely more challenging (he knows what he wants when he wants it, that's for sure), but fun and oh so sweet. I don't want to forget a single thing...like how he says "go mommy!" when I make a basket in his basketball hoop...how he says "lub ew" to us and Grayson...how he says "bye car! bye truck!" when we drive pass them in the car...how he insists on holding at least 2 or 3 balls on his lap/my lap when he watches movies because he loves them so much...how every single time I pick him up from school he runs at a full sprint to me when he sees me...or how he still holds my left hand when reading books (he's done this since he was little.) Ugh, I'm just soaking all of him in right now.

Cam has always been outgoing and social, but lately we've him get a little shy when first seeing people, or when I drop him off at school. He clings to me for a bit, but it doesn't take long before he's back to being social and wanting to play. He is fearless and not scared of anything (that scares me DAILY!) He is extremely coordinated - we cannot wait to get him into sports! He has so much energy and zest for life, it's infectious. He also challenges me like crazy and constantly keeps me on my toes, but I'll get into that more below!

Since my last update (I know I talked about on the blog here and there), Camden started school 3 days a week and he's done so great there. He's learned to follow directions more, his speech has exploded, he's mastered sleeping on a cot (never thought that would happen!), and he LOVES to tell us (and show us with his artwork and such) about his days at school and what he did! 

And then there is the older brother aspect. Oh man, watching the type of brother Camden is better than I ever imagined, and makes me want 8 more kids because this sibling thing is AMAZING! I kid...I kid...but at least 1 more. He shows Grayson so much love + affection and luckily, we've yet to have any jealousy issues. He runs into his room every morning and never wants to go to bed without making him laugh or giving him a kiss. I am working on a post about how much I love their age gap, so I'll share more then!

MILESTONES/MOMENTS TO NOTE:
-Height: Over 3" tall! Weight: 28 lbs
-Has all his teeth (his 2 year molars were BRUTAL-on all of us)
-Wearing: Size 5 diapers and all size 2t clothes, but he really could probably be wearing 3T pants just for the length! He's constantly growing out of pants because he's so tall! In regards to potty training, he's great about telling us when he has to go (mainly for #2) so we've been working with him often but he hasn't gone on it yet. We're not trying to rush him at all, so we just keep putting him on and take him off when he wants down. 
-Sleeping: After mastering climbing out of his crib, we just transitioned him to a big boy bed (his crib converts to a full size) this past week and it has gone so smoothly! Since he's only been in it a few nights now and it's new, I will lay with him and sing him a song and then he's usually asleep within 15-20 minutes.  He's been falling asleep around 730 and sleeps until 7ish. Crossing our fingers it continues to go this way! 
-Napping: Eats lunch around 1130-1145 and takes a nap at 12-230ish 
-Learning: He knows all his colors and shapes (it's the best hearing him say "hart! twiangle! sware!" and knows most letters. 
-Favorite things he's said recently: "my name is Camden!"..."I colored it!"..."bye car (truck/ball/house/etc-he LOVES saying bye to things and waving at them)..."lub ew!"..."night night"...the names of shapes. 
-Favorite foods: "Dip" aka ketchup, applesauce, and yogurt are his ALL TIME 3 favorite foods right now, ha. I always ask him what he wants for lunch and dinner and he says them all each and every time. He still eats really well, even though he's a little more picky than when he was younger. He loves all fruit, avocado, tomatoes, pasta, pizza, peanut butter, mac and cheese, pancakes, eggs, muffins, and quesadillas. He's not big into meat right now-it's hit or miss that he will want it but I try to get it in his diet somehow.
-Favorite shows/movies: Toy Story, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Mickey and The Roadster Racers, Finding Nemo/Dory, Cars. He loves to ask to listen to let it go from Frozen when we get in the car.
-Loves to have "his turn" to brush his teeth with his Paw Patrol toothbrush
-Had to get 5 stitches right above his eyebrow after taking a fall at school
-took him to his first Disney on Ice! 


LIKES:
His stuffed animal Rocky from Paw Patrol (his fav!) // To "help us" clean! He loves when we tell him how helpful he is (he will go around with a duster dusting our tables and floors and the tv, ha) He has a toy broom and dust pan that has gotten a lot of use over the past few months // Play-doh and coloring with crayons // Shooting hoops in our basement (he is crazy good at making baskets-some from all the way across the room) // Puzzles // Trying to feed and share his food with his stuffed animals // Any and every activity with a ball // Buzz Lightyear and Woody // Playing with his cars and legos // LOVES being outside (we're itching for spring/summer) // Still loves to read! I have to be more intentional about getting him to sit down to read since he's so busy these days, but once we do he will often go and pick out 5-10 others that he wants to read together. He also likes turning the tables and quizzing me-he will point to certain things like I do to him and want me to tell him what it is-it's so cute!

CHALLENGES:

The biggest challenges right now with Cam are pretty normal toddler behavioral things, but I would say the biggest is just trying to teach him to not get into everything he shouldn't. He's into everything! I will go to put Grayson down for a nap and he climbs up on to the kitchen counters, grabs things off the counters, or tries to pull literally everything out of the refrigerator/pantry. We really have to baby proof all the things! Meltdowns have been minimal lately, though, which I think is because his speech has grown so much and he understands so much more. We've found what helps him the most is just us giving him warnings of what to expect next. For example, saying "in 5 minutes we are going to get in the car" or "you can play for 10 more minutes and then it's time to eat lunch and take a nap". This way he feels more in control and it's easier on us when having to leaving the house and such.

Alright, apparently I need to do these updates for him more regularly since I just wrote a NOVEL. Sorry ya'll!

favorite pictures from the past few months: