A First Loss


Jacob lost his first tooth on Saturday. We had gone bowling Friday morning and when he got into the car he said "Hey Mom... my tooth is loose!" When I went to look at it, it was very loose. For the rest of that day, Jacob had his tongue on his tooth and his finger on his tooth wiggling away at it. I'm surprised it took until Saturday for it to come out!

My family Christmas celebration was on Saturday. Within a few minutes of sitting down to eat our Christmas meal, Jacob hollered that his tooth had fallen out. The entire room full of my family errupted in cheers. It was a very exciting moment and Jacob was thrilled!

The tooth right next to it is wiggly now. I bet he has a couple teeth gone by the month is over. 

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 10:39PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments5 Comments | References58 References

"At Least Not a Dot"



Feliz Navidad, as sung by Kelly:

"At least not a dot...At least not a dot...At least not a dot la la la la la la la laaaaa..." "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas in the bottom of the stars."

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 05:40PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments7 Comments

Hi Mom!



Kelly had her preschool Christmas program last week. You may remember Jacob's from last year where he was "that" kid who sang at the top of his little lungs throughout the entire program. Knowing Kelly, I was surprised she did not do the same. She did a great job at her program and played the part of a cow (I think...however she told us she was a sheep!). It was an adorable little program and Kelly looked so pretty in her Christmas dress. Throughout the entire program when she would make KelsChristmasProgram043.jpgeye contact with us, she would get a huge grin on her face and wave. After the program, we got in the car to leave and she said "Mommy...when can I do that again? I loved being in my Christmas program!"


Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 11:09PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments4 Comments

Dear Santa



(Taken by the staff photographer at Breakfast with Santa. Check out last years picture by clicking HERE. What a difference a year makes!)

Our "Dear Santa" letters for this year:

"Dear Santa, Melmo...backback...backpack... Love, Ella"

"Dear Santa Claus,
I would like for you to surprise me this year. I have been good this year. I stayed on green in my classroom the whole year so far. I sleep in my bed all night without calling for my mommy and daddy. I use my manners. Please and thank you. How are you? I want one thing this year. I would like a Transformer.  I love you! Jacob"

"Dear Santa,
How have you been? I only want a candy cane this year. I want a two baby stroller with two seats. I would like a dolly house and a dolly this year. How's your ride? Do you like carrots? I do what my mommy and daddy say. I like sparkles. Will you get mom and dad something cute that they want too? I loved that time we took that picture sitting on your lap. That was nice. You were cool. What houses are you going to?  My name is Kelly and we are in Kansas...not Iowa. I hope you can find it. Nothing else! Love, Kelly" 

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 03:57PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments5 Comments | References2 References

A Little Friend



I have had a little friend helping me with my work today. Yes...Mr Ladybug (aren't they misters if they are this yellow color?) decided that he wants to be a recruiter, so he has been spending the day on my computer, determined to learn everything he can about the industry so he too someday can be in this profession.

Why, do you ask, am I allowing him to hang out on my computer? Well... the answer is easy. Kelly had an absolute meltdown of a fit when I was going to take him outside "to be with his family". "But, I think he wants to be part of our family Mommy... please can he stay?" 

Being the sucker for those cute blue eyes and a passionate heart, I am now working away with a ladybug hanging out on my computer.  

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 03:15PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments5 Comments

I'm Not the Only Person Losing My Mind


Remember when I did this (Did I Seriously Just Do That post)?? Well, that was the last time I had visited that particular grocery store...until yesterday.

Yesterday, I was in the area of our local Hy-Vee grocery store and needed some groceries. I only had Ella with me, so I thought it was as good of time as any. I had my list with me and had some time before I had to pick Kelly up from school. Ella and I completed our grocery shopping trip and we headed out to the good ole' mini van to put the groceries inside. I pulled the cart up to the passenger side of the van and glanced in the window only to find a lady sitting in the drivers side talking on her cell phone.

Certain that I had walked up to the wrong van, I peeked in the back and saw  the kids carseats and some other recognizable things that made me sure it was my van. I peeked back in the window and the lady looked back at me with a "What???" look on her face. As I walked over to the drivers side, she opened the door and I said "Ummm... I think this is my van!" She looked at me puzzled, then a light obviously went off in her head and she put the phone back up to her ear and said "I've got to go...figured it out. Bye", and hung up the phone. She then went on to explain that she was visiting her sister and brother-in-law from out of state and took their van to the grocery store to pick up a few things. She said that she was just on the phone with her brother-in-law trying to figure out why the key wasn't starting the van!

She was terribly embarassed... and it got worse. After that, she could not figure out which van in the parking lot was the one that she drove to the store in! Eventually she unloaded her groceries from my van and carried on her way, thoroughly embarassed. Inside, I was sneakily happy that  I was not the only person who does things like that. There are other people out there in the world who are losing their mind as well!

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 11:17PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments9 Comments

A Flood of Memories



One of my fondest memories from growing up was the whole process of choosing and decorating the Christmas tree. If my memory serves me correctly, we would always go out to a Christmas tree farm. I vaguely remember my sister Kathy always getting the final say on which Christmas tree we got to bring home. She had very specific requirements. I was more interested in hanging out in the tree farm kiddie house and drinking hot chocolate. Even then, I was not fond of the cold weather. I always wanted to get the poor, lonely Charlie Brown trees anyway so it was probably better that Kathy got to take the lead on that.

DSC_0007-1.jpgThe first house that I lived in growing up was what we refer to now as the house on 30th Drive. I lived there from birth until we moved when I was in 2nd grade. I have very strong memories of the Christmas season at that house. I don't know why my memories were stronger there than any of the other houses we lived in, but when it comes to Christmas, the moments spent at that house are vivid in my mind.

Tonight, as we were putting up the tree, Kelly begged to put the star up on the top. We don't use a star... I haven't found the perfect star tree topper yet, so for now we use a huge bow. As Nick lifted her up to place the bow on top of the tree, memories flooded back to me of those times on 30th drive. My sister and I would alternate years of who got to put the star on the tree. Being fairly close in age, and now being a mother and assuming that we were both whining "not fair", we usually ended up both putting the star on. One first, then we would take it down, and then dad would lift the other up to put the star on the tree. I'm sure there were times that we spent the evening with dad picking us up to place the star on the tree, yet again.

The magic of the season is upon us, and the memories my kids will someday be sharing are being made. My wish for all is to take time this holiday season to rediscover the magic. If you can't find the magic anywhere, just look through the eyes of a child... we are never to old to make memories magical. 

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 11:05PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments8 Comments


I elfed my kids. I know that sounds like something that could get me sent to the bighouse, but trust me, it isn't. If you want a great laugh, click on this link and check out my kids, all elfed out!

Jacob, Kelly and Ella Elfed 

My kids cracked up so hard when I showed this to them. Once Jacob was able to contain himself, the first thing he said was, "Mommy... I really don't remember doing that!" He thought he had actually dressed up like an elf and did a little jig,

If you elf yourself, make sure to send me the link. 

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2007 at 10:09PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments2 Comments

Oh Kelly!

"Middle children can feel forgotten or overlooked because of the attention or demands of either the firstborns or the lastborns. Some of these children never seem to find their place in the social order, and they try to rebel or misbehave in order to draw attention to themselves."
Kelly is my middle child. Kelly also celebrated her fourth birthday one week ago today. In true "overlooked" middle child fashion, it has taken me an entire week to get a post up here to acknowledge her birthday.  
Kelly is anything but overlooked...she would not allow it! She demands attention, and usually gets it, anywhere she goes. Kelly is sweet and stubborn all wrapped up in one beautiful little package. She is definitely my diva. She is so much fun and she has such a strong, adorable little personality.  
Kellys4thBirthdayParty096.jpgI love Kelly's smile. I love her silly spirit. I love how she can trip over air...she is so darn clumsy! I love how she tries hard in things that she really wants to try hard in, but I also love how she can just let things go if she doesn't think it should be important. Kelly thrives on approval from her older brother. If Jacob thinks that it is cool, Kelly is on board. I love how she says, "Now mommy, don't laugh at this okay?" and then says something that completely cracks you up.
Sweet, sweet, Kelly. We love you so much and cannot believe how grown up you are becoming. Thanks for being our special big girl. You will never be too big for mommy and daddy to hold you. We love you! Happy 4th Birthday ladybug! 
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 09:06PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments9 Comments

Halloween Recap




Halloween is over, and the sugar highs are gone. Would you believe that we haven't even gotten into our candy yet? The kids had a couple of pieces last night, but other than that we have not touched it. The Halloween Fairy comes this weekend and after that the candy will be out of sight, out of mind. Thank goodness!

I survived my first party planning expedition as Jacob's Kindergarten class room mom. The party went really well and I think that the kids had a great time. They seemed to, anyway.

Many of you have requested, so I am obliging... here are the Halloween costumes from this year. Ella was a pink kitty, Kelly was princess Belle, and Jacob was a red Power Ranger.  


Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 08:30PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments7 Comments




I'm going to start taking photos of Ella in the morning with her various stages of bedhead. This girl does bedhead the right way...she doesn't mess around! This photo is a mild form of her bedhead. I don't know what she does at night to have her hair get quite so crazy, but whatever it is, she does it well!

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 05:19PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments5 Comments

Are you ready for some football?



Yes, it is that time of year again...football season is in full swing. In the Doyle household, that means that Jacob has started his first official flag football season. His team, The Mighty Tornados, played their first game this past Saturday and the boys did great! They had a lot of fun and for five year olds, I was impressed with how well both teams did. Jacob made the first "tackle" of the game and he really had a blast playing. I think we may have found our sport!


Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 10:52AM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments2 Comments

My Girls

BootsKel.jpg   One likes fashion...

The other likes food...BeryMouth3.jpg

But you can't help but love them both! 

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:43PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments4 Comments

Kelly and Kelly Only



Soon after Kindergarten started for Jacob, Kelly was walking around the house acting a little blue. When I asked her what was wrong she said, "You know... I am getting really tired of everything being about Jacob." With Jacob's surgery, and Jacob playing baseball, and Jacob starting Kindergarten, she was right. Everything lately had been all about Jacob. My poor little middle sweetie was feeling very left out and very jealous.

Well, last week we had some "Everything is about Kelly" time and she loved it. She finally started preschool on Thursday and a couple of days before that just her and I went shopping for clothes to start school. We went out to eat, played whatever she wanted, and had some time where we just focused on her. It did seem to perk her up, as she does enjoy attention.

KellySinging.jpgKelly is the middle child and I am here to attest...what they say about middle children is true. She is the one who has always taken a back seat to her siblings. I don't know why that is, but she has always been so independent and just seemed to require less from us. She likes to do her own thing, is a bit of a diva, and is sweet as pie all at the same time. She is my drama queen and the comedian in the family. She loves to laugh and she loves to make us laugh. She does love attention, and any time she is getting attention from anyone, she soaks it up like a sponge does water and she milks it for all that it is worth.

Kelly did fantastic her first day of preschool and dance class also started up again for the year and she did great at dance. I am so proud of her and the way that she listens to her teachers and is kind to her friends.  We love you Kelly!

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 09:09AM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments5 Comments




I love having little girls. Not that I don't enjoy having a little boy as well, but little girls are special in their own way. I love dressing them up. I love watching them interact with each other... loving one minute, pulling hair or yelling at each other the next. Little girls are full of spunk, full of drama and full of fun!

With Nick being gone the majority of the past three weeks in New York, we decided to just veg out most of this Labor Day weekend and get things done around the house. Today, we decided to soak up some of the great weather we have been having and we headed to Shawnee Mission Park for some football throwing, photo ops, and exploring. The sunlight was all wrong for great photos of the kids, but I did capture a couple that I am sure I will be framing or putting into an album at some point.  This particular photo is of Kelly comforting Ella after Ella started to fuss some. After this sweet moment, Kelly turned around to look at something and Ella yanked at her hair causing Kelly to scream and start crying. The sweetness lasted for a brief moment...good thing I caught it on camera while it lasted!

Posted on Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 11:15PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments4 Comments
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