Saturday, December 31, 2011
I've also been doing a little research on homemade cleaners and I've been trying out a couple of concoctions to keep us clean and tidy. I wish I could say that I'm altruistic enough to be doing this strictly for the environment, but those who know me best, know that tree-hugger I am not. It's a nice side benefit, though.
Going crunchy may include cloth napkins and towels. However, I won't be giving up the TP or the Clorox wipes anytime soon ;-P
Now, Katy is almost two and running all over the place, saying lots of new words, putting together more and more concepts and astounding us with her daily growth. So, in commemoration of this milestone, I decided to change things up a bit and update the blog template to give it a fresher, more fun look.
So, here's to two great years in the blogosphere and more to come. Good-bye 2011- we had a great year! Hello, 2012- we look forward to all that you have in store for our little family of three!
Today, we helped our friend, Cailin celebrate her 3rd birthday. "Tangled" was the theme and Katy was in heaven because she LOVES "Princesses" as she calls Rapunzel. Katy had a ball playing with all of Cailin's new toys and Daddy and I had fun catching up with Cailin's mommy and daddy (aka Miss Robin and Mr. Brian). Happy Birthday, Cailin!
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Today, we joined our MOMs Club of Concord friends for a tour of the local Concord Krispy Kreme Doughnuts distribution center. The center is located minutes away from our house but we only recently found out about it's existence. Ms. Conway of Krispy Kreme, took us on a tour of the factory. She was pretty patient- all things considered- with our loud, boisterous crew of 31 (most of them being five and under). We got to see jelly and apple filled doughnuts being made. We got to see the doughnuts come from the proofer, onto the flights, through the baker, be hand filled, glazed and boxed. As a sweet treat to end the tour, we even got to take home a couple of chocolate sprinkled doughnuts! So fun!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Our neighbor has and outdoor cat named Thunder. It is necessary, in Katy's opinion, to stop and wave "Hi!" and "Bye!" to Thunder EVERY time we walk by his house. Our neighbors must think we are stalking them, or something because Katy loves to stop and talk to Thunder for minutes on end (don't worry, we're not!). I like Thunder because Katy gets to enjoy a cat without the sneezing and sniffles on my behalf- Achoo!
Today, we delivered a plate of decorated sugar cookies to our local fire station. We want to teach Katy to have a giving and thankful heart- and not just focus on Santa and presents at Christmastime- and thanking the men and women that keep us safe throughout the year is one small way we can do that.
When we walked up to the station, there was a fireman standing outside. He was kind enough to let us in and show us around the station. At first, Katy was kind of afraid of all of the large trucks, flashing lights and equipment. However, once the fireman said that Katy could "drive" the truck, Katy immediately perked up and got very excited. She even told Daddy to "get down" so that she could sit in the driver's seat all by herself.
Thank you to those that serve and protect us throughout the year!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Usually, I like to share some numbers and stats having to do with Katy, our family, etc.during these milestone blog posts. Instead, I'd like to share with you some blog statistics and share some link love with those who have sent traffic our way. In our little part of the blogosphere, All Things Katy! has been pretty popular (popular for us, that is- peanuts in comparison to the rest of the world). So far, as of today, we've had....
-20,902 pageviews since the inception of All Things Katy! on January 1, 2010.
-We've had readers from the USA, Indonesia, Russia, Germany, Canada, France, Israel, Qatar, South Korea, and Trinidad and Tobago, even though we technically only have one "real" follower. So, if you, dear reader, feel so inclined, feel free to follow All Things Katy!
- http://www.moneysavingmom.com./, https://www.facebook.com/, https://www.google.com/ and http://www.thethriftymama.com/ have been our top referring sites in the last month.
-On December 2, 2011, we had 378 unique pageviews. This was the single most pageviews we've had in one single day- that's a lot for All Things Katy! I believe this to be mostly due to the fact that I did a review for the soon-to-be released, The Money Saving Mom's Budget.
-The Money Saving Mom's Budget- Book Review has been the most popular post being viewed 515 times.
-Cookie Monster Birthday Bash has been the second most popular post being viewed 341 times.
-"How to feed baby rice cereal," "cookie monster party theme" and "cookie monster cupcakes" have been popular word searches that have led people our way.
Goes to show that you can't always predict your audience and blogs are most certainly a very public forum to express yourself! Happy blogging!
Today, we joined the rest of the moms and kiddos for the MOMs Club of Concord Christmas party. We decorated sugar cookies, painted plaster ornaments, made crafts, played and ate lunch. There was laughter! There was crying (that's what happens when you put together over a dozen kids under five)! There was lots of playing! Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Have you noticed that most of Katy's recent pictures are of her taken from behind? That's because she's usually running full-steam ahead of me (or, as Katy likes to announce, "Katy, runnin'!") and I'm usually chasing her a few steps behind. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is a *rare* picture of that sweet baby face!
One day, I'm going to miss Katy's soft, baby cheeks and her nose that mirrors my own. I love the way Katy will so willingly give me kisses, hugs and pats when I ask. I love that she announces every action, as she is doing it- "Katy jumping! Katy running! Katy eating!" I love how perfectly Katy's tiny, little hand fits into mine as she reaches up to hold my hand in a trusting, innocent sort of way. I love how Katy will hear music and start dancing with wild abandon- bottom out, arms clapping and swinging! I love that giggle, Katy!
I want to remember every feature, and cherish every moment but I can tell that each day seems to accelerate Katy's maturity. Everyday, it's evident in the new word that Katy speaks, or the way she puts concepts together. Even her facial features sometimes seem to change from day-to-day.
Who knew that you could fall in love again with your baby girl, every day?
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Last Sunday, Katy made her stage debut along with the rest of the Kinetic Kids, as they sang Christmas songs for the congregation. Ted and I knew that the kids were slated to sing on Sunday but we just didn't realize that the Toddlers were going up on stage, too (we thought they were too young). So, we found ourselves without a camera of any kind (yikes!) and had to treasure the moment in our minds. Thanks to our friend, Lindsey for taking this video so that we could share it with you! This video is from the first service where Katy was a little more tame. During the second service, Katy clapped and danced along to the music like she was born to move to the music!!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Katy loves to take care of her baby dolls. Behind books, dolls are probably her toy of choice. She loves to feed, rock, dress and hold them. Katy will put the dolls to "bed" and tell me that they "Shh- napping!" I've even heard her talk to the dolls like I talk to her- singing "Rock a Bye Baby" and saying, "Missy." More than once, I've had to kiss Katy AND baby good-night or give baby a "sip of water," too.
Katy is quite the "Little Mommy" with her dolls!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Ted's parents gave me a Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer for my birthday this year. A slightly strange gift, I acknowledge. However, I actually really wanted one (even if it seems like one more appliance to collect dust on the shelf).
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
His Little Princess by Sheri Rose Shepherd is a sweet collection of letters, Bible verses and poems written for princesses of all ages. This book is a touching reminder that every one of us is loved and that we are made in God’s own image. Playing off of the “princess craze” that has young girls crying for Disney dolls, dress-up and tiaras, His Little Princess shows girls the true meaning of being a princess in God’s court.
This book is set up as a collection or writings/verses that can be read individually or as a collection. His Little Princess is simplistic its approach, yet sophisticated enough for even older girls to get meaning and truth out of it. The book references Bible verses so it has the potential to spark some deeper, theological and thematic discussions between parent and child.
In conclusion, this book is a positive collection to any library.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
Monday, December 12, 2011
Nana and Bapa Jones are in town this week to celebrate Christmas with us (a little early). So, after church, yesterday, we had a traditional Christmas dinner- ham, baked pineapple, mashed potatoes, homemade breadsticks and roasted brussel sprouts- all of which were Katy-friendly foods! Katy also had the opportunity to open her gifts from her Jones grandparents a little early. She had fun opening her gifts and playing with all the fun, new toys!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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