Monday, August 30, 2010

Coastin' with the Kiddos

We just took our annual friend's beach trip with the kids. We enjoyed sunshine, splashin' in the pool, playing in the sand, laughing with good friends, hot dogs on the beach, games, and some really cute kids.

Obviously we had fun...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Eyes Have It...

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And all that's best of dark and bright/
Meet in her aspect and her eyes

Saturday, August 21, 2010

7 Months

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Baby Girl, at seven months old:

You weigh twenty pounds.

You are 26 inches tall.

You blow raspberries.

You love your cousins and all other kids and babies.

You get on your hands and knees and rock, frustrated that you can’t crawl.

You’ll eat most anything, especially if it comes from my plate.

You hate peas.

You sleep on your side with your monkey on your face.

You love banging on a keyboard piano that was handed down from Julia to Harper to you.

You can’t get enough of jumping in your bouncy horse.

You think a frozen washcloth is a special treat.

You are learning to wave and give kisses.

You roll all over the place, getting into things and reminding Mommy it is time to baby-proof.

You love balls and chewing on foam bath-toy letters.

You watch sports with Daddy, snuggled in his recliner.

You are working on baby sign language with Mommy.

You enjoy swimming and bathing.

You love empty food wrappers/bags that are loud and crunchy.

You charm strangers.

You are about to move to a big-girl carseat.

You are about to start Mother's Day Out.

You make us so very happy.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Scream!

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You Scream!
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We all scream...

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for Ice Cream!
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jewelry Giveaway!

I have this extremely talented real life friend, Erin, that makes jewels. {She also happens to be expecting a wee one!}

Velvet Moon Designs are artistic, unique, and totally drool-worthy!

She makes everything to order... so pick your own beads, metals, colors, and designs!

Erin has generously offered a giveaway for this stunning pair of Medium Starlight Earrings.

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Gorge right?!

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1. Visit Velvet Moon Designs on etsy, leave me a comment telling me about your favorite piece.
2. Become a new follower of my blog. (2 entries)
3. Tweet or Facebook about this contest. (1 entry each)
4. Blog about this contest. (2 entries)
5. Buy something from Velvet Moons and get 3 entries!

A winner will be chosen by random.org on September 1st. Good luck!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Havin' a Ball

Kherington loves balls.

Small ones that fit in her chubby hands.

Colorful ones she can chase across the floor.

Noisy ones she can bang together.

Her favorite toy is a tiny basketball. (which immensely pleases her Daddy)

I think 'ball' might be the first word she learns to sign.

Knowing our sweet girl's love of balls, I made an impromptu ball pit in her pack'n'play.

And Kherington... well, she had a ball!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Video Baby Monitor Review

I got a video baby monitor and I couldn't be happier!

Remember my original opinion on them being only for helicopter parents? I'm changing my tune!

The following is a review of the Svat Electronics Levana Interference Free Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor- BabyView20.

CSN Stores gave me credit towards this item in exchange for a review... but my review is completely honest and objective.

My monitor arrived promptly, shipped directly from the manufacturer. The Baby Daddy set it up, but he did so in 10 minutes or less.

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I've been using the monitor for 2 weeks for my 6 month old, and here are my thoughts...
{and yes, I chose to leave the crib bumper on 3 of the 4 rails. and yes, we are about to lower the mattress. keep your judgements to yourself, thankyouverymuch}

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PROS:

Affordability- at $149, this is one of the most affordable video monitors on the market. Considering my reguar monitor was $80, this one is worth every penny.

Clarity- the picture on the monitor is crystal clear, almost as good as my professional digital camera viewing screen. I can see baby's eyes and face clearly, and can even see her breathing. Even the automatic nightvision is perfectly clear. {my photos just can't do the image justice}

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Range- We have never had any issues with interference. And the range is so good, I can go outside to the hot tub 40 yards away and still see our angel dreaming!

Mounting- this is one of the few video monitors on the market that offers crib mount or a shelf stand. I had no shelf near the crib, so mounting it on the crib was perfect for us. Someday she may try to play with the camera... but you know what? I'll see it happening!

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Features- from the handheld monitor, you can turn on a variety of comforting lullabies for your babe. Or if you need to check on her, the camera has a built-in dim nightlight, perfect for a quick peek.

Ease- like I said, it was easy to set-up. It has battery and plug-in options. It has a one year warranty. easy.

Vox Mode- genius. Turn on vox mode and the video screen turns off. If your baby makes a peep, it pops back on so you can see what the fuss is about.

CONS:

No Sound-Only Mode- besides vox, there is no way to listen without the screen being on. This is an issue for me because I use a sound machine in the nursery... meaning that I can't use vox mode because the ocean waves continuously turn the screen back on.

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Brightness- the screen is so bright and clear that it nearly lights up our entire bedroom. Since I need darkness to sleep, I have to turn off the screen or face it toward the wall. (you can adjust the brightness on the screen... but you don't want it so dark that you can't see the baby)

No Add-on Availability- my biggest complaint. other video monitors on the market allow you to add an additional camera for an additional kid, and then the monitor scans between the two. This would be immensely helpful when baby #2 comes along.

CONCLUSION:
Would I recommend this product? Yes! Would I buy it again? Yes! But if you have multiple kiddos, I'd also suggest looking into another video monitor sold on csn, the MOBI AV that has the ability to add another camera. (I didn't get this one because the camera can not be mounted on the crib)

You know what?! I can see on my amazing video monitor that Kherington is starting to stir from her nap. Better use these last five minutes to load the dish washer!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ruidosa

You know by now that Sissy & Tai-Pan generously take the whole family on a vacation every year. This year we went to beautiful, temperate Ruidosa.

We would have had an even dozen... but poor Skip had to stay behind to run his new office. {and we think next year there will be 13 "Kanes!" God is good!}

Channeling the Griswold's, the rest of us packed into the RV for a long, crazy ride to New Mexico. We were dazzled with horse races, golf, casinos, shopping, good food, beautiful weather, and lots and lots of games.

It was a blast to watch the cousins interact. Poor Kherington had cousins in her face 24/7... pushing, playing, shouting, and touching... but she loved it!

We love our family and we love to travel!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Miss Manners

Miss Manners taught me how to be a lady.
She taught me to be unfailingly polite and to implement fine table manners.
Since I know you, too, want to be a lady, I'll share some of her secrets...

Always act delighted with what you are served, even if it isn't to your liking.

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Once the fare is on your mouth, it must be swallowed. Never spit it out.

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Dab daintily at your mouth with your napkin when the attention is on another.

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Ask your hostess about the proper attire for the affair and dress smartly. Cross your legs primly at the ankle and sit up straight.

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Never place your elbows, forearms, or your head on the supper table.

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Smile sweetly at your hostess and compliment her home, her appearance, and her spread.

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And most importantly, one must never, ever, ever play with one's food.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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{Just some cuteness to tide you over until we get home!}

Monday, August 2, 2010

Allstate All-Star

Today Skip opened his very own business!

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He is the handsomest Allstate Insurance Agency owner I ever saw!

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Kherington and I are very proud.

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And we figured the day called for celebratory drinks!

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