Sunday, June 24, 2012

Broken Arm

Yesterday, while I was at work, Kaetana fell off of a TINY chair and broke her little arm. My parents weren't sure it was broken, they thought she had sprained her wrist. She was playing normally after it happened, apparently, so they didn't worry too much. When I got home she was napping. She woke up a while later and when I went in to get her she kind of fell over and started crying after trying to push herself up. It was so, so sad. I ended up being worried enough to take her to urgent care where my worst fears were confirmed. She has a hairline fracture on her arm right above her wrist. Right now she's in a temporary splint, and on Thursday she will go in for a real cast. I so was not prepared for this to happen to her so young and it has really shaken me. I fear I'm going to become 'that mom' who shadows her child just in case she might fall/bump in to something/scrape her knee/hurt herself in any way. Of course today, she feels fine. It seems like the splint is more of a minor annoyance to her than anything else. I'm the one having serious issues with it. Sometimes, being a Mommy is really hard. :(
There she is waiting for the doctor, going home with her new splint and sporting the sweet sling I made her out of an old bandana. She also went and visited my Grandpa today so they could form the "Broken Arm Club" haha, poor things. I also put one of her Babylegs over the splint so she wouldn't try to pull it off. It's working beautifully and it's pretty darn cute too!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

High on Thrifting Thursday

I've had a ton of thrifting luck these past two weeks and have gotten some seriously legit stuff.
I have a couple things that aren't in this post, actually, that I have specific plans for so I'm saving them until I finish what I want to do! Here are a few of my fantastic finds:

Yes, I finally found a chalkboard!
I've been looking for ages for one, and got lucky because I found it on half off day. BAM.
Isn't this alphabet embroidery adorable? It's going in Kaetana's playroom!
I have been plans for the planters.

Linking up with Harpers Happenings.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Saturday was spent downtown on the Courthouse Square for the Tsunami on the Square festival. My parents took Kaetana down there in the morning while I was at work, and when I got off I headed down to spend the rest of the afternoon with everyone. The festival is always so much fun, lots of cooky people dressed up and on stilts, and we go every year. This year was extra awesome with Kaetana old enough to appreciate the craziness of everything.
Kaetana had a total blast. She got to meet Ariel and Belle and was thrilled, hung out with all three of her grandparents, then rolled around and did "somersaults" in the grass. There was lots of running around yelling at puppies, and even some delicious frozen yogurt samples from the local place Yogartz. Yum, yum. Overall it was a great day and I'm happy to have spent it with my beautiful girl and actually had a nice time with my parents too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tsunami on the Square, a year apart.

I'm currently obsessing over looking at photos 
from this time last year and comparing them to now.
On the left is John with Kaetana at Tsunami on the Square last year.
On the right is from a few days ago at the same festival.
It's always mind boggling to see the difference from just a year.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Button Update!

I finally got around to updating my blog buttons!
They're on my sidebar, with codes underneath, if you're interested in sharing.

plum crazy

This girl sure does love her some fruit.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Easy peasy Father's Day gift idea!

This is the gift I made John last year for Father's Day. 
It was such a huge hit, he and everyone else LOVED it. 
I think it's a pretty great last minute gift idea! 
Basically, I hung a black sheet in a corner and stuck her on it. 
It was simple because she was only 6 months old, and not crawling too much. 
I can't imagine doing this with her now - it would be crazy!
I got a wooden 'D' and an 'A' from Joann's (which I actually returned later, haha) 
and took about a thousand photos of her holding them. 
Then, I picked my favorites and stuck 'em together. 
I printed an 8x10 via Snapfish which only took a few days to ship to me.
The whole thing cost me maybe $3,
and it's definitely one of John's favorite gifts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

18 Months

I can't believe my little lady is 18 months old already! A year and a half. How did that even happen? Actually, she turned 18 months on the 7th, a week ago. But today was her checkup and I wanted to wait for this post until after I knew her stats and such. 
This sweet girl of ours has grown up so much in the past couple of months. I knew it would go quickly but I am constantly surprised by just how quickly, if that makes any sense. Her personality has blossomed more than ever - she's hilarious and extremely independent. She's content playing by herself for the most part (to the point that when I try to join her she gets all huffy and moves away haha) but I'm happy that she is such a good self entertainer. I've been around kids that are glued to their parents and it doesn't look like much fun. 
That's not to say that she isn't a little lover, though. When she's real tired, she gets super cuddly and it's the sweetest thing. She makes up injuries just so she can come up and shove whichever body part in my face and say, 'owwww' until I kiss it. It's adorable. She loves music, particularly The Black Keys lately thanks to John, and will dance/spin around the living room forever. She has the funniest little moves! I need to video it soon, actually. ;)

Like I said above, she went to the doctor today - her current stats are:
Weight: 24.2 lbs (69th percentile)
Height: 31.5" (37th percentile)
Head Circumference: 48cm (89th percentile)

She's currently in 18 month tops and dresses,
18-24 month bottoms,
and size 4 shoes. 
She has 11 teeth fully in and is cutting #12 right now.

I'll say it again, this girl is growing up too, too fast. I love her so much, though, she is my shining star. I couldn't imagine my life without this beautiful child, and am grateful every day for her.

Monday, June 11, 2012

New obsession - custom paintings!

I found Missy's Portraits a long time ago via a giveaway on some blog.
I've wanted a painting ever since, but they're pretty expensive and I'm cheap.
In March, though, she did a half off thing all month so I snagged up an 11x14" for $100!
I was so, so excited when I sent her the photo I wanted to use and when I got it?
This lady has some legit talent, people.
Here's the painting I got.
Uh-mazing, amiright?
This was John's birthday gift, actually.
Kaetana is 3 months old, and wearing his favorite fuzzy hat.
I love it more than most things I own.
So, naturally, when I stumbled across another giveaway for a "mini portrait" (5x7)
I jumped right on that shit.
And won.
This is from my favorite photo of me and John.
It's Valentine's Day 2009.

I love these paintings so much, and know I'll cherish them forever.

**Disclaimer: I had no incentive to write this post and got nothing for it. I just wanted to share these paintings and the crazy talent behind them.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What a difference a year makes...

The photo on the left was taken on June 9th last year.
The photo on the right was taken this afternoon.

I'm freaking out about the difference!

Friday, June 8, 2012


This sweet lady fell asleep on me yesterday. That hasn't happened in a long time, it made my heart happy.

Reading: Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. Don't laugh. It's the first book in a series chronicling the life of British 14-year old Georgia Nicolson. It's hilarious, and written in the style of a diary. I own the whole series and read them every once in a while when I need something silly and pointless in my life.

Watching: the new season of Storage Wars! I DVR'd it and am totally excited that there are finally new episodes. I love that stupid show.

Thinking about: lots of things. My life is changing pretty drastically and although it's hard I know it's going to work out just the way it's supposed to.

Loving: my little girl! I am now, more than ever, so beyond grateful for her existence in my life. She is a constant source of joy for me and I could never feel bad with her here.

Anticipating: some girl time with my ladies tomorrow! I have been trying to spend more time with my close friends lately and it's definitely bringing my spirits about the not-so-great situation life is in recently.

Listening to: Gorillaz Radio on Pandora. I have to really be in the mood for this station, because it tends to play a lot of Deadmou5. But right now, I love it.

Eating: nothing! Well, nothing currently. I did have some Olive Garden leftovers earlier, though. Chicken Parmesan. Delicious.

Feeling thankful for: the support that I'm getting from all my friends and family right now. It's easy to feel alone sometimes when all I do is work and stay at home afterwards, but when things get rough the true friends come out - and I couldn't be happier about it.
**Currently post inspired by Danielle's at Sometimes Sweet.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

High on Thrifting Thursday

I always mean to link up to High on Thrifting Thursday over at Harpers Happenings but never seem to get around to it. I get home late most Thursdays, and forget about it. But not today! It is late, yes, but I'm jumping on the bandwagon anyways and I'm excited to share some of my recent thrifting finds. Because, let's be honest, I thrift a lot. Working next to a Goodwill has it's benefits. Anyways here are some of my more recent goodies!

This frame made me so happy - it's the perfect home for Kaetana's Easter photo!
These match my kitchen perfectly. Awesome.
That's right, I'm a picture frame whore. I'll never buy one at full price again.
This got added to my dining room wall with the others I've thrifted. I think it's my favorite.

Every time I find something really awesome and unique I am reminded how glad I am I gave thrifting a chance. I used to think it was stupid and irritating - I didn't have the patience to look around and find things worthwhile. But it really has saved me a ton of cash on clothes for Kaetana, and made my house a little more me. Happy, happy days! <3

Monday, June 4, 2012


A few days ago at Trader Joe's - 
she waved and said 'hi' to everyone we passed! 
The expansion of Kaetana's vocabulary has been blowing my mind lately! It seems like she knows so many words these days, and a lot of them have taken shape within the last week or so actually. She finally got the hang of making the "y" or "ee" sound, which opened up her world as far as words go. Not everything she says is perfect, of course, but they're all real words and both she and we know what she's talking about. It's pretty exciting. Right now she can say:
- Mommy
- Daddy
- Kitty
- Puppy
- Book
- Cool
- Dude
- Whoa
- Hi
- Bye
- Ball
- Water (Wa-Wa)
- Shoes
- Juice
- Gma
- Papa
- More
- Banana
- Nana (How she says her name, ha)
- What
- No
- Dinner (Ninner)
- Bird
- Blue
- Purple
- Please
- Play &
- Two

That's 28 words! I'm so proud of my little love!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Favorite Photo - May

This is definitely my favorite photo from May.
It was taken last weekend when John and I took Kaetana downtown.
Riding on Daddy's shoulders, wearing her sweet ladybug balloon bracelette. 
Happy, happy days.

{Linking up with The Paper Mama for her Fave Photo Challenge.}