Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Million Kisses, an introduction

When Amelia was a baby, I held her and kissed her head repetitively, and knew that I would do everything in my power to make her know she was loved. I spent all day in bed with her as a newborn, just napping, nursing, and snacking. We'd play, hang out, and I'd look at my phone while she was sleeping if I wasn't asleep myself. It was the LIFE, amiright??? We had a small apartment, not too much stuff, and we had Amelia.

When we moved into a rental home, (with our very own backyard!) Noah came along soon after. Now we were suddenly a real family, with real responsibilities, and I suddenly had to juggle two kids! I'd wonder to myself if I'd ever be able to give enough love to Noah as I had been able to give Amelia when we were just 3 of us, and I really didn't know at that time. I would give him kisses on his head repetitively just as I had with Amelia, but this time I did it in an anxious sort of way, hoping that the love would come from the kisses instead of the kisses coming from the love as they had with her. I'd find myself thinking that I needed to give Noah just as many kisses as I had Amelia, and sometimes I'd sit there on my bed kissing the top of his head for a minute straight hoping that somehow this could prove that I loved him just as much and could give him just as much as I had given to Amelia, even though my time had to be so much more divided now than it used to be.

Time went by, and now Noah isn't a newborn anymore, and I'm not quite as neurotic (ok FINE, I am, just about different things) and I have proven to myself that I can love my two children just as much as the other, and have embraced tried to embrace, that things will be different with each child. I won't be able to have the same experiences.  I used to think I was betraying Amelia by having a second child, and no matter what anyone told me while I was expecting and had him as a newborn, I couldn't shake that feeling. It really wasn't until a few months ago, seeing them really, truly play together that I knew I made the right choice to have 2 kids so close in age.

These days, we have an even bigger house to take care of, a (disturbingly destructive) puppy, bigger callings in church, and new adventures coming from all directions all the time.  

Through all of life's ups and downs though, I'm convinced that I will be able to give my kids "a million kisses" until they won't let me anymore.

I hope you read along with me as I share our story.

Also, I want to know so I don't feel alone: What neuroses did you have in your head with your kids? Mine are too many to name!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Deer Friends {Magic Reindeer Food}

Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!
Great gift idea for neighborhood kids!
Supplies Needed to make 5 bags:
2 1/2 C. rolled oats
5 zip lock baggies
Printed Poem on white paper
Red paper to frame poem
Glitter (any or all colors)
Any type of confetti (mine are cut-outs of Santa carrying his sack)
Directions: After compiling ingredients, its pretty simple.  Put 1/2 C. in each bag, sprinkle in some confetti and glitter, and ziplock it shut.  Paste the white cutout onto the red frame (I used paper edging scissors to make the designs sides on the red), hole punch it on the top corner, and thread the ribbon through it.  Tie the ribbon around the ziplock baggie and then cut off the ziplock part. 
Then give to children in the neighborhood for Christmas Eve! 
I remember doing this on Christmas Eve growing up, and it was always something special waiting to see if we could see Santa flying through the air.  If anyone thought they might have spotted him, they would run inside, because we knew if Santa knew we were awake, he wouldn't come to our house!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday Myriad! {Linky Party} 2

Let the fun begin!  Thank you everyone participating in this, it is always inspiring to see everyone's amazing ideas, and hard to pick which ones to feature!  Here are some that I adore:
Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy made Christmas Ornaments with yarn and vintage paper. Cute and Easy!
Miss C. at Craftingwithheart made a cute cute walling hanging with a Grinch Quote, I loved it!
Next, Peggy at PJH Designs made a Santa Clause Card Hanger, which I totally want to make!  
I also loved Sarah @ Alderberry Hill's Candy Cane Candle Holder, such a fun idea, I love decorating with candy canes!  
And last but not least, I adored Jen @ At Home in the Northwest's Personalized Doormat, what a great gift idea, (but first I need to make one for myself haha).   

If you were featured, feel free to add an "adored" button to your post or blog sidebar! (if you need a different size, let me know)
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Now its time to link up your projects! 
From these, I will choose at least 5 next week to feature on The Allred Abode. This will give a chance for some of you to get more traffic to your blog and for others to be inspired to get creative from your ideas. 
I just ask that you follow 

A Few Simple Guidelines: 
1. Follow "The Allred Abode" on Google Friend Connect by clicking "Follow this Blog" on the top left of this blog page. 
2. Link straight to a project you created by pasting the direct link of the idea you would like to share.
3. Visit a few other's projects and leave them some comments! 
4. Link back to this party!  You can do so by copying and pasting the code for the button below, or posting a link in your post back to my blog address.  This will help both you and I create traffic to our blogs!  
5. Head on back next week to see if you were featured!  

Before you add your link through inlinkz, I have enabled my comment box to support pictures.  The version of inlinkz that I have does not support thumbnail images, so if you would like to add an image to your link instead of using inlinkz, simply upload your image to a hosting webstie (such as photobucket), copy the "direct link" into this code
<img src="direct link goes here"> 
and paste it in your comment, as well as pasting in the URL to your blog post and a description of your craft! Thank you so much, please e-mail me or leave a comment with any questions!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry First Christmas!

Nick and I celebrated Christmas this morning!  I am going to be leaving this Thursday for California, and then I will come back and Nick and I will go straight to North Carolina, and I wanted us to be able to open our Christmas presents together in the morning, so today was the only day!
So we had "Express Christmas."  Did anyone see the Modern Family Christmas episode this week?   Nick and I were literally rolling on the floor laughing so hard, it is the greatest show ever.

Ok, so on to the presents!
My big gift was....
A digital camera! and not just any digital camera, it was the Sony HX9, with 1080p full HD video and pictures, 16.2 megapixels, and a bunch of other cool junk.  I have kinda shaky hands, and when I was testing it out in the store, all my pictures still turned out perfectly! So cool!  I don't exactly have it yet, but it is shipping, and should be here on Tuesday.  Look forward to wayyy cooler looking blog photos in the future.

Cool right?  I'm so excited!  I also got a Victoria's Secret Hoodie, which I've wanted for like 10 years, so that is convenient, and See's Candies, Ande's Mints, Lindor Truffles, and socks.  We also opened the box my sister Erin sent, and she gave me a cute sweatshirt, shirt, and a scarf! Thank you Erin!!!

Nick got a year subscription to X-box live and the video game "Skyrim" which I asked for at the video game store and asked for "skyroom." I told the cashier there that hopefully he would be done with it in 3 days, and he told me emphatically that he has put over 80 hours into it already and its the coolest, longest game, so then I told him he'd better stop telling me how long it was or I wasn't going to buy it haha.  Then he assured me that it would be over in 3 days.... hmm..  I guess I'd just rather be ignorant...
Nick also got a couple of coats, ties, underarmor socks (for 35 dollars! what is the world coming to!)  and a few other small things.  

Kitty didn't get anything, although my mom did get him some awesome things since his birth, including lazer pointer, catnip and scratching post, and other toys.  Plus, he gets food, water, and sweet lovin' every day from me, so I don't see what he's so glum about.  Maybe the fact that we tore down his new-found fort under the Christmas Tree when we opened all of our presents? Oh well.  

Merry Christmas everyone! Do you know what you are getting yet?
Love, Katie

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Myriad! {Linky Party}

Christmas time is the perfect time for Holiday Crafts!  I have been going crazy with my 'no-sew' projects lately, and I think my mom noticed, because she got me a sewing machine for Christmas!  I got it early because she had it sent to my house.  Thank you Mom! No more no-sew projects for me!  As soon as I received my sewing machine, I decided to tackle my first quilt!  I googled "easy quilts for beginners" and found this page, which had amazing step by step instructions for a beginner quilter on a rag quilt.  It was so easy and so fun, I finished it in 2 days, or about 10 hours!  A rag quilt looks like a normal quilt on the back, has fleece or flannel in the middle, and all the edges are "ragged" on the front.  Here is what my rag quilt looks like:
Front folded on top of back
Front of my quilt 
Also, Just wanted to shout out to Brooke at The Silver Lining, and tell everyone about her GIVEAWAY!!! Yeeeyaya! So check out her blog, it is amazing!

Here are some awesome crafts that I thought were worth sharing!  
Babblingsandmore made a darling Nativity Block, which I need to make, seeing as I have 0 nativities.  
and Meggan from lilagrace made amazing DIY Cable Knit Sweater Tree Topiaries, so fun!
So now, for the first time ever, I am having a linky party!  I really want to see what you are up to, so please post a link!  It can be your adventures, thoughts, crafts, or anything.  I have utilized linky parties many times, and it has gotten a lot of traffic to my blog. 
Party Rules:
1. Click "Join this site" on the top left of my blog to become a new follower of The Allred Abode
2. Link directly to your post, so we will know what exactly you are sharing.
3. Post the "Myriad Monday" button under your post, or please link back to The Allred Abode in the post your are sharing.   
4. Click on a few others' links and leave them a comment! Maybe we can generate a few blogger friendships out of this.
5. Head on back next week to see if you were featured!

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Thank you to everyone who participates, and for the ladies I've featured, here is a badge for your blog!  Feel free to put it on your sidebar or blog post! (and if you need a different size for any button, don't hesitate to ask!)
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