Tuesday, February 28, 2012


It's official.... We have a teen in the house.

Happy 13th Birthday Harris!
We love you!

We are so proud to be your parents!
We hope all your dreams come true!

Love, Papa and Mommy

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Greatest Show on Earth

When Harris was 5, I took him to the Barnum and Bailey Circus and he loved it.  I have wanted to take the other two boys for a couple years now, but the timing just never seemed to work out.  Finally this year everything lined up and we were able to attend.  Winston thought it was fantastic!  He loved all the animals.  Roman the jury is still out.  When it was over he said, " Yeah! Now can I go home?:"  However later when his father asked him if he liked the circus he said yes.   My great grandparents met while working for Barnum and Bailey.    Have you ever been to the circus?  What is your favorite part: the clown, the animals, or the acrobats.  I love the acrobats!

Friday, February 24, 2012


Hello!  I am so glad it is Friday.  How about you?  Do you look forward to the weekends?  It has been a crazy week around here.  Grandpa was visiting us from Mesa, Arizona for the last 10 days.  We were so glad to have him here visiting us.  While he was here we drove down to my Great-Aunts Phyllis's house and visited with here and two of her children.  It sounds funny saying children because her children are older than I am.  Aunt Phyllis is the oldest surviving memember of our family.  She is so sweet!  Poor Adelaide caught a cold and it totally miserable.  She was finally able to sleep so today, but last night she could hardly breath and just as she would fall asleep she would have to cough.  Then with all that was going on I totally zoned out on an appointment for the orthodonist yesterday, and showed up with the whole gand today.  Ugh!  It totally sucks because I had to pull my oldest out of school and now I don't know if the otthodontist will give me an excuse slip.  Our state requires excuse slips everytime you pull your child out of school for an appointment.  I think it is nuts.  So, I have a new blog friend name Shauna and she tagged me.  Normally I don't do tags, but I thought I would at least answer the questions because I know there are a lot of new people who are reading my blog who might enjoy getting to know me better and maybe a few older readers who might enjoy know more about me too. 

1. My full name:  I would love to give my full name, but my husband is terrified of having an Elizabeth Smart scenerio and someone kidnapping our kids.  I keep telling my husband they would bring our children back 15 minutes after taking them.  What I can tell you is that my name prior to getting married was a good Irish name.  My name is Kelleyn, but people usually end of calling me Kelly or Kelly Lyn because they don't know how to pronounce my name.  I try to always tell people it is just Kelly with an n sound on the end
2. Have I ever been to a concert?  I went to see Journey when I was a teenager and when I graduated from college my cousin took me to see Sting.
3. Have I ever picked up a snake.  No, and I try to stay away from them as much as possible though it is hard since we live in Georgia and see one just about every spring here in our yard.
4. Favorite childhood book. As a child I loved the Little House on the Prairie book series and a book called Cheaper by the Dozen now since made into a movie.
5. What do you prefer to wear?  I live in Yoga pants and skirts.  Don't wear shorts that often because I think they kind of make me look fat
6. What is your favorite fiction novel? I loved Stones by the River, The Help, and the Book Thief.
7. Do you have a college degree?  Yes, my degree is in the social sciences which means that I specialized in psychology and sociology and I have a minor in Black Studies.
8. Where did you go to school?  Portland State.
9. What Religion are you?  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints otherwise known as Mormon. I am a convert. I was raised Catholic.
10. I love going to the movies though I hate horror movies and can't understand why people would pay good money to see them when there is enough horror in real life
11. My husband and I married exactly one year from the day we met.

10 more things about me you might like to know.

 Has your blog changed since you first started blogging?
No, not really. The blog has always been a journal of our daily life and our travels. Only the style or fonts have really changed.
 Tell me what are the most expensive pair of shoes in your closet? I think the most expensive pair of shoes I have are a pair of sandals for $125 dollars.  The shoes designer did a hook up with Nike, so they are super comfortable but still cute.
 What did you eat for breakfast this morning?  I had a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal!  Usually, I have milk with my oatmeal, but I have been so busy today that I haven't had time to drink the milk.
Have you ever cut your hair short?  Yes, In 2009 I cut my hair super short.  If you would like to see a photo visit August 14, 2009 post.
   Favorite TV shows? My favorite TV show is Downton Abbey or Pan Am.  I love to watch TV, but don't have much time to watch it anymore.    Weirdly, I like Gold Rush too.  I somehow got addicted to it over Thanksgiving break.
   Speak another language?
I speak German and a little bit of Afrikaans.  Would love to learn how to speak Italian.  Maybe once I learn how to use my camera, I will take up learning Italian.

   Musical artist you can listen to over & over.
love a wide arrange of music, but I love ABBA and Sting.

What brings you inner peace?
Besides cooking a good meal and keeping a clean house.  I love being a good friend and neighbor and being of service to others.
Tell me something you're good at. C'mon, brag!
I wish it was photography because then I certainly would be much skinnier, but I would have to say I am a pretty darn good cook
The love of your life/ideal man in 5 words.
My husband is...such a great husband and father.  He puts us first before himself.  He works  very hard.  I guess that is more than 5 words, but how can you put into 5 words someone you love so much because he is certainly more than 5 words.

Oops, I just read the rules and questions asked of me.  So here they are quickly, my favorite meal to cook is usually always something Italian.  World leader that inspires me, Desmond Bishop Tutu, Queen Victoria, and Roosevelt.  Never wanted to live in another Era.  I am just happy with the one I live in now. 4 words that describe me are happy, loving, caring, and adventurous.  Nope, I don't wear makeup everyday.  Usually, only when I have to go to an appointment or church. I am passionate about traveling.  My favorite game to play would be Sorry or Uno. People always think I look like someone, but usually not someone famous just the  girl next door

I am sorry, but I am not going to tag anyone. I guess that makes me a rule breaker.  Instead of tagging anyone and you would like to play along, Tell me 2 things about yourself that I might not know about you.
Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee is located just an hour and 1/2 north of Atlanta and is a perfect location for a day trip.  Since we are going to Europe for the whole summer I didn't really want to go away for the whole President's holiday weekend.  Grandpa is here visiting from Mesa, Arizona and has never been to Chattanooga, so we were excited to show him the city.  Chattanooga is not a very big city, but has a lot to offer.  Personally, I love their aquarium; however, we have been to the aquarium before when my husbands parents visited a view years back.  We thought we would checkout Rock City located on Lookout mountain.  It was a great place to run off some little boy energy.  What is Rock City?  It is kind of hard to explain, but it is kind of like a miniture botanical garden with really unique rock formations.  Throughout the one mile trail you will squeeze through the Fat Man's Squeeze, see hidden gnomes, a waterfall, and an amazing view that promises you can see 7 states on a clear day.  Then we headed over to Ruby Falls  which is an underground waterfall.  You travel 1120 feet underground by elevator which is about as deep as the Empire Building is tall.  We worked up a good apetite with all the walking we did, so we headed over to our favorite barbeque place Porkers to only find it closed.  Boo Hoo!  So we headed to the next best thing Sticky Fingers.  A day out wouldn't be perfect without cupcakes, and we didn't have to go far to find yummy cupcakes at Chattanooga Cupcakes with frosting a mile high.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012


It seems like Roman has been counting down the days until he turned five for months. Finally this week he turned five and I could say, "Yes, today you are five-Happy Birthday. There was no way we were getting out of having a big birthday party that was for sure. Including himself but not his sibling there was a total of 9 children at his party. Can I tell you it was one loud birthday and was very happy when the parents came to pick up their children. We started the party off with transforming each child into a Pirate by giving them a bandanna and penciling on a mustache. Then the children were asked to sit on the poop deck (the carpet) and I read the story How I became a Pirate. Afterwards the children were given foam swords. I should have given the swords out as the very last thing because for about ten minutes things got crazy. We lured them over to the table for some lunch of chicken nuggets, grapes, chocolate covered pretzel swords, and pirate juice (punch). Then it was time for cupcakes. Roman couldn't have been more happier. The children painted their own treasure chest and played pin the treasure chest on the X. Time to open presents. While it was a crazy two hours, I think everyone had a blast!!!  When Frank put Roman to bed tonight he told his papa he didn't want to go to bed because he didn't want his birthday to end.  It was the best day of his life.                              
Happy Birthday Roman!
We adore you!
Love, Papa, Mommy, Harris, Winston, and Addy.

                                                           My first time working with fondant!

                                                     Shiver me Timbers !  Walk the Plank!
I made my own milk bottles by soaking 12 Starbucks Frapacinno bottles in boiling water.  The labels and sell date came right off the back.  The cost $13.99 in comparison to what it would have cost me to purchase these on-line I saved more than half the price!  Can't beat that!


Painting Treasure Chest!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Corner View

Yesterday, I had a party with some of my friends to celebrate Valentines Day!  We had such a good time.  I guess you are wondering how this fits into this weeks theme of something borrowed, something new, something blue.  I know the phrase pertains to marriage, but in this case my something borrowed is  two new recipes from Pioneer Woman.  They were a hit.  I borrowed her Cheesy Corn Chowder recipe and her Knock you Naked Brownies.  Also, borrowed is my sweet little girl Adelaide for I believe she is only on loan to me from God.  She is such a blessing.  Something New is an idea to make those giant pom poms.  They really made for a fun atmosphere and the something blue is my Bauer pottery I found at an antic store in Arkansas two years ago. Something old are the handful of other recipes I made.  What else was on the menu: a prosciutto panini bar with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes,  pesto pasta salad with pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes, spinach salad with pecans, blue cheese, apple chips, and a white balsamic vinaigrette, lemon bars, and to drink strawberry lemonade.  When was the last time you got together with your friends and celebrated?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You are My Sunshine!

Aren't these gorgeous!  I think in the craze of cake pops, cupcakes, and whoopee pies the Lemon Bar has been forgotten. I think it is time to resurrect it from it's grave.  Today I am having a party for all my friends.  I can't think of  a better way to celebrate Valentines Day then with your friends. 

You are My Sunshine Lemon Bars
1 Cup of butter softened
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of flour
4 eggs
2 cups of granulated sugar
zest of one lemon
6 Tablespoons of lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
1/4 cup of confectioners sugar for dusting the tops of the bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
grease an 8 by 11 pan with butter and line with parchment paper
In a bowl mix flour, butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla
Press in the pan and with a fork poke dots into the mixture
Bake for 20 minutes.
Then mix eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and zest together pour over dough and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool, dust with confectioners sugar, and cut into bars.

Hope your day is filled with lots of hugs and kisses.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I love Sundays! I love how after church we borough in our home and hang out with each other. Sometimes we go on walks, but we never shop or play organized sports. We use the day to just be and recharge our batteries for the busy week ahead of us. Today it was way to cold to go outside. Despite the blooming cherry trees the temperatures dropped to below freezing. At one point last night I thought the house was going to take off into the sky with how hard the wind was whipping against the house.

Do you ever eat breakfast for dinner?  We call it crazy night. 

We made these crayon hearts with broken crayons and put them in bags for Valentines Day!

Roasted green beans are becoming my new favorite side dish!  A little olive oil, salt, pepper, and once out of the oven a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  So yummy and good for you!

You know it is spring when the Robin comes knocking on the door.  We can't seem to get him to stop throwing himself against the back door.  We bought this bird sticker that promised to keep him from doing this, but no luck.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks to Katy I broke my sugar fast.  I could not resist  the Fran chocolates.  They were calling me.  No joke!  I was just minding my own business looking forward to 5 weeks down the road when the challenge is over.  These little yummy chocolates wouldn't leave me alone.  Kelleyn just try us.  You know you want to.  You have lost 5 pounds you deserve a little treat.  Over and over they repeated their plea until I gave in.  Now they sit locked away until the end of the challenge.  Don't feel bad Katy!  I was super thrilled to get these in the mail.  I look forward to the end of my challenge.  Just because I had some sugar doesn't mean I have to give up.  If you are ever in Seattle, Theo chocolates give tours of their chocolate factory.  I have never been since I couldn't take Addy with me when I was there last September, but maybe next time.
Well, I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. Hopefully, you are a little warmer than I am. Thank goodness for warm snuggly blankets and fireplaces.
What did you do this Sunday?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

CHD Awareness Week

Today Adelaide met the Govenor of our state along with other families who children were born with Congenital Heart Disease.  It broke my heart to see a pregnant mother there because her unborn child has been given the diagnosis of CHD.  Another mother held a photo of her son who passed away at age 2.  One moment he was fine the next minute they were calling 911 because he was blue.  His condition was undiagnosed prior to his dealth.  This week kicks off the beginning of Congenital Heart Disease Awareness week.  We started the week off with a party at the Tellus Science Museum.  The boys had a blast.  Did you know that 1 in 100 children are born with Congenital Heart Disease.  That more children die from CHD than all childhood cancers.  That many parents don't get the diagnosis until their child is born or even until after the parents take the child home from the hospital.  CHD research in completely under funded.  I was telling someone the other day that  while I wish my son did not has CHD, I am so grateful that he was diagnosed in utero because I have fantastic insurance. I am so grateful that I didn't listen to the perinatologist who said I could abort my child.  He is such a joyful child.  I am grateful that because of Roman's condition Addy was saved.  Without his diagnosis my pregnancy would not have been given so much attention.  I am grateful to the Dr. who was willing to put his career on the line by listening to an Africa American man who worked for him in his laboratory in an era where African Americans sat at the back of the bus.  I am grateful he was willing to try something that no one was willing to touch.  Up until the end of War World II the heart was thought to be sacred and should not be touched. When Dr. Blalock performed the first surgery for Tetrology of Fallot no one wanted to help him. They thought it would destroy their careers.  Can you imagine operating on something so small as a grape (newborn size heart) or a Strawberry (three month old heart).  The surgery was sucessful and has changed many lives today.