Thursday, April 19, 2018

Life Lately

Happy Thursday!

It's been a pretty uneventful week around here, and I'm not complaining!

I took this picture Sunday night while I was on the treadmill. Sydney was more into resting than working out. 

I took the girls to story time Monday morning, and it was Emmy's first time going! She might not be showing it here, but she had a great time bopping around to the songs and playing with her friends. 

Ems has really been in to sitting in an receptacle that will hold her lately. 

And she's also constantly putting things on her head. 

Lucy has been into having her hair braided. For this picture, she wanted Queen Elsa hair. That is not in my repertoire of hair dos . . . so she got a crazy French braid and we called it a day. 

Lulu is also into putting on some of my lipstick in the mornings. I turned my phone to selfie mode so she could see how it looked, and her reaction was adorable! 

I had some returns to do at the mall, so we stopped and played for a bit while we were there. 

Emmy will seriously try to snuggle with anything she comes into contact with!

Me and my girls. This was right before Lucy launched herself off the chair onto my back. 

Remember when I used to do monthly book reviews?? Funnily enough, I actually increased the amount of books I read the first few months after Emmy was born. There wasn't much else for me to do while rocking a colicky baby all day/night. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time or energy to review all of them. So I decided that, starting now, as I finish books that I want to recommend I'm just going to include them in my regular posts.

The Family Next Door was most definitely a page turner. It's about several different families all living on the same street in an Australian suburb and the secrets they keep. Right from the start, I couldn't put it down. If the girls were occupied for a few minutes I'd find myself hopping on my phone and reading a few pages whenever I could. Toss this one into your beach bag for sure . . . if summer ever gets here!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week(end) Recap

This last week was a crazy one!

There's been a manufacturing issue with a part at Matty's work, and he worked late every single night last week. That is no fun for me and definitely no fun for him!

Lucy didn't eat breakfast Tuesday morning, but I didn't really think anything of it because she was acting ok. By the time she got home at lunch, she still didn't want to eat anything and only wanted to snuggle. I took her temp and it was 102.7. Poor little thing. 

She didn't move a muscle while watching Moana on the couch and then, believe it or not, she ASKED me to rock her to sleep!

It took about two minutes, and she was out . . .

 . . . and then slept for 90 minutes in her crib. Obviously, I didn't like that she was sick, but I DID like that I had about an hour with both girls napping. #thatneverhappens #ever

She had a fever and diarrhea on and off for about two and a half days. She was acting more like herself on the second day, but she still had a fever so we couldn't go anywhere. That made for some looooong days at home this week. 

Thankfully, Emmy Roses didn't get sick. She did, however, have a great time trying to feed herself yogurt for the first time. Who needs a spoon when you have your finger?!

The weather on Thursday was gorgeous, and we got out and enjoyed some much needed fresh air. 

The girls are good about making sure that Sydney keeps up with her shots. 

It's all fun and games until the hair pulling starts. 

This girl loves her pasta . . . and went directly from her high chair to the bathtub!

Emmy has entered the stage where she pulls everything out of the cupboards. It's super fun, and not messy at all. 

And on Saturday morning, if Emmy wasn't dumping out entire bags of straws . . . 

 . . . then she was crawling into the dog bed every chance she got. #gross

We toured a model home on Saturday morning. Emmy loved climbing up the stairs . . .

 . . . and Lucy and I had the same reaction upon finding out there are two closets in the master bathroom! Are we moving? Are we staying? It's the never ending question here at the Kissel house . . . and it still hasn't been answered. 

The Heinbuchs bought the girls sparkly, sequined Minnie Mouse ears when they were at Disney World over spring break. They are the cutest things ever, and I can't wait until they girls can take them to Disney and meet Minnie someday!

The screws in Lucy's tower needed a little tightening, and Lucy was happy to help Matty out. 

We hit the jackpot at Kroger as far as shopping carts go. The girls did a great job sitting side by side. Except for when Lucy was trying to grab Emmy's snack cup full of Cheerios and the lid popped off and the Cheerios flew all over the floor. Right in front of the milk cooler . . . one of the busiest areas! Picture me on my hands and knees trying to scoop up Cheerios while Lucy keeps trying to get out to help and Emmy is leaning over the cart whining because she still wants to eat the Cheerios. Never a dull moment!

And that's all she wrote.

I'm looking forward to getting out of the house more this week. Now that Emmy is down to just one long afternoon nap, I'm going to attempt to take both girls to story time at the library on Monday. Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One Year Comparison

It's that time again! 

Emmy had her one year well visit this week, so now it's time for me to compare my children. I'm not supposed to do it . . . but I'm going to anyway!

Here are their official 12 month pictures. 

Emily has consistently been about three pounds heavier than Lucy at each check up. You can see my six month comparison here and the nine month one here

Me with each of my girls on their first birthdays. 

They both love to share their cake. 

We don't have very many pictures of Emily at a restaurant, but the ones we do have she's always shoveling in the food. 


Emily says "Dada" consistently and definitely uses it correctly when she sees Matty. She recently started saying "Gamma," and I swear she said "cacker" yesterday when I asked her if she wanted a cracker. 

Em is a little less interested in walking than Lucy was at this age. She'll occasionally push a walker around, but for the most part she's happy to crawl super fast. 

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of cuteness for your Thursday.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Molly's Must Haves: Makeup Remover

It's been a loooooong time since I did a Molly's Must Haves post. The last one was about the amazing vacuum I got for Christmas two years ago . . . and still LOVE. I have tons of things I'd like to share, I just always seem to put these types of posts on the back burner.

I'm bringing it out of retirement, though, because after doing a lot of research (and wasting a lot of money!), I've finally found a make up remover that works like a dream for me. 

I want to preface this post by saying that this is what works for ME. I know everyone has their own tips and tricks for getting make up off (why aren't you sharing them with me?!), and this is my favorite product right now. 

No matter what eyeliner/make up remover combination I tried, I always seemed to have make up under my eyes after my shower, and then again when I woke up in the morning. 

I read about it on another blog and decided to try it. I'd heard good things about the Julep brand, but had never tried anything before.

It's not as cheap as drug store options, but it works for me and that's all that matters! I bought the small size, which is currently out of stock on Amazon, but you can order it from Nordstrom here. I got it in mid February, have used it every night since then, and I still have more than half of it left. 

It's so easy to use, simply pump some into your hands, rub it over your eyes, and then wipe off with a tissue. The oil, along with all of my eye make up, comes off easy peasy when I wash my face in the shower. 

I'm currently using this Cover Girl eyeliner, and the Julep remover does a great job of taking it off. 

If you decide to try it, I hope you love it as much as I do!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Playing Catch Up

Between Easter and Emily's birthday I haven't been doing my regular posts, and the random pictures on my phone have been building up. So grab a cup of coffee and a snack . . . or two . . . because I've got a hodge podge of cuteness to share!

One of Lucy's classmates brought a birthday treat into school a few weeks ago. It was a chocolate covered pretzel rod, and Lucy ate it like it was corn on the cob. And don't even get me started on the size of her cheeks! 

She has her paleontologist hat and binoculars and is all set to hunt for dinosaur eggs. 

This is a picture of me from my second Easter . . . there's no denying that Emmy Roses is mine!

Lucy and I went to Nordstrom so I could pick up some make up. The lady helping me was so sweet and had Lucy hop up in the chair for some make up. Lucy loved it!

Matty brought home some kiddie chopsticks, and Lucy had a great time feeding us cereal with them. Side note: I would have given ANYTHING to get to use the kiddie chopsticks when we lived in South Korea! I can hold my own with a piece of sushi or chunk of fruit . . . but do you know how hard it is to eat a salad or little pieces of corn with chopsticks?! #very

Emmy loves to try on these pineapple sunglasses, even though they are way too big to stay one. 

Carla bought Lucy this cereal bowl with a built in straw. Here she is blowing bubbles into her milk. Thank you, Aunt Carla! ;)

Lucy is all over the place with potty training. Some days she'll use the potty several times a day and other days she refuses to use it at all. We were at Babies R Us the other day, and she said she needed to go. At first I figured she was just interested in seeing the bathroom . . . but she actually went potty! She loved the little sink, too. 

Because I was feeling all kinds of brave after I conquered the potty at Babies R Us, I decided to take the girls out to lunch with my mom instead of taking carry out home. Emmy had her phones ready in case she got any important calls . . . 

 . . . but quickly abandoned them once the pita bread arrived. 

Lucy had a great time spilling her soup every single bite, and dipping Oma's pita bread in ranch dressing. 

This happy girl is what Emily normally is like . . .

 . . . but when you've got FIVE teeth coming at once, she screams her way through Target. I had already gotten both girls dressed, into the store, and settled in the cart, so we were committed to going through with the trip!

She really is the goofiest baby ever, and these pigtails don't help! ;)

Amelia came over for a playdate last week, and Lucy had a good time dressing her up. 

The cold temperatures, wind, rain, and snow have been out of control the past few weeks. It was actually tolerable to be outside for a bit last Thursday, so we high tailed it to the park after Ems woke up from her nap. 

Lucy loves riding through the rain puddles. 

We had some fun at the library on Friday. 

It was getting close to nap time, though, and Emmy was having trouble keeping up. 

Lucy randomly asked if she could give Emmy her sippy cup of milk before bed the other day. Sisterly displays of affection are rare, so we happily agreed. 

Fish lips!

Lucy's expression in this picture cracks me up!

I've decided that, for the most part, I'll give Lucy the freedom to choose her daily outfit (or, as it usually goes, her daily three or four outfits). This way, when I really need her to wear something that I choose I have a little leverage and there isn't a meltdown. So far, it's working. 

Lucy was invited to her friend Catherine's birthday party on Sunday. It was at a gymnastics facility, and Lucy loved it. Except for the stretching at the beginning. To be fair, Greta (bottom right of the picture) was really the only one actually following along with the teacher. Way to go, Greta!

She really is party monkey. 

Lucy was loving life in the block pit. 

And if you thought Miss Roses was going to miss out on the block pit fun, you were wrong! That baby loved sliding down the slide into the blocks!

The party theme was Frozen. Check out the awesome cake!

We ended the weekend playing with bubbles in the backyard. . . in the craziest outfit ever!

Phew! You made it! 

We have a pretty standard week ahead of us. Emmy has her one year well visit on Tuesday, and I can't wait to get her stats and do a comparison post with Lucy. 

Have a great week!