Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Leah!!

Hold up!! What did I just say??? My no-longer-baby girl is 3 today. She's long and lean, smart, sassy, acts way older than she is, fun-loving, family-oriented, and so much more. Leah has been testing her limits and independence lately which has made life pretty interesting. We're trying to find the balance of giving her some freedom while being clear about her boundaries. 

She is an amazing big sister. She loves to come with us to wake up Ava, and Ava greets her with a huge smile. Some other sweet things Leah does for her sister: feeds her, sings to her when she cries, gives an endless amount of hugs and kisses, holds her hand in the car, and finds toys in the living room to give to Ava to play with. 

Leah: This yeah we have seen you grow leaps and bounds. We are always impressed with how quickly you grasp new concepts, and everyday we discover new things you know. You have a fun sense of humor, and constantly make us laugh with silly acts and sayings. You also continue to be so aware of the feelings of those around you. You know when someone is feeling sad or upset, and it warms my heart to see you try to make them feel better. You love fashion. You pick out your clothes and shoes, and you notice what other people are wearing. You might have trouble saying "Hi" to people, but you have no issues complimenting a stranger's outfit, accessories, and even manicure/pedicure. This past year has gone by in a blink of an eye. While sometimes I look forward to time moving faster to see you grow out of this testing phase, I do secretly want you to stay little forever! Every time I tell you to stop growing, you say "I have to like mommy and daddy!" We'll see what this next year brings {will you still be obsessed with Frozen??}! Love you to the moon and back, Leahbug! xoxo

*photos by Shea Anne

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas 2014: Foodstirs

It's that time of the year again! I tend to over think what kind of gifts to give my friends and family because I want them to be fun, meaningful, and useful. I want to share some things I found recently that I think would make great gifts! A couple weeks ago, I attended Club MomMe Family Fall Fest. If you've never heard of it, I encourage you to attend one of their events. There's food, giveaways, fun activities for the kids, and best of all you get to discover so many cool companies. One of those companies that grabbed my attention was Foodstirs.

The past couple months, Leah has been interested in "helping" me cook in the kitchen. I will let her stir the bowl or pour ingredients into the pot, and she loves it. When I saw the Foodstirs table, I knew this would be something fun for our family. Foodstirs is a "food crafting" kit designed for kids 5-12. You can choose an individual kit or subscribe to a monthly series. Each kit provides everything you need to create super cute edible projects like brownie popsicles, gingerbread people, and more! Foodstirs designed these kits to teach cooking skills, encourage kids to expand their palate, and best of all create fun memories. I encourage you to visit their website to learn more!

Foodstirs is giving readers a $5 discount on purchases using the code KELLYKRONICLES through 12/31/2014. Have fun making yummy treats with your kids and get them as gifts for their little friends! I wanted to post photos of Leah making her first recipe, but I wanted to get this post out ASAP so you can take advantage of their kind offer! 

*Photos by Foodstirs. No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Munchkin Mania

I had the opportunity to attend a gorgeous luncheon with Munchkin to learn more about their expanding line of baby, toddler, and kid products. We have been Munchkin fans since Leah was born, and she has used their toys, sippy cups, straw cups, snack catchers and more. Below are more pics from the event and some of my favorite products. 

At over 80 degrees, I was tempted to dive into this pool and hang out with the ducks...
...while holding one of these.
Marisa and I with our babes
Delicious food by Made By Meg
This panna cotta was so good I wanted to lick the bowl!
The Miracle 360 Cup... finally a cup that's truly spill and leak proof!
The cutest bath toys, and also great on-the-go travel toys!
Excited to try the Latch bottle on Ava. Less parts to clean!
The Mozart Magic Cube was Leah's favorite toy as a baby, and now Ava plays with it all the time too!
The real stars of the show. ;)

Thank you Munchkin for such an amazing afternoon! I'm still thinking about that panna cotta....

*photos by Jessica Claire

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Here are some photos from Halloween! Leah told us months in advance that she wanted to be Queen Elsa from Frozen. She never once changed her mind so we just rolled with it. I have purposely avoided buying any type of costume princess dresses, because I knew she would want to wear it 24/7. For her, wearing a "princess dress" was being able to wear any type of dress.  When we showed Leah the Elsa dress we bought for her, the look of excitement on her face was priceless! Since Halloween, it has been a special treat to be able to wear it around the house.

Leah originally wanted Ava to be Anna, but I couldn't find an Anna costume small enough! Leah then said "Ava can be Olaf then, because Olaf is smaller than Anna." I took an old white onesie and glued on Olaf's face with felt. It was super easy! Matt mentioned dressing up as Kristoff the day of Halloween. He was able to make his costume out of stuff he already had around the house {including that blonde wig!}. I didn't want to be the only one not in costume, so I used the left over felt from Ava's Olaf to try to make reindeer ears for Sven! I'm pretty impressed with our day-of costumes! Two years ago, we dressed up as Laker girls {see photo here}, so I'm really happy we ended up doing family costumes again. We're definitely going to make it a tradition! Can't wait for next year!

*top 3 photos by Bob Cho

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ava: 7 Months!

Past the half year mark... I must admit that it's totally bittersweet to see her growing up. Since we most likely will not be having anymore kids, everyday the thought crosses my mind that my days of baby cuddles, baby smells, gummy grins, etc are numbered. Some updates from the past month:
  • Started to sit up and army crawl {I wasn't prepared to have a mobile baby this early!}
  • Started solids and she loves it! Her favorites so far are butternut squash, applesauce, and feeding herself mum-mums
  • Her top two teeth came in
  • Stopped sucking her thumb. I think because she's been able to put a pacifier in her mouth by herself
Ava: My little mama's girl! You are the happiest little baby around, and you love your dada and big sister, but your face lights up like crazy when you see your mama. As a result, I often can't leave your side without you protesting. You are also a big cuddle bug. While you love your new discovery of being able to move, your favorite activity is to be held. I don't mind it at all. Thank you for all your smiles, thank you for all your snuggles... I'm hoping the next month goes a little slower! xoxo

Saturday, October 25, 2014

JiHoon's 3rd Birthday

The past few months we've been in birthday season. When we tell Leah we're going to a birthday party, the first thing she asks is "What present are we going to bring?" The second question is "Will there be cake??" 

JiHoon had an ice cream themed party, and all the kids couldn't have been happier! It's definitely more chaotic attending parties with two kids in tow. Matt is usually running around with Leah, and I'm holding Ava. We're exhausted when we get home! Only a couple more to go... 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Anaheim Packing House

We visited Anaheim Packing House for lunch one afternoon after Disneyland. It's such a cool space filled with over 20 merchants. Most of the vendors serve food and desserts, and there was such a big variety that it took me awhile to figure out what to eat! There's coffee, juice, Indian, hot pot, Ramen, Vietnamese, poutine, beer and waffles, custom made popsicles, and so much more! There's indoor and outdoor seating, and there's a mini stage where they play live music on weekends! I will definitely be coming back!