Friday, September 24, 2010


Last week we had a 3 month photo shoot with Parker and a great local photographer, Ann Wade Parrish.  Parker was a perfect little model and we had so much fun!  Click the below picture for a preview!

Happy Friday!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Parker's Nursery

Parker's nursery has been work in progress and I am still not really done but sharing his room with you is long overdue.  Nearly everyone in my family had a part in Little P's room.  I prefer things that have meaning in design and his room is full of sweet and funny memories already.  

The vinyl bible verse above the crib was applied loving (er, painstakingly) by Sissy and Doc.

The framed print above the changing table was painted by Parker's great grandmother (my Gammie).

Check out the post about the changing table/dresser here and the lamp project here.

These bumper pads really deserve an entire blog post to themselves.  My wonderfully fabulous mother (aka "Honey" to Parker) slaved over these bumper pads to get them just right (let's just say there is no "pattern" for square bumper pads that exist only in Kiki's head).  Sissy and I spent hours in a fabric store in Atlanta coming up with all sorts of fabulous ideas and my poor mother was left to execute our complicated vision.  An endless THANK YOU to Honey.  It looks awesome.  Perfect, in fact.  I am forever indebted. :)  

Oh - and don't worry, I have been informed this was a one time deal.  I have used up my bumper pad favors. I think I drove my sweet mother to cursing with this little project. Hmmmm...maybe she'll change her mind by the time we are considering #2.  Then again, maybe not.

How fabulous is the monogrammed window valance?  That was another "Kiki vision" that I coerced Coco, Sissy and Doc to execute one afternoon (I was conveniently on bed rest and "instructing" from the couch).  Check out Sissy's blogpost (courtesy of Doc) of this adventure here and here.  Oh, and construction of this little wonder didn't end here...Honey spent a number of hours trying to get the monogrammed button in place.  I believe a "thank you" is in order...I love my family!

As I write this post, I am reminded that it is a wonder my family still speaks to me!  Oh, that's right...I am partly responsible for this sweet face...and magically I am forgiven. :)

Let me know what you think of Parker's room.  I am not done...but I think my family is!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I thought I would share with ya'll the birth announcement I did for Parker some weeks ago.  I am so pleased with the way it turned out and I must give props to Melissa at RoxterDesigns (check out her Etsy shop) for the fabulous design!  And Sissy gets all the credit for the sweet pictures of the little man.  It is hard to believe Parker is 3 months today, does anyone else feel like life stands still at times then you look back and can't figure where it went?

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Lazy Afternoon...

I took advantage of a recent lazy Sunday afternoon to do something a bit domestic...Coco was more than thrilled as my domestic occurrences are few and far between since the entrance into our world of our precious little one.  While Coco was relaxing and Parker and Lucy were napping I dusted off my KitchenAid mixer and had a little therapy session.  It is amazing how the simplest things can make you feel "familiar" again.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Crisco
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
6 oz. chocolate chips*

Mix sugars and Crisco.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes.

* I use twice as many chocolate chips than the recipe calls for (everyone needs more chocolate, right?).
**To make oatmeal raisin cookies (actually pictured above), I substitute 1-2 cups of raisins for the chocolate chips.  I also add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste to the mixture before I add the oatmeal and raisins.

These babies didn't last long around our house.  Sissy gave me this recipe years ago and I have adapted it to make Coco's favorite Oatmeal Raisin cookies.  I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chunky Monkey!

I love to kiss these cheeks!

**You MUST head over to the Monogram Chick blog today and check out all of the adorable pictures of Mister Parker.  His proud Momma LOVES his doting Aunt!**

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hello Fall!

The weather was unbelievable over Labor Day weekend and we took every opportunity to enjoy it.  We spent many hours on our new back porch watching football and racing.  It got a little chilly Sunday night and I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of sweet little Parker.  I am really looking forward to fall! 

Monday, September 6, 2010

2 months!

This post is nearly 3 weeks late but better late than never right?!  P's 2 month check up was a few weeks ago and overall he is doing really well.  His "big boy" stats are below...

12 lbs, 6 ounces
23.5 inches long

He is growing like crazy and changing constantly, it is so much fun and challenging too!  We figured out about the time Parker turned 2 months old that he is anemic, which is just another word for lots of doctor's appointments and expensive formula. :)  Just kidding, er, sort of.  After some trial and error the new formula is working really well for our little man.  He is such a happy baby!  His horrific diaper rash is gone and hasn't returned and he is sleeping better, too.  I hate that he is anemic but it sure is nice to have some answers and work toward increasing his iron levels (which, unfortunately, has been a slow process).  So if you think of us, pray for increasing iron!

You must check out the Monogram Chick blog, Sissy (aka Parker's aunt, MC, and my fabulous sister) is sharing a little project I coerced them into coming to town to help with - oh the fun!  And a nursery post WILL HAPPEN this week - Sissy is showing me up, I must deliver!

Oh! and Happy Labor Day!

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