Formerly "To China For Kelly"

When I originally set up this blog, it was to chronicle our trip to China to adopt our daughter, Kelly; thus the title, "To China For Kelly." But now that I've decided to keep it up as my on-line scrapbook/journal, the title needs updating.
Inspired by my girls, who, despite their ten year age difference, both love lollipops and lip gloss; it is now titled, "From Lollipops to Lip Gloss." This is not to leave my son out, who also loves lollipops, but isn't too big on lip gloss, understandably!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bedhead and Waffles

Can anyone say BEADHEAD????


She's still cute, even with major beadhead!

Ahhh, now that's better hair!
And look! Our baby girl is so big, she loves to eat with her fork now! (Thanks again Anna, for the darling Winnie the Pooh fork and spoon.)
(Our dog, Kaya, is hoping for a yummy waffle morsel to fall to the floor...)
Mmmm, Eggo waffles are my favorite!

Here, Mommy, wanna bite?

No? Okay, I'll eat 'em all by myself!
Almost all gone!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Eli's Birthday

Happy 10th Birthday Eli!

We are SO BLESSED to have you for a nephew and cousin, and we love you with all our hearts!

We hope you get lots of Legos to build, as you are the MASTER Engineer of Lego Structures, and well, the Master Builder of any and all structures for that matter!







Friday, November 21, 2008

Strolling Down Memory Lane

My sister posted a picture on her blog of Emma looking very sweet and very little in a hoodie that was once Camryn's. (Emma has since outgrown it and Hannah is now wearing it! Ahhh, our girls are growing too fast.)

Seeing that picture prompted me to look for old pictures of Camryn to see if I could find one of her in that same hoodie. I never found one, but here are some old pictures of Caleb and Camryn that I did find.

Where has the time gone?

Look at how little and sweet my babies were?

They're still sweet, and they'll always be my babies, but they certainly aren't little anymore.

I took this picture of Camryn and Caleb in San Diego on my 30th birthday. Ugh, that was over 9 years ago! Now I really feel old...

Love 'em all you can while you've got 'em... the time goes by and they grow up way too quickly.

I'm so blessed with so very much to be thankful for... more than I ever would have imagined...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kelly's Happy Place

Kelly's favorite time of day is definitely,
without a doubt:
She often looks very serious in pictures, but I get lots of great smiles for the camera when she's in the tub!
Can you believe all those teeth?!
What a fabulous smile she has!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pretty Girl

We played around trying to take some family pictures yesterday, and it just didn't work out. We were in a bit of a hurry (which is never good no matter what you're trying to do!), plus the sun was too high and this spot in the shade was small and didn't provide enough light or a pretty background. These few shots of Kelly ended up being the best ones, so I thought I'd share them with you. We'll try again next weekend with more time, better light, and better scenery.
Have good week!

Do you like it better in color, or in black and white? I always prefer black and white, but I can't decide with this one.

See this one with Caleb and Kelly- it's just too dark even after I played with brightening it on Paint Shop Pro.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kelly Drives!

Our neighbors let Kelly borrow their cute little car so she can take it for a spin! She loves it, as you can see from her many expressions in the following pictures. Enjoy!

Caleb always keeps us in stitches around here... the other day, I walked around the corner to find him IN the playpen with Kelly! She thought that was great. Isn't he adorable?

She's doing a bit better this week. I'm thankful to say the fits are tapering off and the whining is too. She's still very busy, but no major catastrophes this week, so that's good!
I'd write more on the issue, but I need to keep it short this time, so enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


It seems we have entered a new phase with Kelly these days; a phase I will affectionately call, "Challenges."

It's actually been going on for several weeks, but it's taken me a while to realize I'm in it.

Let's see- my realization started one morning when Kelly managed to get up on her tippy-toes and pull an eighteen pack of raw eggs off the kitchen counter down all over herself and the floor! Of course, Caleb thought it was hilarious and said we should take a picture of the mess before I cleaned it up. I was not as amused, but I still would have taken the picture and inserted it here had I taken it; however, my camera battery happened to be dead at the time, so, sorry, no picture...

Should we reenact the crime just for the picture? Hmmm... I'm going to say "Nah..."

Since then, Kelly has continued to morph from a cautious, timid, baby girl to somewhat of a Taz! She runs all the time- everywhere she goes. She falls at least a dozen times a day, never to be phased by the fall... she just gets right back up and runs again...

She tears through everything she can... she leaves a trail similar to, but not quite as devastating as what hurricanes and tornadoes leave behind. I can't tell you how many toilet paper rolls have been unraveled all over the bathroom floor, sometimes right into the toilet...

I have a couple of kitchen cabinets that don't have locks on them just so Kelly can play in them, and every day, at least twice a day, she takes every piece of Tupperware, every baby bottle, and every water bottle out and spreads them all over the kitchen floor.

Then Wednesday was a doosy! I was sitting on the floor with her while she was playing, and I was on the phone with a friend. As Kelly often does in a room full of toys surrounding her, she was playing with a CD case. She was about a foot from me when out of the blue, with all her might, she threw that CD case right at my face.
Here I am, right in the middle of a conversation with my friend, and all of the sudden I'm screaming out in pain and shock right in my girlfriend's ear! I instantly began to cry because the CD case hit the bridge of my nose so hard, right below my eyes, and whoowee, it hurt! I couldn't believe Kelly had done that, and I scolded her as I was crying, hoping she'd realize the 'cause and effect' of her choice to chuck the CD case at me. Then I picked her up and put her in her crib for a little "time out." As I was putting her in her crib, I began to notice something bright red on my nose. Yes, I was bleeding...

Kelly managed to give me a nice little gash on my nose! At first, it swelled, so it was kind of gaping and I wondered what kind of scar it was going to leave. I held a wet paper towel on it with direct pressure to stop the bleeding, and after about ten minutes, it was closed and looked much better. It's still sore- it feels a bit bruised, but it's healing well and doesn't look too bad at all... consequently, I'm not getting nearly the sympathy I deserve. =(

Other challenges we're facing with Kelly... well, she's exploring her ability to grab toys from other children, and hit or push them if they don't willingly surrender their goods. The hitting is something we've been challenged with for a while, but at first, I think it was almost inadvertent, like she just didn't know how to express interest in things, animals, or people, without reaching out and hitting them... but now it's obviously a willful expression of displeasure with the person or thing.

She's also throwing fits pretty regularly. When she doesn't get her way or when something frustrates her- she falls on the floor, screams and cries, and kicks her feet. She tried falling onto her back at first, but she kept hitting her head on the tile (I believe in "natural consequences";) so now she falls to a "sit" when she throws a fit. It's pretty funny... (okay, not always, but in hindsight I can't help but giggle...)

She also whines a lot these days. If she wants to be picked up, if she wants something she can't reach, if she's bored, wants attention, doesn't like what's on TV... okay, so there's really no reason... she just likes to whine. I think I'm going to start offering her some cheese with her whine.
So, now do you understand why I say we're facing some challenges these days?

I have days where I feel like all I do is scold her... tell her, "No!", "STOP.", "That's not nice.", "We don't do that.", "That's not okay.", and my personal favorite, "KELLY ELISE!" (That's what middle names are for, right? So moms can emphasize our displeasure with our children ;)

But despite it all, she is still our precious baby girl, and I wouldn't trade a minute of it for the world.

Some of the more positive things about Kelly are:

She is so spunky and fun. She loves to dance- give that girl a beat and she'll break it down! She actually has some great moves... I need to video her so you can see for yourself.

She also loves classical music. I'm noticing that if I play it regularly during the day, it actually seems to help when she's having a hard day. She seems happier and more pleasant. Guess there really is something to that Baby Einstein stuff, huh?

She has some of the cutest expressions- she makes us laugh all the time with her animated facial expressions. (It's always by surprise, so it's very hard to catch on camera!)

She loves her bath too. She absolutely loves to splash- she thinks that's hilarious!

She sleeps great! She may not nap very well during the day, but she generally goes down at 8pm and wakes up around 7am, so she lets her mommy and daddy get a good night's sleep. That is one thing that's at the top of my "Count Your Blessings" list, if you know what I mean!

She's becoming more and more affectionate. She will spontaniously reach over and grab my face and plant a kiss right on my lips several times a day. Or she'll lean over and grab me and give me a big hug with lots of back pats. It's soo sweet- melts me every time.