Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 months old

She looks like such a big girl in this picture, even with that little onesie flap hanging out. And that's how she is looking these days. I can't believe it. Don't worry, she is still very much a baby. I am not trying to make her be older than she is!

Ruby, here's what you're up to at 10 months old:

-Standing all day. When you eat your snacks, you stand at the coffee table to eat them. You stand by the couch while we sit on it and hang on to our knee or whatever. As long as you have something to support you, you're standing.

-ALSO! Standing WITHOUT any support. It's been so funny to watch because you'll get distracted and stand on your own and then realize "oh my gosh...I'm standing..." and then you slowly squat back down to the safe and comfortable seated position. I can't believe soon you'll be standing and walking.

-You have also started to sleep through the night all on your own! Amazing. Every now and then you'll have a night where you wake up once for a feeding, but here lately it's been all night without one. 

-You say Ma-ma, Deh-Deh, make the "p" sound with your mouth, and when you're frustrated/sad "nee nee nee"

-You, my little stinker, have started hitting me in the face for a reaction. You are testing your boundaries. And the moment you do it, you freeze, look at me sadly with a frown and a "oh crap" face because you know you're in trouble. And you will always be in trouble for that. No matter how many times you test to see if maybe I'll just forget that it's naughty and rejoice and clap for you. 
I love you, you little learner.

-You have a slew of nicknames that you get called on a daily basis around here. They include
Rubosco
Ruby Tootie
Big Ole Woman
Nudity Jones (anytime you're naked, diaper only, etc.)
Jamesie
Jonesie
Sis/Sister/Sissy
Ma-ma (because you say that all the time, it kind of stuck)
Roob-a-loob
Big Ole Girl
Ruby Roo
Shubes

-You started this new scrunch-nose smile that CRACKS me up because it's turned into like a courtesy smile from you. Like, just to be nice, you flash your tiny two bottom teeth, scrunch your nose, grin from ear to ear at the person, and then it's over. 

-You love The Brady Bunch. I think it was because that was the only show I let you watch when you were younger because I figured it's not fast-paced and flashy for your little eyes, it's simple and good morals. And look what I did...you love it now. The opening melody "duh duh duh duh duh duh....Here's the story" gets you bouncing and very happy.

-You love Clarence. You feed him all your snacks, play with him, lay on him, and tug his hair. And he is so, so good with you. He has completely calmed down and adjusted well with everything and I'm starting to really like him again. Just like everyone said.

-You LOVE beans! The chili I make isn't spicy and you always shock me how much of that stuff you will eat.  You love to eat, it's genetic. 

Every single day, sweetheart, is an adventure with you. When you nap for a long time, towards the end of it I can't wait till you wake up so I can play with you and see what you look like again. Your hair is growing into that tiny little wispy baby mullet and it warms my heart. Everything about you is beyond explanation...wonderful. You are such a blessing to this family. You make me laugh and bring us such joy. 
Happy 10 months, baby girl. 
You Big Ole Woman!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Changing Blog To Private

I haven't been on here in forever due to some circumstances. Long story short, I am switching this blog to private. We got robbed and they got our computer and I don't want strangers knowing any more about our family. Yes, the week of Christmas. Yes, everything electronic (but our desktop and big TV from the 90's). Yes, there has been the temptation to question things and wonder why us?
Kevin has floored me with his faith and his revelation. He's reminded me that it rains on the just and the unjust. That we are Yahweh's, and He loves us dearly, but that doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us.  
It's how we respond that sets us apart.
And because we know we are protected and provided for, and because we know that our Father has never not taken care of us, and because we operate out of truth, and not what things look like...I'm fine. I'm better than fine. If anything, this situation is building me up, pushing me closer to spiritual things than shaking me and slowing me down.
Oh my King, you are so good. I love how you work.




So shoot me an email if you want to be a follower.
jessicaikiehn at yahoo dot com

**If you were a follower (signed in with email address and password) when I first had my blog set to private (when Ruby was first born) then you are already set up as a follower.

Merry Little Christmas


Someone got a Razorback shirt from Aunt Caitlyn and is very happy about it.





 Ruby's toy box from Uncle Stephen. We couldn't get over it. He bought the wood and built it from scratch. So cool, and so, so special.


We have so much to be thankful for.
Merry Christmas from the Kiehns!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Proof Is In The Pudding


 I came across this picture tonight and thought I was looking at my little Ruby sitting on my Nanny's lap. 
Nope, this was 1985, and it is me.
So for all of you "she looks EXACTLY like Kevin!!" people...
booyah.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scenes From A Lazy Monday









Here's my shot at making homemade ornaments...not the prettiest in the bunch but, that's the point:)


Haha!

Leslie, you DORK!
My friend stopped by my house today and said "I read your blog post about not having ornaments, and asking if anyone wants to contribute to the Kiehn Christmas tree, so I got you a little something"

I said "aww, Leslie! That's so sweet" as I looked down at the little red bag it was in.
I opened the bag and saw this.
An ornament with HER FACE in it!
Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!
You have to know our relationship to get this. Actually, I think anyone can see why this is funny.

If she was ugly or this was an awful picture it'd be even funnier, because this might confuse people like "why do you have a picture of a hot asian as an ornament?" But oh well. I love it either way.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday Best

Ruby's first Christmas season! Since we won't have church before Christmas, she wore this on Sunday. Our little Christmas baby!


 (those are In-Ear monitors for Kevin's ears when singing...not hearing aids. And doesn't he look handsome?!)

Lazy Monday

I am a lover of schedules, to-do lists, and organization. Unfortunately those things don't really go hand-in-hand with a life of flowing, enjoying the moment, hearing by the Spirit, etc. The older I get, and the more I let "me" die and and find myself in Christ, the more balanced I am becoming.
Sunday nights are normally my planning night, I get every meal planned for the week, the shopping list all written out in order of the store, etc.
Then Monday morning I wake up early, get myself ready, then when Ruby wakes up we hop up and run to the grocery store to get that all done before her morning nap.

Not today! No, last night I was so sick, curled up in bed, Kevin praying for me, me praying for myself and then finally...it happened. I puked. A lot. And it was all gone! (Just a heads up, it was something I ate at Marketplace...) I felt weak for a little bit after that and Kev ran and got me some Gatorade for the electrolytes. And today I'm back to normal. But with no grocery list, no plan. And I kind of like it!

I like being thrown a curve ball. I like being forced to take my ninja tight grip off of the way I love to do things, and have to be flexible for a day. So Ruby is down for her nap, I look like a raccoon from last night's mascara under my eyes, my hair...well, here, I'll just show you what I look like...
Lovely, huh?

But I'm sipping coffee, I have a few minutes to blog, and I am going to get most of my presents wrapped this morning. So it's a good day!
And we can have leftovers for crying out loud.
Or Chik-fil-A...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

This is what our tree looks like this year.

Plain as can be.
(that big water bottle is normally hidden by furniture and stays in that corner close to the door so I can easily water the front porch plants, if you must know. And nope, I haven't yet moved it away from the Christmas tree. And since I will comment on it when I later see this post in my scrapbook, yes, Jessica...the picture is blurry).

The reason it's so empty is because I don't want an all fancy, store-bought perfect ornaments Christmas tree. I want tons and tons of homemade ornaments from when this kid was this age and this one was that age. I want grandma-esque ornaments that have a story to go with them. I want to hang the ornament and say "oh, I remember the Christmas so and so gave us this" and I want to have a memory with each one that hangs.

So since this Kiehn family Christmas is a fairly new thing (this is mine and Kevin's 7th Christmas together, but only 3rd married) we only have like...one or two ornaments. So until my cheesy little un-matching, messy Christmas tree/ornament dream can come true, our tree will have to look like this as we collect and make ornaments over the years.

So if any of you, dear friends, want to forever be a part of our Christmas tradition and memories as we decorate our tree...send us an ornament! We'll hang it, promise! :)

Silver Dollar City II










Ruby did so good. It was freezing cold (literally) and she didn't complain. I think she looks adorable with rosy cheeks and a red nose tip!
Thank you, Grandma and Papalaw for the fun family trip! We loved it!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Silver Dollar City

We went to Silver Dollar City this weekend with Kevin's side of the family. I will write more about it and post tons of pics when I get a chance, but until then, I leave you with this picture.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Recent Ruby Recap

Now that this is my scrapbook, I will be posting much more! Because I don't have to wait for something of interest, or great significance to write about...I just have to write about and post what I want to. And nine times out of ten...that's Ruby.
Here's what we've been up to lately...

First thing in the morning when we wake up, we walk around the house together, open all the blinds, and sing the song we wrote together:
"we open the blinds in the morning
to let the sun shine in
we open the blinds in the morning
and that is how our day begins!"
Then, if we have nowhere to go, we stay in our jammies and play for a while.
(after a fresh diaper change, of course)
 Play time can commonly consist of trying new and fun things, like actual hairstyles.

 And showing/teaching Mommy things.
"Mom, this thing here can poke out your eye so you have to be careful"

My big extended family has Christmas on Thanksgiving. I love it. Ruby got to open her first Christmas gifts and it was just as cute as you'd think. We'll get better pics at real Christmas. Here she is playing with the bow that came on the gift...of course.

 These next two are some of my favorite pictures. You can't see Kev in the last one, but I love it anyway. Ruby and her magic wand.
*Sigh* Those two...

Morning Notes

Every morning (well, most) I leave Kevin a note by his vitamin, snack, and coffee pot to wake up to before leaving for work. I am always still asleep, as he leaves for work at 4 something a.m. When he has time, he'll write me a quick one back.

Today's was so cute, and since this is our scrapbook, I wanted to remember it.



You I love, too, babe.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Night At The Kiehns

We live a simple, fun life filled with laughter and beats made with our feet stomping on the floor and clapping our hands for the high notes. Here's our Tuesday night, captured in photos.








Wednesday, December 29, 2010

10 months old

She looks like such a big girl in this picture, even with that little onesie flap hanging out. And that's how she is looking these days. I can't believe it. Don't worry, she is still very much a baby. I am not trying to make her be older than she is!

Ruby, here's what you're up to at 10 months old:

-Standing all day. When you eat your snacks, you stand at the coffee table to eat them. You stand by the couch while we sit on it and hang on to our knee or whatever. As long as you have something to support you, you're standing.

-ALSO! Standing WITHOUT any support. It's been so funny to watch because you'll get distracted and stand on your own and then realize "oh my gosh...I'm standing..." and then you slowly squat back down to the safe and comfortable seated position. I can't believe soon you'll be standing and walking.

-You have also started to sleep through the night all on your own! Amazing. Every now and then you'll have a night where you wake up once for a feeding, but here lately it's been all night without one. 

-You say Ma-ma, Deh-Deh, make the "p" sound with your mouth, and when you're frustrated/sad "nee nee nee"

-You, my little stinker, have started hitting me in the face for a reaction. You are testing your boundaries. And the moment you do it, you freeze, look at me sadly with a frown and a "oh crap" face because you know you're in trouble. And you will always be in trouble for that. No matter how many times you test to see if maybe I'll just forget that it's naughty and rejoice and clap for you. 
I love you, you little learner.

-You have a slew of nicknames that you get called on a daily basis around here. They include
Rubosco
Ruby Tootie
Big Ole Woman
Nudity Jones (anytime you're naked, diaper only, etc.)
Jamesie
Jonesie
Sis/Sister/Sissy
Ma-ma (because you say that all the time, it kind of stuck)
Roob-a-loob
Big Ole Girl
Ruby Roo
Shubes

-You started this new scrunch-nose smile that CRACKS me up because it's turned into like a courtesy smile from you. Like, just to be nice, you flash your tiny two bottom teeth, scrunch your nose, grin from ear to ear at the person, and then it's over. 

-You love The Brady Bunch. I think it was because that was the only show I let you watch when you were younger because I figured it's not fast-paced and flashy for your little eyes, it's simple and good morals. And look what I did...you love it now. The opening melody "duh duh duh duh duh duh....Here's the story" gets you bouncing and very happy.

-You love Clarence. You feed him all your snacks, play with him, lay on him, and tug his hair. And he is so, so good with you. He has completely calmed down and adjusted well with everything and I'm starting to really like him again. Just like everyone said.

-You LOVE beans! The chili I make isn't spicy and you always shock me how much of that stuff you will eat.  You love to eat, it's genetic. 

Every single day, sweetheart, is an adventure with you. When you nap for a long time, towards the end of it I can't wait till you wake up so I can play with you and see what you look like again. Your hair is growing into that tiny little wispy baby mullet and it warms my heart. Everything about you is beyond explanation...wonderful. You are such a blessing to this family. You make me laugh and bring us such joy. 
Happy 10 months, baby girl. 
You Big Ole Woman!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Changing Blog To Private

I haven't been on here in forever due to some circumstances. Long story short, I am switching this blog to private. We got robbed and they got our computer and I don't want strangers knowing any more about our family. Yes, the week of Christmas. Yes, everything electronic (but our desktop and big TV from the 90's). Yes, there has been the temptation to question things and wonder why us?
Kevin has floored me with his faith and his revelation. He's reminded me that it rains on the just and the unjust. That we are Yahweh's, and He loves us dearly, but that doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us.  
It's how we respond that sets us apart.
And because we know we are protected and provided for, and because we know that our Father has never not taken care of us, and because we operate out of truth, and not what things look like...I'm fine. I'm better than fine. If anything, this situation is building me up, pushing me closer to spiritual things than shaking me and slowing me down.
Oh my King, you are so good. I love how you work.




So shoot me an email if you want to be a follower.
jessicaikiehn at yahoo dot com

**If you were a follower (signed in with email address and password) when I first had my blog set to private (when Ruby was first born) then you are already set up as a follower.

Merry Little Christmas


Someone got a Razorback shirt from Aunt Caitlyn and is very happy about it.





 Ruby's toy box from Uncle Stephen. We couldn't get over it. He bought the wood and built it from scratch. So cool, and so, so special.


We have so much to be thankful for.
Merry Christmas from the Kiehns!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Proof Is In The Pudding


 I came across this picture tonight and thought I was looking at my little Ruby sitting on my Nanny's lap. 
Nope, this was 1985, and it is me.
So for all of you "she looks EXACTLY like Kevin!!" people...
booyah.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scenes From A Lazy Monday









Here's my shot at making homemade ornaments...not the prettiest in the bunch but, that's the point:)


Haha!

Leslie, you DORK!
My friend stopped by my house today and said "I read your blog post about not having ornaments, and asking if anyone wants to contribute to the Kiehn Christmas tree, so I got you a little something"

I said "aww, Leslie! That's so sweet" as I looked down at the little red bag it was in.
I opened the bag and saw this.
An ornament with HER FACE in it!
Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!
You have to know our relationship to get this. Actually, I think anyone can see why this is funny.

If she was ugly or this was an awful picture it'd be even funnier, because this might confuse people like "why do you have a picture of a hot asian as an ornament?" But oh well. I love it either way.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday Best

Ruby's first Christmas season! Since we won't have church before Christmas, she wore this on Sunday. Our little Christmas baby!


 (those are In-Ear monitors for Kevin's ears when singing...not hearing aids. And doesn't he look handsome?!)

Lazy Monday

I am a lover of schedules, to-do lists, and organization. Unfortunately those things don't really go hand-in-hand with a life of flowing, enjoying the moment, hearing by the Spirit, etc. The older I get, and the more I let "me" die and and find myself in Christ, the more balanced I am becoming.
Sunday nights are normally my planning night, I get every meal planned for the week, the shopping list all written out in order of the store, etc.
Then Monday morning I wake up early, get myself ready, then when Ruby wakes up we hop up and run to the grocery store to get that all done before her morning nap.

Not today! No, last night I was so sick, curled up in bed, Kevin praying for me, me praying for myself and then finally...it happened. I puked. A lot. And it was all gone! (Just a heads up, it was something I ate at Marketplace...) I felt weak for a little bit after that and Kev ran and got me some Gatorade for the electrolytes. And today I'm back to normal. But with no grocery list, no plan. And I kind of like it!

I like being thrown a curve ball. I like being forced to take my ninja tight grip off of the way I love to do things, and have to be flexible for a day. So Ruby is down for her nap, I look like a raccoon from last night's mascara under my eyes, my hair...well, here, I'll just show you what I look like...
Lovely, huh?

But I'm sipping coffee, I have a few minutes to blog, and I am going to get most of my presents wrapped this morning. So it's a good day!
And we can have leftovers for crying out loud.
Or Chik-fil-A...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

This is what our tree looks like this year.

Plain as can be.
(that big water bottle is normally hidden by furniture and stays in that corner close to the door so I can easily water the front porch plants, if you must know. And nope, I haven't yet moved it away from the Christmas tree. And since I will comment on it when I later see this post in my scrapbook, yes, Jessica...the picture is blurry).

The reason it's so empty is because I don't want an all fancy, store-bought perfect ornaments Christmas tree. I want tons and tons of homemade ornaments from when this kid was this age and this one was that age. I want grandma-esque ornaments that have a story to go with them. I want to hang the ornament and say "oh, I remember the Christmas so and so gave us this" and I want to have a memory with each one that hangs.

So since this Kiehn family Christmas is a fairly new thing (this is mine and Kevin's 7th Christmas together, but only 3rd married) we only have like...one or two ornaments. So until my cheesy little un-matching, messy Christmas tree/ornament dream can come true, our tree will have to look like this as we collect and make ornaments over the years.

So if any of you, dear friends, want to forever be a part of our Christmas tradition and memories as we decorate our tree...send us an ornament! We'll hang it, promise! :)

Silver Dollar City II










Ruby did so good. It was freezing cold (literally) and she didn't complain. I think she looks adorable with rosy cheeks and a red nose tip!
Thank you, Grandma and Papalaw for the fun family trip! We loved it!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Silver Dollar City

We went to Silver Dollar City this weekend with Kevin's side of the family. I will write more about it and post tons of pics when I get a chance, but until then, I leave you with this picture.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Recent Ruby Recap

Now that this is my scrapbook, I will be posting much more! Because I don't have to wait for something of interest, or great significance to write about...I just have to write about and post what I want to. And nine times out of ten...that's Ruby.
Here's what we've been up to lately...

First thing in the morning when we wake up, we walk around the house together, open all the blinds, and sing the song we wrote together:
"we open the blinds in the morning
to let the sun shine in
we open the blinds in the morning
and that is how our day begins!"
Then, if we have nowhere to go, we stay in our jammies and play for a while.
(after a fresh diaper change, of course)
 Play time can commonly consist of trying new and fun things, like actual hairstyles.

 And showing/teaching Mommy things.
"Mom, this thing here can poke out your eye so you have to be careful"

My big extended family has Christmas on Thanksgiving. I love it. Ruby got to open her first Christmas gifts and it was just as cute as you'd think. We'll get better pics at real Christmas. Here she is playing with the bow that came on the gift...of course.

 These next two are some of my favorite pictures. You can't see Kev in the last one, but I love it anyway. Ruby and her magic wand.
*Sigh* Those two...

Morning Notes

Every morning (well, most) I leave Kevin a note by his vitamin, snack, and coffee pot to wake up to before leaving for work. I am always still asleep, as he leaves for work at 4 something a.m. When he has time, he'll write me a quick one back.

Today's was so cute, and since this is our scrapbook, I wanted to remember it.



You I love, too, babe.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Night At The Kiehns

We live a simple, fun life filled with laughter and beats made with our feet stomping on the floor and clapping our hands for the high notes. Here's our Tuesday night, captured in photos.