Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3 months old


Oh my soul! 
Truthie Pie!!
Our family is just crazy about you. And, according to the faces you make and your body language...you are pleased as punch with us as well.

You are THE MOST SMILEY baby I've ever met. Which goes without saying, I adore.


Those cheeks are getting harder and harder to support, neck-strength wise :)
Hang in there, Nora!


Nora Facts:
-still weigh around 15 lbs. last time we checked
-wearing 3-6 months, but when combining your cloth diapers and your thunder thighs, you can wear basically any size leggings and they fit fine. The other day all we had was Ruby's 24 month leggings with us and you had to wear them (blowout!) and they fit great.
-You go to sleep every night we're home around 8:00. You must be swaddled to sleep happily. You're very particular about that. Cool mist humidifier buzzing, pitch black room. And you're out
-You wake up about two times at night. Sleep with us. When you wake up to nurse I just roll over and feed you, then put you back up between our pillows and we all keep snoozing. SO much less work than Ruby. I got up every time she wanted to eat. I really get to sleep all night, pretty much.
-You wake up at about 7:30-8:30 am for the day. Up for an hour, then down for a morning nap for about an hour.
-After that, I have no idea what you're routine is. It's all just play-it-by-ear style. Story of my life!


-With your herbs you are pooping much better, as long as I remember to actually give them to you.
-I finally just printed some pictures of you, since you've now been here for 3 months I figured it's about time.
-We love to all three of us just sit and look at you and talk for you. We take turns saying what we imagine you're saying and you just smile and coo back at us.
-We have to literally pull your rolls apart to clean in between or else you get sores:(  Sad but also a funny problem.
-You have all the same cowlicks and swirls in your hair as Dad.
-You have all the same everything as Dad.
-Actually SOMETIMES I see a smidge of me. And every now and then I kind of see Aunt Shannon. Ya never know how those genetics work.
-You absolutely adore Ruby. No doubt about that.

We love you Gaborsey.
We love having you in our family.
The world is yours, babe.
Love, Mom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

sisters


I knew as soon as I found out it was a girl.
I saw pictures in my mind of a chubby little 2 year old staring up at her 4 1/2 year old big sister, standing in front of me and Kevin, wearing mismatched outfits with tutus, and singing for us as we sit on the couch and watch and oooh and aaah at their performance.
Ruby would be a little bossy, telling her sister what moves to do and when.
"Nora! Turn around! Arms up, Nora" and Nora would doing what she could to please her sister, but maybe not quite as into the performance as Ruby is.

It's already starting.
Ruby is the best big sister ever. Never an ounce of jealousy - talks to her sister like I talk to her. With such a big girl tone of voice and stance.
And Nora thinks her big sister is just the coolest thing she's ever seen.

I love you girls. May you be best friends forever.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

beautiful peaceful morning

To say the month of October has been and will be busy is the understatement of the year.
Actually, the past two months have been. I feel like I gave birth to Nora, hit the ground running, and haven't stopped since.
Things will slow down soon enough, though.
Last night we didn't get home from church until 11:30pm because we stayed and talked and Ruby ran around and played with other home-schooled kids that can sleep in the next day if necessary:)
So this morning? We slept till 9:45. NINE FORTY FIVE. Sweet Virginia. 

We woke up, had scrambled "Cheesy" Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and homemade granola cereal with almond milk.
And then Ruby got out leftover rice noodles and begged for chopsticks...
(I said yes, if you were wondering. Why not?)

I burned some essential oils (lavender, lemon, and a drop or two of white camphor) and turned on the Avett Brothers station on Pandora and we've been having ourselves an amazing morning.
How can a banjo playing in the background not make you happy?

Anyway, here's some life lately:



"i so sited!" Ruby at Oktoberfest


nora...snoozin' in church


keeping each other warm on a cold October walk to the square

and just days earlier it was this hot on our walk. by the way nora, whatever you're doin girl, it's workin for ya. look at that bod.

ruby is just like me and gets downright annoyed at the sun in her eyes. we couldn't find her glasses so she needed mine :)

And I'll end this with these darling little hilarious girls of ours.
I need to end this post because Ruby just emptied the entire Elmer's glue bottle during craft time onto her paper and it's in a puddle dripping from the table to the chair to the floor.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

what were we thinking? + disclaimer


This is the couch we have (well, close enough).
And while it is totally our style and totally beautiful (in my opinion) it is SO NOT PRACTICAL WHILE LIVING WITH TODDLERS.
Oh my.
Microsuede.
What were we thinking?!
Nora spits up and it leaves and serious dark water stain.
Ruby eats her pb + honey sandwhich, it drizzles and clumps on her hands, and then she's all over the couch.
And the best part about this material...it just doesn't clean. Because the place we bought it from didn't have a Scotchguard option like the first microsuede couch we bought.
When you use stuff to clean it, THAT leaves a mark.
So it looks like we are the nastiest, dirtiest people on earth.

Oh well. We'll find a way to keep it clean.
Isn't parenting the funniest, most exhausting thing on earth?!
I am currently sitting in the dark in Ruby's room at the end of her tiny bed typing this up because I just needed 5 seconds to myself.
Nora is in the bouncy seat in the living room while Ruby reads and sings to her.
Ahhhh peace and quiet:)

I tried to workout first thing this morning and Nora wouldn't allow it. Screaming to be held. Just held. No problems or needs, just held. Sigh. Sorry Jillian Michaels, I tried.

oh! I have a disclaimer:
I found a way to print my blog into book form. From the very get-go I meant for this blog to be something our children can look back on for memory's sake. And now it will be! I keep thinking "oh my gosh what if I print these books and the house burns down" but I'll let that go. Anyways, sorry folks but from now on - this place is a letter written by me to my children and my husband. I want to capture lessons and memories and recipes and events FOR US. So in other words...going to be awesome for my family, but for you - the most boring thing you'll read all day. Feel free to slowly fade us off your daily read list because it's going to get very Kiehn around here.

With that being said, 
today we are refinancing our house! It will save us $100 a month on our mortgage. Not much, but with our humble income, it certainly helps. We will continue paying that $100 every month but put it towards our car.
Girls - your Dad and I are learning now so that we can teach you. PAY CASH FOR EVERYTHING.
We have no debt to our names besides our house and one car. (Praise Yahweh)
But we desire to be completely debt free. 

Yahweh is a Father and He teaches us as we go. He's starting us off with the car. Teaching us how to pay that thing off in full quickly. You know the garage sale we just had? We did that in obedience to the Holy Spirit because we asked Him ways to pay the car off since we don't have any extra money coming in and then He showed us that we have tons of things we can sell WHILE cleaning out and purging and renewing. We made $430 on that garage sale and put it all towards the car. Hallelujah!

Yahweh doesn't have any money. Don't ever pray for more money. Pray for instructions, direction. And then listen. He'll tell you what to do (garage sale), you'll obey those instructions, and then your need will be provided through your obedience ($430). He's amazing. His Kingdom and His order is simple.
  

Monday, October 1, 2012

the moments that make life sweet

 Went to peek into Ruby's room one night before I went to bed and found her like this. You fall asleep in the cutest ways and places, darlin.

We've been having lots of coffee + breakfast + hang out time on our front porch. A porch is now a necessary staple (front or back) for every house we live in. We are ALWAYS on this thing. And we just talk and talk and watch all the cars go by. Kevin is wondering why I just set the camera down to take a self-timer pic of us, but I had to capture the moment!



Typical Nora. So chubby, so happy.


Both my girls love cuddling with Daddy. Probably because he loves it too and can just lay there forever and fall asleep and I can't sit still for much longer than 5 minutes.


Me and my Nora girl. She's almost 9 weeks old here. Keepin it real with the laundry basket and unmade bed in the picture. Real life, people!


 Hello. I'm Nora Truth. I eat every 20 mins and panic if I feel myself losing an ounce of weight. Gain gain gain is my motto! Just kidding. But you do love to nurse, you little cutie.

Now, let's talk about this girl:

She is precious and hilarious and sweet and ornery and determined and to be honest - exactly like me.
There is so much passion in that little girl.
She's just not mature enough to understand how to control or calm it. Enter: parents.
But really, she's just like me, so I get her. I understand when she gets frustrated because I totally would in that case, too.
And then she has her Dad's sweetness and kindness.

The other day I made muffins for people that were coming the next day. We told her she could have one muffin. She ate it and all was well.
While we were working out in the garage getting ready for the garage sale and she was UNDOING and playing with everything, we decided we'd just let her watch a show in the house (we kept the garage door to the house open and she was right there in the salon).
She came out to us and said she had to potty. While sitting on the toilet, she told Kevin "muffins in my tummy."

She was admitting she had snuck up on the counter and eaten more than what we said she could. I found the tupperware of muffins on the chair she was sitting on while watching her show.
this was full.
We figured she ate about 5 muffins! No wonder her tummy was full and she had to admit it.  I have no idea how a 2 1/2 yr old can eat that much muffin!

The other night Kev was laying her down for the night. She requests several things each nap/bedtime. From all her stuffed animals surrounding her, to her purses in bed with her, to her necklace hanging on the bedpost, to being tucked in, etc....she likes things to be just right to go to sleep. (exactly like me!)
Anyway, Daddy did all of that and then she started to panic as he went for the door to leave.
"peako me!"
'What?'
"peako me! peako me!"
"tuck you in?"
"no! you already tucked me in. peako me!"

and then he realized...speak over me.

"speak over you?"
"yeah", relieved.

And he laid his hand on her head, brushed his fingers through her hair, and spoke rest and peace over her.

It's moments like this remind us why parenting is so rewarding, huge, and worth it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3 months old


Oh my soul! 
Truthie Pie!!
Our family is just crazy about you. And, according to the faces you make and your body language...you are pleased as punch with us as well.

You are THE MOST SMILEY baby I've ever met. Which goes without saying, I adore.


Those cheeks are getting harder and harder to support, neck-strength wise :)
Hang in there, Nora!


Nora Facts:
-still weigh around 15 lbs. last time we checked
-wearing 3-6 months, but when combining your cloth diapers and your thunder thighs, you can wear basically any size leggings and they fit fine. The other day all we had was Ruby's 24 month leggings with us and you had to wear them (blowout!) and they fit great.
-You go to sleep every night we're home around 8:00. You must be swaddled to sleep happily. You're very particular about that. Cool mist humidifier buzzing, pitch black room. And you're out
-You wake up about two times at night. Sleep with us. When you wake up to nurse I just roll over and feed you, then put you back up between our pillows and we all keep snoozing. SO much less work than Ruby. I got up every time she wanted to eat. I really get to sleep all night, pretty much.
-You wake up at about 7:30-8:30 am for the day. Up for an hour, then down for a morning nap for about an hour.
-After that, I have no idea what you're routine is. It's all just play-it-by-ear style. Story of my life!


-With your herbs you are pooping much better, as long as I remember to actually give them to you.
-I finally just printed some pictures of you, since you've now been here for 3 months I figured it's about time.
-We love to all three of us just sit and look at you and talk for you. We take turns saying what we imagine you're saying and you just smile and coo back at us.
-We have to literally pull your rolls apart to clean in between or else you get sores:(  Sad but also a funny problem.
-You have all the same cowlicks and swirls in your hair as Dad.
-You have all the same everything as Dad.
-Actually SOMETIMES I see a smidge of me. And every now and then I kind of see Aunt Shannon. Ya never know how those genetics work.
-You absolutely adore Ruby. No doubt about that.

We love you Gaborsey.
We love having you in our family.
The world is yours, babe.
Love, Mom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

sisters


I knew as soon as I found out it was a girl.
I saw pictures in my mind of a chubby little 2 year old staring up at her 4 1/2 year old big sister, standing in front of me and Kevin, wearing mismatched outfits with tutus, and singing for us as we sit on the couch and watch and oooh and aaah at their performance.
Ruby would be a little bossy, telling her sister what moves to do and when.
"Nora! Turn around! Arms up, Nora" and Nora would doing what she could to please her sister, but maybe not quite as into the performance as Ruby is.

It's already starting.
Ruby is the best big sister ever. Never an ounce of jealousy - talks to her sister like I talk to her. With such a big girl tone of voice and stance.
And Nora thinks her big sister is just the coolest thing she's ever seen.

I love you girls. May you be best friends forever.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

beautiful peaceful morning

To say the month of October has been and will be busy is the understatement of the year.
Actually, the past two months have been. I feel like I gave birth to Nora, hit the ground running, and haven't stopped since.
Things will slow down soon enough, though.
Last night we didn't get home from church until 11:30pm because we stayed and talked and Ruby ran around and played with other home-schooled kids that can sleep in the next day if necessary:)
So this morning? We slept till 9:45. NINE FORTY FIVE. Sweet Virginia. 

We woke up, had scrambled "Cheesy" Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and homemade granola cereal with almond milk.
And then Ruby got out leftover rice noodles and begged for chopsticks...
(I said yes, if you were wondering. Why not?)

I burned some essential oils (lavender, lemon, and a drop or two of white camphor) and turned on the Avett Brothers station on Pandora and we've been having ourselves an amazing morning.
How can a banjo playing in the background not make you happy?

Anyway, here's some life lately:



"i so sited!" Ruby at Oktoberfest


nora...snoozin' in church


keeping each other warm on a cold October walk to the square

and just days earlier it was this hot on our walk. by the way nora, whatever you're doin girl, it's workin for ya. look at that bod.

ruby is just like me and gets downright annoyed at the sun in her eyes. we couldn't find her glasses so she needed mine :)

And I'll end this with these darling little hilarious girls of ours.
I need to end this post because Ruby just emptied the entire Elmer's glue bottle during craft time onto her paper and it's in a puddle dripping from the table to the chair to the floor.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

what were we thinking? + disclaimer


This is the couch we have (well, close enough).
And while it is totally our style and totally beautiful (in my opinion) it is SO NOT PRACTICAL WHILE LIVING WITH TODDLERS.
Oh my.
Microsuede.
What were we thinking?!
Nora spits up and it leaves and serious dark water stain.
Ruby eats her pb + honey sandwhich, it drizzles and clumps on her hands, and then she's all over the couch.
And the best part about this material...it just doesn't clean. Because the place we bought it from didn't have a Scotchguard option like the first microsuede couch we bought.
When you use stuff to clean it, THAT leaves a mark.
So it looks like we are the nastiest, dirtiest people on earth.

Oh well. We'll find a way to keep it clean.
Isn't parenting the funniest, most exhausting thing on earth?!
I am currently sitting in the dark in Ruby's room at the end of her tiny bed typing this up because I just needed 5 seconds to myself.
Nora is in the bouncy seat in the living room while Ruby reads and sings to her.
Ahhhh peace and quiet:)

I tried to workout first thing this morning and Nora wouldn't allow it. Screaming to be held. Just held. No problems or needs, just held. Sigh. Sorry Jillian Michaels, I tried.

oh! I have a disclaimer:
I found a way to print my blog into book form. From the very get-go I meant for this blog to be something our children can look back on for memory's sake. And now it will be! I keep thinking "oh my gosh what if I print these books and the house burns down" but I'll let that go. Anyways, sorry folks but from now on - this place is a letter written by me to my children and my husband. I want to capture lessons and memories and recipes and events FOR US. So in other words...going to be awesome for my family, but for you - the most boring thing you'll read all day. Feel free to slowly fade us off your daily read list because it's going to get very Kiehn around here.

With that being said, 
today we are refinancing our house! It will save us $100 a month on our mortgage. Not much, but with our humble income, it certainly helps. We will continue paying that $100 every month but put it towards our car.
Girls - your Dad and I are learning now so that we can teach you. PAY CASH FOR EVERYTHING.
We have no debt to our names besides our house and one car. (Praise Yahweh)
But we desire to be completely debt free. 

Yahweh is a Father and He teaches us as we go. He's starting us off with the car. Teaching us how to pay that thing off in full quickly. You know the garage sale we just had? We did that in obedience to the Holy Spirit because we asked Him ways to pay the car off since we don't have any extra money coming in and then He showed us that we have tons of things we can sell WHILE cleaning out and purging and renewing. We made $430 on that garage sale and put it all towards the car. Hallelujah!

Yahweh doesn't have any money. Don't ever pray for more money. Pray for instructions, direction. And then listen. He'll tell you what to do (garage sale), you'll obey those instructions, and then your need will be provided through your obedience ($430). He's amazing. His Kingdom and His order is simple.
  

Monday, October 1, 2012

the moments that make life sweet

 Went to peek into Ruby's room one night before I went to bed and found her like this. You fall asleep in the cutest ways and places, darlin.

We've been having lots of coffee + breakfast + hang out time on our front porch. A porch is now a necessary staple (front or back) for every house we live in. We are ALWAYS on this thing. And we just talk and talk and watch all the cars go by. Kevin is wondering why I just set the camera down to take a self-timer pic of us, but I had to capture the moment!



Typical Nora. So chubby, so happy.


Both my girls love cuddling with Daddy. Probably because he loves it too and can just lay there forever and fall asleep and I can't sit still for much longer than 5 minutes.


Me and my Nora girl. She's almost 9 weeks old here. Keepin it real with the laundry basket and unmade bed in the picture. Real life, people!


 Hello. I'm Nora Truth. I eat every 20 mins and panic if I feel myself losing an ounce of weight. Gain gain gain is my motto! Just kidding. But you do love to nurse, you little cutie.

Now, let's talk about this girl:

She is precious and hilarious and sweet and ornery and determined and to be honest - exactly like me.
There is so much passion in that little girl.
She's just not mature enough to understand how to control or calm it. Enter: parents.
But really, she's just like me, so I get her. I understand when she gets frustrated because I totally would in that case, too.
And then she has her Dad's sweetness and kindness.

The other day I made muffins for people that were coming the next day. We told her she could have one muffin. She ate it and all was well.
While we were working out in the garage getting ready for the garage sale and she was UNDOING and playing with everything, we decided we'd just let her watch a show in the house (we kept the garage door to the house open and she was right there in the salon).
She came out to us and said she had to potty. While sitting on the toilet, she told Kevin "muffins in my tummy."

She was admitting she had snuck up on the counter and eaten more than what we said she could. I found the tupperware of muffins on the chair she was sitting on while watching her show.
this was full.
We figured she ate about 5 muffins! No wonder her tummy was full and she had to admit it.  I have no idea how a 2 1/2 yr old can eat that much muffin!

The other night Kev was laying her down for the night. She requests several things each nap/bedtime. From all her stuffed animals surrounding her, to her purses in bed with her, to her necklace hanging on the bedpost, to being tucked in, etc....she likes things to be just right to go to sleep. (exactly like me!)
Anyway, Daddy did all of that and then she started to panic as he went for the door to leave.
"peako me!"
'What?'
"peako me! peako me!"
"tuck you in?"
"no! you already tucked me in. peako me!"

and then he realized...speak over me.

"speak over you?"
"yeah", relieved.

And he laid his hand on her head, brushed his fingers through her hair, and spoke rest and peace over her.

It's moments like this remind us why parenting is so rewarding, huge, and worth it.