Sunday, September 26, 2010


Today we used our Legoland passes to check out the aquarium there. We had a blast. It's on the smaller side but that was perfect for us after spending some time in the Legoland park. Both girls LOVED watching the fish. Here are a few pics.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I know I haven't been blogging much. It's both because life has been crazy and because I don't feel like I have much to say. But here are a few pics and some stuff that's going on in our lives.

Madelyn still isn't walking on her own but can pull up on everything and cruise around.

Tomorrow is Dennis's official "Change of Command" ceremony. That means he's the boss of a company of Marines. He's already been doing the job for awhile but like everything in the Marine Corps there is a ceremony involved. He will be handed the "guide on", a flag with a "C" for Charlie Company on it. He has really wanted to do this for a long time and he is already doing an awesome job. I am really proud. I'll be juggling the two girls at the ceremony tomorrow but I'll do my best to get a good shot!

Elyse has started up "Mommy and Me" preschool again. We go for an hour two times a week. I think I enjoy it as much as she does! It's helped me notice some "nonconformist" qualities in our little girl. She doesn't misbehave but does not always follow the crowd (do we have anyone else in our family like that???) For example, during the "There are Seven Days" (as in a week) song E sang "There is One Day" and held up one finger the whole time. Actually, I think it was pretty funny..

And maybe Dennis and I will be the only ones that find this funny. I was watching TV one night and heard him crack up in the bathroom. I came in to find this toilet face. It made us laugh. :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Madelyn at 11 months!

I can't believe it! This year has flown by. One year ago I was a very large lady looking forward to meet my baby girl. I knew she would be cute, but really, her cuteness is unbelievable!

Let's see, Madelyn is up to a lot this month. As I mentioned before, she LOVES to walk, walk, walk (holding our hands of course). We wear out long before she does. Crawling is OK but it is nothing compared to being fully upright. If I am holding her, she often tries to wiggle down out of my arms and searches for my hands to grab and start walking.

She is still a dancer and will move and grove when she hears tunes. She has some new dance moves including a little arm swing and a little booty shake.

Madelyn loves making new friends. Whenever we see people out they always comment on how happy she is. And she certainly is a happy baby but she is happiest when out and about, being held by one of us and getting to see new faces. She waves constantly at random strangers in restaurants even if they are not giving her the time of day.

We think this girl might be a performer. I might have mentioned this before, but any time she does something new or exciting, she checks to make sure everyone is watching her and does it with a big smile on her face.

Her eating has expanded. She now enjoys cheerios, pieces of bread, fruits, cereal, and baby food in the jars. She found Elyse's sippy cup with juice the other day on the floor and picked it up and went to town. We still have just a gummy smile...I'm really starting to wonder when those teeth are going to poke through (on a side note, a friend told me she heard from her dentist that the longer the teeth take to show up, the healthier they will be!)

Madelyn loves to play and explore. She finds the tiniest little innsy weensy crumbs on the floor and tries to put them in her mouth. I feel like I am constantly watching her to make sure she doesn't put something in her mouth (but interestingly she doesn't put toys in her mouth as much as the average baby does).

In the last few days, I have started to transition her down to just one nap. I'm not sure that she would be ready on her own, but her morning nap just consisted of a snooze in the car or in the stroller and our fall schedule doesn't really give us time for a morning nap for her (we're girls on the go!) . She seems to be adjusting just fine and taking a long nap in the afternoon (and sleeping in a bit later in the morning...happy for me!)

Madelyn's hair is growing and growing. Dennis told me today that he is going to give her bangs. I am totally opposed and told him we just need to get through the awkward stage (every woman who has ever grown out bangs understands, right?) Her hair does get in the way sometimes (often) as evidenced by the pic below.
Madelyn is a beautiful happy snugly little babe and we are so thrilled to have her part of the Katolin family.

Friday, September 3, 2010

E's Headboard

Awhile ago, I saw this picture online and it ended up being the inspiration for E's headboard.
recent inspirations eclectic kids
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It's funny though, because now that I look back at it it's different than I remember. I remember there being an upholstered headboard all the way around.

The initial plan was to buy some plywood, foam and fabric and cover it all and hang it above E's bed. I was nervous though about hanging something heavy...I wasn't sure how that would work.

My mom had the GENIOUS idea of instead using Styrofoam insulation. We picked up three sheets at Home Depot for only $5 each.

Here is how we did it:
First we cut the Styrofoam insulation to the correct size. We wanted to do one piece by her head and two along the length of the bed.

Next I cut a piece of batting to fit the board and used a few pieces of duct tape to old it on each side (we knew the next layer would keep it on completely).

Then we took the fabric, wrapped it around and secured it with duct tape. The fabric is actually a cut up duvet cover from Ikea. I meant to get a sheet set so we could use the top sheet for this and then the fitted sheet to cover the box spring but Ikea's silly packages only have pictures and no words and I misinterpreted the pic. But this worked fine!

The last step was to secure it to the wall. We just used 3M sticky wall things found near all their hooks at Target. It worked great and I love the look! Overall, we figured it cost less than $30!

But here's the joy of having a 2 1/2 year old with her own opinion...E said she doesn't like it. She doesn't want a headboard. I just ignored it at first and changed the subject. But two nights after we put it up she woke up crying (or maybe hadn't fallen asleep yet) saying, "I don't want a headboarddddd" Yeish! Doesn't she appreciate the hard work we do for her?! On Monday I told her that we had to wait a week. If she still didn't like it we could take it down. I hope she's just going to forget and decide she's cool with a headboard. Because I think it's pretty cool.

Thanks mom for all your help and insights!

Check out some other fun ideas at Shabby Nest.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Walk to Defeat ALS

In October, Dennis and I (and the girls of course) will be walking in the San Diego area Walk to Defeat ALS. Our friend Jessica lost her father to this disease and we are happy to be able to support her and her team in this walk.

Jessica wants our team to raise $2000. If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please follow the link below. Thanks! :)

Walk To Defeat ALS