Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Update #5

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!! I'll post about ours next week.

Here's a baby update!

How far along? 31 weeks tomorrow! Um what?! We have nothing ready for this kid, he's got some cute outfits but that's about it. With Layla her room was set up and ready to go around 6 months.

Maternity clothes? All, all the time. I still wear most of my normal shirts with a maternity tank underneath.

Stretch marks? I've noticed a few... I'm not too concerned about them like I was with Layla. They fade. -Same

Sleep: Oh my aching hips!!!! Sleep sucks.

Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat at our monthly check on Wednesday, watching him kick at the doppler speaker the nurse laid on my tummy. Layla. She is so sweet! She is always talking to him and kissing him. It's awesome. She is going to be the best big sister.

Miss Anything? Not having to pee every time I stand up or move.

Movement: Lots, all the time.

Food cravings: Everything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: The kitchen first thing in the morning.

Gender: All boy!

Labor Signs: Zero

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much out.

Wendesday was our last monthly appt, they now go to every two weeks. It's getting real!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Card Link Up!

(Yes, I am days late to this... No excuse.)

  Here's the card! I made these at Vista Print, they are awesome! Less then $15 for 35 cards including shipping.
I also write a little letter every year to let far away family know what's going on with us. Here's this years:
We hope everyone had a wonderful year! Our family had a fantastic 2012, and we have exciting news to share... We’re expecting another baby! We first learned in late June that Layla would be a big sister, and it was a long wait until September when we were told we are going to have a little boy! He is due in early March, and we couldn't be happier about the new addition to our family.
Layla continues to grow so much every single day. We celebrated her 4th birthday this summer, and she started Pre-K in the Fall. She is over-the-moon excited to be a big sister, and we can’t wait to see her interact with her baby brother. She's very gentle and loves talking to the baby; she's even gone so far as to express her willingness to share all of her things with him once he arrives, except for her Daddy that is!

Ben has now been with Graybar Electric for 8 years, and he recently accepted a promotion within the company. He's really been enjoying the new challenge. I celebrated 5 years with Sterling Bank this year, and continue to enjoy working for such a great organization.

On the home front, we continue to make small improvements to our house, and are excited to start working on the nursery. The fall and winter months are great for cozying up at home with our little family, and friends. We hope you get to share the holiday season with your loved ones, as well!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Baby Update #4

How far along? 27 wks tomorrow. Entering month 7 & the 3rd trimester! WOW!
Maternity clothes? All, all the time. I am on a hunt for maternity skinny jeans. I can't seem to find my size anywhere.

Stretch marks? I've noticed a few... I'm not too concerned about them like I was with Layla. They fade. -Same

Sleep: It's alright. I wake up a lot to move positions and pee, but it's not horrible.

Best moment this week: It will be hearing his heartbeat at our monthly check up today! Also finding a bra that I'm not spilling out of! The biggest cup size I have ever bought... 

Miss Anything? My back not hurting & holiday drinks.

Movement: Lots, all the time.

Food cravings: It has been Pumpkin Pie, thank goodness we've now eaten it all!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still this one: The bathroom air fresher at my work. It’s Febreze Spring something. Holy S it’s awful! & people use way to much of it! I think I am going to start using the boys bathroom at work. Or throw that spray away! & sometimes the kitchen first thing in the morning.

Gender: All boy!

Labor Signs: Zero

Belly Button in or out? It's on it's way out...

This was the week of Thanksgiving. I'm getting monstrous.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


We started decorating this weekend!!!

1) Poor Elmer being abused :)

2) The start of the Mantel
3) Layla getting into the Christmas boxes
4) The tree!
5) Mostly decorated. We have a fake tree due to mine and Layla's allergy’s.
6) Elmer again

And then Layla got a hold of my camera... These are all pictures she took of various things.

I also ordered our Christmas card today! Can't wait to show it off!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday!

Here we go! Are you headed out this year? Anything your trying to snag?

I'm not hitting up the 8pm or 9pm openings this year, waiting till 3am and going to Old Navy and then the other 4am openings. I can't wait!

Hope you get some killer deals!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I am so excited tomorrow is Thanksgiving! One of my favorite holidays! I am cooking and hosting, even though I tried to give it away this year. Cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again at almost 7 months pregnant sounded like hell. And it still kind of does, but I have the added bonus of everyone coming to me, Layla’s in her comfort zone and I really do like entertaining.

Yesterday I volunteered to sign in low income families to receive a free Thanksgiving dinner, Tom’s Turkey Drive. What an eye opener... I had no idea of the poverty in my county. It was surprising and so humbling. Everyone was so nice and polite even after standing in line forever in the rain! I helped from 11:30am-4pm and probably signed in close to a 100 people. And that was just me! When I left for the day they had given out close to 4,000 dinners and were expecting another rush after 5pm. It was a great cause and I am so happy to be part of it.

I try to always be thankful for what I have but yesterday made me realize I have a lot more then I thought. So thankful to have a warm and loving home to raise my daughter and son in.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012


Woop Hello Friday!!! This week has flown by and I couldn't be happier about it! Tomorrow I have an morning date with my Ladies for some of this:

I can't wait! My Bestie Jen and I have gone to everyone together! It's kind of sad it's ending. I mentioned it before but Jen is pregnant too, due 4/6 and today at 10am she finds out what she's having!! Yesterday I texted her this:

Me: TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!!! What time is it again?

Jen: What? I thought we were going Saturday and you said 9:30am...

Me: Not Twilight Jennifer!!!!! Your BIG ultrasound!!!
Yeah were kind of excited about it! I love that she thought Twilight was the "big day" I was talking about.

After the movie I have another date with my favorite girl! Layla and I are headed to this:

I might be more excited then she is... She's going to go dressed as Tinkerbelle, even though she's technically not a princess. She's going to love it though! If you follow me on Instagram (@kristakins_) be ready for a ton of pictures!

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Extra Snowy Day Off!

Yesterday we observed Veteran’s Day, so I got an extra day off with my Kiddo. And we woke up to about 2 inches of fresh snow! We had a blast playing in it! An epic snow ball fight, a snowy walk around the neighborhood and a funny looking snowman.
All bundled up and ready to go out! This picture made me realize it’s time to change the chalkboard wall.
1) Our silly snowman! He didn’t last very long… As soon as I let the dog out he ran out there grabbed the stick nose and knocked the whole guy over.

2) Layla making a snow angel!

3) 3) Elmer getting ready to catch a snowball!

4) On our snowy walk

5) At lunch, we had a Mommy/Layla date at Old McDonalds (as Layla calls it). She was making a kissy face for me to text to Ben.

6) And last night playing the “Guess how much I love you” game. Guess how much I love you Layla! I love you more than all the snow! Then she goes and it’s normally something really silly like she loves me more than her toes! Last night it was cookies!

Perfect extra day off with my kid!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Baby Update #3

It's been awhile since I've updated on the Baby Boy. Yes, he's still nameless... We've been testing out Jack but it doens't feel like the one for me.

How far along? 23 wks tomorrow.

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time... And I need some new shirts.

Stretch marks? I've noticed a few... I'm not too concerned about them like I was with Layla. They fade.

Sleep: Meh, it's ok. I wish I could just fall asleep and not wake up until morning. When I do wake up I have lots of ridiculous thoughts that won't let me go back to sleep.

Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat that the doc's on Wednesday.  

Miss Anything? My back not hurting. :)

Movement: Lots, all the time.

Food cravings: Butterfingers. Why did I buy a bag of these?!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still this one: The bathroom air fresher at my work. It’s Febreze Spring something. Holy S it’s awful! & people use way to much of it! I think I am going to start using the boys bathroom at work. Or throw that spray away!

Gender: All boy!

Labor Signs: Zero

Belly Button in or out? In...

My birthday is Tuesday! Woo, I don't have much planned I think my ladies and I are going to go to the Melting Pot. This weekend my Mom has Layla so I'm going to get my hair did and have Ben take me to dinner. It's all about food right now :)

Happy Friday!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

Trying to get back in to the swing of blogging. I have been such a slacker!

Linking up with:

This weekend we took Layla up to GreenBluff to our favorite Pumpkin Patch Knapp's. We go every year but since we had gone to the Corn Maze last weekend we were going to skip it. I'm glad we changed our minds!
1) Layla in the wheelbarrow
2) Layla sitting on a pumpkin. It was chilly up there!
3) Standing in the tractor wheel! I have a picture of her in this same wheel from last year, I need to compare the two.
4) In the horse buggy
5) Layla with her pumpkin and a tiny one we picked for her Little Brother
6) Our family of pumpkins

Last weekend, we went to the Incredible Corn Maze! My co worker and I had won some tickets from a local radio show and we decide to take our families together! We got legit lost... But it was ton of fun!
1) Kayla and Layla. I love this picture, I can picture them in their teens with their little coffees. They are 6 weeks apart... Yeah Layla is short like her Momma!
2) Lou hiding out!
3) How many kids can we fit on one stroller?! Layla, Maddie, Kayla and Mica
4) Corn... for days.
5) Ben and Lou
6) Little legs get tired easily!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Layla's Birth Story

Linking up with The Vintage Apple to share Layla's birth story!

The week leading up to Layla's birth was a little crazy! My Dad and Step Mom were in town staying with us, my brother got into some trouble and my OB broke his leg downhill bike racing... Yeah, he's in his 60's. Layla was due on 8/10/08, I remember going to see my OB and on 8/8 and being told nothing was happening. I might have lost it in his office. So we set up induction for Sunday 8/10. Well my older brother Eddie decided to get into some trouble and wreak my Dad's rental car Saturday night... & then I got a call from my OB's office saying my Ob had broke his leg. So I postponed my induction. A few days later I saw a different OB (who was really hot by the way, I had seen him in the practice before and told Ben I do not want him to deliver me, he's too attractive!) and he suggested we set up another appt to be induced, Thursday 8/14/12 it was!

We headed to the hospital Thursday morning and around at 6:00am got my first pill called... um something with a C inserted around 7:00am not much happened. I had to stay in bed for 2.5 hours after getting the pill so I just hung out. Around 12:15pm I got my second pill and around 2:30pm I started to have contractions. Nothing horrible but it wasn`t like everyone had described to me. It wall all in my lower back. Around 5:00pm or so I had some visitors and we started walking the halls and the contractions really picked up. At 6:30pm my water broke and the contractions were pretty bad! But all in my back, I never felt anything in my tummy. I was only 2 cm dilated. Around 7:30pm we had a nurse change and then my knight in shining nurse came in! Dennis was amazing and made the whole experience so nice! Around 9:30pm I finally got my epidural, it was heaven! I was able to rest and relax. At 10:30pm I was 5 cm dilated and still feeling really well. Took a few naps and at 2:00am-ish I was 9 cm dilated I got a little nervous when I heard that! Not much longer and I was at 10! I pushed for about an hour and a half a then there she was! Born on 8/15/08 at 4:50am. She was a little peanut at 5lb 12oz 19 inches long. She was perfect and hardly cried!

Seriously the best moment of my life and even after 4 years I still remember it like it was yesterday. I hope this baby’s birth is a little more uneventful leading up to the big day! I’ve already told my OB he is not allowed to break his leg again.

Here's Layla Louise at 6 days old:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Phone Photo Monday!

Linking up with Ashley

1) Friday night we headed to the park!
2) Breakfast! English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas. So good! Recipe here.
3) Layla Lou munchin on Orange Oreos
4) A little fall decorating started...
5) Layla before a Target trip. I wish she would wear hats! This one lasted until right after the picture was taken...
6) Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion!!! Only part 1 and already so much drama! I love it!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Letters


Dear Blog: I haven't been here all week. Sorry!    Dear Cold: Thanks for going away just before the weekend! It was a sucky week with you but I did secretly enjoy the middle of the week day off with my Layla Lou!    Dear TV: Thanks for bringing back all my shows!    Dear Grays: I didn't dig last nights episode... I would have rather had all the questions answered up front. Thanks.     Dear Ben: Please get outta your funk! Dude cheer up, it's Friday!     Dear Layla: Nothing much babe, but you are awesome! I love how sweet you are with my baby belly! It's so cool to see you get so excited to become a big sister! I can’t wait for you to be at the big ultrasound next week!     Dear Baby: You better show the goods!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Baby Update #2

A little baby update:

How far along? 17 wks tomorrow. 
Maternity clothes? Pants all the time... And I need some new shirts...

Stretch marks? Nope, just old really faded ones from Layla. -Same as two weeks ago

Sleep: Meh, it's not so good.
Best moment this week: Feeling more kicks!

Miss Anything? Not gonna lie, I miss drinking. Lol -Same as two weeks ago
Movement: A lot more kicks lately.

Food cravings: PB&J
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still this one: The bathroom air fresher at my work. It’s Febreze Spring something. Holy S it’s awful! & people use way to much of it!

Gender: This week I have no idea. 

Labor Signs: Zero

Belly Button in or out? In...

A week from Wednesday we have find out what were having! Hopefully, I have a feeling were not going to see the goods... And if we don't then it's meant to be for us to wait. I'm excited to take Layla to this appt though, I think she'll enjoy actually seeing the baby in Mommy's tummy.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting, Fall Decorating

Currently gathering ideas for my Fall decorating! This will be the first year I have a mantel!
Source: A thoughtful Place  Via Krista–Once I checked out the link, I found a bunch more I liked!


Source: Sweet Something Design Via Krista  

Source: Sas Interiors  Via Krista

Source: Young House Love Via Krista

Source: The High Heeled Hostess Via Krista - I just noticed it says 2011, oh well it still applies 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend Picutres

Linking up with Ashley for:

1-4 Are all Saturday at the Fair. We went for about 5 hours! My lower back and hips were killing me after walking around all that time! But I did get a corn dog and a huge brick of curly fries!

5&6-Yesterday I didn't want to leave the house at all. We've been busy lately and I just wanted a chill day. I slept in, made a little breakfast and then took about a 45 minute nap. Watched most of the Seahawks game (in between naps) and painted my nails just before bed. Perfect Sunday!!!

Have a great week!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


First off, an update from the Baby Update… We’ve decide to find out what were having! Lately I’ve been having a really strong boy feeling and started getting stressed about having him and not having anything for him. Now I kind of feel like I’m letting myself down cause I really wanted the surprise in the delivery room. But oh well, there will be plenty of other surprises that day.

Baby names are impossible. It was so easy with Layla. This time not so much.

We had the worst day with Layla on Saturday. Holy someone took my sweet girl and replaced her with a screaming meanie. Bed time could not come fast enough!

Ben started a new job yesterday, in the same Co. but a different position. It’s better pay, more advancement and he gets to rock business casual! Oh yeah!

I want to be a part time stay at home Mom when Baby #2 comes. I’d like to work like 3 days a week so I can still get my health insurance and some shopping money. But two babies in Daycare even part time might not make it possible.

Ben didn’t plug my phone in for me last night; yes he does this for me every day. So now I only have a little battery life! How am I going to check my things all day? He did make me lunch though and wrote my name in a heart on the foil.

My new co worker wears her hair the exact same way every day. & doesn’t bless me when I sneeze.

& some random pic’s to go with this random post.

Layla looking cute Reppin the Seahawks! Even though we lost.
My Krista Sandwich
It was coooold this morning!!! It's officially fall and that makes me giddy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baby Update!

A little baby update:

How far along? 15 wks tomorrow.

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time... Agh I don't even like to say that! I feel like I look 30 weeks!

Stretch marks? Nope, just old really faded ones from Layla.

Sleep: When I'm out, I'm out. But my hips have been bothering me since we tent camped last weekend so falling asleep as been hard.

Best moment this week: My sweet friend Cheryl (she works at Layla's school but we used to work together like 5 years ago) said I looked really cute and was just all belly! Even though I think it was fib, it was still sweet.

Miss Anything? Not gonna lie, I miss drinking. Lol

Movement: It's still early but I have felt a few baby moves, it’s the best!

Food cravings: Not really... I really wanted some Tropical Skittles yesterday.

Anything making you queasy or sick: This weird smell in my shower, that no one else can smell so it's just me. But agh I hate it! Also another bathroom related thing, the air fresher at my work. It’s Febreze Spring something. Holy S it’s awful! & people use way to much of it!

Gender: I'm thinking girl. We have decided to not find out but now that I am weeks away from being able to know, I kind of want too. I have a baby appt today and I think they will have me schedule the appt for it.

Labor Signs: Zero

Belly Button in or out? In...

Wedding rings on or off? Wanta know I secret? My wedding rings have never fit correctly since I had Layla. And I've never gotten them fixed cause I kept thinking oh I’ll be pregnant again in no time. Yeah... So I always wear a beautiful ring my Momma gave me towards the end of my pregnancy with Layla. It's still on.

Mood: Happy and tried! And a little anxious.

Looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat again today, and taking Layla to the next ultrasound.

& some Pictures:

I'm making a dumb face for some reason... & it's black and white to hide my awful roots...
& the baby! This was from the 22nd, sweet little Peanut!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pre K

Today my Little baby Layla Bean starts Pre K! Which means we are less than a year away from her going to kindergarten! WTH! How did this happen?! I swear it was just August ’08 like five minutes ago and she was a tiny newborn. (& I was only 24 not almost 29!)
In honor of her 1st day in a new class here’s a ton of pictures of her.  
6 days old and tiny! I was almost 2 weeks overdue with her & she was still only 5lbs 12ozs.

She filled out quickly! :)

9 months old

1st Birthday!

1st trip to Seattle!

Seattle Zoo

1st day of school ever! Headed to the Toddler Class

1st Day of Preschool

And this morning!!!!