Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hello Again.... And Life Lately.

Life Latey.

Hello there! Remember me? I am so sorry for dropping off the face of the earth for the last few months. Truth be told, moving is harder then it looks. I was living in AZ for the past 8 months with my family, and just returned to Southern California to be back with my husband. As we wait for our new house to be finished. 
Also, with having a baby (now 1 year old) and I don't feel like I have the "free time" to share posts like I imagined in my head. I have plenty to share in my drafts folder. :) But with that I am going to try to get back in the swing of things and start blogging more often. So with that said..... here is a window into my life lately...

P.S. As always, if you want the most recent updates, my Instagram is the place to find them! 

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So instead of writing this long post about what the past 8 months have been about I will quickly do a currently section to get you up to speed. 

Working on: Growing my ETSY shop and expanding my market. You will learn more about this next week. I have had a lot of fun opening a paper boutique. You can check out my products here. I am just in the process of creating some new stickers and invites. Let me know if you want to see something different or if I can do a custom order for you.

Watching: So You Think You Can Dance! I have watched every season and I am loving the twist of stage vs street. I am guilty of watching the Bachelorette, I thought I would love Katelyn, but she hasn't been my favorite. I will say I love watching the extravagant dates and seeing the places they get to travel to. I have a few other shows I watch here and there but that is basically it.

loving: The weather lately! Moving from AZ to Cali has been amazing. I went from 112 degrees to 75 Degrees. I am not complaining about that at all. I have loved spend some time outside in the fresh air. 

Doing: Being a stay at home mom! It's been amazing to play with Tatum all day everyday. I can't wait to see what the next few months are going to be like with this every crazy tot. 

-------------------- NEW HOME --------------------
So we should be in our new home in about 3 months. I say should because it was supposed to be done in March, but with that said its ok because this delay will let us appreciate and love this home that much more! This is our dream home. 
When we walked the model home over a year ago, we were not really looking into selling our current home or buying for that matter. But we knew that we really liked this new neighborhood. Also, Because the house isn’t quite finished yet, we get to pick out a lot of the fun details including the flooring, granite, backsplash, sink, hardware, etc.
 I can’t wait to get in our new house and share more with you about the process – especially pictures of it all finished!

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Tatum turned 13 months old next week! The one thing I did blog about this past year was Tatum. So if you want to there are monthly blog post about her growing up.  I love looking back on the photos that I did of her first year.  It wasn't the easy project but it was so worth it.  
At 13 months, Tatum is wearing size 4 diapers and mostly size 12 and 18 months clothing.  She currently has 6 teeth.  She is an excellent eater.  She loves to eat and will eat practically anything.  She still gets 5 bottles a day. She drinks water from a sippy cup at every meal and whenever she is thirsty. Tatum is also still an excellent sleeper and I am so thankful for this.  She sleeps for at least 11 hours every night and sleeps 4 hours during the day. She still needs her pacifier to sleep. We actually put her to bed with at least three pacifiers so that if she wakes in the middle of the night, she can easily find one and put herself back to sleep. 

Overall is is a energetic, happy, thriving baby! She is so loving and beautiful. 

-------------------- NICOLE KELLY --------------------
So with that 8 month break I have had a lot of exciting things happen and I am so excited to share it will all of you. My blog name is now becoming a brand Nicole Kelly Creations. With that I have created all new ideas for the blog & the direction I want to take it in. I believe that blogs are an incredible place to show our creative juices, get inspiration from others, and inspire others at the same time. I will continue with my writing and also start doing videos. 

I would not have been able to expand and be this creative if it wasn't for all my readers. I am SO thankful for each & every one of you who have been with me since the beginning. Thank you for sticking around & following me via social media.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tatum, 12 months old

Happy Birthday Tatum!!
I can't believe this day has come. If you want to reminisce on the past year here are some links. Im not going to lie I spent the past week looking back at old photos and post that I wrote about Tatum and she has grown so much, I can't wait to see what is to come in the next year. 

Tatum is one!  I can’t believe it. I’m just going to throw it out there I'm still recovering from throwing her first birthday party! If you didn't get a chance to read the sappy letter I wrote to her you can read it here. I will worn you now its a tearjerker.

Today I am going to talk about how much she has changed in the last four weeks.  I guess she knew her birthday was approaching and she would not be considered a baby any longer, because she definitely doesn't act like it anymore.

She has been teething a lot this month. She has 6 teeth and a few more are on their way, I can feel them. You are also a little stubborn, but that’s okay.  I am too =-).  If you don’t get what you want, you get upset and let us know you’re not happy. We try to hide some things from you that you can’t have but we can never outsmart you. Once your mind is set there is no going back.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

To my Daughter on Your First Birthday

To my daughter on (the eve of) your first birthday,

Tatum Presley Cushing, where do I begin?
One year ago,  at 12:11 pm, I heard your cry for the first time. It was the sweetest sound I had ever heard. Right then and there my life changed. One year ago, I spent the night staring at your precious face, thanking God for the greatest blessing. One year ago, your dad and I announced your birth to our family and friends. One year ago, we became a family of three.

Without a doubt, this past year has been the best year of my life. Because of you, I am a mom. Something I have always dreamed of being. Because of you, I strive to be the best I can be. Because of you, I feel complete. Tatum you have changed my life in the absolute best way possible.

It’s amazing to see how much you have changed over the past year. You went from an little gummy bear baby to a cruising and happy one year old. You went from sleeping away the day snuggled in my arms to climbing on me like I’m a jungle gym. You went from baby cooes to babbling to your first words, dada and mama. You went from being a baby to being considered a toddler.

You are such a happy girl and have a smile that lights up the room. You’re an easy go lucky baby but at the same time you know exactly what you want. One of the best things about you is the love you give. From your smiles to your hugs and kisses and best of all cuddles.
I can’t get enough of you.

You, my child are also FUNNY! You are very aware of this. You make crazy noises and when we laugh, you keep doing them. You love attention and once you have it, you know how to keep it. Then you laugh right along with us. This is the case everywhere we go.

You are such a special girl, I am so proud to call you mine. I have so many hopes and dreams for you in this life. I hope that no matter what you do and where you go, you know you’re never alone. I hope that you have the courage to go after your dreams and determination to not give up. I hope that you have compassion for others and a giving heart. Most of all, I hope that you get the most out of this life you’ve been blessed with.

No matter what, I will always be here for you. I will be here to hold your hand when you need support. Lend an ear when you want to talk. Pick you up when you fall and most of all guide you the best I can through this life.

The most important thing I want you to know is that you are loved.  So very loved.
Happy 1st birthday, my precious daughter.

Love, Mommy

P.S. I will post pictures tomorrow of her birthday photo shoot I did with her. You will not want to miss it!

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