Category Archives: My Style

The best sounds in the world

This last year there are certain things that bring a joy to my heart that I didn’t know was possible before.  One of my very favorite things right now, is the chatter/laughter and goofing that the twins do in their cribs when they wake in the morning.  Recently, I had to rearrange the nursery because Mr. T was pulling the curtain into his bed and trying to peek out the window.  The new arrangement has left the cribs closer together and now they can fully ‘play’ with each other.  In the morning, T is always the 1st one up, and I hear him chat with himself, doze, giggle, doze, and then I hear him try and wake his sister for a rousing game of peek-a-boo.

Finally, she wakes, and the laughter ensues.  These two make each other laugh like none other. They love eachother so much, and already truly have that twin-bond you hear so much about.  I love that they want to not only sit near each other, but typically on each other – or at least touching while having their bottles, or playtime.  That when they are having dinner they will take food off one another’s plate, but also put favorites on the others plate too.

I love that at 1 year old they truly know each other.  They really do have their little best friend built in from the start.  Having twins has stretched and challenged me in ways I never knew possible, but it has also brought me joy in ways I never knew I’d experience. My heart has grown! The simple things are my favorite things, and each morning, I start each day with the little wake-up call of my twins laughter.

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Toddling Around

Mr. T is now a toddler! Last week, he took a few steps, and this entire week he has been working hard on figuring out how to toddle around.  He’s getting pretty sturdy now, and is loving that he can carry toys/snacks/water with him while he walks, which is pretty awesome for a 1-year old.

It’s amazing to watch a little baby learn to walk (really, to learn anything).  But what struck me as I watched him all week, is that when he would fall down, how quickly he’d get back up and try again.  Over, and over again.  Sometimes making it only 1 step before tumbling, but almost immediately, trying to stand again.  Also noticing that by the end of the day, when he was getting tired, he would fall more, but still get up to walk around, even if crawling would be easier.

I look at his determination to figure this out, to do it well, and I admire him.  Yes, I admire my 1-year old.  Because, in my own life, I don’t act in the same way.  In my life, if I get knocked down, I tend to pout, or wonder why, or question, or complain.  I don’t just stand up to try again, even if I will only take one step and tumble again.  In my life, I think it’s not fair that I’ve fallen, and that others should care/know/support, even when it’s me who has to get up and move forward. To persevere. To figure out how to do it.

I know that learning to walk and life’s circumstance to really compare, yet to me, they do.  They do because of his attitude toward the situation vs. mine; they do because of his determination vs. my frustration; they do because I can learn a lot from my toddler.

Life has been hard lately for me, I have been knocked down a lot, I have had to work really hard at being present, and not anxious.  To not worry about what could have been, or what might be, but to enjoy (or deal with) what is, right now.  I am grateful that this week, I was able to be present for my son’s walking, to be present in watching him discover this new world and freedom.  To enjoy the squeals of delight in his accomplishment, and the determination to do it again when it was hard.

I was inspired.  Thank-you baby boy.  You teach your mama more than you’ll ever know.

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Dressing Boy-Girl Twins: Flatlay

I love having boy-girl twins! It’s such a neat experience to watch them grow and change into such different little people, yet have so many similarities.  Even though we are raising them the same way at the same time – how different they are, yet how similar they can be.  How ‘boy’ he is, with his “beast mode” as Uncle calls it, when he turns on and just goes, and how dainty she can be, touching everything so gently.  They can also be so tender and kind to eachother, sharing, holding hands and wanting to always be touching!

When we found out it was twins, we knew it would be fun to dress them! You have two to dress! Girls or boys, you can really achieve the “of course their twins” look by dressing them in the same thing (which part of me really hoped for), but I also love the challenge of dressing them to coordinate, and match, but also be girly-boyish.

This last year, I have scoured Instagram, I had a lot of time to be on my phone while nursing, and found some amazing shops! I love to support small business, local business, and find those treasures that are just must haves!

Tonight I was getting laundry folded and as I was piling up the clothes, saw the perfect outfits for them to wear to church tomorrow — so here’s a little idea of how to coordinate your boy-girl twins:

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Adorable, right?  I can’t wait for morning to come and to have them dresses up in this!

Shops are:

Rain People ~ Grey Bonnet a handmade on Vancouver Island treasure, this particular one is made from cashmere, and lined in black cotton.

Minimoc ~ these adorable mocs have adorned the twins feet since they were 6 weeks old, and I have loved them ever since I first saw them! They are so soft, and stay on baby toes! In the winter they keep socks on, but in the summer they can be worn without socks! I have loved every pair!

Goose Loves Lamb ~ The twins closest has many pieces from here and they are hands down my favorite! Locally made on Vancouver Island, this mama of 2 is seriously a sewing-ninja and makes the best baby/toddler clothes! Check her out!!! You wont go wrong!

Little Oak & Rose ~ Aren’t these socks to die for? I have been wanting them for months, but was having trouble tracking down where I could get them, but finally did! I love all her little items for girls – Miss A may need a few things!

The dress & pants are from Carters, the white shirt is from The Gap and the precious sweater is handmade by Auntie (the best!!).

Stay tuned for more dressing boy-girl twins posts!

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Hello, 2016

I love new beginnings and fresh starts.   I love starting a new month and turning the page on the calendar.  I love the organization and ambition that comes with these starts.  Often, it’s because I love routine.  January & September are 2 of my favorite months for starting routine, finding organization, getting back into my “groove”.  They are natural beginnings.

But, with that comes the stress and anxiety of it all.  What do I fill my days with, who do I see, I don’t want to over schedule, but also don’t want to miss out.  I want to have a schedule to keep things flowing, but life should be spontaneous too (Let’s be honest, spontaneous for me is making plans the night before).  With a new year also comes those pesky resolutions.  Even though I dislike resolutions because in fact, I think we should always resolve to be a better version of ourselves, not just in January of a new year, but I also love having goals, and it’s a good starting place, a new beginning.

This year, my resolution (cringe) is health, but on a holistic level.  Not just a “I’m joining the gym in January to quit in March” health kick, but whole life health.  I’ll break it down.

Emotional Health:  Now that the twins are one, and the ‘crisis’ of the 1st year is over, I have had a lot of time to think and reflect.  Which has brought up a whole realm of emotions that I have to work through.  I realize how much I pushed aside to survive and now it’s coming back at me, so I hope to have a better handle on that.   I also need to take care of myself – and be okay taking time for me.  It doesn’t make me a bad mama, or selfish, rather in order to emotionally be available for my family, I need to be taking care of me.  I’m not sure what this looks like yet, but have some ideas.

Mental Health: I deal with anxiety.  Sometimes it’s worse than other times. Lately is a worse time. So, I’m working through that.  I continue to develop “tools for my toolbox” to help manage anxious moments/thoughts/experiences, and hope to continue to do that so that I can teach my children these tools too, should they ever need them.

Physical Health: Yep, it’s in here too.  I do need to be more active, and I need to eat better. It’s important. So I’m making changes that are small (but mighty!) in hopes that my physical self benefits! Ideally, I’d love to see the weight loss, but my goal is strength – that I’m not winded or tired when I should be able to walk further, or run up the stairs to pick up the dropped soothie.  That I can keep up with ever more mobile toddlers and be the best mom I can be.

Spiritual Health:  This is an area that has suffered this last year and I know it needs to change. I need to let go of how things used to be before kids, and accept that it looks different now.  Church isn’t the same because I have 2 babies with me – but it doesn’t mean I can’t benefit from it, I need to let go of expecting the same feelings and experiences even though my life has completely changed.  I also know I need more in my life daily.  Prayer time; reading; quiet time…. these all seem like they would be great, but I don’t know how to make time, it seems hard.  That needs to change. I need to start small.  I have a devotion book waiting to be started, maybe that is where I will begin.

Relationships:  Life has changed – and change is hard.  Having the twins has been amazing, and I wouldn’t change it!  But with having them, it’s changed where my time is, and what I can commit to, and what I can give others – much less than what it was before.  To be honest, I feel like a crummy friend.  I cancel plans, I’m emotional, I’m consumed with my own chaos that I probably don’t listen enough.  I also don’t know how to ask my friends to meet me where I’m at, I don’t like being needy – I like being “whatever works for you” kind of friend.  But I’m not in that place.  My what was once large group of friends is getting smaller and smaller into a few friends who I need more than ever.  This year I want to cultivate those relationships and be the best friend I can be for the stage of life I am at.  I want to be the best wife and mama I can be.  I want to be the best daughter and sister I can be.  The best I can be, at this phase, with a crazy life, and to be okay that that me, is different that me 2 years ago and even different from the me next year.

 

So, 2016, I welcome you.  I welcome the challenges we’ll have, the bridges we’ll cross, the burdens we’ll over come, and the change that is bound to join us.

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Let’s start at the beginning

This blog has been stagnant for many months… ok, ok, a year.  But that is going to change!  My dear hubby is going to create for me a new website (YAY!) and my friend Mel, from Mossee & Co. is designing a new logo for Keltie Says – so that can only mean… Hello, blog!

But, it will be different now, because now, I am the proud mama to 9month old boy/girl twins…. you’ll know them as the ManCub and our Little Lady Cub.  They are pretty cute, keep our world busy and full of excitement (and a few tears).  Since having the twins, I have found some amazing products, recipes, how-to’s, organizational tips and all that’s in between and it has reignited my desire to blog and share those things with others.

So, please join me in this little adventure of Keltie Says.

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Surprise & Anticipation!

I’ve been writing this post for a while, a long while. But every time I work on it, I hit a wall, thinking to myself – “what if its not interesting? or well written? or anyone cares?”

I was out for coffee with a friend the other day and I was struck that this is my blog and I am writing for me. Not writing for those who might stumble upon it or for anyone specific, I really am just writing or me, but every time, I hit that wall.  Today I change that.

 

Many of you who check in here often, know that we have desired to have children for a long time.  It’s been a long journey, but we were faithful and trusted that God would answer our prayers and fulfill our desire for children one day.

That day came.

In April.

We were shocked.

After negative home tests we were convinced once again another cycle ended in no pregnancy.  We were crushed, and this time seemed more difficult than others. We didn’t understand, felt broken, lost and knew we would take a break to re-group and re-evaluate. Even our closest friends seemed confused at the result.  2 of my closest friends encouraged me to make sure to get my blood test anyway, just to confirm.  I didn’t feel the same way, but knew our dr would want blood results so I made sure to stop in and get that done.  Expecting the results to be negative, I went into my account to confirm, and then we could really just move on.

Except, it wasn’t negative. It was positive.

I didn’t sleep that night, as I could hardly believe that we were actually pregnant.  The next day, I called our specialist to confirm the results. We spoke, she said I needed another blood test the next day to make sure the results were going up and that it was a viable pregnancy.   Those results came back, they had almost tripled.  The confirmation was what I needed, it started to sink in and we shared our joyous news with our family and closest friends.  We had an ultrasound scheduled for 7wks with our specialist to confirm everything was going well, and as long as it was, our care from them would be complete.

It was our 7th anniversary, we went to our appointment, was nervous with anticipation.  The Dr found our baby, we saw a heartbeat and cried joyous tears.  He let us ooo and aaah for a moment and then moved the doppler around a little more and said “and here’s your other baby”

What! An other baby… I couldn’t believe it.  Phil from the beginning thought it would be twins, his response: Boom, I told you it was twins!

From there on out we started adjusting to the fact that we were finally pregnant with not one, but two sweet blessings. This is amazing.

Fast forward a few weeks.  We are now 17 weeks pregnant and doing well. Babies are growing like crazy! I’m feeling well. We are very excited.  Babies are due to arrive in December and we can’t wait to meet them 🙂

Will keep my blog more updated with the happenings!

 

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Not Right Now

Last fall, I was part of an incredibly bible study by Priscilla Shirer.  I have never been a part of women’s bible study and was thrilled with the opportunity arrived for me to be a part of one.  The study we were doing was Jonah and like all of you I’m sure, we all know the story of Jonah, but I was excited to really get into studying it and learning how I can apply it to my life.

The biggest thing I took from the study was “interruption” vs “divine intervention”.  We think of interruption as negative, that it doesn’t fit in our plans.  But divine intervention comes from God and although it feels much the same, the purpose is different.   There have been many interventions in my life, but I am working on changing my perspective that it is in face divine intervention – much easier said that done.  I am struggling with this daily.

During the time we were studying, I was challenged of how much in a time of need, in a time of struggle, I don’t think we really know how to care for each other.  I am guilty of this.  I have been thinking of a blog post regarding this for a long time, but struggled to put words to it.  Until now.

Well, they aren’t my words, but the words resound with me.  I came across this amazing song by Jason Gray a few weeks ago and it has ministered to my heart, helped me to be ok with my struggle, to know that right now I don’t feel ok, but one day I know it will be.

Take the time to listen, it gives an amazing word picture of things we say/do that may not be the best in a time of someones struggle.  Be gracious, loving and caring.  Lets not tell each other we have to be ok right now, because we need time. Lets be loving to one another, truly walk together in the trenches, not stand from the side and say we will walk once you climb out.

There have been a few people who have shown me what this looks like, what it means to “get dirty” when someone is struggling, when I have been struggling. And to those special people, I thank-you.  You are showing me, what Christ’s love is really like.

Here is the song:  Not Right Now – Jason Gray 

And if you have time, read his blog post by him about the story behind the song. You can find it here.

I know one day, I will be ok. But not right now.

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Lego Organization!

It finally happened.

After 7 years.

Phil allowed me to organize his Lego!

This makes me incredibly happy.  When we got married, Phil’s mom shipped out all of his childhood stuff – the most important boxes were filled with the complete series of Hardy Boys in hardcover and Lego, lots and lots of Lego.  When we first got this all it overwhelmed me, we were just settling into our house didn’t have much extra space and it wasn’t high on the list to deal with.  But soon I started getting the itch to organize his Lego.  In my opinion if its at least organized in the boxes, should we need it, it’s easily accessible, if its just chaos and we don’t know what’s what, then it seems like a bit of wasted space.  About 5 years ago I needed some Lego for a class project while finishing my degree, knowing we had a lot at home, I knew I could supply it.  The boxes came out of storage and I sorted out what I needed.  Once I was done, I suggested we could get some storage containers that would better suit Lego and then we could leave it in the house and actually use it from time to time, Phil wasn’t on board, so back to storage it went.

Fast forward to now.  Many of our nieces and nephews and young kids in our life are getting to the age where they love playing with Lego.  A few months ago, I mentioned that Phil has SOOO much Lego <insert big eyes here>, little people were so excited at the mention of that.  So, it was time to start talking about getting the Lego organized that we would be able to let the kids play with it when they were over, but keeping it organized that pieces aren’t lost or chaotic.  (Not only is this Phil’s Lego collection, but some of the pieces belonged to his dad when he was little, so its quite neat!)

I stumbled across a Lego organization blog post on my favorite blog iheart organizing and I knew I found what we were going to do! I showed it to Phil and he was on board, so the sorting began.

Let me tell you, when I was a kid I didn’t have much Lego, loved Duplo, but then moved to PlayMobile, never was into Lego so really have no concept of the quantity that Phil had and how long it really would take.   Phil with a smirky grin on his face brought up all the boxes. I was naive and excited at this point!

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Like I said, I was naive, I had no idea how long this would actually take for me to sort it.  10hrs later I was done, sorted by color, technic, accessories, 1×1 (apparently they are hard to find otherwise), and our peeps.

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Next, I needed to order our shelves from Ikea.  I went with the Trofast system that Jen over at iheart organizing used.  I read quite a few reviews and everyone who used this system for Lego seemed really happy.  So, I added everything to my cart $100 for 2 shelving units & 10 bins…. wait…. shipping was going to be $70, ugh! Now to rethink this.  I put a shout out on Facebook and was grateful when a friend of mine told me about the Ferry Godmother who travels to and from Ikea and will deliver, I contacted her and it was meant to be.  She was shopping on the 17th and would have it here on the 18th – and it cost me $25! YAHOO!

Yesterday my shelves arrived and everything came together!!  Phil made a joke about “Lego rules”, and I decided it was actually kind of funny, so I made a sign that is displayed on the shelves.  Rules are: 1. Phil’s the Boss, 2. Don’t lose the Lego, 3. Refer to rules 1 & 2, & 4. HAVE FUN!

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I was tossed up on whether or not I would label the boxes, but decided to go with Martha Stewart chalkboards and used my chalkmarkers to label them.  I think it turned out great!

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Now it’s time to play with all the Lego – I think kids (big & little) will love this! Let the creativity begin!

 

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Baby Shower :: For a “Little Deer”

My bestie recently had her 4th baby, a little girl!! Baby L arrived February 5 and of course we had to celebrate!! I wanted to make sure that Kathy’s mom could be here so we waited 3 weeks to celebrate this little blessing.  When deciding on a theme, deers kept coming to mind, L’s daddy is a hunter and the family loves outdoorsy fun, so that theme seemed to fit perfect.

I was thrilled when I found “Little Deer” printables on Etsy that would 100% compliment what I was going for!  I ordered online, downloaded the file and off to Staples I went to print my decorations!

To compliment the printed decor, I used chalkboards and tulips around the house for added touches.  My friend Britt baked and decorated the most perfect cupcakes in pink & green to match and we were ready to party!

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The Next Chapter, hello 2014

Last night, I met with my bible study girls and we started our new study on Gideon. We just finished Jonah in December and we are excited to dive into this new one.  Before we started into the study we talked a lot about what we want our year to be filled with when we look back next year, what will the pages of this new chapter look like? One of the girls shared this wonderful word picture…

 

Your future lies before you,
Like a sheet of driven snow,
Be careful how you step on it,
For every step will show!

 

What a wonderful picture, what a great way to look at it! So, what does this year have in store for me? What do I want to fill these pages with?

First, I want to start truly living again. I don’t want to allow the burdens of my anxiety and our struggle with infertility to cloud everything.  It is not about giving up, but about living my life fully.  I want to enjoy my relationship with my husband, with my family, friends and all the little people who I am blessed to be ‘auntie’ too, and of course I want to see what God has in store for me.  I am learning so much and being so challenged and I am excited to see where this new journey takes me.

I have been defined by my infertility for too long and I no longer want that to be how I am defined.  I want to learn who I am.  I want to be defined as a child of God. I want to learn what His plan is for me.  I want to be the best wife I can be, I want to be a great friend to those I am blessed to call friend.  I want to be a wonderful daughter and continue to build relationships with my parents.  I want to be a great little sister to my incredible big sister who I look up to and adore.  I want to enjoy life, and no longer be consumed by things that are out of my control.

So, today is a new start. A new beginning. A fresh book. 2014, I welcome you.

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