Monday, August 29, 2011

a celebration...

my family on the littlest man's dedication.

more photos to come...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

paper goodness

i have been away lately a i am busy working
on some paper goodness.
you heard me right.
some paper goodness.

i've been elbow deep in pretty paper.
working on a ton of DIY's
for this upcoming saturday's dedication
for our baby boy.

said paper goodness will be posted soon
so stay tuned!

happy sunday, lovies!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

20SB Blog Swap #9: i heart summer. and roadtrips!

hey y'all!!


i'm kiranda {pronounced ker-AND-uh}. i blog over at mommyhood.  i still consider myself somewhat of a mommy-newbie even though i've had two kids in just under two years. crazy, right? i'm a vocalist and have a bachelors degree in vocal jazz performance. i'm also a wicked awesome barista at an award-winning coffee shop in downtown seattle. and more recently, i'm starting my photography business- Captured By K. Photography. i love Jesus, 90-calorie fiber one bars {the chocolate ones}, pedicures, clean houses, the smell of fresh rain, and good food. oh. and i loooooove summer. 

ever since i was a little, my absolute favorite time of year is the summer. it just doesn't get any better. i thrive in the summer. it's like the rest of the year i'm merely existing, but in the summertime i come alive, friends. for anyone who lives in the PNW {pacific northwest}, you're aware of how our summers can be. washington is a pretty awesome state and most of the year it's pretty crummy here on the westside. but man oh man, washington sure does come alive when it wants to. summers here are absolutely beautiful. and this year, while everyone else was dying in triple digit heat, we've had a nice string of perfect summer weather days.

this summer, i spent quite a few days in the hospital with my bellz while she had surgery on her liver. she's fine now, but i tell ya- sitting in a hospital while the sun shines outside and your little is in the about torture! and while we were in the hospital, austin {my other little} went over to the eastern side of the state to soak up the sun with my mom and the rest of my family. when we finally left the hospital, bella and i decided to go on a roadtrip. since dad was away for training, why not?!

so we packed our bags and made the trek over to spokane. it was the weekend of my grandmother's 75th birthday and she had no idea we were coming. needless to say she was pretty excited to see us.

see! isn't washington amazing?

bellalina and i trekked 300 miles and spent a wondrous week with my family. 
honestly, it was the best vacation i took this summer.

b and my aunt.

w/ yoli {my mom}

w/ uncle winto.

ahh! i hate that this one didn't come out the way i wanted it to. :(

yoli, b, aunt schel, nina {godmother}, cousin clifton, uncle leslie

walking on the dangerous bridge with grandpa

acting craaazy.

it was one of the best weeks I had this summer.

thanks for reading! 
for more mommyhood- goodness, stop on by my blog!

Friday, August 12, 2011

the three months weight challenge

you may wonder how this all started.
the hubby was given an ultimatum by the doctor 
and long story short, he has no other choice but to lose some weight.

over the last two days, both his status and mine on facebook
was geared towards curbing his lifestyle.  
one thing led to another and next thing you know,
his family and my mom has gotten on the wagon
and we have a challenge on our hands!  

with my dearest friend kary's suggestion
i have decided to open this challenge up to the blogging world
to see if anyone is interested!

below are the Rules and Regulations of the challenge
which has been forwarded already to current participants

Start Date: August 15, 2011
End Date: November 15, 2011
Winner Announcement: November 16, 2011

1.) To be an eligible challenger, you must submit $20/person in the pot (to be kept by me for the 3 month duration).

2.) Monetary submission should be received by Monday, August 15.

3.) Only US & Canadian patrons are allowed at this time. We will treat the dollars as equal to reduce the questions of exchange rate and such.

4.) If you are a US patron and would still like to join, you are welcome to send me your $20 via PayPal. Please email me at for further details.

5.) Every Monday, starting from August 15, your weight, along with a picture of your feet on the scale, should be sent to my email.  For the sake of fairness for everyone, this is required (please ensure that i can fully read the weight on the picture or I will ask for another photo). If you are submitting your weight in KG (kilograms), I will be using this converter ( so that everyone is equal across the board.

6.) Your weight will be kept in confidence with me although every two weeks, I will be sending out an email as to how much each person has lost to keep all of you motivated to lose the weight and win the pot at the end!

7.) At the end of the challenge, whoever loses the most weight (calculated from their beginning weight and subtracting their most current weight), will win the total of the pot.

8.) To the winner, please understand that dependant on the exchange rate of Paypal, your total pot may be slightly higher or lower than the original amount.  Again, I am looking at both the USD$ AND CAD$ to be of equal value for this challenge.

9.)  If there are two (or three, or four...) people who are tied in 1st place, the total of the pot will be split evenly between the winners.

10.) We trust that everyone will be honest in their weight submissions. We would like to keep this as a fair, clean and honest challenge!


i would also like to include that second and third place winners
(discounting any family members and only open to my blog followers!)
will be receiving a little something from me!

please remember that you have until Monday, August 15 at 9:00pm EST
to join in and get both your submission and first weigh-in to me.

if you are interested in joining and have any other questions
please feel free to email me at


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the dusty bookshelf: Caillou Books

there are three things my little man is head over heels in love with.
the first being his brother (ok, that's a person)
the second are his trains (be it thomas, chuggington or whoever else)
and third is Caillou.

yes, Caillou.  he just adores Caillou.
we have netflix at home because they have the complete
four seasons of Caillou and for his down time,
the little man get to watch his favorite show.

of course, what little boy who loves Caillou
would be complete without having a few choice Caillou books on hand?

this set includes the following selections:

Caillou Dresses Up!
Caillou Goes Birdwatching
Caillou's The Hiding Place
Caillou Rides a Bike
Caillou Rides on the Plane
Caillou Walks a Dog

of course, not a day goes by that we do not read 
ALL six books.

yes, we've have them memorized by heart already.

Friday, August 5, 2011

27 is over...

i just turned 28.

because the hubby had to work on my actual birthday
and i have been badly wanting to take the kids to the beach
we decided to hit Barnet Park last monday to do a quiet celebration
with my boys, my bestest girlfriend, her hubby and her baby bump.

after weeks of dreary vancouver weather
(and if you know me, i am quite happy with that!)
it was actually quite nice to see the sun peek out on monday
and we were able to thoroughly enjoy the time spent at the park.

how about i let the photos do some talking here?

after a solid 8 hours spent by the beach
numerous sunblock applications
forgetting the grill of the bbq (thank goodness we had aluminum foil!)
breaking the handles of our picnic bag
my bff having to buy a cooler on her way
and also the very preggers bff having to taking a dive in the cold water
to catch the little man who lost his footing (thank you for this!)
building sandcastles
digging in the sand
feasting on some yummy bbq
and hours upon hours of just plain quality time
i can say that in just one day, we are able to fully get our summer on.

we had a fantabulous time!
and i have to say, it was a nice way to end year 27
and begin year 28.