Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Third Annual Commenting Challenge: Social Networking

Day 3 of the Commenting Challenge is all about social media and our favorite websites. I don't really use social media for my blog, but I do have a personal account through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram (@KatieLQuiroz). If you don't have a Pinterest account, let me know and I can send you an invite!

My husband and I use Amazon a lot, too. We have purchased several items from their site and have always had a good experience. I also use Amazon to download e-books for my Kindle. Amazon offers lots of free ebooks as well. They have a top 100 free e-book list for the Kindle, and you can even search to find more freebies.

I have also recently started using Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a search engine where you can earn points and trade them in for rewards. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Third Annual Commenting Challenge: Why I Blog

Today's topic in the Commenting Challenge is to write about why I blog.

First of all, if you are new to my blog, welcome! You can go and read all about me in my post from yesterday here.

I have been blogging for over two years. I started out by reading blogs and eventually mustered up the courage to start my own. It has been a lot of fun so far! I mostly blog about my family and our life. This has been a great way for me to write about big events and even little things that I'd like to remember. I love going back and reading old posts to see what we were doing this time last month or even this time last year. My blog has become my online journal, family scrapbook, and baby books for each of our children.

Occasionally, I'll post recipes from things I have made and liked. You can find those here. I haven't posted any new recipes in a while, but hopefully soon I'll be able to get a few new ones posted.

I am working on some ideas for weekly blog posts about each of our three children. With Sophia being so little right now, and changing everyday, I find myself getting caught up in taking her pictures and blogging mostly about her. I'd like to be better about blogging more about each child. So be on the look out for some new weekly blog posts from me!

What types of things do you like to blog about? Why did you start blogging? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Third Annual Commenting Challenge: About Me!

I am participating in the Jenna's Journey Third Annual Commenting Challenge. I have participated the last two years with great success, so I thought I'd try it again.

Today's writing topic is to write about yourself. If you have been reading my blog for long, you've probably noticed that I don't write about myself very often. I am also usually the one behind the lense of our camera, so I'm not in very many pictures either. I need to try to be better about letting my husband take more pictures so that I can be in some of them too!

If you are new to my blog, welcome! My name is Katie. I live with my husband, Jaime, and our three children, Jenny, Aiden, and Sophia. We live in Georgia, which is where I was born and raised.

I have been a stay at home mom since my son was about 9 months old. I truly enjoy being able to stay home with our children. Out of all of the jobs I have had in the past, this one has been the most rewarding. It is also the busiest, and can be the most difficult.

I met my husband and his daughter, Jenny, in April of 2007. Jenny was just 19 months old at the time. We had our first child, Aiden, in November of 2008. Sophia was born in April of 2012. Now, Jenny is 6 years old, Aiden is 3, and Sophia is almost 3 months. Jenny and Aiden are the best of friends! I'm sure once Sophia is old enough, she will be joining in with them too! It has been such a joy watching them grow up. I consider myself very blessed to be able to stay home with them everyday!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sophia Smiles

Sophia has started smiling a lot lately! She also coos and "talks" a lot more too. I finally caught one of her smiles with my camera a few days ago.....

I could just stare at this picture all day! It makes me so happy to see her smile. She is a beautiful, sweet baby girl. She is also growing up way too fast! We love our Sophie Girl!!

Monday, June 11, 2012


My sweet girls....

Oh how I look forward to all of the memories you will create together. I hope you will grow up to be best friends.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sweet Summer Time

We are only a few weeks into summer vacation and so far we have been having a lot of fun! It is so nice spending our days by the pool, relaxing and having fun. Jenny has had a few friends over to spend the night, which is a lot of fun for her.

We've gone swimming several times....

Played in an indoor playground....

We've rode the helicoptor ride at the mall....

We've worn hats...

Last week we took the kids to Stone Mountain for the Laser Show and then the next day we went to the movie theatres to see Madagascar 3. Father's Day is also this weekend, so the kids and I have been working on a craft and a few other ideas and plans. It is really fun to watch them try to keep a secret from their Daddy. Jenny is pretty good at keeping a secret, but Aiden has already almost blurted it out a few times. Hopefully he can hold it in until Sunday! They are both so excited to give Jaime his gift.

So far our summer has been pretty awesome!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sophia is Two Months Old!

Sophia, you are two months old!! I am not sure how that happened because it seems like we just came home from the hospital last week! Each month seems to go by faster than the last. It is so hard to believe you are already two months old. You have changed so much this month, you hardly look the same as you did a month ago.

I think it is safe to say that you are sleeping trough the night! You usually go to bed between 9-10pm, and wake up between 8-9am. Occasionally you will wake up earlier, around 6am, but most nights you go straight through till at least 8am or so. It works out really well because your big brother also usually wakes up around that time. You also take several good naps during the day. You are a great sleeper!

You are eating 5oz of formula every four hours or so. I give you a teaspoon of rice cereal in your bedtime bottle each night.

You are the happiest baby! You usually only cry when you are hungry. You don't mind riding in your carseat, which is good because with two older siblings, we are on the go a lot! We took you to the Laser Show at Stone Mountain last week, and to the movies to see Madagascar 3. You did great at both places! It is so nice to have a baby who I can take everywhere and not have to worry about it being a disaster. I'm sure I won't always be able to say that! Haha!

You are smiling more and more now! You have the sweetest little smile. Jenny and Aiden both love making you smile. You are also starting to coo and make little noises. You don't realize you are making the noises yet, but you have the cutest little "voice".

You aren't crazy about the swing yet, but I am still hopeful that you will like it soon. Your big brother loved the swing when he was little, but you aren't so sure yet. You also love bath time! You just love to let me put your head under the faucet to rinse the shampoo out. With all that hair, it's about the only way I can make sure I rinse it well.

You had your two month check up and you had to get 3 shots. :( You cried, and so did your big brother and sister. They were upset because you were upset. You weigh 9lbs 14oz and you are 22 1/4 inches long. You are wearing size 0-3 month and 3 month clothes. You are still wearing a newborn diaper, but that's only because I am trying to finish using the few I have left. We are down to about 5 newborn diapers, and then you will be in a size one.

You are such a joy! We all love you so much and are so thankful for you. You are our "Sophie Girl"!

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