March 19, 2014
by nakia
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miles & amelia: TWO(years) & TWO(months)

*Um, so life with three kids is CUH-razy! I’ve been trying to write separate counting time posts for Ame and Miles for over a month. I decided to combine them to save time otherwise they’d never get done. Kinda like those birth announcements I’ve been meaning to send out for the last two months. ;)

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MILES V.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)Its completely unfathomable to me that Miles is two. And when I say unfathomable, I mean that my mind is totally blown.

This boy of ours is a whirlwind. If there was a recipe for Miles V, it would be to take equal parts of fire and spirit and fun and noise and laughs, mix them in a bowl and enjoy. 

Miles is loving and affectionate but quick to stand up for himself (usually to Kaleb) when he feels its necessary. He’s friendly but still cautious around adults that he doesn’t know. He’s adventurous with a side of daredevil. He wants to climb, jump, and run all the time. He love to save the day a few times each day in full on superhero garb. He’s talkative and inquisitive. I find myself answering questions that I didn’t imagine he’d be asking at two years old. 

We’re moving into tantrum territory and even that has been more funny than frustrating. He likes to push and push and test but not so much until he gets his way, but more to make us laugh.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

This year, his birthday celebration was done on a much smaller scale than last year but there was no less love and excitement. Candles, cake, mariachi, and his closest loved ones (along with some new toys, of course) were what marked his special day.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

life of kamm | miles & amelia: two(years) & two(months)

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AMELIA R.

life of kamm | miles & amelia: TWO (years) & TWO (months)

life of kamm | miles & amelia: TWO (years) & TWO (months)

Amelia’s list of accomplishments for a two (haha, now almost three) month old is quite impressive. She’s rolling over from her belly to back about 80% of the time. She’s grabbing at things and shoving them into her mouth. She finally found and figured out how to chew on her own hand without assistance from anyone else.

She smiles and coos and even meows whenever she sees one of us. She doesn’t mind the grabby hands of her big brothers when they want to hold her. She naps in her bunny chair to the sounds of the dishwasher going. She snuggles happily into whichever arms are holding her. She endures multiple outfit changes with grace and a smile. She holds onto her favorite dolly with her fists clenched and a smile in her eyes.

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As un(or non?) eloquent as the word awesome is, it pretty much sums up my feeling of all three of my children. They’re awesome.

chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

February 25, 2014
by nakia
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chewy, melty chocolate chip cookie goodness

melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

I cannot even begin to explain my love of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve got a crazy sweet tooth and love most desserts but there has always been a special place in my heart for a chewy, melty, chocolate chip cookie. I’ve been on the hunt for a good recipe for years.

My default has always been the Nestle Toll-house recipe because its simple, easy, tried and true. Then I ran across this blog post while browsing Pinterest one day. I’ve never given much thought as to what the different components such as baking soda, baking powder, eggs, etc mean in a baking recipe. I just follow the instructions and use the measurements listed because I’ve always heard that not following a baking recipe exactly results in disaster.

I took Baker Bettie’s recipe for chewy choc chip cookies and made a few adjustments. The results were the most delicious cookies that I’ve ever made. This recipe is going in the family cookbook folks. I’m envisioning my grandkids (far, far into the future) begging me to “Please make another batch, grandma!” Haha. :)

melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

Chewy, Melty Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from Baker Bettie)

2 ¼ cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups chocolate chips

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until combined. Set aside.

Melt the butter on low heat in the microwave. Combine brown sugar and melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until mixed. Add egg, milk and vanilla to bowl and continue to mix. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips completely.

Let dough rest for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or 1tbsp measuring spoon, scoop dough onto pan. I usually go with 9 per cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on desired done-ness.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Enjoy!

melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm

 

the circus has come to town | life of kamm | #thekammkids

February 5, 2014
by nakia
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the circus has come to town…

the circus has come to town | life of kamm | #thekammkids

You know when you’re sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room for the fifth time in six weeks and you have all three kids and two of them are bored out of their mind and the one of them poops but you realize you only have diapers for the newborn not the toddler and you are so close to being called back into the exam room that you don’t have time to grab everyone and run to the car to grab diapers? That’s what I’m living right now…

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I am starting to realize that I had absolutely no idea how much of change it would be going from two children to three. Things that were once easy to do (10 minute grocery store trips without a push cart or running around the corner to the mailbox) are no longer possible. Everything requires lots of forethought and preparation.

Do I need the baby sling?
Is it close enough that Miles can walk or should I grab the stroller?
Will I need both diaper bags or can I squeak by with two extra diapers per baby?
Should I wait until Kaleb is out of school so he can help?
Should I wait until Harry is home from work so I can leave the kids with him?
How many snacks will I need for Miles?
How long will we be in the car and is what I need to do worth the amount of carseat screaming Ame is going to do?
Will we be gone long enough that I need to bring something to keep Kaleb entertained?

Those are just a few of the questions that go through my mind every time I need to leave the house.

This week has been a little rougher than others because Harry has been out of town and I’ve been on my own with all of the kids. Its near freezing outside, so we’ve been cooped up only venturing out to run to the store, doctor’s appointments or Kaleb’s Taekwondo classes. Everyone has cabin fever, the boys are bouncing off the walls and Amelia wants nothing but to be held all.the.time.

Just a few weeks back, when we were still in the early days of having three children and had help from Harry’s mom and sisters, we would joke about our family being a circus. We bring the noise, the commotion, and the crazy wherever we go. *shrugs*

Oh well…

(follow me over on Instagram to see more of the Kammerzell circus)

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January 23, 2014
by nakia
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amelia: one month

amelia: one month

Today, Amelia is one month old.

She’s fit seamlessly into our little(big) family as if fate always knew she was supposed to be here. There is no little girl more loved than our Amelia Rose. She has an army of arms ready to hold her any time of the day.

amelia: one month

Every day, a little more of her personality emerges. She is constantly alert; hands and feet in constant motion, head bobbing and turning from side to side, eyes wide and watchful. She makes soft kitten noises and is quick to show off her dimple with lots of smiles. She takes Miles’ displays of affection in stride. She sleeps (beautifully) for hours on end and still has to be awakened to nurse most nights.

Kaleb is my fun. Miles is my joy. They are both loud, boisterous and constantly moving. They’ve pretty much always been that way.

amelia: one month

I think Amelia is going to be my calm.
Peace.
Maybe even quiet.
We’ll see. ;)

amelia: one month

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January 19, 2014
by nakia
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happy list: six

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 1. His joy at fun, silly things. | 2. This one is always going full speed. The quiet during his naps is very precious. | 3. Managing mundane tasks like grocery shopping without (too much) trouble. | 4. Having the chance to work on a project while keeping my littlest close. | 5. Snowball fights to signal the start of winter vacation. | 6. Gifts and goodies from a wonderful friend. | 7. That happy little smirk on her face and the look of total contentment on his. | 8. The pride on his face and the wonder on hers. | 9. Finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. | 10. Getting back to doing what I love. | more happy lists HERE