September 3, 2014
by nakia

those days of summer


Summer is still hanging around for another few weeks, but in my mind its pretty much over. Kaleb starts his first day of fourth grade today and last night we had our first real rain storm in quite some time.

The days of playing in the sprinklers, eating dinner on the back patio and snatching strawberries fresh off the vine will have to be saved until next year. We’ll look forward to next summer’s road trips, family reunions and baseball games. Until then, I’m ready to enjoy pumpkins, scarves, boots and apple picking.

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May 21, 2014
by nakia

happy list: seven

Its been such a long time since I’ve visited this little space and even longer since I’ve thought to sit down and write something here.

Life with three children has been wild. Chaos, noise, laughter and tears reign supreme.

We’ve had so much going on lately that it would be impossible to recount each and every thing.

Prepare yourself for the massive happy list ahead…

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1. A most handsome lunch date | 2. Using whatever tools he can to do what he loves
3. Nothing better than surprise treats in the mail | 4. Heroic work requires ice cream
5. Booties made by a great-great-great aunt | 6. Adoptions are best celebrated with dessert
7. Looking way too grown up with his new haircut | 8. Chocolate to ring in his 9th year
9. Plant starts almost ready to be put in the ground | 10. Work + Coffee

11. Proud yellow belt | 12. This is what they do while mommy is exercising
13. Mustaches on babies are hilarious | 14. CarbLove
15. My new sewing spot is comfortable and relaxing | 16. Sunshine & warmth
17. SPRING | 18. Kaleb’s first meal request when Nana got into town was gumbo. Of course
19. All three Kamm Kids smiling and looking in the same direction is a rarity | 20. My favorite doll so far

March 19, 2014
by nakia

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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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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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

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.


melty chocolate chip cookies | life of kamm


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

February 5, 2014
by nakia

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…

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