Kelly Bell

I fell of the blogging bandwagon. I was super busy for a while and then, I confess, not super motivated to blog. Having a one year old will make you want to go to bed at 7:30 pm!

Caroline turned one on March 4 and then Clayton turned 30 the next day. We had a great time celebrating with friends and family! It was a 4-day extravaganza. More on Clayton’s birthday later. Here are some fun pictures from Caroline’s 1st birthday.

She started the day with a visit from Aiden and Eli. They were really interested in what Aiden was doing!


Then we went out dinner that night with family and Clayton thought she should try a lemon…ewww!


She LOVES the swing at the park! The Birthday Girl had to wear a cute flower in her hair.


She devoured her cupcake. I think she got a little shock from the sugar!


We then went home where she opened more presents! I love her expression here, “hmmm, which one should I open next?”


Here is a family shot after her party. We had such a wonderful time and made great memories!



We went out to dinner tonight and I needed to get some kind of placemat for Caroline to use at the restaurant. I was going to bring food for her and I didn’t want to put it directly onto the table because let’s be honest…that’s just nasty!

My plan was to buy the disposable placemats that you can stick to the table and then throw away when you are done. However, I found the Kiddopotamus TinyDiner Portable Placemat and it looked too good to pass up! I bought it at Target for $10.99.

I loved the fact that it was cheaper than the disposable ones and I can reuse it over and over again. I am saving the world one placemant at a time! It really sticks well to the table and I love the scoop pouch that hangs over the side to catch all the food that is dropped. Caroline also liked to suck out all the food that landed there . 🙂


So, I went to one of my favorite stores today…Target! I mean, who doesn’t love that store. I was immediately sucked in to their $1 section up front. I think I could have bought one of everything! But I reasoned with myself that I did not need another cute notepad or little tin containers…but I REALLY, REALLY wanted them!

I am definitely that shopper that talks herself out of buying something. I mean there were some great Sesame Street books that Caroline would have loved and they were only a $1. I think I need to go back and get them.

I was looking for some decoration and party stuff for Caroline’s first birthday. It is so easy to go over the top and she won’t even remember it! I think it’s more for me and Clayton that anything. She is not going to care if she has the plain pink plates or the more expensive but super cute patterned plates. Either way, I am having a lot of fun planning it! Sometimes I think planning for an event (or vacation) is more fun than the actual event. Call me crazy!

It’s a few days late but I can’t believe my precious Caroline is 11 months old! I stole this from my husband; if you read his blog you know he posts these pictures every month. He said I would steal all his comments if I posted it, so go say something on his blog too so he doesn’t feel left out!


I was struck yesterday with how quick time goes by and how big Caroline is getting. The day started off with me making arrangements for her 1st birthday party…oh my gosh! I am so blown away that my baby is going to be one soon.

I remember when she was first born I thought time was going by so slow. The first 3 months to me felt like a year! I guess will all the lack of sleep and learning new things everyday about raising child was just a little overwhelming! Now, a month seems like 2 weeks and I feel before I can blink she will be two.

Anyways, back to yesterday. So Caroline can pull herself up, she does it all the time but never in her crib. We hadn’t lowered the mattress at all because it’s never been a problem. During her afternoon nap she decided it was time. It was so cute. Clayton went in there and she was crying her eyes out standing in the crib. (I think the crying was because of the nastiness in her diaper!) So now that she can stand, we lowered the mattress right away and it’s her new favorite trick.

Then in the afternoon we were playing on the floor together. If you have never seen her “crawl” it’s pretty funny. She does this army, combat crawl where she tucks her arms under and pushes with her feet. She has never crawled on her hands and knees until yesterday! She climbed right off my lap and just started crawling. I don’t know what was in the air but I guess she felt it should be a day of firsts!

Caroline has been so much fun lately and I grow to love her more everyday!

Hey, it’s Clayton. I’m posting this without Kelly’s knowledge!

Today is her birthday! Yeah for my wife! Please leave a HB comment for her, as she’ll get an email from you when you comment. It’ll be a fun surprise!


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According to this quiz anyway.

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This blog will be about my family, my thoughts and opinions on life and such, and of course pictures. We all love picture posts!

So here it goes…I am putting my blogging hat on and hope that I can keep up with it.