Friday, May 28, 2010

Remember Me?

Yes, I’ll admit I have uttered these words to a friend before. I was only half kidding when I said it though.

Mean. I know.

But here’s the thing, I very strongly {I dislike the word hate} dislike reaching out to someone only to get little or no response. You know the 3 messages you left saying “I need to talk you…call me.”

I will admit that I actually waited 10 years for someone to call me back. True story. I left a message on the machine one day and didn’t get a call back for a few days. I eventually forgot that I was waiting for a call back. And when I say forgot…I mean I really forgot. Years went by and I jokingly said to my sister and my Mom one day that I wondered what ever happened to so-and-so. Last year through the wonderful world of Facebook I “got my call back,” so to speak. And the first thing I said to her was “thanks for calling me back!”

We’ve all heard it before…the phone dials both ways.

We all have them - those people that only have time for you when you reach out to them first. They are busy. You are busy. You find time to call. They don’t.

Majority of the time I am the person to reach out. For a while I would love to be the person who is reached out too. It’s a dream of mine

Is that silly?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Having a child is like reliving your childhood all over again.

Every first for your child floods your heart with memories.
This is something that I experience daily.
I hope that when Hanna is learning to drive my heart feels the way it does now.


A few weeks ago we took Hanna on a memorable “first” experience.

Her first visit to the zoo!

Here are just a few of my favorite photos.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

I love trying new recipes. I have more cookbooks then any person should have. I love searching the internet for even more new recipes.
I found this recipe on and I made it recently for a Cinco de Mayo gathering at my house. It was a huge hit. I think this is a great summer dish that can be enjoyed by many.

Mexican Bean Salad

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

In a large bowl, combine beans, bell peppers, frozen corn, and red onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and black pepper. Season to taste with hot sauce and chili powder. Pour olive oil dressing over vegetables; mix well. Chill thoroughly, and serve cold.

This recipe says it will serve 8 but it makes a lot!  I doubled it and had entirely too much.


Monday, May 24, 2010

An evaluation

There is nothing like attending a wedding to make you evaluate your marriage.

We attended a wedding this weekend and for once I have to admit, I actually listened to what the priest said. He didn’t sugar coat things. He didn't say that there marriage was going to be a wonderful, blissful ride. No, he said they will fight. They will argue. There will be days when they don’t speak to each other.

{Ok, this wasn’t what he said word for word…I’m paraphrasing}

But he said that they are a team and as a team they will get through it and that there marriage will be stronger because of it.

I think it is very true. I am no marriage expert. Stephen and I have been married 2 years and 2 months. {I would jokingly say that feels like FOREVER but I won’t!} We have had our share of ups and downs. Long night conversations/disagreements that leave us more tired the next day. Those days where we don’t talk about the problem, just go through the day as normal as possible, only talking when we have to.

I don’t like to go to bed angry at him. Has it happened? Yes. Will it happen again? Yes. Is this perfectly normal? Yes. Would it be weird if that didn’t happen? Yes. But I think that it has made us stronger as a couple.

All of the things we have been though have made me love my husband more. It just shows that no matter what, we can through things together.

I wish Dave and Lyne a very happy lifetime full of up, downs and in-betweens. Because if you didn’t have them…it wouldn’t be normal!!

What's in a name?

I’ve been thinking about it for a while and today I decided to take the plunge.

While I like Hanna’s Hangout I felt like it was limiting me to what my blog was about. I absolutely love blogging about my beautiful daughter and all things revolving babies.

But there is more to me then just that. I like to write about things. Things that don’t revolve around babies.

I am sure there will be a few upset readers (mostly my family readers) but bare with me. Let’s just see how this goes….

What's in a name?

I am sure you are wondering why I chose Kelli Belli Jelli...

{And if you aren’t…well stop reading!!}

I took dance lessons for 12 years {or was it more? I don’t remember} and my first dance teacher, Ms. Brenda used to make up silly rhyming name games. She liked Kelli Belli Jelli. {I am glad she didn’t use Smelli or I might have a real complex!}

Growing up she always referred to me as Kelli Belli Jelli and it was our little joke. I loved that someone, like my first dance teacher, would remember that years and years later.

And thus the reason behind the new blog name :)

{Any one who links to my blog or has a link to my blog on the side of their blog, will need to update it with the new link}

Friday, May 21, 2010

Just another day...

Mommy puts the diapers in. Hanna takes the diapers out.

Silly face.
No more bottle.  Binky is next to go....

Mastering the climb into the rocking chair.
It helps to throw the blanket out onto the floor first.

The day would not be complete without lots of hugs for Mommy :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It’s the most....

wonderful horrific time of the year.
Yes, I know the weather is getting nicer {well except for today} and that means it is bbq, and park and almost pool time. So why do I hate this time of year??

It’s season finale time for all of my favorite shows.

We don’t always get to watch the shows in a timely manner in my house. We are just now getting around to some of the shows from early last week. I have learned to not read about shows on the internet or check comments to friends FB posts about this show or that.

But why didn’t anyone tell me that the common theme to the season finales this year is death? I am 2 shows in and have witnessed 2 shootings and a death during brain surgery. Really???

I know that the TV executives like to leave us with a cliff hanger but this is beyond ridiculous!!! I can not wait 4 months to find out if my favorite OTH characters survive the shooting. {Yes, we are nearly _ _ years old and watch OTH!!}

Saying I’d boycott tv is completely unrealistic. I guess those big TV executives can count me as another person they have sucked in and aren’t going to lose.

Darn them!!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


The transition from milk bottle to milk sippy is proving to be harder then I thought.

Don’t get me wrong…Hanna will drink the milk from the cup but she isn’t drinking as much as she was when it was in a bottle.

I’m not worried about dehydration because what she isn’t drinking in milk, she is making up in Pedialyte and/or water.

We started with this cup…

The first time I gave her millk in it, she drank nearly all of it. But it leaks and the suction part is at the top of the straw making the straw wider then Hanna is used to. So now she doesn't like it.

So today I bought this cup….

We have had the one on the left (without the straw) and Hanna has liked juice in that. I thought I would try the same thing with a straw for the milk. At first she really like it. She drank her milk and screamed when I took it from her. Then she wanted nothing to do with it.

I was frustrated and she was tired.

I had a few of these in the back of the cabinet and at this point, I didn’t think I had much to lose so I put milk in it. My little, adorable stinker drank a decent amount of milk out of it.
I don’t want to give in and give her a bottle. I feel like that is a GIANT step backwards. But I have 2 more days with her before I have to go to work. I am hoping for great things in those 2 days!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Big Things...

Today is the start of the complete bottle to sippy cup transition. Hanna is a sippy cup pro as long as it has juice or water. Milk in the cup? Not a chance!

I attempted this transition about a month and a half ago and it was an epic fail. I’ve done some research and asked friends for advice so I feel better prepared this time.

So this time – it’s me versus the bottle/sippy cup.

I started on Wednesday telling Hanna that on Friday we were going to give her bottle to another baby who needs it. The problem is that wasn’t really my plan. I had just planned to bag em’ up so they would just disappear. Honestly, I don’t know that she completely grasps the concept of giving the bottles to another baby.

We shall see how it goes. Wish us luck. It could be a loooong weekend!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Not My Child...

When I was younger I was not the kind of child who liked to play out side in the dirt.  I didn't enjoy looking for bugs.  I was an indoor kinda gal.

My parents love to tell people about when they took me to the beach and put me on a blanket, I wouldn't move. All day.  I hated the sand.

I still don't love it.  I tolerate it.

Hanna on the other hand...she loves to play outside.  She loves grass, dirt, sticks. And sand.

She gets very upset if you bring her inside before she is ready. 
I'm talking body slamming the sliding glass door. 
Fun times :)

Playing outside can be exhausting

I LOVE this face!!

This is talent!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Weekend Recap :)

What a busy weekend we have had. {Yes I know it is Wednesday and I am just posting this now..} I have a few pictures but they will have to wait for another day.

Friday we had the 3rd Annual Fietsa party. {Yes, I know it is spelled wrong. There is a story behind it that I’ll save for another day} For the record, only the 1st was at our house. The 2nd was at our friends because Hanna was just off the heart monitor and I really didn’t want a house full of people.

Anyhoo…Everyone had a great time. And as usual, I made a ridiculous amount of food and so much got wasted. {One day I will learn to not make so much} It was nice to catch up with friends and family though.

Saturday, Stephen and I were off to a memorial service for my Aunt Janet. She was a wonderful lady. I laugh thinking about how she is talking my Grandparent’s ears off in heaven. While we were at the memorial service, Hanna was with her Grammy and Grampy. They have really been spoiled lately with Hanna visits but I know they love every minute of it!
Sunday was my 2nd Mother’s Day :) Hanna and Stephen let me sleep in which is always nice! My IL’s came down for brunch {and another visit with Hanna!!} that Stephen made. It was a very relaxing morning. But my Mother’s Day afternoon was awesome! Hanna went down for a nap and Stephen and I plopped in front of the tv. We have a few beers, some wing dip and caught up on shows off the DVR. It was great! My sister and her boyfriend made dinner at their apartment which was a nice change. {I’ll tell you later how much Hanna loves their apartment!}

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 7, 2010

CSN Store Giveaway winner

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Thanks to everyone for participating :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Mother's Day Wish list

I thought it would be helpful to my husband if I created my Mother’s Day wishlist.

Dear.....take notes....

A tropical vacation with drinks with umbrellas would be A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

What gal doesn't like a little bling??

Mamma is in need of a pedicure!!

While we are on our tropical vacation, I was thinking I could really use a massage.

I'm just saying....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Gram

This was Hanna Mother’s Day 2009.

My how she has grown.

I don’t know if it is knowing that Mother’s Day is just a few days away or what but I have been thinking about my Grandmother more then usual the last few days.

Don’t get me wrong, I think about her every day. Every time I say Hanna’s name. Hanna was Gram’s maiden name and I thought it was a great way to honor her.

I think about her every time Hanna tries to climb on the wooden rocking horse that was Grams. We had to remove the handle because she thought it was a teether.

Yesterday Hanna learned how to climb in and out of the big wooden rocking chair in her room. When my parents were preparing to sell my Grandmother’s house after she passed, I mentioned that I would really love to have her rocking chair for use {one day} in a nursery. Watching Hanna with such determination in her eyes to master this chair brought me to tears. It was at that moment that I realized Hanna will only know about her Great Grandmother from what I, my sister or my parents tell her.

I take faith in knowing that she is with me everyday and that she knows how much I love her. She was able to meet and get to know Stephen. Gram used to scratch her scalp when she had a case of the nerves and Stephen was always quick to scold her. I laugh thinking about her getting angry with him for scolding her. We had such high hopes that she would be present at our wedding but alas she was determined to get to heaven for my Grandfather’s birthday.

I can’t wait to {really} show pictures to Hanna of her Great Grandma and tell her how much I know that she loves her.

Happy Mother’s Day Gram! I love you :)

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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15 more minutes…

This is what I say when the alarm goes off…every single day we set it. Thankfully it isn’t everyday though.

Sometime I wish there was more time in a day to get things done. Cook. Clean. Laundry. Play with Hanna. Have some me time. Relax with my hubby.

But there never is. No matter how hard I try. And every single day I get more tired and want to go to bed even earlier.
My exhaustion is different though from newborn exhaustion. I suppose you could call it toddler exhaustion. Who knows?! I make these things up as I go along.

I’ve had friends say “welcome to the life of raising a toddler” and to them I say….thanks for the warning!!  :)