Friday, April 1, 2011

party time

Ultimate Blog Party 2011
We just celebrated our son, Kieran's 5th birthday at the end of last month.
At the end of this month, we'll celebrate Anna's 3rd birthday. 
Seeming as though I am on the never-ending party train, I thought I'd celebrate with anyone out there who reads my humble little blog. 
I'm Kristin,
and this is not the greatest picture of me, but I'm too lazy to get one off of my other computer.
I started my blog in August of 2009 as a way to preserve the memories that I have made and have yet to make with my family and friends.  I've always had a passion for writing and though I don't claim to be an accomplished writer, I've had a pen in one hand and a journal in the other since I was about 8 years old.
Exhibit A:
I'm a part-time middle school counselor, a wife of almost 8 years to  
 Erik (who is partially responsible for the title of my blog (ala Neil Diamond) even though he doesn't know it), 
and a full-time mom to 
Kieran (look just "a little" like his daddy?), who just turned 5,
age 2 years 11 months (and newly potty trained, praise the Lord!),
Tatum, almost 5 months old and
our newest addition to the family,
and a sweet rabbit, Dreyfuss, who I've had since before we married. 
My family is everything to me. They make life so incredibly sweet. I cherish every moment I've been granted by God, even when I think I'm at my wits end.
It's all so worth it, so very, very worth it.
I love:
photography (and am constantly reading & practicing-and need to learn A TON),
wine (zinfandel to be exact...and it would be a "sin" if I didn't since I was born and raised in the wine country)
bundt cakes & stationery (I'll never let the art of the written letter die!)
and a cold glass
of Diet Pepsi on ice.
This is my "Beautiful Noise"
It's got rhythm to spare
Made of joy and strife
Like a symphony played
It's a beautiful noise
by the passing parade
And it's a sound that I love
It's the music of life.
~Neil Diamond
Cheers to the little things in life, to the big things that matter the most to me, and cheers to you!
Thanks for spending your party time with me :)


  1. Hi Kristin!! So nice to "meet" you! These photographs of your family are gorgeous! Love love love the lighting! Your family is beautiful as well :) And I'll take a glass of diet COKE over ice any time... kindred spirits, eh? :)

  2. Stopping from the UBP! I am jealous you little one is potty trained. My guy is so not interested!

  3. Pure awesomesauce! New follower here. Just had to do it because we like many of the same things - plus, I love writing real letters on pretty paper. I adore your blog design. I'm getting ready to redo mine.

    Hope you'll stop by and visit my ultimate blog party post at Dayngrous Discourse in Miami and follow along if you like what you read. Have a great weekend and keep partying! :::: tossing confetti ::::


  4. Thanks for the potty training encouragement!

  5. What beautiful children you have! And your glass of pepsi on ice has me now going to get the same thing...the picture made me seriously so thirsty. (-: Happy blogging party!

  6. I think you are spot on with the importance of recognizing the little things in our lives and not overlooking the things that matter most.

  7. I Kristin! That letter to God that you wrote is just so precious!!! One of these days when I visit my parents I need to dig through the old box of stuff that she kept and see what I can find in there. I would be so delighted to find a treasure even remotely like that! Love it!! Your family is just beautiful. I look forward to getting to know you more. xx

  8. Your children are gorgeous! Happy to follow and glad to meet you! Have a great party and stop by for a cuppa joe when you get a chance!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll definitely be following you :-) I have to admit -- I love bundt cakes too, LOL! My mom always used to make them and they have a special place in my heart (and tummy). Hope you're having a beautiful weekend!

  10. Happy Sunday!!!
    OMG What a beautiful family!!!New follower from UBP11, my name is Naomi and I have a beauty blog, Miso Glamorous Beauty Blog. Please check it out when you have a chance. Also I'm hosting two giveaways which are Vedette Shapewear and Skin MD I would love for you to enter.
    I hope you are enjoying the party and I'm looking forward to reading new post.
    Have a great day

  11. What beautiful kids and lovely photographs! So nice to meet you through the UBP!

  12. what a beautiful family! definitely a lot in common!!
    so nice to meet you through UBP. looking forward to following & getting to know you!

  13. Great to meet you!! Beautiful family! Thank you for writing! I think that you are great at it! :)
    Have a blessed day!

  14. awwww, that letter is too cute! your babies are precious! nice to meet you!

  15. Oh my word. Anna's smiling face. So priceless!

  16. Wow! Another pretty blog! I've been clicking on blog names on the UBP's listing, just because I like how they sound! Yours is one such blog--and it's a pretty one, too! I love your photos, as I am a frustrated photographer. Sigh.

    Anyway, I hope you can also check out my blog ( I'm on twitter - @martinedeluna, and also on Facebook (

    Just followed you via Google Friend Connect! I hope we can begin following each other :) Thanks for inspiring me with your beautiful blog :)

  17. Adorable family!! I love your blog!

    Make sure to check out my giveaway...

  18. Howdy!

    I also love photography!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

  19. Stopping over from UBP! Nice to meet you, I'm also a photography lover and a pet owner who brought a pet into the marriage--it was part of my dowry. hahahah! Nice to meet you, looking forward to following. I'm having a giveaway at my blog, would love for you to stop over! :) maren

  20. Just popping in for the party! You're photography is great!

  21. Hi Kristin, nice to meet you and your family. Looks like a great bunch!

    I LOVE your note to God! How precious...

    I'm visiting from The UBP'11

    I have a few blogs- maybe one or two will appeal to you:

    Come on home - mom blog

    The Blogging Biz Mom

    While there, feel free to subscribe to my newsletter and join the Blogging Buddies group

    Working at home advice

    Have a wonderful day!

  22. Popping by for the UBP! Nice to meet you. Your pictures are so bright and colorful! I love them!


It's a beautiful noise-And it's a sound that I love- And it makes me feel good-Like a hand in a glove -Yes it does, yes it does-What a beautiful noise

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