Kimberly Peil

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No, She Looks Just like Me!

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I hear it all the time… “Oh, Ella looks just like Hunter!  A little, mini-Hunter!”  I know, I know.  And I agree.  And I am happy that it is very obvious that Hunter is the father of my child.  No doubt about it.  But for some reason I would like to hear, just every once in a while, that Ella looks like me.  I don’t know why that is a big deal, but it kind of is.

So I am just sharing a couple pics of me when I was right around Ella’s age.  And other than the eye color, I am pretty sure she looks just like me.

So, do you see it?

 

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My Mixer Says It All

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Six years ago Hunter and I were sitting in a premarital counseling session.  We were one of five couples in this group session.  The counselor went around and asked each spouse to say what they wanted and hoped for their spouse, as far as future goals and aspirations.  Hunter was very sweet and talked about how he hoped that I would have a flourishing career as an Interior Designer.  I broke down and started crying… in front of everyone.  His intentions were good, but all I wanted was to be a stay at home mom.  And it still took several years before I think he really, truly understood that this was ALL I wanted to do for a “career.”  I meant it.  Now, I am not writing this to bash on Hunter.  I did a LOT of growing and learning those first 4 1/2 years of childless marriage as well.  I got a lot of things wrong.  Stay with me, this is going somewhere.

Today I was in my tiny kitchen cooking and I glanced at my sweet new mixer that Hunter got me for Christmas.  For those of you who don’t have a large kitchen (or counter space for a full-size KitchenAid), this is the next best thing.  I seriously love it!

It made me think of a time when I was so ungrateful for all that I had.  I hated my small kitchen.  It was so small that when you opened the refrigerator door, it hit the counter on the other side.  I hated our 400 sq. ft. apartment that we had to live in for three years.  I hated pretending like I cared about what I was doing, when all I wanted to do was be a mom.  While our conditions have improved greatly, we are nowhere near where I thought we would be 5 1/2 years into our marriage… as far as possessions go.  But there has been an amazing shift of heart over the past few years.

For me, it really did start with being pregnant.  While I HATED being pregnant, I was still very grateful that I was finally working towards my dream.  That sounds kind of funny, I know.  Hunter was on board and excited about having a baby.  This was a big deal, because for almost four years I wasn’t even allowed to discuss potential names for our future children.  And then finally getting to be a SAHM gave me a complete attitude adjustment.  I still have a small kitchen.  We are still renting an apartment.  Our cars are a 2001 Camry and a 1996 Acura.  I get a pedicure once a year, maybe.  And my big splurge is getting my hair done every 3-4 months.  And while I hope that someday we have nicer things, I am not bothered by our situation today.  I suppose if I worked we would have more things.  Hunter and I made the decision to let me stay home with Ella.  He is so gracious to let me do so.  It is a big sacrifice on both of our parts.  He really did hear me six years ago in that counseling session… even if it did take a while to finally sink in.

So right now Hunter, Ella and I have a lot of really tough challenges going on in our lives.  It has been stressful, but I am not angry.  I find myself being thankful.  Hunter is an amazing husband, and Ella is a wonderful little girl.  So when I think of those blessings, I can’t help but smile when I am standing in my tiny kitchen, staring at my new mixer. 🙂

The Big O-N-E!

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Hunter says I have gone a little crazy, and all I talk about is Ella’s first birthday.  I guess I tend to go overboard with whatever “thing” consumes me at the time.  Like reading a gazillion books about birth when I was pregnant.  Or joining chat rooms, buying supplies for eating (like straws and fancy bags that can be used when your mouth is wired shut for 6 weeks), and talking non-stop about my jaw surgery before it happened.  I don’t know why I do this… I guess it is just fun to have something to look forward to.

So I thought I would give you a sneak peak at the plans that are consuming my every thought these days.  Have you heard of Amy Atlas?  She is amazing, and definitely my main source of inspiration for this event:

Definitely going with these colors!

Cake Pops?  Yes, because they are my new obsession.

Beautiful… and yummy!  I am thinking cake stands and apothecary jars.

And here is some of my own progress on the party planning…

The Invite.  It was great dusting off my Illustrator skills and making the invitations.

And a little banner to hang behind her high chair.

A New Year

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It is now 2011, and I figured I would jump on the bandwagon and hash out a few New Year’s Resolutions.  I typically abstain, because I never really see the point.  Like the people whose resolution is to work out more.  All it does is create a panic and frenzy at the gym for the month of January.  Then most of them give up… all the while, I was stuck enduring the full parking lots and overcrowded classes at the gym.  But hey, I guess it is good to have goals.

So my resolutions for the year are (in no particular order)…

  • Make some money.  Seriously, I need to get this working from home thing figured out.  I feel like we are drowning sometimes, and it would be good if I could at least throw Hunter a life preserver.  It’s funny, I read an article in Redbook about small ways you can save money.  Some of the suggestions were:  Skip the third beer at happy hour.  Really?  I have been skipping the first one for several years now.  Or avoid at least two ATM withdrawal fees.  Easy to do when you don’t have any money to pull out in the first place.  Or wear your dry-cleaned blouse at least one extra time before you take it in to be cleaned.  Dry Cleaning?  I usually just run those clothes through the washer anyways and see if they hold up.  Nope, I think I have saved as much as I can think of.  It’s time to man up and make some extra money.  Here’s a preview of what I have been working on.

That’s right, my latest venture is making invites, photo announcements, etc. (Photo by Kesha @FreshPicd)

  • My second resolution is to be a better mommy and wife.  I feel like I tend to be a glass half empty kinda girl.  It’s been getting better, but I could definitely use some improvement.  I am so very thankful for everything that I do have.  My greatest gifts are Hunter and Ella, and  I want to make sure and treat them with care.
  • Thirdly is to build new relationships.  It’s hard not having a close girlfriend that I can share things with.  I guess moving back and forth between here and LA has weakened some of my bonds.  Hunter is always my go to friend, but I am sure he needs a break from my talking sometimes.

So that’s pretty much it.  I have several things in the waiting that I am looking forward to.  However, those will have to stay top secret until it is the right time to share.  Happy 2011 and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of you!