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My name is Kelley and I am a stay at home mom to two kids - my amazing son Jackson Wayne and cutie pie little girl Bailey Louise. I am a working at home mom with a business called baby Jack blankets. I handmake ribbon tab baby blankets and sell them online. I am married to the love of my life Brian and every day looking forward to the ever so rewarding and challenging experiences that my life brings me.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Every year Christmas just keeps getting better for our family. Obviously becoming a family of four is top on our importance pyramid and we are beyond excited for Bailey to be a member of our family in May! Also, we learn throughout the year to focus on what really matters, the people in our lives and the close friends and family that we have and spend as much time with them that we can...the holidays are perfect for it and this year we are doing just that!

Today is Christmas Eve and Brian and I let Jackson open his gifts from us this morning. It was priceless to see the look on his face (I videotaped it!) when he looked at all the presents. He had a mischievous smile and a creepy laugh before he dug right into opening his toys. I usually am terrible at waiting to open gifts and am happy I made it to at least Christmas Eve, but next year will start our tradition of Christmas morning since he will be old enough to remember and comprehend. It was a cute moment for our family that I will look forward to every year and all the toys kept him busy while we got ourselves ready for our Christmas Eve events!
This year, we were given the opportunity to take Jack caroling at a local senior living center with some cousins. It was the cutest thing ever seeing all these kids singing holiday songs for the seniors and we will definitely make this a tradition every year and continue to give back to the community in other ways as well. It teaches valuable lessons while they are young and certainly gives you a great feeling at the end of the day!

I'm looking foward to spending Christmas Eve with each set of my parents and stopping in at Brian's Aunt and Uncles to say hello. Another NEW thing we are doing is attempting at early Christmas Eve Mass at our Church. We have yet to take Jack to a mass since he was little and since he loves music, Christmas Eve would be a great time to start! We want him to grow up with spirtual guidance and need to start doing so every Sunday - it's our 2011 resolution for our family! Tomorrow we are heading to Sun Prairie to spend Christmas Day with Brian's family and these are the traditions that we will now have every year to look forward to!
I am also looking foward to Brian having the entire week off of work and spending time as a family of four. I have playdates and events scheduled so Brian can see Jack at his finest with his little friends and also some R&R time. I even planned some dinners with girlfriends so Jack & Brian have some time to themselves :)

So cheers to the holidays and all the blessings we have in our lives. We hope that everyone has a great time today and tomorrow and we wish you nothing but good health and cheer for next year!

 xxoo The Leglers (Brian, Kelley, Jack, Bailey & Abbie the dog too!}

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's a GIRL!!

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This was a big week for our entire family as we found out the gender of our baby due in May. On Thursday December 16th we had our 20 week checkup and ultrasound and found out that we are having a little girl! Jack is going to have a sister and Brian and I will have a daughter!

I did not think that I would be such an emotional wreck during the ultrasound appointment. All we have been praying for is a healthy little baby girl or boy and finding out that we will have a girl took things to a whole new {unknown & overwhelming} level.  Brian sat there silent while I sobbed with glee. On the ride home he finally spoke saying that he had really wanted to have a girl; he envisioned our family having one of each and he was just so happy.

I was still in a state of shock when we returned home {after several phone calls} and came home to Brian's parents Randy and Nancy who was there to watch Jack. I handed Nancy an envelope full of the ultrasound pictures with a handmade card that said BAILEY. She instantly saw PINK and started crying. It was such an emotional moment for all of us as she raised three boys and has always yearned to buy a little pink for someone in her own family. This little girl is going to be spoiled {as if Jack isnt!}

4D Ultrasound itching her nose
Brian and I are happy to introduce you to our little Bailey Louise Legler and show off how adorable she looks at only 5 months in the belly. We couldnt have asked for anything more, it truly is one of the greatest Christmas presents we could get!! We cannot wait to meet her and see her cute little face in May 2011!
She's smiling at us!

Monday, December 13, 2010

They Grow So Fast

Today was a very emotional day for me, in more ways than one. My little man is a boy and slept through the night on his full size Big Boy Bed and tonight, he had no problem falling fast asleep again.

Dresser & Book Shelf

About two months ago we bought Jack a full size bed and put it in his room, getting used to it being there and allowing him to play on it whenever he wanted. He learned how to get up and down all by himself and understand that some day we will say "bye bye" to his crib and sleep in his big boy bed.

Last week he started taking naps in his bed. I put him in there thinking he would play with the door closed but ten minutes later I found him sleeping, so the nap routine just stuck. Yesterday we decided to take a leap of faith and take down the crib, finally saying bye bye to his last item from when he was a baby and transforming his room into a "toddler room"...it was a lot harder on me than him!

Toy bin

He slept great through the night, me however, I tossed and turned thinking he would "need me"....Nope. I dont know how I will get through the next of many milestones of him not needing me.

On the flip side, I was so proud of him to see that HE DID IT and he is a big boy. The look on his face when he woke up knowing he slept on his big boy bed just melted my heart. Always always with babies and kids, with the bad there is always double the good.

Fast Asleep in his Big Boy Bed Night #2

Home for the Holidays

This weekend Brian's parents had the kids over for the Legler immediate family Christmas. Barry (Brian's oldest brother) was able to fly in Friday night from South Carolina to spend a short-but-sweet weekend with our family. This was by far the best Legler Christmas as we were able to relax and spend one on one time with the immediate family and enjoy ourselves vs running around to different destinations.

Jack immediately took to his uncles, giving them "bumps" and high fives throughout the day and they were amazed at how much he has grown. We watched him play, slide down his slide and the look on his face when he realized there were presents under the tree in the corner. Jack was Daddy's little helper with handing out presents and both had to wear Elf hats. LOL

Brian's parents spoiled us all, especially Jack. Being the only grandson and nephew, he got a lot of presents (the most out of all of us) and he has had a lot of fun with each and every one. Since coming home, he has played with all of them and I have snapped pictures along the way for scrapbooking. Uncle Scotty saved his present for last, a Schwinn Trike that Jack has just been obsessed with since he saw it. Both Uncle Scott and Barry took turns pushing him on the bike and teaching him how to pedal. It was definitely a show stopper and meant so much more that he put it together himself too! We also cannot forget the cool "blackberry" that Uncle Barry got him this year. Jack thinks of it as his phone and walks around the house with it, even brings it with him while we run errands. Too cute!

 As a close to our Christmas, we tinkered with the timer settings on Nancy's camera and snapped a great family photo of the kids. Brian, Jack and I even got a family picture as well but by the time we took it, Jack was camera shy and ready for the ride home. We got back to our home and Jack slept on me for an hour as he was wiped out by all the Christmas fun.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Magical Vacation

We've been back from our vacation in Orlando for over a week now returning to snow, cold and everything that coincides with Winter in Wisconsin. My has it been one busy week too! I still have been unable to unpack all our clothes and fold laundry...lucky for me, today is a snow day and we are not going anywhere so we are organizing our home once my coffee kicks in.

Disney was just amazing. Brian and I had to lower our expectations of Jack as we were unsure how he would handle and react to all the entertainment that the Parks had to offer. We didnt know what kind of a traveler he was on an airplane and we were terrified that he wouldnt sleep in a crib in the same room as his snoring parents. Jack exceeded any expectations we had of him on this trip and suprised us by being such a little trooper, making everything so much fun - but a lot of work!

Traveling with a toddler is WORK. You have to plan your vacation days according to when they wake up, when they eat, anticipate when they will nap and pray they do not fall asleep in the stroller as you know they will not sleep there long. You have to pack a lot of STUFF in your suitcase and diaper bag for day trips. Oh, and dont ever forget to bring too many goldfish crackers!

We ate out every day as we received a free dining plan with our resort stay and Jack did great at the table services. It was a fun age to take him as he was interactive and loving attention from other patrons and kids and kept him busy with crayons and singing/dancing. Every night - I hate to admit - but he ate french fries with ketchup that consumed him and kept him quiet for about thirty minutes! Pick your battles, right?

We visted Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom (twice), Epcot (which Jack hated with a passion), Downtown Disney shopping area and Disney Hollywood Studios. Jack is such a thrill seeker so we took him on any rides we could - Dumbo, Buzz Lightyear Space ride, Toy Story Midway Mania, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. He seemed to enjoy the rides the most next to meeting the "real" Woody, Jessie, Buzz and Mickey Mouse".

We set up a  breakfast for Chef Mickey's to meet the characters (Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisey, Goofy, Pluto) and Jack was anti. He didnt know what to make of all these characters as he never was really introduced to them. What he really enjoyed was waiting in line with the older kids who doted over him and gave him high fives.  He also really enjoyed the monorail (fell asleep instantly) and the numerous bus rides we took throughout the trip. *Jack would pretend he was the guy on the loudspeaker and tell us what stop we were at by mouthing the words.
Having Randy and Nancy (Jack's grandparents) there was a lot of fun. Brian and Randy rode rides together - as I cannot since I am with child - and Nancy and I shopped around with Jack. They were fun vacation companions and we shared a lot of great memories together that will be captured in our Disney 2010 scrapbooks!

Brian is off of work soon for Holiday shutdown and my goal is to complete some scrapbook pages of our Disney trip. I have closed up shoppe for baby Jack blankets to get back to this loved hobby that Nancy introduced me to. Once I am able to, I will scan some completed pages for all to see.