Aug 28, 2008

Reflections

"Jewel Box"
We've been retrieving items from the garage to set up for the baby including this glider and the bassinet. We don't have any other rocker in the house so Hannah sat in this forever thinking it was pretty great. Going through all the tiny clothes and other items had me reminiscing so here are some of the favorite pictures of baby Hannah over the past 1 1/2 years before she becomes a big sister.







Aug 25, 2008

Past Week

We had a nice week. Hannah and Dax had an evening out while I relaxed at home... Hannah and I visited a friend for lunch and to see her new house... I finished another quilt block...This one is called "Useless Bay" although I'm not sure why yet. Also, I discovered a quilt store only a few minutes away called Quilt Country. I visited and truly it was like a country. I didn't even know where to start looking it was so huge and full of anything you can think of to do with fabric and quilting. I signed up for a class to meet in September so I'm looking forward to that...and to going back purchase something. : ) Well, it's exciting to me! On Saturday we went to the library's book sale and found a few things but it was so hot we decided not to go the fair.

On Sunday I finished the last page of illustration for Debra's children's book we've been working on. Also, Anna hosted a church women's gathering at her house and the theme was Mediterranean food.
We washed our hands with rose water...
enjoyed all sorts of appetizers I probably can't spell and had several dishes to choose from for the main course. Everything was eaten with our hands- no silverware allowed.

I'm eating one of the beef ka-bobs Dax helped grill.

Then we all enjoyed various forms of hot tea and coffee out of Anna's teapot collection. I tried everything believe it or not and really enjoyed drinking the tea.
Time for some homemade desserts including baklava....all delicious.
Hannah has really started to enjoy her books. She has a couple of favorites we read over and over again and each time we finish she hands it back to me with such anticipation I can't turn her down. Here she is perusing her dad's collection of various religious books. She thumbed through Rasputin's biography and C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man among others. The rest of her time is spent telling herself "no" and what not to touch and what not to do. I think she actually enjoys this and feels like she's on a kind of treasure hunt for "off-limit" items around the house. She also likes to see what is possible to stand or sit on whatever the shape or size.

Aug 19, 2008

Room for Two

Hannah enjoys her new toddler bed. She won't sleep in it for another month or so. Other than that, we have finished the room!


Original room last year for one baby (before the crib was finished).

Now room for two!! I painted it a creamy yellow and Nana's gift was the bed and bedding. We picked out a crib set called Dragonfly and gave the sheet and comforter to Hannah, the bumper and diaper holder to Chloe. It came with a valance too. I used the original valance from Grandma as a fun decoration for the wall and magnet board. We also tied the original pocket-holder to the end of Hannah's bed where she can keep small toys.
Hannah's corner with her framed name out of reach. : ) Dax and I both agree we would like to get into this bed but its 50 lb. limit puts us out of luck. It's got a handy drawer underneath in which I believe Hannah has already stored some things. Also, good old Jackson the Bear will keep her company at night. This was the bear my dad bought when I was born...in Jackson, TN.

Chloe's corner with my mom's cross stitch animals and bedtime prayer from when I was born.

Hannah and her toy buckets.
She approves of the room and even matches it. She says to excuse her after-dinner crazy hair. : )

Aug 18, 2008

Weekend

"Spinning My Wheels"

Hannah attended her first birthday party. She got to play with lots of toys (and cotton) and had some tasty food with the other babies.

The birthday girl- Megan and Phoebe

Both babies loved the ribbon from the packages. Phoebe was kind enough to let Hannah take the pink one home.

In other news...something's not right with these cookies.

Dax building Hannah's new bed.

This is the forbidden plant in our den. Hannah struggles daily with the task of not touching it.
Every morning and pretty much throughout the day she runs to it and shakes her head saying, "No, no, no." She'll point at it, look at one of us and string a few gibberish sentences together with "no,no," evidently explaining why she shouldn't touch it or dig in the dirt." We nod our heads and agree with her ideas. She'll tell the plant "No" one more time and then blow a few puffs of air on it's leaves. We have no idea why. This whole process takes place quite often. Yesterday, while lounging, Dax accidentally touched a leaf and Hannah was all over it! She warned him with several "no's" and lots of pointing. She also hushes loud children in public places.

Aug 14, 2008

Crafty

We are in the process of redoing Hannah's room complete with toddler bed, new paint, etc. so there is room for the new baby in there. I wanted to have a section of the wall painted with magnetic paint so Hannah could play with magnets- every baby's favorite past time. After figuring out the price of my idea I bought this $5 board instead and made fun magnets out of magazine clippings, laminating cards, and little wooden shapes. She found it the next morning and really loved it.


...about 5 seconds after she discovered this magnet.





I finished Chloe's doll quilt!


Closeup of butterflies on the butterfly fabric.


Flowers and other designs.


I'm making my mom a hand-sewn lap sized quilt (my first one using actual directions and the first one that isn't tiny) for her birthday. She's seen a couple of the blocks so far but there are a couple of new ones too. Before I learned about quilting I didn't realize that different blocks had different official names. This one is Waterwheel...

Churn Dash
Triple Rail
Log Cabin



Dax's car has been out of commission for a couple of days so while he takes my car to work Hannah and I have to think of things to do in the house all day. I've been trying to come up with some activities for her since so many toys nowadays just have buttons to push but don't offer many thinking skills. We tried a puzzle challenge. I got out all of her puzzles and dumped all the pieces into one box and handed them to her randomly one by one. I thought this might be too tough because they are all animals- zoo, pets, farm, etc. and some of the puzzles look similar. She did a great job and concentrated on the right puzzles. I only had to help her on 2 of the 45 pieces! I was really surprised. One of those she was convinced wasn't out there and ran to her room to find the puzzle. : ) Hard at work, studying the puzzles.

Aug 9, 2008

Goofy Hannah

Hannah had some unexpected fun outside the other day. It has been in the 100s but this particular morning it was cooler. While she was digging in the dirt I watered some plants (which have no hope of thriving anyway) so I sprayed a little in her direction. She was so excited that we just kept going and had a water party with our clothes on. In this picture her face says "Awesome!!!!" She loves to be outside and loves to be wet.
Dripping from.... everywhere.
Anytime Hannah is wet or undressed she sees the world in a whole new light and runs arund exploring everything like it was new. I guess its kind of like when you were young and got a new pair of shoes. Everything seemed different and new somehow! Haha.
Droopy shorts were inevitable.

We put together our own water slide. Normally she gets to the top of the slide and holds out her hand for support. This time she just pushed herself. I guess she was more motivated.



DCI: Dax and I aren't hard core fans of Drum Corps International like some but we do really enjoy watching the shows since we were both in marching band for so long. I really admire what they do and I've always loved anything that requires so much precision and perfection. On Thursday we were able to see the first night of finals at a nearby movie theater. We were there from 5 to 10 and to me the time flew by. I do have a favorite corps which is the Bergen County Cadets mainly because when I was younger I used to watch one of their shows over and over again- I loved it so much. Dax was nice enough to surprise me by ordering their video of all the years they have won, which include that year. The old tape has since been lost so I was excited about his gift. : ) All of this brought back so many memories.




Dax and I are radio stars now and have both been on the same program... well not really but sort of. On Fridays KERA in Dallas/Fort Worth has a program called Anything You Ever Wanted to Know. I've listened to it for years now. People can call or write in with any random questions or answers to the questions that were aired. While driving back from Memphis Dax heard a question that he was pretty sure he was the only one to know the answer to. He called in just at the last second. Someone wanted to know who wrote the theme music to another program on the station and Dax knew the piece. It was funny to hear his voice on the radio. Last week I wrote in asking if anyone knew where I could recycle VHS tapes in town. I've been putting some of our old home video concerts and random little things on DVD b/c these tubs are taking up so much space. I would keep them as back-ups but really most have about an hour of something and then 6 hours of random recorded tv. They read my question on the show and one lady wrote in to say I should keep them. She thought I meant family videos which I wouldn't get rid of anyway of course. Another man called in to inform me of the machine I could use to dub them to DVD. I appreciated his effort but that wasn't the question! haha. Well I haven't gotten an answer yet but they carry through week to week so you never know.

This is Hannah's new head shot for the next Batman auditions. Guess who she wants to play. : )
Dax's friend opened up a coffee shop on the town square so we went to the grand opening and got free berry smoothies. Hannah enjoyed it thoroughly.

Stylin!!! Today Dax and a friend went to a coin show in Grapevine so Hannah, Nana, and I went to the Grapevine Mall and had a good time browsing. Hannah left with a dog calendar, a dress, a matching sleeper for her and the new baby, and a Build-A-Bear teddy bear from Nana. We've been wanting to do that for awhile. We got some of the little sunglasses in the store and Hannah felt like a movie star after her bath tonight. I stood there at the certificate booth annoyingly for too long trying to think of a name so we decided on Sylvie since Nana loves to call any lady she meets Sylvia. Oh and Hannah was surprisingly disturbed at them sewing up the bear's back after they stuffed him(her). You would have thought she was watching a live surgery b/c she kept cringing and looking worried! She's funny.