Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Three and a Half

Dear Hannah, 
Recently you turned 3 1/2. 
I thought we’d do a little interview…


Q: What do you want to be when you get bigger?
A: A nurse.  A cat nurse.  Or an animal one.

Q:What makes mommy happy?
A: Our home.

Q: How does mommy make you laugh?
A: Oh, that laugh is almost funny like a frog.

Q: What did mommy do when she was little?
A: Go’d to school.

Q: How old is your mommy
A: Four.  Are you four, Mommy?

Q: How tall is mommy?
A: This tall! (holding arms high)

Q: What mommy’s favorite thing to do?
A: Sewing shirts for me.

Q: What is mommy really good at?
A: Taking the trash out.  And washing people. 
(This is funny because I never take the trash out – Shawn does.  And I have no idea what people she thinks I am washing.)

Q:  What do you and mommy do together?
A:  We like to do hairstyles.

Q:  How do you know your mom loves you?
A:  Everyone knows you like me!

Q:  What does mommy like most about daddy?
A:  You like his hair when it’s short, don’t ya?

Q:  What store do you like to go to?
A:  I like to go to the mall.  I like to go to those fancy stores. 

Q:  What do you like to play?
A:  I like to play with things in the tub and my horses.  And your accessories.

Q:  Where do you sleep?
A: In my bed, all cuddled up.


At 3 1/2, you are still taking a nap everyday.  You can handle missing a nap every so often and sleep about 10 1/2 hours at night.  We’ve been so fortunate that you have always been such a good sleeper.

You love counting, shapes and ABCs. You recognize and name all the letters and have started to write your name.  You write the “H” and the “A” but you told me that you don’t really like “N’s” so we’ll have to work on that one.

You are still a little cowgirl.  You put on your vest, bandana and cowgirl hat almost everyday and ride your horse.  You like to line up all of your horses in the kitchen and tie them to the leg of the table, which you call “my hitching post.”  You recently told us of an idea that you had in which we would move the cars out of our garage and keep a horse in there.  You said that we would put a trough and hay in the driveway and a hitching post down by the mailbox.  Your little imagination amazes us!

You finished your second swimming class last week and you loved every minute of it. 


Your hair is as curly as ever and you recently got your first haircut.  You were hesitant when I told you that Demi (grandma) was going to cut your hair.  I assured you that she knew what she was doing and that she’s been cutting Papa’s hair since I was a little girl.  You immediately said that you didn’t want Demi to cut your hair.  I asked you why and you said, “Because I don’t want my hair like Papa’s!”

You are also really into playing in my make-up and getting your nails painted.  About once a week, we put newspapers down in the bathroom and I paint your nails and you paint mine.

You are such a fun, giggly little girl and we are so glad that you love to travel as much as we do.  In just 3 1/2 years, you have been to Los Angeles, New York City and San Antonio.  And, sweet girl, we have many more exciting adventures in store for you soon!  We love you more than you’ll ever know.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

You Say Faux, I Say Fox

When I see the word “faux” in print, in my mind, I pronounce it “fox.”  Here’s the back story:
As newlyweds, Shawn and I bought an el cheapo faux leather ottoman for our living room.  After a few days, I mentioned that I thought that the smell of the new “leather” ottoman had an odd quality about it.

“Well, that’s what we get for buying fox leather.”
Fox leather?” 
“Yea, that means fake leather.  Faux, fox, whatever.  It’s mostly plastic, ya know.”


I love the faux (fox) necklace shirts that I’ve been seeing around lately.
So I made one.
And I’ll show you how to make one too.


You’ll need:
Shirt in any style and color
Fabric paint in Velveteen finish
Fabric paint with sparkles
Anything you can find around your house that will make a round stamp (I used the end of a foam paint brush, the cap to a tube of chap stick, and the eraser end of a pencil.)
Start by finding the center of your shirt so that your necklace is symmetrical.  To do this, I folded mine in half and pressed a seam down the center.

You’ll want to place a piece of cardboard between the two layers of the shirt so that the paint does not bleed through.  I used the front of a cereal box.


Start painting your “beads” from the center of your shirt.  Work your way up to the shoulder on one side and then the other. 


I used the eraser end of a pencil to make small silver beads and the cap of a tube of chap stick to make a silver chain. 


You can make as few or as many necklaces as you like.
Let the paint dry for about 4 hours.
Then comes the fun part!  Turn your iron on and let it get hot and steamy.  Hold the iron about 1/2 inch over the paint and blast it with steam.  The steam will cause the velveteen paint to raise up, giving it the look of velvet. 

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After the steaming, I added a fabric flower with some scraps left from curtains that my grandma made for my aunt a while back.  You can find the tutorial here.  My friend Julie also has some great tutorials for fabric flowers that you can find here
Totally adorbs.

This will be a wardrobe staple this summer and in the fall, I think it will look cute with a long sleeved shirt underneath.  
I may even make one for myself!                                          

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day

I love being her mom.  I love it a lot. 


We celebrated Mother’s Day with our families early in the weekend so that our little family could spend the day together on Sunday.  I woke to some pampering and sweet gifts from my hubs and my best girl. 
We went to church, had lunch and then took nice, long naps. 

I am blessed beyond measure to have my little Hannah. 
Some days I can’t believe that she’s mine.

And, to my own mom, thank you for helping me with laundry (there’s not a stain that she can’t get out), making chicken noodle soup when one of us is sick, teaching me to keep a clean house, how to shop for bargains and iron shirts.  Thank you for always pulling through in a pinch and loving and taking such good care of Hannah!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mama Likes It

When Hannah was six weeks old, I imprinted her little hand into a piece of clay and made a Christmas tree ornament out of it.

Every couple of months, we put on old clothes, get the paint out and stamp her hands onto cardstock paper
that I file away in her baby album.

I love that I have these little treasures to help
me remember just how tiny she was. 
It’s also fun for her to see how much she has grown.

For Mother’s Day this year, I thought that Hannah’s grandmas would like something with her little hand stamped onto it as well.


You’ll only need a couple of things:
Photo frame
Paint brush or sponge
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Paint your child’s hand.  This is Hannah’s favorite part!


Stamp it onto the cardstock. 
We made two – one for each grandma.


Then I painted a stem, a few leaves and wrote
Hannah’s name and the year.


We put it into a frame and now we have the perfect
Mother’s Day gift for two of Hannah’s favorite ladies.


I love this flower as much as I love the little girl who
stamped her paint covered hand on to it. 
And that, my friends, is a whole, whole lot.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thanks to the Birthday Boy…

…I know how to parallel park, remove wallpaper, eat with chopsticks and swing a golf club.  I know how to hang a picture level, start a campfire, unclog a drain and change the oil in a car.
(Ok, not really the last one, but I know he’d teach me if I asked.)

I am thankful for so many things about my husband. 
So, this weekend was about celebrating him and his special day.

On Friday afternoon, after tearing myself away from Wills and Kate, Hannah and I picked up Shawn’s favorite ice cream cake, candles and balloons.  This is probably a good place to mention that I spent the better part of the day watching the Royal wedding.  Now, I didn’t get up at all hours of the night, but I did set ye old DVR on BBC and NBC.  I hadn’t planned on getting so swept up in it all, but by the end of the weekend, I had watched the wedding about three times and DVR’d every single bit of royal wedding programming available, including the 
Will and Kate movie on Lifetime.  It’s embarrassing.

Anyways.  Back to the birthday boy.

When we heard his car pull into the garage, I quickly lit the candles and we hid under the table.  (Hannah’s idea.) 
When he came around the corner into the kitchen,
we jumped out and surprised him. 
Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures.

Saturday was beautiful so we spent it playing hopscotch


and riding the scooter


while Shawn did some yard work.


(Don’t tell her that I have been eating her
Easter candy everyday while she naps.) 
(Or that she has plumber’s crack.)


Saturday night we headed to a cute sushi place for a little birthday date.  He’s a champ at eating with chopsticks, my husband.  Me?  I do okay, but sometimes I look awkward.


When we got back home, I realized that we hadn’t gotten a picture together and no one was around to take one. 
So, we balanced our camera up on the table and set the timer. 
This is what we got.  Not great, but it’ll do.


Happy Birthday to my sweet husband! 
I love you and have so much to thank you for!