Monday, June 17, 2013
Well... Hello, there! It's been awhile, hasn't it? We've been doing so much (and I've been taking so many pictures!), and I feel completely overwhelmed about catching up. So I decided to start with the most recent, and hope to work my way back.
In any case, here are pictures of Hannah's dance recital. These are for you, Grandma.
The recital was on Saturday. Hannah has been very excited about it for weeks to come.
The ballet was a story of two little girls who fell asleep in a candy shop, and awoke in the magical land of sweets. Each class portrayed a different kind of candy. There was cotton candy, lemon drops, red hots, and Hannah's class were lollipops.
Their tap dance was to Shirley Temple's "On the Good Ship Lollipop."
Hannah's favorite part? That they danced with actual lollipops!
I mean, look at that thing! I'd be excited too, wouldn't you?
The recital was at the Clarence Brown Theater at the University of Tennessee. It all felt very grown-up to be in a "real" theater.
On the car ride home, Jonathan and I told Hannah that she had done a good job. She said, "I am very proud of myself."
And not to be forgotten is the prima ballerina in training, Miss Lydia. I think she's just about ready for the stage, don't you?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Not much to say, except we're excited about Valentine's Day coming up (in spite of the fact that I vowed never to celebrate it!).
At the fabric store last week, I spotted this hearts-and-cupcakes fabric in the remnants bin. There was a little less than a yard, and I just knew that it was destined to become some quick little skirts. So I literally whipped these up in about an hour, and here they are! Mostly I just wanted so share these cute little girls with you.
Can you tell Lydia is saying "cheese?" Hannah has already taught her the art of the phony picture taking smile.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Imagine the wonder of seeing snow for the first time. (Technically, Lydia was out in the snow for about three minutes last winter, but I'm sure it made very little lasting impression.) I snapped this picture just as she came out the front door and saw that everything was covered in white stuff.
It didn't take Lydia long to learn that you're supposed to run around, gathering bits of it in your hands.
Or maybe trying to catch a flake or two on your tongue.
Of course, if you're big like Daddy, you can make a really BIG snowball.
Everyone can help with this one!
I wonder what it's going to be?
In any case, this snow business is pretty fun.
Would you look at that? It's taller than both of us. And Hannah says this carrot is it's nose.
This snowman may be very nice, but I'm getting cold. Enough pictures, Mama. Time to go inside.
Hannah? She's never cold. She could just stay out here all day long.
Monday, January 14, 2013
There's a flurry of organizing and rearranging going on in our house, typical of January's new year frenzy. Among other, more ambitious projects, we (and by we, I mostly mean Jonathan) have been moving around our artwork and photos.
For a long time, we've been wanting to make a place to display the kids' drawings and scribbles. After scouring Pinterest, we agreed that we liked the idea of over sized clothespins to hang the drawings. And then, as if by fate, I found these glitter over sized clothespins at Hobby Lobby on clearance! So Jonathan screwed them into a piece of wood, and mounted the whole thing on the wall. Above it, we hung the canvases the girls made at Hannah's birthday party.
This hangs in our dining room, and we all enjoy looking at this during mealtime. Mama also enjoys a significant reduction of clutter on the fridge.
This morning, we tackled another project that's been on our wish list for some time. We gathered up our favorite photos, some graphics, and made a new canvas to add to the mix. Source here and here.
These are Hannah's hands and Lydia's feet. I added the text using vinyl cut with my Silhouette, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. (Just a hint if you try something like this: canvas and vinyl aren't really best friends, so I added a layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing when it was finished, just to keep everything really stuck together.)
This is in the hallway, directly across from our front door.
Want to know what else is in the works? Stay tuned...I've got the organizing bug, and I definitely want to take pictures of everything while it's neat - just to prove that once upon a time things were put away!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
We're getting pretty excited for Christmas around here. All the regular Christmastime preparations are going on. We've been to visit Santa. I was ready for the typical toddler "don't-leave-me-that-hairy-stranger" reaction from Lydia (we certainly saw that with Hannah - for two years), but Hannah taught her to say "ho ho ho," took Lydia by the hand, and the two of them marched right up to Santa and climbed up on his lap.
We trimmed our trees. Yes, trees. I have too many ornaments to fit on one tree. It was fun to show the girls some of our favorites. The ball is from a trip Jonathan and I took to Disneyland after we finished school and before we started our first jobs.
This is the ornament my mom gave us the year we got married.
And what would Christmas be with cookies, and lots of them? Hannah and I took nearly a whole day to tackle the project of baking and decorating gingerbread men. I was impressed by how seriously she took the whole endeavor.
Check out those shoes!
Hannah thought my Santa cookie looked like a guy with a huge mouth. I thought her stripy one looked like a mummy.
The original plan was for Hannah to take the cookies to her class party at school. But she got sick, and couldn't go. So we had a party at home instead. We discussed what was necessary for a party, and settled on Cheetos and balloons. (Why have I been making all those birthday cakes? I could have just bought a bag of Cheetos!)
Lydia shared her cookie with her baby. I actually love this picture. She's looking at the baby with such a look of affection. I hope that's what Lydia sees on my face when I look at her.
Yesterday we had some friends over to make gingerbread houses. Well, graham cracker houses, but still...
I saw this clever idea in Family Fun, where you use crackers and dried fruit instead of candy. They're stuck on with peanut butter. I glued the graham crackers together with royal icing, because peanut butter just didn't seem to be strong enough. Surprisingly, it held the goodies on really well.
I don't think the kids missed the candy at all. They ate their fair share of toppings. In fact, I had to cut Hannah off after her fifth prune.
Last night, the girls donned their matching pajamas and danced around the living room.
Hannah got a new ornament in the mail from grandma that plays "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," which is the recital song from her ballet class.
Last but not least, here is our sweet Lydia, playing peek-a-boo behind the tree.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
And because Grandma's are cool like this, Hannah's Grandma got her the official Merida bow and arrows from the Disney Store. Very cool. Hannah spent a good fifteen minutes trying to string the bow before she gave up and started throwing them across the yard.
For Lydia's bear costume, I decided to keep it simple - mostly because I wasn't sure whether she would wear it or not. She wasn't going to until she saw Hannah had a cape too, and then she was ready to go! The cape is made from the same pattern at fleecefun.com, although I printed the pattern at 75% to make it toddler-sized. Hers is also fleece, lined with matching flannel.
The ears are from another pattern at fleecefun.com, and are a part of their Halloween Bear Hat, found here. I cut slits in the top of the hood, and stitched the ears in before I added the lining.
Ready for some serious archery.
And doing a happy little Halloween dance.