Friday, August 31, 2012

Girls Weekend

A few weekends ago the boys all left town and the girls had a weekend on our own!  Leah was SO excited about it being "GIRLS ONLY!".  She made sure she told her Daddy on Saturday morning that it was girls only, he wasn't allowed to come. 
Our first stop was at Lainey and Pops house.  While the babies took naps and Leah hung out with Lainey, Tracy and I took advantage of our free time and went swimming.  We had so much fun!  In case you weren't already aware of this, hanging out in the pool is WAY different with your kids than it is on your own.  We were inspired by the Olympics and went back to our childhood summers on the Stingrays swim team and had a few "races".  Hilarious.  While we were busy doing that, this is what Hannah was doing. 

I have no idea how or why she fell asleep like this but apparently she was comfy!  I thought about moving her but didn't want to wake her up so she stayed in her preferred position.

Silly girl.  When she woke up she had a mark on her face for an hour. 

After spending the afternoon at Lainey's house we got brave and took the girls out to dinner.
Hannah and her dolly patiently waiting for our table. 

Mommy, take a puff! 

Lainey and Leah 

Tracy and Haley 

Hannah and Mommy 

Where's Hannah???  This is a daily game at our house. 

Where's Leah???  Haley didn't have time for this silly little game, she was too busy eating her snacks before her dinner.  :) 

The key to a peaceful dinner....spaghetti! 

Hahaha!  I have no idea what she's doing here but it made me laugh so hard. 

You get it girl! 

The J girls 

The aftermath.  So embarrassing.  We left a nice tip for our waiter. 

After dinner we split up, the H's with Tracy and me at our house and Leah with Lainey at her house.  It was so funny watching these two fight over Hannah's chair.  And fight they did....  Here is Haley trying to shove Hannah off with her toosh. 

She's really working at it!  They both succeeded in this game.  Hannah eventually just walked around to the back and tried to tip the entire chair over to get Haley off!  These two are going to be so much fun together!  Once they learn to share at least. 

On Sunday it rained and Hannah waited on her Daddy to come home 

Hannah, that is NOT how you are supposed to ride the turtle!   

Hurricane Hannah did her job on the playroom.  This was about an hour after she started playing Sunday morning.   

We had a great weekend!  It was so much fun to all get together and play.  :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Twelve Months Old!

Sweet Hannah Lee, you are officially a toddler now!  All of your baby traits are quickly going away, you are just getting so big every day.  You are still the sweetest little girl and we love you SOOOO much!  

Hannah, here is what you've been up to in your twelfth month!

Sleep: Not much has really changed in this area, you are still a great sleeper and sleep in a sleep sack every night (not at nap time anymore though, you’re over that now). You are going to bed around 7-7:30 and sleep until 6ish during the week (we almost always have to wake you up now) and usually around 7am on the weekends. You are taking one or two naps (one at school and usually two naps a day on the weekends) for a total of 2-3 hours each day.

Daily Routine: Your daily routine consists of playing all day with your friends and eating/napping. You are usually the first one to your class at 6:30am and I pick you up before 5pm. You have two bottles a day at daycare, eat breakfast and lunch that I send with you and snacks with all your friends and take one nap. At the end of the day we head home and you play with your toys and walk all around the house finding things to get into. You are BUSY!! You eat dinner around 6pm and then it's bath time and you take another bottle and you're out for the night.

Feed: We dropped your morning bottle this month so you take three bottles each day, one sippy cup of water and eat three meals and two snacks. For your meals you eat a fruit with oatmeal mixed in every morning or waffles/yogurt and a fruit and veggie and chicken/turkey every night. You still LOVE your organic puffs, Mum Mums, yogurt melts and little puff sticks for a snack too. We give you only table food now and you've loved all of it so far.

Weight: 22 lbs (63%)

Length: 30" (75%)

Head: 18.74” (96%)

Diaper Size: You wear size 3 Pampers during the day and you wear night time diapers at bed time.

Clothes Size: You're in all 12 month outfits and some of the onesies are getting a little tight since you’re tall.

Hair Color: Your hair has really grown this month! It's still a blondish color.

Eye color: You have big beautiful brown eyes.

Funniest moment: Girly, you are FUNNY!! You make us laugh so much and you love to laugh at yourself. It is just the cutest thing ever.  One of the cutest things you do now that makes us laugh is you see dogs in your books and say "woof woof" but it sounds more like "ruff ruff".  It is sooo cute!  I have lots of video of you doing this.  You also love to laugh at yourself in the mirror.  :)

Milestone: You got your seventh and eighth teeth this month!  Your vocabulary has really taken of since you got your tubes a few weeks ago. Your regular words are mama, dada, no, uh oh, nose, thank you (tank too), ball, hi and bye.  When I go in your room in the morning you will pop your head up and say “hi!”  It is so cute.  When you are upset about something you will come walking towards me (very quickly) with your arms spread out saying “mamamamama” over and over.  Of course I love those big hugs and you needing your Mommy.  You have become very affectionate this month too, you LOVE to give kisses to everyone, it is so sweet!  You will walk over to me several times a day just to give me a hug and kiss.  I LOVE it!!  You can recognize your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and hands. You also still love shoes. Anytime a shoe is on the ground you will pick it up, bring it over to one of us and we will say “thank you!” and you say “tank too”. You now say tank too when you pick up any shoe so we’re pretty sure you think shoes are called thank you… You love to read books more now than before and we will sit in your room (you always plop down in my lap for me to read you a book, I love it) and you will just hand me book after book and I will read about one or two minutes of it and you will hand me another book to start reading. You also have discovered straws this month and you love to drink water out of Mommy’s straw like a big girl.  You are so cute when you drink it too, afterwards you say "mmmm" like it was the tastiest water you've ever had.   You also now ALWAYS have some sort of mark on your face/head from bumping into things or falling down.  You don't let it phase you or slow you down one bit though.  When you hit your head on something you usually just keep on going like it never happened!

Your favorite toy: You're really into baby dolls right now.  You will see your doll or a stuffed animal and pick it up and give it a hug and carry it around with you everywhere.  It's so sweet.  You still love Baby Einstein so I put that on when you're playing in the playroom and you will stop and watch it in between playing with your toys.

Some of your firsts this month were:

First Surgery (tubes in both ears)

First birthday!!!

Here are some outtakes from your twelve month photo shoot.

Figuring out you have a bow on!

Giving Mr Lamb some love, as always. 


Serious!  Ha! 

Hannah, Mommy and Daddy are SOOOO proud of you and we still can't believe you are a big one year old now!  You are the best part of our day and we can't wait to see what another year brings!

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Kitchens

A few of you may remember a post I wrote two years ago.  It was about the kitchen that Austin and I made from a night stand for Leah on her 1st birthday. 

You know how it goes, if you do something for one child you have to do it for all the others, right?!  So, we always knew that once Haley and Hannah turned one they would be getting a special gift as well. 

Here are all the details on Hannah's kitchen!  We bought this back in May for $40 after we found it online for sale not far from our house.  It's an old entertainment center.  Since we had already made Leah's kitchen we knew we wanted to do something similar for Hannah's but we wanted it to be bigger to include some storage and the refrigerator.

Austin got working on it right away!  Here it is sanded with the doors removed. 

After Austin added shelves.  He later added pieces to make the new shelves match the original shelves. 

I skipped a few steps with the pictures.  Oops.  Here it is with the first coats of paint, the drawer Austin made and the refrigerator doors.  He also had painted the countertop with a granite spray and painted the inside of the oven black.   

It's starting to look like a kitchen!  We did the same thing with Hannah's as we did with Leah's and I got small wooden soccer balls at a craft store and we spray painted them black and used painted popsicle sticks for the burners.  We used an old faucet with knobs for the sink and I got little knobs from IKEA for $2 for the stove.  He made the oven door with thick clear plastic so you can see into the oven when it's closed.   

Here is the finished product!!  I have to say, with Leah's kitchen is was about a 60/40 percent as to how much work Austin/I did.  With Hannah's kitchen it was about 90/10.  Austin did almost everything, I did probably 10% of the work.  I sewed all the curtains, kitchen towel, painted all the details, shopped for everything, etc but he did ALL the big work.  He worked night and day, literally for MONTHS.  He would be in the garage for hours upon hours working his tail off to have these done in time and I would usually be inside watching Hannah and making/decorating party cookies, doing party stuff, etc.  It's a whole new ballgame when you're trying to plan a party and do a major project at the same time when you have a little one running around.  Cuts your productivity time down just a tad... 

This is the right side, Austin added a towel rack and I sewed a hand towel to match the drapes I made for the front. 

On the left side we added a chalkboard with the chalk holder at the bottom being part of the original doors that were on the front. 

The front view.  I really don't think it could have turned out any better!  Hannah already loves it and plays with it everyday.  She really likes to get food out of the fridge and put it in the oven and shut the door.  :) 

A closer view. 

Once again my mother-in-law amazed us with her talent!  We asked her if she wouldn't mind painting a landscape for the kitchen window that Austin made.  When she brought it our jaws dropped, it is AMAZING!!!  For a closer look at the details just click on the picture.  There is even a little bunny hiding in there.  :) 

I painted her salt and pepper shakers and the frame with fabric.  The S&P shakers have uncooked orzo pasta in them so when she shakes them they make noise.  :)  The tops are buttons, so they are super cute and girly.

The fridge 

Hannah loves to put stuff in the oven.  We hung a strand of hooks on the left side for her kitchen utensils and I painted an "H" on the right side.  There is plenty of storage below and in the drawer for her food and pots & pans. 

Haley's kitchen was a little bit different.  We thought for a while about what to do for her since Leah already had the stove/oven combo so they didn't need a second one at their house.  We decided to make Haley a refrigerator to match Leah's kitchen.  Out of all three kitchens that we've made, Haley's has the most character and we wanted to keep a lot of the original details to it because it really was just pretty cool.  Austin found it for $40 while out of town for work.  It's super old and made out of solid wood so it's not light but it's sturdy and will last forever. 

So, when you see refrigerator/freezers you see them two ways, side by side like Hannah's or with the fridge side by side up top and the freezer as a pull out drawer on the bottom.  That's how Haley's is, it was perfect when he found this piece.

This was just so neat.  It's an old RCA Victor TV console with the speakers and old turn table in the bottom drawer. 

Once the doors were taken off.  You can see the turn table and speaker box below.  The yellow on the front is the speaker fabric. 

After the first coat of paint.  Austin also made shelves for the fridge. 

This is what our garage looked like for one weekend.  Hanging doors everywhere. 

The final product!  You can't tell in the pictures but the exterior of the kitchen is a light mint color to match Leah's accents.  The knobs are the original white porcelain knobs.  We really wanted to keep this as original as possible so we didn't change the front of the doors because it was just neat.  Her fridge didn't have a complete transformation like the other kitchens but I think it's still so cool. 

Chalkboard on the right side 

I painted another "H" for Haley and we added a corkboard that they can tape things to later on. 

The inside has the lavender color that matches both Hannah and Leah's kitchens.  Austin made turning knobs on each side for the girls to play with.  We also kept the original RCA Victor pull out. 

Once you open the freezer door you can pull out the drawer.  We kept that original as well. 

This is the "ice box".  Austin cleaned it all up and sanded it but it says Victrola on it. 

There you have it!  The kitchens are DONE!  It was a LOT of work but a lot of fun to do and so much fun to watch the transformation!  I love that we were able to give all three girls something special from us for their 1st birthdays.  If our next child is a girl she will get a doll.  ;)  Just kidding.  We already have boy ideas that we can make so hopefully one day we'll be able to do that!