2012 :: Thinking of Spring

the kiddos are moving more and more...seems like every day they get a little quicker, and more confident in themselves.
they are both climbing all over things and getting themselves where they want to go. i find my self creating "road blocks" for them in new places all the time! no baby gates, yet. pillows and furniture are working well right now, but i have a feeling that won't hold them back much longer!
davis cut his seventh tooth this week! i think number eight is close, too. this one was easy for him, no symptoms at all. in fact, i didn't even know he had it until D noticed last night after his bath!

in other news :: I've been reading up more about chickens. we are hoping to start raising them this year. I still have lots of research to do though...i don't have a clue where to start!
I'm planning a garden this year! So excited about this. It's going to be pretty small this year, we aren't really sure where we want to put it, so this year I'm going to try straw bale gardening. I've been reading up on this as well. Seems like a good option for us, I hope it works as well as what i've read.
I've been very busy making skirts for PSG, and having so much fun with it. I made a few aprons recently too, and added those to the shop.
I'm ready for spring. This winter has been rainy, and gloomy. And, it is just too windy and cold to have the kiddos outside much. Bummer.

Tuesday :: On my kitchen counter.

On my kitchen counter today ::

**4 mason jars, one containing sprouts that will be ready tomorrow! one containing sprouts that i started this morning, one growing onions (or hopefully, it's an experiment!), one with my sour dough starter (just started this morning..also an experiment!)
**dishes...clean, but waiting to be dried
**ingredients thawing for dinner. sweet potatoes and black beans. my friend Donna is coming to have dinner with us tonight!
**a big bowl of oranges, lemons and limes
** a bowl full of compost that the kids and I are going to take out before our walk this morning.
**teapot with a little left over chai green tea from 5:00am this morning
**yogurt in the yogurt maker.

Week One :: 2012

What a week!
January 1st Davis decided to stand up on his own in his crib, and crawl! Both on the same day!
Now, the 9th....he's moving even more! It's so cute to watch his little bum move across the floor too! Hehe!
Lydia is getting up on her knees a lot more, and she is SO strong! Her little legs never stop moving. When she learns how to balance...WATCH OUT! She's going to be running, not walking! I kinda think she is just going to skip crawling...it's going to be fun to see what happens!
Dustin was in Alabama most of this first week (so sad he can't be here). But, we've had lots of company!
Grandma and Grandpa Halleck came to see us on Thursday for the afternoon. Grandpa had made the twins toy boxes for Christmas, and they are perfect! I've stacked one on top of the other for now, and i'm using the bottom one for their books. We love them! Thanks, Grandpa!
And thank you both so much for your visit. It was so nice to have you here to share our day.
My mom and dad (MiMi & PaPa) came Friday afternoon thru Sunday afternoon. It was just WONDERFUL! So fun to have them here to watch the kids grow and learn, and keep me company too!
They also brought the trailer down with them, loaded up with a couch, loveseat, and a few other things we've been storing. Our living room filled up fast...but, I love having the furniture in here!
Makes the place much more cozy. Thank you D&R!

Kids are eating just about everything now...and loving it. They aren't picky about anything, but do have favorites! Bread, of course...and cheese. Oh, and the VERY favorite....Dates. YUM! They would gobble up bunches of them if I'd let them!
It's fun being able to eat the sames things now.



my hope is to blog again....

I haven't made time to write.
But, 2012 is a new year, and I hope to make more time for writing.
And, keeping you updated on what's happening here.

A lot is going on, and I have lots of plans for this coming year, I can't wait to share!

For now, I leave you with this:

(little guy figured out how to stand in his crib the morning of 1.1.12)

with so much more to come!


lots happening at five months

little miss Lydia cut her first tooth on Friday! and her second tooth on Sunday night!
Davis cut his first tooth on Saturday night (thank you Grandpa and Nanny for being here for that!)
both of my munchkins are smiling so much, and playing with each other! they are holding themselves up really well when on their tummies too
they are both reaching and grabbing for everything, including their bottles. Davis is practically feeding himself now, crazy kid.
They are enjoying a little oatmeal, applesauce, and bananas for breakfast. And, they've tried and love Papa's garden squash, along with green beans, peas and sweet potatoes for lunch/supper!
Davis doesn't care much for peas or green beans, unless you mix it with a little squash!
Lydia loves it all.

We're having lots of fun going for walks too. The weather has been pretty nice lately.

These kiddos sure are growing!

Love, Hannah

hangin' out together

the kids and i are home alone tonight.
d is out of town on business until tomorrow afternoon.
our first night home alone, and things are going great! they had baths, then we hung out on the bed reading stories for a little while (as long as they could pay attention!) then got our p.j.'s on and headed to bed.

can you believe these two are almost 5 months old?
they are starting to play together more and more, in fact, the more I leave them alone, the more they play with each other. i have to peek into the room to watch so they won't see me, otherwise they stop talking to each other and just watch me!

we have really been enjoying the nice weather, it's finally cool enough for us to be outside some. we are taking a couple walks a day!


davis and lydia :: 4 months

my little munchkins are four months old!
davis is grabbing at his feet, so cute!
lydia rolled from her back to her tummy today!
they both just LOVE their jumpy seats...they bounce all over and watch each other do it. we have two jumpy seats next to each other so they can "dance" together.
they are really starting to notice each other more, they even kinda "talked" to each other tonight, and smiled back and forth
lydia is smiling so much more, and continues to be the more talkative of the two (most days)
davis smiles all the time...a big grin full of gums
we took the 4 hour trip to Michigan last weekend. it went very well...SO much better than the last few trips! they did great!
they have been getting a little rice in their bottles for almost two months now, so we decided to play around with a little thicker stuff.....
lydi loves it! she opens right up and eats like a pro!
davis is getting the hang of it, he still spits a lot of it out with his tongue, but he leans forward for more. here, davis is concentrating more on a "project" in his pants than he is his snack!
he'll hate me for this picture someday, but it just cracks me up!

i've had a couple follow up appointments from my infection...all is well, and things look great.
i'm also taking some time to make some more skirts for Pretty Stinkin' Green! I'm having so much fun with it, and it's great to get the serger back out and put to use! i made four skirts yesterday!

it's lots of fun around here!

love, hannah