Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Family Exercises

Daniel is getting ready for swim suit season!



Who's Who



Monday, April 28, 2008

My First Postpartum Run

I went running this morning for the first time since January. It felt so good to put the running shoes back on and go. So far there have been no aches and pains from the run. I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning's date with the road, my shoes, and my thoughts....so invigorating!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Finer Things in Life

In the Hahn Family news this week....

We enjoyed a fun visit with Grandma Pickett

Who taught Daniel about the fine art of eating ice cream cones

And Daniel taught her all about trucks
(James started to fuss a little and Daniel ran into help him by sharing his trucks)

James got a new belly button

We played and visited a lot of fun places and got all tummy tuckered out

Our new baby carrier came which accommodates all sizes of children

We sold our house (well, that was actually last week, but I forgot to mention it).

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Daniel Update

Daniel is doing great and enjoying the warm spring weather. We've had lots of water encounters and have been unprepared for most of them. Oh well, we figure dirt and water on kids clothes is part of the cost for the child's tuition for life. Thank goodness for washing machines and stain removers. Anyways, here are some cute pictures from the last couple of days.

The Chalk Wall in Charlottesville.

Waiting for lunch. Our table was conveniently located near a fountain.

video
Our Little "Tarzan"

Family of Midgets (Children's Museum in Charlottesville)

The kid in us all

James Update

Here he is...two weeks old, and cute as a button!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

All Systems Go

James will be one week old tomorrow. It has been such a wonderful week despite all the bodily adjustments for both of us. We are both doing well. The birth of a new baby helps me remember how grateful I am to be alive! What a wonderful blessing it is to have such a healthy body and to experience this world.

Sleeping

Coming into the world at 9lbs 12oz, 21 inches long, and still sleeping!

Daniel has been such a great big brother. He is always concerned about "the baby". He really likes to hold James. He has shared his trucks with James already. Watching a two year old boy share his trucks with his little brother is a true sign of brotherly love. I'm so grateful I have two boys. Everyone needs good friends in this world and I'm glad they will have each other to experience life with. I was thinking about the beauty of the relationship between the Smith brothers (Hyrum and Joseph). What a blessing it is to have a brother.

We've had some warm days...hooray!
The pool water did start out clean.

Christian has been my guardian angel. I don't know a better way to express it.

Monday, April 7, 2008

James Thomas

"If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle."
-Vincent van Gogh




Saturday, April 5, 2008

Running Through the Years

I really love to run and Christian doesn't love it so much....but he does it. Anyways, I'm so proud of him for running. Today, he ran in a Richmond annual 10k race. This is the first race he has run without me. He signed up all on his own and did such a great job. He constantly amazes me. I'm so grateful to be married him. Anyways, I thought I would pay tribute to his race today by posting some gem pictures of some of the races he has done since we were married.

Virginia Beach 8k (2005)

Deseret News 10k (2006)

Monument 10k (2007)

NTELOS 8k (2007)

Monument 10k (2008)

Part of the Christian fan club!

Boston Marathon here he comes!

Slides, Races, and Puddles

We've had an eventful weekend. I'm so glad we have gotten everything done we needed to. The baby is coming on Monday and personal time seems to disappear for a couple months after having a baby.

Friday, we got new bedroom furniture. It looked like a Styrofoam/cardboard bomb went off in our house, but finally after a trip to the dump and lots of rearranging, everything is back in order. I really like our new furniture.

Christian and Daniel did make a slide out of one of the huge boxes though!

We also had a ward lip sync on Friday. Christian had an improv part...but he's good at that sort of thing.

This morning, Christian ran in a 10k race. It was raining. Daniel and I cheered him on and splashed in a lot of puddles.

Than we all raced home to watch General Conference. The makings of a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Priceless

I love the look of the Pottery Barn shelf organization. I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about...shelves neatly organized with baskets and buckets.


I hate the look of Pottery Barn prices. No way can you buy anything in that store without feeling like you just got ripped off. I understand the quality argument for their prices, but come on.

We've been doing some organizing around here and I have been wanting to recreate the Pottery Barn look without paying the price. I found some cute baskets at Target that I've added ribbon to for 1/3 the price of the Potter Barn baskets. However, my frugal stroke of genius came with the buckets.

I found some 12qt galvanized buckets at Lowes for $4.00 each. I picked out my colors of spray paint and wala...the Pottery Barn look. Getting my buckets to look like the ones you can buy at Pottery Barn was a little project, but who doesn't enjoy a fun project every-once-in-a-while? Plus, there is so much more satisfaction in looking at my buckets knowing I made them look so cute for 1/6 the cost.


I started out with the plain buckets. The hardest part of the project was getting the stickers off the front. Goo Gone is a wonderful product for any household and came in very handy with the sticker remover. I also had to sand the buckets down so the paint would stick better, but other than that, it was just a matter of spray painting the buckets.

I love the way they turned out and the colors are a perfect match for the boys room.

After finishing the buckets, I checked the mail and found a Pottery Barn catalog. Of coarse I quickly glanced through it trying to find the price of the bucket. Each bucket from the Pottery Barn catalog was $29! For the four buckets I needed it would have been $116. Below is a breakdown of my expenses:
  • 4 Galvanized buckets...$16
  • 2 Cans of spray paint...$6
  • Goo Gone...$.05
  • Sand Paper...$.10
  • Satisfaction and fulfillment in completing a project and saving so much money...PRICELESS!