The everyday little things that make our life perfect.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunshine Day

We couldn't resist stopping by the park on our way home from school on this beautiful seventy degree January day!  This weather is crazy but we are loving it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Busy Weekend

What a busy weekend!  We kicked off Saturday at a cousin's birthday party.  Hannah had a blast at the eight or so different bounce houses and slides and we loved getting to spend time with family.  We are amazed that kids have the energy to do anything after spending the morning bouncing and trying to walk around on those things!

After spending Saturday afternoon and evening at our church, we headed to Sherman, TX so we could get up this morning for Chet to preach with his dad.  His dad is the interim preacher at the congregation there and we loved getting to spend the day with them.  They did a fantastic job as always and I love hearing them preach together!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Little Artist

Hannah loves to be creative and drawing is no exception.  Even after taking some art development for children in college, it is still amazing to watch it unfold before your eyes.  It doesn't seem that long ago that her chalkboard was filled with random scribbles and shapes.  Now, she is drawing people and even Mickey and Minnie.  Her drawing above is her family including Olivia (she is in Hannah's lap).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chillin' with her Snack

After such a hard day of work and play at school,
Hannah is so tired that she can't even hold her snack bowl with her hands.

Monday, January 23, 2012

So Very Blessed

We received our CD from our session this past December with Katelyn from Blessed Photography in Lubbock, TX.  She met with us to photography my family for my grandparents' 60th Wedding Anniversary.  She did a fantastic job, especially with Hannah!  She was definitely a ham for the camera!  My immediate family met with her first at the Texas Tech Campus.  It was a bitterly cold, cloudy morning but we had a lot of fun.  From there we headed to the Overton Hotel across the street to meet with the rest of the family for pictures and brunch to celebrate.  Here are just a few of my favorites from the morning:
My Grandparents

 My parents with Miss Hannah

My immediate family

Uncle Jonathan and Hannah

Aunt Jamie, Tyler and Hannah

The Mason Family

Hannah with her Great-Grandparents

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ping Pong Painting

Today, we had a lot of fun painting with ping pong balls!  Hannah loved taking the balls, dipping them in the paint, and rolling them across the paper.  The art project had accomplished another project as well.  The ping pong balls are part of the new discipline strategy that we are trying.  When Hannah makes a good choice, she gets to put one in a jar.  When the jar is full, she earns (a small) something special that she picks out.  This time she picked to have popcorn as a treat one day!  We picked the words, "Good Choices," because they are emphasized in her bible class every week as well as here at home.  We are hoping this will help with some of the problems we have been having lately and it was a fun art project today!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Be Our Guest


After a quick trip to check on Olivia (ok, there is rarely a quick visit to the OB's office), we headed to the mall for lunch, did a little shopping at the Disney Store, and then to the movie theater to catch Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  The theater was a Dine-In theater so we ordered a brownie sundae and cupcakes to split between the three of us for dessert.  It was a great day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"I still not feeling better."

Our sweet girl woke up not feeling well this morning.  When she is sick, I let her lay on the couch all morning, watching movies with her pillow and blanket.  This morning, when I woke her up, the first thing she pitifully told me was, "I need to lay on the couch."  After each show or movie ends, she will tell me, "I still not feeling better," so she can watch another one.  Sometimes, I think she thinks it is a treat to be sick so she can watch TV all day (which we don't normally do)!

This picture is from last night.  She went into Olivia's room and went immediately to this storage ottoman/ bench I made and said, "Picture me!"  She may be getting used to me taking pictures again all of the time!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Into the Wild

This is crazy January weather!  It was 70 degrees today!  We took advantage of the beautiful day and headed to the zoo (we love our annual passes!).  Hannah loves going to the zoo, especially so she can take pictures of all of the animals with her iPod Touch.  She "pictures" all of the animals and even Mom and Dad.  She does like to scare us though when she is a little too reckless with holding the iPod over the rail to get a picture!

"Wow.  Impressive wingspan."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hangin' Out

 Hannah loves hanging out with her family,
especially with these two guys!

Uncle Jonathan is painting Olivia's nursery today.  We love having him around, and he is definitely wrapped around a certain three year old's finger!  Hannah is keeping him entertained by talking nonstop.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bedtime Ritual

Every night before she goes to bed, Chet always reads Hannah a Bible story.  After the story, Hannah decides what she wants to say thank you for in her prayer, and we pray together as a family.  Most of the time, she says thank you for her family, her friends, her school, Bible class, or sometimes what we happened to do that day like seeing the animals at the zoo.  Then we tuck her into bed.  Occasionally, we will yell "I love you!" back and forth until she bursts into giggles.  No matter how crazy the day (or she) has been, this always makes me forget.  No better way to end the day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recreating Memories

One of my favorite pictures ever of Hannah is this one taken on Christmas Day in 2008.  She was nine months old and we were in Walt Disney World.  We found Chip and Dale hiding in a corner of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Hannah just thought it was the funniest thing to be in between the two chipmunks and sat there with a huge grin on her face.

Fast forward almost three years.  We just got our Photopass pictures back from our latest trip in December to Walt Disney World and I found this one.  I had forgotten all about it!  We found Chip and Dale again decked out in the Christmas gear in front of the same gazebo.  Chet told them about the picture that we had done before and they immediately grabbed Hannah and sat her between them.  I love watching my girl grow up with these fun memories!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Decorating Olivia's Nursery

When I have a few spare minutes, I have been working on getting Olivia's nursery together.  Hannah loves to help me!  She has already sorted through her old baby clothes, proclaiming, "Ah, this is cute!" for each one.  Today we started working on a fun mural to hang on the wall.  We don't really have a specific theme in mind.  I found a turquoise blue and pink paisley fabric that I have been decorating around.  It matches a stuffed pink and blue paisley Tigger that we found in Walt Disney World on our last trip.  Lots of bright colors and pretty patterns.  You can see a little of the crib skirt behind Hannah.  I'll post pictures once it is all finished!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mini Cake Boss


It has been a cold and rainy day today!  Hannah spent the afternoon making play-doh birthday cakes.  We are all very excited that school starts again tomorrow!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sewing Like Mom

I have been sewing most of the day for Olivia's nursery and Hannah decided she needed to as well.  It is amazing to think it has been four years since I prepared the nursery for the precious little baby in the picture frame.  Now she is excitedly helping me do the same thing for her little sister!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Olivia Kate

We got to see Ms. Olivia yesterday on a 3D/4D sonogram.  What an amazing experience to be able to see her sweet little face!  She was a bit camera shy for some of it, covering her face with her hands but she warmed up and gave us some great pictures.  

She looks a bit like Hannah with her cute little nose and other facial features.  However, if you ask Hannah who she looks like, she responds with, "She looks like Olivia Kate!"  Hmmm, I think we said the same thing about her when she was born!

She is already on track to be off the growth charts just like her big sister.  I am currently 29 weeks and she is measuring a few weeks ahead of schedule in her height and weight!  The Sneed genes are kicking in!

Already sucking her thumb!
Isn't technology amazing!?  More importantly, isn't our Creator amazing!?

Picture me!

Hannah normally would prefer I not take her picture, but today she wrapped Curious George around her waste and said, "Picture me!"  When she does want her picture taken, she will tell me that I have a set number like five (no more, no less) and she will determine the place and the pose.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Proud Big Sister


We got to see Olivia Kate this morning on a 3D/4D sonogram.  What an incredible experience!  The regular sonogram is always so awesome to see, but to really see her face was so much fun.  I'll post the pictures soon so you can see better.  She has the same cute little nose that Hannah has!

Chet thought it was a great way to spend his birthday today!
Happy Birthday, Chet!  Love you!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"When I'm Six"

Not the best quality picture, but I couldn't help but post it.  I love the look of pure happiness on her face.  Hannah has asked us multiple times for a new puppy but we just can't make it work with our "on the road" lifestyle.  We have told her, "When you are six, then we'll talk about getting a new one."  (Which means in three year old thinking, "We'll get a puppy when I am six!")  In the meantime, we just have fun with Pepe, Nana and Papa's dog!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Getting Ready with Mom


Hannah loves getting ready with me in the mornings.  She combs her hair and puts on her "makeup."  We have quite the conversations when she is in there with me!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kinect Fun

Hannah received a couple XBox Kinect games for Christmas including Kinectimals.
Love hearing her big belly laugh as she teaches her cheetah to do something!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Photo Project 365

I have never been one to really make New Year's Resolutions.  Striving to be better in all aspects of my is something I hope I am continually doing all year long and not just the first month of the year.  I do have one goal for the year and that is to learn how to use my camera better and just to take pictures of daily life.  

It is become a habit to only take pictures for special occasions like holidays and birthdays or when we are on vacation.  InstaFriday has helped capture some of the little things in between but even on "normal" weeks of work and school, those pictures are rare.  I want to be able to remember the things that we do daily and not just her running up to see Mickey (although that is an awesome memory, too!).

There are versions of this all over the internet.  My goal is take a least one picture a day for the next year and to blog the photo daily.  Of course, I will continue blogging all of the special events, but now there will be things to see in between (which should make all of the grandparents happy!).

Here is today's photo.  Love that sweet smile hiding under the box!

Happy New Year!