Tonight after Hannah had her bath and got dressed for bed, she decided she would hula hoop for a little while. She eventually got to the point where she was just spinning around the living room, making herself dizzy! I don't know how she spins around for so long. I did that once at my Aunt Pat's house while she was vacuuming and got so sick to my stomach, I thought I was going to puke. I remember she gave me a bucket to hold while I was on the couch and told me that I probably shouldn't do that anymore. Do you remember that Aunt Pat? Anyway here are a couple of pics of Hannah hula hooping! Look below, she even does it while standing on her knees. Now how talented is that?? I can't do it anyway but, around my neck! Too much stuff everywhere else but, that's o.k. 'cause I'm workin' on that!
Here is Hannah with her daddy by the parrot. I think it made her a little nervous. It took quite a bit of coaxing to get her to look in the direction of the camera. I guess she felt like at least if she watched it she could get away from it if she saw it coming at her! I had a hard time deciding which pictures to put on the blog so you're getting a bunch today! Should make up for all the days that I didn't post any. You can get your fix today! I also have some video but, I probably wont get into those tonight!
Posing in the diving tank was fun. They had steps behind this diver statue thing and she was able to stand up behind him so that we could almost see her. She still wasn't quite tall enough though so Joey held her up. They had sting rays that you could actually touch in this area. Joey was brave enough but, Hannah and I passed on that one, thank you! Then they had a bottle of hand sanitizer for you to use on your hands but, you have to reach to practically the bottom of the tank. Hand sanitizer doesn't work so well up to the elbow!
Joey took mine and Hannah's picture standing by this tiger statue. I wish the pictures of the actual tiger had come out but I had my finger over the lens when I took those pictures! Lovely! I'm quite the photographer...don't hire me for anyone's wedding! I was surprised though that Hannah stood as close as she did to the tiger. He (I guess he was a he) was just behind a piece of glass and so you were able to stand right next to him! Creepy! He had a pool in his cage and Hannah was impressed that he was taking a bath! She did jump when he ran past her real fast chasing his ball. But, she kinda laughed at him too so I guess she wasn't too traumatized. All this after her dream about the tiger this morning!
Outside they had a merry go round, ferris wheel, train and a dancing water fountain among other things. The water fountain was set up so that kids could actually get in it and water would squirt up randomly out of holes in the ground. If they were standing right over a hole when it squirted, they got wet! I was glad I had brought an extra set of clothes that included a onsie so that I could change Hannah before she got in there. Because once she saw it and that kids were playing in there, she was so there! The fountain got her once right in the face. She took it rather well! I guess she was having too much fun to let it bother her!
Pray for Hannah's Papa. Tomorrow (Thursday) he is having a heart cath. done and possibly having angioplasty (sp?) or a stint put in.
Click here to see Hannah on the Merry Go Round! Warning the video quality isn't wonderful!
Now I have always considered Hannah to be a very bright child...who doesn't think their child is smart...but, I know Hannah really is smart. There are disadvantages to having a child that picks up vocabulary quickly. Tonight as we drove home we hear Hannah from her carseat saying, "lewzurs suck!" What? What did she just say? Then she said it again..."lewzurs suck!" "Hannah, don't ever say that! Where did you learn that," we asked. "Fwom Wittle Wascals." I didn't know they said that in that movie and I've watched it 20 or so times!
When I go into public restrooms, I try my hardest not to touch anything! And it freaks me out when Hannah touches anything too but, never the less, she always touches practically everything. I know, it's disgusting! I always hear people snickering in the stalls next to me when I say, "Hannah don't touch ANYTHING!" Well, I guess she has seen me flush the toilet with my foot before and a couple of times she has stuck her foot up to flush. Amazingly, her legs are long enough that she manages to flush like that. Kind of defeats the purpose though when she holds on to the bar to keep her balance, you know the one that everyone else probably touches while they're in there. Not to worry though soap and water always follows!
Over the weekend I discovered that Hannah has a new thing she has learned. The other day she was brushing her teeth and she pointed to the hot water knob and said, "dat says Hannah's name, it's a H!" She was so excited. It's weird because all of the sudden she is pointing out the letter "H". It was on the wall at a restaurant, on a street sign...it's everywhere! She gets so excited when she finds an "H". She'll say, "look, dat says Hannah's name! It's a "H". "H" says,'huhhh'!" She even said yesterday morning that there was an "H" on my beep beep thing! That's the steering wheel, in case you were wondering! I hope she doesn't lay claim to my car now!! Hopefully I still have a few years for that!
I also think it is amazing that I was actually able to get them somewhat symmetrical. She was wiggling the entire time. I kept saying, "Hannah, would you please be still!" I had thought if I gave her something to stand on in front of the mirror she would watch and cooperate a little but, she seemed more interested in the sink and faucet than looking in the mirror. Now when I want her to wash her hands is when she wants to look in the mirror! Crazy how that works! And as you can see, getting her to look at the camera these days is an issue all in itself!
I didn't tell her where we were going this morning until we were getting into the car. I just kept telling her that we were going to a special place and that she would have so much fun. When I was trying to get her to sit down in her carseat (which sometimes takes a minute or two) I told her that we were going to the fwimmin' fwace! She raised her eyebrows and looked at me surprised an asked, "an we donna fwim at dat fwimmin' fwace?" She sang the entire way there. She didn't realize that we had pulled up to the place when I said, "are we there yet?" She looked up and squealed, "yep, we here now, we at dat fwimmin' fwace and we donna fwim, fwim, fwim! I toe tited a doe dere!"
When it was time to go and I finally coaxed her out of the pool (by telling her they were closing) we went into the locker room to change into dry clothes and they have some fancy scale there and she hopped up on it. She weighed 26.4 pounds. Now I have a way to weigh her more accurately than our home scales and I don't have to wait until she has a doctor's appointment.
Then tonight I had a meeting with the ladies at church to go over plans for our annual ladies banquet. I left Hannah home with Maw Maw and Daddy! And...I really missed her. After the meeting I went to work out and didn't get home until 11:50 PM. Hannah was already asleep and it kinda made me sad because I was wanting to tell her goodnight and see her for just a minute before she went to sleep. Strange how that is. I spent all day with Hannah and I still missed her for the few hours that I was gone. I know that I am fortunate to stay home with her. I don't think...let me rephrase that...I know I wouldn't last one day in the work world now that I have her. I would be worthless to any employer because all I would be able to do is wonder what she was doing and if she was doing something new that I was missing! I know that some mother's don't really have a choice about working but, I honestly don't know how they do it. I could have waken her up when I got home tonight but, somehow I don't think Maw Maw would have appreciated that very much because she probably had just gotten her down.
Tomorrow Hannah and I are going swimming at the fitness center. I have worked out for 5 days in a row and now I'm going to take a day or two off. But, I am going to take her swimming. I'm so excited, I can't wait. Now I need to go wash my fwimmin' tute (see Bocabuwawy Post) so that it will be dry by morning. I'll try to get a few pictures tomorrow when we go.
So...you should all be proud of me...I have worked out for the 4th day straight! I feel really good! But, I have to confess that on the way home from the gym tonight, we stopped by Taco Bell for dinner! Darn the luck, it was the only place open! Anyway, I didn't eat any more than I usually would so I figured that my work out wasn't completely waisted!! Ha ha, yes, I meant waisted not wasted! Plus, I ate really well all day today...better than usual so I'm still o.k. Oh alright, I'll quit, I shouldn't have had Taco Bell for dinner but, it was oh, so yummy!
pway-an enjoyable activity done with friends, can also be done with family members or alone.
fray-talking to God.
pway era-an area in the mall or eating establishment designed with children in mind, it generally has climbing structures and padded surfaces.
fwing-sitting on a seat attached to two chains hanging from a tree, ceiling or other high sturdy surface and going back and forth on it.
mcdonalds-a place to eat chicken nuggets and pway on deir pway era.
pwize-the toy that comes in your kid's meal.
fwize-the fried potatoes that come in your kid's meal.
macdonald-that duck that runs around with Mickey Mouse.
tuckie teese-an eating establishment designed for hyperactive children, they serve pizza and put on a show with a mouse by the name of Chuck, they also have a huge pway era.
dunna-another way of saying going to.
Mom-another name for Maw Maw.
Dawn-another name for Mommy (Shawn).
Doe-ey-another name for Daddy (Joey).
My pear-rents-another name for Mimi and Papa.
fwimmin'-getting in the water and flailing your arms and legs about to propel you through the water.
fwimmin' fwace-the thing with the water in it.
fwimmin' tute-what you wear in the fwimmin' fwace.
ticken-a bird that is good for eating once fried, baked, boiled or grilled.
Here she is while we were waiting for Joey to finish copying the bulletins for Sunday. We sat in the car while he went into office depot to make the copies. I let Hannah get out of her carseat and play. She drove and messed with every knob and button she could find. I had her scoot the seat way forward so that when Joey got back in he would have trouble getting in. It worked. The driver's seat on a Honda Pilot will get as close as about 6 inches from the steering wheel. Why anyone would want that is beyond me. It will also raise up higher and tilt! Sorry about your shin, honey!
Last night Joey and I joined a fitness club! Aaagh! I have to have a test run on my heart in May and I am determined that the results will be better than last time! It's called an MVO2 and it is the test that they use to determine if you are eligible for a heart transplant. You have to get on a tread mill and I'm convinced that they want you to walk until your legs fall of or you pass out and die one! I'm not talking strollin' here either! I'm talkin' uphill practically running! I don't know how anyone "passes" that test. Anyway, your maximum volume oxygen or something like that has to be at 14 or below for you to be eligible for a transplant and I am shooting for at least 15. The first time I had that test run, my number was 11.3...yuk! The second time it was 13.something. This time it will be higher!
Look, it's a mini Minnie Pearl!
... she's down for the night! Hannah went to sleep tonight when we were at dinner. That was a late dinner at about 9:15 or so. She is still asleep now and it's 12:40...I'm praying that she will stay asleep because that is a terribly long nap for so late in the evening.
...and there aren't crayon's in our pipes somewhere! Today I went into the bathroom where Hannah had been...supposedly going potty! Above you can see what she was actually doing. It's not a great picture of it so if you can't tell, that is the toilet lid. She decorated it using little wax writing utensils! I tried to find the crayons that she did this with but, can't. Do you think that might be the reason the toilet was stopping up?!?!?! Augh! I don't think she would really flush crayons down the toilet but, then again, she is two! If I'm not mistaken, two year olds have been known to do such a thing...haven't they?
And yes, she's still my favorite girl!
We didn't do much today...just stayed around the house. I pulled some weeds out of Hannah's sandbox and she played in there some. This was a treat for her because I'm not really an outside person and we don't go outside much to play but, the weather here was very nice...cool and breezy, not very humid.
So, tell me what you think!...About the new look, not the fact that I am a dork!
I think it is safe to say that the full moon was in full effect today! Maw Maw had a flat tire on the way to work this morning and Joey had to go change it for her. The lady that was supposed to stay with Leigh Anne didn't show today...car trouble, so we all went to lunch with Mimi. She is on spring break and we were going to spend some time with her today. After lunch we went to Fry's electronics and looked around. Then back home to take Mimi to get her car, then to Discount Tire to drop off Maw Maw's tire. On the way home from there we saw a little girl riding her bike get hit by a car! Joey said her name was Julie so, if you think of her, say a prayer for her and for the lady that hit her. The little girl seemed o.k. when the ambulance took her to the hospital but, she had a huge bump on her head and was fighting to get up. Then she really freaked out when they put the neck brace on her. And the lady that hit her was very upset. She had a green light and I don't think it was her fault but, I know she must feel awful. Leigh Anne, Hannah and I waited in the car while Joey got out to see if they needed help then waited for the police and ambulance to arrive. Leigh Anne was upset and Hannah kept asking questions then she thought we hit the little girl. When we finally got home she told Maw Maw that "we hit dat dirl on her bicycle." I'm still not sure she understands that we didn't hit her. She may bring it up later and we'll talk about it again though. Joey had 3 seconds of fame tonight though because they showed a clip on the news about the accident. The shot they showed was taken from a news chopper and you could see a spec of Joey in the top corner of the screen!
My car has been sucking oil fumes for some time now and I had to get my oil changed and on the way home we stopped at CVS and as we were pulling in we saw an ambulance and about 5 police cars in the parking lot. I almost told Joey to turn around and we'd come back later. I didn't want the police that were there to see us and think we were ambulance chasers!!! Because we saw some of the same police officers. We think one of them saw Joey and recognized him because he did a double take. But, we went anyway...I was ready to get home for good. That was enough for one day...don't you think? I'm glad to be turning in early tonight!
She fell asleep during the other speakers ... nothing against them ... they just weren't wearing chaps and spurs! Go figure! During the break, Hannah told Maw Maw that she wanted to see "dat towboy adain!" And she was asking where he was during the 2nd half of the services. Afterwards we had a barbecue dinner at church and as we were leaving she had to tell the cowboy bye! Then I was putting her in her carseat and she didn't want to sit down so I told her the cowboy was watching and she sat down real fast. I said, "you want the cowboy to see you being a good girl and being sweet, don't you?" "Uh-huh," she said. Then she had to wave at him in his truck as we pulled out of the parking lot!
There should be a song, "Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Marry Cowboys!" I would sing it to her everyday!!! Wait a minute, it doesn't matter if he's a cowboy...I don't want her to get married to anyone!!!
After dinner we went by Best Buy and Super Target (yee-haw, Super Target). However, we didn't stay long in Target. Hannah threw the biggest fit she has thrown in her entire life! I mean the biggest! I was surprised at the fit she threw! We were in the children's section just looking around at the clothes and as we were headed out of that section we passed by the pacifiers (we should be working on that too) and Hannah saw her brand...in pink! Of course she wanted some because she doesn't have pink ones. So I thought, whatever I don't care if she has a pink nini...they will match her pink clothes! I grabbed a two pack and put them in the basket. Well, halfway down that aisle she sees the bottles and starts crying because she wants a bottle too. Sorry, I draw the line at the pacifier...we're not getting a bottle. At which she screams! Yeah, she screamed! "Stop that! We do not scream like that," through my teeth. Screams again..."I want dat bottle!" I am talking the people on the other side of the store heard that she wanted a bottle scream! Oh, I don't think so! So I put the pacifiers back and we headed to find daddy because we were leaving! And the whole store heard the whole thing. Everyone except Joey that is! I had to call him from the car because I was tired of people looking at me in that "shut your kid up" tone of look! The rest of the way through the store she was screaming because I had put the pacifiers back. "I want pink ninies, I want dose pink ninies!"
Now I consider myself to be somewhat firm with Hannah. I understand that she is only two but, I feel that if I let her get away with things when she is two, she will not understand when she is five and suddenly I don't let her get away with the same things. That wouldn't really be fair to her anyway. But, tonight this "being firm" took on a whole new meaning for me. So much so that it makes me want to cry. When I told her that little girls that act like that and aren't nice don't get nice prizes and new things, she changed her tune real fast and said, "oh, I nice now, I want dat pink nini." And she cried like her heart was broken and I honestly think she was sorry for screaming in the store. It was sad and I wanted more than anything to run back in the store and get the pink nini for her. I don't mind if she is spoiled, I just don't want her to be a brat. And I'll probably get her a pink nini tomorrow. But, I couldn't tonight and it nearly killed me!
So as I was saying, Uncle Wayne came over on Sunday and he and Hannah usually have the best time together. He plays with her, catches her, tickles her and hides from her and scares her! She loves it. I would imagine that the whole neighborhood hears her giggles and squeals! And truth be known...I think Wayne has just as much fun as Hannah! This Sunday they got a kick (no pun intended) out of trying each others boots on. It didn't work out as well for Wayne!
That shirt she has on is one that was Joey's when he was little. Mimi put it on Hannah one night when she needed something to wear at their house and I had forgotten extra clothes. Hannah fell in love with the shirt and insists on wearing it when she sees it's clean. That shirt was bought back in the day and I think it's safe to say that they have gotten their money's worth out of it.
Here she is standing on her head while playing peek a boo with us. I actually had to crawl up under the blanket to get this picture which is why it is so blurry but, I still like the picture. I totally surprised her under there!
Tonight for dinner we actually ate at home! Wanna know what we ate? Fried shrimp, onion rings and french fries! Hee hee hee! Some of you will understand the significance of that and some of you wont but, that's o.k.! It was yum-mee! Hannah ate about 10 pieces of "rimp". She also really enjoyed the "unjun wings". And Maw Maw made enough that we will have some left over tomorrow. Shrimp sandwiches...mmm!
Just to let you know how smart my girl is...a couple of nights ago we were out and about and Joey decided to go around the back way to where we were going so that he wouldn't pass by Toys 'R Us and then Hannah wouldn't beg to go there. Well, a new restaurant just opened here called Freebirds and we decided to try it out one night about a week ago. So we have been to Freebirds once but, when we were driving down the road we passed by it and Hannah says, "dere Fweebirds is, and dat way is to my pabwit Toyz A Us!" Are you kidding me? How does she remember these things? Don't you know that I am afraid for when she gets older...and smarter? We can't get anything by her now (she is only two you know)...imagine when she is five!
This evening we went to the Container Store (that place is way too expensive, by the way). I had told Hannah that I wouldn't make her get in the buggy if she was good and didn't run away from us. I was pushing the buggy ahead of Hannah and Joey when I heard Joey say, "that would make a great bunk bed!" Hannah giggling in the background struck my curiosity so I turned around to see what they were doing and this is what I saw.
Last night I got a new comforter at Target (we had our old one for 6 1/2 years, it was time and I finally saw one that I liked). So I'm not known for being one to make my bed every morning but, something about having a new comforter made me want the bed made today! The only bed that was made in the house and that was the bed Hannah wanted to play...er jump on. I got this round pillow that she seems to enjoy pretending is a pony. "Ditty up, ditty up, horsey!" Then she decided that she would watch "Towboy" aka Toy Story. Looks like she made herself right at home.
Carol Anne, can I just say that I love it when you comment on Hannah's blog! It makes my day! And yes, I do sleep, I'm headed to bed now and it's only 12:45 AM!
Occasionally Hannah will bring a toy and a piece of tissue paper to me and ask me to wrap her toy like a "pwesent". We have had to put a door knob spinner on the pantry door because more than once Hannah has gotten in there and poured rice all over the floor (which by the way hurts if you step on it bare footed). But...if you don't shut the door all the way, the door knob spinner does you no good. This evening Hannah got quiet yet again...and this is what she was doing. That is my little hand mirror that she has wrapped in foil all by her amazing little self. "Here, dis por you, mommy. Don't open it 'til Prismas, it's a suhpwize, otay," she tells me. She's so funny! Hopefully she wont really mind if I open it before Christmas because I'm gonna need that tomorrow when I fix my hair!
After choir practice they had a song playing on the cd player and at this Hannah decided that was her cue to get up there with a mic and sing! I wish my phone would record more than 15 seconds of video but, I haven't figured out if that is possible to do. Here she is performing with Woody the towboy singing back-up! That is until she drops him on his head!
For some reason, blogger isn't letting me link to the site that has the video. So here is the ugly address all spelled out for you! Nice, huh!?!?
She has been on a Toy Story kick lately and was really hoping to find a "towboy" in Target last night. When we realized they were out of Woody dolls, I had to tell her that we would look for one at the mall. We found one and she was so excited...it was out of the box before we left the mall. So last night when we went to the rodeo, we had to take Woody...of course, he is a "towboy" after all and what better place for a cowboy than the rodeo. She was so cute in her cowgirl boots and denim, draggin' that Woody doll along beside her. People would see her walk by and just oh and aww! I love it when they do that! Now I have said all along that I'm not a huge fan of the western look but, she is awfully cute in her boots. And it's hilarious to watch her try to run in them. As I have mentioned before, it's hard for me to find clothes that fit her right in the waist so she is constantly pulling her drawers up! Tonight she would run a little...which is funny in and of itself in her boots but, then she would stop and pull her skirt up with all her might, take off running again only to stop a few steps ahead to pull 'em up again! Needless to say, she was out by the time we got home. I love it when she does that! Well, when she does it and actually stays asleep when we get home, which she did!
Also today, we took Hannah back to the asthma and allergy specialist for her follow up visit. She is doing much better. Still a few more weeks to do breathing treatments but, he didn't hear near the noises in her lungs that he heard last week. And...we can begin to taper the breathing treatments down and only do two treatments a day instead of three. Yeah! The doctor asked Hannah if her nose was good, "um-huh," then he asked about her throat and ears, "um-huh," both times..."can you cough for me," he asked. "Um...no," she said. Well, she is an honest child!