When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2

Monday, December 31, 2007

Pondering a Family Weekend as the New Year Begins

A weekend away with family used to mean such a different set of circumstances. With two children under three, venturing out to anyplace not your own babyproofed paradise is...a challenge. There is no relaxation lest your two year old break a precious snowglobe that belongs to your sister in law into a bazillion pieces while your ever gracious MIL attempts to pick up every last piece of glittered glass and your eight month old tries to eat glass fragments. This is only a slight exaggeration of one of the many mishaps that occured in a short three day weekend to visit Scott's sister and her family.

So I am left wondering what I can do to make my family more host friendly. Meaning, how can we become a more flexible family that is actually a pleasure to have as guests? Perhaps when the kids are older it will be easier. For now, I find myself completely slave to my rocking chair for nursing, a crib for containing Wyatt, two separate rooms for my children, a bathroom in our room, a thermostat I control, and the walls and door of our house as a buffer for the noise we create so I don't feel guilty.

That said, I have never encountered a more hospitable environment, especially considering our rude guesthood (I know it's not a word)...delicious meals that never ended, drinks and snacks abounding, clean towels and sheets at every turn, no chores, no dishes, and ever entertaining conversation, a lovely home full of laughter and excitement, beautiful clean air and views of horse pastures and open spaces. Thank you Sean, Julie, Sierra and Matthew for loving us just as we are (sorry about the snow globe). Thank you Grammie and Papa for helping us feel at ease and reminding us that this stage will end. (And we will probably miss it, let's be honest. :))

God is good. Blessings surround us. Peace be with us and with you as the new year begins.

-The Haners

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Kya Outfit

I still have to finish the bottom of the top with a matching ruffle to the pant, but I had to share this. It turned out really cute and will be perfect over a brown turtleneck for the winter! :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Zebra Pillows and Fleece Throw

Pattern Perfection

I found this picture online and am going to create a pattern similar for Easter and Valentine's outfits. Isn't this so cute? And you could totally put a shirt under the top for cold weather!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Valentine's Outfits

I am taking orders NOW for Valentine's Day sets. I will be making the dress shown below under the Pirate Dress Set entry, which comes with a long sleeve shirt (and looks fabulous with jeans!) and ruffled sweatshirts/long sleeve shirts and matching bows. I will also be adding a ruffle bottomed pant set which is the same as the shirt set but with pants to match (either knit fabric pants or jeans). Since the fabric hasn't been showing up on my email, I am blogging it for people to see here. These are three of the several fabrics I will be using, but I think they are SO cute! :)

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Haner Girls Smelling The Roses

Our dear friend Kelly took some beautiful shots of Kya and me at my folks' house. We are so thankful to her for her time and expertise. Speaking of smelling the roses, the Haner house has a great feel to it these past few days as we enjoy rather than worry about our circumstances. We are so fortunate to live as we do and to have each new day to glorify God with a positive attitude. Life is good.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Princess Sweatshirt Set

I just finished this princess sweatshirt set with a black hoodie and matching bows. I think this set is so cute. What do you all think?

Recent Haner Happenings

Kya's newest Cabbage Patch Kid came to us as an early Christmas present from dear friend Kelly Kitchens. She is named Asha and joins her sister Carrie as part of Kya's beloved collection. Here is Kya snuggling close with Asha and Carrie in her room.

Ooooooo was Wyatt mad when he got stuck inside his toy basket while waiting for a bath. I'm a bad mom reaching for the camera instead of rescuing him immediately. :)
Turn your head to the left to see Wyatt wearing his new hat made by dear friend Mary, one of many adopted grandmas around town. :) He left it on almost all the way through breakfast.

This is my bow table at the recent Solera Craft Fair. What fun! :)

A very serious Kya awaits our family Christmas photos at my parents' house. Thanks to Kelly for taking our family photos (soon to be posted.)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ilona's Dress

Well, I needed a model for the dress I made Rachel's daughter for her birthday. (And for the matching bows too of course.) So Kya struck this "gangsta" pose for me. :) I love to sew and make cute little girl outfits with bows. LOVE it! I hope some of my friends start asking me to make clothes and bows for their girls (hint hint ;) cuz I just think it's so cool to have a custom made outfit that is the perfect color and style for your baby. :)

My Men

This is a picture of my dad, my hubby and my sweet baby boy as well as a picture of my late Grandpa Trev in the background. :) All my men together. Such strength, joy, love, sweetness, and wisdom in one picture.

New hairdo

Today, I went to a new hairdresser named Shane Bodewig at Mirage Salon. I had a 50% off coupon so I decided to check him out! He was so awesome and he did such a professional job. And we had a nice chat as well. I will of course have to put my newly done locks promptly up in a pony tail to avoid pulling and spit up saturation from my sweet babies, but it is nice to have a moment of beauty. :)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Issues with the Haner Babies

We've got some issues with the Haner kids lately. The kids aren't sleeping and Kya is pushing Wyatt regularly despite consistent and swift discipline. I feel like we have tried everything. I am soooooooooo sleepy from getting up 4-6 times a night to nurse Wyatt and/or put Kya back in bed. They both go right back to sleep thankfully, but man oh man, it gets tiring.

Issue two: Kya pushes Wyatt often and his head hits the floor often. I am getting worried that he's going to have a concussion or some other serious problem. We have spanked, time outed, yelled, discussed, and done them all again and again and nothing works. She just keeps doing it! It makes me SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad and sad.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.