Friday, December 31, 2010

Still Christmas

Harper is not quite ready to give up Christmas yet. She had to find a place to hang the stockings and candy canes. Oh, and she has this book that plays Jingle Bells in one of those high pitched mechanical noises that could make a person crazy. I did get her to help me take down the tree though.

P.S. Look out the window... our snow is finally melting! I'm sure that won't be the last of it for the season, but it melted for now.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(Another) Remodeling Post...

It would be more fun if you could come see it yourself, but since you can't, here are some more photos...

Looking from the front door, we have a doorway to the family room now that you can actually fit furniture through! (Doorway was just 28 inches before...too bad we didn't have this big doorway when they delivered the new couch the other day...) And the dining room didn't grow, but it looks a lot bigger now! (Please disregard the continuing mess... this house is like one of those number puzzles where you keep moving the number tiles to try to get them into the right order. Most of the remaining stuff has to make its way down to the basement to my art area.)

Christmas morning

We had a fun Christmas. Santa brought candy canes for Harper just like she asked for. This photo is where she wanted pictures of each of them.She liked unwrapping all of the presents...Mimi Ruby and Papaw Mark came over to help unwrap.And she loves her new doll house from Grandma Jane and Grandpa Chuck!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Rudolph - Harper 12-23-2010, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I might be programming this kid right...

Just now over our morning oatmeal:

Harper: Are you happy, Ma?
Me: Yes. Are you happy, Harper?
Harper: Yes.
Me: What makes you happy?
Harper: Mama makes me happy.
Me: Thanks, Harper! You make me happy too.
Harper: You're welcome, Ma.

Seriously, what this kid does just makes me smile.

As an aside, she also talks to all sorts of inanimate objects now. For example: "Thank you for helping me eat my oatmeal, Spoon." According to Mimi, she befriended a speck named Baby Toothpaste yesterday. "Do you like my blankie, Baby Toothpaste? You do? Grandma made this blankie. She can make you one too."

Monday, December 20, 2010

And there goes some more...

And the demolition continues...

The demolition phase is almost complete. Somehow we picked the part of the house to remove that has the most wiring in it.

This is what you see when you walk in our front door.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Family Trip

We went to Chicago yesterday to see the Jim Henson / Muppets exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was a long drive to go there and back in a day, but we had a great time. Harper loved the Christmas tree exhibit. That tree in the background above was HUGE! She also liked the storm area which was pretty cool. Everything was really large scale... a huge vortex creator, and some kind of lightning generator on the ceiling that made big lightning (and a really loud noise which Harper really didn't like the first two times, but by the third time it went off, she was watching the lightning and thinking it was ok). Harper's favorite part of that area was a part where you could mix colors of light. She got to push the switches up and down to take away different colors of light to see what color her pink shirt would be.

The Muppets exhibit was great, but we couldn't take photos in there. :( Seeing Jim Henson's doodles up close was my favorite along with the Muppet characters they had there in plexiglass cases. Harper liked this felt board display where you could build your own muppets. We pretty much had to drag her away from that one.

We'll have to go back again someday. There was lots we didn't see this trip. Overall, a fun day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Going... Going...

But not quite gone. Getting there though!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Clue

Harper thought you could use another clue. I tend to think this one gives it away, but then Harper hasn't quite mastered the subtlety of good clues yet. Or maybe we just have a new thing for exposed toilets.
Why rip out a perfectly good bathroom, you might ask? Well, we're just going to have to keep you guessing on that one for now. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Question: Why would the crazy homeowners (I mean my husband and I in case there's any question about who we're talking about here) install a toilet in their utility room? (I'm having flashbacks to some house we lived in that had a toilet in a strange place (which we removed)... but for some reason I can't remember it clearly.) Answer: No, it's not so they can see the snow outside while using the bathroom.

I'll give you one hint. The picture below is our front entry. The closed door is a bathroom. The room behind that is a dining room.
And in other news, Harper decorated her own special Christmas tree. Multi colored flashing lights and all. If you're looking for the ornaments, look very, very low...

Monday, December 6, 2010

We might be getting a little carried away...

Once upon a time, there were some homeowners who just didn't know when to quit remodeling. They started with some cool ideas about moving around existing kitchen cabinets so they could have a bar, more counter space, AND an island...But then take about ten big steps backwards and look again... be careful not to trip over all the stuff sitting around. Oops, those crazy homeowners just took a wall out. And now they just don't know how to stop. Watch out! :)

Friday, December 3, 2010


I know you want to see pictures of our sweet girl, but... you get to see pictures of our in progress kitchen remodel instead.

Here's the before:Here's post demo, pre-tile:Here's the tile:And now you have to wait just like us to see how it turns out. We have a lot of work to do now that the tile is laid. (Including darkening the grout. It's too light!)
Since you were so patient, you get a reward:

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Long Overdue Update.

Kind of working in reverse chronological order:

Doug got a new toolbox, so Harper got a new "house". Hello, Harper!
We dressed up in our finest to go pony riding. "Good pony," says Harper.Harper spent some time playing in the fall leaves. Papaw Mark took lots of good photos.While I was gone for a work trip, Harper had a fun Halloween. This photo kind of breaks my heart - seeing her interact with pre-school kids like a big girl just makes her seem too grown up too fast. Her first variation of cowgirl costume... This was the day she said she didn't want to be a cowgirl, she wanted to be Harper. I think she warmed up to the idea of being a cowgirl when she saw the other kids all dressed up.The second variation of the cowgirl costume... Mimi Ruby said that Harper said, "Thank you very much" when she got candy. Sad I missed that too.Harper likes to put on her "fancy" dresses. Whenever we put one one, she says, "I am beautiful! I am beautiful!" while spinning around in circles. This photo below I'm holding for blackmail someday if Harper tells me that I don't know anything about style. ;) The special bow on top was her idea.
I'll try to post updates more often. Right now we're enjoying being busy around here. Harper has been painting, playing with Play-Doh, drawing, and generally keeping busy. Her favorite movie of this very moment is Snow White, but Toy Story is still at the very top of her list, I think.
If she bumps into one of us, she says, "Sorry about that." which we think is just pretty stinking cute.
She's trying to learn to use the potty, but it's slow going. Mostly she uses it right now as a stall tactic before going to bed. What she doesn't know is that Mommy is about to move her bedtime up a half hour to account for all the stalling. :) Actually, last night she tried everything she had in her repertoire to try to not go to bed - "I need to eat... I'm hungry. No, I not go to bed, I use the potty." and even "I want to sleep with you... I want to cuddle." That last one was new. She's not really a cuddler, but I think she knows I'm trying to turn her into one.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Friday, October 15, 2010

I want to remember...

I don't know why this little conversation with Harper this morning is significant... I just know I want to remember. To remember our little moments...

A few days ago, she learned how to open her bedroom door (and that she could stand on her bed to turn on the light switch). This morning I was reading in bed, so this morning when she opened her door she came in there. Here's our conversation:

Harper: Wake up. (while trying to pull off my covers)
Me: I need to stay in bed to sleep. (kidding, of course - I'd been up since 6)
Harper: You HAVE to.
Me: Why do I have to get out of bed?
Harper: We need to go downstairs.
Me: What are we going to do downstairs?
Harper: Look at new carpet.
Me: Are we going to do anything else?
Harper: Watch Umizoomi with the train.
Me: Anything else?
Harper: You get out of bed now. We go downstairs.

So I got up. :) That's it. Don't know why I felt a need to write this down. Probably something about her growing up. It seems like she's grown up a lot over the last few weeks. She has these funny little conversations with herself and with us. She does things like put on my shoes, and then says, "I'm Mama now! I'm not Harper. I'm Mama!" She also put on the play stethoscope from Rebecca and Emmet and said, "I'm a doctor." I like that she's pretending.

She's been testing boundaries too. Trying to see if she can get away with not listening when we ask her to do things. We've had our little moments of having to explain that she can't hit/bite/kick/yell at us. Sometimes those moments are frustrating, and sometimes they're funny. A few times when I told her she cannot hit, she says, "And no yelling, Mama." The list of things that are "not nice" will probably get longer before it gets shorter.

She's pretty obsessed with Team Umizoomi. She follows along with what they ask her to do, and as of the last few days, she sometimes repeats each sentence after the characters say something.

It still seems like she only eats about 10 foods, but they're all healthy foods, so I don't worry too much about it. She's very interested in talking about the foods that we eat (that she doesn't), but she refuses to try them. She actually gags a little bit just smelling certain foods. Actually right now she's trying to feed me part of her bagel, and is insisting "It's good! It's goooood!" I guess she's taking her cues from us.

Time to go get my own breakfast before Harper force feeds me any more bagel. :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Places in France

Places in France, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Where I was born

Where I was born, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Little painter

Little painter, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harper 9-22-2010

Harper 9-22-2010, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

More on Flickr...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Big Girl!

I've figured out that all my posts from now until Harper is married (at 30, of course) will say, "Harper is growing up just too fast."

She and I can have little back and forth conversations now that are just pretty entertaining. Well, entertaining to her Mama at least. She has likes and dislikes that she can verbalize. She knows about so many things that she sometimes surprises me with telling me something that I didn't think she knew. She notices every airplane in the sky. She knows the names of shapes that make me smile... oval, pentagon, octagon (and all the usuals). She asks for the same movies over and over again like every toddler, but she can also handle a switch to a new movie if I can't take the old one any more. She understands emotions - sad, happy, scary. So far she doesn't really understand mad which kind of makes me happy. She's a fairly good listener. She sleeps in a bed without sides now. She and I tackled taking the crib sides off one morning, and she was so excited when it was done. She kept saying (in super high voice), "I like my little bed! I like my little bed!" while getting in and out of it over and over. The only wrinkle to that plan was yesterday morning when she locked herself in. I started trying to figure out how to unlock the door with the innards of a pen, but then I asked her if she saw the little button on the doorknob. She said "Yes," and when I asked her to turn it, she did! I'm not sure if that will always work, so we're working on changing the knob. She still likes the outdoors more than I can understand. She talks about the sun and moon and stars and sky and day and night and sunny and dark. She likes storms. Really likes them. She likes a few more foods than she used to. I finally got her to try oatmeal, and in her words, "I like it! I like oatmeal!" She recognizes her name when she sees it. She also recognizes the word water, but only because she sees it on the sidewalk every 50 feet where there's a water shutoff. She made her first painting on canvas (will share when I remember to take a photo). She picked the colors and told me when she was "all done" with each one. She likes dresses and bracelets and girly stuff. I don't know how that happened. But she also loves Buzz Lightyear at the same time, so I guess we're not too far gone into girly. Unless what she's telling me that she has a crush on Buzz in which case we have a problem on our hands. Her bedtime routine is a kiss, a hug, a knucklebump, and a high five. My goodness, I love this girl. She's even more awesome than I had hoped for.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Weekend Fun

Good times at Rebecca's house in Cleveland over the weekend. Played with Emmet at the park and at the beach. Spent time catching up, keeping the two kids busy and fed, and occasionally tried to rest. See you next time, Rebecca and Emmet!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Rebecca's House

Rebecca's House, originally uploaded by shellypaints.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Guess who?

Harper! That's who, sillies! She's growing up fast. Last night she came in and announced, "We are here!" Followed by, "I brought you a flower." All of the words were there. What's with the full sentences, my baby?!?
She stood still for a second or two for some pictures.Then she had some "work" to do playing with all of Mommy's stuff that I was working on. Had to take a picture... she literally hung here for three minutes without the chair under her. Happy as a clam.And this is what Harper picked out to wear today. In her words, "Cupcake shirt, shorts like Brookelyn's, seat belt, and boots." And on a very hot day. We had to change that a bit before she left the house for the day.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010