Friday, April 30, 2010

Welcome to the Blog Hop.

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am on the blog hop hosted by Riding the Roller Coaster.
And for those of you new to my blog: Hello, my name is Hannah. I am married to a wonderful man who is in the Army Infantry. We are stationed out here in Hawaii. And we just had a beautiful baby girl!
I really love meeting other military spouses and places like my blog here is one of the easiest ways to do that since our daughter being not quite 2 months and hates her car seat is hard to take out many places right now. =)
I really enjoy fleamarkets, farmers markets, cooking, and spending every second I can with my husband because for us deployments come way too often. We are actually in the process of gearing up for another on next spring... and it feels like he just got home! =(
Anyway I hope to meet some new girls, and make some new friends!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fleamarket Extravaganza.

Well yesterday was just beautiful and Genesis and I took every advantage of it! We went with my friend Cat to a fleamarket downtown. I was great fun and Genesis loved being out in the sunshine! She likes spending time outside when ever she gets a chance. We walked around for about three hours and I brought home a couple of really great finds. I bought Genesis a coconut monkey head bank. It's so cute and will go with her room perfectly as soon as I get it decorated like I want.
It's a jungle type theme, with lots of animals and bright colors!
And I bought the most wonderful garlic balsamic olive oil dip. It is locally made and so awesome!
So of course I came right home and made some challah and coffee to go with it for dinner. Because it is my opinion that challah can make a wonderful dipping bread! It is a little sweet and goes perfectly with the vinaigrette that has a great bite, with just a hint of sweet.
Now I am hoping around the first part of next month I will find a farmers market to go to. I have yet to visit one since I moved to Hawaii and I would love to get my hands on some fresh locally grown produce.
So anyway I am spending today recovering from just a touch of sunburn =), and relaxing with my baby girl waiting for my husband to get home from work. He has Friday off!
This is the life.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A New Way of Life.

Just a lazy Sunday afternoon with my husband and our daughter. It is such a pretty day, yesterday we did a little shopping and I bought a beautiful basket of bright pink flowers to hang on our lanai. I have been wanting some flowers to hang out there for quite awhile now. Our apartment is wonderful in the sense that all our windows face east so it stays rather cool and we almost never have to run our air. But the down side to that is since we don't really get any direct sunlight I can't really keep any flowers alive in the house! And I so did want African Violets. (I'll do those in our next apartment.)
My husband bought me some bamboo a while back but I managed to kill that. It's almost impossible to kill the flowers I just bought, so they should be safe. =) And I am thinking about buying some deep orange ones later on to hang by the bright pink. I think they'd make a nice pair. Anyway it is nice to finally have flowers for our house again.

Wednesday I have plans of going to a Farmers Market in the morning. I'm very excited about it, it has been awhile since I have been to one and I am so very looking forward to it. I would like to get my hands on some fresh local produce. And I bought a new cookbook! Julia Child's, The Way to Cook. It's in the mail on it's way to me and I am pretty excited about that too! I can't wait to try some of her recipes with the fresh local food here!
So funny, if you told me I'd be this excited about a Farmers Market, and new cook book when I was a teenager I'd have called you crazy. (haha) But I can say it sure does make my husband happy.
He knew me when I was a wild child and he likes that I am content now to be at home with him cooking, and crafting, and writing, and raising our little family! And I must say personally I have never been happier!

Anyway I have been browsing the net for interesting recipes and watching Niagara, so I think I'll get back to it before Genesis wakes up and demands my time. =)
This is the life!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pretty Baby Hair Bows.

Finally just a few minutes to update! It seems like I have had almost no time these past few days. My daughter has gotten into a habit of crying and crying for at least an hour solid every day no matter what I try to do to make her happy, which in it's self is just about enough to drive me almost completely crazy.
I have picked up a new little hobby though. Which is how I spend my free time aka her nap time. At least thats how I spend the free time I have in between getting the house cleaned and dinner made.
Anyway I have started making her some hair bows, and there pretty cute if I do say so myself. Most of the websites I've looked at that carry these cute little bows can be kind of expensive, especially if your like me and need a million of them! =) But I can pick up some ribbons, rhinestones, flowers and buttons for a pretty good price and make dozens of them. It's been fun and she looks super cute in them.
My husband tells me I should make and sell some on ebay... And while I'm flattered that he thinks they are that good I don't know where I'd find the time. Unless he wants to start doing his own laundry to save me time that is. hahaha.
She seems to like her bows, well she likes pulling them down around her neck right now anyway. We were out shopping the other day and every time I looked over at her she had her bow around her eyes with her little arms waving frantically trying to figure out who turned out the lights. =)

She is such a little princess. My aunt jokes that she is like my own live baby doll. lol
I did always want a little sister to dress up when I was young. I got three younger brothers instead, though that never stopped me from dressing them up!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our little Sweetheart.

Just thought I'd post a few new pictures of our darling little girl. I just can't believe how fast she is growing. Already over a month old, just doesn't seem like it's been that long already!

Her Easter Duck

Enough with the animals Mom!

She's Daddy's little Wolfhound.

She very often sleeps like her daddy, always an arm or hand across her face. =)

Hanging out in Daddy's chair.

Nap time with her Daddy!

Just a Few Minutes of Spare Time.

Grabbing just a few minutes to update my blog. My darling little girl is asleep... for now. She almost hardly ever seems to sleep these days. And she always wants entertained when she's not asleep. It's really cute but I almost never get anything done around the house now.
My husband had the day off work yesterday so we took the afternoon to get some grocery shopping done, and he took me out to lunch. We were so proud of Genesis she doesn't always do very well going out because she just hates her car seat right now. But she did just fine almost all day yesterday. And I was glad I got the chance to go out with my husband we haven't really been able to go out together since our daughter was born. But we really are homebodys so it's not so bad. We like spending the day at the house together just watching a movie, and talking.
It's really cold today though! I think Hawaii forgot it's supposed to be a tropical island.

So I guess today I am going to try and make sure the house finally get cleaned, and hopefully before 5 this evening. Then my husband should be home and the weekend will begin!
We did find out that he is going back to PRP. He leaves on the 26th and will have to be gone 2 whole weeks... but I guess when it comes the Army two weeks really isn't anything at all. But even though I hate the time he has to be gone, I am really glad he gets to do this. It is something he really wants to do for his career.
And of course he has my support 100 %.

I think I may just spend the time he is away do a little decorating, or at least planning some ideas I'd like to do with our house. I know for sure I'd like to find a couple of hanging plants for our lanai. And hopefully a couple that are nearly indestructible. I did have a bamboo but I've managed to kill that. My husband likes to tease that I'd kill a cactus. But I do love flowers, and I'm going to keep trying till something lives. =)
So wish me luck.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Little Evening Soapbox.

So my darling little girl decided that it would be great if she woke mommy up at 0200 and stay up till 0500... So needless to say I did not get much sleep at all last night. But we did have a pretty wonderful day today anyway. My husband did have to work, the Army just never seems to get enough of him. But he did get home early and we spent the rest of the day together playing COD and watching Desperate Housewives. See we have this system worked out. He plays a game or two then I get to watch an episode of DH. It works well. =] The later he started picking on me, and that turned into a tickling war, which turned into him smearing ink from the ink-pad I had to put our daughter's footprints in her baby book all over me! And I attacked him with shaving cream until we called a truce so I could take a shower. Hahaha, it was hilarious. It makes me very happy that I have the kind of husband I can goof off with and act silly with!

I have also been working on some research the past few days. And it's coming along quite nicely. I'm researching the vaccines that they give baby's Because I don't like the idea of doctors pumping our little girl with over 50 live viruses before she even reaches 6 months of age. And to be honest I don't think I would have ever given this much thought if it weren't for my mom and some of our friends. My mother is a very healthy person with every aspect of her life. All natural is the way she likes to do things. Some of this started years ago when I was in grade school and my dad was into competitive body building. He had to stay on a strict diet. So that is when allot of the things we ate changed. Then just a few years ago my dad was diagnosed with an auto immune disease after receiving a Hepatitis vaccine. So even more things changed at home because my mom found that the more natural things she used in the home and fed our family, the better my dad did. And the less often the disease flared up. So that is what really got her and I into researching the things we put into our body.
And I know that doctors try to tell us that baby's suffering severe negative side affects are very rare I just can't believe that. My husband and I have two friends one who's son after getting the MMR vaccine developed a more severe autism, and our other friend who's baby sister died shortly after receiving the MMR vaccine. And I have read of many more cases of people going through the very same thing. So how can doctors tell us that they aren't linked, or that they are very rare when I alone can list 3 people I know of for sure that have a negative story to tell.
Anyway I am going to post some of the notes I have taken and a couple of the websites I have found if anyone is interested any further into this subject. I guess that's my soapbox rant for the day. =] But I am just too interested in our daughters safety and health not to look into these sort of things for myself.

Vaccine Facts:

1. Vaccine cultures are preserved with ingredients such as Mercury, Formaldehyde, Phenol, Aluminum and MSG. These toxic mixtures are directly injected into babies (children & adults) bypassing the body's built in filters (cilia, tonsils and skin).

--- cilium |ˈsilēəm| |ˈsɪliəm| |ˈsɪlɪəm|
noun (usu. in pl. cilia |ˈsilēə| |ˈsɪliə| |-lɪə|) Biology & Anatomy
a short, microscopic, hairlike vibrating structure. Cilia occur in large numbers on the surface of certain cells, either causing currents in the surrounding fluid, or, in some protozoans and other small organisms, providing propulsion.
• an eyelash, or a delicate hairlike structure that resembles one. ---------

2. Childhood vaccinations are the first assault on the normal functioning of the body, creating neurological damage and debilitating the immune system.

3. Children being routinely vaccinated by what is to be believed "preventive" medicine have by age 6 been exposed to more then 100 viral strains.

4. Vaccinations are frequently administered in combination and in nature itself one would never encounter this type of viral overload.

5. With repeated injections the damage caused by vaccinations can lead to developmental problems, auto-immune disease, sudden infant death, autism and more.

6. Plagues such as smallpox, and polio were never eradicated by vaccines. Smallpox declined with improved sanitation, and polio persists under many new names.


"My suspicion, which is shared by others in my profession, is that the nearly 10,000 SIDS deaths that occur in the United States each year are related to one or more of the vaccines that are routinely given children. The pertussis vaccine is the most likely villain, but it could also be one or more of the others." --Dr. Mendelsohn, M.D.
"There is no evidence whatsoever of the ability of vaccines to prevent any diseases. To the contrary, there is a great wealth of evidence that they cause serious side effects." -- Dr. Viera Scheibner
Disease Control (CDC) produced an internal memo suggesting a "possible association between the vaccine and multiple sclerosis." AAPS calls for a moratorium on hepatitis B vaccination, pending proper clinical studies.
The MMR vaccine, given to children at age 18 months, is derived from aborted fetal cells. It is now definitively linked to America's explosive epidemic of autism by researchers at Utah State University. 3 Autism is a devastating condition involving brain damage, severe abdominal cramping and hyperactivity. During the 2001 congressional autism hearings, Congressman Dan Burton condemned U.S. health agencies for not withdrawing MMR vaccine from the market.
From 1750 to 1950, vast improvements in sanitation and the year around availability of nutrition occurred. Child mortality associated with scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles declined 90 percent between 1850 and 1940 in England and Wales. In 1940 vaccination against diphtheria became compulsory. Whooping cough and measles vaccinations came later. There is no vaccine for scarlet fever, yet scarlet fever seldom occurs today. Mortality associated with measles declined 98 percent before a measles vaccine was produced. The rate of decline in mortality associated with individual diseases did not change following the introduction of specific vaccines. Yet claims are made that vaccines eradicate disease in spite of the abundant counter evidence that vaccines did not save us from epidemics.

Reforms in sanitation and nutrition are responsible for vast declines in both mortality and disease incidence. Immunity occurs naturally when filthy conditions or malnutrition do not destroy immunity. Vaccinations do not increase the number of immune individuals. Healthy lifestyle practices alone result in immune populations.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

CQ, WLC, and SF. My how busy.

Well it's 22:24 and I have officially only been up since around 19:30. That's what happens when my husband had CQ yesterday and our daughter has a cold. My day has been very uneventful but it was kind of nice. I picked my husband up from work early this morning. We went for breakfast, then came home and he passed right out. And poor Genesis has had a sniffily nose the past couple of days so she wasn't feeling good and just wanted to be held. So I curled up in bed with the two of them, watched Bones on Netflix till I passed out again too. I'm just hoping we will all be able to go to sleep again tonight so we can get up in time for Easter service at church tomorrow.
And I'm pretty happy because this weekend would have been a four day for my husband if it hadn't have been for CQ yesterday. So they are giving him Tuesday off! =] So that make for a three day work week next week. I'm sure glad he gets a long weekend because he starts WLC week after next. And I am really not looking forward to the long hours that come with that.

So once again there has been another change in our military lifestyle plans. As I have mentioned my husband has been planning on spending this year getting through Ranger school. Well a couple days ago he informs me that he has the chance to go to selection next month for SF. (For those of you non-military readers that is Special Forces.) So... looks like we might just be doing that. But then again who knows tomorrow it could be something new. Anyway plans are now for him to spend about two weeks next month at Bragg going through selections. Then we will know where we're going from there.
I must say even though I have always been such a major planner I do like the excitement of the military life right now. And I am kind of looking forward to moving somewhere new. I like Hawaii okay, but I do miss the mainland. And I would really like the chance for us to make a visit back home soon. Because my mom has been the only one so far to see our daughter and we want the rest of our family to have that chance as soon as possible. And it's kind of hard for us to get home living out here on an island.

Anyway I'm going to watch another episode of Bones with my husband before we try to go back to sleep. And thankfully Genesis is sleeping away I really hope she feels better in the morning. I don't like our little angel being sick. And my coffee is cold... yes I know I drink coffee at night... I'll still sleep. =]
This is the life.