Pictures and an Update

Hello Friends,
Are you wondering if we are still alive over here?  I would be if I were you.  I haven't been the best at keeping you updated.  I know I don't have to tell you why.  Four little ones ages three and under sounds challenging and frankly it is.  Sometimes I feel like a gerbil in a wheel cleaning, changing, cleaning, loving, cleaning, changing, etc, never getting ahead.  I feel like I have given up any hope of sanity or "free time" and that I may never be able to really get my hopes and dreams for my business off of the ground.

Then I look down (Ollie's on my lap right now...cooing and smiling) and think WHO CARES!  I am so beyond blessed to have these precious children in my blessed to know that there is no way I could ever do this alone and to know that I have an amazing man at my side helping me and making me laugh every step of the way (how is that for a run-on sentence?!).  When I think about it and am in the right frame of mind, I remember that this time is so fleeting and in a way, sacred.

So, I've decided not to worry about the hopes and dreams for the business right now...and enjoy what I've spent most of my life dreaming about...this man and these children!   Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to throw in the towel altogether, I'm just giving myself the permission not to stress about advertising, blogging, etc., just doing the minimum to keep things going but not necessarily growing.

Wanna see the people I am so blessed to live with and love?  Eden Thome has photographed our family at every stage and never disappoints.   Thanks for indulging me:

On the house front, we are still here in my parents home.  It continues to be an overall great experience and I know it will be a sad day when we say good-bye.  We have enjoyed my parents and Great-Grandma Dahl so much and have had lots of quality time with cousins, aunts and uncles and friends.

But we are getting really excited about purchasing a new home in a few months.  We plan to move to the Boise, Idaho area. I dream of the space we will have...a place for everything...even (hopefully) a small studio for me!  We are narrowing down areas and homes and will head that way probably in September.

So that's the update! Thanks so much for your continued support and kind words. I truly enjoy the relationships with those of you who take the time to comment and email.
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huana (July 14, 2011 at 4:45 AM)  

When I look at those pics I must agree WHO CARES! You're so blessed with those smiling faces! All the best wishes with mooving,I wish you your own little studio but never to be alone in it but with your beloved!

Meg (July 14, 2011 at 7:08 AM)  

Hannah, you and your family are beyond beautiful. So much love in those photos. I am so glad that all are well. I hope you do go up to Meridian/Boise so that when I visit up there I can visit you, too! That would be great. Good luck house hunting. And, as always, if my parents can help out in any way, they'd love to! E.g., if you need a place to stay on a house hunting trip, feel free to ask. :)

chris (July 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM)  

These are the happiest family pictures. I wish we'd been able to stay in Boise long enough for you guys to move here. Alas.

100 Percent Cottam (July 14, 2011 at 7:47 AM)  

you are so awesome! your family is just the absolute cutest. hang in there in that hamster wheel! i remember thinking that i just needed to survive that first year with lucy, and here we are...survived! and it has gotten so much easier. and i'm finally at peace with laundry and cleaning and getting done what i can get done and not stressing about it. oh, and with blogging, too. must just be a natural progression. ;) anyway, congrats on heading to boise! i've heard so many good things about it. maybe we'll pass thru there next summer on our trip and be lucky enough to finally see you!!!

Chocolate on my Cranium (July 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM)  

Perfectly lovely pictures! It's always exciting to have changes. Good luck with everything: finding a house, moving, etc.

Maria (July 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM)  

Beautiful family Jeff & Hannah! You ARE BLESSED! Good luck house hunting, moving, etc. Love ya!

Alisha Shaw (July 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

Such a gorgeous family!! The time passes so quickly and everything has it's drink it up now!! You know we'll all be here when you are ready! Heck, who needs more, when you have it all!! Congrats and keep it up!

Danielle (July 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM)  

Cute pictures Hannah. Enjoy your time with your family!!

elise (July 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM)  

such beautiful photos of your precious faces!
I feel the same way! rush rush rush- then remember it will be gone in a blink- and cry! LOL. I love your updates and very much enjoy our interweb chats :O)

dana (August 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM)  

Darling photos! I love Oliver's little shirt too. Really cute...and cool :)

danzo (August 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM)  

I really enjoy seeing your pictures and feeling a little inspired by you and your creativity. Enjoy your little ones and your loads of laundry. I'm trying every day to do the same.

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