May 12

Hey Girl, Happy Mother’s Day

by Hannah Holt »


I’m a visual person, and I like check lists. Crossing items off my to do list is satisfying in the utmost. Perhaps I should have become a hit man instead of a stay-at-home-mom because young children have no respect for lists.

I often start my day with a simple list like this:

  • Go to bank
  • Reserve family reunion campsites
  • Mail thank yous
  • Meet Evelyn at the zoo

Now that doesn’t look too hard, right? In fact, it sounds like fun. I mean, who doesn’t like going to the zoo on a sunny Tuesday afternoon?

However this day and this list became derailed by a simple box of lettuce.

While I gathered checks for our bank run, my son Michael decided he wanted lettuce. He removed the lettuce from the fridge and took it to his room. Why his room? He told me later, “So we could have fun with it.”

And fun is what they had.

His room looked like a lettuce explosion. Weeks later, I would be finding pieces of lettuce lodged inside random toys. My one-year-old twins found the lettuce game particularly delightful. I removed the twins from their lettuce heaven (kicking and screaming- who knew lettuce was so much fun?) and cleaned up the remains.

Sometime during this process, I accidentally left the pantry door open, and the twins found the dried beans.

If you ever need to remove something like… oh say… a dried bean from a child’s nose, here is a good trick: cover the unblocked nostril and blow through the mouth. That bean will pop right out.

Some of you might wonder why I keep dried beans within a one-year-old’s reach. In my defense, I don’t. They climb!

Now this story is all very nice, but why am I telling it to you? Well, it’s because I need some help with my to do list. I have one more item, and it’s about to get away from me.

You see, we need a new couch. I saw one the other day that made my heart skip like Neil Armstrong on the moon. It’s in our budget and would look awesome in our living room. There’s just one problem: It’s white.

My head says no, but my heart says YES! I have it all rationalized:

  • ┬áIt’s leather so it will clean easily.
  • I will NEVER become distracted when caring for my couch. (har, har)
  • We love each other, so everything will work out! Right? Right?

Will someone please slap me before I run off to Vegas with this couch? Or if you consent to our union, please join the wedding party. You know where to find us, and the couch will be the one dressed in white.

Now without further delay, here are the winners from our photo caption contest:

  • The photo caption winner: Kat Moore!
  • The sweepstakes winner: Stacy S. Jensen!

I loved reading all the entries, and choosing one was incredibly difficult. Thank you so much everyone who entered! You made my Mother’s Day special!

Winners: Don’t forget to send me your address within seven days.

  1. Kirsten

    Hannah, DO NOT GET THE COUCH. Leather = yes. White = no. I see people who slipcover their chairs in white, saying they just pop the covers into the wash. As a mom of two boys, I can’t believe this really works. I currently have a scratched up leather couch (I call it antiqued), a leather chair with a hole (they boys made it fishing out LEGOS with a pinwheel) and a ripped ottoman from Restoration Hardware. I must urge practicality, especially given the lettuce and bean incidents.

  2. Leighta Bennett

    Love your pics and captions Hannah.

    Good luck deciding what to do about the couch. I’m trying to decide whether the thought of a white couch + kids makes me hyperventilate or not :)

  3. grandma weight

    If you buy the white couch I will give you $100. It would make me laugh everyday to think of your 4 darling kids “loving” it to death.

  4. Hannah Holt

    Kirsten – yes, I also have my doubts about slip covers. I’ll bet your antiqued couch is beautiful. Custom designed even! Hmmm. Your telling me I shouldn’t have the leather couch makes me want it more. And Grandma Weight is offering me $100. So…

    Leighta, the white couch is also making me hyperventilate. Maybe the lack of O2 is clouding my thinking.

  5. Joanna

    This was hilarious and *slaps Hannah, gently* NO DO NOT BUY THE COUCH. I made this mistake with two cats and a cover that I throw over. They get under the cover!

    Happy Mother’s Day Hannah… :-)

  6. Tara Oliver

    ha ha, I like gramma’s comment. :) white, eh? If you’ve seen how dirty our tan couch is, you wouldn’t get white – leather or not. I picture dirty feet and hands and dirt just rubbing into that soft pretty white leather…..mmmm…..cute post, Hannah. :)

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Hilarious post and congats to the winners! But NO HANNAH! Do not buy a white couch! Just say no!

  8. Hannah Holt

    Alright, I knew the white couch was a bad idea. I’ll go marry a nice sensible brown couch.
    Joanna- I hadn’t thought about them climbing under the slip covers, but I can totally see that happening.
    Tara- I hadn’t noticed anything amiss with your tan couches, but I’ll take your advice.
    Susanna- Ok, ok… I’m convinced, and thanks.

  9. Stacy S. Jensen

    Maybe you could put the picture in your wallet. At random, you could look at it. In real life, I would not buy the couch. :) I leave my house early sometimes for events to avoid contact with snot and mashed potatoes. I can’t imagine what would happen to the couch. Happy to see my name there. Loved the winning caption.

  10. Kat Moore

    Oh, thanks! And I also say NO to the white couch. Don’t do it to yourself.

  11. Jess

    My mom and I actually say yes to the white couch… I know, we’re crazy.
    If you find something that makes your heart leap with joy, do it. The kids can learn to be careful and if you wash it when the ‘accidents’ happen instead of 3 weeks later, it will be ok. I have a leather chair. The kids are careful with it because they know it’s important to me. Mine are the same ages as yours so I know it’s possible.
    Good luck on that decision.
    I love your pictures and captions too.
    My mom says to say the lettuce is better than the baby powder incidents of 2 generations.

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, I’ll take lettuce over baby-powder. And it’s too late. We purchased a brown couch. I’ll keep the white couch in my heart for ten years from now. :)