Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Break

For the past 7 years Ryan and I have spent part of spring break at the lake. Pre Harper trips included both of us reading at least 3 books, puzzles,  games,  naps, bike rides, walks, trying out new recipes, more naps, and movies.  Relax would probably be the word I would use to describe our break.  We joked about what this trip would be like with a little one joining us.  It was definatly different, but it was good.   

The weather was beautiful so we stayed outside all day.  Harps did fine playing in her pack n play. 
 Of course the magazine was her favorite toy. 

 Ryan got some books read and I caught up on all my magazines. 

Maggie loves swimming and playing with Jack, Dan & Jere's dog. 

 Playing with sticks

Watching Maggie swim.  Check out that hair!!!

We didn't have an umbrella, so we made a little tent for Harps.  

People magazine is a lake read must

Dan, Jere, & the Miller's joined us on Friday. 

She's teething... please don't call DHR

I had to get her picture in the tutu bathingsuit.  

Dan & Jere gave Harper her first pair of sunglasses.

She did not like wearing that life jacket!!

Dan & Jere
Still does not like that thing!!

Looking out the front of the boat seemed to be the only thing that kept her happy.  I have never seen her that still, awake.  She just sat there forever not moving at all and looking straight ahead.  This was so unlike the constantly moving Harper.

Saturday night we enjoyed the fire pit Ryan and Dan built.  
We had smores and our own little karaoke. 

What a great spring break!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I want...

Sometimes I just want to lay on the floor, kick my feet, throw my arms, and pitch me a good ole fit.  I mean I really think that would make me feel better. After a long long day don't you sometimes just want to do that.  Yes, I know it is immature and so on and on, but if no one sees it, who cares.  So to make me feel better here is a list of everything I am laying on the floor and screaming that I want,
in no particular order
I want
a big sofa for the screened in porch with big fluffy pillows
to knock the wall down between the living room and kitchen and make it one big room
time to read
a maid & personal shopper
to work from 9-1
a tropical vacation with just ryan
a vegetable garden
to paint my front door
to update iphoto & imovie
to lose 20 pounds
to teach Harper how to sign
to go to an Auburn baseball game, or maybe just a baseball game on a beautiful spring day
to get a pedicure
a surprise
to never scrub a shower for the rest of my life
to get my yard landscaped
to learn to sew and have time to actually do it
to watch a live taping of Modern Family, don't know if they do that, but I want to
to go to New Orleans for a weekend
to remember learn how to take pictures using the manual settings

okay i guess i could go on but since most of you want to see pics of harps, here is one of her and Jacob last weekend swinging  

They look a little alike don't they???
They needed a nap...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

8 months

Oh my goodness!!!!  I can't believe it!!! 

8 months, that means only 4 more and I can't call you a baby, sad.

This month flew by.  I don't really even know where to start cause it seemed like yesterday it was January.

You are pretty easy now, just plop you on the floor with a toy and you are good to go.  I am honestly trying to not encourage the crawling thing. I know that is not what a good mom would do, but I just know how active you'll be once you can crawl.  You are just so easy now.

You will get up on your knees and rock back and forth, which everyone says is the beginning of crawling. I do think it is funny when you plop down on your belly and kick your feet like your swimming, pretty cute.

It seems like you have been teething all month. You drool, don't eat, and have been running a slight fever for weeks now.  I sure hope those top teeth come in very very soon.  Thank goodness you are still sleeping good at night.

We switched you to size 3 diapers. Yes, I think you could still fit in size 2, but we had a box of 3 that someone had gave us, so we figured we'd give it a try.

You still put your hands on your head when you are getting sleepy.  So cute!!!

You have started saying more consonant sounds. One morning it sounded like you repeating "hey."  We'd say it and I promise you sounded just like it. I wouldn't say that was your first word, but I definitely think one will be very soon.

You love watching Maggie and other kids.  You just stare at them and seem to be so content around them. 

You prefer newspaper and magazines over toys.

The weather has been gorgeous the past few weeks, in the 60s and 70s.  We put your swing up in the backyard.  You just love being outside.  Whether it is swinging, walking, or just playing in your exersaucer on the porch it seems to relax you. 

You seem  to have a pretty consistent morning and afternoon nap. You usually go right back to sleep once we drop you off at Kristen's.  You might take a short 45 min. nap around lunchtime, then you always take a good 2+ hour nap around 2.  You are still sleeping 12 hours at night, which is wonderful!!!!  Sometimes you wake up around 3, you might cry for 10 or 15 seconds, then you go right back to sleep.  We are very thankful that you sleep so good!

We start getting you ready for bed around 6:30 and then wake you up at 6.  On the weekends you'll sleep till 7:30 or 8. You move around a lot at night.  

Sometimes you sleep on your stomach,  but most of the time you sleep on your back with your hands by your head.

We usually go in and peak at your before bed. We just stare at you and marvel.  Of course we think you are the cutest thing.  Then  we laugh at how you have moved your animals around.   Sometimes you are just so cute that we pick you up and give you a quick squeeze, then put you back down.  You always go right back to sleep.

Fruit seems to be your favorite food.  You still love sweet potatoes, squash, corn, and carrots.  We have to sneak other veggies in with fruit.  We like to give you tastes of table food. 

 Somehow you leaned how to chew.   

You like pizza sauce, but gave some funny faces with jumbalya.  You will eat puffs, but seem to think it is more fun to give them to Maggie.  You are still a little uncoordinated putting them in your mouth, but it won't be long.

Sophie, the giraffe, is a favorite.

I tried to take Harper's 8 month picture one afternoon by myself.  It was Miss Kristen's birthday that day so we were sportin the birthday dress to school.   

So in a matter of a minute she smiled for me once, then managed to quickly make her way off the chair.  She is getting pretty fast.  Remote Controls seem to be the thing she always goes after.

Harps, you are such a happy baby.   You love to laugh and smile and just bring such joy to our lives.  We love you sweet girl!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

a little photoshoot

Harps got to spend yesterday with her aunt Jen.  Jennifer has 2 boys, so they decided to play a little dressup and have a photoshoot.  Boy am I glad!!  I love these pics of Harper!!  She did such a good job of capturing her personality!!! Thanks Jen!!

I just love those cheeks!!!!!