Saturday, April 28, 2012

10 Month Turkey

Harper is 10 months now and such a little turkey.  The worst part is that we totally stink at disciplining her.  She is actually cutest when she is doing something wrong.  Such a stinker.

She is just over 20 lbs but still seems petite.  We are finally officially in 9 month clothes.  Her hair is growing like weeds and sticks up all over the place.  Still only 2 teeth, but surely those others are coming soon.  She could fill the Atlantic Ocean with all the drool she produces.

Playing with a motorized bunny that runs along a path.  Either Harper or Maggie 
grabbed the bunny within seconds of me letting it go.

Learning to play the drums like Daddy

She is a mover and a shaker now and would rather play than do anything else.  She loves any of her toys that she can push and walk behind.  We are totally out of any stationary toy that requires her to just sit there.  That's for babies of course.

Showing Kara how she walks

Harper opens all the kitchen doors.  Mom closes them.  
Harper opens them.  Mom closes them.  

Her favorite thing to do now is open cabinets, drawers, etc and just mess around with non baby things.  Dumping out rice all over the floor.  Taking all the coffee cups out of the basket.  Pulling all her shirts and pants out of her dresser.  Things that most people do for fun.

Helping take everything out of her dresser.

This cabinet door makes me laugh.  She just doesn't understand why she can't fully 
open it.  So she just keeps trying.  Haha!  Such a funny bunny.

She is big in reading still.  She will listen to you read for hours as long as you go fast enough and don't make her wait on you.  But she will sit by herself and look at her books all day.  She just turns the pages, looks at all the colors, and feels all the different textures.  Her favorite book is "Little Quack loves Colors".  I'm guessing because it has these amazingly bright pictures with bold colors.  And it's short enough that I finish reading by the time she's ready to turn the page.  She really doesn't like waiting.

Her book with textures like animal fur.

Her Little Quack book

This past month, she really stopped sleeping well.  We started getting up multiple times a week for about 3 hours in the middle of the night.  And I will tell you, I'm not a good mom, wife, or person when I am up  from midnight to 3am.  So we went to the doctor and I was explaining how we thought it was her stomach or her reflux or some other ailment.  Nope.  She just wanted us and wanted to play and didn't want to sleep without us.  Awesome.  So we tried the "cry it out" method one more time...and it worked!  It only took one night and she now can put herself to sleep without any crying.  Plus, when she wakes up at midnight, she just crawls around till she finds her paci and then goes back to sleep.  Hallelujah!  What a change this has made in our lives.  We are seriously grateful.

Now that she goes to sleep on her own, she sleeps in the funniest positions.  
Here she was being a superhero.  

Harper and Maggie are still best friends.  She loves to sit in her new swing and watch Maggie catch balls.  She still lights up when her Dad gets home from school.  And she still loves her Mama more than anything.  She is a super happy little girl and we are so in love with her.  She definitely makes life good.

Best Day Ever - Rereading The Hunger Games while Cody hit balls to Maggie and Harper 
watched, on the patio during 75 degree spring weather.  I wish all days were like this.  


Maggie Love.

Loving on Pumpkin and Piper

Lookin' good in the shades (for all of .5 seconds before she pulled 
them off to chew on them).

Happy 10 months Harper Elizabeth!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Uncle Air Wick Visits

I stole this post from my sister Kristen, at One Night at McCool's.  It seemed easier than reposting the exact same thing on my own.  Thanks, Krissy!

This weekend was a total family weekend! My brother Eric came in town this weekend. I love the way Grayson says his name - "Air Wick".  Friday evening Eric came over and hung out a little bit before going to a Engagement party. Saturday we hung out all day and then went to my Mom's for dinner. Eric grilled steaks and made dinner for everyone.

Look at Harper - what a big girl pulling up on her own!

Can't get enough pictures of cousins in the bath!

Reading books in pajamas. Grayson, AJ, KK and Harper

"Helping" AJ lift a big bag

AJ and Grayson

AJ made Grayson a t-shirt quilt! I picked out all my favorite onsies and t-shirts from the first 18 months. Shirts that remind me of Grayson. I cut out all the shirts and AJ sewed everything together. I LOVE it! And I hope one day Grayson will treasure this!

Thank you Aunt AJ!

There goes Harper

Grayson, Me, Eric, AJ and Harper

Sunday we all went to lunch with my Dad, Kristi and the girls.

Harper and Eric

Harper and Pop

Taylor, AJ, Eric, Harper, Kristi, Dad, Me and Carleigh

All this little girl wants to do is walk!

A True Texas Girl

Over Easter weekend, we visited the bluebonnets.  My friend Kara said, "You're not really Texan until you have a picture in the bluebonnets."  And right she is.  We all took a picture as a kid, sitting in a bluebonnet field, with some super cute or cheesy outfit on.  But it's Texan, so it's normal to us.  Either way, Harper has hers now and she is one cute Texas baby.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jesus and Bunnies

We celebrated Harper's first Easter and we had a fabulous weekend.  We went up to Denison on Good Friday to visit Cody's family since we were off school for Easter.  We got to see almost all his relatives in one day.  We visited his Aunt and Uncle's insurance office and saw some cousins and 2nd cousins at lunchtime.  It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful, relaxing time.  Harper got to try her first time at hunting easter eggs, well, 1 egg.  If it wasn't in a 1 foot radius, it wasn't close enough. 

Playing with cousin Kelly and her sweet girls, Juliann and Tessa

First Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, we visited my dad's in Argyle and spent the evening outside because the weather was beautiful.  Harper played in the dog house with the puppies and loved it.  Cody and my sisters had an easter egg war.  We even put some bunny ears on Harper and she looked so cute!  


Hanging with Mimi and Pop

Cody and Piper the Dog VS. Carleigh and Taylor

Sunday, we went to the church I grew up in.  It was fun for them to meet Harper since they have known me since I was little.  Harper did good in the nursery but didn't nap, which was expected.  Grayson got kicked out after about 10 minutes, which was the funniest thing.  He is such a good boy, I'm sure he didn't really do anything wrong.  He just really wanted his momma, so Brian got relieved of church duty to go play with Grayson.  After church we had the egg hunt and breakfast.  Grayson did all the hunting for himself and Harper.  He enjoyed filling up his basket, emptying it out, and starting all over again.  He also liked using his easter basket as a golf club.  That boy already loves golf just like his daddy.  Later we went to my Aunt Lissa's house with the family.  It turned out to be 35 family members, 10 greatgrandkids, and 10 neighbors.  Goodness it was a lot of people.  We had a good time seeing everyone but headed out early since it was naptime.  

All in all it was a long but sweet weekend.  It was different this year to celebrate Easter now that I'm a mom.  Since Harper was born, we've prayed for her to truly know Jesus and love Him above all else.  It was nice to worship our Mighty God this year knowing that He died and rose for her too!

Happy Easter!