Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Harper Ray Turns 1!

Well, somehow it happened.

365 days flew by and our baby girl is now ONE YEARS OLD!

We are so excited for her to grow and learn and explore new things, but also sad to be reminded of how quickly the time can pass.  This last year has been a little bit brighter because of this little one...  


Harper Ray celebrated her first birthday on May 29th.  We weren't planning on having a party for her, but about 10 days prior to her birthday I want into party planning mode and put something together for her.  I started to feel guilty that we weren't having a celebration, and since we did have one for Sawyer's 1st birthday, I felt like it was extra important to do the same for Harps.


Sunday morning we hung out and got things ready around the house. Sawyer went with her dad to pick up cupcakes and flowers and Harper rested up and hung out with me and helped me do a little cleaning.


The girls were excited by the presents, and Sawyer couldn't wait to rip them all opened (even though they were gifted to her little sister).  The Birthday Fairy did leave a little something for Sawyer though, since she has been such a great big sister and all.  


Marc usually thinks I am kind of crazy about taking pictures, but he was a sport and took some of me and the birthday girl.


And he even let me take some of him.



Daddy's Girls.  Both kids get so excited to see him.  Sawyer drops whatever she is doing and runs out the door as soon as she hears Marc get home from work, and Harper starts smiling and kicking her legs whenever he walks into a room.  Two lucky little ladies for sure.


I could just eat up the girls in their party dresses.  And I could eat them up when they aren't in their party dresses.  I just love them so much. And they are kind of cute.


Harper got this adorable bike from her grandparents.  The Jr. Sky Princess :)  It might be awhile before she can ride it, but it is pretty stinkin' cute to look at.


We had a dozen pink and white beach balls sitting by Harper's presents, and we later used them at the party for all of the kids to play with.  Harper got a jewelry box and an "h" necklace from her parents.  She can't wear the necklace yet, but it is a keepsake for her that she can wear when she gets older.  


Decorating for the party was fun.  I used the girls' dresses sort of as the inspiration.


The birthday hat and paper straws make me happy.



The guests got to nosh on Sprinkles cupcakes.  Harper loves red velvet (possibly because this is pretty much the only kind of cupcake she has ever had) so we reserved her one with her birthday candle.


Since we had baby friends coming over, we had apple sauce and Gerber snacks as treats.


The girls had so much fun with their friends being here.  Since Harper's birthday fell on Memorial Day weekend some of their friends (and cousin) couldn't make it, but they really did have a blast.

1. Sawyer and her friend Miley, the big girls at the party
2. Harper & Bella getting acquainted
3. Bennett and Harper playing and opening presents after the party (Bennett was a real ladies man...the only boy in the bunch)
4. Bella, Harper & Lauren.  Lauren wasn't feeling very social :)


There were men at the party too...but we didn't bother getting a picture of them ;)  Here are some of my faves and my kids' faves. It is so fun having baby friends! (we didn't really have that with Sawyer...it has been so awesome now that all of our friends are starting to have families)



1. Sawyer & Harper sharing their chalk with Miley & Claire
2. Sawyer and Miley getting their hug on
3. Sawyer and Claire checking out the bubble solution
4. Bennett was NOT a fan of the bubble machine


Our little one was a pretty tidy eater with her cupcake.  And she did a good job devouring it!  


The birthday girl and her family.  We all love you Harper Ray!!! <3


Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm a Quitter

I am so happy.  I finally survived a day without soda.  It is so sad that this is a such a big deal, but ever since I had Harper I have been drinking soda like water.  I am hoping I can survive lots of days without it now, I have been wanting to quit drinking it forever.  I am proud to say that I am a quitter.



Something else that has happened lately is that Harper is growing up, right in front of our very eyes.  It is so odd.  And awesome.   Within the last 24 hours she has started to say "Mom" and "Mama"  (she has been saying "Dada" for a long time now...) and she can give high fives, point to Sawyer (she missed the whole part where I was trying to get her to say "Soy" or "Sawyer" but she picked up on the pointing her out part...if that makes sense) blows kisses, and MOVES.  She doesn't crawl like a normal baby, but she is mobile...and she does get into things, and she can get from point A to point B without much of a struggle.  I have a video but I will post it another day because Blogger won't let me upload for some reason


Tonight was one of those perfect warm sunny evenings.  The kind that make me smile from ear to ear.  The kind of nights that suddenly make everything seem right in the world.  We sat outside and listened to music while Harps took a later afternoon rest.  Marc was home early today...that is always my favorite.  And do I even have to remind you that we are coming up on a 3 day weekend?!  So excited.  And Harper's FIRST BIRTHDAY!  I am giddy.  I am looking forward to spending a day celebrating our baby girl.


And this is what life has been looking like from my iPhone these days...












Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Little Darlings

My daughters are sweet.  And loving.  And the light of my life.  But I have to admit, I sort of hate taking pictures of them.  Not the random, everyday, whatever pictures...but when I try to dress them up and actually go "on location" for photos it never works out for me.  It is way too hard when they are your own kids.  At least for me.  I know some people have no problem, they make me jealous. My mother-in-law was going to help me get some pictures of the girls for their birthdays, but we never made it out of the front yard.  And Harper cried pretty much whenever Sawyer touched her, and Sawyer was full of all kinds of attitude. Not ideal.  Certainly not perfect.  But they are still my little darlings, they make life worth while.












I should mention that Harper's birthday is in 4 days and Sawyer's is in a month...I have had the best 2 years and 11 months ever. Lucky lucky lady over here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Family Man

This picture might be a little out of focus and everyone might look a little scruffy and tired (give me a break) but I love love this guy and the little people he has brought into my life.



i. love. love. love. YOU <3 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Crazy Girl


Wouldn't miss a single day
I'd probably just fade away
Without you, I'd lose my mind
Before you ever came along
I was livin' life all wrong
Smartest thing I ever did was made you all mine






Crazy girl, don't you know that I love you
And I wouldn't dream of goin' nowhere


I love you like crazy, girl


"Crazy Girl" - Eli Young Band
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