Monday, September 17, 2012

Harper is 6 Months! (As of yesterday)

HALF.A.YEAR. Are you kidding me? I cannot believe that half an entire year has gone by since our sweet girl was born.  On one hand it seems like it has just flown by but on the other hand, it's very hard to remember a time when our sweet angel was not with us.  Funny how life works like that.  

As I mentioned in my previous post, we celebrated Mimi's birthday yesterday along with Harper's 6 month birthday!  It was a fun day and we just loved on each other and celebrated 2 of our favorite girls of all time!! 

Here are her monthly pictures...

Move over lambie...this is my photo op! 


Such a happy girl!

Her outfit from earlier in the day... a special day requires 2 special outfits!

Our pretty pretty princess 

I could eat those cheeks with a spoon!!

Some other hits from this month...

Sitting up like such a big girl!

 Excited about a buggy ride with Lyla and friends!

Big Sister Kylie was so excited to spend time with you after she got 
off "quarantine" from her chicken pox shot!

 Sweetest face!

Trying to ride Marley like a horsey! 

 Harper had her first "groupie" experience with The Wild Feathers

Sweet girl on my Gran's quilt - her Great Grandmother...
she would have loved you oh so much! 

 This pic is the overwhelming favorite pic of the month.  L.O.V.E. You look so grown up!

 I know this is a little blurry but I included it because it shows your sweet excitement! 
You love to kick your legs and wave your arms when you're so happy and excited!

You love pool time with Daddy. You also LOVE to grab faces these days! 
Mama has to stop wearing dangly earrings because you've almost ripped
them out a dozen times!

 I love your eyes, you have so much wonder and curiosity in them! 
(In the pic with me you were starting to get tired and sick of the photo shoot!)

You love your Dad so much!

Dear Harper,

I can't even begin to describe to you how you have changed our lives. It's amazing that 6 whole months have gone by in what seems like the blink of an eye.  You'll hear me say this a lot as you grow up I'm sure and you won't fully understand until you have a child of your own one day. I'll keep reminding you though because I will want you to cherish every moment in life...just like I cherish every single solitary moment with Y.O.U.

This has been a big month! You are sitting up completely on your own. You can still get a little wobbly at times but for the most part, you are an independent sitter! We are so proud of you!  You've also started rolling over at night and sleeping on your tummy.  Big girl.  I remember when it used to freak me out when you would roll over to your tummy but you're so strong and smart, I don't mind you sleeping on your tummy because it makes you so happy.  (and it helps you sleep longer which is a great thing for Mama!)

You are also talking up a storm. You've started saying your "da da da" sounds and we could swear that you are talking to us sometimes.  We ask you how your day was or what you dreamt about last night and you babble away just like you were carrying on a conversation!

You love your rice cereal and we have increased you to 3 tablespoons!  You love it and want more but I am cautious about feeding you more until we see the doctor on Friday.  I can't wait until you can start trying new foods! It will be so fun to see what your favorites are!

Over the past month, you went to your first friend's birthday - Miss Myka turned one and had a fun party!  You had a blast and looked adorable in your outfit. Everyone is always saying what a cute baby you are - and we agree!! Speaking of being cute, you're also in a Gerber contest to try to win money for a college scholarship and possibly a chance to be in a Gerber ad! All of our friends and family are voting every day in hopes that you'll win! You're already a Gerber baby to all of us though :-).

You also celebrated your first Labor Day with some fun cookouts with friends and also got to meet your Uncle Taylor's band - the Wild Feathers!  When they are big rock stars one day you can look back and say "I met them when I was almost 6 months old! I was their youngest fan!"

You are loving school as usual and have had fun taking buggy rides and sitting and starting to play with the other kids more! Miss Shannon had her baby girl Geneveve in the last month and you are excited to have another friend! She is so tiny right now but soon you'll be gabbing it up and playing with her too!

You are sleeping much better at night which makes me so happy.  The trick is to keep you up  just a little later.  They say most babies will sleep longer if they go to bed earlier but that's not the case with our little night owl! We keep you up until about 9 and you're out like a light until about 5 or 6.  Thank you for giving me some extra rest. 

Bath time has gotten more fun since you started sitting up! You love playing with your toys and kicking and splashing around. We also listen to the Children's Indie station on Pandora and it's such a fun and relaxing part of our evening.

Well, don't want to make this any longer even though I could go on and on about all the things that you do that excite us and make us love you even more - though I don't think it's possible to love you another ounce more because our hearts are overflowing with love and adoration of you, our sweet angel baby.  As Daddy says - you are a GIFT - and we thank God daily for the blessing of being your parents.

Happy 6 Months my "Angel Bucket"!


Happy Birthday Mom!

Today one of the sweetest, coolest, most caring and loving people on the planet was born.  54 years ago to be exact, although to look at her, you wouldn't think she was a day over 40! :-)  (Which would be impossible since I'm 30!) 

Anyway, I feel even closer to my Mom (if that's possible) now that I am a mother myself.  I'm always asking her things like "Did you freak out when I got pregnant?" or "How did you handle it when I moved out of the house?"  I ask her these things mostly because I CANNOT imagine Harper being a grown just seems like it will be so hard to let her go chase her dreams and start a family of her own and trust that she will be ok without us. But, my Mom did it with grace and has supported me through every step in life, so I know I will be able to!  Luckily, I've got a LONG way to go before that happens, although with as fast as time is flying, it will be here sooner than I want it to.

We celebrated Mom's birthday yesterday with some burgers, cocktails and Cowboys.  The food and company was GREAT...the Cowboys? Not so much. :-(  The two downers for the day were that it rained and we couldn't get in the pool and then of course the Cowboys losing was a bummer.  But, we had a fabulous time anyway!  Mimi had a great time loving on her granddaughter who was celebrating her 6 month birthday yesterday! 

Harper wore her fancy clothes just for Mimi!

 Mimi is so silly tickling Harper's back with her chin!

 Reading her card from her 2 granddaughters

3 Generations :-)

Also, another special person was born on this day too - Sweet Melissa! We love you and miss you and hope to see you again soon! XOXO

~Your PROUD daughter

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This morning I am feeling very grateful for so many things in my life...I thought I'd take a moment to share. I have  a LOT to be grateful for so bear with me! :-)

First of all, I am so grateful for my beautiful family...I could not feel more blessed with the people who God has chosen for me to share my life with.

I am grateful for KYLIE
She is such a sweet, mature and loving young lady.  She recently started 7th Grade and is just growing up so fast! We went to meet the teacher last night and I'm not joking - ALL of her teachers were talking about how amazing she is. (Something we already knew of course!) They all told us separately that they have to tell her not to raise her hand to answer every question because she's always prepared to participate and answer the questions correctly but is making it too easy for the other kids in her class. Not to mention, she's an incredible big sister to Harper. So helpful and loving. We are so proud.  

 First day of 7th Grade - August 27th

Big Sis/Little Sis shirts!

I am grateful for JEFF
He is such a loving and devoted father and husband.  He wants to be so involved with everything in both of his daughters lives and loves to love on his girls (me included!)  He is such a hard worker and has been working a lot of extra hours lately spending time at home after work and on the weekends to complete his projects and make sure he is doing everything he can to make his company successful. I am grateful for his guidance, sense of humor, love and support...without which I would feel so empty! I love you honey!

The love of my life :-)

 This picture cracks me father, like daughter!

So adorable. Both of them! :-)

I am grateful for HARPER
I am so very grateful for my incredible baby girl. I feel like I'm ALWAYS talking about how grateful for her that I am so I'll wait and elaborate when I post her 6 month letter in just a few days!!

Of course I am grateful for my other family as well but if I listed everyone, this would be the longest blog post EVER!! :) You know who you are!! XOXO

I am very grateful that for the most part, Miss Harper is sleeping through the night! She's also rolling over to her tummy to sleep...I guess she gets it from me. She's always sleeping on her side or tummy these days! Sweetest girl...
This is a nightly view for me...L.O.V.E. 
(What did the world ever do without video monitors?!)

Big girl!

With the 11th anniversary of 9/11 being yesterday, I am reminded how grateful I am for the men and women that serve our country every day to protect us.

I am grateful for visits from family!! This past weekend my cousin Kam came in town to visit and meet Harper! We had such a great time and were reminded how much we miss each other! It looks like we'll see each other a few more times in the next couple of months so that will be a treat! Love you Kam!

I am very grateful that Jeff and I have decided for me to have a reduced work schedule.  I know it puts a bigger burden on Jeff and I really appreciate his sacrifices so I can be more present to teach our daughter and help her learn and grow.  I am so blessed to have a little extra time with Harper every week and it allows me to pick Kylie up from school on most days and also get ahead on things to do before the weekend comes around.  Life is GOOD. Thank you Honey!

 Snuggle time

 Story time!

Marley loves the extra time I'm home too!

I am thankful for Baby Boot Camp...these ladies are helping me get my butt back in shape!!

I'm grateful for technology and how it allows us to stay connected with my inlaws who live far away.  I love our constant communication and pictures! It makes us feel not so far away. We love you Grandma & Grandpa Johnson!

Almost finished...I'm very grateful for my great co-workers. If I have to be away from my sweet family, I can't think of a group of women I'd rather be with.  Laughing, supporting each other and learning from each other on a daily basis! I love my DFF'ers! :-) (And I LOVE that they all love Harper - she has a lot of Aunts!)

Finally, I'm so grateful for my Mom.  Need her to host a jewelry party..."No problem!"  Can you babysit Harper 15 times in the next month..."Sure!"  Can you come help me straighten up the house?..."Of course, and I'll bring dinner!"  My Mom's energy and willingness to help is ENDLESS.  Jeff and I are so blessed to have her in our lives. She is the best Mom and Grandmother anyone could ask for!  Thank you! Love you!

Wow, reading back over the post I'm overwhelmed. It's good sometimes to write out all the things that are good in your life!  Of course, I'm leaving a lot out too but these are the things that are hitting home for me this very moment!

Have a great rest of the week - a few more posts to come soon!