Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy 4 & 44!

This past week was one of my favorites of the entire year!  This year we had 3 fun events in one week - Harper turned 7 months, we celebrated our 4 year anniversary and Jeff turned 44! It was a blast!

First, I'd like to reflect on 4 years of marriage to my hubby...

October 18, 2008

October 21, 2012  (Kylie was in pics but we haven't gotten them back yet!)

Four years later and we may look a little older and I still have on a little extra baby weight, but I feel happier and more complete than ever before.  Sure, we've had our ups and downs, but what couple doesn't? I feel like each time we have something to go through it makes us stronger and more committed to each other. Marriage is hard. But it's also one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life.  

Having a baby is the most wonderful gift but it's also been tough at times with a new schedule, less time for each other and more things to think about.  But, what I love about us is we are so committed to each other and to being great parents to Harper and Kylie, that we just make it work.  We both laugh about our lack of alone time but then remember that these moments are so fleeting and pretty soon we'll be in another stage with more time and we'll be wishing we had more time with our girls.  

So, Happy Anniversary ( a few days late in Blog World) to my partner, my friend, my biggest fan, the father of our girls and most important - My Husband - today, and always, you are the keeper of my heart.  

Now on to more fun....

It's so fun that Jeff's birthday is the day after our anniversary! Some people have said "Jeff is so smart, he chose to have your anniversary the day before his birthday so he'll never forget it!" But, the real reason we did it that was is  so we can just keep the celebration going! 

We had a lot to celebrate this year, especially since Jeff had just been gone for almost 2 weeks!  We started out the birthday weekend with some sushi with Daddy and his girls...

Kylie and I didn't get a picture for some reason, but we were there!  :-) 

Daddy had fun opening cards, talking us into trying new sushi rolls and getting loved on by both of his beautiful daughters.

Saturday we had breakfast with our good friends the Auderers and then watched the LSU vs A&M game and lounged around the house with them. It's so nice to have friends you can just relax and hang with and not have to entertain or be "on" all the time!

Saturday night, we went to Harper's first Halloween Party at the Loefflers and had a great time!

Kate the Ladybug and Harper the Bunny!

That night we came home and Harper tried on her party favor and cracked us up!!!
Daddy's caption is "Deliver all your stuffed animals to me - - or I will destroy your planet!"
Momma's caption is: "Momma and Daddy squeezed me too hard and look what happened!"
You choose your favorite! :-)

Sunday, we had family pictures and he opened a few more presents and then we went shopping for some new sunglasses for J! He got some cool ones! We finished the night with some family TV time and snuggles. I think the weekend was a success!

Can't believe that good lookin' man is all mine! :-)

On a side note, Harper went to her first RHS pep rally on Daddy's birthday and got to meet my old cheerleading sponsor Annette. We had a blast and Harper was a trooper at the homecoming pep rally and parade!  She's a future cheerleader for sure!

Jeff/Daddy/J - We love you so much and hope we made your birthday a special and memorable one!  Thank you for providing for us, loving on us all the time and for being the best daddy/hubby EVER! 
-Kasey, Kylie & Harper

Harper is 7 Months!

I'm clearly a little late on posting this but I've been so busy!  Last week was full of lots of action, so bear with me because there will be a few posts to take care of!


This past month has been so much fun as Harper continues to grow and learn so many fun new things!  

Here are her 7 month pics...

Here are some of the highlights from Harper's 7th month!

 Play date with Kate, her BFF!

 Standing like a big girl at school
and already dressing like a little diva :-)

 Snuggles with Momma while Daddy is out of town...

Wearing her Halloween bow that big sister Kylie made! 

 Morning smiles and snuggles in Momma & Daddy's bed

Happy girl at Miss Shannon's! 

Met Uncle Eddie who came to visit from California with his son Jackson! 

 Fun bib from Uncle Tom and Aunt Stacy!

 Big girl sitting up at school!

Loving some carrots!

Our first temperature drop! It got down into the 50's so we bundled up! 

She is learning how to drink out of a sippy cup and LOVES it!


 Got geared up for the big TX/OU Game. Even though the Longhorns lost, 
we had the cutest cheerleader EVER!

Tried out our Halloween costume at the gym for a fun baby class.   

 All dressed up! 

 Fun at the Arboretum with Momma and Mimi!

 The Kellys were there too so we had to get pics of the girls who just happened to be wearing the SAME outfit! It made us laugh because Ashley and I always showed up to school wearing the same outfit - not on purpose.  I guess great minds think alike :-)
 I am so thankful that Harper and Kate will grow up together - 
what a special thing to have best friends have babies so close together!

Daddy went out of town for 12 whole days during the last month, and that was tough! We had fun but missed him oh so much! Here are a few pics from the airport... "Reunited and it feels so good!"

 Back in her favorite spot - asleep on Daddy's chest :-)

Now for my monthly letter...

Dear Harper,

I didn't think it was possible for a tiny human being to get any cuter, funnier or smarter...but, it happened!  You are such a bright spot in our lives.  From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, you are just happy, funny and FUN! Daddy and I comment all the time about how amazingly fun, easy and just all around awesome you are! You are so easy going and content in any situation!  

This past month, you've started practicing like a big girl with a sippy cup and you love it! You're still mastering the skill but you love drinking water and get so excited when Daddy or I gives you the cup.  You've had all of your veggies including green beans, peas, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and avocado.  You've also had bananas and apples and we're on to pears next! So far your favorites are sweet potatoes and squash.  You weren't really a fan of green beans at first although you're starting to like them more but avocado was a no go! We'll try it again soon but you were not a happy camper when we gave it to you! It has been so fun seeing how you react to each new food. Sometimes you'll get what I call a "rigor" like you tasted something bad or surprising. Other times you'll get a big grin on your face and grunt for more! You are such a good eater!

You are growing so fast - we are going to be childproofing the house very soon because you're about ready to crawl! You can stand up holding on to things by your self, and you scoot yourself backwards when you're on the floor on your tummy! Look out world, Harper is almost on the move! 

One of my favorite parts about you is your laugh. You think almost everything is funny.  Especially when I make silly noises like "bomp!" or when I pretend to hit myself with something.  You love peek-a-boo and you love it when we sneak up on you - you think it's just hilarious!  You also love to laugh at Marley. You'll just look down at her and crack up! She loves you so much but she also loves to lick you to death so we have to keep an eye on the pooch these days! Pretty soon y'all will be running buddies and she'll never leave your side.

Harper, at least once a week we read this special book called "On the Night You Were Born".  It's such a sweet book and every time I read it, I thank God for the greatest blessing that he could have ever given me.  Here are a few of my favorite lines...

"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, "life will never be the same", because there had never been anyone like you, ever in the world."  Harper, You are such a unique and wonderful little girl and you are going to make such a mark on this world, and I can't wait to see all the surprises you have in store for us!

"Not once had there been such eyes, such a nose, such silly, wiggly wonderful toes." I love looking at your sweet face baby girl. You are the most beautiful angel Momma and Daddy could have dreamed of!

"For never before in story or rhyme (not even once upon a time), has the world ever known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again.  Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born." 

Harper - the world got a little sweeter the day you were born and it continues to as we see more of your personality, sweet disposition and calming presence.  We love you so much and are so blessed to be your parents.

Love you Schmoo Boo!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Harper's 6 Month Stats & An Update!

I'm a little behind in posting this but better late than never, right?  We went to the doctor on September 21st for Harper's 6 month check-up and here are her stats:

Weight: 16 pounds 7 ounces (54%)
Height: 26" (54%)
Head: 17.5" (91%!!)

Waiting to get weighed at the doctor. Sitting up like a pro! 

Our girl is super healthy and is doing everything that a sweet little 6 month old should do.  We were also pleased to hear that they think her umbilical hernia is completely gone! Woohoo!  She had to get 3 shots again which included round one of her flu shot. Those shots just don't get easier...it just breaks my heart to see the look of sheer pain and shock come quickly over her face when they are giving her the shots.  I try to scoop her up as quickly as I can each time and she's usually done crying shortly after but it's still tough to hear her so upset.

The next day was a BUSY one!!

We started out the day at 5:30 am when we woke up to make it to the Plano Balloon Festival. It was a blast and so beautiful.  As you can see by the pictures, we all let the slight chill in the air push us to dress like it was full-on Fall! Not quite, but it was still nice!

 Daddy loving on his sweet girl
 Kylie and da Smooch Pooch soaking in the view!

 J's Girls...

Harper loves her doggie! 

 Pretty balloons taking off

 Harper was the only smart one who remembered her sunglasses!

Marley was so happy to be included in the fun. She was a popular pooch and everyone wanted to pet her! 

This is how we all felt by the end.

After the balloon festival, Harper and I ran some errands and she sat like a big girl in the shopping cart for the first time. She LOVED it and was taking in all the sights and sounds.  She was also getting stopped by every single person who passed us because she was just so cute and happy!

That night after celebrating upcoming birthdays with our friends, Harper and I went to visit Uncle Tay and the rest of the fam at a shower for Taylor's good friends Garrett & Lexi.  (Daddy went downtown to watch his Arizona Wildcats play with his buddy Tommy) Taylor and Preston were playing and as soon as he saw Harper and finished his song, he called me up to give his sweet niece some lovin'...too precious. I love how Taylor is such a proud uncle!  

Hopefully Harper will get his musical talent...and NOT mine!! :-)

 Mimi had fun dancing with her girl!

Coco was excited to see her granddaughter! 

I changed Harper into her PJ's and she decided to sport Uncle Tay's Antone's Hat before we headed home for the night. :-)

Unfortunately I didn't get pics of everyone that night but it was a good time!

J and I ended the weekend with the home opener of the Dallas Cowboys, and they actually won! (Shocking I know!)  We appreciated the free tix from the Freeds, enjoyed hanging with friends and most importantly got in some good Mommy/Daddy adult time! :)

Awesome seats! 

That's all we know for now! Before you know it, I'll be posting about our girl's 7 month birthday unless I get really motivated and post again before then!