Sunday, December 27, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Harper Monaé || 17 months

17 months. 
Nope. I don't believe it.
This must have been the quickest month of all time. I'll blame it on the holidays :)
And I'm late on this post - like 5 days late (little miss turned on the 13th of the month) but again I'll blame it on the holidays. because once again, busy season!
This month has been so full of changes for Harper girl (like her sleep - but in a good way!) and her personality is shining through more and more every darn day. and I absolutely love it! She's like my little best friend and her and I seem to really get each other. Sometimes that's great and sometimes that's not so great.. we're both a tad stubborn and know what we want ;)
Still going strong in this department! As you can tell by her messy face, chubby cheeks, and if you saw her legs - her inner thigh rolls :) Her chubbiness is still my absolute favorite. And it is still mindblowing that she even became chubby in the first place, since she was born as a string bean! My milk must've been straight sweet cream ;)

We've drawn the lucky card in this hot topic too! Of course we've had our tough times of no sleep with a baby, but all in all she is a dang good sleeper. Especially now!
Ever since we got back home from Thanksgiving in Idaho, Harper has been sleeping s o  m u c h  more! For the last few months, her usual (at night) was 8pm-7:30am. Straight through the night. No wake ups. Which was of course fabulous.
Well for about 5 days (after our Thanksgiving trip) she slept 8pm-11:30/12noon (yes! into the next day!) I attributed it to less sleep when traveling and expected her to go back to the norm after a day or two. But really... that lasted about 5 days! and now, ever since then, we're on a 8pm-8:30/9am schedule. I'm not complaining! Soaking in the days while they're here :) Oh, and she s t i l l takes her 1-4pm nap. I'm going to say growth spurt!
Play. Play. Play.
All the live long day.
That's the name of the game around here. Every waking minute Harper is constantly on the go playing. and it is oh so fun for me. I love this stage!
She sings. and dances. and plays pretend with her toys. and gets into my kitchen cupboards. and teases the dog. and colors. and plays in my clothes. and runs around the house owning the place.
It's too good and it's too fun :) But by nap time, I'm feeling ready for one too!
P H O T O  D U M P
Oh my precious girl. Life with you is more than I ever, ever could've imagined. You bring the light into my world and teach me to be a better me. You are such a gift from God. I've had you in my life for 17 months now and somehow it keeps getting better. I can only imagine where our life will be in the years to come. I pray we will always be close to each other. You have the sweetest spirit and are full of energy. You make this life happier every day. I feel beyond blessed that I get to spend each and every day with you. I love you, sweet Harper Monaé.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015


And that it is! SO busy!!
schedules to follow.
party planning.
house decorating.
gift wrapping.
I could keep on going.. but I won't bore you with that - you get the jist!
With all that to say, lately I've been trying to take time to intentionally put a piece of my energy solely into my little family. And so glad I have. I don't want this season to fly by and me hardly remember it because I was too busy. With Harper being able to show her excitement this year, I want to enjoy it right there with her and soak up every bit of it.
Though the blog has been a bit neglected, I must say it has so been worth it.
I mean look at these 'cheeks' I've been spending my days with :)
Tomorrow we are leaving for a quick family get-away for the weekend and we couldn't be more excited!
This is usually the time of year when the last thing we can think about is going out of town. But I am so glad we are! Just thinking about the memories we are going to make with our little Harper gives me that Christmas morning feeling!
When we get back though, it's holiday crunch time! We are nearly two weeks away from Christmas :)


Wednesday, December 2, 2015


We had such a great Thanksgiving with family, friends, and all the delicious food you could imagine! Just what Thanksgiving should be.
We started the weekend with a 13.5 hour (normally 12 hour) road trip to Pocatello, ID. Ugh!
This time of year is not in our favor when driving. Although I LOVE the snow, traveling in it is
a bit unpleasant. But we made it safe and sound!
We had a fun few days seeing our loved ones who we miss so much. 
As you can see, Harper and little miss Sutton (who is shockingly a month older than Harper) were the cutest being reunited!
It still amazes me that my best friend, Brittney :) and I had our baby girls just one month apart!
A lunch date with Rachel and baby Alice to our favorite spot was a must!
Though we froze our buns off (no joke - it was 20 degrees out), it was so fun taking Harper to the Christmas lights parade downtown!

This little is a trooper and did such a good job traveling long distance in the car!!
We now have the Christmas decorations out and the tree is up. We are ready for the best time of the year!