fourth of july trip to missouri

We made our way back to Missouri again for the 4th of July this year to see lots of Drew’s family. We basically replicated our trip from last year – except this year Harper was running around and playing and swinging. Lots of swinging.

She swung with Great Grandma and ran around.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

And we got to meet our nephew, Ulysses, for the first time! What a doll he is!

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

Harper loved playing at Uncle Don and Aunt Deb’s with Devyn and Audrey – 2 of the many second cousins that are closest to her age.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

“No pictures! I’m too busy playing!”

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

Harper wanted to swing on her tummy just like Devyn.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

The girls played in the cows’ water trough. The cows weren’t thrilled. :)

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

Exploring in Aunt Deb’s garden.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

The girls loved jumping on the trampoline!

4th of July 2014

On the 4th, we went to a party at Drew’s cousin’s house where we had some awesome cousin-made barbeque! All Harper wanted to do the whole evening was swing, swing, swing.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

Ulysses

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

She also loved playing the bags game.

4th of July 2014

4th of July 2014

Before we left, I grabbed some quick pics of my cutie patootie nephew!

Ulysses

Thanks for hosting us again this year, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma!

4th of July 2014

12 in 2014: July

Summer in Texas is long and hot and long. We don’t do much except hurry from an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned house. Luckily our neighborhood has a pool and Harper loves to swim! Other than that, we hang out in the backyard with the hose sprayer on mist and popsicles and pigtails.

popsicle

popsicle

And yes, sometimes we drink from the water table. Whatever we need to do to stay cool.

playing in the water table

playing in fredericksburg

We decided on a whim to make a quick weekend trip to Fredericksburg, just the three of us, before it got too hot. We had fun walking downtown, visiting a few wineries, going to a nice dinner and letting Harper run and play. Ahhh, what a nice getaway!

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

Fredericksburg 2014

father’s day weekend with grandpa

My dad and his wife Julie came to visit for Father’s Day weekend and Harper had such a great time despite feeling under the weather. Teething again. We went to the pool and Harper jumped off the side of the pool into my arms for the first time! That girl is fearless. We toured a cave – the 5th largest cave in Texas just happens to be up the street from us. We had fun running around at a local winery too and went out for barbecue.

Father's Day

Grandpa reading to Harper

Cave

Harper

Harper

Harper with her grandma

Us

Harper and her grandpa

Harper

Harper

summer days

Harper is enjoying her summer so far – playing at her water table and in her little pool and lounging around.

Water fun

Not such a fan of her sun hat though…

Doesn't like her sun hat

Water fun

Water fun

Water fun

Playing in the cat bed.

Playing in the cat bed

Summer days

Summer days

Summer days

Summer days

Summer days

Summer days

12 in 2014: June

A little Father’s Day photoshoot for her daddy.

Harper

Harper

Harper

Mommy & Harper

Harper

napa valley getaway

While we were in California, we left Harper with Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett for a night (her first night without both of us!) and headed up to Napa for a short wine tasting getaway. It was our first night away, just the two of us, since February 2012.

On the way to our B&B, we hit up Frog’s Leap and Conn Creek, grabbed lunch at Gott’s Roadside and ended the day with a tasting at Corsion.

Frog's Leap

Frog's Leap

Frog's Leap

Corison

After checking into our B&B, we headed to dinner at the Grill at Meadowood and had a fantastic(ly pricey) meal! Where we could eat as slow as we wanted! And not pick up forks and food off the floor!

Napa Farmhouse Inn

Napa Farmhouse Inn

The next morning, we tasted at Raymond, Cliff Lede and Clos Du Val, stopped for lunch at Bistro Jeanty and checked out the art at Hess Collection before heading back to Kari and Brett’s.

Raymond

Crystal Room at Raymond

Rooster at Raymond Vineyard

Raymond

Cliff Lede

Cliff Clede

Cliff Lede

Cliff Lede

Clos Du Val

Bistro Jeanty

Hess Collection

Until next time, Napa!

Hess Collection

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