blue-eyed beauty in the bluebonnets

The Texas Bluebonnets have been in full bloom here so we took advantage of a sunny, but windy Sunday afternoon to take some pictures of Harper. Apparently, it’s a pretty popular thing to do here. The field near our house was chock full of cute families posing for pictures. There were even people posing with their dogs. We rode our bikes down a trail from our house to a nearby park with a big open field of Bluebonnets and by the time we got there, Harper wasn’t in the mood and didn’t feel like sitting by herself in the middle of a field of flowers, but she warmed up after a few minutes and ended up loving it! I think this may become an annual tradition!

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

Harper in the Texas Bluebonnets

monkey in pink sunglasses

Last weekend we hit up the Austin Zoo (thanks to a Groupon) and Harper loved it! She would point to all the animals and, to my surprise, was actually pretty good at finding them in the distance and when they were somewhat hidden. She loved the big cats (there was a big black panther that looked like a giant Margot!) and squawked back at the parrots. Each animal we walked up to, she’d sign and say “mo mo!” and we’d move on to the next animal. She wanted to walk around everywhere herself!

We saw tigers, lions, a panther, deer, goats, pigs, parrots, lemurs, and a peacock who walked right in front of me.

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

And we saw this funny looking monkey in pink sunglasses!

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

And then the monkey disguised herself as duck with a hat on. But she’s not fooling me!

Austin Zoo - Spring 2014

12 in 2014: March

Harper is 18 months old! She is quite entertaining and learning new things every day. She’s as happy and sweet as can be!

Harper at 18 months

Harper at 18 months

Harper at 18 months

Harper at 18 months

Where are your cheeks?

Harper at 18 months

Harper at 18 months

She loves to point to her body parts.

Where are your hands?

Where are your hands?

Where are your fingers?

Where are your fingers?

Where are your cheeks?

Where are your cheeks?

Where are your eyes?

Where is your eye?

Where is your belly button?

Where is your belly button?

Hey, I hear a dog barking over there!

Hey! I heard a dog barking!

What does a dog say? Woof woof!

What sound does a dog make? Woof!

two girls at the park

My mom, sister and niece recently visited for a nice relaxing girls weekend. We had some good weather for part of the weekend, so we spent some time at the park. Avery and Harper had a great time playing together!

Avery

Avery

Avery

Avery

Avery

Avery

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Two girls in bonnets

Bonnet baby

What a doll my little niece is! Harper and her will be BFF’s! I so wanted to keep her here, but I’ll get to see her in a few months in NY for her 1st birthday!

harper at the winery

Harper had her second visit to a Texas winery a few weeks ago (you get the idea of what her mommy and daddy enjoy doing…) She had a great time, as did we! Gram (Drew’s mom) was visiting and Harper loved running around outside (which is why it’s fun to bring your little one to a vineyard – lots of room to run around amidst beautiful scenery!)

Go pick some grapes, Harper!

Harper at the winery

Looking up at all the birds in the trees

Harper at the winery

Harper at the winery

Picking a flower and bringing it to mommy

Harper at the winery

Me and my gal

Harper at the winery

Harper and her daddy

Harper at the winery

12 in 2014: February

We’ve had a weird string of cold, warm, cold, warm days here in Austin recently and luckily the warm days have been on the weekends. This past weekend, after schools were closed on Friday because of ice, Sunday was t-shirt weather! We just got bikes for the first time in 20 years and got a trailer to pull Harper. We rode down the trails near our house to a park. Harper LOVES to watch the big kids and climb everything!

Harper at the park

Harper at the park

Harper at the park

Harper at the park

Harper at the park

12 in 2014: January

Harper is almost 16 months old and she’s been really enjoying playing in our new house – particularly the carpeted playroom! After living in a house with concrete floors, carpet is a luxury for her (and me!) We can roll around and lie on the floor and play!

I had my camera on and asked her to sit for a picture and you won’t believe what she did! She sat down and smiled right up at me. Multiple times! I was amazed! This is a great new development!

Harper

Harper

Harper

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