Harper has something to tell you!

She’s going to be a big sister!

Big sister status coming March 2015

Baby #2 is due March 26, 2015!

Reading how to be the best big sister

She’s been studying up on how to be the best big sister. She practices with her baby doll – rocking her, swaddling her, taking her for walks. When you ask her “Where is Mommy’s baby?” she points to my belly. Although, she has no concept that an actual live baby will be moving in to her house. But we have a few months to work on that. When you ask “Do you want a brother or a sister?” She says “Yes!” So I think she’ll be happy with either one. Same with Mommy and Daddy – we will be thrilled with either one, but we can’t wait to find out!

I’m feeling ok for the most part. There were some rough couple weeks there for a while with nausea and major fatigue, but now I’ve got my appetite back for most of the day and I’m just basically exhausted. I think I feel it more this time around because life can’t stop when you have a toddler!

We’re so excited for a new little spud to be joining our family!

A new little spud is joining the family!

12 in 2014: September

We stopped by the park and then played at the children’s museum while Drew’s mom (Gram) and Tod were visiting. It’s fun to see how each visit to the museum has differed as Harper has grown. This time, she was much more independent and we practically had to drag her out of there.

A dad and his girl

Harper at the park

Harper at the museum

Harper at the museum

Harper at the museum

Harper and Daddy at the museum

And, of course, more swimming.

Harper swimming

12 in 2014: August

More summer playtime! Chasing bubbles, learning to swing a bat, and kicking her soccer ball.

Watching bubbles

Chasing bubbles

Playing soccer

Learning to swing a bat

Playtime

Playtime

Playtime

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

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