picking pumpkins

Between naps and feedings and Finn feeling a little under weather, we had a small window of time last weekend to make a quick trip to pick up some pumpkins. I really just wanted to go so I could get pictures of the kids together. So during the twenty minutes we were there, fifteen of them were spent trying to get them to both look at the camera. Then we grabbed one big pumpkin to carve and four little pumpkins to paint and raced home.

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2015

Finn at 7 months

What a fun month for Finn! Between ramping up his solids and sitting up to play – it’s a whole new world for him!

He graduated to the high chair and is happy to sit in it and play while we eat dinner. He’s drinking water from a sippy cup and loves to hold it, chew on it and let water dribble out of his mouth. He also likes to steal my Camelbak water bottle. Over the course of this month he has definitely warmed up to veggies. He even liked lamb the first time. He likes chickpeas, split peas or lentils mixed with a veggie too. And for mornings he likes fruit mixed with oatmeal or coconut milk yogurt.

He sleeps in his Zipadee-Zip and sometimes rolls onto his side at night. For the last few weeks he’s woken a couple times a night and for a few nights he was up just about every hour due to a cold/allergies.

He shakes his head no and says “dadadada” and still loves to loudly squeal and growl (I don’t know how else to describe the weird sounds he makes.) He can’t sit through a book without leaning forward and reaching for every page. He’s great at sitting up and reaching for the toys he wants – his favorites are musical toys, balls and a silicone teether ring. And he loves Drew’s watches – just like Harper did. He liked swinging for the first time in the backyard!

Sitting in the high chair

Eating peas

Reading and snuggling with Daddy…makes for a very tired little boy.

Reading with Daddy

Reading with Daddy

Fell asleep reading with Daddy

Finn loves his hand-knit blanket from Aunt Lisa!

Finnegan loves his blanket from Aunt Lisa

Finnegan loves his blanket from Aunt Lisa

When Finn woke up from his nap, Harper wanted to climb into his crib. “Did you have a good nap, sweetie?”

Siblings in a crib

Siblings in a crib

Harper and Finn

Finnegan

Finnegan

Chillin’ outside while Harper plays.

Cool dude

Finnegan

Swinging is so fun!

Finnegan's first time swinging

Finnegan

Yes, to say we’re Fulham fans is an understatement. He finally fits into his Fulham footie jammies that he got for Christmas.

Finn loves Fulham

Finn loves Fulham

Finn stole my water!

Finnegan at 7 months

Finnegan at 7 months

Finnegan at 7 months

harper is three!

Our little baby girl is three years old! Already? I seriously feel like we just celebrated her 2nd birthday – this past year has been a blur. But when I look back at pictures of her last year, she has changed so much.

She is a charming little girl and has lots of friends at school. She’s turned into quite the leader since she’s the oldest in her class. She is still pretty shy when she meets people or at morning dropoff, but she warms up quickly. She gets herself dressed and asks to put a dress on every day after school. But she also loves wearing her Fulham soccer kit (just like Daddy’s) every Thursday for soccer. She is starting to make up songs and sing to herself as she plays, make up words, and read books to herself (narrating what happens on each page.) She’s a big fan of Disney princesses – her current favorites are Merida, Rapunzel and Anna/Elsa. She’s generally very well behaved and when she has a rough evening it’s always because she didn’t nap at school. Her favorite food by far is shrimp. She always requests “shrimp and noodles” for dinner. She’s not at all a picky eater. She eats pretty much anything we put in front of her. This past year we’ve noticed more and more that she is very detailed oriented and particular about certain things – she definitely gets that from me. And she’s very good at negotiating what she wants.

We had Drew’s mom here for Harper’s birthday so we did a little celebration at home the night before Harper’s party with her friends. Harper had requested a pink and purple Frozen cake and luckily my grocery store offered exactly that! So I decorated the dining room with a few Frozen details and balloons – she was thrilled!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Before dinner, we took her outside to see her present – a trampoline! Drew took a few hours putting it together and she thinks he “made” it for her. She loves it!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

After she got good and sweaty, we came in for dinner and cake. She was pretty psyched to have three candles to blow out!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

She was licking all the frosting off and I said, “Eat the cake, sweetie, that’s the best part!” And she looked at me and said “That is NOT the best part, Mom.”

Harper's 3rd Birthday

After cake it was time to open gifts!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

A baseball glove and girly accessories!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

She got princessy things, books, walkie talkies (these will be helpful to me too!) and clothes.

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

The next day we had her party at a local kids gym where she and her friends could run around and burn some energy. It was simple for me, I just had to bring cupcakes and favor bags! She had a perma-smile the whole time and loved running around somewhere new with all her favorite friends. It was pretty darn cute to watch.

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

The whole time, Finn was happy to sit with Gram and watch all the big kids run around.

Finn and Gram

We had cupcakes which were 75% frosting – so all the kids were sent home on a sugar high!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

The following Tuesday was her actual birthday and more presents poured in from her loving family. More clothes, a stamp set, a baby doll with accessories and a Rapunzel dress (that she has worn every day since!) This girl was spoiled!

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

Harper's 3rd Birthday

It was a few days that she won’t soon forget. She still talks about her party and lists all the friends that were there. And we just can’t believe we have a 3 year old!

Harper - Years 1-3