4th of July 2015

Drew’s sister, brother-in-law, dad and nephew Augie came to visit for his birthday and the 4th of July. It was Augie’s and Finn’s first 4th and our first time meeting Augie. The boys are just 2 months apart and already fast friends!

Finn meets Augie

Cousins and Siblings

Augie!

Augie’s hand on Finn’s thigh kills me.

Augie's hand on Finn's thigh

The boys are besties already

Meeting Augie

We walked to the neighborhood pool for Finn’s first swim.

On the way to the pool

Swimming

Getting thrown by Daddy

The boys swimming

The water was a bit cool that morning. I’d say Finn didn’t like it or dislike it.

Finn's first swim

But he was happy to dry off and relax.

After swimming

We went to the local coffeehouse/brewhouse on Drew’s birthday.

Drew and his dad

Harper and Mommy

Augie at the local brewhouse

Hanging at the local brewhouse

Hanging at the local brewhouse

Aunt Kari and Finn

We spent a lot of time outside on the new patio.

Uncle Brett and Finn

Grandpa and Finn

Finn and Mommy

We had a yummy carrot cake for Drew’s birthday.

Sharing birthday cake

On the 4th, I tried to get pictues of my kiddos holding flags, but they were too distracted by them to look at the camera. Harper tried to get Finn to wave his flag.

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

And we got pictures of the boys together in their matching outfits.

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

Little bandits!

Bandits

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

Augie eating sweet potatoes

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

4th of July 2015

The Bridgelands

Grandpa and Augie

Grandpa and the boys

What a fun weekend with family!

Visitors to Texas and an early Thanksgiving

My family descended upon Texas during the recent arctic blast (although I guess it still felt warm to those northerners) to celebrate my brother’s birthday and an early Thanksgiving. We still had fun even though we stayed indoors most of the weekend. Of course, the main attraction was seeing the two cousins together again. The evening they arrived, Harper was painfully shy and wouldn’t make eye contact for a while, even though she talked for weeks about Avery coming to visit. But she warmed up, like she always does.

Cousins

We took the girls to the children’s museum and they loved it! We had to drag them out of there to grab lunch before their inevitable crash nap in the car. And they looked adorable in their matching outfits from Gramoo!

Cousins

Cousins

Cousins

Coloring

Cousins reading

We couldn’t get enough of their hugging, so we asked them to hug many times that weekend.

Cousins

Cousins

My mom loved having both of her granddaughters together.

Mamie and her granddaughters

Me and my niece

And Avery practiced her serious pose.

Avery

Avery

I think Avery’s favorite part of the visit was chasing Maeby and trying to lay on her.

Avery loves cats

Harper

Cousins lounging

Best friends!

Cousins

The girls loved having their Uncle Chris to entertain them with shoulder rides and laundry basket rides.

Shoulder rides

Uncles are fun!

We prepared a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and while the turkey was cooking, the girls took a wagon ride around the neighborhood and played with play-doh.

Wagon ride!

Playing with play-doh

After dinner, we put the girls to work cleaning up the kitchen.

Helping to clean up

Towards the end of their visit, it started to warm up a bit and the girls got some backyard playtime with Mamie.

Playing outside

Playing outside

We were sad to see them go and for a few days after they left, Harper kept asking about Avery. We’ll see them again next year once baby brother is born!!

a cousin’s wedding in nashville

A few weeks ago we met most of my immediate and extended family in Nashville for my cousin Kelley’s wedding. It was the first time my extended family got to meet Harper and my sister’s daughter Avery.

Our first stop was the Nashville zoo where we met my Aunt Lynn and cousin Sara and her kids. The girls loved it! Such a pretty and natural zoo.

Nashville Zoo

Me and my cousin Sara are both due a few weeks apart!

Pregnant cousins

My sister and her husband and daughter, Avery.

Nashville Zoo

The girls are checking out the giraffes!

Nashville Zoo

My dad and brother

Nashville Zoo

Me and my niece

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

Grandpa and his granddaughters!

Nashville Zoo with Grandpa

Nashville Zoo with cousins

Checking out the camels

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

Needless to say, the girls were tuckered out!

Crashed after the zoo

The girls played on the playground for a while before we went to the rehearsal dinner.

Playground

Hanging out with Avery

Evening walk

The next day we walked around Centennial Park with the girls in matching shirts – oh the cuteness!

Nashville park

Nashville park

Hanging out with Avery

Hanging out with Avery

Hanging out with Avery

Avery

The girls with Gramoo Julie!

The girls with Gramoo

Hanging out with Avery

Later that evening we put on our dresses and went to the wedding! The girls had fun and were pretty well behaved – luckily the ceremony was short!

At the wedding

The gorgeous bride and her father (Uncle Jim)!

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

Then we took a few more pics before heading to the reception.

Nashville Zoo

Harper was so excited to get dolled up in her dress, bracelet, necklace and sparkly shoes!

Nashville Zoo

Lisa and her mini-me!

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

Hanging out with Avery

Then the real fun began – the girls tore up the dance floor!

Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

We did some spinning and Avery and her daddy did some dancing too!

Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Where’s Avie?

Dancing at the wedding

Here I am!

Dancing at the wedding

OMG I’m having so much fun!!

Dancing at the wedding

The girls got to meet Great-Grandmother for the first time!

Grandmother and her granddaughters and great granddaughters

Here’s my dad with his six siblings and parents – the whole crew!

Grandparents, aunts and uncles

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

The next morning the whole family met for breakfast.

Grandmother and her granddaughters and great granddaughters

Grandpa and Gramoo graciously offered to rush through their dinner so they could take the girls back to the hotel for bed so we could stay and enjoy the reception. And when we left, we got back to the hotel and I realized I left my phone at the reception! I blame the pregnancy brain! Luckily, my Uncle Jim grabbed it and brought it to me the next morning!

It was a fantastic weekend seeing family I hadn’t seen in years! We had a late flight back that night and got home around 1am. The next day was Harper’s 2nd birthday! So we took the day off and had a fun family day – stay tuned for pictures!

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

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

avery’s first birthday

I recently traveled to New York for my niece’s first birthday. I left Harper at home with daddy and flew by myself! What a treat! Everyone, including me, missed having Harper there, but I was happy to have time to devote to my little niece! (The girls get to see each other in September, so we’re looking forward to that!)

Her party was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on a beautiful day. Avery had so much fun!

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery didn’t know what to make of her cupcake at first, but after a little taste she was not shy about helping herself!

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

Avery's 1st Birthday

The next day we had fun in the park before I had to head back home.

Playing in the park

Playing in the park

Playing in the park

Avery is 1!

Avery is 1!

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

Playing at the park

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!