Christmas 2015

We had very warm weather here in Texas on Christmas so we spent Christmas Eve morning outside playing soccer and flying a kite. Harper wanted to fly it all by herself which meant she ran around dragging it on the ground behind her. But after I showed her how to do it and she let me help her get started, she ran with it in the air for a bit.

Christmas Eve outdoors

Trying to fly a kite

Flying a kite

Christmas Eve outdoors

We also did our annual Christmas Eve crafts – we made bead candy canes and painted wooden gift tags. I also tried to get a little Pinterest-y and do a handprint wreath with Harper and a footprint mistletoe with Finn but they turned out horribly, as most of my Pinterest endeavors do.

Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts

Harper was excited to frost and sprinkle some sugar cookies and put them out with milk for Santa (and some carrots on our driveway for the reindeer.)

Santa's cookies and milk

I put them in matching jammies and Daddy read The Night Before Christmas.

Matching jammies

Matching jammies

Christmas morning started at 6am and after feeding the baby and getting Harper a snack in her room and all ready to go, I walked the kids out while Drew shot video from the living room. Harper immediately spotted Finn’s Little Tikes car and then her bike and rocking chair. She was so excited! And because it was so warm, we got to spend some time outside trying out the new toys! It was a very merry Christmas!

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Finn got a car!

Harper got a bike!

Maeby

Finn

Finn in his new car

Finn in his new car

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holiday fun

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and was particularly excited this year since it was Finn’s first Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of 4. Last year, I was so sick (and pregnant) and it kind of took all the fun out of the holiday. It’s hard to believe in the span of a year, we had a baby and now he’s big enough to sit up and open presents.

We started the holiday season by decorating our tree on Thanksgiving weekend and then I started the myriad of holiday photos of my kids. I just can’t get enough. But they sure had enough. “Ugh! Not another picture, Mom!”

This one of Finn might be my favorite of them all. Bah hum bug!

Finnegan

But he eventually relented and let me snap away. Cheese!

Finnegan

Finnegan

I used these for our Christmas card.

Finn and Harper

Finnegan

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper and Finn

Harper and Finn

Finnegan

Santa hats

Baby's 1st Christmas

My little elf

We went to a big electric train set display in downtown Round Rock and stopped for a few pictures outside where they had a giant tree and giant ornament.

Giant x-mas tree

Giant x-mas tree

A giant ornament

There was a big stage that Harper kept running over to and doing her happy dance for us.

Dancing on the stage

Electric trains

Electric trains

Electric trains

Our annual santa hat picture!

Santa hats

And this is blurry, but I caught them sitting together under the tree and giggling and thought it was so cute.

Looking at the presents

Halloween 2015

I realize I’m pretty late to the game on this post, but for good reason! Actually bad reasons – we’ve been plagued with a lot of sickness the last 5 or so weeks, mixed with lots of working overtime, lots of exhaustion, teething, work travel, back injury, you name it.

But we were determined to enjoy Halloween! We started with our annual tradition of painting mini pumpkins and carving a big pumpkin. Otherwise known as: everyone loses interest so I carve the pumpkin myself. At least this year we learned that you can’t put a carved pumpkin outside in this heat or it melts. So it stayed inside and rotted. Maybe next time we’ll just paint pumpkins…

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Harper had a fall festival at school and dressed in her favorite Rapunzel dress and had lots of fun making crafts and playing with her friends.

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

We were in the thick of all the exhaustion and sickness right around Halloween. Finn had a bad cold, then I got a bad cold, then I had to work overnight the night before Halloween and the whole day of Halloween, right up to trick-or-treating time. So I was exhausted and practically lost my voice from all the coughing.

But the kids looked darn cute in their costumes and had a blast trick-or-treating with our neighbors!

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015

We ended up with a lot of leftover candy that we enjoyed for weeks!

Halloween 2015

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!

Easter 2015

Easter weekend started out with Gram and Toddy visiting to meet Finnegan. Harper had an Easter egg hunt at school, so Drew, Gram and Toddy went and Tod snapped these pictures.

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Easter egg hunt at school

Then on Easter morning, the Easter bunny left goodies in the kids’ baskets! Finn was too sleepy to notice.

Finnegan's first Easter

But Harper loved all her goodies!

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

And Gram made Harper a bunny-shaped pancake!

Easter 2015

It was too wet and cool outside to do an egg hunt, so we hid some eggs upstairs in the playroom.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Harper was pretty excited about all the candy.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Our first holiday as a family of four!

Family of 4

Harperween 2014

Harper got really into Halloween this year and made it so fun! She loved to say “Happy Halloween!” We went to a local pumpkin patch (or rather, a little festival with a gathering of pumpkins) and picked out a big pumpkin to carve together and little pumpkins to paint.

“I’ll take this one!”

Halloween 2014

I tried to take a mommy-daughter-baby-bump picture but she was more interested in the pumpkins.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

The rest of the festival had fun stuff for bigger kids. But she liked watching all the kids on the inflatables. Maybe next year, kiddo.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Harper helped to scoop out the pumpkin but did not like the mess on her hands.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

So we learned here in Texas that carved pumpkins don’t last more than 2 days in this heat. By day 2 it was completely molded black on the inside and by day 4 it was literally a melted pile of mush. But it looked good for one day!

Halloween 2014

She loved painting our little pumpkins together. And only tried a few times to eat the paint!

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Today we went to her Halloween party at school where we saw several Anna’s, Elsa’s and Olaf’s (as did all of America today.)

Halloween 2014

Then we came home and got ready for the trick-or-treaters.

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

We went to a few houses with our neighbors and Harper totally rocked the trick-or-treating. I was really surprised, but she knew exactly what to do and wasn’t shy about it. When we came home, she took all of her candy out of her bucket and sorted it into piles for Mommy, Daddy, and Harper while singing “Happy Halloween!” The best part – Mommy and Daddy get to eat her candy!

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