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

napa valley getaway

While we were in California, we left Harper with Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett for a night (her first night without both of us!) and headed up to Napa for a short wine tasting getaway. It was our first night away, just the two of us, since February 2012.

On the way to our B&B, we hit up Frog’s Leap and Conn Creek, grabbed lunch at Gott’s Roadside and ended the day with a tasting at Corsion.

Frog's Leap

Frog's Leap

Frog's Leap

Corison

After checking into our B&B, we headed to dinner at the Grill at Meadowood and had a fantastic(ly pricey) meal! Where we could eat as slow as we wanted! And not pick up forks and food off the floor!

Napa Farmhouse Inn

Napa Farmhouse Inn

The next morning, we tasted at Raymond, Cliff Lede and Clos Du Val, stopped for lunch at Bistro Jeanty and checked out the art at Hess Collection before heading back to Kari and Brett’s.

Raymond

Crystal Room at Raymond

Rooster at Raymond Vineyard

Raymond

Cliff Lede

Cliff Clede

Cliff Lede

Cliff Lede

Clos Du Val

Bistro Jeanty

Hess Collection

Until next time, Napa!

Hess Collection

12 in 2014: May

Over Memorial Day weekend, we took a family trip to California to visit Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett and while we were there we brought Harper in to see Kari’s school and students and played in the park.

Snacking

Redwood City park

Redwood City park

Redwood City park

Redwood City park

We also took Harper to Stanford University to get her on the waiting list for 2030 admissions.

Yippee!! She got in…based on cuteness alone!

Stanford University

Just kidding. Uncle Brett is about to graduate from Stanford School of Engineering! So he took us on a tour of the beautiful campus. I felt so smart just walking through it!

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University

a midwest christmas for a texas girl

I’m quite late with my Christmas post, but for good reason. We had a whirlwind holiday! We packed up our whole house, traveled to IL for 10 days, and promptly moved out and into our new house the day after we returned. I’ve just now gotten internet hooked up and dug myself out of a sea of boxes. It takes a lot longer to unpack and return to normal life when you have a toddler who insists on climbing on everything all day long.

Because we were traveling at Christmas, we gave Harper a few gifts a week early so we wouldn’t have to bring them with us. Her favorite among them was a surprise gift from her daddy – Elmo.

Harper loves Elmo

Harper's favorite gift

Despite the exhaustion and logistics of planning a move during the holidays while simultaneously packing for a trip, we were really glad to get to IL and have some fun family time. We were lucky enough to see both my family and husband’s family all in one trip. We spent the first part of the holiday at my mom’s house and the second part of the holiday at Drew’s mom’s house. And both of Harper’s grandpas traveled in to see us too! Harper really loved having family around when she woke up every morning and was spoiled by her grandparents and aunts and uncles. It made me a bit sad that Harper doesn’t get to spend more time with family who love her, but we’re hoping for lots of visitors to Texas!

Harper got to see and play in snow for the first time! Naturally, she was not a fan. So we didn’t stay outside for long. Just long enough to get some use out of the snowsuit that she won’t ever need again.

First time in the snow

Not a fan of the snow

Harper's first time seeing snow

This holiday was special for another reason – we got to be there for my niece’s first Christmas! Little Avery is getting big and sitting up and smiling so easily now! I mean, you just looked at her and she’d grin up at you instantly!

Christmas 2013

Avery's first Christmas

Avery's first Christmas

I think this little munchkin might have just been teething too! Her first tooth came shortly after!

Avery's first Christmas

Baby's first Christmas

Baby's first Christmas

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Harper with Aunt Lisa

Cousins and besties!

Cousins

Sisters and cousins

Lisa and the girls

Good all year

Good all year

Harper wasn’t a huge fan of the annual santa hat picture.

Christmas 2013

But she was a fan of Uncle Chris!

Harper loves Uncle Chris

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Of course we had to get the girls matching x-mas jammies.

Cousins in matching Christmas jammies

Avery's first Christmas

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Harper with Grandpa

Grandpa and Avery

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

weekend getaway to texas wine country

After over two years living in Texas, we finally made it to Fredericksburg. We kept thinking, “why didn’t we do this before we had a baby?” But we brought the baby along and she had fun too! Oh, and we brought the cats too… It was a regular Griswold family vacation!

We stayed in a quaint, old cottage from the 1800’s. Maeby enjoyed exploring – knocking over plants, climbing onto window sills, and sitting in the claw foot tub. Margot enjoyed hiding under the bed.

Fredericksburg

Cat in a claw foot tub

We ate German food, walked around the shops downtown and hit up a few wineries. It was relaxing, scenic and even the weather was tolerable (much cooler than in Austin!) We had fun taking a few pictures of our girl.

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Baby on a wine barrel

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

harper’s first vacation

On Drew’s birthday, the day before the 4th of July, we boarded a plane for Harper’s first flight, first vacation, and first time meeting a lot of the extended family. She did pretty awesome on the flight – she slept the first leg (and holding her made my arm go numb) and charmed everyone. She even waved to another baby for the first time!

4th of July

We stayed at Great Grandpa and Great Grandma’s house – which is a fun place to visit for a little one. Lots to do and very scenic. Harper loved all the new toys to play with, all the birds chirping, and all the new people from whom to get cheek kisses. She experienced a big puppy for the first time (their yellow lab was the most well behaved lab I’ve ever seen.) And ate homemade food from Great Grandma’s garden!

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Kisses from Gram!

4th of July

Hanging with Aunt Kari!

4th of July

On the 4th, we went to Drew’s cousin’s house and hung out with a bunch of his cousins and their kids. Harper loved watching all the big kids scurry around.

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Kisses from Great Grandma!

4th of July

Hanging with Uncle Brett!

4th of July

Watching Great Grandma pick vegetables from her garden.

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Hanging out at Drew’s aunt and uncle’s – enjoying the nice weather!

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Listening to all the birds chirp on the dock.

4th of July

Snuggles with Great Grandpa.

4th of July

Harper met Audrey (Drew’s cousin Annie’s daughter who is a month older)! We had our family baby shower together last summer!

4th of July

Then we went swimming and Harper fell asleep on the way. At least that made it easier to lather her with sunscreen.

4th of July

The family also threw a wedding shower for Kyle and Brittany and baby shower for Drew’s cousin Aaron and Chrissy. With this size family, there are showers of some kind every summer and it’s best to combine them! Harper got to meet some more aunts, uncles and cousins!

4th of July

4th of July

Hanging out with Grandpa!

4th of July

4th of July

4th of July

Snuggles with Uncle Kyle!

4th of July

4th of July

Harper sharing her daddy’s lap with Audrey!

4th of July

Harper has the best daddy!

4th of July