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

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

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

harper’s 2nd easter

Easter gets a whole lot more fun when you have a toddler! Harper loved hunting for eggs. So much so that we did it 4 times that weekend. Harper already showed great hunting prowess at her first egg hunt at school. She knew exactly what to do! She grabbed all the eggs and put them in her basket until it was overflowing!

Then we went to our neighborhood egg hunt where she and her neighbor friend didn’t get one single egg. There were just too many kids. So they filled their baskets with wood chips instead and did some swinging.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

We got the obligatory scared-of-the-easter-bunny shot.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Easter morning was quite fun to see Harper enjoy her gifts – Legos, some books, and a few other things.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Then we headed over to our neighbor’s house for a make-up egg hunt since the neighborhood one was a bust. Harper loved swinging on her friend’s playscape and now points to it from our yard every time we’re outside.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

And finally, later that afternoon we headed to Drew’s cousin’s house for dinner (like we did last year!) and Harper’s 4th egg hunt.

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Harper's 2nd Easter

Needless to say, Harper really enjoyed the holiday and we loved watching her enjoy it.

santa baby

We enjoyed Christmas at home with our little santa baby and Drew’s family who flew in to help celebrate Harper’s first Christmas. Maeby enjoyed the company, but Margot hid under our bed the whole time.

Harper with Margot and Maeby

Our Christmas tree

Christmas kitty

Christmas kitty

Harper got to meet her Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett and her Uncle Kyle.

Harper meeting Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett

Harper meeting Aunt Kari

Harper meeting Uncle Kyle

To celebrate turning 3 months old, Harper wore jeans for the first time! Aren’t baby jeans the cutest?

Baby jeans!

Harper and Daddy

Harper and Daddy

We ate quite well when everyone was here – a nice change to the ham sandwiches I’ve been living on. We had brisket and empanadas and then a turkey dinner.

Brisket

Empanadas - after

Wine and BBQ

Harper loved being held by everyone and hanging out. She had lots of presents under the tree and we took turns opening them for her. Lots of books, toys and clothes!

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

On Christmas Eve, we watched Christmas Vacation like we do every year. Drew gave his siblings moose mugs just like they drink from in the movie.

Egg nog in a moose mug

I made sure to get plenty of family pictures while I had people here to take them! (Harper’s face in this one cracks me up.)

Christmas 2012

Maeby

Christmas 2012

Yum egg nog!

Christmas 2012

Thank you to our family for coming to Austin for Christmas, cooking for us and spoiling our little girl! She is lucky to have such a loving family!

Christmas 2012

someone’s ready for santa

She can’t wait for Santa Claus to visit – she’s been a good girl even if just for a quarter of a year!

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper snuggling her daddy

Harper