Saturday, November 3, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
However, I realize that I'm responsible for the traditions and excitement that each holiday will bring for Harper. So it's time we get a little festive up in here. Start early, I say, that way by the time she has an opinion and wants to be a part of it, we've mastered the art of pumpkin carving/costume dressing/advent calendaring/egg decorating/holidaying it up!
So Neal and I carved pumpkins this week. Neal is actually a very good artist. And he makes me settle down and be patient. Draw a sketch, put a rough sketch on the pumpkin, slow down and actually carve the sketch. Without him, my pumpkin would be a sad sad gourd.I didn't dress up this year. The way I see it, one year in the not too distant future, Harper will want me to dress up. Or I'll have to dress up to get her to dress up. Regardless, I'm taking this year and hopefully the next couple to get away with just dressing up the babe. But you can bet your butt that my daughter had the cutest costume around. Ok, even though I'm competely biased to my own flesh and blood, she may not have had the cutest costume...there were some GOOD ones out there. Let's just say she was the cutest elephant around.
She may not have totally understood all the costumes, but she sure did get the candy. I've busted her with a Kit Kat and a Butterfinger today. I should be more careful where I leave her bucket lying around.
Once in Philly, we mostly sat around GrAnne's apartment, but did make it out to Alvethorpe Park one afternoon.
|Sarah, just being Sarah...|
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
|Photo stolen from Camille's Facebook...courtesy of Britt Savage Photography.|
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
But I get it now.
It happened sort of by accident. My friend Ashley and I decided we wanted to take our girls down to the Aquarium for a little adventure. They were advertising a lower price during the fair, which we assumed was to lure people away from the fair since surely no one would want to learn about water and a creatures while the fair was going on. So we loaded the girls up, and took the DART down to Fair Park.
So change of plans...
They also had this super cute farm where they teach the kids where their food comes from. Harper didn't care about anything except her bucket and playing in the dirt. But she sure looked cute!!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
We rode our bikes everywhere, had a date night (thanks, Nonnie and Ogee!), ate ice cream almost every night, and became Kadima pros! Harper liked the sand a lot, and the water only a little. It was an incredible vacation, and the sunsets and rolling tides reminded me how good God is.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Anyway, I needed some perspective after a long week and found it at Betsy's today while helping her in her hour of need. I'm going to start referring to her house as the Land of 1,000 Photo Ops.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Maybe a bit dramatic, but those pigtails threw me for a little loop yesterday...can you tell?
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
It's crazy to think that in the last fourteen months I have only spent a few hours here and there away from that sweet babe of mine. A few hours every couple of weeks for MOPS, an embarassingly few date nights out, sometimes leaving her with Neal for errands or Book Club...but none of these was more than three hours at time, and I always tried to get out when Harper was asleep. She'd never know. So in fourteen months, last weekend marked my first night away from Harper.
I have lots of excuses for why this hasn't happened yet. For some reason ready to put up some defense, like I'm the only one who hasn't left their babe for the night. I also have my line of defense ready for the people who might think I'm horrible for enjoying a night away. When in reality, why should I care either way? And are people really judging me for this...doubtful. I need to stop thinking so much.
It really was perfect timing for us. I'm finally done nursing, so I didn't have that to worry about. It's almost the end of summer, which means it's extra hot and West Nile-y, I'm quickly running out of indoor activities, but it's not quite time for our school year activities to start..all adding up to short nerves and very little patience or creativity. Plus, Harper has the absolute best Nonnie and Ogee so I was never worried about her. It was time to get away.
Friday we headed down to Austin, ready to leave Harper with Neal's parents for our summer birthday celebration courtesy of the best in-laws on this earth. When it was time to say goodbye Saturday morning, I was feeling a little torn. I knew I was going to miss my girl like crazy, but I couldn't get in that car fast enough. We had reservations at the JW Marriott in San Antonio with Andrew and Lindsey where the boys were golfing and the girls were spa-ing.
|Wow...we really look like we need a vacation.|
|Already looking better.|
The best part of the weekend was spending quality, distraction free time with Neal. It also doesn't hurt that I really really like my brother and sister-in-law.
Harper didn't miss us at all, I don't think. I only snuck in one call at bedtime (totally got busted). I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. It's amazing what 24 hours of adult time can do for the soul.
|Climbing the stars with Ogee=endless fun|