Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Father's Day 2016

I took these lovely photos of Randy and the kids on Father's Day that were too cute not to post and share.
Along with those photos, it seems only fair that I post a photo of my sister and me with our dad from Father's Day. 
Good fathers are hard to come by and these two fathers are definitely winners. I'm a very lucky daughter and wife!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Harper's 5-year check-up

Yesterday, Harper had her 5-year check-up.

The appointment went well and she passed inspection.

She weighed in at 36 pounds (25th Percentile) and is now 3'5" tall (20th Percentile - same as last year). She has gained 3 pounds in the past year and has grown around 3". Her blood pressure was 98/58.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

swinging birthday girl.

I love these photos I took of Harper on her birthday. She loves to swing - which she noted is her favorite thing to do when I interviewed her this past week.

It's hard watching her get older, but seeing her happy and healthy - full of so much joy definitely makes it easier. 

Before her birthday, I was talking to her about how I was sad that she was growing up.

Wisely she said, "It's okay mommy. That's how life works. We have birthdays and we get older - and that's okay." 

She's right. It will be okay.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

harper's height tradition.

Since Harper was 1, we have been measuring and documenting her height by marking it on an armoire we have (that is technically Hayden's but they are both utilizing it for our "growth chart tradition"). So far we have had 6 measurements (at 1-year, 18-months, 2-years, 2.5-years, 3-years, and 4-years). This week marked our 7th measurement: 5-years-old.

Here they are:

Another part of this process involves us taking pictures of us documenting her height. Does that make sense? So every time we mark her height, we take pictures while we do it.

Here are those pictures:








Monday, May 16, 2016

little black dress tradition.

When I was pregnant with Hayden, I read an article in a magazine that depicted a family’s tradition with their daughter.

Beginning with her first birthday, they dressed her in her grandmother’s vintage bathing suit and took a picture. They did this every year as they watched their baby daughter grow from a toddler, to a child, to a young woman.

It was amazing and adorable and I thought it was a wonderful way to show in photos how their daughter had changed and grown.

When Hayden was 1, we began a similar tradition with him by taking annual pictures of him in a white-button down shirt.

And now with Harper, we dress her in a little black dress, as opposed to a vintage bathing suit, and take annual pictures of her. A simple yet classic look that should provide for an amazing pictorial representation depicting her development as she grows into a young woman.






Saturday, May 14, 2016

harper birthday celebrations...

May 5 was Harper's 5th Birthday. Her Golden Birthday.

I think it definitely lived up to her expectations - at least it should have. It was a super celebratory 4-day smorgasbord for sure!

First we celebrated her birthday when she woke up that Thursday morning:
 Thursday evening, Harper requested that we go to Chuck E Cheese for her birthday dinner.
Saturday was her birthday party. We hired Barnyard Buddies to come to the house. They provided pony rides and a small petting zoo - goats, cow, baby rabbits, chickens, duck. 

We also had a pinata!
 Saturday evening we had dinner at my parents' house and celebrated Harper's birthday with them.
 Sunday afternoon we celebrated Harper's birthday and Mother's Day with Randy's mom and aunt.

Total smorgasbord of splendor and glory. Definitely a winner of a Golden Birthday!