Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lone Star Fun

Howdy Y'all!

Tony, Harper and I spent the Memorial Day weekend in Texas - one of my favorite spots on earth - with the rest of my family...mom, dad, sis and nieces and even had some time with my brother and brother-in-law.  Our fun existed of water, water, food, water and water.  :)

On Saturday, we never left my parents house.  We all swam in their pool and they cooked steaks, burgers and hot links for us so what was the point of leaving that day?  :)

How adorable is this little cutie with her bikini and chubby thighs?  Her smile is so cheesy, but genuine here and I love it!

Harper loves her cousin, Ava and Ava loves her some "Barper"!  How cute are the two bathing beauties on the float below?  I love the smile on my dad's face - he loves his granddaughters.  He has a special power over the both of them - they LOVE him!  I have to say that out of Harper's 4 grandparents, he would be her favorite.  I need to figure out his magic powers.

Saturday ended with Papaw pulling Ava and Harper around the house on a blanket.  When he stops, Ava goes around the house looking for him saying "Papaw?" and when she finds him, she simply says "More".  Hailey and Ava also helped Harper walk around the house.  Ava was so sweet trying to help out her little cousin.

Sunday brought on a splash park, a trip to Toys R Us, some yogurt and more pool time.  Harper didn't love the splash park too much, but I think it was because these boys sprayed her in the face with the water gun when she first got there.  The poor little girl didn't want to be in the water much after that.  She loved Toys R Us and yogurt is one of her favorite foods (I think) so she had a great end to the day.

Monday we took our time packing and getting ready, then had one final meal with the family and then headed back to Arkansas.  If someone could figure out how to move the Walmart corporate offices to Texas, that would be great!  You would be my hero...I promise!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Look Whoooo's 11 Months Old

Howdy Y'all!

I can't believe that I am less that one month away from having a one year old...where did the time go?  These past 11 months have been a blast (*almost* every minute).

Look how much she has grown since she was one and five months old!  She is a weed, I tell ya!

Harper wears 12m and 12-18m clothes and looks mighty cute in them, if I say so myself.  :)  And, she wears size 3 diapers.

She has successfully been without her pacifier for 2 whole days!  Way to go, big girl.  We took it away from her at night several weeks ago, but we didn't want to fully get rid of it until we got back from vacation.  The day after vacation, we quit it cold turkey and she has done remarkably well.

Harper is finally getting her first tooth - I can't wait to see what she looks like with some teeth in that cute little mouth.

Harper loves to prop herself up on the furniture and open drawers.  She also loves to get into the entertainment center and turn off the AT&T Uverse box.  She thinks she is pretty funny.

And, she LOVES to walk with her walkers.  She has a little dinosaur, elephant and baby stroller and she gives them all equal love.  I love seeing her "walk" her baby down the hall.

Speaking of walking, I feel like she will probably take her first steps before she turns a year old.  She is pretty steady standing on her own and she will take a step toward me before falling into my lap.

Harper loves her dog and loves to say dog-dog.  To keep her attention on the airplane the other day, we were looking through the Sky Mall magazine and my smart little booger was pointing at each of the dogs on the page and saying dog-dog.

She has started giving us kisses...open mouth, slobbery kisses, but I wouldn't trade them for the world.

Harper loves looking at pictures of herself (and we have plenty to show her).  We will show her a picture and she gets the biggest grin on her face and giggles.  She must think she is as cute as we thing she is!

Unfortunately, she has learned how to throw a fit!  When you tell her no or take something away from her, be prepared for a red-faced, fit throwing 11 month old.  Her grandmother witnessed it a couple of weeks ago and was shocked!  What in the world will the terrible 2's bring?

Birthday party planning is in full swing - the invites have been addressed and now it is time to get them in the mail.  Time really flies when you are having fun.

We love you lots Harper Aline!


Monday, May 7, 2012


Howdy Y'all!

Harper has been building her vocabulary over the past couple of weeks.  She now says, da-da, ma-ma, nana, uh-oh, thank you and her newest word is dog.  But, she doesn't just say dog...she loves to say dog-dog.  It is the cutest thing!

She does get a big confused because not only is Landry, our cocker spaniel, a dog-dog, but our cats, Sophie and Chloe, are dog-dogs as well.  And, I was reading her a book tonight and the pigs were also dog-dogs.

Speaking of Harper and her dog-dog, here are a couple of pics of them trying on Harper's new sunhat this weekend.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

...10 Months Later

Howdy Y'all!

Almost 10 months ago, my little buddy ran away from home.  He was always a runner (and apparently still is if you continue to read the story) and he would run away from us a few times, but we were always able to catch him.  On July 4th last year, our front door wasn't shut all the way and the wind from a storm blew the door open and out the door Toby ran.  My parents and sister were here visiting and they, along with my husband, searched for almost 2 hours looking for him.  And, we never found him.  I stayed inside with little Harper and my niece Ava and cried my eyes out.  I am not a crier, but I was just so sad that he was gone.

He was the sweetest dog and so loving - I know that Harper would have loved him and Toby would have loved her.

Today, Tony goes to get the mail and inside the mailbox is this flyer - he immediately got chill bumps.  He thought, "That's Toby!"  He called the number just in inquire about the dog and sure enough, a wet dog showed up in this lady's garage last summer and she has been taking care of him every since.  He had a blue collar on when she found him and she said he loves to run away!  But, guess what?  He has decided to bolt again so if you are in the Bentonville area and you see our sweet Toby/their sweet Will, please call the number on the flyer.  Tony and I have already made the decision to let Toby's new family keep him for a couple of reasons - 1) we already have a new dog (but we would certainly make room) and more importantly 2) her children love Toby and they are so sad he is gone.  I could never take the dog away from them now, but we did ask if he could come for a visit if (and hopefully when) they find him.

As for us, we are getting anxious to take our first family vacation very soon and it looks like Harper might be really excited to see the Mouse and his lady friend.  :)