Friday, July 30, 2010

best friends

Harper, Sophia, Sidney, and Lydia- October 2009

One of my best friends, Kyra, came in town for a quick stop before heading back home to Alabama. She drove up to Connecticut to visit family, braving the long trip with her 16 month old daughter, Lydia. Lydia must be an angel-or maybe Kyra-because I don't know how I could do that drive with Harper. Bless both of them! Kyra, her husband Adam, and Lydia stopped in and I treated them to some crab cakes, fruit salad, and corn on the cob-a good ol' Maryland lunch.

Remember these sweet girls in October? We're all high school friends with girls all under 2. Lydia and Harper are in the middle there.


Here we are now.

The girls ran around playing, and I'm so glad that I got to see the Moseley's before they headed back home. We are planning another beach trip because it was such a hit last year. If you can find a warm place, the beaches are so clean and EMPTY in the Fall, and it isn't too hot for the babies.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

seven year itch and duck fat


Happy 7th Anniversary to Brian! We celebrated by going to a French restaurant up in Baltimore and it was YUMMY. Two words: duck fat. We had a whole chicken slow roasted in duck fat and seasoned with tarragon. It was delicious!

After 7 years, there's definitely no itch here. I know I am blessed to have a loving husband and father to Harper. We still have so much fun together, and I hope that will last another 70.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ham

Classic Harper, July 2009 (like she's an icon or something)

I like ham, do you like ham? I'm all out of topics tonight. So...

Once a ham,

July 2009



Always a ham...

July 2010

Just like her father.
Classic Brian August 1985

I've been thumbing through pictures from last July.
Now I'm rambling, I can not lie.

I do not like them Sam-I-Am
I do not like green eggs and ham.

But I guess Harper does.

July 2009

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Harper's new room


I have to really get on the ball with finishing decorating. I've finished our room/bathroom (kind of), Harper's room, and the living room and that's it.

Remember the post when I had it all mapped out and had the paint colors and everything-well, we finally did it when my in-laws were here. It was perfect because they could help watch her while we painted. She did have to sleep in the pack and play for a night in a spare room, just for safety purposes with the fumes, but it all went smoothly. I found this cool idea for a wall mural of sorts and Ray, my father in law, made it into a template that he traced on the wall. Once it was traced, we painted it in with small brushes.


It turned out so nice! I still want to find a cool green rug to go in the nook, but it is a good reading spot for now.

We painted the rest of the room pink...though I think I said I'd never do that, along with "Harper will not be wearing a bunch of pink all of the time"-yeah right! But it is called "warm pink" and it is not too nauseating-it has a hint of salmon in it.

I like her room, even if she does have more closet space than me now, and I think she likes it too. Don't you?


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

swimming


Harper's been swimming a bunch lately down at our pool. She is pretty good in the water. At times, she's grabbing onto our hands with a tight grip, and then other times she's kicking in the water and running on her own after a beach ball. I don't really have much to say this post, so I'll just post some pictures of my cutie swimming yesterday (and all of the pool rules she breaks...okay, they're not really rules, but they could be). Please note that this is a 1/2 foot to 2 foot kiddie pool.

Rule 1: Exit the pool at the ladder

Rule 2: No running

Rule 3: No splashing

Rule 4: No inflatables in the pool


Rule 5: No peeing (or number 2-ing) in the pool

Okay, is she a track star, or what?
Happy Swimming!



Monday, July 19, 2010

running


Harper has a "habit" of running all day long. I don't know where she gets the energy, but she runs everywhere! She makes little tasks for herself, like moving the coasters from one table to the other, and runs back and forth as she works.

We did a bunch of running this weekend as we went to two friends' houses for cookouts and playdates. Saturday we went to Virginia to have a cookout with our friends at Lisa and Andy's. Look at how big and CUTE Sullivan is!

They have an adorable new baby named Conor. He's 4 months old and looks JUST LIKE his mother! I think it is so neat how they're close in age and will have a special bond.


Look at the two of them looking out of the window for their daddies.


Here they are back in November. They're growing so fast!

another November picture

Then on Sunday evening we went to Alec, Adam and Sunny's for dinner. The girls love each other and play so well.
Sunny has the best toys...

especially the air purifier that Harper sticks her face in to let her hair blow-and not to mention that baby dolls (she's become obsessed with baby dolls)

I need to make a point to photograph the adults once in a while. :)

So we were running a little bit this weekend. Brian had to work some, and I desperately needed to get some grocery shopping and cleaning done after being behind from our trip. Harper stayed up a little past her bedtime both nights, so we may be pushing that time back to 7:00 or 7:30. I like having her up later, especially when she eats dinner with us. She's getting so big. I didn't really buy anything in San Francisco, but I did find her these cute yoga pants. Notice the color? We're getting ready early...for what will probably be an interesting season of football.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

wine country




Well, part 2 of our San Francisco trip was Napa. We spent a couple of days there and toured 3 vineyards. Since we stayed with friends in San Francisco we splurged a little on the Napa hotel and stayed at the Westin Verasa. I could have stayed there for a month it was so peaceful. Then we took a limo around Napa to a few vineyards.


Here we are getting into our limo. I haven't been in a limo since...I've actually only been in a limo once and it was in 9th grade for a friend's birthday party. I think that's right-I can't remember any other time. Funny.

Anyway, Napa Valley was beautiful and by far my favorite part of our vacation. I tasted some delicious wine, learned a lot about how they make it, and loved the gardens.



Here we are at Robert Mondavi. I had the best experience here out of all of them. Our guide made the tasting seem simple and fun. One of the wines tasted like banana cream pie!


These are Cakebread French Oak barrels. There were hundreds of them! The Cakebreads bought their land in Napa Valley in the early 70's at something like $2500 for over 60 acres. They knew nothing about wine and just started it up! Can you imagine? I learned the most about making wine here.





We finished at Hess and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Napa was so beautiful and I will definitely go back one day. On our way home the next day we went to Sausalito for a late lunch and then went back into the city. Like I said, I enjoyed San Francisco, but I'm not really a city girl. Napa was so beautiful and peaceful.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

San Francisco

Brian and I just got back from a fun trip in San Francisco. Brian's mom watched Harper for a few days while we had a little trip with just the two of us.We flew on Virgin America-what a wonderful airline! We also got to stay with our friends, Marian and Kevin, in their apartment in downtown San Francisco. We walked A TON, up and down those hills, shopped a little, ate A TON, and visited with a bunch of friends. We made the cheesy trip to Alcatraz and I actually really enjoyed it.




It is such a spooky place, but kind of interesting. Being out there on that rock, you realize what a mental prison the place really is. We also went to Golden Gate Park and a museum to see the "Birth of Impressionism" exhibit traveling from France. We saw the famous Lombard Street, and many many views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our trip to Napa was by far my favorite part, so I'll make that another blog post.

I missed my girl, though, and I'm so glad to be back home with her.