Friday, February 17, 2017

Dear Harper | On Your 4th Birthday

My darling little Harper,

F o u r .

I seriously can't believe I'm typing this. I have such a picture in my mind of you as a baby and how you made our family so much happier that I am having such a hard time accepting the fact that your off to preschool this fall and growing by the second.

Having you brought me the joy of raising sisters and lifelong best friends. You gave Quinn the dream of having a real life baby doll to play with and entertain all day long. You brought me more hugs, kisses, and love than I ever thought I was capable of. You also brought me more stretch marks, but it's ok, kid. I love you.

You are such a feisty little girl. Your memory amazes me every single day and while sometimes it creeps me out just a bit... I really appreciate your grocery list skills every time I tell you not to let me forget the mashed potatoes and syrup on our Target run that day. You are so much smarter than I give you credit for. I've learned I can't make you do things you really don't want to do (cough:cough: learning what sounds letters make). You just simply do things on your own time and as a by product, have made me CTFD about life in general. You make me move at a slower pace and we've both benefited from that.

You test me daily, but it is so gratifying to see you accomplish things and I can't wait to see the big things you've got in store for you. I am so very proud of you bug, and your Daddy and I love you so very much. We hope you have the best birthday ever and I am so looking forward to our tradition of having you sleep with us the day before so I can be the first to see you wake up a year older.


Mommy & Daddy

Hazel Faith | 18 Months

I get so sad thinking about all the updates I did with the big girls. I don't think I've written anything about Hazel since her birth {did I even share a birth story?!}

Our little Hazel is not so little anymore. She turned 18 months a few weeks back and she's been causing hell for about 24 months now. 

hardest pregnancy = hardest infant/toddler/child

So our little monster is right on track with her sisters, size-wise. 

22lb, 1 oz.  |  32.8 inches 

Her favorite things include mac and cheese, climbing all of the things and torturing her sisters with biting (our 1st biter, YAY!) and being overly dramatic when she gets hurt. She is by far our most spirited and difficult. She hates the word no. While she hears it a lot, she will cry if you tell her no. So needless to say, she cries a lot haha!

She hates timeout more than anything. Usually a threat to go into timeout is enough to get her to stop being naughty. She is a pretty good eater, but she has her days. She would eat scrambled eggs for breakfast, Nutella sandwiches for lunch and mac and cheese for dinner e v e r y  s i n g l e  d a y  if we let her. Just like her sisters she is obsessed with all the fruit and hasn't come across a fruit she doesn't like yet. 

She loves to mimic her sisters, especially Quinn doing gymnastics in the living room. Watching her attempt somersaults is pretty much the cutest thing ever! But this one definitely marches to the beat of her own drum :)

Most importantly, she sleeps so well. I could not be more thankful that I really do have three kids that sleep so good, even if Harper is an early riser (and by early we mean 7:00) She usually goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 and will wake up anywhere between 7:00 and 8:00. She is a rockstar. She's a loud sleeper and loves to bang on her crib with her pacis but girlfriend is a pretty rock solid sleeper and mama could not be more grateful! We've come a long way with her!

While she has been mellowing out just a tad over the last few months, she definitely keeps us on our toes! And we wouldn't have it any other way. 

We love you, Hazelnut.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Disney World | Part 2!

So it's been flippin forever since my last post. Blogging has kind of taken a back seat to Hazel and Faith. Have I even officially introduced you guys?

I kind of opened an Etsy shop you guys. This past September. And life since then? 

Kind of a big ole blur!

But I am so thankful for everything because it's been wonderful, and busy and I wouldn't want it any other way!

So anyway! The missing Disney hasn't left this family one any bit. Not a day goes by that we don't hear "I miss Disney!" and I don't see it disappearing any time soon! 

Just looking back at these photos and looking out of my window at the freeing cold wind were having today is enough for me to want to light this house on fire and make our way down south. 

So here is basically an entire photo dump of our trip! What a sweet week it was!

Hazel was as usual, impressed by everything. Harper was one too many napless days in :)

I have to say I would have traveled to Disney just for Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. If it wasnt for Hazel acting a complete fool  in there, I probably would have just sat there in tears staring at my big girls and how beautiful and excited they were! 

Seriously though, every sweet cast member in that place tried to make Hazel laugh and failed. It was pretty funny!

So serious, this one! I got a glimpse into the tween years and mama wasn't too happy about it!

That sweet little smile though!

What I wouldn't do for that head of hair and flawless skin!

We were lucky enough to spend a few days with Nana and Grandad and the kids loved every second! 

The girls even got to have a little photoshoot after BBB and I may have ordered every single one of these in a mural sized canvas. 

I mean this face. This sneaky, feisty little face!

Photographic evidence that they love each other. 

Anth always gets the best pictures. How does he manage to get an empty seat next to him on a ride that had a 95 minute wait without a fast pass? 

Enter: mama's picture. My ride partner was super excited.

This was at almost midnight, the girls were so tired. Harper and Hazel had slept from about 7-11 but on our way out we saw Tinkerbell was there with no wait, so of course we hauled it over! They did so good, and Tinkerbell was hystiercal!

I was so excited to get to go to Be Our Guest. The castle was beyond beautiful and seriously I ask again. Why can we not live here lol. I would gladly be a server here or at Cinderella's Royal Table!

It was just the best week and I cannot wait until we get to plan another trip. All of those days and early mornings spent planning and organizing were so worth it! I so look forward to a single stroller next time and hopefully a much easier Hazel!

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