Only 2 more months until my little princess is 2 and life is SOOO good! I love waking up to her smile every morning and seeing the world through her fresh pair of eyes. Her smile lights up the room and she brings joy to the lives of everyone she meets. Harper always has a song in her heart and isn’t shy to belt it out. You can find her serenading her “babies” to sleep, practicing her abc’s while we are out and about or simply singing a tune to herself as she stacks her blocks. She is living life to the fullest, without inhibitions. And as much as I want to hold her close, this mama bird is proud to watch her little birdie soar.
First Thanksgiving in Texas: Once a year my family gets together for a holiday. In the past we have always done Thanksgiving, but last year we choose Christmas. This year we were back to our regular routine and were happy to spend Turkey Day in Texas. My sister recently moved to a beautiful 37 acre farm and Harper loved nothing more than to explore every inch. She enjoyed spending time with her cousins and going on daily walks around the property. Can’t wait to make another trip back there soon.
First Camel Ride
As I mentioned before, this year we visited a Christmas tree farm where we got to cut down our own tree. Not only did we ride a train to get there but once we arrived, there were many more options for transportation. Camel ride anyone?
I was worried that Harper was going to be scared, but she thought it was so cool! Now every time we see a camel in a book or television show, she says, “Camel, ride it”. Guess I need to look into finding our own camel to ride…Santa?
First Pony Ride
Why stop at a camel ride? The Christmas tree farm also offered pony rides. But this time Harper had to ride it on her own. Again, she did awesome and made sure to request “the black one”. My sister (the horse trainer) would be so proud :)
Favorite Toy: So I guess this is not technically a toy, but Harper has recently decided that she loves blankets. I always had a blanket companion growing up. His name was “budda” and he was around until I was 17 (when I left him on a plane :(…). But Harper never seemed to take to the many blankets she had before until one day she picked out a pink and purple blanket from her closet and now has made them part of the family. And in case you were wondering, she named them “pink” and “purple”.
Favorite Song: E-I-E-I-O (otherwise known as Old MacDonald) is one of my most requested songs in music class. And now it is the song Harper requests most throughout her day. She loves to choose which animals are going to be on the farm and even has a special dance that goes along with it (wish I had a video of it…it’s SOOO cute!).
Favorite Book: My mom loves to travel. She also loves to send Harper “souvies” from each of her trips. On her most recent trip to Argentina, she sent Harper a book about colors that was written in Spanish. So now, not only does Harper like to practice her colors in English, but she is learning them in Spanish too. Gracias Abuela!
For a 22 month old, Harper Marie is one busy girl (I guess I am the one to blame for that…). Don’t get me wrong, there are days when we do our best to stay in our PJs all day and lounge. But on other days we love to go out and get involved in fun activities. Here are some of the places Harper has been going lately…
On Play Dates…
Harper loves all of her friends and enjoys getting together with them as much as she can. After spending time apart, Harper is excited to have her friend Robin back from the UK. On our most recent play date together, the little ones got busy on some beautiful Christmas decorations to help spread the holiday cheer.
To the Park…
We are extremely lucky to have so many wonderful parks in our area. There is nothing like setting a toddler loose in the park to run and jump and play. Let’s see…does Harper look like she is having a good time?
To See Santa…
What would the holidays be without a visit to see Santa? I can’t say it was Harper’s favorite outing, but at least she didn’t cry (then again, I didn’t push the issue of having her sit on the man’s lap alone…then we might have had a problem).
With only a few more days left until Christmas, it’s hard to believe Harper will be celebrating her second holiday season already. Time really does fly when you are having fun. My little girl is growing up fast and she isn’t looking back.
Happy 22 Month Birthday Precious Pie! Mommy and Daddy love you :)
PS: Thanks Hillary for the awesome pic!