Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My baby pirate.

II'm not good at writing things down, as in memories for Harps.  I always think, oh I'll just remember it later. Sometimes that's true, but a lot of the time I'll only remember if it's spurred. With that, here are a few of my favorite Harper-isms for the books. 

Harper likes her stickers. Whenever we are at the store she somehow finagles her way into the cashiers heart and gets a sticker from them. Upon leaving the Smith's parking lot, I hear "Arrrrrrrr matey!" In a sweet, high pitched, two year old voice.  I turn back to look at her and she has her sticker over her eye as an eye patch and her little finger bent into a claw.  

November 2014


Ok so maybe just one for the books right now. I'll be back. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

American Ninja Harper

Harps is a TWO YEAR OLD! What the heck has happened....
She and I are best buds.  There are sometimes at night where I put her down for bed then a couple hours later I remember something funny she did that day and I get so excited knowing I have her forever and then I want to run upstairs and grab her and squeeze her!  There are also nights where her bed time couldn't come soon enough... But every single night we cuddle and have a nightly conversation where she jabbers her entire day to me. "Cahhh (car) mama baby cah (my car that had harpers car seat) dada cah (dallins wrx that she never rides in haha), blah ah jjjolb Juju an B ( even if we don't see julie and Bryce that day they make it in our nightly convo) insert forced little giggle here." 
I can't stop laughing. 
She gives the best cuddles. 
But beware, she has a temper and if crossed there is hell to pay. 
I took her to cub scouts to see Dallin and his class. There was another toddler there luckily so they played for a while. Well then they started playing with a basketball. The other kid took it from Harper and all hell broke loose. She stopped, gave him the dirtiest look I've ever seen, you could see her getting more livid by the second, then she shoved the kid to the ground and took back the ball. 
Now I don't condone fighting but I also want Harper to have a backbone.  I guess we just need to teach her how to control her temper and how to express herself now.  I may or may not have been pretty proud. We did have a talk about not pushing, but I love that spirit of hers.... My strong willed girl. 

Updates:
She LOVES music, and she has awesome rhythm. Her favorite songs are "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings
      She'll sing "ah mane" for "my name". Were working on it. 
"Call it What You Want" by Foster the People 
       She sings the intro with "pshhhh"
(I know no one cares about this but this is my blog and partly how I'm documenting her life so lay off.)
"Brass Monkey" Beastie Boys
"Girls Like Boys" Ingrid Michaelson
"All About That Bass" Meghan Trainor

Her dancing IS all that. She does the cutest wiggle and shakes her finger. Then does a sort of vogue move stretching her arms outward back and forth. She is nothing short of amazing. 
She terrorizes Xena and chases her and finally will catch her then kick the poor cat. I blame Dallin. 
She LOVES talking car rides now that she's forward facing and loves the pool and water. Girlfriend is FEARLESS.  In practically every way. 

I cannot get enough of her. The way she needs mom Harper cuddle time before bed melts my heart.
My favorite bear. 




Her typical selfie


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My sweet spunk

Where has the time gone?  Probably wherever my newborn is now...
That tiny, little, squawking bundle is a full fledged toddler.  She's complete with a personality 20 times her own size and a hairline like mine. 
I write this as we sit here together watching Bubble Guppies and eating goldfish. So very fitting.  This has become my favorite time. She cuddles up and leans into me and we settle in for her favorite show. And the miracle... She stays here to cuddle the entire time!
"And though she be but little, she is fierce."  That Shakespeare quote is all over Pinterest and I can't think of anything that could describe my Harper better. She has retained her resilience and her tough personality. I should've realized that this is who she is already even at a couple days old when we had so many issues.  
On top of her strength she is ridiculously fun and has a humor to match. She is so mischievous and I find myself watching her do things that I have done, myself. 
She's also the most talented performer I've ever seen. When she has an audience she turns it up and makes sure everyone around is in stitches laughing.
She is weighing in around 23 lbs, like I said, LITTLE;  22 months old and is saying about 16-18 words, some not as distinguishable as others. One of these words is "poo poo". I'm kind of bugged she's already learned this because she says it at the most imperfect times. But it has served her well so far. 
Last week Dallin and I were playing with her and she passed gas, loudly. She turned and smiled at us then she turned and pointed to Dallin and said "poo poo". If she can already blame her business on someone else we are in big trouble.... Sorry for the off color story. It was just too good not to share.  
She also hates wearing any sort of unnecessary piece of clothing. As soon as we are home or in the car, shoes, socks, hair accessories come off, faster than lightening! I don't blame her though, I'm all about comfort. It's just aggravating when we are running errands and I have to put shoes on 4-5 different times. 

My crazy little girl dipping her goldfish in melted ice cream. So gross. 





Her first dentist appointment!  She did awesome and scored a few toys from "Juju" (Our good friend Julie who works there)! 


I love that sweet spunk. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Little Pearl Girl Turns One

A told B and B told C
I'll meet you at Harper's first birthday party!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
How'd it happen so soon?!

How DID it happen so soon?  It feels like just yesterday we were up all hours of the night with that little bundle.  That could be because we were...weaning her has been a fun time.

Harper Sam Dwan turned one on June 15, 2013.  Luckily we were coming back to Reno to manage the moving of our house and settle some final business.  It worked out perfectly that we were able to have Harp's first birthday with Dallin's parents and some of our very close Reno friends.  It couldn't have been better planned!

"Chicka Boom" holds a special place in our hearts :).  It was Dallin's nickname when he was younger, for funny reasons that he'd kill me if I told.  So it just seemed fitting that we give Harp's a chicka boom party.


The banner says "Happy 1st Birthday Harper"...it was a little much

 
For food, we had mangos, pineapple, coconut lemonade juice, avocado and shrimp salad with chips and LOTS of candy!



 
I did make her wear this headband.  It was snatched off a second later.

 

                                     

 
Her 1st bday cake..Red Velvet!

 
 
 
 And some of our very, very favorite people came to wish her a happy day!


The Amundsen kids (LOVE them!)


 
Some of our best Reno friends, missing Tash and Matt


 
Christine's nieces and nephews who only made the party better!
 

 
And Dallin's parents!

 
Harper had such a fun time seeing everyone and ripping up wrapping paper.  She's definitely not a shy baby and she makes that known right off the bat. 
She was a little under the weather that weekend but you would've never known given how happy she was, thankfully.
 
 
She didn't know quite what to do with her cake so I smashed her hands into it.  She lifted them with a disgusted look on her face and looked around like, "why the heck did you just do that, I'm dirty now".
 


 
We expected her to jump right in, but no, not our proper little miss.  She daintily grabbed pieces one at a time and put them in her mouth.  With her pinky extended, mind you!



 
The only time she got dirty was when we forced her hands all over her face, just for effect.  Such a good sport, she still loved it!  Just look at that sweet face!

 
"I'm number one!!"
 
 
 
I absolutely love her in headbands, but there is no way she would keep this stupid thing on. 

 
 
Opening presents with Love U



 
Opening more present! Spoiled little doll!

 
Jared, Christine, and Londyn gave her her very own phone! woohoo!

 
She absolutely loved all the attention and gifts


 
 
She is definitely a little party animal.  She loves the excitement and craziness and being around lots of people. 
 
Our little doll is absolutely perfect.  At one year she loved giving kisses, making her angry bunny face, cheerios, and she had just done her first little dance! She loves talking on "her" (it's actually mine) cell phone, her eyes light up when "Siri" talks to her.  She has started terrorizing the cat and chasing her around the place.  She is very social and very aware.  She responds very well to those around her and is very eager to get attention from them.  If we are in an area where people are, and if by chance she has not yet charmed someone, she will start yelling at the nearest person till they turn to see her.  She'll then grin and coo and wave at them.  It's very comical and we always get a kick out of it.  We love you Harper bug!
 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A desert rat in a never ending forest.

Growing up in Mesa, I've really taken blue skies for granted.  Then came Idaho with the snow. Not ideal, but it was ok. The fun and friends outweighed the cold. 
Then Reno. A nice mix between the two; it came with the blue skies of Mesa mixed with a more temperate climate and SOME snow from Idaho. 
We have no idea where we are living. 
Microsoft is paying for a month free in an apartment, which is nice but the housing here is horribly expensive (I'm obviously comparing to Arizona, Idaho, and Reno). 
Plus neither of us like any of the houses our realtor is showing us. Picky picky. 
We've even contemplated buying land and building ourselves. Hmmm. 

Dallin is liking his new job which is wonderful. So proud of my Senior Financial Analyst.  We're super excited for this new adventure but still really sad to leave Reno. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I'm sure I can give that to the ward we moved into, the awesome friends we made, Dallin's amazing parents.  We're very sad to leave that behind, but nothing a round trip ticket can't fix. 

Every place I've ever lived, I've loved. I do have to say, I absolutely love the desert landscape! I found it in Idaho and in Reno...but it's nowhere to be found in Washington! NOWHERE!  It's beautiful, don't get me wrong, but I think Dallin said it best when he described all the tress, everywhere, as "claustrophobic".  

This desert rat misses cactus and rattlesnakes. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

I Spy

I spy with my little eye, something white. 
No?
I spy with my little eye, something small. 
I spy with my little eye, something SHARP! 


This is my best attempt at getting a picture of her teeth. 
She has two little bottom teeth that literally budded and grew over night together. 
But I spied this morning a little sharp guy on top. I'm sure being bitten sparked my curiosity too. 
Our sweet 11 month old is such a curious little thing with the most fun personality. 
She's constantly smiling and waving. She says "mamamamama" when she's upset or wants something, and "dadadadadada" just in everyday jabber. I have this foreshadowing feeling that this will be standard. 
She is ridiculously resilient. She bonks her head, falls over, slams her face when she tries to walk, etc, and no water works ever! 
She only really cries when she's hungry and/or tired. But I do too, so I can't really say anything against it. 
She just started eating Cheerios and harder foods last month, quite the big girl!

All in all for this update, we love our sweet, beautiful, happy, bright, social, smiley, still bald, blue eyed Harper bug dearly. 


For being so smiley, the camera catches her at bad times. But this is proof she is still just as cute when she's upset. Am I biased? :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Uh Oh

Harper took her first step today.
She's been standing up on her own for a few days now.
This time, she got wobbly so she took a step! She toppled over after that, but it still counts!
One small step for Harper, one big step for my house never being clean again.