Friday, March 25, 2011

Chicago, Shopping, Girlfriends...What more can you ask for?

Been pretty busy and forgot to post anything about my fabulous girls' trip to Chicago earlier in March!  I had such a great time...how can you not with so much good shopping with friends?!  I felt like I hadn't bought much in a long time that didn't involve Mary Harper in some way so I was excited to shop for ME for a change!  Plus, I didn't have to pay taxes on most of my purchases I shipped home so I was super excited about the savings!

Didn't get to buy many clothes yet since I'm still trying to lose that baby weight but I am looking forward to a big shopping celebration if I ever lose all the weight I'm trying to lose!  I never knew how little I was until I tried to fit back into some of my old clothes!  It was so depressing I decided I wanted all of my old clothes out of my closet so my closet is pretty bare at the moment.  Maybe it won't be long before I can start refilling it with some more small sizes! :)

Even more exciting than the great shopping getaway was the great group of girls that went.  I went to college with most of these girls and lots of them have little ones now so it is so nice being with other people that don't mind if you talk about your baby too much! :)

Can't wait 'til next years trip!



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Amazing Love

I know that Easter is later this year (April 24) but I'm ready for Spring and excited for another first holiday for Mary Harper!  So I have ordered her cute spring and Easter outfits, ordered her an Easter basket and tonight started searching for age appropriate Easter goodies!  While I was searching through some cool developmental toys online, I heard Mary Harper stirring on the video baby monitor.  I looked up and noticed she had kicked off her blanket so went upstairs to cover her back up.  When I got up there and saw my sweet baby sleeping, I couldn't resist!  I picked her up and rocked her in my arms while she slept.  As I was staring at her, I was overcome with just how much I love her...and thought how she will never understand just how much she is loved.

Then it hit me how God's love for me is beyond my comprehension.  Staring at my baby, I can't fathom EVER sacrificing her for anything!  And that is just what God did for me...he sent His Son to die for ME.  Wow.  The thoughts I had just been having about Easter (goodies for baskets, egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and spring outfits) are so off base from what Easter truly is.  We often think of Valentine's Day as the holiday for love.  I have changed my mind about that tonight as I stared at my daughter sleeping overcome with love...and while trying to fathom how much God loves me.  Easter is the holiday of love.  God's unconditional love for me and mankind. 

Of course I will still fill Mary Harper's basket with fun goodies for the first time this year...but hope she always realizes the real reason we celebrate and just how much she is loved. 

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Undomestic Goddess

When Josh and I first started looking for a house, our real estate agent started taking us through the backdoor first because he knew my top priority was a nice backyard for my dog and a pool for me.  In fact, when we walked into what is now our house for the first time, my first comment was, "the kitchen is too big".  Our agent said that was the first time he had ever heard anyone say that! 
It's not that I can't cook, I just have always hated going to the grocery and never really loved taking the time to cook.  So since Josh doesn't cook either, we have spent very little time in the kitchen! 
I know for most people making their own baby food is not a big deal...but the fact that I now go to the grocery to pick out veggies and fruits to make homemade baby food is pretty shocking to me...and anyone else that knows me!  I know it is not really saving a whole lot of money to make the food myself but it's a lot more fresh and healthy for my little one so it makes the extra effort well worth it. 

I'm even in the market for a garden tiller now so I can start growing her food and want to take sewing lessons so I can make her clothes!  I keep waiting for Josh to ask me who I am and what have I done with his wife!

Even Mary Harper is visibly shocked!
If you would like to stop being an undomestic goddess yourself, here are some of my favorite items:

I love these 2 oz. containers I found on Amazon to freeze her food in-they are stackable and fit easily in our freezer's shelves.  http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Freeze-Reusable-Containers-12-Pack/dp/B002YQQQJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299139320&sr=8-1

Here are the cookbooks I've been using: 


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Cinco!


I can't believe how much Mary Harper has changed!  She still isn't sitting up by herself yet without help but I know she'll soon conquor that!  As I already posted earlier on the blog, she now says "Bye" OR "Buy"  :) lots.  She has no idea what it means but she says it a lot and is very proud of herself when she does. :)  When she's not saying bye, she is just making LOTS of racket.  I guess she is experimenting with different sounds.  It is cute whatever it is!

She LOVES her Sophie giraffe and I think that is definitely her favorite toy.  Unfortunately, it is also Scarlett's favorite toy so we are always on Sophie patrol!
I have started making her baby food and feel like Martha Stewart and mom of the year for doing it! ha!  It really is so easy and fun to make it and it feels great to know what I am making for her is healthy and nutritious!  She loves peaches, apples, sweet potatos, bananas, etc...must have a sweet tooth like her mom!  She eats peas and green beans but not sure she is a HUGE fan of either...once again just like her mom! 
She loves to "stand" and now even will stand next to me on the couch and do squats, up and down up and down. She may have a complex of me always commenting on her fat rolls so perhaps it is her way of exercising. ha!  

I am guessing she is probably 17 lbs now (haven't been to the pediatrician this month) and 25 inches long.

She was sleeping from 8:30 pm to around 6 am but she went through a phase where she started waking up once in the night again. Ugh.  However last night she slept from 730-730 so hopefully we are starting a new habit.  If she is still tired when she wakes up, she will cry but if she has slept for a while or is well rested, she will just lay in bed and talk to herself and slam her feet down! 

I am still horrible at leaving the house with her and I get really frazzled and stressed out when I have to take her out alone.  The car seat is sooooo heavy and I think I carry too much stuff "just in case".  (Always be prepared!)  By the time I get out the door I am ready to come back home!  Hopefully this will get easier the more practice I get!  Luckily, she has always been a great car rider and rarely cries in the carseat. 

She's gone to two political events this month and the poor thing has no idea how many more she has to "look forward" to over the years.  I like to think of it as training for when she becomes the 1st female President of the United States.  :)

Every day brings more fun things to experience with MH.  Can't believe how quickly she has changed since we first brought her home.  We are very blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby girl and fall in love with her more and more each day.