Saturday, March 7, 2015

Harper stops being lazy...

...and starts walking. Her first time standing unassisted was Christmas Day. She just wasn't very interested in walking until just recently. Her first Music Together class she showed some interest a few weeks ago. Now she is into it and enjoys practicing.

A friend let us borrow this cart for her to push and, theoretically practice. Soon she learned that others would push her. She would just climb in during the morning and wait for someone to come along and push.

Here is some early success.

Ruth took this video the other day where the practice has clearly paid off. It's a bit grainy.

A new carnivore...

...brings our total to....everyone who lives in this house. Below, you will find evidence of Harper's love for meat on the bone (lamb in this case). For awhile, we thought she might self-select into vegetarian or perhaps pescetarian. Apparently not.

Here is an older video of the twins introduction to lamb as well.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

What does Harper eat (and drink)?

I'm sure everyone is very interested in this. should be. We have found that she is mostly a pescetarian...or maybe more like a vegesaltitarian (lots of veggies + anything with lots of salt). Number 1 on the list is, of course, milk. There shall be no pictures of this. However, witness as Harper consumes... Obviously, this needed to start early. Moving on.


Pancakes! Who doesn't love pancakes? Soon after, we learned she is allergic to eggs. No more pancakes for awhile.

Pico de gallo. This is no joke. She loves pico.

Carrot soup!

No comment.

Chai! This is not a joke either. We got into a serious Starbuck's habit over the holidays and she learned to recognize the cup quickly and she gets the dregs of her mom's chai. I know, the branding people at Starbucks are psyched to see this.

Giraffes...just like her sisters (see below).

And finally...we end where we began.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Randomness from 2014

Usually, randomness equals cuteness. Judge for yourself. This is an assortment I pulled out of our "random" folder from 2014. They are in no particular order.


More cousins! Or maybe 2nd cousins. I don't know the rules. 

Uhhh...I have no idea.


Playground action with Hayden.

Silly most of the family photo taken by Addie.

Some cows at the country fair.

Sometimes when you stop in a VA state park to nurse Harper, this happens.

Harper is dressed for the Luray triathlon.

A guest in our backyard.

Jeep brigade courtesy of Amazon packaging and Ruth's creativity.

Obligatory leaf burial.


Meeting Abe for the first time.

When I told them some of the wine in our basement was their's when they reached 21, they were quite excited. Here they pose with some of it. 

The animals like to climb too.

I just...I just don't know what kind of game this is, but maybe we need to lock our bedroom door at night.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Holidays 2014

We followed our burgeoning holiday traditions again this year. This means staying home, inviting whoever is around over on Christmas Eve, making cookies, as much food and wine as possible and new this year--Starbucks at least once a day.

Santa! He was informed they would like a barbie doll. I was hoping they would say "sleds".

This DC Christmas tree run is also turning into a tradition.

Family picture alert! Not a tradition at all, but maybe it should be.

We were joined by Gramps and Grandma.

Immortal cuteness.

As usual, I prefer the eating over the creating as evidenced by the look on my face.

These are 4 of the 10 that disappeared on the evening.

Prepping the offerings and note for Santa.

A story before bedtime on Xmas Eve.

Inspecting presents from Santa and the family.

Everyone is loving their new dolls.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Some birthdays

Here are some pictures from the twins 5th birthday party. The theme was winter with a dash of Frozen. Ruth made an amazing Olaf pinata. The twins were cute and there was much merriment.

Harper also turned 1 in January. Here she is with her first cupcake (but not her first dessert, sugar-filled food, etc.). The eggless cupcakes were loved by the adults, but not as much by her.

A new coat from Aunt Liz!

Her own phone from Gramps!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

When your children's nanny has talent like Ruth, you are able to save a great deal of money on costumes. Witness the pilots with their airplanes and accompanying cloud.

The photos above were from a school event. We didn't do such a good job of getting photos for the actual trick or treating. This may have been because the twins have enough stamina now to acquire some serious loot. It took all of our attention to keep up with them as they moved from house to house.

Ruth also worked with the girls to create all types of decorations. Here is just a sample:

Heather and I will take some credit for the pumpkin carving though. Finally, here are some, including an almost family photo, from our annual trip to Kropp's Crops.