Sunday, July 05, 2009

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy

Did ya'll have a good 4th? We really did. Scott was making fun of me because I kept singing "Yankee Doodle" to Harper all day. I have a list of songs that I sing to her daily and I feel like she might be getting tired of them so I broke out a whole NEW collection last week in honor of our nation's birth......"this land is your land", "america the beautiful" and even "Proud to be an american" but she REALLY liked Yankee Doodle.

Harper spent most of her day being held by her grandparents. For some reason - Scott's mom kept avoiding the camera so I don't have any pictures of her but she was very helpful - holding Harper and loving on her.
Most of the day was rainy and cloudy and YUCK and then in late afternoon - it turned out beautiful - just in time for cookouts and fireworks! We went and walked our favorite trail in the morning with all 3 of our dogs, Harper, and the grandparents. We finished just as it began raining.
We came home - got Harper in her patriotic duds and went and had lunch at Abuelos - a yummy Mexican place. Harper was an angel again that day which leads us to believe she likes Mexican restaurants - or maybe it's the spanish music they play?
In the afternoon - one of my favorite friends from home that I grew up with, Micaela, and her family were in town for a wedding and they stopped by to meet Harper. I was so excited they could do that. Micaela was probably one of my strongest prayer warriors during Harper's NICU stay and she has the sweetest family in the world.

Her daugther Jaiden is BEAUTIFUL and she was so sweet with Harper
And Harper was pretty taken with her little boy Jeryn. She grabbed his shirt and hung on to him. I decided Harper and Jeryn have the same eye color - it's an unusual color - kind of blue/gray/green - depending on the moment.
That night we cooked an All-American meal - Hamburgers and french fries - here I am with my big tray of fries. Think I could get a job at Sonic???
It doesn't get much better than this!
Then we sat outside and watched the fireworks going on in all the neighborhoods around us. It was a huge display in all directions. The weather had cooled off with the rain and it was great being outside.
I just knew all the loud booms would wake Harper up but it really didn't. She woke up about 9:30 which is her usual first wake-up to eat time so I brought her outside and let her watch the fireworks. I was worried it would scare her but she loved it. She just stared at all the colors for the longest time. It actually made me a little teary eyed to be able to hold my sweet baby and see her enjoy fireworks for the very first time. I can't wait to share all the holidays with her over the next few years. I know it will just get better and better and better......................

One last thing:

Here are your random numbers:

20 

Timestamp: 2009-07-06 01:37:41 UTC

I drew #20 for the t-shirt I was giving away so MEGAN (who I happen to know - I promise this wasn't rigged) - you won!!!! Which is perfect because Megan is due with boy/girl twins and her little girl, Mallory, will be precious in this!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

63 & 136 

Timestamp: 2009-07-06 01:43:09 UTC

Casey and Raining Pearls - are the winners of the Love Language for Singles book!!!!


58 comments:

Heather said...

I was just reading another post of yours and then this popped up. I love that picture of you and Harper, what a gorgeous smile she has!! Glad to hear that you had a great 4th!

Lindsay said...

harper is soo cute I love her bows!!!!

The Jayne Journey! said...

The picture of you and Harper is absolutely gorgeous! Her hairbow looks like a little "firework" : ) Love your blog!
Kristi @ thejaynejourney.blogspot.com

Audra Kelly said...

Love, love, love, the bow! Adorable!

Megan said...

I love Harper's patriotic outfit. I really look forward to dressing my twins up for holidays. !!YAAYY!! I won my baby girl a cute cute cute shirt. Thanks, Kelly!

Victoria said...

I love the hair bows, but I don't think my 4 year old son would find them as cute ;)

The Garners said...

I DIDN'T KNOW MICAELA GOT TO MEET HARPER!!! She probably didn't tell me because she knew I'd be so jealous that I didn't get to go!! How fun! Looks like y'all had a very fun holiday weekend!

Kodi said...

I love Harper's patriotism! :)

Firefly Photo Jewelry said...

WOW! I didn't know they made cookie sheets that big!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this first with your baby girl!

A Wedding Story said...

What sweet pictures. I love the lighting in the first few shots. Her 4th of July outfit is ADORABLE. I love it Kelly!

Jess :) said...

So beautiful!!! :) What a fun weekend you had! I also love the GIANT sized cookie sheet! I think I should get one of those for myself!

Thanks for sharing the pictures...as ALWAYS...I LOVE them!

Sierra said...

hey kelly! saw you ate at abuelo's...i used to work at the one in kansas city, mo and they DO have some good stuff. however, if you want even BETTER mexican food, go to Cantina Laredo. there's one in little rock and one in branson. not sure which you're closer to, i can't remember what part of arkansas you're in! but oh my...SO STINKIN' DELICIOUS. it knocks the socks off of abuelo's. i know the kitchen manager in little rock, and all the managers in branson (the one i used to work out)...my heavens you MUST go! comment my blog if you have any questions about it!

Shoshanah said...

I love the 4th of July bow that Harper is wearing!

mrosev14 said...

It looks like you had an amazing 4th. Harper and you are as beautiful as ever. How blessed you are to have such an incredible friend. :)

Courtney said...

Looks like a great 4th of July. Love Harper's outfit.

Raining Pearls said...

Haper looks like Little Miss America in her outfit, glad you had a great 4th!

So happy to have won the book, it's the first thing I've ever won :) Thank you for caring and understanding.

XOXO
Nancy

Shannon H said...

holy cats your fry pan is perfect for oven fries! the pans I have are all too small and I end up having to use two

off to Sonic in the morning for a Vanilla Dr Pepper to start my week - hoping to get a survey for one of the free Route44s :)

hope y'all have a great week

Elizabeth said...

as always, harper looks like a little doll! i love that black dress. where did you get it?

Tina said...

Cute pictures! After all these months of reading your blog and hearing about Sonic...we finally got one in my area. (I'm in Ohio) It is about 4 miles from my house. I now see what you mean. Because, seriously YUM! And I won't lie...we've been there twice in 2 days.

Kim said...

That hamburger looks delicious!!!!

Happiness Is... said...

That burger looks seriously delicious! :)

And Harper gets cuter and cuter every day!

How did you get such a great picture of the fireworks? Mine always come out blurry...maybe it's the camera?

Tara G. said...

Can you believer we did not see one firework last night? Monterey did not have them due to budget cuts. Looks like you had a fantastic 4th!

Carol Sue said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you bi-racial friends. Being married to an African American...who I love to DEATH....I am so happy you have more than just us white folks

ClintandGina said...

Just had to let you know that my baby girl finally arrived. She is an angel.....and I will have lots of pictures on the blog in weeks to come ;)

Chelsea & Nick said...

That's a great picture of you holding her in her little blue sailor dress. Loved the post!

Carla said...

Looks like a wonderful 4th for you guys! I'm so glad Harper was not afraid for the fireworks. London HATED the sounds of the big ones.

Kari said...

Once you get hired at Sonic, could you ask them to stock the Cookie Dough Blast year round please :o) Got hooked on those after my daughter was born 4 years ago (July 8th) and they go out of season and it puts a damper on our ice cream trips :o)
Looks like you had a great weekend!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

What a fun post... friends are the best aren't they? What would we do without them?!

Blessings,
Sasha

Cindy said...

Looks like you had a fabulous 4th.

And...I LOVE Abuelos'...in AZ, Yummy!

Blessings, Cindy

Lynn said...

Craving burgers and fries now!
Know that the Lord is always with you, wrapping His loving arms around you and holding on tight! Praying!
Psalms 18:2-6 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
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Donna said...

Glad you had such a wonderful 4th.Harper is so cute in her dress and big bow. And that hamburger looks divine!!
Keeping you in my heart in Ga.
Donna

Taylor said...

So glad you guys had a great 4th! Harper looks precious in her little patriotic outfit, but that's not surprising...that girl could make anything look adorable!!

Lori said...

That is one gigantic cookie sheet! Love Harpers outfit, cute, cute, cute!

Holly said...

Sounds like your Fourth was great! My family didn't really do anything. We stayed inside, ate, and took a nap. Let me just say the nap was great. :) Hey, I have those cookie sheets too! They're awesome!!

Lil' Woman said...

I love her little July 4th duds...she looks soo happy! :)

k and c's mom said...

Oh, sweet Harper! Every time I read this blog I think about the first post when her eyes were open in the NICU and I am reminded of the goodness of God. He is good and He is faithful. Happy 4th!

Sara Lynn said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing 4th of July! I LOVED the fireworks we had a GREAT view from this really nice park!! Btw Harper was TOO cute in her patriotic outfit!!!

Kim said...

We got your rain! It broke just long enough for the city to do their fireworks display {literally!}

Lauren said...

Sounds like a lovely patriotic weekend! Glad Harper enjoyed the fireworks! :)

Beav's Wife said...

Ok I'm a vegetarian but that burger looks delish! Happy 4th!

Ann's Page said...

I'm so gad you and yours had a great fourth... Me and my family got to see the fireworks on the Potomac..it was awesome...Harper is getting cuter by the minuate..Take care

Blessing's
Ann

Lauren Kelly said...

Girl.... so sweet, love that first picture of you and Harper. Love her face, what a fun weekend :)

Mary said...

Yes I'm sure you could get a job at Sonic--My sister-in-law met her best babysitter at Sonic! The girl was working and Amy went every day after she had her twins as their only outing...they struck up conversations and ended up having a great friendship. Sonic bridges the gap, I tell you. Glad Harper liked the fireworks!

Rachel H. said...

Looks like you had a great 4th of July Weekend!! :)

Katie said...

Kelly, you *have* to go find the book called "Someday." When you mentioned you almost cried as you held Harper for her first fireworks show, it reminded me of this book. Some friends of ours gave it to me as a gift...I cry every single time I read it (or even think about it!)! It's such a sweet little book. It's so simple but just perfectly, perfectly sweet!!

lizziefitz said...

Fun! Your friends and her family are gorgeous! They could be in a magazine/ catalog ad. Happy 4th to you and yours:)

MemeGRL said...

Don't forget "You're a Grand Old Flag" in the patriotic songs collection! My guys like it almost as much as Yankee Doodle! I think it's the peppiness of them.
Enjoy your week!

Tara Gibson said...

sounds like yall had a great 4th! Harper looked so cute all weekend.

Sierra said...

Awesome! Do you like how I'm plugging for CL when I don't even work there anymore?! Haha. It's just THAT good. I've been told the guacamole is awesome - I'm allergic to avocados! If you'd like the recipe I can give it to you. It's easy-peasy.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

How fun, it looks like you had a fantastic first holiday with Harper! You both are so beautiful!!!

Kelly said...

Yes, that hamburger does look delish! Send some of that wet weather over to Georgia. We're dry as can be.

Sonya said...

I love that little dress on Harper. She looks so cute!! I am glad she likes the fireworks. My little one was amazed by them too. Last year she fell asleep but this year she just sat there and said wow over and over. It was adorable.

In His Army said...

That's hilarious that Harper likes the Yankee Doodle song! We were SOO glad to see ya'll!

Abbie said...

Hi Kelly!
I've been following your blog since Harper was born! So cute. Anyway I am from Paris, Texas and there is the cutest little baby shop there. I always think about Harper when I go there because they have such great baby stuff. You should check it out. I posted a link on my blog along with some pictures of some onsies they made for my little guy! You should check it out. www.abbie-thewilliams.blogspot.com

noahandlylasmommi said...

You are so cute. I just love reading your blog. Glad y'all had a nice 4th of July :0)

erika said...

I'm glad to hear there is another mom out there that gets all teary at cheesy moments. I'm the same way!!! I just can't get enough of the "firsts" with my little girl too.

Buttercup said...

Glad you had a good fourth. Love Harper in her sailor dress.

Jillian said...

I know you have 100 comments a day but I just wanted to tell you that I have been following your blog for a while now and I just think Harper is the cutest thing ever!! I am friends with Ashley and Lane who both have a blog and that is how I originally found you!! Just wanted to say hi!!